Srinagar, Feb 22: Upping the ante at Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti over Union Minister Jitendra Singh’s comment on Kathua rape and murder case, National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah said if the chief minister agrees to hand over the case to CBI it will be another installment in the price she is paying to remain in power.
“The case is being handled by the J&K police. If @MehboobaMufti agrees to hand the case over to the CBI it will be another installment in the price she’s paying to remain CM,” Abdullah, who is the former chief minister of the state, wrote on micro-blogging the site twitter.
Abdullah was responding to Singh advocating to handover the Kathua rape and murder case to CBI. The assertion by the Union Minister comes after Hindu Ekta Manch — right-wing group — demanded that the investigation should be handed over to CBI as they have no faith in Crime Branch (CB) of Jammu Kashmir Police.
Abdullah also lashed out at people communalizing the case, saying, “Trust these morons to drag minority bashing in to everything. You are barking up the wrong tree with this one Mepratap.”
Meanwhile, a rally by Hindu Ekta Manch holding tricolour in the winter capital, Jammu, on February 15, demanding the release of a police officer arrested in the Kathua rape-and-murder case has drawn criticisms from all sections of the society, including the Chief Minister. This promoted BJP, which is a coalition partner with PDP in the state government, to distance itself from the rally.
“Appalled by the marches & protests in defense of the recently apprehended rapist in Kathua. Also horrified by their (protesters’) use of our national flag in these demonstrations, this is nothing short of desecration,” Mehbooba had tweeted.
Senior NC leader Devender Singh Rana has also decried communalization and politicization of rape and murder of the minor girl in Kathua.