Modi ministers speak in different voices

Modi ministers speak in different voices
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With no word from the Prime Minister or the Union Home Minister on the alleged encounters in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, differing views are aired by two Central Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and P Radhakrishnan. While Venkaiah, who belongs to Andhra Pradesh, had not only supported the stand taken by the AP government that the encounter was genuine and found fault with the PUCL for adopting double standards, his colleague P Radhakrishnan

Hyderabad: With no word from the Prime Minister or the Union Home Minister on the alleged encounters in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, differing views are aired by two Central Ministers M Venkaiah Naidu and P Radhakrishnan. While Venkaiah, who belongs to Andhra Pradesh, had not only supported the stand taken by the AP government that the encounter was genuine and found fault with the PUCL for adopting double standards, his colleague P Radhakrishnan, the lone minister from Tamil Nadu, demanded that the government publish a white paper on the April 7 encounter in which 20 woodcutters from Tamil Nadu were gunned down by the AP police in Seshachalam forests in Chittoor district, while allegedly cutting down red sanders.

  • 20 loggers were gunned down on April 7
  • Police claimed they had opened fire at woodcutters in self-defence

Talking to reporters at Tiruchirapalli, Radhakrishnan said the Andhra Pradesh government should publish a white paper detailing the true picture of the encounter with all the facts. Venkaiah, talking to media here on Saturday, said when officials on duty were targeted and killed indiscriminately, the human rights activists had never raised such issues and kept silent. But when SIMI activists and red sanders smugglers were killed in the encounters, they made a hue and cry and demanded probe, he said.

P Radhakrishnan and Venkaiah Naidu

He wondered whether the so-called human rights activists would not remember human rights when officials on duty were killed. It was not proper for the human rights forum to adopt double standards, he felt. The Union minister also asked as to why the AIMIM did not react and open its mouth when terrorists killed common people. He also asked as to why the Congress was worried on the reports about snooping on Subhash Chandra Bose and his family during Jawaharlal Nehru’s tenure as Prime Minister.

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