Kathua rape-murder: Mehbooba Mufti seeks fast track court, sacks accused cops

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted that ‘proper procedures are being followed’ and investigation will be fast-tracked in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua

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.

The two ministers - Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga - had caused an outrage by their presence at a rally in support of the accused arrested in connection with the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua. Yesterday, the minister in J&k government and brother of CM Mehbooba Mufti, Tassaduq Mufti, speaking on the Kathua rape case, said that both BJP and PDP are partners in crime.

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

BJP spokesman Ashok Kaul told Firstpost that the meeting would take place at the saffron party's office and all the leaders would attend the meeting, including the two leaders who have sent in their resignations.

She said the unfortunate incident changed the discourse and brought the people of the state and the rest of the country together. "The entire nation has come with her", Naeem Akhtar, a minister in the Mufti Cabinet, said after the PDP meeting.

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Pressure has been mounting on Mehbooba Mufti to end alliance with the BJP after two BJP leaders were accused of defending Kathua rapists. The girl had disappeared from a spot near her house close to Rasana village on January 10.

"Certain amount of discretion should have been maintained". Chief Minister couldn't take any action against these two ministers for months.

The comment by the Chief Minister has comes after a strike was called by the Jammu Bar association on Wednesday, seeking the case to be transferred from Crime Branch of state police to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), evoked a lukewarm response in the winter, capital. "In Jammu, the Congress leaders are casting aspersion over the probe and their senior leaders were creating law and order situation through Bar Council", he alleged.

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

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