Kathua rape case: Mehbooba Mufti seeks fast track court, sacks accused cops

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The resignation letters were submitted to the state party chief Sat Sharma by the two ministers on Friday and the issue was discussed in the presence of Ram Madhav by the BJP legislature party this morning.

The two ministers had participated in a rally on March 1 in support of the men who allegedly raped and murdered an eight-year-old Muslim nomad girl. They made the two ministers resign.

The third case pertains to the allegations against the victim's father, who was arrested by the police under the Arms Act and put in jail, where he died.

He said there is no threat to the coalition government and the two parties are working in coordination. After being missing for a week, her body was found on January 17.

Javadekar while reacting to it said, "When our ministers expressed these sentiments, the Congress, the media made a lot of noise".

BJP State President Yeddyurappa's second son, Vijayendra who was not in the news until the day of the announcement for the party's probable candidates left BJP leaders surprised when his name was added in the list.

Ms Mufti's People's Democratic Party and the BJP had nearly reached a breaking point after the two BJP leaders participated in a rally on March 1 to protest against the Crime Branch.

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Mufti apprised them of the situation and requested them for their intervention to defuse the political crisis brewing in the state over the Kathua rape case, they said. "They have been victimised", Balbir Singh, a spokesman for Choudhary Lal Singh, told AFP.

PDP came out with a strong statement blaming the Centre and "hawkish and communal" elements in the BJP for failing the objective of the alliance between the two parties in the state.

Speaking of the rape incident in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao, Lekhi said: "This is a 10-month-old case".

"There is no trouble in the BJP-PDP alliance".

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". "I want to thank people of Jammu for standing united against the gory crime", she said.

Congress leader Pawan Khera said the party did not defend its Karnataka leader Dinesh Gundurao's remark on Yogi Adityanath.

The BJP on Sunday demanded that the main opposition Congress party sack its state leader in Jammu and Kashmir after he suggested the police investigation was politically motivated. He said they had gone to Rasana as they had a responsibility to reach out to the people. It was pleaded before court that the CBI team quizzed Sengar and extracted some information from him and so they need PCR of Shashi Singh to cross check Sengar's statement.

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