Mehbooba Mufti calls crucial PDP meeting, coalition with BJP on stake

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday reiterated that justice would be served to the eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in a temple in January

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday reiterated that justice would be served to the eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in a temple in January

Kathua rape-murder case: The body of the girl was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area. She has also terminated the services of four policemen accused in the case. According to the charge sheet, special police officers (SPO) Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta were involved in the ghastly crime.

Sources said that the resignations would be forwarded to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in the evening today who had to submit them to Governor NN Vohra for acceptance.

She said a sense of justice had been reinforced in the state and urged "New Delhi to wake up to the Kashmir cauldron".

Former chief minister and leader of the opposition, Omar Abdullah, criticised Mehbooba for not taking action against these ministers.

Investigations have revealed that the victim was held in a temple, drugged, repeatedly raped and finally murdered to scare the Bakerwal community out of the village.

Sources said that in their resignation letters, sources said, Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga stated that they were offering resignations to the State party president as they felt that image of the party has been dented by the propaganda unleashed against them. "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".

He was responding to tweets by a journalist from a TV channel in which she had said Mehbooba had expressed displeasure over BJP ministers actions in regard with this case. This step will ensure justice to the family of the 8-year-old innocent. "This government will soon bring a law in the state under which people who rape minors will be given the death penalty", he added. "I want to thank people of Jammu for standing united against the gory crime", she said.

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