'Mastermind' in Kathua 'rape' and murder case surrenders

Joanna Estrada
March 21, 2018

The alleged mastermind in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl, which had sparked a major controversy, surrendered before the Jammu and Kashmir police on Tuesday.

A senior police officer said Ram has surrendered before the Crime Branch which is investigating the case. Incidentally, Sanji Ram was seen taking part in protests by Hindu Ekta Manch, which was formed after the crime took place.

He said officials of Crime Branch would interrogate Sanji and his son Vishal.

Sources said the SI and policeman were arrested after it was established that they had tampered with the evidence to protect the accused.

So far, six people, including two special police officials (SPOs) and a head constable- Tilak Raj-has been arrested in connection with the case.

Earlier, special police officer Deepak Khajuria was arrested for carrying out the crime.

The minor girl had been 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.

Crime Branch had already ruled out any pressure in arresting the "mastermind" behind the gruesome rape and murder, underlining that the law will take its own course.

The case has divided the ruling coalition partners, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), over the demand of a section of people to hand over the case to the CBI for a thorough investigation.

However, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has rejected the demand for CBI probe and asserted that Crime Branch would conclude the investigations.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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