Kathua minor rape-murder: Lawyers stop cops from filing chargesheet

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In Kathua, Jammu, two BJP lawmakers had protested against police action, Chaturvedi alleged, adding that the MLAs should be suspended. According to reports, bar association of Kathua district tried to stop crime branch officials to stop them from filling the chargesheet in the case even when there was massive police presence at that time.

"All the Bar members strongly condemned the conduct of the Crime Branch in dealing the issue".

The body of the girl, from the Bakherwal community, was recovered from Rassana forest on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area. "Shame on them [protesting lawyers] and their political masters", Abdullah tweeted.

However, the incident took a unusual turn later when large number of people of Kathua took to the streets, waving the national flag and demanding unconditional release of the main accused Deepak Khajuria who is a Special Police Officer (SPO).

The protesters have been demanding a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the rape and murder of an 8-year-old nomad girl. How low can one stoop to defend his prejudices and biases!

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"We want an investigation done by the CBI", said a protesting lawyer.

After the emergency reinforcement was rushed to court, the crime branch filed the charge sheet against seven of the eight accused, including two special police officers. However, police reinforcements had to be called to the spot to tackle the situation.

A minor was initially arrested in relation to the case.

Meanwhile, a day bandh call has been issued by the J&K High Court Bar Association, Jammu along with several socio-political organisations on April 11 seeking high level inquiry by CBI in the Rasana rape and murder case of a minor girl, withdrawal of minutes of the meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to review working of the Tribal affairs department and deportation of Rohingyas from Jammu at the earliest. The crime branch team, sources said, was camping at Police Lines in Kathua and might parade the accused before the Chief Judicial Magistrate late night. Two Special Police Officers (SPOs) were also arrested by the Crime Branch in the case.

Other details which have come up during the investigation are the fact that the juvenile's mother was aware of the crime committed by her son and she had allegedly sent a portion of the total Rs 5 lakh promised to the police for destruction of evidence in the crime.

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