- An IndiGo executive murdered in Bihar close to Nitish Kumar’s house
- Nitish Kumar, 4th time Chief Minister of Bihar, lashed out at the media
- Kumar asked the media, “Who are you supporting?”
Nitish Kumar accused the media today of asking what he called “wrong and inappropriate” questions on the murder case of an IndiGo airline executive close to his home in Patna, Bihar.
The Chief Minister of Bihar said, “If you have any clues, please share with the police,” challenging the reporters to help the Police solve the crime.
Enraged Nitish Kumar erupted on the sidelines of an event where the new reporters confronted him with questions over the murder of an IndiGo airline manager Rupesh Kumar Singh, which happened on Tuesday.
Nitish Kumar, who recently became the Chief Minister of Bihar for the 4th time, sputtered in rage, “You are so mahaan (great). Who are you supporting? Main aapko direct pooch raha hoon (I am asking you directly),” he questioned the reporter who questioned him about instances of lawlessness on his watch.
Nitish Kumar said, “Those who ruled for 15 years. There was so much crime under the husband-wife duo. Why don’t you highlight that?”. Nitish Kumar did not name former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Yadav and his wife Rabri Devi who ruled the state in the 1990s.
He also said, “We always take action whenever something happens. We respect you but you really need to train those who give you special advice.”
On the evening of Tuesday, Rupesh Singh was in his SUV outside the gates of his home as he was waiting to be let in, when two men riding a bike shot him dead on spot. The killing took place barely 2 km from the Chief Minister’s residence.
The Chief Minister said, “Your questions are completely wrong, entirely inappropriate. Don’t call it apraadh (crime). A murder has taken place. There is always a motive. We need to see the reason for the murder. The police are looking into it”.
“If you have any clues please share… Don’t demoralise the police like this. What happened before 2005? There was so much crime, so much violence,” he added.
While leaving, Nitish Kumar said he would personally talk with the Chief of Police and made sure that the inputs of Journalists on who committed the murder were taken from them.
Being upset once told that the chief of Police does not take their calls, he dialled the top cop on the spot and instructed him to remedy it.
The video of this heated exchange was tweeted by the opposition RJD of Lalu Yadav.
आप किसके समर्थक है? मैं Direct आपसे पूछ रहा हूँ।
– सवाल दागते निष्पक्ष पत्रकार @manishndtv से नीतीश कुमार
तो क्या बिहार में पत्रकारिता करने के लिए नीतीश कुमार या भाजपा समर्थक होना आवश्यक है?
नीतीश कुमार कहते है जाकर विपक्ष से पूछो, पता करो आज से 50-100 वर्ष पहले क्या होता था? pic.twitter.com/5TFbwABQhA— Sanjay Yadav (@sanjuydv) January 15, 2021
Reacting to Nitish Kumar’s outburst, Tejaswai Yadav, leader of opposition and son of Laly Prasad Yadav tweeted saying, “Unfortunate Breaking News: – Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has surrendered in front of the criminals. Said, ‘No one can stop crime!’ Crimes were also committed during the Harappan period. Just compare. On the contrary, you are asking journalists, do you know who are the criminals and why they commit crimes?”
दुर्भाग्यपूर्ण ब्रेकिंग न्यूज़:-— Tejashwi Yadav (@yadavtejashwi) January 15, 2021
मुख्यमंत्री नीतीश कुमार ने हाथ उठा अपराधियों के सामने किया सरेंडर।
कहा, “कोई नहीं रोक सकता अपराध!” हड़प्पा काल में भी होते थे अपराध। ज़रा तुलना कर लीजिए।
उल्टा पत्रकारों से पूछ रहे है क्या आपको पता है कौन है अपराधी और वो क्यों करते है अपराध?
Nitish Kumar is under tremendous pressure over the murder and it is not just from the opposition but from his ally BJP as well, which, in the state elections, scored far more seats than his party.
His government has faced much criticism over crime in Bihar.
Yesterday, Gopal Narayan Singh, a Rajya Sabha member from BJP, went as far as to say that Mr Nitish Kumar has no control over law and order in Bihar.
Mr Singh said, “The government of Bihar is running with (BJP) our support, but we are aware of the situation. It is also necessary to speak on this for the improvement of Bihar. I think law and order is poor in the state and corruption cases are on the surge.”
He added, “There is no control over the law order in the state. There is no visible grip of our government on the current police system presently”.