Kathua Rape, Murder:BJP supporting Hindu Ekta Manch a threat to J&K coalition?

Kathua Rape, Murder:BJP supporting Hindu Ekta Manch a threat to J&K coalition?
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Afaq Bhat
Srinagar, Mar 4: Two senior Ministers of Bharatiya Janata Party, Chaudary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga participating in a programme of the Hindu Ekta Manch, an organization which has been demanding that rape and murder case of an eight year old nomad girl from Kathua be handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has brought the coalition partners at loggerheads with each over.
Senior Peoples Democratic Party leader and Education Minister Altaf Bukhari has said that his party would end the alliance with the BJP if it fails to deliver justice in the rape and murder of the minor girl.
An analyst while talking to Precious Kashmir said, “People who are trying to defend the accused and are not allowing the Crime Branch to carry on with its job are doing a big disservice to Jammu and Kashmir.”
He said, “These people are trying to sow the seeds of discord in Jammu region by spreading hatred. This can have far reaching consequences. Politicians who are trying to politicize this issue should refrain from doing so.”
A Kashmir watcher said, “The horrific rape and murder of an eight year old girl has shocked everyone. The culprits should be identified and given exemplary punishment.”
National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah said a rally in which the tricolor was waved and solidarity expressed with a man arrested in connection with the rape and murder case of the minor girl shows the sentiment of “hate and intolerance” was spreading its tentacles to Jammu and Kashmir. “How an alleged killer could be provided a shield of religion. A dangerous trend is being set, which is a bad omen for the unity of the state,” Dr Farooq said.
However, senior BJP leaders claim that they also want that accused should be punished but on the other hand they want the sentiments of the people should be respected. “It’s strange that despite BJP being a ruling party it’s putting a question mark at the credibility of the Crime Branch,” said a politician.
He said, “BJP supporting the elements who are trying to vitiate peace in the Jammu region has puts its coalition partner PDP in a tight spot. It seems PDP has realized that if BJP keeps on supporting the elements, inimical to peace, then it would be difficult for it to carry on with the alliance.”
The politician said, “Altaf Bukhari’s statement cannot be brushed aside as a mere rhetoric. If BJP doesn’t soften its stand over the issue then coalition could be in trouble.”