Six of the seven accused in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua have been convicted by a court in Pathankot. Three o them, Sanj Ram (main accused), Deepak Khujuria and Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu have been convicted for both rape and murder as many others –Anand Dutta, Tilak Raj and Surinder have been held guilty for destruction of evidence. Vishal son of main accused Sanji Ram has been acquitted.
Elaborate security arrangements have been made in and around the court and in Kathua in view of the pronouncement of the judgment, reports quoting official said. The situation will be monitored closely by the officials, they said.
The day-to-day in-camera trial began in the first week of June last year at the district and session court in Pathankot after the Supreme Court directed that the case be shifted out of J&K after lawyers in Kathua had prevented crime branch officials from filing the charge sheet in the case.
The trial was assigned to the district and sessions court in Pathankot by the Supreme Court after the victim’s family approached with a plea to transfer the case from Kathua.
The eight-year-old girl, belonging to a nomadic tribe, was allegedly kidnapped on January 10 and her body was found on January 17 last year. It is alleged that she was gang-raped and later murdered. The crime branch has arrested eight people, including a juvenile in the case.
9 army soldiers injured in Pulwama IED blast
Srinagar, June 17: At least nine army men were injured in an IED blast at Aarihal village in Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Monday evening.
A police official said that around 06:00 pm militants triggered an IED planted on road side at Aarihal when the vehicle of 44 RR was crossing the area, causing injuries to at least nine soldiers.
Soon after the blast, militants fired upon the vehicle, the official said, adding that forces also returned the fire. “Initial reports reveal that the vehicle suffered extensive damage,” the official added.
The injured army men, according to the official, were immediately rushed to Army’s 92 base hospital in Srinagar. Three among the injured soldiers are stated to be serious, sources said.
Local residents of the area said that they heard a loud sound of the blast followed by firing which triggered panic in the area.
Soon after the incident, additional reinforcement of army, police and SOG was rushed to the spot and launched a massive search operation to nab the attackers.
Militant killed in Achabal gunfight
Srinagar: A militant was killed on Monday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, police said.
Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and special operations group (SOG) of state police personnel surrounded the Bidoora village in Achabal area following information about the presence of militants.
“Hiding militants opened fire just as the cordon around them was being tightened. A militant was killed.Exact identities and group affiliation of the slain militants is being ascertained,” a police officer said.
Forget about numbers, every word you say is valuable to us: PM to opposition
New Delhi:At the start of the first budget session of NDA 2, Prime Minister Narendra Modi struck a conciliatory note with the opposition asking the non-NDA players to shun their concern about numbers and trust that the opposition word is valuable for the government.
“A strong and active opposition is the sine qua non of a healthy democracy. I urge the opposition leaders to forget their concern about numbers. Every word the opposition says, every sentiment the opposition expresses is valuable to us. When we sit in MP’s chair, we no longer represent camps. I hope we can work neutrally for national good,” Modi said in his customary start of the session address.
He said the current session would present an occasion for everyone to know the new members.
“When the new members come new hopes and new dreams also come. Indian democracy’s strength is getting revealed in every election. The highest-ever women representation and enhanced women voting marked the just-concluded election. After many decades people elected a government with full majority and with higher mandate,” the PM said seeking opposition support in realising people’s dreams.
He said the experience in the past five years had been that whenever Parliament had functioned in a healthy environment many decisions of national well-being had been taken.
“Based on this experience I hope all parties will raise the bar for debates, will help take people-friendly decisions and work with us to realise people’s aspirations,” Modi said.
Referring to his “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas slogan”, the PM said the government would work towards its pledge.
“In democracy a strong and active opposition is essential and I hope the opposition leaders will cast away the concerns of numbers. For us their words and sentiments are valuable…I hope instead of getting divided into camps we will work neutrally to further the dignity of the House and national good,” the PM said.
He said he was hopeful that Parliament’s productivity would improve and everyone would see greater collective concern for national issues.
“I urge you all MPs to lift the quality of the debate though sometimes there’s no relation between creative debate and TRPs. Credible criticism of the government is welcome,” he said.
The PM has called a meeting of political parties leaders on Wednesday to discuss ‘one nation one election’ and a day later he will host a dinner for all MPs.
The Lok Sabha on Monday will witness oath-taking by new MPs. Pro tem speaker Virendra Kumar will administer the oath.