Former Minister comments on Kashmir journos rakes up controversy

Singh's statement immediately drew condemnation from various quarters including that of National Conference

In an incident that further creates rift between Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir, the former minister and senior BJP leader Lal Singh alleged that Kashmiri journalists have created an erroneous atmosphere.

He went ahead and warned them to draw a line or face the fate of ‘Rising Kashmir’ editor Shujaat Bukhari.

It need be mentioned that Bukhari was shot dead by terrorists only recently.

Singh’s statement immediately drew condemnation from various quarters including that of National Conference.

Singh has started a campaign for a CBI probe into the Kathua rape-and-murder case after resigning from the previous PDP-led government in April.

Singh and his colleague Chander Prakash Ganga had resigned on April 13 over their participation in an earlier rally in support of the accused in the gang rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl in Kathua district.

Reacting to the remarks of the BJP leader, the National Conference termed it as “outrageous” and said it merited immediate cognisance by the state police.

Earlier, NC vice president and former chief minister Omar Abdullah wrote on his Twitter account, “Dear journalists, your colleagues in Kashmir just got threatened by a @BJP4India MLA. It seems Shujaat’s death is now a tool for goons to use to threaten other journalists.”

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