New Delhi, Apr 17: Lal Singh, who was forced to resign for rallying in support of Kathua gangrape and murder accused, on Tuesday took part in another rally demanding a CBI probe into the case. Singh and hundreds of his supporters gathered at Satwari Chowk in Jammu city and begun a rally towards Kootah village in Kathua where the incident had taken place in January 2018. “We want justice for the girl. She was our daughter and therefore a CBI probe becomes indispensable,” he said.
Lal Singh also called for the resignation of Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for her “failure” to address the issue. He said that the CM had failed to understand the popular sentiment. “It is her (Mehbooba Mufti’s) biggest failure. If she has wisdom and conscience, she should resign. If two ministers can sacrifice their posts in the interest of peace, those who are actually responsible for creating such an atmosphere should listen to their conscience,” he said.
On being asked about his resignation, Singh blamed media saying that it had created a “perception” which forced him to take the step. “We resigned because the perception created by the national media was not good. It portrayed the situation in a wrong way, which was not the case at all. It was portrayed that the entire Jammu region was siding with rapists,” he said, reported PTI. He added that the “perception” created problems for the prime minister and country. “So, we preferred to resign… We didn’t do anything wrong,” he said.
Some of the supporters who were donning saffron coloured robes demanded the release of Kathua rape accused, according to a report. (Also Read: I Miss my Daughter Every day, Says Kathua Rape Victim’s Father)
On Sunday, April 15, Lal Singh said that those responsible for the gangrape of the eight-year-old girl should be nabbed. Singh, however, defended his participation in the rally saying it was to defuse the tension in the area, a claim rejected by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “We had gone to defuse the situation created due to migration one and half months back. We told them they should go back. Abdul Gani Kohli (minister) was sent to the house of the victim so that an ugly situation was not created,” Lal was quoted as saying.
Defending his move, Singh said that their primary responsibility in the state is to maintain peace and harmony. Lal Singh said, “Is it fine that state keeps on burning and the people become violent… I do not believe in Hindu-Muslim politics. Everybody is equal for me.”
Two BJP ministers, Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Parkash Ganga, on Friday, resigned due to mounting criticism, pressure from opponents and continuous protests from the Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti. Although the two claimed that they resigned on their own, sources have revealed that they resigned after Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused to accept their reasons for being a part of the rally.