A journalist working for a vernacular daily in Chatra district of Jharkhand was allegedly abducted and beaten to death by unknown persons late on Monday night. Chandan Tiwary, 32, who was working as a reporter with Hindi daily Aaj, had earlier lodged a complaint with the local police apprehending threat to his life. The police have constituted a Special Investigation Team to probe the incident.“Following an exposé on irregularities in the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and construction of sheds for goat-rearing, I’ve been threatened with dire consequences by Mahesh Dangi, husband of the local mukhiya… I fear a threat to my life from Mahesh Dangi, Mohd. Serajul and a teacher, Devaki Dangi,” Chandan had said in his complaint to the police on April 6.He was abducted by motorcycle-borne men from Pathalgadda on Monday night. Hours later, he was found critically injured in the Baltharwa forest under the Simaria police station. He was taken to the Simaria Referral Hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Son of a labour union leader Raghuwar Tiwary, Chandan hailed from Dumbi village in Chatra district. His family members alleged that the Tritiya Sammelan Prastuti Committee, a Maoist splinter group, was behind the murder.“Our correspondent Chandan Tiwary was beaten to death. He had earlier filed a complaint with the police about a threat to his life, but he was not provided any security. His family should be given compensation,” Amit Kumar Agrawal, resident editor of the newspaper, said.Chatra Superintendent of Police Akhilesh B. Variar said the murderers would soon be arrested. Deputy Commissioner Jitendra Kumar Singh said a medical board has been constituted to conduct the post-mortem examination.