NEW DELHI: With an eye firmly fixed on Uttar Pradesh's minority vote bank, Congress leader and state in-charge Digvijay Singh criticized the reported burial of Al Qaida leader and the world's most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden at sea.
According to an agency report, Singh said, "However big a criminal one might be, his religious traditions should be respected while burying him."
Burial at sea was apparently due to fears that a grave might become a rallying point for his followers. Singh also said it is "surprising" that Laden with his family was staying just 100 metres away from a military academy and the Pakistan government had no idea about that. "Only America and Pakistan can say what had happened," he said.Singh's political positioning on terror issues has been consistent as he had questioned the Batla House shootout, involving the Indian Mujahideen, and had demanded a judicial inquiry. He had also met the relatives of those arrested or killed in the encounter in Azamgarh. With a fierce competition for minority vote ahead of UP assembly polls, the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister has sought to make sure that he is in sync with the reported popular sentiment.