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Stop habit of questioning authorities, police: Rijiju on killing of SIMI men

“It is not good to raise questions on security forces dealing with terrorists just on the basis of videos,” he said.

india Updated: Nov 01, 2016 14:19 IST
The Minister of State for Home Affairs was questioned on the circumstances in which the eight SIMI members were killed yesterday near Bhopal by police.
The Minister of State for Home Affairs was questioned on the circumstances in which the eight SIMI members were killed yesterday near Bhopal by police.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)

Amid the controversy over the killing of eight SIMI activists who had fled from a jail, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju today said the ‘habit’ of raising doubts and questioning the police should stop and no conclusion should be drawn on the basis of videos only.

“It is not good to raise questions on security forces dealing with terrorists just on the basis of videos,” he said.

The Minister of State for Home Affairs was questioned on the circumstances in which the eight SIMI members were killed yesterday near Bhopal by police.

The eight SIMI activists were killed in an alleged encounter with police on the outskirts of Bhopal hours after they escaped from the high-security Central jail there killing a security guard.

As a controversy raged over the police action after the daring pre-dawn jail-break, TV channels showed footage purportedly from the encounter site in which a policeman is seen pumping bullets into a man from close range after some unidentified person takes out what appears to be a knife said to be in a plastic cover and places it back.

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