NDA Leaders Receive Modi in Patna, but Not Martyr’s Mortal Remains

Inspector Pintu Kumar Singh lost his life during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara on Friday.

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A family member pays tribute to CRPF inspector Pintu Kumar Singh, who was killed in an encounter with militants at north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar came under sharp attack after no senior minister from their parties turned up at the Patna airport to receive the mortal remains of Inspector Pintu Kumar Singh, an officer of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), who lost his life during an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara on Friday, 1 March.

Singh’s mortal remains arrived at the Patna airport at 8:30 am on Sunday. His family members had arrived at the airport to receive his remains, and speaking to The Times of India, his uncle slammed the state government.

“None of the ministers, not even our CM, visited the airport to pay tributes,” he told the daily.

While no senior leader was seen at the airport when Singh’s body arrived, three hours later Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, along with Cabinet ministers, arrived at the airport to receive the prime minister.

Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar as Governor Lalji Tandon looks on his arrival at Jai Prakash Narayan airport in Patna.
Patna: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar as Governor Lalji Tandon looks on his arrival at Jai Prakash Narayan airport in Patna.
(Photo: PTI)

BJP Minister Visits Residence of Martyr, Kin Says ‘Martyr’s Insult’

Later at night, BJP minister Vijay Sinha visited the residence of the martyr to pay respects. The family, however, said that it was an insult to him.

“This doesn't work, you came so late to pay tributes. It's a martyr's insult,” a family member said.

‘Insulting the Martyr’

Bihar’s Opposition leader Tejashwi Yadav hit out at Modi and Nitish Kumar for “insulting the martyr.”

Congress leaders Shama Mohamed also hit out at the Prime Minister and Nitish Kumar for not “receiving the body of the CRPF martyr.” She too blamed the leaders for “insulting our martyrs.”

Other than political parties and Opposition leaders, Twitter users too pointed it out.

‘Error in Judgment’: Prashant Kishor

JD(U) leader, Prashant Kishor, took to Twitter to admit that it was an “error in judgement.”

Among the leaders who paid tributes to the slain inspector was Lok Janshakti party leader Choudhary Mahboob Ali Kaiser and state Congress chief Madan Mohan Jha.

Kanhaiya Kumar also paid respects to the martyr.

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