MLA Mendhar and senior National Conference (NC) leader Javed Ahmed Rana Thursday accused the Government of shielding the main accused persons involved in abduction, alleged rape and brutal murder case of minor girl of Rassana, Kathua.
“Crime Branch which has been asked to conduct probe into the abduction, alleged rape and brutal murder is only an eye wash and the main accused persons are being shielded under a political patronage,” alleged Rana. Rana who visited Rasana village in Hiranagar tehsil of Kathua district and met parents of the victim. During his interaction with the parents, Rana expressed his grief and sympathy with the bereaved family members.
Rana, in a statement, expressed shock over the failure of the police in tracing the missing girl for a week and instead of helping the victims, the police department tried to shield the culprits by arresting a juvenile boy who is just 15 year old. “It is no possible for a 15 year old boy to kidnapped an eight year old girl alone without the help of anyone and keep her in captivity for over a week before killing her in such a brutal manner which has no example in the past,” alleged Rana.
He alleged that the bereaved family was not even allowed to bury their daughter in local grave yard by the local residents on the behest of right wing people. “The family had to track travel 8 km on foot in the forests and then, they buried the minor girl, who was murdered for no crime,” alleged Rana, while raising question mark on the police and local politicians who are behind to ensure no arrest of the accused persons. Under this pressure, the police has tried to deviate attention of the masses from the issue with the arrest of a 15-year-old boy and leveled him as main accused who allegedly abducted, and murdered the minor girl. “The minorities in Kathua district especially Rasana and Kootah villages are unsafe and they are facing social boycott from the locals. They are facing alleged discrimination,” alleged Rana while quoting some Gujjars-Bakkerwal who met him and disclosed their experiences.
The National Conference MLA from Mendhar demanded that the Aquaf / Custodian departments should seriously look into the abandoned land belonging to the community to be allotted to these landless and unsafe nomads and also to see a local Masjid at Kootah village. “The time has come when the State Government should wake up and work for the unity of the communities because from past some times and ensure mutual brotherhood,” he appealed and said that the two communities should also create a cordial atmosphere and inter-dependence. He appealed the Government to act against the killers of the nomad girl and put them behind the bars before it is too late. “Those who murdered, allegedly raped and abducted the minor girl are not humans and they don’t have any religion. Those who are supporting such criminals for their heinous crimes should be brought to book to keep the society united and safe for the minorities,” he said.