Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

'Jammu Bar's Bandh exposes shameful duplicity of PDP-BJP govt'

'Jammu Bar's Bandh exposes shameful duplicity of PDP-BJP govt'

CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Saturday asked the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and PDP leadership to explain its position after Mehbooba's brother Tasdauq Mufti said that PDP and BJP have "ended up being partners in a crime (for which) an entire generation of Kashmiris might have to pay with their blood".

The fast-track court is likely to deliver its verdict in the case within 90 days.

However, several lawyers had stopped the police from registering cases against the accused in the case.

Eight people, including the mastermind Sanji Ram, have been charged with abduction, raping and murdering the "Bakerwal" (nomadic) minor in Kathua's Rasana village in January. The chief minister also commended the people of Jammu for having discounted the divisive agenda of the "rabid fringe elements" and coming out with unwavering support for the girl. The chargesheet which was filed on Monday reveal chilling details of the crime.

A week later, her body was found in the same area.


Pleading anonymity reliable sources in BJP told KNB that Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga were forced to tender the resignations by BJP high command over their alleged involvement in support of the Kathua Rape and Murder case accused.

The chief minister said that she was in constant touch with BJP president Amit Shah and Madhav as well as Home Minister Rajnath Singh. "Therefore, keeping in mind the perception and general situation, the two BJP leaders, after holding consultations with the prime minister and other senior leaders of the party, made a decision to submit their resignations".

Mehbooba Mufti also chaired a meeting of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators and senior ministers in Srinagar.

The meeting will be attended by leaders of the party in the state's Srinagar.

"I want justice for the 8-year-old at the earliest. We will bring a new law that will make the death penalty mandatory for those who rape minors, so that minor's case becomes the last", said Mehbooba Mufti in a tweet.

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