Geelani rues CM’s silence over the issue 

Srinagar: Expressing concern over the ‘silence’ observed by the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti over the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, senior separatist leader and Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said that the government is trying to shield the culprits involved in the heinous crime.

He said 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 so-called alliance is being run from Nagpur,” said Geelani.

Strongly criticising the move to organize protests by some locals in which few ministers and party workers also joined, Syed Ali Geelani said that, how can the present regime take due course of action against the culprits when its two cabinet ministers participated in rally.

Lamenting at state administration, Syed Ali Geelani said despite restrictions on public rallies, the pro-criminal rally was organised which clearly illustrates that they believe in bullying and lawlessness in the state.

Citing the statement of two cabinet level ministers including Chander Prakash Ganga, and Chowdary Lal Singh, wherein they demanded to handover the investigation of Asifa’s case to CBI,” Geelani said, that ‘’communalizing and politicising a murder and rape case is unacceptable”.

Geelani said that 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 or the other pretext.

Geelani said that pro-criminal rally reflects the total moral bankruptcy of ruling partners, saying that threatening the Gujjars in Kathua depicts sick mindset for reaping political dividends.

Rape and murder of innocent minor deserves highest form of condemnation, said Geelani and expressed his shock that those in power corridors instead of helping in smooth trial are creating hurdles and communalising situation in state.

He said the people irrespective of their religion also support the same punishment to the guilty and it’s the collective responsibility of all the humans living in the state to ensure stern punishment to the people involved in the rape and murder of Asifa.

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