Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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

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

The outrage over the Kathua gang rape and murder claimed its first political casualties on Friday evening with the two senior BJP ministers who had defended the suspects handing in their resignations to the party.

Sharma told PTI that a legislature party meeting of the BJP is scheduled for tomorrow in Jammu, which will take a call on their resignations.

In Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district, an eight-year-old Muslim nomadic girl was allegedly abducted, drugged, gangraped, tortured and killed. Watch News Nation's special show Nation Reporter to know more details regarding the same.

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In a twist of turns, former BJP minister Choudhary Lal Singh, after submitting his resignation on Saturday, said that he will support and sit with the protesting villagers seeking CBI probe in Kathua rape and murder case. I have never done politics for power.

Although the two ministers said their statements were twisted and quoted out of context, there has been overwhelming public outcry against them.

"Therefore, keeping in mind the perception and general situation, the two BJP leaders, after holding consultations with the prime minister and other senior leaders of the party, made a decision to submit their resignations", Madhav told reporters.

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The Hindus of the village, however, said the land was a disputed private property and they ensured arrangements for the burial elsewhere. Lekhi must explain what took it so long for the two ministers to correct their mistakes if indeed they were misled.

Ganga and Singh had earlier hit out at the police for arresting "one or the other person at will" in connection with the case.

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A Special Investigation Team, formed to probe the incident, has arrested eight people, including two special police officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.

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