Jammu and Kashmir Police chief S P Vaid said he was satisfied with the investigation into the Kathua minor’s rape and murder carried out by the state Crime Branch, in spite of attempts to destroy evidence during the initial investigations.
On the demand for a CBI inquiry into the case, the Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police said, “Only they (those demanding CBI probe) can answer this. Why they don’t have trust on the same J&K police which is fighting a war in Kashmir.”
The body of an eight-year old girl from the Bakerwal community was recovered from woods on January 17, a week after she had gone missing while grazing horses in a village in Kathua district.
On January 23, the government had handed over the case to the crime branch, which formed a Special Investigation Team and arrested eight people, including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destruction of evidence.
The crime branch filed a main chargesheet against seven accused on Monday and one separate chargesheet against another accused, who was earlier said to be a juvenile, at a court in Kathua district on Tuesday.
The girl was held in a temple, drugged, repeatedly raped and finally murdered to scare the nomadic Muslim community out of the village, according to the chargesheet.
Two BJP ministers in the Jammu and Kashmir government were forced to resign on Friday over their participation in rallies by the Hindu Ekta Manch against the arrest of the accused.
The Bar Associations of Jammu and Kathua have spearheaded the agitation over the arrests and demanded that the case be handed over to the CBI.
Vaid said he was satisfied with the investigations and “sure the people who committed this heinous crime on an eight-year-old child must get severest possible punishment.”
“The state crime branch did a commendable job in spite of the fact that initially the investigation was not done in a professional manner. There were some attempts to destroy evidence,” he said.
The DGP noted that the police has taken action against its own personnel who were involved in the crime.
“We took action against our own two policemen — two SPOs — who were involved in this heinous crime. The Special Investigation Team of Crime Branch went about the investigation in a professional manner, systematically collecting evidence and scientifically pursuing the case. Now, they have produced the challan (charge sheet) in the court for judicial determination,” he said.
Vaid, however, refused to comment on whether any action would be taken against those people — including two state ministers who participated in rallies in favour of the accused.