Jammu: The police on Tuesday filed an FIR against a group of lawyers who tried to prevent Crime Branch officials from filing chargesheet in the case of rape and murder of 8-year-old Gujjar girl Asifa Bano.
“An FIR has been lodged against a group of lawyers who held protests and tried to prevent the Crime Branch officials from performing their duty,” a senior police official told PTI.
He said that the lawyers have not been identified so far and their identification is part of the investigation.
Accompanied by the accused yesterday, a team of Crime Branch faced stiff resistance from members of the Kathua Bar Association who chanted slogans “Go Back Crime Branch” during filing of the chargesheet in court.
The Kathua Bar Association claimed that the Crime Branch team was compelled to leave the premises without filing their chargesheet.
“All the members of the Bar have strongly agitated against the presentation of challan (chargesheet) by the Crime Branch in the Rassana case,” President of the Kathua Bar Association, Kirty Bhushan Mahajan, said in a statement. “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.
He said the Bar is already on strike against the investigation of the case by the Crime Branch and strongly favours a CBI inquiry into the incident.
“All the Bar members strongly condemned the conduct of the Crime Branch in dealing with the issue. The state government has failed to understand the sentiments of the people. The agitation of the Bar shall continue and it has unanimously decided to keep the work under suspension till April 12,” Mahajan said.