Taking a dig at opposition leaders, particularly Digvijaya Singh, for attacking his government over Monday’s killing of 8 SIMI operatives, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday demanded fast-track courts across India to try terrorism related cases.
“We will have to think about the system. When the mankind’s enemies, who don’t care about human rights, are caught they remain in jail for years and they continue to eat chicken and biryani... When fast-track courts can be set up for trying corruption cases, why such courts cannot be set up trying terrorists,” he said at a Madhya Pradesh foundation day function at Lal Parade ground.
He announced that policemen involved in Monday’s encounter would be honoured with Rs 2 lakh each. Others, who played key role, would be given Rs 1 lakh each.
Besides, he announced construction of a memorial on the lines of “Shourya Smarak” in honour of those policemen who laid down their lives while discharging duties and raising ex-gratia payment given to the family of a martyred policeman to Rs 25 lakh.
Without naming AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh, Chouhan said some people asked whether the terrorists had run away or had been made to run away. “This was nothing but petty politics. Who will kill his own chief sentry to facilitate terrorists’ escape,” he asked.
“They didn’t remember that these were the terrorists who killed policemen Shivpratap in Ratlam and Seetaram Yadav in Khandwa. They killed Ramashankar Yadav in Bhopal jail by slitting his throat brutally. They had indulged in bomb explosions at Chennai, Pune, Bijnore, Ahmedabad... They intended to unleash a reign of terror in the entire country. Just imagine what would have happened if they were successful in escaping,” Chouhan said.
He also attacked the Opposition for not condoling killing of jail guard Ramashankar Yadav. “I condemn this petty politics. Will we stoop so low for politics of votes that we will not think of security of the state and the country? How long appeasement will go on?” he asked.