UP withdraws arms licence of dead journo’s son after family petitions SC for CBI probe
BAREILLY: Just as the family of Jagendra Singh, the Shahjahanpur journalist who died of burn injuries on June 8, approached the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe into the death, they face what appears to be a backlash from the state government. Local authorities have now instructed the sons of the journalist to hand back the arms licence earlier issued to them and also deposit the weapons they had purchased. Authorities, however, said there are “technical reasons” for withdrawing the licence.
The arms licence was issued to the sons after chief minister Akhilesh Yadav met the family last month. In the meeting the family had apparently said they were happy with the probe by the UP police and didn’t want a CBI investigation into the chilling incident.
The family has stuck to their allegation that the journalist was murdered by policemen acting at the behest of state minister for Backward Classes Welfare Ram Murti Verma. The licences were granted after they said they felt there was risk to their lives too.
The arms licences were handed to the journalist’s sons Raghavendra and Pushpendra by the district magistrate of Shahjahanpur on June 23. A revolver had then been purchased in the name of Raghvendra and a rifle in Pushpendra’s name.
Four days ago, the additional district magistrate asked the two young men to deposit their arms licence. They were also asked to return their weapons to the shop from where they had purchased them or at the nearest police station.
Pushpendra, the younger son, told TOI on Monday, “Seeing the sudden change in attitude of officials after we filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court, we are now not sure we will get the government job earlier promised to us by the chief minister. We are not going to be cowed down by these measures though. We will continue in our efforts to get justice for our late father.”
ADM (administration) MN Upadhyaya, asked of the matter, said, “The licence of the younger son has been deposited by us after it was found that certain modalities had not been fulfilled while sanctioning the license. Once they are completed, we will return the licence. There is no ulterior motive behind the decision.”