Srinagar: In a major breakthrough, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Crime Branch has arrested a Special Police Officer (SPO) for alleged rape and murder of eight-year-old tribal nomad girl in Hiranagar area of Kathua district in Jammu.
SPO Deepak Khajuria was arrested after SIT got a clinching evidence about his alleged involvement in the case, reports said on Saturday.
As per media reports the motive to kill the girl was to instill fear among the tribal community in the area. This is the second arrest in the high profile case that has shaken Jammu and Kashmir.
Police had arrested a teenager before the case was shifted to Crime Branch.
Body of the eight-year-old girl was found near the jungles at Rasana village of Hiranagar in Kathua district on January 17, a week after she went missing near her home in Kota village.
The family of the girl had alleged that she was abducted, held captive for a week and raped before she was murdered, given the nature of wounds on her body.