Kathua case: Mufti lauds people for dismissing communal forces

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The BJP's architect of alliance with the PDP, Ram Madhav, has arrived in the state on Saturday to follow up on the prime minister's commitment even as the two tainted ministers have resigned.

Settling any doubts on the future of the PDP-BJP coalition government, Akhtar said, "We appreciate our alliance partner BJP, which supported us".

That was perhaps his clearest reference to the PDP's alliance with the BJP under which the situation in Kashmir has deteriorated and the rate of civilian deaths has been quite high.

Meanwhile, reports from Kathua district say the family of the 8-year old nomad girl has already fled the village fearing reprisal from sympathizers of those who raped and murdered their daughter. Political, social, trade and tourist organizations in Jammu have been protesting against the settlement of Rohingya Muslims, whom they perceive as a security threat, in the region and demanding their deportation.

In an earlier tweet she also said it was comforting to see the Supreme Court pull up the Jammu bar association for blocking justice in the rape and murder case of minor girl.

Addressing a Press conference at the residence of Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh, Madhav said the two BJP Ministers tendered their resignation in view of a perception being created.

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Senior Trinamool Congress leaders and ministers Chandrima Bhattacharya and Shashi Panja took part in the procession organised by the women's wing of the party.

Both the ministers - Industries Minister Chandra Prakash Ganga and Forest Minister Lal Singh had backed the men accused in the Kathua rape case.

The chief minister said that she was in constant touch with BJP president Amit Shah and Madhav as well as Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

The chief minister further assured the entire nation that she stands committed not to just ensure justice for the minor girl but will also seek exemplary punishment for the perpetrators of the heinous crime. "We do not need a CBI probe, we have faith in the investigation by the Crime Branch", said the eight-year-old's biological mother. "The ministers accused the J&K Police of carrying out a biased investigation which vitiated the atmosphere in Jammu and emboldened the people to hit the streets", a senior PDP leader told Firstpost.

"We will speak to our party legislature and also to the two ministers who have submitted their resignations", Madhav, who is also the BJP incharge for Jammu and Kashmir, said.

"I have demanded a CBI inquiry in this matter".