Kathua rape and murder: ‘Mastermind’ surrenders before police

Srinagar: The 60-year-old Sanji Ram, a former bureaucrat and the alleged mastermind of Asifa rape-and-murder case Tuesday surrendered before the Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir police, sources said.

According to sources, Sanji Ram believed to be the mastermind of the rape and murder of Asifa Bano- an eight-year-old nomad Muslim girl, who was abducted, raped and brutally murdered in Hiranagar area of Kathua district on January 10 and her body was spotted by villagers in a nearby forest on January 17.

Ram’s surrender comes a day after his son Vishal’s arrest from Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district.

Ram went into hiding after his name surfaced during the investigation.

Earlier, the investigation into the rape and murder of eight-year-old Asifa Bano of Hira Nagar Kathua has so far revealed that the rapist had drugged her so that she would not cry for help.

The medical report has confirmed that she died due to strangulation. Her viscera report has confirmed that she had both the “internal and external” injuries on her private parts.

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