Lucknow, July 4: Son of killed Uttar Pradesh journalist Jagendra Singh has re-demanded the Samajwadi Party-led Uttar Pradesh government to order a CBI probe in the case. Rahul Singh, son of the murdered journalist, has blamed the government for its deliberate inaction in the matter. “We want a CBI inquiry in the case, we want Justice,” said Rahul.Also Read - Election Fever Grips UP: Man Puts Photos of Akhilesh, Mulayam Yadav on Wedding Card
After the death of Jagendra Singh, agitated kin of slain journalist along with members of civil society pressurized the government, demanding chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to order a CBI investigation. The family members of Jagendra Singh had alleged state cabinet minister Ram Murti Verma behind the murder of Jagendra Singh. Verma was often fiercely criticized by the freelance journalist. The scribe’s kin have accused Verma of threatening them earlier too. Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav faced flak over the issue for his government’s insensitivity towards the case. (READ: Jagendra Singh murder: Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav offers Rs 30 lakh compensation to kin; avoids CBI probe). Also Read - UP Elections 2022: Priyanka Gandhi Makes A Massive Statement, Says Congress To Contest ...
To pacify the aggrieved kin of the Jagendra Singh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had offered a Rs.30 lakh relief along with an assurance of swiftly taking action against the culprits. More importantly, he was able to convince Singh’s family member to settle for a state-controlled DIG probe rather than a CBI investigation. Activists have criticised this offer of Akhilesh Yadav as a bid to shield his tainted minister Ram Murti Verma, the key accused in the case. (READ: Journalist Jagendra Singh murder declared as self immolation in forensic reports) Also Read - Had Jinnah Been First PM, India would Not Have Seen Partition, Says Bharatiya Samaj Party Leader
In the past week, the forensic report released declares that Jagendra Singh’s death was due to self-immolation. This contradicts the claims made by the kin of Shahjahanpur-based journalist. The forensic report is being used by the Uttar Pradesh government to downplay the entire matter as a case of suicide. However, Jagendra Singh’s testimony minutes before his death, where he clearly accuses the police and goons of entering his house and setting him on fire on the behest of minister Ram Murti Verma, is of no value to the government.