Martyrs in garbage van: CM denies allegations

The bodies of four martyred policemen, killed in Dantewada district were reportedly carried in a garbage truck.

Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman
Singh on Wednesday denied allegations of disrespect towards four
martyred policemen whose bodies were reportedly carried in a
garbage truck, even as Opposition Congress demanded a probe
into the incident.

The four personnel, including an inspector, were
killed by Maoists on Sunday in a landmine blast targeting
their vehicle in Dantewada district.

"Collector has specified it clearly that it was a new
truck, it was cleaned and decorated with flowers. They were
given farewell with respect. It was a new truck, a multi-
purpose truck," Singh said.

"Once the collector has specified it, there is nothing
more to say," he said.

However, state Congress has termed the incident as
"very unfortunate" and demanded an inquiry into it.

"The incident of carrying bodies of the policemen in
garbage vans is shocking and the errant officers must be
punished. Chhattisgarh is one such state in the country where
martyrs are being insulted," state Congress president Nand
Kumar Patel said, demanding that the state government order a
probe into the incident within 24 hours.

Patel said such occurrences affect the morale of
policemen and their relatives and it was "regrettable" that
the state government was "unable to honour the jawans".

"How can police insult their own martyrs. This is an
effort to malign image of the police," Dantewada district SP
Ankit Garg said, denying the allegations.