The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned of breaking alliance with right wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Jammu and Kashmir if the latter’s attempts derailed justice in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Bakerwal girl Asifa Bano.
“This was an unfortunate incident. I am custodian of children of J&K. Let me assure you that we will take this case to logical end. We won’t spare the culprits no matter who stands with whom. This is the question of humanity. The day you feel that we have failed to do justice you won’t see any of us here not even our Chief Minister,” said Education Minister Altaf Bukhari, according to Greater Kashmir.
His remarks came a day after the opposition National Conference hit out at the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti over participation of two BJP ministers in a programme of the Hindu Ekta Manch – an organization that has been at the forefront defending the main accused Deepak Khajuria, who is a Special Police Officer.
Asked about the demand for handing over the case to CBI, Bukhari said: “I don’t think so as the case is already under investigations by the Crime Branch. Our police is very professional. The Crime Branch is conducting the investigation and it will be taken to logical conclusion. I assure you on behalf of the government that we will not fail to deliver justice in this matter.”
On Thursday, the BJP ministers Choudhary Lal Singh and Chandra Prakash Ganga attended the rally where the participants reiterated the demand for transfer of the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The minister’s presence at the function put the PDP in a tight spot.
“I don’t think so as the case is already under investigations by the Crime Branch. Our police is very professional. The Crime Branch is conducting the investigation and it will be taken to logical conclusion. I assure you on behalf of the government that we will not fail to deliver justice in this matter,” said Bukhari.
The eight-year old victim from Gujjar community had gone missing from outside her home in Rassana village on January 10 and her body was spotted by villagers in a nearby forest on January 17.
The investigation had led to arrest of a minor boy and SPO Deepak Khajuria. Days after the arrests, the Manch was formed in Kathua that took out a rally, waiving the tri-color, in support of the SPO, demanding his release and transfer of the case to CBI.
However the CB has said it wouldn’t be deterred by the protests and has since arrested another SPO.