Govt suspends SHO after opposition refuses to relent in Kathua Minor’s killing

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Jammu, Jan 20 (UNI): Jammu and Kashmir Government on Saturday suspended the Station House Officer after opposition members created pandemonium in the Legislative Assembly over minor girl’s death, who was found “murdered” after a week of her missing in Hiranagar Tehsil of Kathua district.
Congress MLA from Bandipora, Usman Majid raised the issue of brutal killing of a minor girl alleging that she was kept in illegal confinement for seven days in a cow shed where she was also raped. The member told the House that the police claimed to have arrested 15-year-old boy in the incident and added, “how a teenager boy can keep the girl in illegal confinement, rape her for seven days and then murder her.”
“Police is trying to shield the real culprits,” said the member adding that why the police during investigation, did not visit to the cow shed, which was within the jurisdiction. “The SHO and the Deputy Superintendent of Police should have been immediately suspended,” he demanded and said that the police is trying to “hush-up” the matter.
The member was also supported by the opposition National Conference members, who stood on their seats shouting slogans. MLA Kathua Rajiv Jasrotia said, “we condemn this incident but why are you (opposition) trying to communalise/regionalise it.”
On BJP MLA’s remarks, entire opposition created ruckus in the House shouting, “Qatil Ko Fansi Do”, “Laadli Beti Ko Insaaf Do”, “Criminal Sarkar Hai Hai”. NC MLA Mian Altaf said that they are communalising the issue but the BJP instead should condemned it.
Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri while replying in the House on behalf of the Government said, “we have already ordered the magisterial enquiry and it is a humanitarian issue. There should be no politicisation”. National Conference member Ali Mohammad Sagar said that if you (government) had suspended the officer earlier, a clear and strong message would have gone to the department.
He said that they (opposition) would not allow the House proceedings unless action is taken following which Mr Veeri said that the SHO has been suspended. “We have placed the SHO Hiranagar under suspension till the enquiry is completed,” said Mr Veeri.

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