Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Ram Kripal Yadav on Thursday lashed out at Bihar's panchayati raj minister Bhim Singh for his appalling remark insulting the soldiers killed by Pakistanis at the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir, and said chief minister Nitish Kumar should immediately sack him.
"A minister giving such a comment is shocking. If you can't be sympathetic then at least don't insult. An extremely low-level and cheap sort of comment, the chief minister must immediately sack him," he said.
Bhim Singh, however, apologised for his insensitive remark on Thursday.
"I apologize if my distorted comments have caused pain to the people minister. Chief minister called me up and he expressed his displeasure at my comment. My comments have been distorted, I had not said that," he told media in Patna.
In an insult to the men in uniform, Bhim Singh earlier said that people joined the Indian Army and the police force just to die.
"Sena aur police me log marne hi jate hain (People join the army and the police force only to die)," he told media in Patna, when asked about the absence of state ministers at the airport.
"Did your father and mother go (to receive the soldiers' bodies)," he added, while posing a counter question to a reporter.
There was no minister at the Patna airport on Wednesday night to receive the bodies of the soldiers. The bodies of the soldiers were brought to Patna by special plane last night.
The mortal remains of Sepoy Vijay Kumar Rai, Lance Naik Shambhu Saran Singh and Premnath Singh and Sepoy Raghunandan Prasad from 21 Bihar regiment, who were among five soldiers killed along LoC, were consigned to flames on Thursday at their native villages of with full state honours.
Hundreds of people gathered at the cremation grounds to pay their homage to the brave soldiers who were martyred in Poonch sector on Tuesday.
The Bihar chief minister had earlier announced state honours for the martyrs, and also announced Rs. 10 lakh ex gratia payment to each of the affected families.