FIR against lawyers for blocking chargesheet in Kathua rape and murder case

FIR against lawyers for blocking chargesheet in Kathua rape and murder case

Separatist leader and Kashmir's chief Muslim cleric Mirwaiz Omar Farooq wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter.com "What a shame! that some lawyers in Jammu prevent police from filing a charge sheet in the heinous crime of rape and murder of an 8 year old girl child!" Visuals from outside the Kathua court complex showed the police team being blocked by lawyers who were protesting against the chargesheet. Slogans of "Crime branch go back" were also raised by members of the Kathua bar association.

An eight-year-old girl from the Bakerwal community was raped and murdered on January 10. Though senior officials of the crime branch were not available for their comments, but one of them, who did not want to be named, said the chargesheet against the seven had already been produced before the CJM. Top sources in the state police crime branch had said that the DNA of hair strands found inside the temple matched with those of the eight-year-old who was raped and subsequently murdered. "What's worse is that they are supposed to represent law and justice!"

A group of lawyers had yesterday staged protests outside a Kathua court when the sleuths of the crime branch of J&K Police reached there along with lawyers to file their charge-sheet against the accused, which include a former bureaucrat and two special police officers. "We've filed charge sheet against seven accused persons and charge sheet against a juvenile person will be filed separately", he said adding "There was some resistance and that has been tackled".

A minor was initially arrested in relation to the case.

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The High Court Bar Association in Jammu, supported by various organizations, called for a Jammu bandh on April 11 for their demand of a CBI probe into the case and against illegal settlement of Rohingya refugees.

Investigations by the police revealed that minor was abducted and kept at a religious place, raped and then murdered in order to scare the nomads living in the area and force them to migrate. They are asking for the case to be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). "The agitation of the Bar proved successful and the Crime Branch was compelled to go back and the challan could not be presented in the court of chief judicial magistrate Kathua", he said.

The said prayer hall was maintained by retired revenue official Sanji Ram who is among the eight accused arrested in the case along with his son Vishal and nephew Shubham.

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