Jammu: Involved in controversy for supporting the eight men accused of raping and murdering an 8-year-old girl in Kathua, BJP leader Choudhary Lal Singh on Tuesday gave speeches in a dozen places in Kathua district to drum up support for his demand that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe the crime.
While addressing the public and media at Kootah Morh in Kathua district, where the girl was murdered in January, Singh said, “The media deliberately spread misinformation was against us. We the Dogras of Jammu were projected as pro-rapists. No one bothered to hear the grievance of the people. They are demanding a CBI probe and the accused demanded a narco test. Is it a crime?”
In the backdrop of the accquasations, Singh and BJP leader Chander Prakash Ganga had to resign as ministers of the Mehbooba Mufti government on Friday after it emerged that they had in March attended a rally organised by Hindu Ekta Manch, a radical organisation which says accused in the Kathua crime are innocent.
Singh clarified that he attended the rally to defuse the situation in Kathua and he didn’t support the accused. “The media created a false perception of the entire incident. We want justice for the girl. She was our daughter and therefore a CBI probe becomes indispensable,” he told journalists.
Singh’s motorcade and speeches in towns along the Jammu-Pathankot drew crowds as he criticised chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and said the state police’s investigation in the Kathua murder couldn’t be trusted.
All the eight accused pleaded not guilty on Monday in the principal district and sessions court in Kathua.