Saharanpur: Following an alleged dispute over dumping of cow dung, a journalist and his brother were shot dead on Sunday. The deceased are identified as Hindi newspaper journalist Ashish and Ashutosh.

According to reports, Mahipal, who owns a dairy farm, went to the journalist's house and allegedly shot Ashish and Ashutosh dead.

As few natives and friends of Mahipal had dumped cow dung near the victims' house, the journalist was upset over this. Ashish and had a verbal fight Mahipal regarding the issue, that ended up in a clash, reports stated. 

Mahipal later allegedly shot both the journalist and his brother. Ashish died during treatment while his brother was killed on the spot.

The police are on the lookout for Mahipal, who absconded.

DIG Upendra Agarwal told media that police teams have been deployed to arrest Mahipal.

The murder of the journalist triggered protests in the area. Residents alleged that despite repeated complaints by Ashish, the police had not acted on the issue and this led to the death of the duo.