The Hush Post| 10:47 pm|one-minute-read|
A journalist working for a Hindi daily died after sustaining 90 per cent burns in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday. His brother has alleged that he was set on fire by two men.
Chakresh Jain was involved in a legal dispute with a government officer Aman Chaudhary. Two years ago, a case under SC/ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act was registered against Jain on Chowdhary’s complaint. The case is in the final stages of hearing.
Denying the allegations, Aman Chowdhary claimed that Jain reached his house in Sagar district’s Shahgarh town in the morning and set him on fire. He is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital after sustaining 30 per cent burns.
Senior police officer Amit Sanghi said that Chowdhary, in his statement before a magistrate, claimed that Jain reached his house in the morning at around 8 am for discussing the case. Jain, he alleged, poured petrol over him and set him on fire before fleeing.
“Both the incidents are being probed by the police and the two matters have so far been registered under Section 174 of CrPc.
Teams of forensic experts have collected samples from both spots and probe is underway,” he added.
Jain’s brother Raj Kumar, however, alleged that his brother told him that he was burnt by two men, including Aman Chowdhary. He also alleged that his brother was alive when he was brought to the hospital. However, his dying declaration wasn’t recorded.