Shimla: Congress today asked newly appointed BJP youth wing chief Anurag Thakur to tender an unconditional apology to the family of slain Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan, who was killed by Maoists in Chattisgarh, as it was improper of him to celebrate his appointment just 2 Kms away from where the funeral was taking place.
At a media briefing, party spokesman Kuldeep Rathore said, â€œAnurag Thakur is feigning ignorance about the funeral of a CRPF jawan, who was gunned down by Maoists in Chattisgarh, taking place at Sanot village in Kangra while BJP was celebrating Thakurâ€™s first visit to the state after being made BJP youth chief in the vicinity.â€
In and around Sanot village, the residents were acutely aware about the tragic death of Pankaj Bhadiyal, the CRPF jawan. How come BJP and Anurag did not get to know, he said?
The BJP youth chief needs to apologize to the family of the slain martyr and the people, said Rathore.
BJP has been on the defensive ever since reports surfaced that BJP was caught celebrating the appointment of Anurag Thakur at Dehra, while at a nearby village the funeral was taking place. Bhadiyal was among the 27 security personnel killed by Maoists.
Satyapal Jain, BJP incharge for Himachal her on Saturday had regretted the incident saying, â€œit could have been avoided.â€