Kathua rape case: Centre, J&K govt plan security cover for nomadic tribes

People participate in a candle light vigil as they protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu and a teenager in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao in Bengaluru

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Both the alliance partners - the BJP and the PDP - had separate legislature party meetings in Srinagar and Jammu on Saturday to discuss the situation arising out of the polarisation in the state over the rape-cum-murder of the girl.

Apart from him Sanji Ram, special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, friend Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu, Ram's nephew, a juvenile, and his son Vishal Jangotra alias "Shamma" also raped the girl. "The people at the event said that we do not trust the investigation, and demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation inquiry". The BJP ministers extended their support to the demands of the fringe group.

JKPCC Vice President and MLC G.N Monga on Saturday asked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack MoS in Prime Minister's Office Dr Jitendra Singh for his role in creating hurdles in Crime Branch investigations in Kathua rape and murder case.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wants Indian authorities to ensure that the perpetrators of the "horrific" gang rape and murder of Asifa, an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua be brought to justice. "Our state chief Sat Sharma sent us to the rally", Ganga said. The ministers have allegedly participated a rally in support of the people arrested in connection with the rape.

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In the meantime, two BJP Ministers in J&K Cabinet - Industries Minister Chandra Prakash Ganga and Forests Minister Lal Singh - have quit their respective posts after a huge controversy erupted over their participation in a rally supportive of the accused and arrested persons.

The resignation of the ministers came soon after PM Modi assured justice for the little girl. "We very much hope that the authorities will bring the perpetrators to justice so they can be held accountable for the murder of this young girl", Guterres' spokesperson Stephane Dujjaric told reporters at his daily press briefing in NY.

The minor girl from the Bakerwal community was kidnapped on January 10 and taken to a temple in Rasana village in Kathua district. I am Ashamed. #JusticeForOurChild; 8 years old.

The senior BJP leader admitted that the two ministers displayed lack of discretion by taking part in the rally, but made it clear that there was no attempt to sabotage the investigations as charged by the Congress party.

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