Kathua case: J&K CM accepts resignation of BJP ministers

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The opposition parties are busy playing politics and Congress president Rahul Gandhi taking out a midnight vigil doesn't make much of a difference.

Mr Mir defended himself and said, "This is an old video. Because of Mir sahab's demand that there was some progress, action in the case", Congress leader Pawan Khera told reporters in Delhi. "It was prior to the arrest of the mastermind and main accused, and others (in the Kathua case)", he said.

Sanji Ram is among the eight arrested, along with his son Vishal Jangotra and his nephew, all of whom, according to the police, raped the girl.

Asked about the demand for a CBI probe into the incident, the BJP leader said, "The police has completed the probe and now it is in the court of law".

Javadekar and Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari also referred to an incident, in which some people, sporting saffron "gamcha" and wielding swords, raised provocative slogans in front of a mosque here during a Ram Navami procession.

Hundreds of people took to the streets in multiple cities across India to protest against the Modi government's lack of action against accused in gang rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu and Kashmir and of a minor girl in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh.

Singh, who held the Environment and Forest portfolio and Ganga, the Industries and Commerce Minister, submitted their resignations to state BJP chief Satpal Sharma. Madhav maintained that the two BJP leaders had gone to Kathua in March to pacify the public and also to look into the matter of the gruesome crime.

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Claiming that they were Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) workers, Tiwari alleged that they wanted to instigate riots and blame the BJP for the same. "Today people are asking them questions, who are they (the BJP) to ask questions", Khera asked.

Kour, however, expressed surprise over what she called the projection of the bar association as pro-rapist and anti-national and said instead of projecting our main demand of deportation of illegally settled Rohingyas and clarity on the stand of the government on Tribal Affairs, the focus had been shifted to Kathua rape and murder case.

"You removed two ministers, that too in the wake of pressure?"

The incident came to light after the victim tried to set herself ablaze outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's residence on Sunday.

The girl went missing from near her house in Rasana on January 10 and her body was found seven days later in the forests nearby.

The crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police had arrested the nephew of a caretaker of a temple in connection with the kidnapping and rape of the girl, following which the two ministers participated in a rally in support of the accused.

"Rest for the "baayan bazi" (making statements) we have been receiving in last couple of days, we will wait for the PDP to take a view on that and convey what is the view of the leadership".