Indian journalist allegedly burned by police

Journalist Jagendra Singh allegedly burned alive for Facebook post against local politician

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Updated Jul 28, 2015

An Indian journalist has been burned alive after posting allegations of corruption and land grabs against a local politician on his Facebook account, according to media reports on Tuesday.

Journalist Jagendra Singh was allegedly attacked by a police officer who doused him with petrol and set him on fire his family said, claiming the journalist's allegations against Uttar Paradesh State minister Ram Murti Verma caused the attack.

While police in Shahjehanpur said the journalist "set himself alight" as he was resisting arrest, Singh's family said the police barged into his room and burned him alive. They also claim the journalist was attacked in the past for his work but his complaints were never heard.

According to local media, Singh ran a local online newspaper and also published short reports in Hindi on two different Facebook accounts.

His latest posts accuse the Samajwadi Party's Ram Murti Verma of an illegal grab of land land property, as well as illegal mining.

TRTWorld and agencies