BHOPAL: Launching a scathing attack on the opposition over the Bhopal encounter, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said some leaders are indulging in vote bank politics which is highly condemnable. "He (Ramashankar Yadav) tried to stop the terrorists from escaping and sacrificed his life. He sacrificed his life while fulfilling his duties. His daughter’s marriage is in December. His daughter is now the daughter of the entire nation.” Chouhan told the media after meeting the family members of security guard Ramashankar Yadav, who was killed in Bhopal jailbreak on Monday.
“I don’t know what sort of political mudslinging has begun. Few leaders of our nation cannot see the martyrdom of our soldiers. They cannot see the sacrifice of Ramashankar Yadav. They are the ones who murdered Shiv Prasad Kushwaha.
They killed Sitaram Yadav in Khandwa. Some people are doing vote bank politics on this matter which is highly condemnable. One must refrain from doing this,” he added.
Meanwhile, Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju came to the rescue of Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan saying one cannot raise alarm bell merely on the basis of a clip or some kind of papers.
Rijiju while speaking to the media on Tuesday said, First of all we should stop this habit of raising doubt, questioning the authorities and the police. This is not a good culture,” said Rijiju.
Earlier in the day, Madhya Pradesh Jail Minister Kusum Mehdele while admitting to the security lapses in the central jail said, "I accept there are lapses on our part. Some CCTVs in the jail may not be working."
Mehdele further said that she was unaware of the incident as she was not present in the jail premises at that point of time. She added, "You should praise us for killing the accused even though they escaped...they were stopped from carrying out more dangerous acts."
(Inputs from agencies)