Jammu chamber distances from Bandh call ‘We can’t communalize rape & murder of Asifa’

Chamber and Commerce of Industries (CCI) Jammu Tuesday declined to support Jammu bandh called by Jammu Bar Association tomorrow against Crime Branch probe in rape and murder of 8-year-old Kathua girl Asifa Bano.
Speaking to media, CCI Jammu president Rakesh Gupta said they were not consulted by Jammu Bar before calling for Jammu Bandh. “The issues raised by Jammu Bar are sub-judice”.

“We have decided not to support Bar Association’s Jammu Bandh call. It has no relevance when a High Court judge is monitoring Crime Branch investigation into rape and murder of minor girl on day-to-day bases. Asifa was a minor girl and she was brutally murdered. Those who committed crime should be put behind the bars. We don’t support any criminal,” he said.

“We worship Lakshmi and Durga and cannot communalise rape and murder of 8-year-old girl Asifa. It’s a heinous crime. The perpetrators, be it Hindu, Muslim or Sikh, whoever they are, should be punished,” Gupta asserted.
He said since the case of Asifa is before the court, it is upto the court to decide whether to handover the probe to CBI or not.

“The matter is sub-judice. And court can take a decision,” said Gupta.
The Jammu Chambers president said there was no need to make things communal as Rohingya refugee issue is also before the Apex court.

“It was CCI Jammu which raised voice against their settlement in Jammu a year back. But Jammu Bar did not come in our support. Now Govt of India has issued fresh guidelines. No fresh Rohingya can be settled in Jammu, ” he said.
Gupta said when both the issues were in the court, there was no need for calling Jammu bandh.
He further said that the issue of minutes of meeting of Tribal Department is not an order. “It does not have legal relevance. Hence, the encroacher will not be allowed to encroach but they will have to be evicted.”
On Nowshera agitation, he said, it was CCI Jammu which supported the Nowshera agitation for over a month.
The Chambers president advised Jammu Bar Association not to play politics on the issues.