BJP's spokesperson defends ministers who joined rally against Kathua rape case probe

Two BJP ministers, who supported Kathua gangrape accused, resign

Jammu and Kashmir's National Conference on Friday demanded sacking of two BJP ministers for defending the accused in the Kathua rape and murder case.

Earlier, when asked what action the party would take against its ministers Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, Lekhi said: "What kind of action should we take if someone comes and says that they were misled?"

"It is a simple resignation letter, but they have done it to save party from the adverse publicity going on in the media about their publicly supporting the Hindu Ekta Manch who have been demanding shifting of investigations into the girl's rape and murder case from state's Crime Branch to CBI", he said.

Facing flak over the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, the BJP today claimed that its rivals were "selectively" picking the two instances to target it and asserted that stringent action was being taken in both the cases. "They should not have protested".

So far, eight persons, including mastermind Sanji Ram, have been charged with abduction, rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl in Kathua's Rasana village in January. Her body was later found in a nearby forest.

Lekhi said the accused in the rape cases needs to be punished.

In Unnao, BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brother Atul Singh Sengar are accused of raping a 16-year-old teenager at their residence on June 4, 2017. Chilling details of the case have come to light and there is a clamour to hand out the maximum punishment to the guilty.

Two Special Police Officers (SPOs) were also arrested, and later, five more people, including a former revenue official and the alleged conspirator, surrendered before the Special Investigation Team.

On Wednesday, Hindus in Kathua demonstrated against the police and tried to prevent police from filing a charge sheet in the case.



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