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2 Muslim Youth League leaders booked for misappropriating funds for kin of Kathua rape victim

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Kozhikode: Police on Wednesday registered a cheating case against the state and national leaders of Muslim Youth League, youth wing of the Indian Union Muslim League, on a complaint alleging misappropriation of funds collected for the family of the victim in the Kathua rape and murder case.

Police said P K Firoz, state general secretary of the Muslim Youth League and C K Subair, its national general secretary, were booked for allegedly misappropriating Rs 15 lakh from a fund of over Rs 1 crore collected by the organisation.

An eight-year-old girl was kidnapped on January 10, 2018 and was raped in captivity, after keeping her sedated for four days, in a small village temple at Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir. The charge-sheet filed by the investigating agency said she was later bludgeoned to death.

“A complaint was filed against Firoz and Subair accusing them of misappropriating Rs 15 lakh from a fund collected for the family of Kathua rape victim. We have registered a case under section 420 of the IPC,” police told PTI.

The plaint, filed by a former office bearer of the Youth League Yousouf Padanilam, said Subair had in April 2018 advertised for crowd-funding to provide legal assistance for the victim’s family.

It said from the fund of over Rs one crore, Firoz “misappropriated” Rs 15 lakh for other purposes.

State minister K T jaleel has also accused the Youth League of misappropriating the funds and sought to investigate the assets and foreign trips of youth league leaders.

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