Busy with Narendra Modi's Sankalp Rally in Patna, Bihar ministers skip receiving body of CRPF jawan killed in Kupwara

The absence of senior leaders and ministers from the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government was conspicuous when the body of CRPF inspector Pintu Kumar Singh was brought to Patna airport on Sunday.

FP Staff March 03, 2019 16:09:38 IST
Busy with Narendra Modi's Sankalp Rally in Patna, Bihar ministers skip receiving body of CRPF jawan killed in Kupwara
  • No Bihar government representative was present at the Patna airport to receive the body of a CRPF jawan killed in the Handwara encounter

  • Pintu Kumar Singh was killed in an encounter with militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on Friday

  • All the Bihar government ministers are believed to have been busy with the 'Sankalp Rally' in Patna addressed by Narendra Modi

The absence of any senior leader or minister from the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government was conspicuous on Sunday when the body of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) inspector Pintu Kumar Singh arrived at Patna airport. The jawan was killed in an encounter with militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district on Friday.

Busy with Narendra Modis Sankalp Rally in Patna Bihar ministers skip receiving body of CRPF jawan killed in Kupwara

File image of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. PTI

It is believed that all representative of the Bihar government were busy with the 'Sankalp Rally' in the state capital, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Bihar chief minister addressed a large gathering. It was at this rally at Patna's Gandhi Maidan that Modi kick-started the NDA government's poll campaign in the state for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

District magistrate Kumar Ravi, senior police officer Garima Mallick, CRPF officers, state Congress chief Madan Mohan Jha and Lok Janshakti Party MP Choudhary Mahboob Ali Kaiser were present at the airport to receive the jawan's body.

Pintu was from Dhanchakki village in Bihar's Begusarai district. "It's very unfortunate that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar did not bother to come to pay his last respects," Sanjay Singh, uncle of the CRPF inspector, was quoted as saying by NDTV.

The Congress leader said: "I am not here for politics. I came to pay my respect."

The encounter in Kupwara's Handwara area ended on Sunday after a 56-hour gunfight in Babagund village of Langate. Two policemen, three CRPF jawans and a civilian, besides two militants, were killed in the encounter.

With inputs from agencies

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