Kathua rape case: PDP wants two BJP ministers out, may break alliance

Opposition National Conference leader Omar Abdullah also said that the BJP ministers who took part in a rally in support of the accused had no right to be in the cabinet

Two BJP ministers, who supported Kathua gangrape accused, resign

Hours after Jammu and Kashmir minister and Mehbooba Mufti's brother Tassaduq Mufti said that BJP and PDP are partners in crime, two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ministers in the J&K government submitted their resignation.

Choudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga submitted their resignations to the party, BJP leader Sate Sharma confirmed to Kashmir Reader.

He said that the entire Nation is eying on situation arising out of the brutal murder and rape of Asifa, feeling highly concerned about what is going on under PDP BJP rule in the State, fantastic the Senior Cabinet Ministers were hell bent upon to give protection to the culprits under the garb of politics of polarization, he added.

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

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The rape and murder of the eight-year-old child has rocked the entire country.

Following intense criticism over the two rape cases-Kathua and Unnao-in states ruled by it, the BJP said on Friday that rumours were spread that it had not condemned or acted swiftly in the cases.

A minor girl, belonging to the nomadic Bakherwal Muslim community, was abducted from near her home in the forests next to Rassana village Hiranagar tehsil in Kathua district on January 10. Her body was found in the same area a week later. "It is not political, but national", he had said at the candlelight march. "Zakir Hussain was the main culprit with two [other] culprits", Lekhi said as she accused the media of not playing up the BJP's comments on the Kathua and Unnao rape cases. Referring to the Unnao rape case, Lekhi said the police had got the victim's statement recorded before a magistrate a year ago, in which she had not named the MLA.

The state government entrusted the enquiry to crime branch who arrested eight people including a police sub inspector, police head constable, two special police officers, a former revenue official, his son, a juvenile and his friend in the matter.

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