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Kathua rape-murder case: Omar Abdullah questions PM Modi’s silence

SNS | New Delhi |

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to break his silence on the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district.

In a tweet, Omar Abdullah said, “Hon PM sir, there isn’t a day when we don’t hear you speak about things that are important to you yet there are times when you are completely silent about things that are important to others.

Abdullah’s comment comes after two PDP-BJP coalition ministers — Chander Prakash Ganga and Choudhary Lal Singh — attended a Hindu Ekta Manch rally in Kathua that sought the transfer of the investigation from the state police to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Pressure is mounting on CM  Mehbooba Mufti to drop the two ministers from her cabinet.

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Earlier, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday said that her government will not allow the law to be obstructed, and justice will be delivered to the 8-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Kathua district of Jammu in January.

Reacting to the attempts of certain elements to politicise the issue of rape and murder of the girl, Mehbooba tweeted: “The law will not be obstructed by the irresponsible actions and statements of a group of people. Proper procedures are being followed, investigations are on fast track and justice will be delivered.”

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

She was reportedly held captive inside a temple and sedated before being repeatedly raped and murdered.

A Special Investigation Team, formed to probe the incident, has arrested eight people, including two special police officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.