Published: Thu, April 12, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Chargesheet submitted in Kathua case

Chargesheet submitted in Kathua case

Lawyers were protesting outside the district jail, crime branch team was not able to enter in the premises for nearly one hour.

On Wednesday morning, lawyers in black coats and white shirts were seen stopping vehicles, shutting down shops in Old City and Gandhi Nagar, Dogra Chowk, Kathu and Samba, and closing the National Highway connecting Jammu with New Delhi.

The chargesheet offers a chilling glimpse into how the horrific incident was planned by a group of eight men.

Eight people have been arrested in the case, including two special police officers, a police head constable, a sub inspector, and a juvenile. The J&K crime branch finally submitted the chargesheet against seven of the eight accused late Monday evening.

The others, according to the chargesheet, helped Ram carry out the brutal conspiracy. "We further request that the Hon'ble High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Supreme Court of India to take immediate measures to prevent further miscarriage of justice to the eight year old victim of the horrific crime and to transfer the trial in the matter to another State".

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Asifa Bano, the victim, went missing while grazing horses in Rasana village of Hiranagar tehsil of Kathua on January 17. But, while the horses returned to their shed at around 4 pm, the girl never returned.

After six hours of ruckus, the police could register cases against the accused.

The "general impression" among the Hindu community in the tehsil was that "Bakarwals indulge in cow slaughter" and "drug trafficking" which was "turning their children into drug addicts", the chargesheet said, adding that as a result, Hindus had been "blaming the Bakarwals on one pretext or the other and used to threaten them".

The CB said it was in the process of producing a separate chargesheet against a "juvenile, who is among the main accused in the crime". "We will protest till these demands are not met", Sharma said, adding nearly all the areas where the Bar called for a bandh had been successful. Sanji Ram's son Vishal Jangotra alias "Shamma", his nephew, a juvenile, and his friend Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu have been named as co-conspirators.

The chargesheets have been filed few days after DNA test confirmed that the victim was held captive inside Rasana's Deasthan temple before being strangulated after rape. "Thereafter, the juvenile also raped the girl", the chargesheet said. His nephew, the juvenile, "shared the plan" with Parvesh Kumar. Special Police Officer Deepak Khajuria too reached what was to be the murder site.

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The chargesheet states that Head Constable Raj who was a part of the search party had already asked Ram to bribe the police team and accordingly Ram had sent Rs 1.5 lakh to Raj on January 12.

The Wire had earlier reported that the police had first arrested a minor boy for his involvement in the crime. Dutta and Raj were arrested for trying to destroy evidence.

Bakherwal (or Gujjar-Bakherwal) is a mostly-Sunni Muslim nomadic tribe based in the Pir Panjal and Himalayan mountains of South Asia. Rallies have been held in defence of the alleged rapists and one particular demonstration that saw the use of the Tricolour particularly shocked the Valley. She had said she was "appalled by the marches and protests in defense of the culprits in Kathua".

According to the Indian Express, among those who backed the outfit were Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga - who are BJP ministers in chief minister Mehbooba Mufti's cabinet.

The Kathua case is now in court.

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