Kathua rape and murder: Crime Branch to complete investigations within a month

Kathua rape and murder: Crime Branch to complete investigations within a month
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SRINAGAR: Investigations into the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua would be completed within a month as the Special Investigation Team (SIT) is waiting for the forensic report in the case, the Crime Branch said.
Additional Director General (ADG), Crime Branch, Alok Puri told Kashmir Reader that a case against the accused persons will be filed only after receiving forensic confirmation of the evidence gathered by the SIT from various locations.
“The case is not as simple as it looks. We need to have strong evidence against the accused along with reports from the experts in the forensic laboratory. Then only can we prove anything in the court of law,” the ADG said.
According to sources, all the three accused, two policemen and a minor boy, have already confessed to their crime after they were countered with evidence by officers of the Crime Branch.
“All the three accused have already confessed to the crime after we showed them evidence,” said an official privy to the investigation.
Kashmir Reader has earlier reported that the Crime Branch had collected “irrefutable evidence” to prove that the three persons arrested were involved in the crime.
The Crime Branch has so far arrested two Special Police Officers (SPOs), Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Verma, and a minor boy in connection with the horrible crime. The minor girl, who belonged to the Bakharwal nomad community, was kidnapped when she was shepherding her horses at Rasana village of Kathua on January 10. Her disfigured body was found only on January 17. During the police investigations, it was established that she was raped before she was murdered.
Khajuria was among the policemen tasked to probe the crime and nab the culprits who abducted the minor girl. As per sources, he was the first to confess to his crime when presented with the evidence against him.
However Puri said the confession would not be admissible in the court of law.
“The SIT has to prepare a detailed and indisputable report to file in court. Confession is just a simple admission by criminals under certain situations. We can’t build our case by their version. We have to conclude the investigation on the basis of strong evidence so that criminals are booked,” he said.
The ADG said there was no confusion on the age of the accused minor, as reported by a section of the press.
“We have not moved any application in the trial court about the age. The accused is minor, and it has already been established through various sources. He has been lodged in a juvenile home as per Juvenile Justice Act,” Puri said.

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