Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mufti appreciates people for dismissing 'communal forces'

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Sources in People's Democratic Party (PDP) said that party president and Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti communicated BJP high command and asked to take strong note of their two members' over their involvement in lending help to the accused of Kathua child rape and Murder Case.

After a marathon meeting of party's legislator here, senior PDP leader and Public Works Minister Naeem Akhtar told reporters that the party hopes for the same kind of support from the country on other issues in the state.

The rape and murder of the nomadic Muslim Bakerwal community girl has created a controversy after lawyers in Jammu called for a shutdown on Wednesday, demanding the case be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Madhav, who stitched the alliance along with the PDP's Haseeb Drabu, has arrived in Jammu and Kashmir today and he will choose fresh faces from the BJP for the cabinet after the unceremonious exit of Ganga and Lal Singh. "I want to thank people of Jammu for standing united against the gory crime", she said.

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Pressure has been mounting on Mehbooba Mufti to end alliance with the BJP after two BJP leaders were accused of defending Kathua rapists. Addressing an Ambedkar rally in New Delhi, the PM said the accused men involved in the Kathua and Unnao rape incidents will not be spared. The girl had disappeared from a spot near her house close to Rasana village on January 10.

Earlier, Mufti lauded the people of Jammu for dismissing communal forces and their unwavering support for justice to an eight-year-old girl who was raped and killed in Kathua. Certainly, there was a lack of discretion. Chief Minister couldn't take any action against these two ministers for months.

He cautioned that there should be no communal politics played over the ghastly crime and everyone should ensure speedy justice and exemplary punishment to the culprits.

He said the Mehbooba Mufti-led coalition government in the state had been told to withdraw the directive concerning Tribal with regard to encroachments in Jammu.