Geelani slams CM for ‘criminal silence’ in Kathua girl’s rape and murder case

Srinagar

Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday while lashing at chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for her “criminal silence” over the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu said that efforts by the ruling dispensation to shield and to give cover to the real culprits are the biggest irony.

“We have no doubt that so-called alliance is being run from Nagpur,” said Geelani in a statement.

Strongly criticising the “pro-criminal” rally at Kathua, in which a few ministers and party workers joined, Geelani said, “How can puppet regime take a due course of action against culprits when its two cabinet ministers participated in the rally?”

Slamming state administration, Hurriyat (G) chairman said despite restrictions on public rallies, the “pro-criminal” rally was organized which clearly illustrates that they believe in bullying. He said “lawlessness” in the state is at its peak.

Citing the statement of two cabinet-level ministers Chander Prakash Ganga, and Chowdary Lal Singh, wherein they demanded to hand over the investigation of the minor girl’s case to CBI, Geelani said that communalizing and politicising a murder and rape case is unacceptable.

“It is highly condemnable that these pro-criminals and campaigners have tarnished all ethics and instead of providing any relief to victim’s family, they are being intimidated and harassed on one pretext or the other,” he said.

Geelani said that “pro-criminal” really reflects the total “moral bankruptcy” of ruling partners. He said that threatening the Gujjars in Kathua depicts sick mindset for reaping political dividends.

“Rape and murder of innocent minor deserve highest form of condemnation,” said Geelani and expressed shock that those in power corridors instead of helping in the smooth trial are creating hurdles and the communalising situation in the state.

He said the people irrespective of their religion also support the same punishment to the guilty and it’s the collective responsibility of all the humans living in the J&K state to ensure stern punishment to the people involved in the rape and murder of the minor girl.

“Those in power corridors can go to any extent,” said Geelani and in his fervent appeal asked people to disassociate from these “opportunists” who for the lust of chair, take people for granted and play with their sentiments.

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