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Kathua Case: Wish nation's daughter gets justice through CBI probe: Ganga

Kathua case Kathua rape-murder case: CM Mehbooba Mufti accepts resignation of two BJP ministers
Sherri Watson | 14 April, 2018, 23:53

April 14 (ANI): Bharatiya Janata Party leader and party In-Charge of Jammu and Kashmir Ram Madhav refuted the reports of strain in the alliance with the People's Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

Earlier, taking suo motu cognisance of the conduct of lawyers' associations in Kathua in the aftermath of the rape and murder incident, the Supreme Court on Friday observed that lawyers can't obstruct access to justice, according to media reports.

In January, the eight-year-old victim went missing while grazing horses in Rassana forest in Kathua district.

The two ministers had on March 1 participated in a rally organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch, a fringe right-wing group, to support the accused in the case.

Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, BJP ministers in the coalition government, yesterday tendered their resignations after facing criticism for their participation in the event. "Our demand is that perpetrators of this heinous crime should be booked, but innocents can not be harassed", said Kaul adding, "The matter is in court now and things will get clear there as well".

"Taking into consideration the situation and the general perception, the two ministers in consultation with party leaders chose to resign from their posts, " said BJP's national general secretary Ram Madhav after chairing a meeting of the party leaders in Jammu. "They heard us and went back to their homes", he claimed. The body of the girl was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17 - almost a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area. People all over the country, and Bollywood celebs have taken to social media to show their support and demand #JusticeForAsifa.

Speculations are rife after ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday directed all its ministers, legislators and senior leaders to be present for a special meeting on Saturday.

Sharma told PTI that a legislature party meeting of the BJP is scheduled for tomorrow in Jammu, which will take a call on their resignations.

The charge sheet revealed chilling details about how the girl was allegedly kidnapped, drugged, raped inside a place of worship before being killed.

A Special Investigation Team of Crime Branch, formed to probe the incident, has arrested eight people, including two special police officers (SPOs) and a head constable and a sub-inspector, who were charged with destroying evidence.