Jammu, May 5: The Minister for PHE and Flood Control Sham Choudhary on Saturday faced a tough time while travelling from Jammu to Kathua as the family members and the relatives of the accused persons in Kathua rape and murder case attempted to gherao his cavalcade and blocked Jammu-Kathua national highway at Kootah in Hiranagar.
The protestors also waved black flags when the Minister’s cavalcade was passing through the highway.
The family members of accused persons also tried to stop the cavalcade on the Highway.
However, the police swung into action to ensure safe passage for the minister.
The people in the area were protesting and demanding a CBI probe into the matter.
Shouting slogans against the government, the villagers blocked the convoy of the minister, who was on way from Jammu to Kathua to chair District Develo-pment Board meeting.
The protestors waved black flags in front of the cavalcade amid anti-government slogans.
Meanwhile police deployed on the highway swung into action and scuffled villagers and dispersed them to make way for the cavalcade.
“There was mild scuffle with the protestors but they were dispersed by our men,” police added.
The group also pelted stones at the minister’s vehicle, but the police swiftly cleared the crowd, they said.
The crime branch has arrested eight persons, including a juvenile, for allegedly raping and murdering an 8-year-old girl from a nomadic community at Kathua recently.
Meanwhile, JK BJP in-charge (IT and social media) Jai Dev Rajwal came out in support of a ‘factual’ report submitted by five women to the Centre over the Kathua incident.
The group of five women had submitted the report to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of State for Personnel Jitendra Singh, and demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
The report claimed that the charge sheet filed by the Jammu and Kashmir crime branch in the case had discrepancies and the investigation was “botched-up”.
Rajwal also defended posting of the report on party website.
“Loading the video (of the report) on the BJP official website is not an endorsement of their findings. It was already in public domain and since the people of Jammu are interested, we uploaded the video,” he said.
“The stand of the party is well known in this case. The case is before the court and whatever the outcome, the BJP will respect the order which will be final,” Rajwal added.
Police sources said that some of the protestors also allegedly pelted stones on the convoy.
Pertinent ot mention here that the former BJP Minister and MLA Basholi Choudhar Lal Singh after resigning from the ministry, launched rallies demanding CBI probe in Kathua case.