J-K Crime Branch files supplementary charge sheet in Kathua case
The charge sheet includes medical opinion about the effect of sedatives on the victim as well as the location of Vishal, son of Sanji Ram, alleged to be the mastermind behind the abduction and killing in January this year. Vishal had claimed he had never visited Kathua.
Jammu and Kashmir Police's Crime Branch filed a supplementary charge sheet in the rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community in Kathua before a court in Pathankot today, officials said.
Senior Superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police (Crime Branch) R K Jalla, accompanied by Special Public Prosecutor J K Chopra and other lawyers, submitted the charge sheet before District and Sessions, Judge Tejwinder Singh, the officials said.
The charge sheet includes a medical opinion about the effect of sedatives on the victim as well as the location of Vishal, son of Sanji Ram, alleged to be the mastermind behind the abduction and killing in January this year. Vishal had claimed he had never visited Kathua.
The Crime Branch has arrested Ram, his son Vishal and his juvenile nephew, two special police officers Deepak Khajuria alias 'Dipu' and Surender Verma and friend Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu. All of them were named in the first charge sheet on April 9.
It also arrested head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta, who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Sanji Ram and destroyed crucial evidence. Raj and Dutta have since been dismissed from service.
The supplementary charge sheet has summed up the investigation, which alleges that Kumar was not only in constant touch with co-accused Khajuria but also in contact with Raj.
Raj is believed to have played a pivotal role in striking a deal between Ram and the police for destruction of evidence.
The charge sheet has also submitted Kumar's detailed call analysis to show he shared a common location with other accused on crucial dates of crime and immediately thereafter.
The duration of the calls made and their frequency increased after the rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl, leading to the "irresistible conclusion of knee-deep involvement of accused Surinder Kumar with other accused...", the charge sheet states.
Ram, considered the main accused, is alleged to have hatched the conspiracy with the other accused for kidnapping the girl as part of a strategy to remove the minority nomadic community from the area.
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