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Kathua case: CB submits report to HC

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Srinagar, Mar 09: The Jammu and Kashmir Crime Branch, which is investigating Kathua ‘rape’ and murder case, Friday submitted the status report before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
Inspector General of Police Crime Branch Syed Afadul Mujtaba told The Kashmir Monitor said that the status report was submitted before the Jammu and Kashmir high court.
“Yes the report has been submitted before the high court. The next date of hearing is on 14 March,” the IG said refusing to share any details of the report.
The rape and murder of Muslim girl has divided the ruling parties of the state. The BJP has been demanding transferring of case to the CBI and criticizing the role of the Crime Branch.
However on Thursday the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti, has turned down the demand of alliance partner BJP to handover the investigation of rape and murder of 8-year-old Gujjar girl Asifa to the CBI.
“Crime Branch is investigating the case of Asifa. There might be some lapses in Crime Branch probe due to which people of Hiranagar have been demanding CBI probe. We raised the issue with the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today and demanded that investigation should be handed over to CBI. But she declined to hand over the case,” Health Minister, Bali Bhagat, had told media after meeting the chief minister in Jammu.
The PDP has accused the BJP of “communalizing” the Kathua incident.
It is to mention here that on January 23, the Mehbooba Mufti government had ordered a probe into the incident, and subsequently handed over the case to the Crime Branch of police.
Reports on Thursday said that the crime branch has arrested a police sub-inspector and a head constable for their involvement in destruction of crucial evidence.
Two special police officers, Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Verma, have already been arrested, while two more persons, including a juvenile, have also been arrested for the kidnapping, rape and murder of Asifa, mentioned a media report.