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Kathua girl’s family being pressurised to withdraw case: JRL

The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Thursday said “attempts” were underway to hush up the rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.

In a statement the leaders said the girl’s family is being harassed and pressurised to withdraw the case against the accused.

“The state machinery is being utilised to hush-up the case,” the statement reads. The trio called for an investigation to be done by a United Nations- sponsored agency into the incident.

“The rape and murder of the girl,” the statement said, “vindicates our claim that men in uniform are involved in heinous crimes and enjoy impunity under draconian laws.”

The leaders asked people to maintain discipline and avoid “confusion and disorder”.

“During the campaign and protest demonstrations against Kathua incident it is appropriate that we maintain discipline as some mischievous elements are desperate to play foul and are hell bent on diverting attention and giving an ugly turn to our peaceful demonstrations,” the statement reads.

The leaders condemned “brute force” used against students.

“Police are manhandling students. Since they are our future we are keeping a close vigil over development,” the statement said.

Terming the police action as “vandalism and absolutely”, the leaders said “we will not leave innocent students at the mercy of authorities”.

“The direct and unprovoked interference from police are infuriating students,” the statement said.Meanwhile, the trio has expressed serious concern over increasing ‘human rights violation’ in the state, saying that “people pursuing right to self-determination are facing worst type of state-sponsored terrorism.”

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