Riyaz ul Khaliq
Jammu: Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday ordered suspension of SHO Hiranagar after persistent demand by the opposition parties to expedite magisterial enquiry in to the alleged rape and murder of a minor girl in Rasana area of Kathua.
Massive protests rocked the Legislative Assembly today as the opposition MLAs picked up holes in the initial probe by the police in alleged rape and murder of a minor.
The issue was raised by Congress MLA Usman Majeed and government was forced to issue a statement that SHO will be suspended till the probe is completed.
An 8-year-old girl was abducted on January 12 from near her home in Rasana. She was allegedly sexually abused before her dead body was recovered in forest area around 3 KMs away from her home.
Government said that a minor has been arrested who confessed to the crime. However, the opposition members picked up holes in the investigations and questioned as how a minor can abduct a girl for a week and that too in centre of a village.
The National Conference MLA, Abdul Majeed Larmi, alleged that it was a conspiracy so as to remove the minority community from the area.
“A magisterial enquiry will be conducted and whosoever will be found guilty will be punished even if they are from police or civil administration,” Parliamentary Affairs minister, Abdul Rehman Veeri, told the house. The opposition members walked in to the well seeking directions to suspend the SHO and Dy SP concerned for “fair and transparent probe”.
NC’s Mian Altaf and Congress’s G M Saroori wondered as why police did not act for seven days after the girl was abducted even after the family had registered the complaint.
“Send a strong message to police department that such lapses in duty won’t be accepted,” Usman asked the government while opposition members pressed for suspension of SHO and Dy SP.
It took the government 35 minutes to announce that the SHO will be suspended till the probe is completed. He had already been shifted out, Veeri informed the house.
At around 12:20 pm, PDP minister, Javed Mustafa Mir, told the house: “SHO will be suspended till the probe is completed.” The statement calmed down the house as the opposition had threatened that they won’t allow house to run till the police officer concerned was not placed under suspension.