On his first day in office as deputy chief minister, Kavinder Gupta said Monday he never demanded a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation into the gang-rape and murder of a Bakerwal child in Kathua.
“I was misquoted only to create controversy,” Gupta told just four days after he was widely quoted supporting the demand for a CBI probe into the crime that shook the state and evoked global outrage.
Those who have committed the crime should be given exemplary punishment.”
Gupta’s statement is contrary to his earlier assertions that agreed with demands the case be taken away from police’s Crime Branch that exposed horrifying details of the crime intended to drive the Bakerwal nomadic community out of Hindu dominated Kathua.
“It’s good if people are demanding CBI Inquiry into Kathua rape and murder incident. They should demand CBI inquiry. The matter is in the Supreme Court now that will take the future course of action,” Gupta was quoted as having said on Thursday.
The eight-year-old child was abducted, starved, drugged and gang-raped over a week by four men she was murdered in Rasana village of Kathua.
Many leaders of state leaders of BJP, including the two ousted ministers Lal Singh and Chandar Prakash Ganga demanded a CBI probe, rejecting an investigation by the Crime Branch that became the basis for a trial of the accused icluding caretaker of the place of worship where the murdered child was hidden.