‘I am not brainwashing anyone’
Srinagar: The father of the killed 8-year-old Kathua girl said on Saturday that New Delhi-based social activist and columnist Madhu Kishwar came to him to ask that he agree to a CBI probe into his daughter’s rape and murder.
Lawyers in Kathua as well as the Hindu Ekta Manch, a Hindu group that counts among its members the man accused of masterminding the little girl’s rape and murder, have been demanding a CBI probe into the case. They say that the Jammu & Kashmir Police cannot be trusted to defend the interests of the Hindu community in Kathua. A five-member fact-finding panel of the Bar Council of India has also “justified” the need for a CBI probe in its report submitted to the top court on April 26. The JK high court and the government has contradicted the BCI version in their affidavits in Supreme Court.
The slain Bakerwal girl’s father, Mohammad Yousuf Pujwala, told Kashmir Reader that Kishwar reached Suransar in Jammu’s mountainous region some days ago, along with two girls and a policeman, to talk to him about the case. Pujwala’s nomadic family with their livestock is staying at Suransar after fleeing from Kathua’s Rasana village early this month. The family will move to Kashmir Valley for the summer as they do every year in a seasonal migration.
“They (Kishwar and her companions) wanted us to go for a CBI investigation. They said, what is the problem with a CBI probe? They (CBI) will do proper investigations into the case. Aapko kya takleef hai?” Pujwala said.
“I told them I don’t want a CBI probe. I am satisfied with the Crime Branch investigations. The government is doing the right thing. Wo doodh ka doodh aur paani ka paani nikalenge,” Pujwala said that he replied to Kishwar.
“A policeman named ‘Mudasir’ accompanied Kishwar to Suransar that day,” Pujwala said.
Gujjar activist Talib Hussain, who has been rallying for justice in the Kathua case, corroborated what Pujwala said. “Kishwar wanted them to go for a CBI probe but he refused,” Hussain told Kashmir Reader.
Kishwar, however, denied the allegations. She said she met Pujwala to hear the story from the “horse’s mouth”.
“I wanted to get a first-hand account from him. I asked him about it (CBI probe) just like everyone else is asking him. Who am I to tell him (to go for a CBI probe),” Kishwar said.
“I am not Barkha Dutt to brainwash him. It is not my job to persuade him. I am not brainwashing anyone; I am only listening,” Kishwar told Kashmir Reader.
According to her, she “recorded every question and answer” and added that Pujwala “refused” a CBI probe.
“He very clearly said that the Mehbooba Mufti government is doing the right thing and refused a CBI probe. Ya to wo aapko pagal bana raha hai ya woh khud pagal hai (Either he is fooling you or he himself is insane),” Kishwar said.
J&K Director General of Police SP Vaid said he had no information about the allegations levelled by Pujwala.