Jagendra Singh, 42, a journalist and native of Khutar town, was set on fire because he regularly posted stories on Facebook exposing the Minister (MoS for Backward Class Welfare) Ram Murti Singh Verma’s corrupt practices, including land grab. The journalist was bought to the Lucknow hospital where he died of burn injuries.
In his dying declaration, the journalist blamed Verma for ordering the attack and narrated how a similar attempt had been made on his life on April 28th, 2015.
On Tuesday (9th June 2015) – a day after the journalist died – his son Rajan got a case lodged against MoS his four associates and four policemen for allegedly setting ablaze Jagendra Singh at his house on June 1.
Rajan said his father posted the stories on Facebook on the basis of information he got through RTI and other sources. “Ram Murti Singh Verma and his associates were threatening my father for the past few days and police was acting at his behest. The minister’s three associates, who attacked my father on April 28 were not arrested. A few days later, police lodged a false case against my father. They (the raiding police team) had a heated argument with my father, caught hold of him, poured petrol over his body and set him on fire,” he alleged.
According to the victim’s family, Singh was trapped by a conspiracy under which an FIR against Singh was lodged on May 15 at City Kotwali on a complaint by a local, Amit Bhadouria. He had claimed that Singh and his alleged associates — Anurag Mishra and Vinod Kumar — had attacked and tried to kidnap him.
The version of the story from the police team:
“A police team led by then SHO Prakash Rai had gone to Singh’s house on June 1 to arrest him. But Singh went to his terrace and started hurling abuse at the team… While the policemen were trying to pacify him, he poured kerosene oil on himself,” Kotwali SHO K K Tiwari said.
All this sounds like a manipulation against the innocent journalist. Otherwise, why would a person set on fire for an argument with police? So strange!
The police has now filed an FIR against the minister and 4 others, including the Kotwali station in-charge, under Sections 302 (murder), 504 (insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC.
This is a deadly story of throttling the TRUTH from its roots. This devilish act of killing a person alive shows how bold our police force is to protect the unlawful and corrupt practices in the country. There should be a sever punishment for those involved in the case – to set a right example in front of the country – that this is FREE LAND and anyone can speak up without fear.