It was alleged that the protesting lawyers had even barged into the court room to prevent the crime branch personnel from filing the chargesheet. "It is politically motivated, obnoxious and conspiracy to achieve something out of this heinous crime for those hindering the process of justice", Mir said in a statement here.
"The hair strands recovered from the temple match with those of Asifa which has proven beyond doubt that she was held captive there", sources said. On the other hand the families of accused arrested in the case have been seeking CBI probe in the matter alleging biased approach of crime branch officers from the very beginning. She had gone out to graze horses in the nearby forest but did not return. A total of eight people have been arrested.
Political temperatures in Jammu and Kashmir escalated after the arrest of Deepak Khajuria, a police officer who allegedly abducted the victim, kept her in confinement for seven days, and then murdered her.
Some residents of nearby villages and members of Hindu Ekta Manch, however, have criticised the investigation as being botched and conducted under "tremendous fabricated pressure".
"We reiterate that we will ceaselessly protest to ensure that the administration, police and judiciary work in tandem to make sure that the criminals who mercilessly murdered and raped an innocent child are condemned to death", they added. The two leaders, Chowdhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga, who are ministers in the Jammu and Kashmir cabinet, had justified their presence, claiming they were protesting for a CBI inquiry to be initiated in the case.
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The BJP legislators fear the conviction of the accused in the case could enrage their supporters, some of who have rallied behind the accused, and demanded that the case be handed over to the CBI.
Separatist groups in the state also expressed rage over the rape and murder.
The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik termed the attempt of Kathua Bar Association and certain political parties of Jammu as shocking.
"When the lawyers representing people in the court indulge in such shameless acts, what would one expect from them".
A report by the Concerned Citizens" Group, headed by former external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha has referred to the incident as the "latest issue that has flagged the rise in communalism in Jammu, ' according to Rising Kashmir.