Asifa rape and murder: 8 accused being charge-sheeted, next week


SRINAGAR: The State Police rime Branch is giving final touches to the charge-sheet which is being submitted to the High Court next week, informed sources said. The investigators have collected the entire evidence against the accused.

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A DNA report was received by the Crime Branch on Tuesday along with the post-mortem report which has also confirmed the seductive medicine (Clonazepam) used to force unconsciousness of the minor

The investigating agency has so far arrested eight accused persons including two cops, two SPOs, the juvenile offender and three private citizens. Retired Patwari Sanji Ram and his son Vishal Kumar, according to police, was the main conspirator behind the tragic incident.

Sanji Ram, a retired revenue officer, surrendered before the crime branch on March 20, and the development came a day after his son Vishal Kumar was arrested from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, in connection with the case (FIR No: 10/2018 U/S 363, 320, 376, 302 RPC). Both father and son were evading arrest in connection with the gruesome rape and murder which send shock waves across the state.

The investigations had revealed that it was not a random crime but part of a wider conspiracy to dislodge the Bakarwal community from the Rassana village in Kathua. Sanji Ram was bent upon to dislodge the nomad community from Rassana village, the probe said.

“The mastermind behind the entire game was bent upon dislodging the Bakarwal community and in order to execute the nefarious design, he hatched conspiracy (with others),” the SIT said in a status report that it submitted to the high court last week.

The minor girl was missing since January 10, when she failed to return home from watering horses in her native Rassana forests, and her body was found on January 17.

The next day, after protests rocked the area, the Kathua police had said that a SIT, under SDPO border, had been set up to investigate the case.

On January 20, the government transferred the Station House Officer of the Hiranagar police station, ordering a magisterial probe, and three days later, on January 23, handed the case over to the Crime Branch.

The recovery and establishment of the place of occurrence of the crime have debunked the earlier claims that the girl was held in a cowshed.

An official said that girl was held at the place of occurrence for a long time and they had recovered some vital evidence from the place of occurrence where the minor was held and violated. The evidence was collected by the Crime Branch sleuths many days after the victim was buried. This was despite the fact that the state police official tasked to investigate the case initially had destroyed the evidence deliberately.


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