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Kathua rape-murder: Gujjars demand death penalty for accused

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

Gujjars today took to streets here demanding the accused in the and murder case of an eight-year-old girl in and Kashmir's be given death penalty.

Protestors also raised slogans against the of and High Court (BAJ).

The BAJ had yesterday claimed that the probe by the state Crime Branch was done on questionable line amid threats and coercion by a team of officers from Kashmir, and demanded the case be handed over to the CBI.

Protestors led by and staged demonstrations in which they alleged that two state BJP ministers had supported a CBI probe in the case during an agitation at Rassana in last month.

The ministers -- Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga -- should be sacked by the government, the protestors said.

"We demand justice for the girl. We demand death penalty to the accused involved in her and murder case," Khatana told reporters.

The and has asked to come clean about the alleged involvement of the senior ministers in instigating trouble in over the and killing of the girl.

"The should clarify her stand on the involvement of two senior Ministers instigating trouble in Kathua with regard to brutal murder and rape of eight year old nomad girl," state G A Mir said.

He expressed surprise over the silence maintained by Mufti on the issue, saying both the ministers should have been sacked for giving communal colour to the crime.

Jammu has been tense since the incident.

The police have arrested eight people in the case, but the has opposed the action alleging "targeting of minority Dogras".

Some of the arrested accused belong to the Hindu Ekta Manch, a right wing group.

The body of the girl was recovered from on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area.

On January 23, the government had handed over the case to the state crime branch, which formed a Special Investigation Team and arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destruction of evidence.

The crime branch of Police, probing the alleged rape and murder of a minor girl, filed a main charge sheet against 7 accused on Monday and one separate charge sheet against another accused, who was earlier said to be a juvenile, at a court in Kathua district on Tuesday.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 18:20 IST