Former Bureaucrat masterminded Kathua Muslim girl’s rape, murder: Report

Jammu:  The Jammu and Kashmir Crime Branch, which is probing the rape and murder case, has named an influential former bureaucrat as the mastermind of the inhuman crime but is yet to arrest him. The family of the muslim nomad girl has alleged that the police are surrendering to political interference, NDTV reported.

The report quoting the Crime Branch of police said that the 60-year-old Sanji Ram, a former bureaucrat, motivated Deepak Khajuria, a special police officer (SPO ) for abduction, rape, and murder of the minor girl with the intent of driving out Muslim nomad families from Rasana village in Jammu region. The NDTV report further said that Sanji Ram was also the main driver in the Hindu Ekta Manch protests against the Crime Branch probe.

The minor muslim nomad girl was kidnapped on January 10 after which she was drugged and raped, while her mutilated body was found on January 17. Four men including two special police officers of Jammu and Kashmir police were arrested in the case.

“The Crime Branch has also arrested two policemen, including a sub-Inspector, for destroying evidence. The cops from Kathua district police, investigating the case, had washed the blood-soaked clothes of the victim before sending the evidence to the forensic laboratory. The Crime Branch’s investigation has met with stiff resistance from the BJP backed Hindu Ekta Manch. The group has been protesting against the arrests and trying to create communal unrest in the region.

Even the BJP Ministers joined the chorus against the probe and demanded that the case to be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Quoting officials, the report says Sanji Ram is also the custodian of the facility, referred to as “Devasthan”, where the 8-year-old girl was held captive for a week. The nomad families say that the Jammu and Kashmir Crime Branch has caved into protests and political pressure, and is therefore deliberately avoiding the arrest of the criminals.

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