Jammu: Opposition National Conference (NC) today decried “communalisation and politicisation” of a rape-and-murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district, saying it was highly deplorable and against civilised behaviour.
NC provincial president Devender Singh Rana urged the administration to take all necessary steps to instill confidence among the people to sternly dealt with criminals and their sympathisers irrespective of their religious backgrounds.
Body of the minor girl was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area.
The government had on January 23 handed over the case to crime branch of the state police which arrested a Special Police Officer (SPO) for his alleged involvement in abduction and killing of the girl.
Earlier, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) had arrested a 15-year-old boy and claimed the accused had strangulated the victim after she resisted his rape attempt.
The government ordered suspension of a station house officer on January 20 apart from ordering a magisterial probe in the case, which triggered protests in and outside state assembly.
Rana’s statement came a day after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti despised a rally by a right-wing group for using the Tricolour and demanding the release of the arrested SPO. PTI