Unnao, Kathua: BJP claims rumours being spread about party's 'inaction'

Kathua gangrape: 2 BJP ministers, who tried to defend accused, resign from Mehbooba Mufti cabinet

Kathua gangrape-murder case: BJP ministers, who took part in rally in support of accused, resign

Both of them had addressed the rally and called the police action against the rape accused as "jungle raj".

Two BJP ministers, who had backed the accused men in the Kathua rape case, resigned on Friday evening.

The party did not share their views and they should have maintained that the law was taking its course, she told a press conference here.

Stating that people in the country are watching as to what action Chief Minister will take against the Cabinet colleagues, as that, the duo were fully responsible for instigating people to polarize the situation, which is not only serious, but a shameful act, how can anyone even think about giving protection to killers and rapists, G.A. Mir said.

He, however, said that those who are not satisfied with the investigation can go wherever they like.

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Opposition National Conference and the Congress had demanded that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti sack the two ministers.

The minor girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, had disappeared from near her home in the forests next to Rasana village in Kathua, 90 km from here, on January 10. Her body was found a week later.

She said Bar Association of Jammu president B S Slathia, who spearheaded the protest in Kathua, was Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad's polling agent in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The Bar Association of Jammu was also putting pressure on the woman lawyer representing the prosecution not to take up the case against the accused and it showed what kind of "hateful politics" was being practised, Lekhi said. 12 years old [was] raped and burnt with petroleum.

The resigation comes in the backdrop of outrage over their participation in a rally organised by Hindu Ekta Manch to support accused in Asifa rape-and-murder case. The Assam rape case had led to tension in the region as it was alleged that the accused were Bangladeshi migrants.

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