UP journalist death: Priyanka Gandhi writes to CM Adityanath; demands CBI probe

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Tuesday wrote to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to demand a CBI probe into the “mysterious” death of a journalist who had recently reported on the liquor mafia.

Journalist Sulabh Srivastava died under “mysterious circumstances” on the night of June 13 in Pratapgarh district while he was returning home after news coverage, Priyanka Gandhi told Adityanath.

A day earlier, on June 12, Srivastava had written a letter to the additional director general of police, Prayagraj zone, conveying concern about his and his family’s safety and saying that the local liquor mafia was angry with his news report on illicit liquor, she said.

There have been reports of deaths due to fake liquor from many places in Uttar Pradesh. From Aligarh to Pratapgarh, scores have died due to its consumption, she said.

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Demanding CBI probe

In such a situation, the fact that a journalist fears the liquor mafia suggests that the rule of law in the state has lost its supremacy, Priyanka Gandhi claimed.

In the past as well, there have been attacks on journalists in many places, including Ballia and Unnao, she said.

Declaring that it is the responsibility of the state’s law and order system to provide security to journalists, Priyanka Gandhi urged the chief minister to take positive steps towards providing justice to Srivastava’s family.

On Monday, Priyanka Gandhi had hit out at the Uttar Pradesh government over the journalist’s death, accusing it of “nurturing jungle raj”.

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“Sulabh Srivastava had gone for news coverage to the Kotwali Lalganj area on Sunday and was returning home late at night. He was found seriously injured near the Sukhpal Nagar brick kiln and was taken to the district hospital, where doctors declared him dead,” Superintendent of Police Akash Tomar had told reporters.

His motorcycle forced into a pole near the brick kiln under the Kotwali police station area in Pratapgarh district, police said.

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