SIMI activists’ encouner: It’s become fashionable to sympathise with terrorists, says Venkaiah Naidu

Naidu also slammed those who gave a communal colour to the whole incident and called it 'cheap politics'.

By: IANS | New Delhi | Updated: November 1, 2016 6:47 pm
Naidu, iffi, venkaiah naidu, simi, simi undertrials, simi activists, simi activists killed, india news Union Minister for I& B, M. Venkaiah Naidu with MoS for I&B Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore addressing a press conference on 47th International Film Festival of India (IFFI), in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)

Hitting out at the opposition, Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said people should avoid doing ‘cheap politics’ over the killing of SIMI activists in Bhopal. “I am unable to make out why some people are so concerned about terrorists. Perhaps, it has become a fashion for them,” the Minister for Information & Broadcasting said at an International Film Festival of India (IFFI) press conference here.

Police on Monday gunned down eight undertrial activists of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) in an alleged gun battle, hours after they escaped from a high-security jail in Bhopal. “I can’t understand why some people are more concerned about terrorists. Some people are concerned about SIMI. Some people are concerned about people who have escaped from jail, and those who break the law,” said Naidu.

“These people are more concerned about them rather than showing concern about the safety and security of Indians and India as a nation,” he added. Naidu also slammed those who gave a communal colour to the whole incident and called it ‘cheap politics’.

“Today, I saw some people giving ‘communal colour’ too. What is communal? Four-five days back on Andhra Pradesh and Odisha border around 28-29 Maoists were killed. But nobody counted about their community. Nobody talked about their religion,” said Naidu.

“This is all cheap politics. I appeal to all to avoid politics and take care of the safety and security of the nation,” he added.

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First Published on: November 1, 2016 6:43 pm
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    Annyou
    Nov 1, 2016 at 1:35 pm
    Some one tell this joker that none of them were convicted yet.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It's a pity that jokers like him are ministers in this Country
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      Asok Chattopadhyay
      Nov 1, 2016 at 3:52 pm
      At times hardly it is possible to twig the sharp difference between sympathising withlt;br/gt;terrorists and antipathising with the patriots. Tales are sweet to have but bitter to taste.
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        KP Pillai
        Nov 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm
        And it is a pity that the country has ungrateful dogs like you as the citizen.
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          KP Pillai
          Nov 1, 2016 at 2:04 pm
          Opposition has only one effort let now. To try best getting every single vote from any 'gali' and defeat India.
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            O Sajid
            Nov 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm
            Absolutely no sympathy with terroristsome but the law of the land is "innocent until proven guilty". Is the hon'ble minister and Police playing the role of judiciary in announcing guilt of under trials?lt;br/gt;......................... What's being questioned is the way the encounter happened to get to the truth. This is irrespective of which group/ideology they belonged to. 1. How were they able to escape high security prison. Did they have insider help 2. How did they get pant, shirt, shoes, watches, belts.. this is not what jail inmates wear. 3. If they were armed, who gave them weapons? Did they have other accomplices outside jail 4. If they were not armed why the encounter was necessary? Why they couldn't be arrested without killing. 5. Why the policemen had to shoot dead/almost dead person on ground? Is that allowed under law?lt;br/gt;.........lt;br/gt;Questioning authorities to know the truth is not supporting terrorists.
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              sahil
              Nov 1, 2016 at 1:34 pm
              this guy is a central government minister. So much hate and arrogance is filled in his heart that he ignores the consution/laws etc. to call undertrials as terrorists. It seems the kangaroo court of jhandelwalan brigade will dispense justice to minorities in the newly installed Hindu reich.
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                Sanjeev Singal
                Nov 1, 2016 at 3:43 pm
                क्या बात है. lt;br/gt;अब मोदी जी के दोनों हाथों में कटोरे हैं. lt;br/gt;एक फर्जी सर्जिकल स्ट्राइक का कटोरा और दूसरा फर्जी एनकाउंटर किल् का कटोरा. lt;br/gt;अब बडी़ बेशर्मी से मोदी जी आने वाले चुनावों में वोट मांगने के लिए ये कटोरे लेकर गली गली घूमेंगे.
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                  shamim
                  Nov 1, 2016 at 3:04 pm
                  All BJP ministers are mentally sick they even dont know the difference between undertrails and proven guilty
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                    Prateik
                    Nov 1, 2016 at 1:40 pm
                    30 Maoists who were killed at Andhra Border were also not convicted.
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                      Prateik
                      Nov 1, 2016 at 1:40 pm
                      Got sharia justice.
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                        T v
                        Nov 1, 2016 at 2:34 pm
                        The Maoists were attacking police openly.?These guys were in judicial custody. All proof so far suggests a fake encounter. Is there any difference or not ?
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                          T v
                          Nov 1, 2016 at 2:31 pm
                          Why don't you keep Babu Bajrangi and Maya Kodnani behind bars too ? They are free to roam ? WHY ??????
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                            Citizen
                            Nov 1, 2016 at 4:16 pm
                            Politicians and some others are taking this route for cheap media pority shame on all those guys who have no national spirit and social responsibility their mouths are nothing but garbage bins. Jaihind ,
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                              Y R
                              Nov 1, 2016 at 2:37 pm
                              As IandB minister he should restrict himself to those things instead of talking about everything else like triple talaq and now #fakebhopalencounter
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