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BJP leaders reiterate demand for CBI probe into Kathua rape-and-murder case

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

BJP leaders and Lal Singh, who have submitted their resignations as minister, today reiterated the demand for a CBI inquiry into the rape-and-murder of an eight-year-old girl in in and Kashmir.

Ganga and Singh submitted their resignations to the BJP's state yesterday to save the image of the prime and the party following a controversy over their presence in a rally in support of the accused.

To safeguard the interest of Jammu, I will not hesitate to fight the government or meet the prime personally and reiterate the demand for a CBI probe into the rape-and-murder case which is the demand of lakhs of people, Ganga told reporters here this evening.

Earlier in the day, Singh also sought a CBI probe and said what is wrong with it. They agency will not indulge in any wrongdoing.

However, both the ministers demanded stern and an exemplary punishment to the culprits involved in the incident, with Ganga seeking capital punishment for the accused.

The crime branch of and Kashmir Police has submitted a charge sheet in the case against eight accused, including two special police officers and a for destroying evidence.

The body of the girl was recovered from the in January, a week after she went missing from the area while grazing horses.

Accusing the of creating a perception in the country that daughters are not getting justice here, Ganga said, We felt that the image of the party and the prime is at stake and under a conspiracy the whole thing is going on. We felt it better (to submit our resignations) to save the image of the party from getting tarnished and to save the image of the We were not under any pressure.

He said it was the party high command which sent them to to control the situation. I was very clear in my words while condemning the brutal killing of the girl and want the culprits be hanged," he said.

However, he said, since there was a public demand for a CBI probe, I said we will put forth the demand before the

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 19:50 IST