Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Kathua Rape Case: BJP Ministers In J&K Govt Resign After Criticism

Kathua Rape Case: BJP Ministers In J&K Govt Resign After Criticism

The CBI on Saturday arrested a woman who allegedly lured the Unnao rape victim to BJP MLA and prime accused Kuldeep Singh Sengar on the day of the crime a year ago, officials said. As per a report in the Times of India, the police will now match the call records of the accused and the victim and try to ascertain their locations at the time of calls.

Sources told Rising Kashmir that Mehbooba has accepted the resignation of the two BJP ministers and forwarded it to the Governor N N Vohra.

Earlier in the day, Lal Singh also sought a CBI probe and said what is wrong with it.

Life threats against Unnao rape survivor's relatives and residents of her village have increased in the past few days, claimed the victim's uncle.

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The second pertains to rioting, in which four locals have been booked, and the alleged killing of the victim's father in judicial custody.

In the Kathua rape case, eight people including a juvenile have been charge-sheeted for abducting an eight-year-old child, holding her captive in a temple, drugging and raping her repeatedly before murdering her.

The CBI is now expectedly to take the accused to Unnao for further investigation. Both Ganga and Singh had participated in the rally on March 1 after the Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police had arrested the nephew of a caretaker of a "devisathan" (temple) in connection with the kidnapping and rape of the little girl. She wrote, "I want to assure the entire nation that I stand committed not just to ensure justice for Ashifa but also seek exemplary punishment for those responsible for a crime whose brutal savagery has shamed humanity".

With opposition led by Congress mounting a massive attack, BJP's image has suffered a considerable blow.

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Citing a recent high court order, Surjewala said: "In a damning rebuke to the BJP's claims, the Allahabad High Court has unravelled the real truth of the Unnao rape case".

The BJP General Secretary said the development would have no bearing on the alliance as both the parties were working in coordination. A much-relieved Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for defusing the situation and said the unfortunate incident had brought the people of the state and the rest of the country "together".

BJP chief in J&K Sat Sharma confirmed that the two ministers had put in their papers.

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