‘How can CM felicitate cops for encounter before probe begins?’
Several Muslims organizations on Wednesday raised questions as to how chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan felicitated the police officers for eliminating the eight SIMI activists even before the investigations began.
Chouhan had honoured the police personnel at the Madhya Pradesh Foundation Day programme on Tuesday and announced a reward of Rs 40 lakh for the villagers who alerted the police about the movement of the SIMI operatives.
“We don’t understand as to how the CM can reward someone even before the probe began,” Hazi Haroon, president of the Madhya Pradesh chapter of Jamiat-ulema-e-Hind said, adding that the felicitation of the police personnel has now cast a doubt on the government’s intentions.
The organisations, including Qazi Syed Mushtaq Ali Nadvi and the Qazi-e-Shehar of Bhopal, sought an inquiry by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court into the incident.
‘Award to village is just an attempt to ensure that the locals don’t spill the beans’
“We are not sure as to why the CM or his government would be in a hurry to honour the police personnel and the villagers,” Sazid Ali, a senior lawyer said, adding that the “award” of Rs 40 lakh to the village is just an attempt to ensure that the local people don’t spill the beans.”
Interestingly, some villagers had told HT on Tuesday that they were witness to the entire episode at Khijradev village and the eight activists did not have any weapon with them.
“After the jailbreak, why do you think that all of them would have huddled together? Ideally after the jailbreak they all should have gone to eight different directions,” Masood Ahmed Khan, the secretary of the Coordination Committee of Indian Muslims, said.
Prof. Mateen Ahmed Siddiqui, president of Madhya Pradesh chapter of All India Muslim Majlis Mushawarat, alleged that the state government is trying to confuse everyone.
“The motive behind the NIA investigation is still not clear,” Siddiqui said, adding that the CM had initially called for an NIA inquiry but a CID inquiry was announced later.
‘From which budget the CM offered to pay Rs 40 lakh to the villagers’
Md. Maher, president of MP Muslim Vikash Parishad, wanted to know from which budget the chief minister offered to pay Rs 40 lakh to the villagers. “Does the CM like intelligence agencies have some source funds as well?” he questioned.
A senior official in the state home department, who refused to be quoted, said the chief minister will soon speak to the officials of the finance department to create a separate budget head to pay the promised Rs 40 lakh to the villagers.
“If Pak terrorist Kasab was given enough scope to defend himself in the court of law, we don’t understand why the police could not catch all the SIMI members alive, and produce them before court,” Hazi Haroon said, adding that every Indian citizen has right to justice.