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Truck carrying Sukma jawans’s body stopped to allow CM’s convoy to pass: BJP

BJP leader and Union minister Ram Kripal Yadav alleged that the body of constable Naresh Yadav was being taken to Darbhanga on Tuesday night when the vehicle was stopped near gate no. 2 of Patna airport to give passage to cm Nitish Kumar’s cavalcade.

patna Updated: Apr 26, 2017 22:48 IST
Avinash Kumar
Sukma ambush
A cavalcade of Bihar government vehicles.(HT Photo)

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday alleged that a vehicle carrying the body of a CRPF soldier, who was killed in Maoist ambush in Chhattisgarh, was stopped to allow “smooth passage” to the chief minister’s cavalcade.

BJP leader and Union minister Ram Kripal Yadav said the body of constable Naresh Yadav was being taken to Darbhanga on Tuesday night when the vehicle was stopped near gate no. 2 of Patna airport to give passage to chief minister Nitish Kumar’s cavalcade. “This is height of insensitivity,” he said.

Naresh Yadav and five other CRPF men from Bihar were among 25 soldiers killed in one of the deadliest ambushes by Maoists in Sukma area of Chhattisgarh on Monday.

Neither the chief minister, who was attending a programme nearby, nor his cabinet colleagues were present when the bodies of bravehearts arrived at the airport, Ram Kripal Yadav said.

“I was at the airport since 5.30 pm, while the bodies arrived much later. I could see only Shyam Rajak, MLA, from the ruling Janata Dal (United) there. Five bodies, that arrived later, were being taken to the native places of slain soldiers on different trucks when one of the vehicles was stopped,” he added.

The CM was returning after attending a function of Bihar State Road Development Corporation, held near the airport.

“Even the chief secretary, director-general of police, home secretary and the cabinet secretary were not present,” the Union minister added.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad promptly came to the defence of his ally Nitish Kumar. “May be, he was not aware that the vehicle carrying the body of the CRPF jawan was being made to wait,” Prasad said.

RJD spokesman Manoj Jha said the vehicle might have been stopped due to some bureaucratic slip-up or lack of communication.

A senior CRPF officer said the force had sent a request to the state government to make arrangements for state honours to “martyrs” at the airport. “West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had gone to the native place of one of the martyrs at Nadia,” the officer said.

Patna senior superintendent of police Manu Maharaaj said he had ordered an inquiry into the alleged stoppage of the procession carrying the body of CRPF jawan.

“The report has not confirmed the incident,” he added.