SRINAGAR: National Conference on Saturday termed the participation of senior cabinet ministers of PDP-BJP government in the Hindu Ekta Manch event at Kathua as an open challenge to the authority of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.
In a statement, NC spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said this was a conclusive proof that ministers of the government were interfering in the ongoing criminal investigation of the heinous rape and murder of an eight-year-old child.
He asked the chief minister to explain how prohibitory orders imposed in the area were openly violated by two of her cabinet colleagues as well as MLAs from the ruling dispensation and till now why no action under law has been taken on this transgression.
“Is the chief minister too scared to act? Is power so important to her that she is willing to be ridiculed in such fashion,” the spokesperson said.
He said the judiciary should take a strong note of these brazen attempts to interfere into the ongoing investigation and hold the BJP ministers, legislators and the organisers of such events legally accountable. “We appeal to courts to take suo moto cognisance of these violations and attempts to create hindrances into an ongoing investigation into a very sensitive matter both for the family of the innocent victim but also the people of the state at large. The law is supreme and if the chief minister has failed to uphold her duty then the courts should take note of this collapse in the law and order machinery and take immediate steps to restore the faith of the people in the law of the land.”
Seeking fast-tracking of the ongoing investigation, the NC spokesperson said divisive elements were using the pretext of a demand for a CBI probe to slow-down the investigation and intimidate both the family of the victim, key witnesses as well as the investigation officers. “The probe should be fast-tracked and monitored by the court on a day-to-day basis considering both the severity and sensitivity of the beastly crime as also repeated attempts of interference by senior ministers and political quarters. The police should first be allowed to do its job and then be held accountable,” he said.