Shahjahanpur journalist murder: UP govt suspends five cops; father demands CBI inquiry

Shahjahanpur-based journalist Jagendra Singh

Lucknow, June 13: The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday suspended five policemen for their alleged role in the killing of Shahjahanpur-based journalist Jagendra Singh.

Jagendra’s father has reportedly demanded a CBI inquiry into the killing of his son.

Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik asked Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to take all necessary action in relation to the murder case.

Jagendra was reportedly set ablaze by state minister Rammurti Singh Verma’s henchmen and some police officials on June 1. Singh succumbed to his burn injuries in a Lucknow hospital a week later.

Earlier, Shahjahanpur Police registered a criminal FIR against eight persons, including the minister, in connection with the case. No arrests have, however, been made so far.

The BJP has demanded that those responsible for the death of journalist be taken into custody, alleging that there is ‘jungle raaj’ in Uttar Pradesh where people take law into their hands.

BJP spokesperson Shrikant Sharma reportedly said: “Akhilesh Yadav should put the accused into custody because only this will bring justice to the family of the journalist who has been killed.”

Sharma said: “If you look at Uttar Pradesh from the perspective of law then it is a society of ‘jungle raaj’, there (in Uttar Pradesh) the people take the law into their hands. This is a very unfortunate incident.”

Meanwhile, journalists are organizing protests and demonstration in Shahjahanpur’s Khutar area where the incident occurred, demanding that the culprits be arrested at the earliest.

(With Agency Inputs)

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