Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar lost his cool on Friday when the media questioned him about the law and order situation in the state in the backdrop of the recent murder of Indigo station manager Rupesh Kumar Singh.
Slamming the media for asking him questions, Nitish Kumar accused the media of “trying to demoralise” the police force in Bihar.
Nitish Kumar asserted that police were investigating the Rupesh Kumar murder case from all possible angles and once the accused is arrested, speedy trial will take place in the case to ensure strictest possible punishment.
“The murder of Rupesh Kumar Singh is extremely unfortunate and police are investigating the case. The media should not forget that government was cracking down on crime and criminals,” said Nitish Kumar.
When asked why the Patna Police has failed to crack the case even three days after the murder, Nitish Kumar said the media should inform the police if they have any information pertaining to the case.
“The media should not demoralise the police as they are doing their duty responsibly,” said Nitish Kumar.
The chief minister also said reminded the media of the crimes that used to take place between 1990 and 2005 during Lalu-Rabri regime.
“Media should highlight what was the state of affairs in Bihar before 2005 when crime and violence used to take place. Is the situation in the state today similar to what it was before 2005? Bihar ranks at 23rd place today across the country in crime,” Nitish Kumar said.
He also attacked the media and accused it of “playing in the hands of the Opposition”.
“I want to ask journalists who are they supporting? Why does the media not highlight crimes that used to take place before 2005?” he asked.
Nitish Kumar said Bihar DGP SK Singhal has assured him that the police will soon make a breakthrough in the Rupesh Kumar Singh murder case.
When journalists informed the chief minister that DGP SK Singhal is not taking calls from the media to give information about crimes in the state, Nitish Kumar said he will direct the DGP not to do so.
According to sources, Nitish Kumar after briefing the media called DGP SK Singhal on his mobile phone and told him to take calls from journalists.