PUCL demands resignation of UP minister accused of killing journalist
LUCKNOW: People’s Union for Civil Liberties, UP chapter, on Monday demanded resignation of minister of state of UP government allegedly involved in the murder of a journalist in Shahjahanpur.
A delegation of PUCL led by its state general secretary Vandana Misra met governor Ram Naik and submitted a memorandum demanding CBI probe into the matter. PUCL also expressed deep concern over increasing incidents of violence against journalists and demanded proper security and protection for them so that they can perform their professional duties as freedom of expression is the core of our democratic polity.
The other members of the delegation were PUCL, UP, vice-president Ramkumar, organizing secretary Ram Kishore, Ashish Awasthi, KK Shukla, Bhagwan Swarup Katiyar, Athar Husain, Kalpana Pande, Deepa and V Singh.
Meanwhile, UP government has announced an aid of Rs 30 lakh, two government jobs and an impartial probe into the killing of the ur journalist after which the deceased’s family decided to end their hunger strike.
Nearly two weeks after the journalist Jagendra Singh was burnt alive in a shocking incident, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav met his family members who put their demands.
“We had three demands– financial assistance, government jobs and justice in the case. The CM has accepted all the three demands. We are happy that CM paid heed,” Jagendra’s father Sumer Singh told reporters after the meeting.
Singh, a freelance journalist, was allegedly set on fire on June 1 during a police raid at his house at Awas Vikas colony in Sadar Bazar area of Shahjananupr. He died during treatment at a hospital in Lucknow on June 8.
An FIR was registered against Verma and five others including policemen at Puwayan police station of Shahjahanpur under IPC 302 (murder), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation).
The journalist had invited Verma’s ire by posting reports on Facebook about illegal mining activities and land grabbing against the minister.
On the other hand, the Supreme Court on Monday sought responses from the Centre and UP government on a plea seeking CBI probe into the case. Besides the Union Home Ministry and the state government, a bench of Justices MY Eqbal and Arun Mishra also issued notice to the Press Council of India and sought their responses to the PIL within two weeks. The bench was hearing the plea filed by Delhi-based journalist Satish Jain, through senior lawyer Adish C Aggarwala and advocate Aditya Singh, seeking CBI probe into the death of the scribe.