Co-accused of Unnao rape case Shashi out on bail

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On Saturday, Madhav convened a meeting of party legislators and ministers here and pointed out that the party's state secretary Vijay Sharma, who led the Hindu Ekta Manch, was no longer a BJP office bearer.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) asked two of its ministers to resign because of the bad press they received, not for anything they did against the party line.

With the two BJP ministers stepping down now, Ms Mufti said a sense of justice had been reinforced in the state.

The meeting in Hiranagar area of Kathua district was called in support of the accused in the brutal gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old whose body was recovered from a forested area near her home, days after she went missing on January 10. The victim's mother has alleged in the complaint given to the UP Police, which is now part of the CBI FIR, that the woman lured her daughter to the MLA after which he raped her. The two ministers were present at the rally in support of the rape-accused where the tricolour was also waved. "New Delhi must wake up to the Kashmir cauldron", she said.

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He rejected reports that there was any pressure from his alliance partner PDP for withdrawal of the two ministers.

Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police OP Singh said it was "totally wrong to say that the police and the BJP are fixing encounters". It is in the best interest of all, they say, that those with any links to the party remain away.

Police only brought a case against the powerful politician last week after the young victim attempted to burn herself alive outside the state leader's residence. "And if PDP and BJP continue to resolve their issues like this, I see there is no substitute to this alliance". Or will she take on the system and emerge a victor like Jayalalithaa, who though dejected by the leaders, went on to become the successor of MGR in Tamil Nadu? The Crime Branch of the J&K police after completing investigations into the gory incident filed two separate charge sheets in the court of Kathua's Chief Judicial Magistrate despite resistance shown by local lawyers.

The BJP on Sunday demanded that the main opposition Congress party sack its state leader in Jammu and Kashmir after he suggested the police investigation was politically motivated. Madhav accused the Congress party of playing double standards.

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