SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday lashed out at chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for her “criminal silence” over the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, saying that efforts by the ruling dispensation to “shield” and to “give cover to the real culprits” is the biggest irony.
“We have no doubt that the so-called alliance is being run from Nagpur,” Geelani said in a statement.
He strongly criticised the “pro-criminal” rally at Kathua, in which a few ministers joined, and said, “How can a puppet regime take due course of action against culprits when its two cabinet ministers participated in rally?”
“Despite restrictions on public rallies, the pro-criminal rally was organised which clearly illustrates that they believe in bullying, and the lawlessness in state is at its peak,” Geelani said.
Citing the statements of two cabinet ministers Chander Prakash Ganga and Chowdary Lal Singh, wherein they demanded to handover the case of minor girl to CBI, Hurriyat chairman said that communalizing and politicising a murder and rape case is unacceptable.
“It is highly condemnable that these pro-criminals and campaigners have tarnished all ethics and instead of providing any relief to victim’s family, they are being intimidated and harassed on one pretext or the other. That pro-criminal rally reflects the total moral bankruptcy of ruling partners. Threatening Gujjars in Kathua depicts the sick mindset for reaping political dividends.”
Geelani said the people irrespective of their religion support the same punishment to the guilty and it is the collective responsibility of all the humans living in J&K to ensure stern punishment to the accused.
“Those in power corridors can go to any extent,” Geelani said and in his fervent appeal asked people to disassociate from “these opportunists, who for the lust of chair, take people for granted and play with their sentiments”.