Don’t politicise police action, Shivraj Chauhan tells Opposition

SansadTV Bureau

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan on Tuesday slammed the “dirty politics” being played over the killing of eight suspected SIMI operatives by police and said the slain men were “dreaded terrorists” who could have wreaked devastation.

Police personnel guarding outside Bhopal Central Jail after 8 SIMI members escaped on Monday in Bhopal. The STF killed them in an encounter later.

Police personnel guarding outside Bhopal Central Jail after 8 SIMI members escaped on Monday in Bhopal. The STF killed them in an encounter later.

Chauhan paid tributes to Head Constable Ramashankar Yadav, who was killed by the activists while escaping from the Bhopal Central Jail yesterday, Chouhan said he was pained to see that certain politicians were making a “hue and cry over the terrorists but not saying a word of solace for the martyred policemen.”

“I am pained to see the kind of politics being played out. Some politicians are turning a blind eye to the sacrifices of the martyrs. They are unable to see the sacrifice of Ramashankar Yadav. These were the same terrorists who first killed Shivpratap Kushwaha (policeman) in Ratlam and then they murdered Sitaram Yadav (policeman) in Khandwa and now Ramashankar Yadav.

Countering the allegations made by opposition parties, Chauhan said that certain politicians are making a hue and cry for these terrorists but not lending a word of solace for the martyred jawans.

“I condemn such leaders and the dirty politics they are doing. But for the government and the public the nation and the state is foremost and I appeal everyone to stop playing dirty politics. Patriotism is important,” he said.

CM’s comments come a day after, eight suspected SIMI operatives were killed in an alleged encounter with police on the outskirts of Bhopal hours after they escaped from the high-security Bhopal Central Jail killing a security guard.

Police and Jail authorities have been receiving criticism over the alleged encounter and opposition parties demanding judicial probe on the incident.

Meanwhile families of the eight undertrials have decided to approach the Madhya Pradesh High Court seeking a CBI probe into what they dubbed as “cold-blooded murders”.

“The families of the deceased have come to me and are weeping inconsolably for justice. We are going to move the MP High Court for a CBI probe into the entire incident,” said Advocate Parvez Alam.