Madhya Pradesh’s Shivraj Singh Chouhan may be facing widespread condemnation for Monday’s alleged fake encounter that killed eight undertrials, whose crime wasn’t yet proven by any courts in India.
But, being true to himself, a senior member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet, has declared that the ‘fake encounter’ was what India needed to lift the country’s morale.
Union Minister Jitendra Singh today said the killing of eight SIMI activists in alleged fake encounter in Bhopal hours after they reportedly escaped from a high-security prison was going to enhance the morale of the nation that “we are safe and secure”.
“The news (killing of 8 SIMI activists) 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,” Singh told reporters here.
Eight SIMI activists were today killed in an alleged encounter with police in Madhya Pradesh hours after they escaped from the high-security Bhopal Central Jail killing a security guard.
The Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office said, “This (SIMI encounter) is again the reinforcement of our confidence in the capabilities and the capacities of the (PM Narendra) Modi government at the Centre and the respective state governments.”
Replying to another question about allegations of Congress and AAP terming this as “fake encounter”, Singh said, “I don’t think that deserves any response for the simple reasons that we live in evidence based era.”
“Somebody is saying something and it is not that we take it as it is, and even those who says something will not carry weight for much too long and therefore, we have to go by what evidence says,” he said.
“The Modi government has given us approach of clarity and therefore there is clarity in whatever decision is taken, there is no ambiguity about it,” he said.
On the repeated ceasefire violations by Pakistan, he said that he had visited border villages, security forces are patrolling the areas and that security forces have a high degree of morale while on the duty along Indo-Pak border.
“We are worried about our jawans but the jawans told us that we are happy to defend our country. This is a noble deed that has been given to us to defend our country and the borders,” he said.
“It was atrocious on the part of Pakistan to mutilate the body of a jawan, this is the lesson for so-called human rights activists who need to take a call on it, they should open their eyes and see the kind of human rights violations by Pakistan,” he said.
“Pakistan has not faced such kind of retaliation as is being done now in the past and the credit goes to the clarity of the Modi government,” he added.