Ankur Sharma, the lawyer defending the main accused in the Kathua rape and murder case, has called Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti ‘a Jehadi Chief Minister’.
In a speech last month, the lawyer had also accused her of spearheading ‘an Islamo-fascist communal agenda for demographic change in Jammu’s Hindu-dominated areas and called for social and economic boycott of Gujjars and Bakerwals.
Talking to the Indian Express, Sharma said, “Mehbooba Mufti is a jihadi…She gives legal immunity to cow slaughter and bovine smuggling. She refers to them (Gujjars and Bakerwals) as tribals, who are Muslims, and says Section 188 RPC (‘disobedience to order’) will not be invoked against them…She is spearheading an Islamo-fascist communal agenda wherein demographic change is a reality, where people of one religion are occupying land in Jammu province, which is a Hindu-dominated area.”
Claiming that he has been “receiving calls from Hindu Mahasabha president and Hindu organisations in Maharashtra”, Sharma, 31, said he was associated with the Hindu Ekta Manch that has been set up to support the accused in the rape and murder case as “I support their demand for a CBI inquiry”.
Calling the Manch a “peaceful and non-violent organisation”, he said it had been formed “when people received an Islamic attack”, because “Hurriyat-backed (Bakerwal) activists started to give names of one particular community”.
“There is Islamic about Mehbooba Mufti, there is Islamic about the identity of the victim that has been revealed. There is nothing Hindu about the Hindu Ekta Manch,” he said.