Slain journalist Jagendra Singh’s kin started an indefinite hunger strike on Sunday, demanding a CBI probe and immediate removal of UP minister Ram Murti Verma, an accused in the scribe’s murder.
Sumer Singh, the journalist’s father, said, “We will not eat anything unless the minister is removed. My son paid the price for raising his voice against the minister. He was eliminated for bringing out the truth. Now the minister should go.”
He added, “The minister’s men threatened me, asking for a compromise but I am not going to bow before any pressure.”
Jagendra’s sons Rajvendra and Rahul, daughter Diksha and wife Suman were also part of the hunger strike.
Meanwhile, in order to ensure the security of the family, police was deployed at Jagendra’s houses in Khutar and Shahjahanpur.
On Saturday, five police personnel who were part of the team that carried out raids at the journalist’s house in Awas Vikas colony, Shahjahanpur, on June 1 were suspended.
Shahjahanpur SP Babloo Kumar said the cops were suspended to ensure a fair probe in the case. He added that strict action would be taken if the policemen were found guilty in the incident.
The suspended cops include inspector Sriprakash Rai, sub-inspector Krantiveer, head constable Subhash Yadava and constables Mansoor Khan and Udayveer.
The journalist, who succumbed to serious burns on June 8, had alleged that the police team had set him on fire.
Police, however, denied the allegations saying Jagendra had set himself on fire to avoid arrest in an attempt to murder case.