FIR against SIT for torturing witnesses during probe in Kathua rape-murder case

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People protesting for fair trial in Kathua rape and murder case
People protesting for fair trial in Kathua rape and murder case

New Delhi : Four months after six people were convicted in the Kathua rape and murder case, a local court has directed the police to file an FIR against the SIT probing it; citing reports which claim that SIT allegedly tortured and coerced witnesses to give false statements.

An eight-year-old girl was first kidnapped and then raped in captivity in a village temple for four continuous days before she was brutally murdered. The whole incident, famous as Kathua rape case, had created a nationwide rage and protests.

According to fresh update on the case, the Delhi court has ordered filing of the FIR against the then SSP R K Jalla (now retired), ASP Peerzada Naveed, Deputy Superintendents of Police Shetmbari Sharma and Nissar Hussain, Sub-Inspector Urfan Wani and Kewal Kishore of crime branch of police and asked the SSP (Jammu) to report compliance by next date of hearing on November 11.

"Considered the argument of counsel for the applicant and order of the Supreme Court and the High Court of Jammu and Kashmir; as per the affidavit of the counsel for applicant no proceedings are pending for disposal in the apex court with regard to the case in question," the court order said.

Earlier in June this year, the District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh had awarded life imprisonment to three main accused and five years of jail to other three for destructing the evidences in the matter.