As Opposition parties demanded a probe into the encounter that killed eight suspected SIMI men who had allegedly escaped from prison, the BJP hit back saying that there is a pattern and an ulterior motive in the questions being raised.
BJP spokesman G V L Narsimha Rao told The Indian Express that the criticism by these parties is aimed at getting votes at the expense of the morale of the security forces. “At a time when security forces are battling the threat of terrorism to keep the nation safe, you have the spectre of these political parties sympathising with the forces of terrorism, secessionism and anti-nationalism. They never miss an opportunity to berate our brave forces and rain questions intended at lowering their morale,” he said.
Rao accused the Opposition of raising a finger in the quest for votes of a particular community. “We see these acts emanating from these parties’ pursuance of votebank politics versus and their mistaken belief that such efforts will help them in getting the votes of a particular community,” he said.
In Jammu, Union minister Jitendra Prasad told reporters, “The news is going to enhance the morale of the nation that we are safe and secure as our security agencies have capacity and capability to beat any challenge.”
Replying to a question about allegations of this being a “fake encounter”, Singh said, “I don’t think that deserves any response for the simple reasons that we live in an evidence-based era. Somebody is saying something and it is not that we take it as it is, and even those who say something will not carry weight for much too long and therefore, we have to go by what evidence says. The Modi government has given us an approach of clarity and therefore there is clarity in whatever decision is taken, there is no ambiguity about it.”
CM talks of ‘global links’
MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said an NIA probe will be conducted into the prison break here to trace the possible international links of the eight alleged SIMI activists. Also, the state government will carry out a separate investigation. “Taking the entire incident seriously, we have taken a decision for a probe by former DGP Nandan Dubey into it,” Chouhan told reporters. “A decision will be taken according to the findings. For this criminal negligence, if needed we will dismiss (an official or officials),” he said. “I had a talk with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh because these terrorists have links not only in the state but in India and the world… He also agreed that this incident should be probed by NIA to expose the entire links behind it.”
With PTI in Jammu and Bhopal