Kathua rape case: PDP wants two BJP ministers out, may break alliance


The chief minister requested the chief justice for establishment of the special fast track court for the case, official sources said.

Bhartiya Janta Party today accepted the resignation of its two ministers Chowdary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga.

Mehbooba Mufti also chaired a meeting of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) legislators and senior ministers in Srinagar.

The BJP sent the resignations to the chief minister who in turn will pass it on to Governor N N Vohra for acceptance, PDP leaders said.

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"The unflinching resolve for ensuring justice in this heinous crime will go a long way in restoring people's confidence in the institutions and reinforcing the sense of justice in J&K", she said.

The rape and murder of the nomadic Muslim Bakerwal community girl has created a controversy after lawyers in Jammu called for a shutdown on Wednesday, demanding the case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Akhtar told reporters that PDP appreciated the support of the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and BJP chief Amit Shah in the case. "I want to thank people of Jammu for standing united against the gory crime", she said.

The UN chief has expressed hope that authorities will bring perpetrators of the brutal rape and murder of the 8-year-old in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua district to justice.

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Pressure has been mounting on Mehbooba Mufti to end alliance with the BJP after two BJP leaders were accused of defending Kathua rapists.

The girl was kidnapped on January 10 and her body was found on January 17.

Sources said the party high command directed both the Ministers to resign after national outrage over the rape-cum-murder of minor Rassana girl and fingers pointed toward these two Ministers that during their visit to Hiranagar they had attempted to shield the accused. Certainly, there was a lack of discretion.

"What rubbish! They are HER ministers, not the Hon (ourable) PM's".

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