Patna, Feb 15: Politicians insulting martyrs is nothing new and on Thursday Bihar Minister Vinod Singh added his name to the list justifying not attending CRPF jawan Mujahid Khan’s last rites in his native village in Piro in Bhojpur district.

Vinod Singh, minister for mines in the Nitish Kumar cabinet, brazenly defended himself not visiting Mujahid’s village, saying it would not have made any difference.

Kal hi jaake kya fayda hota, maine dil se unko salute kiya hai, aur kal hi jaake kya hum unko zinda kar dete? (I have saluted him from the core of my heart. My presence would have made no difference…My attending his last rites would not have made him alive),” Vinod Singh told news agency ANI when asked why he decided to skip the martyrs final rites. (Also Read:  This is how CRPF constable foiled militant attack)

A report claimed that when hundreds of people were bidding final goodbye to the brave soldier on Wednesday, February 14, minister Vinod Singh was celebrating Valentine’s Day with his wife Nisha Singh, who is also an MLA from Pranpur seat. Photo of a smiling Vinod Singh holding a red rose with his wife standing beside him have now gone viral. Singh, however, tried to put the controversy to rest claiming he was in Katihar to take part on Shivratri rituals and not celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Mujahid Khan’s Family Refuses Cheque of Rs 5 lakh

The family members of slain CRPF jawan Mujahid Khan, who died fighting militants in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, had refused a cheque of Rs 5 lakh from the Bihar government, saying it was “demeaning” as Army personnel killed in such incidents get Rs 11 lakh. (Also Read:  Bihar: RJD Leader Dances With Bar Girls, Fires Shot During Marriage, Video Goes Viral)

The cheque was given to Khan’s family in Bhojpur district’s Piro tehsil where the slain CRPF constable’s body was brought on Wednesday and the funeral held with full police honours.

Khan was killed in a gunbattle with militants who had attacked the camp of the CRPF’s 23rd Battalion at Karan Nagar in Srinagar.

Meanwhile, RJD national vice-president Shivanand Tiwary issued a statement in Patna demanding an apology from the Nitish Kumar government for the “insensitivity shown towards the sacrifice of the CRPF jawan, at whose funeral no minister or senior official was present”.