Uttar Pradesh-based journalist Jagendra Singh, who was killed allegedly for his exposes on illegal sand mining and other misdemeanours, was on Tuesday honoured posthumously with “RedInk Veer Patrakar Puraskar” by Mumbai Press Club. Singh’s daughter Diksha Singh received the award on behalf of her father.
Singh used to run a Facebook page, Shahjahanpur Samachar, wherein he exposed the “corrupt” practices of an Uttar Pradesh minister. One of the issues taken up was illegal sand mining.
He was allegedly set on fire on June 1, 2015 by some local policemen and criminals for the expose. Singh had worked for Hindi language media for 15 years. The UP government has claimed that the journalist had set himself on fire. A writ petition was filed by journalist Mudit Mathur from Lucknow, which is pending before the Supreme Court.