BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday demanded a public apology from Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh for “casting doubts on the martyrdom of inspector M.C. Sharma”, who was killed in the Jamia Nagar encounter. He also demanded that the Congress and UPA come clean on whether they considered the encounter genuine or fake.
While leaders like Kapil Sibal, Digvijay Singh and Salman Khursheed have raised questions about the encounter, the Congress president and the Prime Minister did not have the courage to even express their disapproval, leave alone condemn them, he said. He said that the present situation reflected an ugly and cruel form of vote bank politics.
“Earlier self-appointed intellectuals and human rights activists said such things, but now mainstream political parties are following suit,” he said.
Prasad said that a systematic approach of first questioning the actions of security forces without evidence, then saying that there were widespread doubts about them, and then demanding a probe was being followed.
Regarding the question of banning Bajrang Dal, Prasad said such compensatory politics of matching the banning of a Muslim organisation with that of a Hindu organization was undesirable. There are benchmarks on which organisations should be assessed rather than talking of compensatory banning, he said.