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UP journalist burnt alive as retaliation for having exposed politician's crimes on Facebook

Date : 29/06/2017

Jagendra Singh, journalist, Uttar Pradesh

Jagendra Singh, a digital journalist of repute, was assaulted and set on fire at his residence in Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh, on 01.6.15 and died in the S.P. Mukherjee Civil Hospital, Lucknow on 08.6.15. The persons who set him on fire were the SHO Kotwali, Shahjahanpur, P.I. Shree Prakash Rai and Gufran, Brahma Kumar Dixit, Amit Pratap Singh Bhadauria, Akash Gupta all henchmen of Ram Murti Verma, the minister for Backward Classes Welfare in the U.P. Government and about 4 other police personnel. They did so at the behest of the minister who retaliated against the deceased for having exposed the minister’s misdeeds on facebook.

The family of the deceased journalist was pressurised by all the accused in the case, and their henchmen to withdraw the case filed in the Supreme Court filed for an order transferring the investigation and prosecution to a CBI team consisting of officers from outside the state of U.P.

The UP Police has now filed a closure report in the case in the trial court.

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