Journalist’s death: Press Club of India seeks CBI probe

New Delhi, July 6 (IANS) The Press Club of India (PCI) and the Indian Women’s Press Corps (IWPC) on Monday expressed concern over the death of journalist Akshay Singh under mysterious circumstances in Madhya Pradesh and demanded an impartial, time-bound probe preferably by the CBI.

At a meeting at the PCI premises here, journalists said the inquiry should be conducted by an agency that does not belong to the state.

Akshay Singh died in Jhabua in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday soon after interviewing the family of one of the accused in the Vyapam scam.

“Members of the Press Club of India and the Indian Women’s Press Corps demand that an impartial, time-bound and independent inquiry, preferably a CBI inquiry, be conducted surrounding Akshay’s death,” said a release by PCI.

The PCI and IWPC also said the journalist’s viscera samples should be sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s forensic laboratory in the US.

The journalists also demanded that Akshay Singh’s family members be given adequate compensation by the Madhya Pradesh government, the Delhi government and the union information and broadcasting ministry.

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