While BJP is having a hard time accepting the release of separatist leader Masrath Alam, J&K Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed is already on the front foot in batting for another separatist, Ashiq Hussain Faktoo`s release, sources at center revealed.
BJP has raised a lot of hue and cry criticizing the move to release political prisoners in the state, who do not have a criminal case against them. BJP`s Jammu chief Kavinder Gupta condemned the move and said that the BJP MLAs would take up the issue with the Chief Minister, as they were not consulted about the decision.
At a meeting between RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and BJP chief Amit Shah, the former cautioned the BJP man to tread carefully and not make any more compromises in the collation.
Ashiq Hussain Faktoo`s is the longest serving political prisoner in the state (22 years) who was arrested for the alleged involvement in the murder of human rights activist HN Wanchoo. Ashiq who was the former commander of the Islamist outfit Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen, has his case still pending in Supreme Court.
The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.
“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.
His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.
The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.
“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.
Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.
“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.
Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”
He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.
A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.
The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.