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Kathua rape, murder case a conspiracy to defame Jammu people: BJP leader Lal Singh

BJP leader Lal Singh resigned from the Jammu and Kashmir council of ministers after he was criticised for allegedly attending a rally in support of the Kathua rape, murder accused.

india Updated: May 14, 2018 16:55 IST
PTI, Jammu
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Former BJP minister Choudhary Lal Singh leads a protest rally demanding CBI probe over the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Kathua girl in Jammu.(PTI File Photo)

Senior BJP leader Lal Singh said on Monday there was a “conspiracy” to defame the people of Jammu over the gruesome rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, and reiterated the demand for a CBI probe into the case.

Singh, who resigned from the Jammu and Kashmir council of ministers after courting controversy by attending a rally in support of the accused in the case, questioned the state government and “Kashmir-centric people” about their objection to a CBI probe.

“I want to ask those against CBI probe whether they think CBI is a Pakistan agency,” he said.

“Shame on those who dubbed Dogras of Jammu as pro-rapists. They will be exposed. The perception created by national media and some Kashmir-centric people that Dogras are pro-rapists was a conspiracy against Jammu and its Dogras to defame and weaken them,” Singh told reporters in Jammu.

Singh, who has organised over 30 rallies in Kathua, Samba, Jammu, Udhampur, and Reasi district since he resigned as minister last month, said, “We will force the government to conduct a CBI probe. CBI probe will restore the respect of Dogras and provide justice to the victim girl.”

“We want CBI probe and will not stop till CBI probe is ordered,” he said.

The BJP leader said that the Dogras would take out a ‘Swabhiman Rally’ on May 20 in the Hiranagar belt of the district “to restore respect and dignity of Dogras”.

The girl, belonging to a nomadic community, was abducted, gangraped and murdered in January this year. The case triggered a nationwide outrage.

First Published: May 14, 2018 16:54 IST