New Delhi 05/05/18: Continuing with its crusade for justice and transfer of Kathua case to CBI, scores of JKNPP activists led by its Chairman Mr. Harsh Dev Singh today held a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi that was followed by a procession leading to Ministry of Home Affairs. The protestors assembled outside MHA office and held a massive demonstration describing the Crime Branch probe as motivated and influenced by the helmsmen in the State to suit their nefarious political designs.
Seeking central probe into the said case , the protestors submitted a memorandum in the office of Home Ministry calling for early consideration and implementation of the recommendations made by Bar Council of India (BCI) and Group of Intellectuals (GIA) for diffusing the crisis that had engulfed the entire Jammu region. The protesters including dozens of female protesters with Mr. Harsh Dev Singh accompanied by Mr. Yash Paul Kundal and others staging a day long dharna along with an 8 year old child to draw the attention of the Union Govt towards the gravity of the issue.
Addressing media persons, Mr. Harsh Dev Singh said that the Panthers Party stood for justice to Kathua victim and exemplary deterrent punishment to the culprits which could be possible only through CBI probe. He said that dirty politics was being played in the matter by the ruling alliance by engineering a communal divide in the State to subserve their political ends. While taking a jibe on the BJP, he said that utterly incongruent statements by these leaders on different occasions to suit their political expediencies had totally unveiled their chameleon character and exposed them in their true colours. People were well versed with BJP’s politics of double standards an its opportunist leaders whose greed of power knew no bars, no red lines, said Harsh. Rebuking the statement of the then Dy CM Nirmal Singh and senior BJP leader expressing satisfaction with Crime Branch probe in Rassana case. Mr. Singh said that the ousted deputy of Mehbooba had exhibited a worst toadyism by dis-associating himself from CBI demand and dubbing the protesters as pro offenders . And now sensing trouble some of the C and D grade leaders of BJP were being made to issue statements against the Crime Branch probe.“The fact of the matter was that the Saffron brigade had shown greatest disregard for the public sentiment in Kathua who had given a massive unprecedented mandate during Parliament as well as Assembly elections. Turning sycophants of Mehbooba and towing the line of the separatists, the BJP Ministers had ruthlessly dented Dogra pride and honour”, anguished Harsh said.
Hailing the BCI and GIA for their honest appraisal of the situation and facts leading to Rassana tragic episode, Mr. Singh said that the recommendations of the said agencies having been submitted to MHA deserved early consideration of the authorities concerned. Maintaining that Jammu had a time tested history of communal harmony and brotherhood, Mr. Singh accused the vested interests of vilifying the people of the region. “Those who sought unearthing of truth through a fair, impartial probe of CBI were dubbed as communal, bigots, fascists. This was painful and unfortunate”, Harsh regretted. He said that Panthers party shall stand for justice to Jammu Pradesh with dignity and honour at all costs.
Seeking death penalty to those actually involved in the heinous offence, Mr. Yash Paul Kundal said that Panther Party would continue its CBI probe campaign in its pursuit for justice to Rassana murder victim and bringing to fore the conspirators and perpetrators of the barbaric crime. The matter would be agitated at the national level in New Delhi as well, he said.
Prominent among those who led the protest included Romesh Khajuria, Gagan Pratap Singh, Parshotam Parihar, Rajeshwar Singh, Mohinder Singh, Udhayveer, Balbir Singh, Varun Jamwal, Rajiv Khosla, Dildar Hussain Beig, R.P Sharma besides others.