Under attack from the BJP over his "silence" on terrorist Yasin Bhatkal's arrest and the role of the Bihar police, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today said the cops acted in a highly professional manner and it was not for politicians to comment on it.
"Is the political executive a spokesman of police?" Kumar asked reporters, reacting to former Deputy Chief Minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi questioning his silence on the arrest of Bhatkal and his associate Assadulla Akhtar alias Haddi from Raxual on the Indo-Nepal border.
The BJP has alleged that the Bihar Police, on directions from seniors, did not claim the arrest of Bhatkal and Haddi, persuading Uttar Pradesh to show the arrest, and also failed to question him.
Complimenting the police for acting in a "highly professional" manner, he said, "On the input of Intelligence Bureau, Bihar police with other central agencies worked hard to arrest the two top IM operatives...the police's job is to perform their duty honestly and not going around chest thumping," the CM said with state police chief Abhyanand by his side.
The CM emerging from "Janata Ke Darbar Me Mukhya Mantri" programme said that if the Director General of Police recommends awarding the Bihar police personnel involved in the arrest of Bhatkal and his associate Assadulla Akhtar alias Haddi from Raxual on the Indo-Nepal border, the state government would definitely look into it positively.
In a scathing attack on estranged partner BJP, Kumar said "they have become unemployed after being sacked from the government and in desperation are trying to derive political mileage out of any issue."
"Becoming an expert on any issue has become fashionable among some leaders...at the slightest opportunity they start giving 'mahagyan' (expertise)," he said, taking a potshot at his former Deputy Sushil Modi without naming him.