The Indian Express – Kathua rape-murder: Hindu outfit wants CBI inquiry to nab ‘real culprits’, seeks funds to plead case before Supreme Court

The group, seeking a CBI inquiry into the incident has also constituted a team of lawyers to file the due petition in the Supreme Court of India at the earliest.

New Delhi – India, 16 May 2018. The Hindu Ekta Manch has appealed to the public to donate funds so that a legal team is constituted to plead the Kathua gangrape and murder case before the Supreme Court.

The group, in a strong-worded letter, has appealed to find the “real culprits” in the rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir, which took place in January, this year.

The group also sought a CBI inquiry into the incident. “For ensuring this we have to constitute a team of lawyers to file the due petition in the Supreme Court of India at the earliest,” the letter reads.

“As all of us have realised that CBI enquiry has become a critical requirement in case real culprits have to be nailed and innocents falsely implicated in the case are freed. The CBI enquiry is also critically needed to unearth the bigger conspiracy behind the murder,” reads the contents of the letter made public by the Manch.

On Wednesday, Manch president Vijay Sharma said a decision to make public appeal for donations was taken at a meeting of the organisation. However, it has not evoked much response so far, he said, adding they would have to personally contact their friends and well-wishers to raise funds.

The letter further points out that the whole issue has been used to harass the people of Rasana and adjoining villages. It alleges that the people living in the area have had to abandon their homes and to shift to some other place.

“In case this happens there will be an immense boost to the Muslim demographic invasion of this area in particular and Jammu region in general. Changing the demographic complexion of Jammu is part of the Jihad being waged on Hindus,” the letter further stated.

“In the light of these dangers, forcing a CBI enquiry into the Rasana case assumes immense importance. We have to mobilise enough resources so that best legal team is mobilised to successfully plead the case before the Supreme Court of India.

We appeal everybody to come forward and donate generously so that a corpus of fund is created to meet the legal expenses,” says the letter signed by an advocate and five other members.

The Supreme Court on Monday had agreed to hear on May 16 a plea of three witnesses in the Kathua gangrape and murder case, accusing the Jammu and Kashmir Police of harassment and coercion.

On May 7, the top court had transferred the trial in the gangrape and murder case from Jammu and Kashmir to Pathankot in Punjab. However, the court refrained from handing over the probe to CBI, saying there was no need to do this as the investigation has been conducted and the chargesheet filed.

The eight-year-old victim, hailing from a minority nomadic community, had disappeared from near her home in a village close to Kathua in the Jammu region on January 10. Her body was found in the area a week later.

Kathua rape-murder: Hindu outfit wants CBI inquiry to nab ‘real culprits’, seeks funds to plead case before SC

The Tribune – Two young victims of ‘honour killing’

Tarn Taran – Panjab – India, 14 May 2018. In a suspected case of honour killing, a young couple, both in their 20s and in a relationship for the past one month, were allegedly killed by the girl’s family members in Khemkaran area of Tarn Taran early on Monday morning.

The victims have been identified as Husanpreet Singh and Ramandeep Kaur. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem.

Tarn Taran police chief Darshan Singh Mann said eight members of Ramandeep’s family have been booked under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender), 364 (kidnapping in order to murder), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon) and 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) of the IPC.

He said Ramandeep’s father Jassa Singh, mother Manjit Kaur, paternal uncle Harpal Singh and his wife Manpreet Kaur had been arrested and those on the run were Sher Singh, Akash, Ghulla and Rana.

Husanpreet had allegedly gone to Ramandeep’s house around midnight. However, around 3.30 am, Ramandeep’s family woke up and allegedly attacked the duo with sharp-edged weapons, killing them on the spot.

Later, they disposed of Husanpreet’s body in a sewerage chamber. When Husanpreet did not return home, his family approached Ramandeep’s family, who did not allow them to enter their house. They got suspicious and informed the police.

Mann said the duty magistrate was called on the spot and the bodies were recovered in his presence. Ramandeep’s body was wrapped in a quilt and hidden in a box, whereas Husanpreet’s body was recovered from a sewerage chamber outside the house.

The people involved might be of Sikh background, but they are not Sikhs, as they do not practice Guru’s teachings.
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Associated Press of Pakistan – A new book about the Sikh legacy in Pakistan launched in Chicago

Chicago – Illinois – USA, 16 May 2018. A book that tracks Sikhism’s cultural footprint in Pakistan was launched in Chicago at a ceremony at which Pakistani Consul General Faisal Niaz Tirmizi was the chief guest.

Authored by Amardeep Singh, a national of Singapore, the book “The Quest Continues Lost Heritages” The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan also underlines the fact that peaceful co-existence enriches lives.

This is Amardeep Singhs second book about Sikh Legacy in Pakistan after he wrote Lost Heritage “ The Sikh Legacy in Pakistan, which was launched in June 2016 in Chicago.

Amardeep Singh abandoned an lucrative banking career to pursue his dream of recording Sikh heritage in Pakistan, and visited holy/historic sites across the country.

Speaking at the event, Consul General Tirmizi paid tributes to the author for his hard work in tracing the legacy of the Sikh Empire in today’s Pakistan. He also lauded Amardeep Singh’s efforts in building bridges of friendship between Sikhs across the world and Pakistan through his books.

The consul general also proposed the establishment of a mechanism through which Chicago’s Sikh Community could adopt one Gurdwara in Pakistan as a role model to be followed by the Sikh communities in other parts of the world. He said this initiative will help building strong linkages between Pakistan and Sikh Community around the globe.

In his remarks, Tirmizi apprised the audience about Government of Pakistans efforts to preserve the Sikh heritage and to facilitate the Yatrees visiting Pakistan. He said that Sikhism has its origin what is now Pakistan, which is why a very large number of their holy sites are in Pakistan.

“The Sikh legacy in Pakistan is not only for the Sikhs, but was also for all citizens of Pakistan.”

The Hindu – Invite JD(S)-Congress to form government: Yechury

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New Delhi – India, 16 May 2018. In the context of the fractured mandate thrown up in Karnataka, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury pulled out the example of the 1998 general elections, when in a similar situation President K R Narayanan had weighed in favour of Atal Behari Vajpayee.

Mr Yechury hoped that the BJP would agree to the same principle now. “On paper the JD(S)-Congress in Karnataka have a majority. None else does. They should be allowed to prove it on the floor of the House.

See the reasoned decision of President K R Narayanan in 1998 that favoured the BJP then. Surely, the BJP would agree to the same principle now,” he said in a tweet, while also posting the press communiqué issued by the Rashtrapati Bhavan in 1998.

The communiqué said that when no party or pre-election alliance of parties is in a clear majority, the head of the state has in India and elsewhere given the first opportunity to the leader of the party or combination of parties that has the largest number of seats subject to floor test.

The CPI(M) politburo too issued a statement strongly opposing the time being given to the BJP to indulge in “horse trading” when the results clearly show that it does not have a majority.

The politburo pointed out that the Governors under the BJP regime, in the past, followed the principle of swearing in a government on the basis of post-election arrangement between parties, be it in Goa, Manipur or Meghalaya.

“The same principle must be adopted in Karnataka and the Chief Minister-designate of the post-poll coalition must be sworn-in and asked to prove the majority on the floor of the House in accordance with the verdicts of the Supreme Court,” the politburo said in its statement.