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BJP Kathua VIP's kin booked for abusing CM

Srinagar: A former BJP minister in Jammu and Kashmir who had to step down over a rally backing the alleged suspects in the Kathua rape and murder is back in the news.

Police have booked Kathua MLA Chowdhary Lal Singh's younger brother Chowdhary Rajinder Singh for abusing party ally and chief minister Mehbooba Mufti at a rally in Kathua on Sunday.

A video that has gone viral purportedly shows Rajinder using abusive language against the PDP leader at the rally organised by his brother.

A police officer said Rajinder had been booked under a section that deals with insulting the modesty of a woman, but added that he had not been arrested yet. Police sources said state police chief S.P. Vaid personally directed Kathua police to lodge the FIR.

BJP spokesman Brig. (retd) Anil Gupta said such language was "completely unacceptable" to the party.

Lal Singh had to resign as forest minister after he took part in a rally in March. The rally had been organised to oppose the arrest of those accused of raping and murdering an eight-year-old girl from a minority community.

The MLA has since been leading a campaign for a CBI probe, saying the state police's crime branch, which is investigating the case, couldn't be trusted.

PDP sources said the MLA was turning out to be a political hot potato for the Mehbooba government as he has been trying to cash in on the polarisation over the rape and murder.

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