10 DECEMBER 2006, HINDUSTAN TIMES CORRESPONDENT, PATNA.
Silence is golden, they say. But not so for the State Government. The stony silence of ruling NDA Government on the murder of Professor Papiya Ghosh is fuelling more speculations than providing relief to the pain of the residents.
So much so that now Political Parties have started crying foul on Government’s approach and want an “investigation” into its quietness.
“The Government did not issue any statement on the murder of Professor Ghosh. Their silence is promoting crime,” said K D Yadav, member CPI (ML) Central Committee. “After all what is the reason behind their silence on the issue is a matter of investigation,” opined Prem Chandra Mishra, Spokesperson of the Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC).
“In fact, the failure of the Chief Minister and the Deputy Chief Minister to either issue a statement or visit the deceased’s house is fuelling speculations that the murder was done for grabbing the property and there are also hints of political patronage as well. “The CM’s silence is adding credence to the theory.” Vijay Kant Thakur of the CPM maintained. “ More than 100 murders have taken place in last couple of years for grabbing land. Papiya’s father Ujjal Kumar Ghosh, a former DM of Darbhanga, was murdered under mysterious circumstances,” he added. “All these murders are for grabbing property and some of the ruling party MLAs are involved in it,” alleged RJD MLA, Shyam Rajak.
Feeling dissatisfied with the entire approach of the Government, the Congress Spokesperson said: “It is pure inaction. They murder was done in a planned manner and a sitting or retired High Court Judge should probe the matter.”
Yadav of CPI (ML) was more critical of Government’s functioning and said there was no difference between this Raj and the previous one.