Nitish’s claim on police performance hollow: Siddiqui



Patna: Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly Abdul Bari Siddiqui on Friday described as 'hollow' Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's claim that state police had record-breaking performance in netting wrong-doers which was evident in the acquittal of all those named in the killing of Munger SP KC Surendra Babu six years ago.

Siddiqui, who was speaking to reporters, said the Munger court's order to acquit the accused exposed the way in which the criminal-justice administration system is handled by the Nitish Kumar.

The acquittal suggested that the real culprits were the Maoists and the state police had falsely implicated innocent persons in the case.

''It also reflected that the state government adopted an attitude to help Maoists for receiving their support during the assembly polls,'' he said.

Babu and five other policemen were killed at Sonerwa village in Munger district on January 5, 2005 and two cases on the incident were tried by the court of the First Additional Sessions Judge, Munger, who acquitted all the accused for want of sufficient evidence.

Siddiqui said out of the 22 witnesses, 20 were policemen who failed to depose before the court in the two cases thereby weakening the prosecution. ''The real perpetrators thus went scot free.''

''This has put a question mark on the state government's credibility about ensuring conviction of those perperating criminal incidents,'' he said adding the state government's alleged apathy in challenging the lower court's orders in the higher court also reflected that the Nitish Kumar government is not serious to punish the killers of the erstwhile Munger SP.

''It is also a matter of great dissastisfaction that whatever evidences the prosecution produced in the lower court were rejected,'' he said.

In reply to a question, he said it was correct that the cases were registered during the erstwhile RJD government but the NDA government failed to take it to its logical conclusion.

PTI