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Kathua rape case: Six including police constable, SPOs convicted

Crime News, Nation, (New Delhi), June 10:- The Pathankot court on Monday convicted six out of seven accused in connection with the Kathua rape and murder case.

The judge has convicted village head Sanji Ram, two special police officers (SPOs) Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, Head constable Tilak Raj, Anand Dutta and Parvesh Kumar. Only Vishal, Sanjhi Ram’s son has been acquitted.

The eight-year-old girl, belonging to a nomadic Muslim tribe, was abducted, drugged, gang-raped, tortured and killed on January 10 last year. The trial, which had begun in April 2018 against seven accused out of eight, concluded on June 3 last week.

The trial of a juvenile is yet to begin as the petition on his age is yet to be heard by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. The Crime Branch had arrested village head Sanji Ram, his son Vishal, juvenile nephew and his friend Anand Dutta, and two special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma.

Head Constable Tilak Raj and Sub-Inspector Anand Dutta, who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Sanji Ram and destroyed crucial evidence, were also arrested by the Crime Branch

Convicted

Sanji Ram, 60

Ram is a retired revenue official. He was the main conspirator who incited his nephew, an alleged minor, to abduct the eight-year-old girl as revenge from the Bakarwals, nomadic tribe. He incited the boy by reminding him of an ‘insult’ meted out to him by the community.

The nephew was allegedly the one who arranged to keep the eight-year-old locked up inside the temple where she was abducted and raped.

Parvesh Kumar, alias Mannu

Kumar is a friend of Ram’s nephew and played a critical role in the abduction and gang-rape by helping the alleged minor.

Deepak Khajuria

A special police officer who raped the eight-year-old ‘one more time before she was killed’.

Sub-inspector Anand Dutta and head constable Tilak Raj

The duo tried to destroy evidence and are also said to have washed the girl’s dress to help the accused avoid arrest.

Surinder Kumar

A special police officer, witnesses confirmed seeing Singh at the scene of the crime.

Acquitted

Vishal Jangotra

Jangotra is Sanji Ram’s son who was studying in Meerut at the time. He was accused of raping the girl along with Ram’s nephew. The nephew had allegedly called Jangotra to the temple in case he wanted to ‘satisfy his lust’.

To be decided

Sanji Ram’s Nephew

The boy, who claims to be a minor, was allegedly incited to commit the abduction and rape as revenge on the Bakarwal community. Ram’s nephew is alleged to have raped, strangulated and smashed the girl’s face with a stone.

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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