BJP ministers not pro-rapists, says Ram Madhav in Kathua rape case

No other family should go through what they did the victim's family said

Ram Madhav, who is in-charge of party affairs in J-K, said that the two ministers made it clear that they never meant to create hurdles in the investigations of the rape-murder of Kathua girl.

Meanwhile, chief minister Mehbooba Mufti is in Srinagar where she is meeting party legislators and senior ministers to discuss the future course of action on the Kathua rape and murder case of an eight-year-old minor girl. But both these ministers cleared that it was not their intention to interfere in the Crime Branch investigation.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and party In-Charge of Jammu and Kashmir Ram Madhavon Saturday said that the Jammu and Kashmir government will ensure justice for the girl and punishment to the culprits in the Kathua rape and murder case.

The Chief Minister is also slated to announced the termination of the accused police officers against whom a chargesheet has been filed.

"The ministers decided that they will resign from their post".

The BJP sent the resignations to the chief minister who in turn will pass it on to Governor N N Vohra for acceptance, PDP leaders said. "The allegations on them being pro-rapists aren't true".

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He was referring to Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chandra Prakash Ganga, who had drawn criticism from all quarters over their participation in a rally in support of the accused in the Kathua rape and murder case.

Mehbooba Mufti, who chaired the party's meeting in Srinagar, thanked the prime minister and the national media and said the unity in ranks was an emotional reach out to protest against the heinous crimes. He lashed out at the Congress and accused it of having tried to politicise the issue.

The BJP leader also denied that its ministers had resigned under pressure from the PDP.

The BJP leader said that as far Rohingyas were concerned, Union Home Ministry was seized of the matter and effective steps would be taken "very soon". "The state government, of which the BJP is also a part, will try to deliver justice".

Both Ganga and Singh had participated in the rally on March 1 after the Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police had arrested the nephew of a caretaker of a "devisathan" (temple) in connection with the kidnapping and rape of the little girl. The body of the girl was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17 - almost a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area.

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