Wanted for riot murder, J&K BJP leader surfaces at MoS, PMO, house

In a photograph taken at the meeting, Hari Krishan alias Kasooru can be seen with Singh and sitting BJP MLAs of Kishtwar, Doda and Bhaderwah in Jammu and Kashmir.

Written by Arun Sharma | Jammu | Published:March 14, 2016 4:35 am
2013 communal clashes, communal clashes, kishtwar communal clashes, PM Modi, jitendra singh, riot murder, communla riot murder, india news, nation news Singh (centre) with Kasooru (extreme right) at his house

WANTED by the Jammu and Kashmir Police for a murder during the 2013 communal clashes in Kishtwar, and declared an absconder by court, a BJP leader from Paddar surfaced at the official Delhi residence of Minister of State in the PMO Dr Jitendra Singh on Friday.

In a photograph taken at the meeting, Hari Krishan alias Kasooru can be seen with Singh and sitting BJP MLAs of Kishtwar, Doda and Bhaderwah in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Kasooru and nine others are accused of murdering 52-year-old Lassa Khandey during communal clashes in Kishtwar around Eid in 2013. Khandey was accompanying his injured son and brother in an ambulance to Gulabgarh, from where they were to be airlifted to the Udhampur Military Hospital. A mob had attacked the ambulance en route and abducted Khandey. His body was found by police next day.
Denying any connection with Kasooru, MoS Singh said he was part of a delegation from Paddar brought to him by local Kishtwar MLA Sunil Sharma. He said the delegation was seeking Scheduled Tribe status for some people in Paddar area in Kishtwar.

“We meet a large number of delegations daily and many of the people are not known to us,” Singh said.

Sharma, who was a minister in the PDP-BJP coalition government, urged The Indian Express not to carry the news report of Kasooru being part of a delegation led by him, saying, “It is not proper to speak about own people.”

Kasooru incidentally had campaigned for both Sharma and Singh during the 2014 Assembly elections and the general elections, respectively. Kishtwar is part of the Udhampur parliamentary constituency from where Singh was elected.

BJP Doda MLA Shakti Parihar, who is seen in the photograph along with Singh and Krishan, also denied knowing Kasooru. Talking about Sharma, BJP Bhaderwah MLA Dileep Parihar and himself, Shakti Parihar said, “We had gone to Delhi to meet Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari to apprise him that roads in the Chenab Valley region had not been covered in the recently released Central Roads Fund. After meeting Gadkari, who assured the release of funds in April, we went to meet Dr Jitendra Singh. A delegation from Paddar including Krishan was already there. I do not know him. Someone may have taken his photograph along with us.”

The other leaders in the photograph are Tariq Hussain Keen and Showkat Daing, who had contested the 2014 Assembly elections as BJP nominees from Inderwal and Banihal but lost.

Significantly, this is not the first time a person wanted on charges of murder in connection with the 2013 communal clashes in Kishtwar has been seen rubbing shoulders with senior BJP leaders. In May 2015, Rohan Lal, wanted for burning alive one Bashir Ahmed Moochi, was seen watching a cricket match in Kishtwar town along with then Minister of State for Revenue and Roads & Buildings Sunil Sharma.
Roshan Lal had left the venue along with the minister before police got alerted to his presence, and remains absconding.

Kishtwar Senior Superindent of Police Sandeep Wazir admitted that of the nearly three dozen people wanted for murder during the Kishtwar riots, only seven had been arrested so far. Of them, two are out on bail.

“Police parties have been raiding the suspected hideouts and native places (of the absconding 29) from time to time, but they have not been traced so far. Local sources say they have left the district,” the SSP, who took charge four months ago, said.

While police booked over 300 others on charges of arson and looting, even of those, only a few could be arrested and challaned.

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    Aditi Sharma
    Mar 14, 2016 at 1:38 am
    Correct le: BJP MURDERER GIVEN SHELTER AT PMO OFFICE BY M MURDERER MODI.
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      Not.that.not.known
      Mar 14, 2016 at 6:42 am
      There is no brahmin bhakt here commenting for fear of losing his back. They are the smartest criminals.
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        Eelil
        Mar 14, 2016 at 1:34 am
        I told you, Rajnath Singh is a STATE TERRORIST. And his Iyer Bureau(IB) fecilitated such murderers on his orders. Such murderers will be used for running LOW LIFE ers for the STATE TERRORIST and of course the Iyers in the Bureau.
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          Asma
          Mar 14, 2016 at 7:43 am
          No doubt, a 'nationalist' act.
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            mumbai
            Mar 14, 2016 at 5:09 am
            Thei is how BJP is saving hinduism. Go ahead hindutwa saviors. We will see how you save hinduism. Do not walk proud on the earth. The Highest judiciary says.
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              mumbai
              Mar 14, 2016 at 5:12 am
              Why the saviors of hinduism use cheating deceptions lies to save hinduism?
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                arif
                Mar 14, 2016 at 8:03 am
                Bjp patronage to rioters EXPOSED !!!
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                  Deeply Concerned
                  Mar 14, 2016 at 11:53 am
                  Its a known fact that communal holocasts and PEEJPEE go together.
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                    jaggu
                    Mar 14, 2016 at 7:37 am
                    Many times this question comes to every hindu minds.. Why we depend on lies? why we abuse other religions instead of showing good things of our religion?
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                      Freedom_for_palestine
                      Mar 14, 2016 at 6:59 am
                      all rapists, looters, corrupt, hoodlums are having golden era during NAMO regime..shame and disgusting!!!!
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                        babu
                        Mar 14, 2016 at 4:02 am
                        HOC head quarter of criminals janpath attacking a ambulance and unarmed women and children that is rss character and power is like teli modee
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                          Kavya Nathan
                          Mar 14, 2016 at 3:33 am
                          All the BJP MP's and leaders are seen with a murderer, so aren't they also co-accused? this is the logic they used on Kanhaiya and co and should also apply here. In the murderer's case, he knows the others and vice versa, that makes the case stronger.
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                            AB
                            Mar 14, 2016 at 3:03 am
                            A terrorist, with the terrorist, in the house of group of terrorist. To hear, " Monkey Baat" from " deshdhrohi". " Chaddi ka sath, Dalito ki Laash". How unfortunate!
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                              mik
                              Mar 14, 2016 at 6:29 am
                              Achche din for Rioter and Murderer in Modi raj.
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                                mapuapar
                                Mar 14, 2016 at 3:43 am
                                Why the judiciary cannot issue notices to all those involved.
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                                  Rafi
                                  Mar 14, 2016 at 6:08 am
                                  Police should look for all wanted people in the country in the parliament house and at politicians houses most of them they will find there.
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                                    Ravindra Pandya
                                    Mar 14, 2016 at 9:31 am
                                    Media publishes/broadcasts interviews of criminals, accused of anti-national activities are well publiced by front page coverage and live telecast. These criminals and accused also visit newspapers offices and tv studioes. Recently Delhi police visited houses of journalists who were found to be in contact with fugitive anti-national accused of JNU. Ministers meet number of people and delegations everyday as part of their job. They are not supposed to know everybody personally. So media as well as ministers can not be blamed in such situations. These are the professional hazards. But security agencies at least at PMO should be little more cautious. Now Internet can photo search and now a days cameras are everywhere.
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                                      PSG
                                      Mar 14, 2016 at 3:29 am
                                      What did u expected? He will be arrested? This is exactly the qualification that is required to become a minister in the cabinet of murderers and rapists.
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                                        sahil
                                        Mar 14, 2016 at 6:40 am
                                        “It is not proper to speak about own people"(he means the majority community) Bravo Indian Express in these times!
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                                          yash sehgal
                                          Mar 14, 2016 at 5:53 am
                                          Dont understand why MoS Jitender sungh allowed him..he must answer wen this photograph was taken ..
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