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Team to probe UP scribe’s killing

Even as the demand for the dismissal of Uttar Pradesh Minister of State for Dairy Development, Ram Murti Singh Verma gathered momentum, no arrests have been made in the Shahjahanpur journalist killing case after an FIR was lodged at the Kathar police station on Tuesday.

Now, a two-member team has been constituted for conducting investigations in the case.

Meanwhile, the case has been transferred to the Sadar Bazar police station in Shahjahanpur.

Mr. Verma has been named along with five others, including a police inspector, for their alleged involvement in the killing of the journalist, Jagendra Singh, who was allegedly burnt alive. He succumbed to burns in a Lucknow hospital on Monday.

State IG ( Law and Order), A. Satish Ganesh told journalists that Circle Officer (City ) Krishna Gopal Yadav and the inspector of the Sadar Bazar police station, JP Tewari, are the members of the team.

Mr. Satish Ganesh said a team of forensic experts had been sent from Lucknow which would be joined in Shahjahanpur by officials of the Moradabad field unit of the Forensic Science Laboratory. The team reached Shahjahanpur on Wednesday.

He said the team would conduct a detailed analysis and reconstruct the scene of crime.

The journalist’s statement, which was recorded when he was admitted to the Shahjahanpur District Hospital, would also be made available to the team, the IG added.

Condemned

Meanwhile, the journalist’s brutal killing was condemned by political parties and media organisations who have demanded the ouster of the Minister and the immediate arrest of the accused.

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