Two special police officers and minor boy arrested, police claim to have irrefutable evidence
Srinagar: The Hindu Ekta Manch’s (HEM) show of solidarity with the alleged rapist and murderer of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua will not affect the Crime Branch’s investigations, Inspector General of the Crime Branch (CB) asserted to Kashmir Reader.
So far, two Special Police Officers (SPOs) Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Verma and a minor boy have been arrested for the ghastly crime. The minor girl, who belonged to the Gujjar community, was kidnapped when she was shepherding her horses at Rasnaa village of Kathua on January 10. Later, her disfigured body was found on January 17. During the police investigations it was established that she was raped before she was murdered.
CB Inspector general Alok Puri told Kashmir Reader that the recent rally conducted by the HEM in favour of the accused will not cow down the investigating agency. “Whosoever wants to protest, they can. But we will not buckle. Our investigations will continue with full vigour till the culprits are arrested,” he said.
On Friday, the HEM took out a rally in Kathua in which people waved the Indian national flag and demanded that the case be handed over to the government of India’s Criminal Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The rally warned of enforcing a shutdown in Jammu region if the demand was not met.
Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed outrage at the HEM rally, saying she could not believe that people were defending the murderers and rapists of an eight-year-old girl.
Police say they have arrested a second Special Police Officer (SPO) who, too, was involved in the crime.
“Yes we have arrested another SPO in connection with the crime,” Puri said. “So far, we have arrested three persons including two SPOs and one minor boy who were involved in the abduction and murder of the girl.” He said the second arrest of the SPO was made on Thursday.
Earlier, police had arrested SPO Deepak Khajuria and a minor boy for the crime.
Another police officer, privy to the investigations, told Kashmir Reader that the crime branch has collected irrefutable evidence to prove that the three persons arrested were involved in the crime.
“Khajuria was one among the policemen tasked to probe and nab the culprits who abducted Asifa. He confessed to his crime when we showed him the full evidence,” the officer said.
Khujaria, a 28-year-old SPO, was posted at Police Station Heera Nagar. He was arrested by a Special Investigation Team of the Crime Branch.
“The minor boy was involved in the abduction of the girl when she was tending the horses. He provided the place where the girl was kept. So far, the investigations and medical examinations point out that he was the one who committed rape of the girl,” the officer said.
The officer said as the investigations will proceed, the case will throw up sensational revelations.
“We expect more arrests. The details cannot be made public. There are some sensational things coming up. We will reveal it at the appropriate time,” he said.