Srinagar: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Friday said she was “appalled” by the marches and protests in defence of SPO who was recently arrested in connection with the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district in January.
She also condemned the use of the Tricolour in a rally by a right-wing group Hindu Ekta Manch in Jammu demanding the release of Special Police Officer Deepak Khajuria.
“Appalled by the marches & protests in defense of the recently apprehended rapist in Kathua. Also horrified by their (protesters’) use of our national flag in these demonstrations, this is nothing short of desecration,” Mehbooba tweeted.
The accused was under arrest and the law would follow its course, the chief minister added.
The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Crime Branch last week arrested SPO for rape and murder of eight-year-old tribal nomad girl in Hiranagar area of Kathua district in Jammu.
He was arrested after SIT got clinching evidence about his alleged involvement in the case.
As per media reports, the motive to kill the girl was to instill fear among the tribal community in the area. Police had arrested a teenager before the case was shifted to Crime Branch.
Body of the eight-year-old girl was found near the jungles at Rasana village of Hiranagar in Kathua district on January 17, a week after she went missing near her home in Kota village.
The family of the girl had alleged that she was abducted, held captive for a week and raped before she was murdered, given the nature of wounds on her body.