The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here on Monday said it would continue with protests till the time a CBI inquiry was ordered into the alleged rape of a schoolgirl by five constables of the Chandigarh Police.
The BJP's statement came a day after National Commission for Scheduled Castes vice-chairman Raj Kumar Verka, in a statement directed at the BJP, had said some leaders were protesting to get political mileage out of the incident.
The announcement came after an emergency meeting of the BJP at its office here. During the course of the case, some BJP leaders were instrumental in helping the victim file an FIR. "It was unanimously decided that till the time a CBI probe is not ordered into the incident, the BJP will protest at every platform," BJP's local unit general secretary, Prem Kaushik, said.
The BJP said there was nothing political about the party taking up the issue. "But the way the police and hospital authorities have behaved in this case is condemnable," Kaushik said, adding that the party's demand was simple.
Meanwhile, the BJP on Monday claimed that a Scheduled Caste cell member of the Congress, Bajinder Sood, had joined the party in the presence of its Chandigarh unit chief, Sanjay Tandon.
Ramdev did nothing wrong by visiting House
BJP leader Satya Pal Jain on Monday defended yoga guru Ramdev's visit to the rape victim's house, saying that he did nothing wrong by doing so.
He criticised the demonstration taken out by Congress leaders in Chandigarh on Sunday, saying the accused must be happy to know that there were protests against someone who had come out in support of the victim.
"Ramdev has not disclosed the name of the girl or her parents. If he went to the victim's house to meet her family and extended his support to them in this difficult time, he deserves words of praise, not criticism," Jain said.
Stages protest in Manimajra
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here on Monday protested in Manimajra against the alleged rape of a schoolgirl by five UT policemen. BJP leader Shakti Prakash Devshali said that those involved in the case should be hanged and an example set for others. He urged the police to work in such a way that it retains the people's trust.