Answering questions about the Bhopal jailbreak by eight activists of Students Islamic Movement of India and the following encounter, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan decried opposition parties for their “dirty politics” over the killed persons whom he described as “terrorists.”
“They won’t say two words about martyrs….these men were dreaded terrorists…they were killed. We have no idea what terror they would have spread outside. Yet so much effort to defend them..,” Chouhan told reporters. “I condemn such politics,” he added.
Chief Minister was visiting the home of Ramashankar Yadav, the head constable who was killed by the undertrials while escaping the Bhopal Central Jail on Diwali night.
Eight undertrials who were members of banned student outfit SIMI were gunned down on Monday by the Madhya Pradesh police on the outskirts of Bhopal. NIA has declared a probe into the matter.
Senior Opposition leaders have raised questions over the credibility of the encounter. Congress General Secretary and former Chief Minister of MP Digvijaya Singh raised serious questions on how the encounter was executed.
“The judiciary should investigate how the men escaped from jail. Why is it always that the men who escape from jail are always SIMI men?” Singh asked.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) politburo member Brinda Karat demanded an independent High Court probe calling the encounter “dubious” and “manufactured.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi also called for an enquiry. He had raised doubts over the encounter asserting how the 8 under-trials managed to escape from a high-security prison later killed by the forces just 10 kilometers away from the jail within 10 hours.
Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju harshly responded to the doubts and criticisms. “We have developed this habit of raising doubts. Facts will come out. I am not dismissing anything but merely on the basis of a clip you can’t raise alarm bells like this.” he told reporters.
While serious doubts are being raised by various leaders about the encounter, the ruling BJP is trying to discard the allegations saying opposition is using the issue for”political mileage.”