Journalist’s mother in UP’s Barabanki dies after being burnt alive allegedly by cops


The mother of a journalist in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district has died after being set on fire allegedly by two cops there.

According to a report carried on on Monday, Nitu Dwivedi, the lady in question had gone to free her husband Ram Narain, who was taken into custody by police at Kothi police station on Saturday. Police said that Ram Narain was brought to the police station on Saturday night for questioning in connection with firing over eve teasing in Gaha village.

According to the report, two policemen set her ablaze when she refused to pay bribe.  Though the authorities have suspended the two officials and register a case against them, the policemen have denied the charge, saying that the woman had immolated herself.

Dwivedi, is the mother of a journalist working in a Hindi daily, who was burnt in Barabanki of Uttar Pradesh.

Dwivedi in her statement before a Magistrate and media alleged that she was abused and humiliated when she refused to meet the demand of Rs one lakh for freeing her husband.

This incident comes less than a month after journalist Jagendra Singh was set on fire allegedly by UP policemen in Shahjahanpur district allegedly at the behest of a minister.

Samajwadi Party leader and UP minister Shivpal Yadav has reportedly promised to probe the entire incident adding that strict action will be taken those found guilty. The investigation is still in its upcoming phases for barabanki mishap.