JAMMU, JUL 22: Former Minister and BJP MLA from Basohli Assembly Constituency Choudhary Lal Singh today launched the ‘Dogra Savabhiman Sangathan’, saying the ‘apolitical’ organisation would fight against the alleged discrimination faced by the community in Jammu region.
“Jammu and its people (Dogras) have always been neglected since decades by Kashmir centric politicians and governments but time has changed now. The Dogra of Jammu will no more face discrimination anymore,” said Lal Singh at a well attended function amid slogans ‘Jai Duggar-Jai Dogra’ here this afternoon.
Asserting that he would fight for the rights and pride of the community, Lal Singh said, “We will struggle and struggle for our rights. Jammu has united for fight for it.”
Members of the civil society from different sections including women and youth attended the mega event.
He further added that the priority for ‘Dogra Savabhiman Sangathan’ is communal harmony and peace in Jammu region and added, “people of Kashmir has no identity and they only manipulate things but enough is enough. We will fight now.”
“Dogra Savabhiman Sangathan is the outcome of a vigorous campaign to restore the pride of Dogras, which was hurt by labelling them pro-rapist and pro-criminal. The apolitical group will fight for the rights of Dogras,” Singh said.
“We want justice for the little victim who united the people of Jammu region. We are demanding CBI probe to ensure that justice is done in the case,” he said, accusing former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti of mishandling the matter.
He said he had decided to float the new group as people of Jammu region were “betrayed” by their politicians.
Lal Singh, the Founder Chairman of organization, released the new outfit’s vision document and flag at an event in Jammu to mark the 100 days of his campaign demanding a CBI probe into the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl from a nomadic community in Kathua district in Jammu region.
The body of the girl from a nomadic community was found on January 17, a week after she had gone missing, triggering public outrage across the country.
Listing the 21 points mentioned in the vision document, he said the group would also work to fulfil the aspirations of refugees from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and ensure their honourable settlement.
It is to mention that Lal Singh and his party colleague Chander Prakash Ganga had to resign from the council of ministers in the previous PDP-BJP government after questions were raised on their participation in a rally organised in support of the people arrested in the rape-murder case. The Jammu Bar Association had alleged that Dogra community members were targeted by the Crime Branch.
During his ongoing three-month-long campaign, Lal Singh has been demanding justice for the victim. Through non-political outfit, Lal Singh and his supporters would mount pressure on the BJP to accept their demands, which would be submitted to the party on August 15.