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

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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) general secretary Ram Madhav on Saturday informed that the resignation of the two of the party leaders from Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet will be set to the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for the final decision.

The two BJP ministers, from the PDP-BJP alliance, tendered their resignations to Sat Sharma due to mounting pressure from opponents.

BJP chief spokesman Sunil Sethi confirmed to The New Indian Express that the two BJP ministers - Forest Minister Chaudhary Lal Singh and Minister for Commerce and Industries Chander Prakash Ganga - have submitted their resignation to the State party president. "The Prime Minister also advised us to take appropriate action to send a right message to people", he said. ' BJP MLA Surendra Singh was speaking in defence of another saffron party MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who's accused of raping a teenager in Unnao. Police is not arresting people who chant anti-India slogans, who burn the tri-colour, but they have arrested people here.

At a press conference, BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi, commenting on the Kathua rape, said, "They should not have protested". Terming it the rape and murder as "horrific", the United Nations has expressed hope that India will bring the perpetrators of eight-year-old girl, who was killed in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, to book. The lawyer-politician has considerably weakened her own claims that she and her party stood resolute in ensuring the dignity and safety of women.

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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". Ordinary citizens have once again proved that they are in-charge of this society, says Bilal Zaidi, founder and community coordinator at CrowdNewsing.

After the meeting, Works Minister and senior PDP leader Naeem Ahkar, who is also the government spokesperson, "appreciated" the BJP support in the handling of the case which had caused fissures in the alliance.

Asked about reports of the chief minister writing to Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court for setting up of a fast track court, Akhtar said it is an administrative matter and he can not comment on that.

The girl was attacked to scare away the nomadic Muslim community out of the village. A week later, her raped and battered body was recovered.

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