Kathua rape and murder: ‘People want a CBI probe, not the demand of BJP’

Seeking justice is not communalization: Avinesh Rai Khanna

Srinagar: A day after the PDP accused BJP of ‘communalizing’ the Kuthua rape and murder incident, the latter on Saturday said that “seeking justice” was not communalization.

A local daily, Kashmir Monitor in a report on Saturday while quoted PDP Chief Spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir reported that BJP was communalising the Kuthua rape and murder incident.

“Government should consider everyone’s sentiments. Everyone has own sentiments,” BJP National Vice-President Avinesh Rai Khanna said.

When asked whether the case should be referred to Central Bureau of Investigation as demanded by the Hindu Ekta Morcha and few BJP leaders, he refused to comment. “What we want that justice should be delivered to everyone,” he added.

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PDP spokesperson had said, “The police is already investigating the case. There is no need to refer the case to the CBI. The Crime Branch shall be allowed to go for formal investigation of the case. This is the stand of the PDP and the state government,” Mir told Kashmir Monitor.

On the contrary, BJP State General Secretary Ashok Koul blamed the National Conference and Congress for ‘communalizing’ the incident. “Some people of BJP get provoked and fall in trap of the NC and Congress ,” Koul said.

He clarified that BJP was not demanding that case should be referred to the CBI.

“Our leaders went in the rally because we have to face people there. People want CBI probe and it is not the demand of the BJP,” he said.

On Thursday, two BJP ministers, Chandra Prakash and Chowdhary Lal Singh attended a rally of Hindu Ekta Morcha held in support of the accused in the Kathua rape and murder case in Jammu. They criticized the state government for handing over case to the Crime Branch.

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On January 17, body of minor girl was found in the forests near Rasana, Hiranagar. The girl had been missing for a week. According to police, she had been abducted and raped by an SPO Deepak Khajuria, who was a part of the team sent out find her when she was missing.

The investigation of the Crime Branch further revealed that she had been drugged so that she couldn’t cry for help.

On January 23, the Mehbooba Mufti government had ordered a probe into the incident, and subsequently handed over the case to the Crime Branch of police. Several people including two policemen have been arrested so far for involvement in the crime.

However, Hindu Ekta Manch has been protesting in support of the arrested policeman, demanding transfer of the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation.The Chief Minister has already condemned the rallies being held by Hindu Ekta March and also said that raising the tricolour in such rallies amounts to desecration.

(With inputs from KNS)

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