Will make death penalty mandatory for those raping minors, says Mehbooba Mufti

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah looks on during a press conference in Srinagar

The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday sent the resignations of two of its ministers in the Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet to Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, PTI reported.

CM Mufti is scheduled to chair a high-level meeting of her party on Saturday to decide the future of alliance with BJP.

The lawyers and various other parties in Jammu are demanding that the case be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for proper investigation. The chargesheet which was filed on Monday reveal chilling details of the crime.

The rape and killing of the girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, has become a national issue.

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.

"We thank people of entire country including the intelligentsia and civil society for standing with the people of Jammu and Kashmir in the case", Akhtar said.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference on Thursday said that while Jammu Bar Association "with active support of members of INC and Panthers Party" were enforcing Bandh and taking out rallies in favour of rapists and murderers of minor Asifa, the state administration and police were acting like mute spectators. She taken to a temple in Rasana village in Kathua district.

"Certain amount of discretion should have been maintained".

"She (Mufti) told the PM that Lal Singh and CP Ganga were creating hurdles in the process of delivering justice to the girl but he assured her that action will be taken within few days".

He cautioned that there should be no communal politics played over the ghastly crime and everyone should ensure speedy justice and exemplary punishment to the culprits.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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