Kathua rape-murder aftermath: Ex-minister Lal Singh blames everyone but himself

“This is sheer double standards and suggests something fishy in the entire case,” Singh said.

YOGESH SAGOTRA
Jammu, Publish Date: Apr 22 2018 1:44AM | Updated Date: Apr 22 2018 1:44AM
Kathua rape-murder aftermath: Ex-minister Lal Singh blames everyone but himselfFile Photo

Shamed over his support to the accused in rape and murder of the Kathua child, ex-minister ChoudharyLal Singh continues to defy his party demanding a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation into the gruesome incident and questioning everyone from the chief minister to his own BharatiyaJanata Party leaders.

Singh blamed chief minister Mehbooba Mufti of double standards saying she had demanded a CBI probe into the ‘rape and murder’ case of Shopian sisters-in-law in 2009 while in opposition but opposed the same into the Kathua case.  

“This is sheer double standards and suggests something fishy in the entire case,” Singh said. 

 “CBI probe would give clarity to many doubts but refusing it hints that government is scared of being exposed for insulting Dogras.”

Continuing to defy his own party, Singh addressed a series of public meetings in border villages of Hiranagar on Saturday as part of his campaign for mobilising people for a CBI inquiry into the Kathua case. 

The gruesome gang-rape and murder of a 8-year-old Bakerwal child caused an international outrage bringing pressure on the establishment in the state and New Delhi alike for justice to the victim and her devastated family.

Singh also alleged the government was getting directions from Hurriyat Conference leaders for defaming Dogras of Jammu.

“If (Syed Ali) Geelani is against CBI inquiry and government does not wish to annoy him, then we have to understand that there is larger conspiracy than meets the eye and we have to struggle for our (Dogra) identity,” Singh told his followers.

Singh also attacked deputy chief minister, Nirmal Singh for trying to suppress him.

“Targeting my friends and relatives will not shatter my resolve for seeking CBI probe,” Singh said, apparently referring to Sunday’s raids on forest produce processing units in Kathua and Samba owned by Singh, his friends and brother.

The raids were conducted by forest department, which Lal Singh headed before he was ousted from the cabinet after which the charge for forest ministry went to the deputy chief minister. 

Singh said “Kashmir centric leaders” always tried to suppress Jammu leaders but he was the one not to give in. 

“I believe in Newton’s 3rd law. The more you try to suppress me the more powerful I would emerge.”