Ac­cused plead not guilty, vol­un­teer for narco tests

DNA (Delhi) - - FRONT PAGE - Ish­faq-ul-Has­san h_ish­faq@dnain­dia.net

Srinagar: All eight ac­cused, mi­nus a ju­ve­nile, pleaded not guilty and vol­un­teered to un­dergo narco anal­y­sis test as the trial in the shock­ing rape and mur­der case be­gan at the District and Ses­sions Court in Jammu’s Kathua on Mon­day. The ac­cused, led by re­tired gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial San­jhi Ram, made a ver­bal state­ment be­fore the Prin­ci­pal Ses­sions Judge. Ram, his son, his ju­ve­nile nephew, the nephew’s friend and four po­lice­men have been charged with kid­nap­ping, drug­ging, rap­ing and bru­tally killing in cap­tiv­ity the eight-year-old child in Jan­uary. The ju­ve­nile’s trial will be­gin separately.

Af­ter a heated ex­change be­tween the de­fence coun­sel and the pros­e­cu­tion, the judge said the ac­cused be pro­vided the com­plete chargesheet by Tues­day.

The court will hear the case next on April 28. Elab­o­rate se­cu­rity ar­range­ments were made at the court to avoid the re­peat of last week’s ruckus by lawyers, who tried to de­fend the ac­cused. The ac­cused were brought to the court and taken back to the district jail in tight se­cu­rity to avoid any law and or­der sit­u­a­tion.

The ac­cused had kept the girl se­dated and with­out food for four days, rap­ing her re­peat­edly be­fore fi­nally bat­ter­ing her to death. Anger and shock have swept the coun­try as chill­ing de­tails of the crimes emerged last week.

The chargesheet says the girl from the no­madic Mus­lim Bakar­wal com­mu­nity was ab­ducted on Jan­uary 10 when she was graz­ing her horses near her one-room home in Jammu’s Kathua. She was held in a tem­ple run by Ram. His son Vishal Jan­go­tra, ju­ve­nile’s friend Parvesh Kumar, sub-in­spec­tor Anand Dutta, head con­sta­ble Ti­lak Raj and two spe­cial po­lice of­fi­cers Deepak Kha­juria Surinder Kumar have also been charged.

Jan­go­tra trav­elled from Meerut to Jammu af­ter a phone call from the ju­ve­nile who said he could come and sat­isfy his lust. The ju­ve­nile and Kha­juria stran­gled the girl on Jan­uary 14. The ju­ve­nile fi­nally stran­gu­lated her to death.

Full re­port on dnain­dia.com

One of the Kathua ac­cused out­side the court

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