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Cong raises questions, seeks judicial probe

POLITICAL CARD: The party also believes that the CM may use the killing of SIMI operatives as a poll plank ahead of Shahdol and Nepanagar bypolls

bhopal Updated: Nov 01, 2016 11:37 IST
Ranjan, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
BJP MLA Vishnu Khatri celebrating killing of SIMI terrorists in an encounter in Acharpura in Bhopal on Monday.(Mujeeb Faruqui/HT PHOTO)

No sooner 8 SIMI operatives were killed in an encounter with police on Monday than the Opposition fired a salvo on the government raising several questions in connection with the encounter.

“Sarkari jail se bhaage hain ya kisi yojna ke tahat bhagaaye gaye hain? Jaanch ka vishay hona chaahiye. Danga fasaad na ho, prashaashan ko nazar rakhna padega (Have they run away or have they been made to run away? It should be inquired. Administration will have to keep watch to check riots)”, said Singh in his one of four Tweeter posts.

In a scathing attack on the BJP he said he had demanded a ban on SIMI and Bajrang Dal both by the then NDA government. They imposed a ban on SIMI but not Bajrang Dal. Both are behind riots. It was SIMI activists who escaped from Khandwa jail and it was SIMI activists who escaped from Bhopal jail too.

There is also apprehension that the CM may dub killing of the SIMI operatives as his government’s foundation day and Diwali gift to people ahead of Shahdol Lok Sabha and Nepanagar assembly seat by-polls. Madhya Pradesh’s foundation day anniversary falls on November 1.

State Congress president Arun Yadav raised several questions on the encounter saying that the Congress didn’t believe in any kind of terrorism and was in favour of a stern action against them.

The questions raised by Yadav include when the SIMI activists had planned their escape how come they remained stayed put in Bhopal for 8 to 9 hours during which they could have crossed the state’s borders. When the entire country was put on high alert at the instructions of the central home ministry on whose instructions the home ministry’s instructions were overlooked? Why did the government not learn a lesson from SIMI activists Khandwa jail break?

State unit of Coordination Committee for Indian Muslims demanded a high-level inquiry into the incident by a sitting high court judge and asked why there was no attempt to nab the prisoners at Acharpura and why such grave security lapses were allowed to happen inside the jail.

Appreciating the role of Bhopal police in the encounter Member of parliament from Guna and senior Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia asked who was responsible for this glaring security lapse. There was a similar incident that took place in Khandwa a few years back then why the security arrangements in the jail were not beefed up.

Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who saluted police personnel’s efforts in gunning down ‘the SIMI terrorists’ said while talking to newspersons the entire state had heaved a sigh of relief after the escapee terrorists were killed. “My concern too over security is over”, he added.

Giving the credit of entire operation to chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and home minister Bhupendra Singh the state BJP president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan said the two kept watch on the entire incident and issued instructions to police to nab the terrorists at any rate.

First Published: Nov 01, 2016 11:37 IST