Kathua rape and murder: ‘Destroying evidence’ deliberate attempt to shield the accused, says Geelani

Kathua rape and murder: ‘Destroying evidence’ deliberate attempt to shield the accused, says Geelani
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Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday alleged ruling coalition in state for providing safe passage to those accused in Kathua rape and murder case.
In a statement, Geelani blamed authorities for deliberate attempt to hush up the case by destroying evidences and building up a communal narrative around the heinous crime.
Geelani expressed deep concern saying that local police influenced the investigations and later case was shelved without assigning any reason.
Lashing at ruling elite, Geelani said they are trampling all norms and ethics and added that instead of preserving the evidences, the police destroyed all evidences to save skin of those involved in barbarous crime.
APHC chairman condemned the “politicization and communalization” of an eight-year-old girl’s rape and murder, and alleged that vested and communal sections were politicizing and communalizing situations, thus sabotaging investigation.
“It is a well thought out ploy to save criminals and in-depth investigation will lead to more arrests and will certainly reveal the involvement of more assailants,” asserted Geelani.
He said it is quite strange that instead of cooperating with investigating agencies to nab culprits, these stale minded elements are creating hurdles, and this indicates that those organising rally and protests in favour of criminals, too are involved and demanded fast track court trial so that justice can be dispensed.
Commenting over the slow pace in investigations, intentions to handover case to CBI and pressure created by vested interests, Geelani said that it is a deliberate move to shelve the case as was observed in Asiya and Nilofer Shopian double murder and rape case.
Blaming BJP and other communal elements for hooliganism, bullying and instigating sectarian strife in state, Geelani said that it will have dire consequences and distressing effect on dignity and honour of citizens living in state.
He stressed for impartial probe and stringent action against those involved in Kathua rape and murder case, saying, “we are closely monitoring the case proceedings and situations and won’t allow any attempt to influence investigation.”
“People won’t act as mute spectator and will react and resent if accused are favoured with lenient view,” said Geelani.