Rasheed accuses BJP of giving Kathua incident a communal colour

Fazil Buchh

Srinagar: Independent lawmaker and MLA Langate Er Rasheed on Tuesday asked the Jammu and Kashmir chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to step down if she cannot protect the life and honour of people.

Rasheed said that he had to lead a protest march in Srinagar on Tuesday morning against the Shopian killings and failure of the government to nab the real culprits involved in the shameful incident at Kathua resulting in the brutal murder of 8-year-old Asifa but was placed under house detention since early this morning.

Er Rasheed addressing a press conference at his residence Jawaharnagar Srinagar.

Addressing a press conference at his residence, Er Rasheed accused BJP of giving a communal twist to Kathua incident.

“While the local population of both the communities were united to condemn the incident, unfortunately, MLA Hiranagar Deepak Sharma and MLA Samba DK Malyal visited the village Rasana later in the evening and held deliberations with people of one particular community and things changed all of a sudden.” Adding that SHO concerned was forced to reveal that the accused arrested is a juvenile”.

Rasheed said that there can be nothing shameful than the fact that Asifa was not allowed to be buried in graveyard at ‘Kota Mode’ where the local Muslims had purchased the land for the graveyard and nearly one dozen graves already existed there and the bereaved family was forced to bury the dead body at Bandi some 7 kilometers away from her native place.

Rasheed added that “not only the real culprits are roaming free, adding that SPO at Hiranagar police station is wreaking havoc in entire Muslim population and has got the shamelessly full patronage of the local administration.

Even the water supply of the population has been cut off. While whole India stood with Nirbhaya but not even a single voice comes in support of Asifa, thus proving yet again that neither Indian media nor Indian Civil society gives even a damn to what happens in Jammu and Kashmir”

Rasheed also questioned his detention and said that police has crossed limits and is doing everything to suppress the voice of masses. He also rejected Mehbooba Mufti’s revelations in the assembly about Shopian killings and reminded her that lodging FIR against culprits is not the job of Nirmala Sita Raman but that of an SHO and she should restrain from hiding her failures and rather own them.

Meanwhile, a deputation of AIP including District president Kulgam Dr Ab Bari Nayak and Distt President Shopian Haji Mohammad Yousuf visited the families of slain youth in Shopian and offered condolences to the bereaved families.

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