Kathua Minor Rape : BJP leader takes out support rally for rape accuseds, demands CBI probe

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Jammu: Former state minister and senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Choudhary Lal Singh on Sunday led a strong march of 25,000 crowd for over nearly 35 km from Lakhanpur to Kootah morh in Hiranagar area of Kathua district, seeking a CBI probe into Kathua rape and murder case.

“we cannot tolerate it if anybody calls Dogras rapists and criminals. We have a history. People of Jammu have a history, their history is being written in black ink. They (Kashmiri Muslims) kill pilgrims and then shed crocodile tears.” BJP leader Choudhary Lal Singh at rally in Kathua District on Sunday. (File Photo/ Indian Express)

BJP MLA from Basohli and former Forest Minister Choudhary Lal Singh on Sunday threw a challenge to politicians in Jammu to take care of the aspirations of the people. Linking the apprehension of eight accuseds by the Crime Branch in connection with the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Bakerwal girl with the honour and dignity of Dogras.

Lal Singh walked barefoot for nearly five hours after which his supporters urged him to get into a vehicle as he developed blisters on his feet.

“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.”

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The march was organised to mount pressure on the state government to have the Kathua rape and murder case investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Lal Singh and another senior BJP leader Chander Prakash Ganga resigned from the state cabinet following their participation in a rally organised by Hindu Ekta Manch in Hiranagar area in January this year.

Meanwhile the signature of Vishal Jangotra, one of the accused in the rape and murder of the minor, does not match the one which he claimed to have signed in an exam attendance sheet in Meerut to claim he was not at the crime scene, according to a report of forensic experts.

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.”

Sources : The Indian Express

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