Govt failed to fulfil promise to probe Jheeram incident in three months: Cong
RAIPUR: The one-member commission constituted by the state
government to probe into the Jheeram Valley incident has failed to complete its
investigation even after one year, said state Congress president Bhupesh
Baghel, at a press conference held at the Congress Bhawan on Sunday evening.
He said that the state government had claimed that the
commission would complete the probe in three months. As only three days
remaining for completion of one year of the incident, the state government has
now submitted affidavit before the commission. It showed how sensitive the
state government was towards the incident.
He said that the answer to the points of probe given by the
government was contradictory to the facts and baseless. It was not political,
but a government conspiracy. Notwithstanding a sensitive area, sufficient
security arrangement had not been made, he alleged.
Baghel further said that on the revelation of all the points
before the media, they would get opportunity to become alert. Everybody knew
that which facts had been hushed up. It is a serious matter that baseless
affidavit has been presented by the officer, who has not been posted.
Terming the martyrdom of the Congress leaders an irreparable
loss, Baghel said that the Congress held condolence meetings in honour of
Jheeram Valley martyrs at block and district level on the first anniversary and
paid tearful tributes to the martyred Congress leaders and security personnel.
On a question on the defeat of the Congress in the state, he
said that the atmosphere in the entire state was against the Congress. On BK
Hariprasad’s declaration to construct Jheeram Ghati Smarak, he said he was not
aware of that. Effort would be made to construct Smarak there, if security
arrangement is made available. He said that the NIA report had made it clear
that the incident was not a political conspiracy. This has proved that the
allegations the BJP leaders had made on the Congress leaders were false. For
that, the BJP should seek apology from the people.
Accusing the state BJP government, Baghel said that the
Sanjeevni 108, Mahtari and Ambulance vehicles were used for carrying liquor and
currency in favour of BJP candidates. On the claim of “Good days ahead for
Bastar”, he said to ask from the BJP the definition of ‘Good days’.
Konta MLA Kawasi Lakhma, Bastar MLA Lakheshwar Baghel, Chitrakot
MLA Deepak Baij, state general secretary Rajesh Tiwari, Karan Dev, Mannuram
Kachchh, Shishupal Sori, Premshankar Shukla, Omkarsingh Jaswal, Sriniwas Joshi,
Vikram Sharma, Atirikt Shukla and other Congress leaders were present in the