An FIR has been registered against Minister for Backward Classes Welfare Ram Murti Singh Verma, Inspector Sri Prakash Rai besides four others identified as Gufran, Akash Gupta, Amit Pratap Singh and Bhure for allegedly killing Jagendra Singh by setting him afire, police said.

The FIR has been registered under IPC 302 (murder), 120 B (criminal conspiracy), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) with Puwayan Police Station this afternoon on the basis of a complaint by Jagendra's son Raghvendra after the journalist died during treatment at a hospital in Lucknow last night, police added.

According to the family members of the deceased, Jagendra had posted something on Facebook against the minister regarding his alleged involvement in illegal mining and land grabbing.

The family alleged during a raid at the journalist's house at Awas Vikas colony in Sadar Bazar area of Shahjahanpur on June 1, police officials set him afire, following which he was taken to a hospital in Lucknow.

Before his death, Jagendra had accused Verma of 'unleashing' a reign of terror on him and his family for his investigative reports and comments against the minister.

The journalist had alleged earlier he sustained burn injuries during a raid by Inspector Sri Prakash Rai at his house. He was also attacked on April 28 near his house by the minister's henchmen but no action was taken in the case.

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