Kathua is observing bandh on Saturday to press demand for the CBI inquiry into the alleged rape and murder of a minor girl in a village in Hiranagar belt more than six weeks ago .
The call has been given by Hindu Ekta Manch which is spearheading the campaign to get CBI inquiry instituted into the heinous crime . The protests have been triggered as the police have booked three persons, including two SPOs, Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Kumar .
But the Hindu Ekta Manch has alleged that the arrests have been made under the political pressure of the Kashmir-centric parties who, they believe, have presumed perpetrators of crime, while trying to shield the real culprits.
Having lost their faith and trust in State police and administration, which they alleged have failed to arrest the culprits and was harassing the innocent people including school going children, the people of Kathua have given a bandh call for today and sought support of traders as well as transporters in this regard.
The HEM has been backed by BJP officially as two of its ministers Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga have come in support of the demand for CBI.
Meanwhile , sources have disclosed that Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is not going to order CBI inquiry into the crime.