Mehbooba Mufti accepts resignations of BJP ministers who supported Kathua rape accused

Kathua protest in Delhi

The Bar Association Kathua (BAK) has withdrawn its offer to contest without charge the case of the eight people accused in the rape and murder case of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in the district. "It was sheer indiscretion on their part", he said.

Both Ganga and Singh had participated in a rally on March 1 after the crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police had arrested the nephew of a caretaker of a "Devisthan" (temple) in connection with the kidnapping and rape of the little girl.

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], Apr. 15 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that the unflinching resolve for ensuring justice in Kathua gang-rape and murder case would go a long way in restoring people's confidence in the institutions and reinforcing the sense of justice in the state.

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, who had held consultations with legislators of the party in Jammu yesterday, had announced the resignations would be forwarded for further action thereby ending a simmering political crisis in the state. "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, chose to submit their resignations". However, sources say that the two BJP ministers resigned after Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused to accept their reason for being a part of the rally.

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She said the unfortunate incident changed the discourse and brought the people of the state and the rest of the country together. "Intolerance and hate are hitting at the country's core values and posing a great threat to the pluralism, the only option for achieving the goals India has set out", she said and added that India comprises a composite culture and no one has domination in it.

"We appreciate our alliance partner who helped us in this case".

"The resignation was to address the fears of not only its ally PDP and the people of Jammu and Kashmir but also the entire nation", said Mr. Madhav.

Madhav maintained that the two BJP leaders had gone to Kathua in March to pacify the public and also to look into the matter of the gruesome crime. Industries and Commerce Minister Chander Prakash Ganga and Forest Minister Lal Singh although claimed that they resigned on their own. They tried to give communal colour to a heinous crime.

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