Kathua Rape Case: Latest Updates

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JK CM lauds people for dismissing communal forces:

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today lauded the people of Jammu for dismissing communal forces and their unwavering support for justice to an eight-year-old girl who was raped and killed in Kathua.
“I commend the manner in which the people of Jammu dismissed communal forces and were unwavering in their support for a little girl.
“It has strengthened my belief that Jammu serves as a model of inclusiveness and together the people of J-K inspire secular unity and righteousness,” Mufti said in a tweet.
In an earlier tweet, the chief minister expressed satisfaction over the Supreme Court taking cognisance of an alleged attempt by lawyers in Kathua to obstruct the Crime Branch in filing their charge-sheet in the case.
“Heartening to see the Supreme Court take cognisance of the attempted obstruction of justice by some lawyers in the brutal Kathua rape and murder case reminding us once again of the greatness of this nation,” she said.
“While it may seem to get bogged down by different discourses at times, it’s DNA of love and compassion always remains the same,” she added.
Two BJP mnisters, Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash, who had attended a rally in support of the accused persons in Kathua, yesterday submitted their resignations to party’s state president Sat Sharma.

Dineshwar Sharma meets JK governor:

The Centre’s representative to Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, today called on Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra at the Raj Bhavan here, an official said.
Governor and Sharma held extended discussions regarding the crucial importance of maintaining peace and normalcy in the state alongside the effective functioning of the administrative apparatus, a Raj Bhawan spokesman said.
The meeting comes close in back drop of tension prevailing here after rape and murder case of a minor girl from the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community.

Crime Branch did a good job, says DGP:

Jammu and Kashmir Police chief S P Vaid today said the Crime Branch probing the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua district “has done a commendable job”.
The DGP’s remarks came a day after he said the police had no objection to a CBI probe into the case.
“The Crime Branch has done a commendable job in investigating the unfortunate rape and murder of the girl. They are very competent,” Singh told reporters here.
The Bar Association of Jammu had yesterday claimed that the Crime Branch probe was done on “questionable lines” amid threats and coercion by a team of officers from the Kashmir Valley.

The rape and killing of the girl, who belonged to the nomadic Bakerwal Muslim community, has become a national issue. The gory details of the heinous crime surfaced following filing of charges.
The girl had disappeared from a spot near her house close to Rasana village on January 10. A week later, her body was found in the same area.
A special investigation team, formed to probe the incident, has arrested eight people, including two special police officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.

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