J-K: Tricolour used for protests seeking release of Kathua minor's rapist, CM Mufti horrified
Politics has begun between Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over kidnapping, rape and murder of eight-year-old nomad girl of Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district.
The girl, belonging to a nomadic community was abducted from Rasana village of Hiranagar tehsil of Kathua district when she was with cattle and horses on January 10, and her body was recovered on January 17, 2018.
After the incident, Gujjar community held a sit-in protest on Jammu- Pathankot national highway and demanded that justice should be given to the family and the culprits should be arrested.
The victim's case and the arrests were discussed in the state assembly. On directions of the government, murder case was referred to the crime branch and till now three persons have been arrested for kidnapping and murder of the minor girl.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said in a tweet that she was outraged by the heinous murder of the Gujjar girl and assured that the guilty would be punished under the law.
Outraged by the heinous incident in which a young Bakerwal girl has lost her life. Incidents like this will be investigated expeditiously & the guilty will be punished.Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) January 18, 2018
Till now crime branch has arrested two Special Police Officers (SPOs) - Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Verma in connection with kidnapping, rape and murder of the nomad girl.
The right-wing Hindu Ekta Manch carried out protests and marches from Hiranagar and Kathua. "Why are crime branch and police arresting selected persons and why politicians are exploiting this matter,' asked an Ekta Manch member.
Protesters also condemned the rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl and demanded that CBI should investigate this important case.
Meanwhile, CM Mehbooba Mufti condemned the use of the Tricolour in a rally by a right-wing group demanding the release of a police officer arrested in the Kathua rape-and-murder case.
Mufti was referring to the rally taken out by the Hindu Ekta Manch on January 15 in Jammu, demanding the release of the accused SPO Deepak Khajuria.
"Appalled by the marches & protests in defence of the recently apprehended rapist in Kathua. Also horrified by their (protesters') use of our national flag in these demonstrations, this is nothing short of desecration," Mehbooba tweeted.
Appalled by the marches & protests in defense of the recently apprehended rapist in Kathua. Also horrified by their use of our national flag in these demonstrations, this is nothing short of desecration. The accused has been arrested & the law will follow its course.Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) February 16, 2018
"Civil society, political groups and saner voices in Jammu are strong and they should unitedly fight for the justice to the tender soul who was raped and brutally murdered by the enemies of humanity. They should unite and isolate the fringe elements, who want to communalise the situation in Jammu by holding marches in favour of enemies of humanity. Such acts will embolden criminals and lead to a chaotic and uncontrollable situation in the state, he warned. There should be no room for those who shield the criminals under the one garb or the other," said CPM MLA Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami.