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Family demands arrest of Jammu minor’s rape-murder accused

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  12 March 2018 12:00 AM GMT

Jammu, March 11: Investigators have med a retired revenue officer as the main accused in the rape and murder of a minor in Jammu and Kashmir but police have not arrested him, a relative of the victim said on Sunday. Talib Hussain, also an activist of the nomad goatherd community, told reporters here that the Crime Branch in its status report submitted to the high court said the former revenue officer, Sanji Ram, may have raped and murdered eight-year-old Asifa in Kathua near Jammu. The minor was allegedly kidpped on January 10 and her body was found on January 17. Hussain said the Crime Branch had said in the status report that Ram held Asifa captive inside a public facility called ‘Devasthan’ in Hiragar area of Kathua district. “Ram is the custodian of the keys of this public facility where the minor was held captive,” the activist said. Sanji Ram has denied the allegation, saying he is not the only person who has the keys of the facility. The incident shocked the entire state. After a public outcry, investigations of the case were transferred from local police to the Crime Branch. So far, four policemen, including two Special Police Officers, have been arrested. The two others are a Sub-Inspector and a head constable. They have been accused of destroying the evidence by washing the clothes of the victim before handing them over to the Crime Branch. (IANS)

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