Police files FIR against Kathua lawyers


High drama ensued outside the courthouse of Chief Judicial Magistrate in Jammu & Kashmir's Kathua after lawyers blocked the way of Crime Branch officials who were filing a charge sheet into the rape and murder of the eight-year-old girl, reported NDTV.

After the emergency reinforcement was rushed to court, the crime branch filed the charge sheet against seven of the eight accused, including two special police officers.

However, the incident took a odd turn later when large number of people of Kathua took to the streets, waving the national flag and demanding unconditional release of the main accused Deepak Khajuria who is a Special Police Officer (SPO).

Come with by the accused on the last yesterday, a team of Crime Branch faced stiff confrontation from the members of the Kathua Bar Association, who were saying the slogans "go back crime branch" during filing of the charge sheet and the going protests.

"We want an investigation done by the CBI", said a protesting lawyer.

A minor was initially arrested in relation to the case.

"All the Bar members strongly condemned the conduct of the Crime Branch in dealing the issue".

The victim's body was recovered from the jungle at Rasana of Hiranagar in Kathua on January 17, seven days after she went missing from the home at Kota.

Former J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah, condemning the lawyers, tweeted, "Shame on them & their political masters". Responding to the arrests made in this rape and murder case, Hindu Ekta Much has alleged that innocent people have been arrested in the case, therefore, they have demanded that a CBI inquiry should be initiated to probe the matter.

DNA tests of the minor victim recently confirmed that she was held captive inside a temple before being murdered.

"I felt sad that some lawyers in Jammu speak in the name of Bar Association and they have openly joined the criminal elements and support the accused for the heinous crime of raping and killing of an 8 year old child", Soz said while talking to KNS over phone.

In Kathua, Jammu, two BJP lawmakers had protested against police action, Chaturvedi alleged, adding that the MLAs should be suspended.

"When the lawyers representing people in the court indulge in such shameless acts, what would one expect from them".

The said prayer hall was maintained by retired revenue official Sanji Ram who is among the eight accused arrested in the case along with his son Vishal and nephew Shubham.