Kathua incident: BJP sends resignation of its 2 ministers to Mufti

RSTV Bureau
File photo of J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti. PTI

File photo of J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.
PTI

The resignations of two BJP ministers in Jammu and Kashmir cabinet, who courted controversy by attending a rally supporting those accused of raping and killing an 8-year-old girl in Kathua, will be handed over to the state Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for further action, said senior BJP leader Ram Madhav.

The senior BJP leader, who was instrumental in the alliance between two ideologically disparate parties, said the resignation of the ministers was to address the fears of not only its ally PDP and the people of Jammu and Kashmir but also the entire nation.

The state government was told to withdraw the directive of the tribal affairs department on the encroachments by nomads in forest land, he further said.

Forest Minister Lal Singh and Industries Minister Chander Prakash Ganga tendered their resignation in view of a perception being created, he said.

He, however, lashed out at the Congress, alleging that it was trying to politicise the issue which should not be done. “We, including the BJP which is in the government, will ensure justice for the girl and punishment for the culprits,” he said.

Asked about the demand for a CBI probe into the incident, the BJP leader said, “The police has completed the probe and now it is in the court of law. It is for the court to decide.”

Ganga and Singh had earlier hit out at the Jammu and Kashmir police’s Crime Branch alleging “one or the other person at will” has been arrested in connection with the rape and killing of the 8-year-old girl in January this year.

“We too want that the real accused be punished… We have heard you. We will not allow this jungle raj, under which they (police) are picking up people at will, to continue. What kind of investigation are they doing,” Lal Singh had said.

The outfit ‘Hindu Ekta Manch’, which earlier this week spearheaded the protest in Jammu alleging frame up by the state police has come in for massive criticism following an outrage over the incident across the country. The BJP has distanced itself from the fringe group.

The incident and use of national flag had evoked sharp reaction from Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

“Appalled by the marches and protests in defence of the recently apprehended rapist in Kathua. Also horrified by their use of our national flag in these demonstrations, this is nothing short of desecration. The accused has been arrested and the law will follow its course,” she had tweeted.

(With inputs from PTI)