Kathua rape case: BJP ministers Lal Singh, Chander Prakash Ganga quit

The spot where eight-year-old Asifa Bano's body was found. Firstpost  Sameer Yasir

The spot where eight-year-old Asifa Bano's body was found. Firstpost Sameer Yasir

A report quotes him as saying that he, along with BJP minister Chaudhary Lal Singh, was sent at rally's venue on the orders of the party.

According to the BJP general secretary, the ministers decided that they will resign from their post.

He said the BJP president will forward the resignations to the chief minister for further action.

The BJP on Saturday accepted the resignation of the two ministers but said their unwise move to go and pacify people rallying for suspects of rape and murder of a minor was "mistaken for trying to shield the accused". "What kind of investigation are they doing?"

Kathua case has shocked the nation and when the matter was reported in January, the state police had acted swiftly and 90 days after investigation, the charge sheet was being filed, the BJP leader asserted.

"The Centre has launched various schemes to make the poor stand on their feet.This government will never take any step which will go against the poor population of the country", he said.

Asking why the probe was not being handed over to the CBI, Lal Singh had said, "We too want that the real accused be punished".

Ruling PDP today thanked the countrymen for standing with Jammu and Kashmir over the rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl from Bakerwal community in Kathua district.

The BJP leader was addressing a function organised by BJP state Scheduled Caste Morcha at party headquarters here to celebrate Ambedkar's 127th birthday anniversary.

"We appreciate our alliance partner who helped us in this case".

"They resigned not on account of guilt but because of a negative campaign against them", he said. "That is also a confidence-building measure". "And if PDP and BJP continue to resolve their issues like this, I see there is no substitute to this alliance", he said. The involved policemen, Sub-Inspector Anand Dutta and Head Constable Tilak Raj, have also been arrested and named in the chargesheet by the police crime branch, along with Sanji, his son Vishal Jangotra, his juvenile nephew, Special Police Officer (SPO) Deepak Khajuria, and Parvesh Kumar.

The girl, who belonged to the Muslim Bakarwal community - a nomadic tribe of J&K - was lured with chocolates and abducted in January.

A group of advocates in the Supreme Court on Friday urged the Chief Justice of India to take cognizance of the conduct of lawyers in Jammu & Kashmir in the Kathua rape case. Her body was found in the same area a week later.

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