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Union minister Mahendra Nath Pandey on Tuesday hit out at Congress for raising doubts over the “genuineness” of the encounter of eight SIMI activists by Madhya Pradesh Police, saying those questioning the police are trying to “weaken” the country. Hailing the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh for the encounter, he said the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government could never gather the courage to act strongly against such terrorists, but “our BJP government showed its brave face by killing the eight SIMI activists in the encounter”.
Praising Madhya Pradesh Police, Singh said they should be rewarded for this “historic” and “brave” work. Singh also said “our BJP-led NDA government was acting strongly against terrorists, both on the borders as well as within the borders but some selfish forces are attempting to weaken our country, so such controversial remarks are being given (by them).”
“The eight SIMI activists not just killed a jail security guard but also pulled off a daring prison break and escaped from there,” he said, adding that it was the appropriate reply to such terrorists. Responding to the controversial remarks of senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh, who questioned why only Muslims break jail and not Hindus, the minister said “the former CM’s political shop has now been shut, and he is only trying to grab all the opportunity to remain in the limelight, so he is always seen making such controversial remarks related about the terrorists.”
Pandey, who is Union Minister of State for HRD, was here for a “Run for Unity” programme on Tuesday. Prasing Sardar Patel for making India united, he said “Prime Minister Narendra Modi too wants to take everyone together and is making all out efforts to strengthen our country.”