Mehbooba Mufti calls crucial PDP meeting, coalition with BJP on stake

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted that ‘proper procedures are being followed’ and investigation will be fast-tracked in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua

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The J&K government also chose to terminate the accused policemen from his service.

On January 23, the government had handed over the case to the Crime Branch which formed a special investigation team and arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.

After a marathon meeting of party's legislator here, senior PDP leader and Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar told reporters that the party hopes for the same kind of support from the country on other issues in the state.

Mehbooba Mufti also took to Twitter to address the people of Jammu for rejecting "communal forces" and for their steady support for the eight-year-old vicitim.

The girl, belonging to a nomadic Muslim tribe in the district, was sedated time and again before being raped and killed.

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CPI (M) leader and MLA Kulgam Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami Saturday asked the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and PDP leadership to explain its position after Mehbooba's brother Tasdauq Mufti said that PDP and BJP have "ended up being partners in a crime (for which) an entire generation of Kashmiris might have to pay with their blood".

The girl had disappeared from a spot near her house close to Rasana village on January 10 while grazing horses in the forest area.

Sources said that in their resignation letters, sources said, Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga stated that they were offering resignations to the State party president as they felt that image of the party has been dented by the propaganda unleashed against them. This step will ensure justice to the family of the 8-year-old innocent. "Despite concerns and warnings by democratic forces in and outside the state about this opportunist alliance, the PDP gave damn to it and today they have put a sensitive state like J&K in deep crisis", he said.

Earlier, Mufti had expressed her anger over the incident while saying that the state government will bring a new law to make the death penalty mandatory for those who rape minors.

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