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Uttar Pradesh, June 23: In a bid to pacify the aggrieved kin of slain journalist, Jagendra Singh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav offered Rs. 30 lakh as relief to the scribe’s family and promised government jobs for two of his children. He also assured them of an impartial probe and swift action against the culprits. Also Read - Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav Likely To Contest UP Elections From Mainpuri's Karhal: Report

Interestingly, Akhilesh Yadav convinced family members of Jagendra Singh to settle for a DIG probe, rather than a CBI inquiry into the matter which the family has been demanding since Singh’s death. But now a DIG probe is suspected to be heavily intervened by the state government. However, the decision by Akhilesh Yadav has drawn flak. It is seen as an attempt to shield cabinet minister, Ram Murti Verma from CBI probe, which would act independently and not be influenced by the state machinery.
Activists have been accusing the government of trying to hide the misdeeds of absconding minister, Ram Murti Verma’s by striking a compensation and not ordering a CBI probe into the matter. The minister’s close relation to Samajwadi party supremo, Mulayam Singh Yadav is believed to be the reason for this cover-up.
The Jagendra Singh murder case exposes the fact that the Samajwadi party led Uttar Pradesh government has a soft stand on the issue of law and order. The government looks to have no concrete plan to tackle the menace of rising crime in the state. Often, their own legislators are accused in cases of heinous crime. Former SP leader and Minister for Food and Civil Supplies under the Akhilesh regime, Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiya had been booked in cases ranging from murder to extortion. Yet, the party not only offered him the ticket to contest the election but also awarded him with a ministerial birth. Raja Bhaiya was shielded in similar manner as the party is trying to protect Ram Murti Verma. It was only in 2013, Raja bhaiyya was forced to resign.
Shahjahanpur-based journalist, Jagendra Singh was burnt alive on June 8, allegedly at the behest of Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister, Ram Murti Verma. The incident followed a nationwide outrage against the ruling, Samajwadi Party government.
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