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Bihar minister’s bizarre explanation: ‘Would my presence make him alive?’

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PATNA: A minister in Bihar has come under fire for making derogatory comments against a soldier Mujahid Khan who died fighting for the nation.

His last rites were performed at his native village in Bhojpur district on Wednesday but strangely none from the government attended his funeral.

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Even the minister-in-charge of Bhojpur district Vinod Singh skipped the funeral.

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But what shocked everyone were rude comments from the minister over his absence.

“Kal hi jaake kya fayda hota? Maine dil se unko salute kiya hai, aur kal hi jaake kya hum unko zinda kar dete? (What would have been the benefit of our going there yesterday? I have saluted him from my heart. Would the martyr have been alive again had we gone there?)” the Zee News quoted the minister as saying on Thursday.

Singh is the mines minister in the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar.

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