Riyaz ul Khaliq
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday conceded to the pressure of opposition parties thus ordering a magisterial level inquiry in to the rape and murder of a minor in Kathua some days back.
As soon as the business resumed in the assembly this morning, National Conference and Congress members stood up from their seats and sought status of the SIT investigation in to the rape and murder of an 8-year-old Asifa Bano.
Amid “Laadli beti ko, insaaf do; Sharam karo, sharam karo” slogans led by MLA Nubra, Deldan Namgyal, Parliamentary Affairs minister, Abdul Rehman Veeri – after discussions with ministers Nirmal Singh and Altaf Bukhari – told the house: “an inquiry at the level of magistrate or DC will be held and anyone found guilty will be taken to task.”
Veeri added that anyone from police or administration if found accused of “not acting at appropriate time will be punished”.
He was responding to charges leveled by opposition that the police officials concerned did not act swiftly after slain Asifa went missing on January 12. She was found raped and dead in the forest area of the her home district on 17 January.
NC accused government of “not serious about the issue”.
The issue rocked house on Thursday following which a SIT was formed and investigations started.