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Gangster encounter: Digvijaya Singh plays caste card, bats for CBI inquiry into Anandpal's death

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh supported the demand of CBI probe into the encounter of gangster Anandpal Singh.

Written by: India TV Politics Desk, New Delhi [Published on:13 Jul 2017, 10:56 PM IST]
Digvijaya Singh supported demand of CBI inquiry into
Digvijaya Singh supported demand of CBI inquiry into gangster Anandpal's deathPhoto:PTI

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has jumped into the controversy surrounding the death of Anandpal Singh saying Rajasthan's Rajput ministers should resign if Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje does not order CBI probe into the encounter of the gangster. In a series of tweets on Wednesday, former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister sought to play the caste card and said Rajasthan's BJP government is committing atrocities on Rajput brothers and sisters who are seeking CBI probe into the death of the gangster. 

"Why is the BJP objecting to a CBI inquiry into the fake encounter of Anandpal in Rajasthan? Even if there were criminal cases against him, how can the BJP government take away his right to go before the judiciary? Even terrorist Kasab (26/11 attacker Ajmal Amir Kasab) got that right," Congress General Secretary said in tweets written in Hindi. 

"I oppose the atrocities being committed against our Rajput brothers and sisters who are seeking CBI probe. Give up your arrogance Chief Minister (Vasundhara Raje) and order CBI inquiry. These people have made you Chief Minister twice. If the CM does not order, BJP's Rajput ministers must resign immediately," he added. 

He further said, "I have also requested to country's Home Minister Rajnath Singh to fulfil his Kshatriya duty and veto Rajasthan CM."

Anandpal, who was carrying a cash reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head, was killed in the encounter on the night of June 24 at Malasar village in Churu district. His family refused to cremate his body before the government ordered a CBI inquiry. He was finally cremated today after his family members were served a notice by the police to cremate his body. 

Clashes between police and people in Anandpal's native Sanvrad village erupted yesterday during a protest demanding CBI probe. At least one person was killed and 32 people, including 20 policemen, were injured in yesterday's clashes.