Patna: Union Minister Ram Kripal Yadav on Wednesday alleged that a truck carrying the Sukma martyrs’ mortal remains was stopped for around 15 minutes near Patna airport to allow Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s cavalcade pass through that route.
According to Ram Kripal, the incident happened near Patel roundabout in the state capital on Tuesday evening when the mortal remains of six CRPF jawans from Bihar were being sent to their native village from Patna airport.
Ram Kripal, who was earlier in the RJD but joined the BJP just a few day before fling nomination for 2014 Lok Sabha polls after he was denied the party symbol by his political mentor Lalu Prasad, also alleged that not a single minister from Nitish Kumar’s government turned up at the Patna airport on Tuesday evening, when the bodies of six jawans martyred in Chattisgarh’s Sukma district were brought to be sent to their respective village.
A Patna district official said, there is a tradition in Bihar that ministers reach either airport or martyr’s home to pay homage on behalf of the state government whenever body of any martyr was brought in the state.
“Neither CM not his deputy Tejaswi Prasad Yadav turned up at the airport to pay tribute to the state’s six jawans, though both went to attend the 8th foundation day function of the Bihar State Road Development Corporation, at the corporation’s premises which is located just around the airport,” Ram Kripal told reporters.
Terming Bihar government’s move of not sending a single minister to the airport as “insensitive and unfortunate”, union minister further said it is surprising that CM could not find time to pay homage to the martyrs though his residence is “very close” to the Patna airport.
Though neither CM nor any minister could make it to the airport, Patna DM sanjay Agarwal, Patna SSP manu Maharaaj and battery of district officials reached the airport, laid wreath and pay homage to martyrs on behalf of the state government. Ruling JD(U)’s senior functionary Shyam Rajak was also present at the airport to pay homage to martyrs.
Nitish Kumar earlier announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the martyrs on Tuesday morning and their cremation with full state honours. Senior officials from the concerned district were present during cremation of all six jawans at their respective native places where the last rites were performed with full state honours, a state government official said here on Wednesday.