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Kathua rape and murder: BJP demands sacking of JK Cong chief

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The BJP today demanded the sacking of Ghulam Ahmad Mir, claiming that he was seen in a video terming the police probe in the rape-and-murder case motivated and defending the public protests against it.

Citing the BJP's decision to remove two of its ministers, who had joined the public protests against the probe, wondered if would only point fingers at others but maintain silence on the comments of his party's

In the video, which was played during a press conference at the here, Mir is purportedly telling reporters that the locals believed the investigation was motivated and that the main culprits were still at large.

Questions would be raised and there must be some justification in the people's demand, Mir said, wondering if the probe was aimed at making some political points.

"When our ministers expressed these sentiments, the Congress, the media made a lot of noise. We took action. They resigned. Now we want to ask Rahul Gandhi, who took out a candlelight march (protesting the growing incidents of crime against women in the country), why is he not taking action against his party's state president, said.

Pointing fingers at others while protecting its own was the character of the party, he alleged.

The authenticity of the video could not be independently verified by PTI.

The BJP had faced flak after its leaders in the Jammu region, including two ministers in the Mehbooba Mufti government, joined the public protests against the police probe into the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from the nomadic Bakarwal Muslim community that had led to the arrest of eight persons.

The two ministers -- Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga -- resigned on Friday, soon after said these incidents, including a rape case in which a BJP MLA from Unnao district of is the accused, had shamed the country and that justice would be ensured in all the cases.

also demanded an apology from senior Congress Ghulam Nabi Azad, noting that B S Slahia, who had led the public protests against the police probe, was his poll agent in the 2014 Lok Sabha election.

The BJP also questioned Gandhi's candlelight march at India Gate on Friday night, saying he never protested against the "Nirbhaya" incident, atrocities against Dalits in Mirchpur in and many other incidents of rape that had happened during the Congress rule.

"People can see what kind of you (Gandhi) are doing. Why are you silent? You should immediately sack him (Mir)," Javadekar said.

The rued that there had been no gender sensitisation for men in the country for generations, claiming it to be a reason behind the heinous crimes against women, and said, "No amount of condemnation is enough for such incidents."

Reacting to Congress Dinesh Gundurao's comment that Minister should be beaten with slippers, Javadekar said the BJP condemned such remarks and claimed that the opposition party was making provocative statements and trying to incite violence as it was afraid of losing the May 12 polls.

Javadekar and also referred to an incident, in which some people, sporting saffron "gamcha" and wielding swords, raised provocative slogans in front of a mosque here during a procession.

Claiming that they were (AAP) workers, Tiwari alleged that they wanted to instigate riots and blame the BJP for the same.

The opposition parties were not in a position to take on the BJP in the elections and that is why they were trying to tarnish the image of the saffron party, Javadekar said.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 16:45 IST