Kathua rape and murder: J&K CM accepts BJP ministers' resignations

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"Therefore, keeping in mind the perception and general situation, the two BJP leaders, after holding consultations with the prime minister and other senior leaders of the party, made a decision to submit their resignations", Madhav told reporters.

PDP sources said Mehbooba Mufti had made it clear to the BJP high command that unless these two ministers stepped down, she could not continue to head the coalition in the state.

The BJP on Sunday asked Congress President Rahul Gandhi to sack his party's Jammu and Kashmir President Ghulam Ahmed Mir for saying that the investigation in the rape and murder of a young girl in Kathua was motivated. Victim's mother has also alleged in the FIR filed in this case that Shashi singh was present at the spot when the incident happened.

"We appreciate our alliance partner, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Ram Madhav and Amit Shah for their support and taking resignation of the two ministers about whom the media said that their role was not positive", PDP legislator Naeem Akhtar said.

"The first FIR is related to allegations of rape on the MLA and a woman, the second is of the June 2017 event in which the teenager's family accused four people of kidnapping and raping her", it said. "What Madhav ji said in the press conference, that is all".

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Reports inform KNS that the Chief Minister has on Sunday dispatched the resignation letters of Forest Minister Lal Singh and Industries Minister CP Ganga to Raj Bhavan for information.

The duo had attended a rally held in Kathua on March 3 organized by a recently formed outfit Hindu Ekta Manch in support of a Special Police Officer (SPO) Deepak Khajuria and some others arrested by the police for their alleged involvement in the crime. Both of them have resigned. "And if PDP and BJP continue to resolve their issues like this, I see there is no substitute to this alliance". She was taken to a temple in Rasana village in Kathua district. The girl was kidnapped on January 10 and her body was found on January 17.

He accused the Congress party of playing double standards. A group of lawyers also tried to stop the police from filing a charge sheet against the accused.

She was produced in local CBI court in the evening today.