Maheish Girri Ends Fast After Rajnath Visits Him at Protest Site

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has apparently assured Girri of an impartial probe into the case.

Updated21 Jun 2016, 05:07 PM IST
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Three days into his protest against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BJP MP Maheish Girri on Tuesday ended his fast-unto-death after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh showed up at the site and made an appeal to him.

Few metres away from Kejriwal’s official residence, Girri sipped a glass of water and once again dared the Chief Minister to an open debate about the death of NDMC estate officer Mohammed Moin Khan at a place of his choice “in the next 24 hours”.

The East Delhi MP was on a hunger strike, demanding proof from Kejriwal about allegations that he was involved in Khan’s murder and demanded an apology in case the Chief Minister was unable to offer proof.

He had given a challenge for debate. Accepting challenge depends on one’s courage, capacity and conscience. But a life cannot be endangered over a challenge
Rajnath Singh

The Home Minister has apparently assured Girri an impartial probe into the case.

Kejriwal has been demanding Girri’s arrest, alleging that he was involved in the 16 May murder of Khan, a day before he was scheduled to pass the final order on the lease terms of ‘Connaught Hotel,’ located on a property leased out by the New Delhi Municipal Council.

The AAP attacked the Home Minister for visiting Girri at the protest site. AAP’s Ashish Khetan tweeted ahead of Singh’s visit.

It’s a shame that Home Minister of India is standing with culprits and not with the martyred MM Khan’s family. He couldn’t find the time to visit Khan’s residence. Home Minister is affecting the probe by giving wrong signals.
Jarnail Singh, AAP’s Rajouri Garden MLA

Without referring to anyone, Kejriwal had previously alleged that a person was being shielded from the probe as he was “friends” with the Union Home Minister.

(With agency inputs)

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Published: 21 Jun 2016, 09:58 AM IST

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