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Indian minister threatens to ‘slit throats’ of corrupt officials

Former bureaucrat Raj Kumar Singh who is a federal minister of state of power made these remarks while addressing a meeting in his parliamentary constituency

Patna: A federal minister from Bihar has kicked up a controversy by threatening to slit the throat of corrupt officials — the latest minister in the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to come under fire.

Former bureaucrat Raj Kumar Singh who is a federal minister of state of power made these remarks while addressing a meeting in his parliamentary constituency of Ara which falls in Bihar’s Bhojpur district.

“If anyone indulges in any kind of irregularity [I] will slit his throat, file case against them and throw him into jail,” Singh is heard saying in a video which has gone viral on social media.

He asked the officials to maintain the highest level of transparency in allotting works through tendering system and said “if anyone is found committing irregularities in any development work linked to my name [I] will have their throats slit open.” He joins the long list of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers, such as Giriraj Singh and Ashwini Kumar Choube, infamous for making controversial statements.

Earlier, a parliamentarian from Bihar Rajesh Ranjan alias Papuu Yadav stirred controversy by announcing to reward those who assault officials seeking bribes from flood victims in lieu of providing them relief. He made these announcement in September last year when floods affected over 17.1 million people in 19 districts of Bihar, causing massive destruction to life and property.

Yadav, who represents Madhepura seat in the Lok Sabha has announced a reward of Rs20,000 (Dh1,155) to those who beat corrupt government officials and also make a video of their bribe demand.

Earlier in May last year, he kicked up controversy again when he asked Maoists to kill the “corrupt” leaders, instead of security forces. “Maoists shouldn’t kill the forces deployed in the security of the country. This will weaken the nation. Instead, they should kill the leaders who are robbing the nation,” Yadav suggested to the rebels.

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