After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s verbal drubbing on the issue of the release of separatist leaders in Kashmir, PDP has told BJP that it will not release any more political prisoners without consulting their alliance partners.
Although the question of Masarat Alam`s re-arrest was raised by BJP, PDP has not approved it saying that the decision of his release was taken before Mufti`s swearing in as the Chief Minister. The party is also against filing fresh charges against the main accused in stone pelting incidents in 2008 and 2010.
According to sources, Mufti called Home Minister Rajnath Singh and assured him that any such developments from now on will follow proper procedure.
J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s decision to release all political prisoners who are not facing criminal charges had drawn bitter criticism from all over the country and seriously endangered the newly formed fragile coalition government in J&K.
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.