CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan slams critics of Bhopal SIMI encounter, calls for fast track courts
"We will have to evolve a system for quick trials. How long can you keep them under trial? Some people even get chicken biriyani in jail. We should seriously consider setting up fast-track courts," the Indian Express quoted him as saying.
The CM also questioned if the SIMI men were made to escape. "Bhage ki bhagaye gaye? (did they escape or were they made to escape)? Some politicians are insulting the martyrdom of head constable Ramashankar Yadav whose throat was slit," the daily quoted him as saying.
"Hum kisi ko chhedenge nahin magar hame chheda to chhodenge nahi (we will not harass anyone but if we are harassed, will not spare anyone),'' he said.
In a series of tweets on 1 November, Chouhan lauded the efforts of the policemen.
आज विशेष रूप से प्रदेश पुलिस को बधाई देता हूँ, जिन्होंने दुस्साहस करने वाले सभी क्रूर आतंकियों को कुछ घंटों में मार गिराया। #MPSthapnaDiwas— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) November 1, 2016
Chouhan announced that a colony would be renamed after head constable Ramashankar Yadav, who was reportedly murdered by the eight SIMI men during the escape.
शहीद रमाशंकर यादव के परिवार की चिंता मध्यप्रदेश सरकार करेगी। अब कॉलोनी का नाम शहीद रमाशंकर यादव रखा जायेगा।— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) November 1, 2016
कर्तव्य के लिए प्राणों को बलिदान कर देने वाले प्रधान आरक्षक स्व. रमाशंकर यादव का परिवार अब हमारा परिवार है। उनकी बेटी अब प्रदेश की बेटी है।— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) November 1, 2016
अपने कर्तव्य का पालन करते हुए शहीद हुए प्रधान आरक्षक रमाशंकर यादव के परिजनों से भेंटकर ढाँढस बँधाया। pic.twitter.com/1PQ92yk95H— ShivrajSingh Chouhan (@ChouhanShivraj) November 1, 2016
He also announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 10 lakh for the Yadav family and has offered to give the family an additional Rs 5 lakh, the Times of India reported. Cash awards have also been announced for other policemen involved in the operation as well as the villagers who helped provide information about the escapees.
Following Chouhan's speech, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju questioned the "habit" of raising doubts over such action by police and security forces.
"We should stop this habit of raising doubts and questioning the authorities and the police. This is not a good culture. What we are observing in India is that people have developed this habit of raising unnecessary doubts and questions. Facts will come out. I am not dismissing anything, but merely on the basis of clips or some kind of papers, you cannot raise alarm bells like that," Rijiju was quoted saying.