Two BJP ministers, who supported Kathua gangrape accused, resign

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The two BJP ministers, Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Parkash Ganga, who had joined the rallies in support of the accused in the gangrape and murder of a eight-year-old girl in Kathua district in Jammu and Kashmir, on Friday submitted their resignations to state party president Sat Sharma.

The resigation comes in the backdrop of outrage over their participation in a rally organised by Hindu Ekta Manch to support accused in Asifa rape-and-murder case.

The charge sheet has revealed that the girl was held in a temple, drugged, gang-raped and later killed.

The BJP has already condemned the ministers' act, Lekhi said before going on to claim that the two were "misled and misguided" by some people. "The J&K police conducted a thorough investigation and have arrested the accused", she said.

Kathua rape-murder case: The body of the girl was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area.

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The girl had disappeared from a spot near her house on 10 January. It was in Nagaon in Assam. "A class V student ..." What do you think about the growing violence against women & children?

Later, the case was transferred to the Jammu and Kashmir Police's Crime Branch. She had accused Sengar, the MLA of Bangarmau, only a month later, the BJP spokesperson added.

Two Special Police Officers (SPOs) were also arrested, and later, five more people, including a former revenue official and the alleged conspirator, surrendered before the Special Investigation Team. He was an accused in an Arms Act case. Lekhi said that the Unnao rape victim had not mentioned Sengar name in her original complaint.

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Nandkumar Singh Chauhan has said that Hindus number less than 1 per cent of the population in Indian-held Kashmir, reported Financial Express.

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