SRINAGAR, Mar 8: National Conference today said that it had become clear beyond an iota of doubt that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was preparing an excuse to hand over the brutal and barbaric Kathua rape and murder case to the CBI as per the demand of her party’s alliance partner, the BJP – in an apparent attempt to shield the accused.
Senior National Conference leaders led by NC general secretary , Ali Muhammad Sagar, Provincial president Nasir Aslam Wani, Party vice president Chaudhary Muhammad Ramzan, besides others held a detailed meeting at party headquarters in Srinagar today to discuss the recent shocking developments surrounding this case.
In a joint statement issued at the conclusion of the meeting, the senior NC leaders expressed anguish at the recent revelation in various media reports that crucial evidence from the case had been destroyed by a police officer in a clear attempt to save the culprits. “This recent revelation not only indicates the insensitivity of the State Government in general and the ruthlessness and inefficiency of the Chief Minister in particular but also clearly hints at a nefarious plan by the Chief Minister to seek an excuse to hand over the case to the CBI as is being demanded by the ‘Hindu Ekta Manch’ and the BJP Ministers.
From day one this Government has been compounding the pain of this grave tragedy and tormenting the victim’s family through its irresponsible, casual and insensitive approach towards such a heinous crime that appears to have been perpetuated to instill fear and horror into the hearts and minds of a particular community.
“The Cabinet Ministers have not only politicized this heinous crime but have also ridiculed the Jammu and Kashmir Police by openly challenging its efficiency and objectivity as the Chief Minister cowered into a corner to save her chair. This whole plan seems to have come a full circle with the new revelation that crucial evidence has been destroyed by a police officer. While the said police officer has been apparently arrested, what does the Chief Minister intend to do about her Cabinet colleagues who have provided the political backing and thought behind such mischief by openly coming out in support of the accused? There was no doubt in our mind that the Chief Minister has buckled uncer pressure and is looking for an excuse to hand over the case to the CBI and this latest development proves that beyond a doubt”, the NC leaders added.
The NC leaders said the Chief Minister should come out and publicly disclose her motives and answer crucial questions about her complicity in facilitating the possible transfer of this case to the CBI. “The apprehensions and the perception that the Government wants to delay and finally deny justice in this case are being vindicated.