Kathua minor’s murder’: Govt suspends SHO,Opposition stages protest in assembly, demands action 

JAMMU: Amid uproar by opposition over brutal ‘rape and murder’ of 8-year-old in Kathua, government on Saturday ordered suspension of SHO Hiranagar.
According to the GNS correspondent, the legislators of opposition NC and Congress including Shamima Firdous, Ali Mohd Sagar, GM Saroori, Mubarak Gil Mian Altaf, Altaf Kaloo, Vikar Rasol, Abdul Majeed Larmi and Usman Majeed staged massive protest inside the assembly, demanding strict action against those responsible for “rape and murder” of 8-year old girl namely Asifa at Rasana area of Hiranagar in Kathua district.
The opposition members questioned silence by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and also pointed fingers at police investigation. “The screams and cries of the girl were heard by neighbors. Why was such a delay by police,” they said.
Asifa was abducted on Jan 10 and questioned police for not conducting searches inside the small village where she was kept inside the cowshed.
BJP MLA for Kathua constituency Rajeev Jasrotia stood up from his chair and said “you are playing politics on religion basis and you want to communalize the issue”.
The MLA Kathua’s remarks triggered protests in the House even as Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri and Minister for Relief and Rehabilitation Javid Mustufa Mir tried calm down the situation. They went near MLA Kathua and asked him not to make such statement.
The legislators amid protests shouted that cops including SHO and DSP want to hush up the case.
“How 15-year-old can kill and manage to dump the body by taking it from the cowshed some three kilometers away”, the legislators said and demanded suspension of SHO concerned and other police officers.
Meanwhile, Law Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the House that government has ordered the suspension of SHO concerned till further inquiry.
“No one will be spared and action will be initiated against those responsible for the murder”, Veeri said. (GNS)