New Delhi, Dec 4: We all clamour a lot whenever someone disrespects our valiant soldiers. All political parties lashes out in unison whenever Pakistan dishonours ours 'son of the soil'. But isn't it big hypocrisy that we ourselves don't pay the due respect to these soldiers who sacrifice their lives for our safety. Why someone else will care, if we only set the wrong precedent.
In a shocking incident, the uniforms of the martyred CRPF troops were found dumped in a garbage near the Bhim Rao Ambedkar Memorial Hospital in State capital Raipur. Reports say that blood-stained uniforms , dresses and the shoes were scattered all around the garbage.
In 2011, dead bodies of martyred Jawans carried in garbage truck
It all happened just a day after Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh paid homage to the brave jawans. On Tuesday, Rajnath Singh had condemned the Maoists attack as a dastard act and termed naxals as big national challenge. 14 CRPF personnel, including two officers were killed in the encounter in Sukma district of the state on Monday.
It is not the first time that such disrespect has been meted out to these brave soldiers by State administrators . Earlier in June 2011, reportedly dead bodies of some martyred paramilitary Jawans were carried in garbage trucks in Dantewada district.
Meanwhile, after facing outrage, the CRPF has ordered an inquiry into the whole incident.
Acting Central Reserve Police Force chief R C Tayal said the inquiry would be conducted by the Inspector General of the state and a report would be submitted soon.
"We have ordered an inquiry to find out how it happened. Serious action will be taken against the guilty. We suspect some political workers took these items from the lower staff in the hospital in Raipur. We are looking into it," Tayal, who was in Raipur after the December 1 encounter, said.
This is the same hospital were the autopsy of the slain soldiers was done after their bodies were flown-in on Tuesday from the site of the encounter in south Bastar's Sukma. Officials said these items, worn by combat soldiers, are handed over to local police as per procedure who register a case under sections of the IPC and they are called a "case property" and not even handed over to the next of kin.
"My message is that we have full respect for our martyrs. If I need to say sorry (to the families of those killed) I will do that.
Normal process in such cases is that these (clothes and boots) are taken by the case investigating police officer. Let me get the details (of the inquiry) and we will take required action," Tayal said.
Opposition Congress leaders had said the incident showed "insensitivity and disrespect" of the authorities and demanded an apology from the BJP government in the state.