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HATS OFF TO CRIME BRANCH TEAM: FAROOQ ABDULLAH ON KATHUA JUDGMENT

Yawar Shafi, Srinagar: National Conference President and three times Jammu Kashmir Chief Minister Dr. Farooq Abdullah while congratulating the team of JK Police’s Crime Branch for cracking Kathua Rape and Murder case said that braving all odd factors CB has shown its capabilities and dedication. The team comprising of IG Crime Afhadul Mujtaba, SSP Jhalla and ASP Naveed Peerzada was on card.

Pertinently, a special court in Pathankot on Monday awarded life imprisonment to three of the six persons convicted in the rape-and-murder case of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua last year. The remaining three, all of them police officers, were sentenced to five years in jail for destruction of evidence. The court acquitted Vishal Jangotra, son of mastermind Sanji Ram, giving him the ‘benefit of doubt’, according to Mubeen Farooqi, who represented the victim’s family in the court.

Announcing the quantum of punishment, the court sentenced the three main accused — Sanji Ram, the caretaker of the devsthanam (temple) where the crime took place, Special Police Officer Deepak Khajuria, and Parvesh Kumar — to life imprisonment and also imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each. The three were also handed different jail terms for various offences under the Ranbir Penal Code. The jail terms will run concurrently with the life term, prosecution lawyer Santokh Singh said.

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