Kathua rape-murder case: Can’t tolerate if anyone calls Dogras rapists, criminals, says ousted minister Lal Singh

Ousted Forest Minister and MLA of Basohli Choudhary Lal Singh has said calling Dogras criminals and rapists will not be tolerated. Singh said this while linking the arrest of eight accused in the Kathua rape and murder case with ‘honour and dignity of Dogras’, reported the Indian Express.

While leading a 25,000-strong march over nearly 35 km from Lakhanpur to Kootah morh in Hiranagar area of Kathua district, Singh threatened the government to mend its ways.

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“This is only a trailer,” he said, referring to the march, “If they do not mend themselves, then our next step will be an entire Jammu bandh.”

Singh changed the name of Hindu Ekta Manch to Dogra Ekta Manch and asked all villages in Hiranagar subdivision to prepare lists of 50 people who would sit on 24-hour dharna at Kootah morh in rotation.

“We did not protest when they discriminated against us in selection to government jobs, or many other issues,’’ Singh said. “However, we cannot tolerate it if anybody calls Dogras rapists and criminals.” “We have a history. People of Jammu have a history,’’ he said. “Their history is being written in black ink. They kill pilgrims and then shed crocodile tears.”

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