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Kathua rape-n-murder: Lal Singh to meet Vohra, press for CBI probe

By Firdous Hassan

Srinagar, Jun 22: Controversial politician Chaudhary Lal Singh, who was ousted from cabinet for rallying in support of Kathua rape- and- murder accused has said that he would send a delegation to the Governor to demand Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation into the case.

Singh in a presser on Friday said the way the case was put by the former Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti had “affected the sentiment of brotherhood between various communities in Jammu region.”


“We organised hundreds of rallies, participated by lakhs of people to demand CBI enquiry. The soul of that innocent girl will rest in peace only after the guilty are punished. So we will put our demand before the Governor to ensure speedy justice to the Rasana girl,” he said.

“The Rasana case has exposed real face of PDP, which was hell-bent to divide Jammu. But Dogras remained united and today we saw what happened to the government run by Mehbooba Mufti,” Singh added.

He said the government broke because of the “curse” of Dogras.

“It was the curse of Dogras and their lord, which did not spare them. Yeh sab Dogrun ki pagdi ko uchalne ka jawab tha (It is a result of them trying to toss the Dogra turban). In Kashmir, the so-called politicians have been devastated. The soul of that little girl has been wandering for justice,” Singh said.

“It is not good that Governor’s rule is imposed and a democratic government has been broken. But it was required under current situation created by the government,” he said.

Singh criticised the ceasefire move by the government saying, it fallout has been “worst” for the state.

Singh said the ceasefire decision has “put down” the morale of the forces in the state.

“Militancy was strengthened during the ceasefire and recently a senior journalist was killed in Kashmir. The morale of our forces was decreased to the extent we felt they will revolt against the government,” he said.

Singh said the government led by PDP had ‘ignored’ Jammu in every sphere.

“Be it JKPSC or even in Police department, people in Jammu have been ignored. Where have those slogans of development, betterment gone now?” he said.

Regarding Opposition National Conference’s demand for dissolution of the assembly, he alleged them for “failing to perform their role efficiently”.

“If the government was wrong, it was their duty to raise the voice. Yeh sab nikami opposition hai (The opposition is worthless),” Singh said.