New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh called up Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and expressed anguish over the alleged humiliation of the father of a Galwan martyred soldier.
Rajnath Singh also asked the Chief Minister to take action against officers who misbehaved with the father. Nitish Kumar revealed the episode in the Assembly during the Budget session on March 1. While BJP MLAs, including Leader of Opposition Vijay Kumar Sinha, were walking out from the house on this issue, the Chief Minister asked them to stay in.
“The Defence Minister has called me and he was concerned about it. I have assured him about the investigation. I have directed Bihar Police to investigate the matter and take action if any police officer is involved in misbehaviour with the father of Galwan martyr’s son,” he said.
Vijay Kumar Sinha still staged a walkout in the Assembly.
Galwan martyr Jay Kishore Singh’s father, Raj Kapoor Singh, is facing charges of encroaching on a piece of land belonging to the State Government and some portion of fellow villager Harinath Ram.
Vaishali police booked him under the SC/ST Act and extortion (‘rangdari’) apart from land encroachment acts.
Jay Kishore Singh’s son Nand Kishore alleged that the SHO, Jandaha, Vishvanath Ram came to his house in Kajari Bujurg on February 26 and humiliated his father, used abusive language against him and dragged him into the police van.
Nand Kishore also claimed that as the SHO and the complainant are from the same community, the former has taken the latter’s side. DGP R S Bhatti directed the Vaishali police to constitute a team to investigate the incident. The district police were also directed to submit the report in a time-bound manner and take necessary action.
Complainant Harinath Ram had registered two FIRs in 2019 and January 23, 2023, against Singh for encroaching on his land and the Government road to build a monument for his martyred son.
During the police investigation, the officials said that it was found that Singh had encroached on the land of the complainant and the Government property. Due to the monument, the road was blocked, and villagers were facing problems.
Hence, reports said Jandaha SDPO visited the village and gave Singh 15 days to remove the monument.