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Bhopal encounter: Rijiju defends MP Govt., says stop doubting authorities


Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday came to the rescue of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who has been drawing flak from the opposition post the Bhopal jailbreak incident, and said one cannot raise alarm bell merely on the basis of a clip or some kind of papers.

Rijiju told the media that the people should stop this habit of questioning and raising doubt on the authorities.

"First of all we should stop this habit of raising doubt, questioning the authorities and the police. This is not a good culture. But what we have been observing in India that the people have developed this habit of raising unnecessary doubts and questions," said Rijiju.

"The fact will come out soon. I am not dismissing anything but merely on the basis of a clip or some kind of papers, you cannot raise alarm bell like that. Things will come out as we are not here to sit and pass judgement on the basis of some report," he added.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Jail Minister Kusum Mehdele downplayed media posers on whether the CCTVs in jail were working or not.

Mehdele said that she was unaware of the incident as she was not present in the jail premises at that point of time.

Madhya Pradesh Human Rights Commission (MPHRC) PRO LR Sisodia told ANI in Bhopal that the commission has sought a report of the incident within 15 days.

"The commission would be in a position to provide details about the incident only after seeing the video. The commission has asked for a report on the incident within 15 days. We will also be examining the video," he added.

Launching a scathing attack on the opposition over the Bhopal encounter, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan earlier said some leaders are doing vote bank politics which is highly condemnable, adding that one must refrain from doing so.

Escalating his attack on the opposition, Chouhan said it is extremely unfortunate that they do not utter a word about the martyrdom of the soldiers.

Chouhan also announced Rs. 10 lakh compensation to slain security guard Ramashankar's family besides Rs. five lakh for his daughter's marriage and renamed the colony in his name.

Eight terrorists of the banned group SIMI, who escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail after killing a guard, were gunned down in an encounter by the state police.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Tue, November 01 2016. 13:07 IST