New Delhi, Apr 13: Madhya Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Nandkumar Singh Chouhan on Thursday accused Pakistan of the rape-murder of an eight-year-old in Kathua city in Jammu saying that it was the Pakistan-backed militants who had raped the minor girl. “They have a motive to instigate communal sentiments and provoke Hindus and Muslims against each other,” he told Times of India.

Blaming Pakistan for the unrest in Jammu thereafter, Chouhan said that if “Jai Shri Ram” slogans were raised after the rape-murder of a minor girl from the Bakarwal tribe, it must be the Pakistani agents who are trying to create differences among Indians.

“If ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans are raised in Kashmir after the rape of a child who is a daughter of Hindustan, then it must be Pakistani agents who have come here and done so in order to create differences among us,” Chouhan was quoted as saying. Chouhan spoke to the reporters while he was participating in a fast to protest against Parliament washout.

Speaking further on his Pakistani agents trying to “instigate communal sentiments” remark, Chouhan said, “There is not even 1% Hindu population in Kashmir. There, the helpless Hindu cowers and cannot even open his mouth, how can he raise ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans? In Kashmir, whatever is happening, it can only be Pakistani agents.”

Congress went on to slam the BJP leader for his Pakistan remark saying that since Chouhan is the BJP chief, he “could say rapes here are also committed by people from Pakistan.” (Also Read: Crime branch records statements of 22 witnesses in Kathua rape-cum-murder case)

In January, an eight-year-old girl from the Bakarwal community was kidnapped, kept in the temple managed by Sanji Ram, drugged, and gangraped. On January 14, she was strangulated and also bludgeoned to death to make sure she was dead. A police sub-inspector, a head constable and two special police officers have also been charged for taking a bribe to destroy the evidence.

The chargesheet, submitted to the Kathua chief judicial magistrate, states that the key accused Sanji Ram, a retired revenue official, was against the settlement of the Bakarwals in Rasana Kootah, and Dhamyal area of Kathua district. Another reason for the growing hatred was cow slaughter. “During investigation, it transpired that a particular community had a general impression that the Bakarwals indulge in cow slaughter and drug trafficking”, says the 18-page chargesheet filed by the police in the court.

“He also utilized the services of Ex- Sarpanch of Kootah and Rasana area against said Harnam Singh and managed to stop the payment on account of installation of telephone towers in his land through the concerned tehsildar on the plea that the land in question was a state land. Ultimately Harnam Singh approached the Hon’ble High court and got the impugned order of Tehsildar quashed,” the chargesheet mentions.