Jammu :The Jammu and Kashmir police crime branch has expanded its probe in the Kathua rape and murder case to identify those who allegedly signed the attendance register at a Meerut college on behalf of an accused while he had gone to his village where the crime was committed, officials said here on thursday.
They said a crime branch team was camping in Meerut and taking inputs from the local police there.
The police team has examined some of the witnesses as it is alleged in the charge sheet that Vishal Jangotra, accused of raping an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, had tried to create an alibi of his absence from the crime scene by allegedly “resorting to manipulation of records and creation of false evidence with the connivance and assistance of his father Sanji Ram”.
The officials said three people, who are suspected to have signed the attendance sheet on his behalf, are wanted by the crime branch.
The three were in judicial custody after being arrested by the Meerut police in connection with a question paper leak case.
Jangotra, who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from a college in Meerut district, has been charged by the crime branch of raping and helping in the murder of the girl in Kathua along with a juvenile, the main accused and a relative of Sanji Ram, and special police officer Deepak Khajuria alias Deepu.
The juvenile, whose bail plea was rejected by a court last month, is the main accused in the case.
The crime branch had earlier put its investigation on hold and was awaiting an order of the Supreme Court which had been petitioned by the victim’s side for taking the trial out of Kathua and the accused side pleading for handing over the investigation to the CBI.
In its May 7 order, the apex court had said “the pivotal fact around which the controversy centres, is abduction, rape and murder of an eight year old girl”.
“An FIR was lodged at Hiranagar Police Station, Kathua…The investigating agency, namely, the Crime Branch, which took over the investigation on 22nd January, 2018 from the local police has already filed the charge sheet on 9th April, 2018, in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kathua in the State of Jammu and Kashmir,” the order had said.
The apex court had transferred the case to the court of the District and Sessions judge in Pathankot, Punjab, 30 km from Kathua.
The crime branch, according to the officials, has also seized some more documents and sent it to ‘Questioner of Examined Documents’ (QED) in the national capital for verifying the handwriting samples.
A report from Central Forensic and Scientific Laboratory about the CCTV tapes seized from the examination centre was also expected soon, the officials said, adding that a supplementary charge sheet was expected to be filed by second week of June.
The officials suspect that someone from the university had allowed Jangotra to write his answer sheet after the examination was over on January 15 as his train had reached late from Jammu.
The officials also alleged that the accused had deliberately visited an ATM and was seen looking at the camera to create an alibi for himself.
In its charge sheet, the crime branch had mentioned that some officials of the university had allegedly received a “huge amount of kickback from accused Sanji Ram”.
“This aspect needs further investigation as records are to be collected from concerned college and university….after conducting further investigation supplementary charge sheet shall follow,” the charge sheet had said.
Jangotra is among eight people who have been charge sheeted by the crime branch in the rape and murder of the girl.
The charge sheet also claimed that Sanji Ram, the alleged main conspirator, had planned the kidnapping of the girl only to drive away the nomads from the Kathua region.
Missing B’pora teacher found dead in Wular
Srinagar, May 20: Body of a government school teacher missing for the last one week was recovered from Wular Lake under mysterious conditions near Leharwalpora area in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Monday.
The police have started proceedings under 174 CrPc into the nature of death.
Reports said that some locals spotted the body in the Lake near Leharwalpora Monday morning and accordingly informed the concerned police station.
A police team immediately reached the spot and retrieved the body from the lake, they said.
The deceased has been identified as Mushtaq Ahmed Lone (27) son of Abdul Rehman Lone of Gurez at present Sheikhpora Colony Mantrigam Bandipora.
Mushtaq, a teacher by profession had left to attend his duty at Government High Secondary School Chuntimulla on May 13 but did not return since then.
Confirming the incident, SSP Bandipora Rahul Malik said that an FSL team was rushed to the spot for medical examination.
“The medical team has been constituted for post-mortem including experts from GMC Srinagar in the presence of Magistrate,” he said.
Proper photography and videography is being done of entire proceedings. Rest all other medico legal formalities of the deceased are being done, he said.
We are awaiting FSL and medical report to come to ascertain the actual cause of death, he said.
“An enquiry under 174 CrPc has been initiated and further investigations have been taken up,” the officer added.
Pertinently, the family members and neighbors held a protest demonstration on May 18 and had urged administration for help in tracing their missing kin.
Kashmir University gets A+ NAAC accreditation
Srinagar, May 20: After bagging 53rd rank in NIRF 2019 and 51st in QS India University Rankings 2019, the University of Kashmir added yet another feather to its cap by scoring A+ grade in the recent reaccreditation cycle by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC).
According to the result issued by NAAC, the University of Kashmir is scoring an impressive 3.31 Institutional Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on a scale of 04 ahead of several other leading Universities in the country.
The University has scored 3.89 in Infrastructure and Learning Resources, 3.67 in Curricular Aspects, 3.18 in Teaching Learning and Evaluation, 3.05 in Research, Innovations and Extension, 3.61 in Institutional Values and Best Practices, 3.1 in Governance, Leadership and Management and 2.94 in Student Support and Progression.
The long-awaited accreditation was awarded to the University by peer NAAC team on Monday, May 20, 2019, which visited the varsity in the first week of May 2019 from 02-05-2019 to 04-05-2019.
It is in place to mention here that KU has earlier been accredited during its previous two cycles first in 2002 and then again in 2011 and on both these two occasions the University was awarded grade ‘A’ by NAAC.
Pertinently the Peer NAAC team comprising of six members during its visit to the University earlier this month applauded University for its research standards and stated that the varsity has made a quantum jump in its Infrastructure and Learning resources.
Being the chairperson of Monitoring and Steering Committee the Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof Talat Ahmad personally monitored the preparedness of the University for the Peer NAAC team visit.
While congratulating the staff, students, scholars and alumni on the occasion Prof Talat said “I congratulate both teaching and non-teaching faculty, students, scholars and alumni for this tremendous feat. It was a team effort and we succeeded in our efforts. However at the same time we must understand that we don’t have to be complacent and work harder to achieve much higher grade next time so that our University gets international recognition.”
Registrar KU Dr Nisar A Mir said “I congratulate all the stakeholders of the University and this particular grade will ensure better job placements for our students and will fetch more fellowships to our scholars. Moreover, it will help us to upgrade our infrastructure while we will succeed in securing better funds from different funding agencies governed by UGC and other bodies.”
Governor congratulates varsity:
Governor Satya Pal Malik, Chancellor of the University of Kashmir, Monday congratulated Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor of the University, his colleagues, staff and students for being awarded A+ Accreditation by peer NAAC Team.
Governor has expressed happiness on the impressive performance of the University by securing 3.31 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) on a scale of 04. He has urged for making the University a leading Institute in teaching and research and wished it success in all its future academic endeavours.
Mirwaiz Farooq’s anniversary: Curbs in parts of downtown today
Srinagar, May 20: The Srinagar administration has decided to impose curbs in parts of downtown on Tuesday on the eve of Awami Action Committee (AAC) rally from Jamia Masjid to Martyrs’ graveyard Eidgah to commemorate the martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed-e-Milat Mirwaiz Moulana Muhammad Farooq.
An official that restrictions will be imposed on Tuesday in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Rainawari, MR Gunj and Khanyar. “The decision has been taken as a precautionary measure,” the official said.
Meanwhile, authorities placed Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest ahead of the Eidgah Chalo call announced by Hurriyat (M) to observe death anniversary of Mirwaiz Farooq.
A police official confirmed that Mirwaiz had been placed under house while as restrictions Will be imposed in various parts of Srinagar.
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