Asifa Rape and Murder: DNA tests confirm victim held captive in temple 

Srinagar: Strands of hair found in a temple where 8-year-old Asif Banu was held captive before being strangulated after rape have matched with that of victim on DNA analysis. 

Official sources told Srinagar-based news agency that the crime branch, probing the rape-and-murder, had found hair strands from Devistan temple in Hiranagar after one of the accused revealed during interrogation that Asifa was held captive inside the temple. The crime site was searched and the hair strands were found and sent to Forensic Laboratory (FSL) New Delhi. The report confirmed that they were that of Asifa, the sources said.  

The report was received by the crime branch on Tuesday along with the postmortem report which has also confirmed the sedative medicine used to unconscious the girl by the accused.

An official of the crime branch said that after receiving the medical report, a charge sheet would be filed before the competent court of jurisdiction in next few days.

The investigating agency has so far arrested nine accused persons including the mastermind Sanji Ram and his son Vishal Kumar, a police head constable, two SPOs and a sub-inspector of police in connection with the crime.


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