Former forest minister and the rightwing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA, Choudhary Lal Singh Saturday threatened Kashmiri journalists of drawing line or meeting a fate like Rising Kashmir’s founder editor, Shujaat Bukhari.
Making the controversial remarks at a press conference here, Singh said, “Kashmiri journalists had created a wrong atmosphere and now I want them to a draw line on or they will meet the fate of Bukhari.”
He was referring to the reporting of Rasana rape and murder case in which the Kashmiri journalists had highlighted the brutal crime.
Since Singh has been campaigning for the rape and murder accused and organised rallies across Jammu in their support, he was critical of Kashmiri journalists who brought limelight to the case following which the accused were arrested.
Interestingly, Singh was missing from the BJP chief Amit Shah’s rally in Jammu after his controversial remarks were widely condemned and reported in media.
On Friday, Singh said they would meet the Governor NN Vohra and demand CBI probe in the Rasana case.
Angered over the remarks, former chief minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah took to Twitter saying, “Dear journalists, your colleagues in Kashmir just got threatened by BJP MLA. It seems Shujaat’s death is now a tool for goons to use to threaten other journalist.”
Presently, eight accused are in jail and trial of seven accused is going on at Pathankot Sessions Court on day-to-day basis.