Kashmir child-rape incident: 2 BJP Ministers quit Mehbooba's cabinet


Former Forest Minister Lal Singh and Industries Minister Chandra Prakash Ganga had addressed a rally organised by a pro-Hindu group Hindu Ekta Manch in March in support of the accused in the Kathua case.

As the CBI undertook to verify his claims, it also made a key arrest by taking Shashi Singh into custody, the woman who allegedly lured the victim to the BJP MLA on the day of crime.

The PDP thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and Ram Madhav for helping resolve the issue.

After getting remand CBI will now try to cross-examine the statements given by accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in presence of Shashi Singh.

Reacting to the possibility of Singh and Ganga being brought back to the cabinet, PDP spokesperson Rafi Ahmad Mir said, "It is too premature for me to make any comment".

She told a Press conference that if the Modi government were so committed towards Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, it would not have finished the SC-ST sub-plan introduced in the Budget during Indira Gandhi era.

"Yesterday (Saturday), they went there in two cars and threatened them to keep quiet or leave the village". They had never supported the accused, the report mentioned. He had added, "Yes, there has been indiscretion and it is for this that they chose to step down". She said the more we delayed the resolution, the more complex and painful it would get. I see that as a confidence-building measure.

"There is no trouble in the BJP-PDP alliance".

"We don't think there is conducive atmosphere in Kathua for the trial", said Deepika Singh, who is representing the girl's family. He also said that he sacrificed himself to protect the party's image.

The girl was kidnapped on January 10 and her body was found on January 17.

Both Singh and Ganga questioned the probe by Jammu and Kashmir Police's crime branch and sought handing it over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Asked about the demand for a CBI probe into the incident, the BJP leader said: "It is now for the court to decide". He added, "The BJP wants justice for the victim and there are no two opinions on that".

Supporters of India's main opposition Congress Party scuffle with police during a protest demanding the arrest of Kuldeep Singh Sengar, a state legislator from India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in Lucknow, India April 12, 2018.

The Jammu and Kashmir Congress Chief had alleged that the real culprits were being shielded for political purposes.