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No threat to PDP-BJP coalition in J&K: Ram Madhav

No threat to PDP-BJP coalition in J&K: Ram Madhav

On January 23, the government had handed over the case to the Crime Branch which formed a special investigation team and arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable. "...but the real intention was to provide justice to the victim by fair and independent probe".

The senior BJP leader admitted that the two ministers displayed lack of discretion by taking part in the rally, but made it clear that there was no attempt to sabotage the investigations as charged by the Congress party.

The "Hindu Ekta Manch", from which the BJP distanced itself, had also taken out a rally holding a tricolour to press for their demand.

"They took the resignation of two ministers because as per media, their role was not positive, " said PDP leader and Works Minister Nayeem Akhtar. These nomadic tribes camp in deserted areas near forests or outskirts of villages with their livestock thus making them more vulnerable to possible attacks as was witnessed in the Kathua incident.

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Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Saturday said the country's resolve for ensuring justice in the Kathua rape-and-murder case would go a long way in restoring people's confidence in the system. We will not allow this jungle raj, under which they (police) are picking up people at will, to continue. I want you to stay put on your resolve and I am with you. "It was noted with grave concern that some vested interests are trying to project that the present agitation is proceeding on communal lines and confined only to Rasana rape and murder case, which is factually incorrect", the spokesman added.

He rejected reports that there was any pressure from his alliance partner PDP for withdrawal of the two ministers. If anything, this smacks of their approval to what the Hindutva fanatics did to an 8-year-old child inside a place of worship. Or what does this statement by Chandra Prakash Ganga mean, "Why they have arrested a 14-year-old, a 22-year-old, a 28-year-old and a 37-year-old".

In Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district, a BJP MLA and his brother have been accused of raping a minor and beating up her father who later died of injuries while in custody.