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Minister for forest Chaudhary Lal Singh and minister for commerce and industries Chander Prakash Ganga, both from BJP had attended the event organised by Hindu Ekta Manch, an outfit that has been protesting against the arrests in the case.

In Unnao, UP, a minor alleged that she was raped by BJP MLA and his goons.

"On March 1, a huge crowd gathered in Kathua and our ministers went there to pacify them".

Meanwhile, security at the Gandhi Maidan was ginned up with dozens of security cameras put in place for today's rally as more than 5000 security guards kept an eye on all activities from strategic locations.

It also directed the agency to file status report by May 2.

Reports said that Mehbooba Mufti is waiting for a response from the Central government, especially from Rajnath Singh who has assured her that through its official representative Dineshwar Sharma, the Centre will engage with the separatists very soon. Should we not listen to them? "'Jungle raaj" and "gunda raaj" actively aided and abetted by Adityanath government has become a pain for the people of the state and has conclusively exposed BJP's slogan of "Beti Bachao'", he added.

In its 20-page order, the court also said, "The disturbing feature of the case is that the law and order machinery and the government officials were directly in league and under the influence of Kuldeep Singh". No person or state officer can take technical pleas which does not sub-serve the interest of investigation or fails to protect the victim of heinous crime.

Ram Madhav defended investigations into the case and said opposition parties were trying to gain political mileage.

While the investigations are indeed underway, the future of PDP-BJP alliance stands on shaky grounds.

The 18-page charge sheet in the Kathua rape case stated that the girl was gang-raped inside a temple, where she was confined using sedatives. The team sought for the phone records of Sengar and his brother Atul, who was earlier arrested for allegedly killing the victim's father who was in police custody.

Madhav, who has been the BJP's pointsman on scripting the agenda with the PDP, told reporters in Jammu that that the two ministers had displayed a lack of discretion by taking part in the rally.

The girl was kidnapped on January 10 and her body was found on January 17.