Our fight for ‘Dogra pride’ will continue, not rest till CBI probe is ordered: Lal Singh

Special Correspondent
Jammu, Jun 10: Former Minister and senior BJP leader Choudhary Lal Singh, who is demanding CBI probe in Kathua Rape and Murder case, on Sunday said that his fight for the pride of Dogras will continue.
“We will not tolerate any anti-Dogra or anti-Jammu campaign,” Mr Singh said during a torch rally taken out here on Sunday evening.
He said that Jammu has united to fight for its pride, adding, “we warn the forces, who have launched a campaign against the peaceful people of Jammu.”
“The Dogra have united and the time has come to be result orientated,” he added.
“We are demanding CBI Inquiry in the Rasana Case since people of Jammu region have raised serious questions on the manner in which Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir Police has conducted the probe,” he added and said that they have serious doubts. They are aggrieved and agitated. They are heart-broken and angry. They are appalled over the silence of the state government. They are perplexed why they are not being heard? Why their side of the story is not being taken into account? The manner in which their demand for CBI inquiry is being declined does raise questions on the claims of the state government delivering Justice and being fair with Jammu region.
“Discrimination persists. We are not heard. Our emotions and feelings have no takers. We are applauded for our secularism and patience. We are expected to tolerate worst kind of discrimination and regionalism. We are expected to stay silent and accept every slur without raising our voice. Demand for CBI probe in Rasana case is being interpreted as a miscarriage of Justice for the reasons best known to those who ordered CBI probes as and when they found situation going out of Hand in Kashmir valley, where we are fighting both terrorists and separatists,” said Singh.
“I ask why did the state governments in the past approached CBI for cases where they found public opinion divided and people agitated in Kashmir valley. Why was CBI approached by the state government in 2003 Pathribal case, 2006 Kashmir Sex Scandel, 2009 Shopian Rape and Murder, and killing of 4 Air Force officers in the year 1990? High Court of Jammu and Kashmir handed over the investigation of the 2008 Mehran Latif Case to CBI. If the agency was trustworthy in the cases pertaining to Kashmir valley, why the same is being questioned in this Rasana Case? Jammu is asking and those in power should respond and give people straight answers.” said Choudhary Lal Singh.
If the state government trusted its own police and Crime Branch, why these cases were handed over to CBI? Why? Why is the state government sure that the probe carried out by Crime Branch is fair when it was not sure about it in the past? Why we have dual parameters, one for Kashmir and other for Jammu. I do understand that communalizing Rasana Case would help those who have been virtually rejected by people of Kashmir valley. Their approach is communal and one with biased mindset not ours, said Choudhary Lal Singh.
“We will not let them succeed. We won’t let them destroy the secular fabric of Jammu region. The demand for CBI probe is not that of people belonging to a particular community but every Dogra wants CBI probe in the Rasana case,” said the ex-Forest Minister.
Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs and Christians of Jammu region are unanimously asking why desist from ordering a CBI probe if those who have been booked by Crime Branch of Jammu and Kashmir are the real perpetrators of the ghastly crime. Will CBI not take into the account evidence which the Crime Branch has produced? They will. So why shy away from ordering CBI probe? More than anyone else, it is the Dogras of Jammu who were called pro-rapists who want perpetrators of this crime be hanged publicly and better would be in Rasana only,” said Singh.
“An impression is being created that the demand for CBI probe is aimed at getting the 8 people who have been booked by the Crime Branch bailed out. Those creating this impression from Kashmir valley should look inwards and ask themselves if to remove misgivings and doubts from the minds of people and get Justice, cases were handed over to CBI, why our demand is being seen as communally motivated? If CBI was a credible institution when the cases from Kashmir were to be probed, why it is not a trustworthy institution when the case is from Jammu region? Didn’t you applaud CBI for Pathribal probe? These dual parameters give an impression that state government has two set of rules, one for Kashmir and other for Jammu region,” said Choudhary Lal Singh.
Let me make it clear that Dogras of Jammu region would not rest till the time state government does not recommend CBI probe in the Rasana case. The blot on the face of brave Dogras that we are pro-rapists has to be washed and Justice has to be delivered to the 8 year old whose murder has united the people of Jammu region. We Dogras have pledged that real perpetrators of this crime would not be spared. We would ensure that they are hanged publicly. What more does the state want? Daughter of one of the accused has said that if after CBI probe, his family is found involved, hang them publicly but bring CBI and let the agency do the probe. What more do you want, said Choudhary Lal Singh?
He said “Mashal rally was aimed at telling the whole world that brave Dogras of Jammu region would never stand for Rapists and Murders. “Our demand is CBI probe. Our premise is that if the government does not trust Crime Branch for probes in Kashmir valley, why thrust the same agency on us? Why force us to accept the probe done by Crime Branch? Why should people not doubt the probe when High Court was approached for monitoring the Crime Branch probe?. All had doubts and still have doubts. The entire Jammu region is looking at the state government with the hope that it would reconsider its stand and order a CBI probe.”
He profusely thanked people of Jammu region for making mashal rally a huge sucess.
Singh along with BJP MLA and former minister for industries Chander Prakash Ganga had resigned from the ministry after their name allegedly surfaced for supporting “Bharat Ekta Manch” rally demanding CBI probe in Kathua Rape and Murder case.
Singh also addressed ‘Dogra Swabhimaan’ rally on May 20 in Hiranagar, which was attended by nearly 20,000 people.