368 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: Gory murders & headless bodies

Headless body of abducted man found in north Kashmir

Police believe he was executed in Daesh style

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The headless body of 24-year-old Manzoor Ahmed Bhat, who was abducted by terrorists from his house a couple of days ago, was found in the outskirts of Hajin town in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district on Friday. Authorities say Bhat was executed Daesh style with his throat slit.

J&K police spokesperson Manoj Pandita told Mirror, “While the father escaped with gunshot wounds, the son was whisked away and was held hostage.”

Pandita said the police suspect that a local terrorist Mohommad Saleem Parrey, who joined Lashkar-e-Taiba last summer, is believed to have played a major role in the killing of the local innocent youth.

Bhat is the second person to be kidnapped and killed by terrorists this week in north Kashmir’s Hajin.

Terrorist held in Kupwara

Security forces on Friday arrested a terrorist Zabiullah in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Zabiullah had escaped in an injured condition after a two-day long gunfight with the security forces last month in Check Post Fateh Khan of Kupwara. The gunfight had claimed 10 lives including five terrorists, three soldiers and two policemen.

Man rapes daughter with friends

Sitapur (UP), PTI: In a shocking case, a man has been booked for raping his 35-year-old daughter along with two of his friends in Sitapur city in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Thursday.

Additional SP (South) Martand Prakash Singh said the woman was raped by the men in Kamlapur area on April 15.

She filed a police complaint on the next day.

While one of the accused has been arrested, the victim’s father and another accused are absconding, he said.

“The woman has a son. She married almost 20 years ago. However, she separated from her husband and was living with her father,” the additional SP said.

On April 15, the man took his daughter to a fair, an annual feature in Kamlapur, around 70 km from Lucknow. There, he called up his friend Maan Singh and asked him to join them, police said.

According to police, Maan Singh has partnered the woman’s father in a number of crimes.

The two men then convinced the woman to ride with them on a motorcycle to the residence of their friend Meraj. There, the men locked her up in a room for nearly 18 hours and took turns to rape her, police said.

The victim somehow managed to escape and reached home. She narrated her ordeal to her mother and the complaint was registered, police said. In November last year, the victim’s father was accused by the village panchayat of having illicit relationship with his daughter. He was arrested but released on bail in February.

HC: India’s image is that of a country of crimes and rapes

Mumbai, PTI: India’s image today has taken a beating with a growing perception abroad that it’s a country of crimes and rapes and that liberal and secular people are not safe here, the Bombay High Court observed on Thursday.

The observation was made amid a nation-wide outrage over the Kathua rape cum murder and the Unnao rape cases.

A bench of justices S C Dharamadhikari and Bharati Dangre went on to say that the rest of the world is now hesitant to engage with India over educational or cultural issues due to the state of affairs here.

The bench made these observations while hearing pleas by the kin of slain rationalist Narendra Dabholkar and communist leader Govind Pansare. They had sought a court-monitored probe into the killings.

“It is unfortunate that today, the image of the country is such that those living abroad feel only crimes and rapes happen in India.

“Anywhere we go (outside India), we have to answer a barrage of questions. People are under the impression that liberal, open-minded and secular people cannot be safe in India and that they are bound to be attacked. The image of India is suffering due to the acts of a few people,” the bench said.

Senior counsel Ashok Mundargi, the lawyer for Maharashtra Crime Investigation Department probing Pansare’s murder, told the court that there was little hope of achieving anything substantial from further field probe. “Field probe, including raids at possible hiding places, will not lead to anything anymore. Our only hope is scientific probe and evidence from call detail records, forensics etc,” he said.

The bench said while it was not critical so far of the ongoing probes by the two agencies, it could not allow them to leave everything to the mere hope that the absconding accused people in the two cases, tired of hiding or fearing threat to their lives, would turn themselves in one day.

Navi Mumbai: Woman’s Decomposed Body Found In Sewer With Only Identifier Being A Flower Tattoo

Apr 17, 2018, 13:10 IST | Vinod Kumar Menon

The police found the body on April 9, after being alerted by the control room about a foul smell emanating from a sewer carrying industrial waste close to Airoli railway station

The flower tattoo on the woman's right forearm is the only identifier
The flower tattoo on the woman’s right forearm is the only identifier

Deja vu seems to have struck the Rabale MIDC police. Close to a year after they found the headless body of a murdered woman who could be identified only because of a tattoo, another such case has come to light, this time of a woman, whose body was found highly decomposed, with the only mark of recognition being a flower tattoo on her right forearm.

The highly decomposed body was found on April 9
The highly decomposed body was found on April 9

The police found the body on April 9, after being alerted by the control room about a foul smell emanating from a sewer carrying industrial waste close to Airoli railway station. When a team visited the spot, they saw the highly decomposed body of a woman with maggots all over it. Her face was beyond recognition. A closer examination helped cops lay hands on their only clue – the tattoo.

The woman was wearing this kurta
The woman was wearing this kurta

Dumped or hacked
Speaking to mid-day, inspector P Jadhav of Rabale police station said, “We saw the upper body on a dry surface, while her legs were submerged in the sewer water. The deceased was removed from the water and upon examination, the tattoo was found on the forearm. A dupatta was also found around her neck. Prima-facie, we suspect the deceased might have been known to the assailant and that the body could have either been dumped or the accused may have hacked the woman to death.”

Armed with only the flower tattoo on the right forearm of the deceased, and a picture of the chudidar and decomposed body, policemen have fanned across Mumbai, Thane and neighbouring areas looking for some clue from the missing persons register, whose description could match with that of the remains.

Limited clues
A parallel investigation is being done by the local crime branch, who also visited the spot. Tushar Doshi, deputy commissioner of police (crime) said, “We have limited clues in hand. We could not find any tailor’s name on the greenish yellow Punjabi kurta that the deceased was wearing. We could not find anything concrete from the spot, as there was a lot of muck and waste in and around the area where the body was found; it was already in a decomposed state.”

The local police have already started showing the tattoo to tattoo artists in and around the area. Cops are also checking if a bar dancer or woman employee from the MIDC industrial area have gone missing in the last few days. Meanwhile, the autopsy has thrown up details about the way the woman was killed. The remains were sent to the NMMC hospital’s Vashi post mortem centre. During the course of the procedure, autopsy surgeon Dr Bhushan Jain confirmed the woman was strangulated to death and had also suffered a head injury. Dr Jain said, “The incident might have happened around three to five days ago, as the upper body and face had been eaten up by maggots. The body was in a highly decomposed state. The death was due to strangulation and head injury.”

Ante mortem injuries
A source at the police station said prima-facie it seems that the deceased might have been between 30-35 years old, the injuries on the body were ante mortem (before death) injuries and a dupatta, possibly worn by the woman, was used to strangulate her. Since the body was partly submerged in water, early signs of decomposition were visible on the lower remains, whereas the upper remains were highly decomposed. Rabale police have registered a case of murder and destruction of evidence against unknown assailant(s).

Also Read: Navi Mumbai headless torso case: Horrific details of the brutal murder

7-yr-old girl killed by father after argument with mother over dowry

Muzaffarnagar Last Updated at April 18, 2018

A seven-year-old girl was allegedly killed by her father in district after her mother left their house following an argument over dowry, the police said.

The incident occurred in Kairana town yesterday.

The mother filed a complaint with the police alleging that her husband, Imran, killed their daughter, Palak, after she left their house following an argument over dowry, according to 

Police have registered a case against and his two brothers in connection with the incident.

Two women rope in man to kill financier

 Police have arrested two women and a man for murdering a 67-year-old financier for gain on April 2.

Sanjay Satish, from Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, was tied up and strangled in his rented flat in Bethel Nagar, KR Puram, East Bengaluru. His decomposed body was found three days later. Police have arrested Sumathi (23), Sumayya Bano (22), both from Shankara Math, and Karthik (20), from Maruthi Nagar, Yelahanka, said Abdul Ahad, DCP (Whitefield).

On March 27, Sumayya had gone to the Malleswaram police station to file a domestic abuse complaint against her husband, Dadapeer. Satish was also there to lodge a complaint about a financial dispute. They got to know each other and exchanged phone numbers.

Satish later called up Sumayya, saying he was looking for a domestic help as his wife and son had moved to New Zealand. Sumayya, along with Sumathi, visited his flat on March 31. They saw him wearing three gold chains and other jewellery. They also learnt about cash in the house.

The women told Satish they would come back in two days. They decided to hatch a plot to kill him and take away the booty.

On April 2, the women, along with Karthik, went to Satish’s house and pounced on him. They tied him up, threw chilli powder at his face and strangled him. They then took away Rs 1.5 lakh in cash, three gold chains and three gold rings of 230 grams, all worth Rs 7 lakh, and fled from the scene by wearing the burqa.

Police arrested the suspects on Monday night. A magistrate has remanded them in police custody for further investigation.

Ahad said Satish had moved to Bengaluru several years ago and was into the moneylending business. He initially lived in Malleswaram before moving to KR Puram. He had divorced his wife before moving to Bengaluru.

 

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367 Proof of Education Patrol true stories ::: One devoted teacher travels 40+40 kms to teach just one sincere student in one school in one remote Maharashtra village

A school for Tanu Madavi

The Maharashtra goverment is closing over 4,000 rural schools in the state. But in a remote village in Wardha, a school is being kept open just for one student

In the village of Kopra, about 90 km from Nagpur, the building currently being used as a primary school is actually the mid-day meal kitchen shed. It is built out of tin sheets and is painted white. Inside the roughly eight feet by eight feet structure, there are three chairs (one wooden, two plastic), a rectangular wooden desk and a blackboard. The stone floor is covered by a carpet and two of the walls have been plastered with yellow posters that display Marathi synonyms.

Outside, the sounds of modern life are conspicuously absent at 9 am. Instead, there is the wind rustling through the leaves, birds singing and a goat bleating. The Wana River winds its way through the cotton fields just beyond the school.

Inside, the headmaster and teacher, Arun Satpute, is reading a Marathi poem while nine-year-old Tanu Madavi – wearing a grey dress over a blue striped shirt and black pants – sits on the floor in front of him and takes notes with a pencil.

“Who is the child’s friend?” Satpute asks. Tanu stares at the teacher blankly. “Vasaru,” Satpute says because there is no one else to provide the answer. Tanu is the only student. She used to have her elder brother Prem, who is 11, for company, but he graduated last April – the school is from the first to fifth standard – leaving Tanu all alone.

The main reason there aren’t any other students in the school is that the village of Kopra isn’t supposed to be there. Tanu’s father, Raju Madavi, who grew up in Kopra, and attended the same school when it had 25 students, explains that in 1994, the Wana River flooded its banks and submerged half the village. In the aftermath, the government set up the New Kopra village three kilometres up the road. Most of the families moved there, but a dozen chose to stay back, including Raju’s family. “The government gave us a plot of land in New Kopra but we can’t move there because we don’t have the money to build a house,” he says. “It doesn’t matter if we like living here or not, we have to live here.”

Only 65 people still live in Kopra today, making it a blink-and-you-willmiss-it kind of place. Some of the buildings have pucca brick roofs but others have tin sheets and packing cloth weighed down by heavy stones to keep them from being blown away. The few other children living here are still too young for school.

Dressed in a faded striped shirt and pants, Raju, 42, is a daily-wage labourer who earns about ₹250 a day. “As long as the teacher is coming, it is good,” he says. “Then there is no problem for her [Tanu] to be in school.”

According to the 2016-17 economic survey, only 79.7 per cent of rural Maharashtra has a primary school. In December, education minister Vinod Tawde announced the closing down of 4,093 zilla parishad-run schools with 10 students or fewer, saying the state didn’t have the finances to keep them open. In the first phase, he planned to shut down 1,314 schools. The closures came in for widespread cricticism. The Maharashtra government also wants to allow private companies to set up schools, another decision that has attracted much disapproval. So, the decision to keep the Kopra School open stands out.

The school isn’t likely to close either. According to an education department official, the Right to Education Act requires all children between the ages of six and 14 to be enrolled. If a school has fewer than 20 students, the act recommends merging it with another school, provided the other school is within a kilometre. In Kopra’s case, the nearest school is three kilometres away.

Tanu, who is in the third standard, is skinny with a big fringe and hair tied up in a ponytail. Perhaps because of her unexpected visitors, she appears shy. When Satpute asks her to recite the poem, she starts softly but her voice trails off and she stops speaking altogether. “Where are you stuck?” he asks, trying to prompt her to begin again, but she stays silent.

A reserved man in his mid-50s, Satpute has been teaching for 21 years. He was transferred to Kopra in August, 2011, where he teaches Marathi, Maths, English and Social Science. When he was first transferred here, there were four students. The most he has ever had are seven, when three students from another school were temporarily shifted here.

While keeping the school open has allowed Tanu to continue her education without interruption, and receive personal attention from Satpute, challenges remain. “It is difficult to teach one student,” he says. “I have to be more like a friend, or a parent and less like a teacher.”

Just getting to school is a task for him too. Satpute wakes up between 4.30am and 5am and leaves his house by 6am to make the 38 km journey from Wardha to Kopra on his motorcycle, arriving by 7am. While regular school hours are between 10.20am to 5pm, in the summer, the hours switch to 7am to 11am to avoid the mid-day heat. It gets harder in the monsoon, when the dirt road turns to muddy slush that renders it impassable for motorised vehicles. Satpute often has to walk the last three kilometres, arriving at school with his feet and ankles caked in mud. “If the school is open, I have to come,” he says.

According to him, Tanu is a good child but an average student who suffers from the lack of company. “There is no one for her to play with, and it is hard for her to maintain her concentration,” he says. “Her brother was a good student. When he was there, she would pay more attention.”

At 9.45am, Tanu gets her “lunch” break and heads next door to what used to be the school building, to eat her daalkhichdi. The building is a two-room concrete structure that is on the verge of collapse. The walls are spider webs of cracks, and the floors look like a jigsaw puzzle. Satpute says that snakes sometimes come through the cracks, too. To safeguard both teacher and student, they were moved to the kitchen shed while the mid-day meal is now served in the old school building.

The break lasts about half an hour, after which Satpute switches to Social Science. Despite the best efforts of Satpute to hold her attention, Tanu’s mind begins to wander as it gets closer to the end of the school day. At 10.30am, she looks up at him and asks, “Sir, what time is it?”

The lessons continue for aniother 20 minutes and then Tanu is free. She skips and runs to the far end of her village, where her parents live in a one-room structure, and plops down in front of the television. Behind the house is a goat shed with about a dozen goats. The family is paid ₹3,000 a month to take care of them by their owner.

Her mother Archana, also a daily labourer, is at home. A small woman with big teeth and a bigger smile, Archana’s primary worry is her daughter’s education. “Tanu cries because she is alone. She wants to go to the other school with her brother.” But her parents can’t afford the time away from work to escort Tanu to the next village. Plus the dirt road turns to slush in the monsoon, so Tanu would have to stay at home and miss class during those months too. “Every year the politicians promise they will build a road but nobody has built it yet” Archana says with a laugh. “We are thinking we won’t vote at all next time.” Both parents say a tarred road would greatly improve the quality of their lives.

At the urging of her parents, Tanu agrees to answer a few questions, but her responses are brief. She doesn’t like being in school by herself. “I liked it when my brother was there. I don’t feel nice being alone,” she says, and claims she can travel by herself to the school her brother now attends. Her favourite subject is Marathi while she struggles with English. “I want to become a doctor,” she says. There is no doctor in the village and her father explains that Tanu had seen a visiting doctor doing check-ups and giving injections, and liked what she saw.

It is only when Prem arrives home around 11.30am that Tanu springs to life. Finally, she has someone to play with. They decide to play cricket and squabble over who gets to bat. “I am batting,” Prem says. “No, I am,” says Tanu. She runs and grabs the bat, which is almost the same size as she is. Prem wrestles the bat away from her though and takes strike first. But they end up playing a surprisingly equitable game, switching batting and bowling after each ball. Tanu laughs and shouts at her brother and at the end of the game, even gives this reporter a high-five.

Later the same day in Nagpur, Mirror meets Lalitkumar Barsagade, a senior extension officer in the education department, who was in charge of the Kopra School until recently. Barsagade is a passionate believer in the value of public education. He says the department has put in a request to repair the old school but since it would cost ₹8.4 lakh, it wasn’t worth it for the government to spend the money for one student. It currently costs the department ₹64,000 a year to keep the school open, excluding the cost of Satpute’s salary.

According to Barsagade, Satpute could have transferred out of Kopra after three years but chose to stay. “He is a very dedicated person,” Barsagade says. He adds that as long as there are children in the village, the school will stay open. “Even if there is no student for a year, we can transfer the teacher to another school and when the new student enrolls, transfer the teacher back.”

Barsagade prefers to keep schools open rather than merge them because dropout rates increase in proportion to the distance from the school. “If the system is with the children, we can help them,” he says. “It is education, not a business. We have to keep their dreams alive.”

Since her brother graduated a year ago, Tanu Madavi has been the only student at Kopra primary school in Wardha in northern Maharashtra

Classes are held in the kitchen shed meant to prepare the mid-day meal

If the system is with the children, we can help them. It is education, not a business. We have to kep their dreams alive.

— Lalitkumar Barasgade, education official

(Above) Arun Satpute, the school’s only teacher, explains a Marathi poem to Tanu; (Below) Tanu and her brother Prem playing in the fields

The Madavi family lives in a one-room house. Raju and Archana work as daily labourers and also get paid to take care of a fellow villager’s livestock

366 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: Terrified India Part 3 – Etah, Surat, Kathua & Unnao child rape & murder horror of India; First they rape the girl, then they kill her father

8-year-old raped, murdered in UP

Lucknow, DHNS: In a horrific repeat of the Kathua gang-rape and killing in Uttar Pradesh, an eight-year-old girl was raped before being strangled to death in the state’s Etah district, about 300 km from here.

According to police sources here, the accused teen, identified as Sonu Jatav, who works at a local tent house, was arrested by the police.

The police said that the victim had gone to attend a wedding in her neighbourhood when the incident took place.

Sonu, who was among the workers, who had set up the stage at the function, reportedly dragged the girl to a room in an under construction house nearby and raped her before strangling her to death around midnight on Monday.

The family members of the victim started a search for her when she was not seen until morning.

Her body was found in the house on Tuesday morning, sources said. She was rushed to the hospital but was declared brought dead.

Acting swiftly, the police nabbed the culprit, who confessed to the crime.

An irate mob later blocked traffic on the Etah-Farrukhabad road demanding that the culprit be handed over to them.

The district administration has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of the victim.

The incident comes close on the heels of the gang-rape and murder of an eight-year-old in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and the rape of an 11-year-old girl in Gujarat triggering a nationwide outrage.

What rape and murder of a child says about Modi’s India

India is sliding toward a collapse of humanity and ethics in political and civic life, as the recent reports of the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl from a seminomadic Muslim community in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir reveal. Politicians from India’s governing Bharatiya Janata Party defended the men accused of the crime and ignited a furious debate about the fundamental character of the country.

The child was abducted in January and imprisoned for a week in a temple, where she was drugged, starved and raped repeatedly before being murdered. Her body was thrown into the forest. At the time the crime passed without much comment beyond the local press.

Outrage finally exploded last week, after a front-page report in the Indian Express newspaper revealed terrifying details from the police charge sheet, including the fact that one of the accused, a police officer, had asked his co-conspirators to hold off killing the child so that he could rape her once more.

The charge sheet and other reports strongly suggested that this was not a random crime but one deliberately in line with the ugly sectarian politics playing out across India. Intimidation of religious minorities and violence against them has increased since Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the Bharatiya Janata Party to power in 2014. India’s traditional secularism is now locked in battle with the new majoritarian, Hindu chauvinist politics he represents.

The 8-year-old girl belonged to the Muslim Bakarwal people, who move with their sheep and horses between high mountain pastures in the summer and the plains of the Hindu-dominated Jammu region in winter. There is tension with local Hindus over the right to graze animals on the land. According to the police, the motive of the premeditated crime was to terrorize the Bakarwals and dislodge them from the area. The bereaved parents were not even allowed to bury the child in the village. They have since fled the area.

A newly formed group called Hindu Ekta Manch, or “Hindu Unity Forum,” organized a protest march in defense of the accused, who include a retired government official and two police officers. Thousands joined in, many waving the Indian national flag. Vijay Sharma, a co-founder of the group and an organizer of the march, was also a high-ranking leader of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party in the region.

Modi’s party shares power with a regional political party in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. Two BJP ministers in the state government joined the protest in defense of the accused. “So what if a girl died?” one of them remarked. “Many girls die every day.”

They demanded that the investigation be transferred from the state police — the investigators included Muslim officers — to the federal Central Bureau of Investigation, a largely delegitimized institution that serves as a de facto arm of the ruling party. Lawyers at a court in the city of Jammu tried to physically prevent officials from filing charges against the accused and have threatened the lawyer who is representing the girl’s family.

Over the past week, horrified Indians have protested vigorously on social media and in some cities. The disgust and the fury at the complicity of politicians, and the federal government’s silence, grew into a thunderous chorus demanding that the prime minister speak up and fire the ministers backing the Hindu Ekta Manch.

Belatedly reacting to popular outrage, Modi finally said: “Incidents being discussed since past two days cannot be part of a civilized society. As a country, as a society, we all are ashamed of it.” He promised justice. His vague statement delicately alluded to another case in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where a lawmaker from Modi’s party is accused of rape. Modi stayed away from his party’s involvement in both cases.

Yet instead of uniting India in horror, the incident has deepened religious, political and ethical divides. It has also made clear that there is no automatic political cost to crime or falsehood if it furthers the hegemonic political narrative. The politicians involved were sacked only after a huge public outcry. Government ministers, officials, right-leaning media and right-wing supporters have been perfectly sanguine about using the dead child to polarize society with whataboutery, fake news and wild conspiracy theories.

A spokeswoman for Modi’s party, Meenakshi Lekhi, attacked opposition protests, suggesting that they were selective and opportunistic. “You see their plan,” she said. “First shout ‘minority minority’, then ‘Dalit Dalit’ and now ‘women women’ and then try to somehow fix blame of state issues on the center.” An influential ex-editor tweeted that Muslim Rohingya refugees were to blame for the crime. A BJP youth activist posted a comment, now deleted, on his Facebook page saying that the rape must have been fun. A pornography site reported a surge in searches for videos using the raped and murdered girl’s name.

Ethical collapse

The sense of national crisis today is because Indians feel a rising urgency to either counter this ethical collapse or to capitalise on it in the run-up to the next election. Modi came to power in 2014, and four years into his term, religious and cultural bigotry stands mainstreamed in Indian society.

Many who voted for Modi’s economic promises are disappointed by his failure to deliver, and impatient with his deliberate silences around sectarian and sexual violence and hate speech by his party colleagues and ministers. The systematic destruction of democratic institutions is hard to ignore.

The BJP and its Hindu nationalist affiliates are bent on refashioning India into a country that is increasingly hostile to secular, democratic, pluralist and minority Indians. The rape and murder of the little nomad girl has thus taken on a larger meaning, reflecting the struggle for the fundamental character of India.

An open letter to the prime minister signed by retired civil servants strongly protested “the agenda of division and hate your party … insidiously introduced into the grammar of our politics, our social and cultural life and even our daily discourse” and held him directly responsible for “this terrifying state of affairs.”

This battle for the soul and future of India is likely to get more violent in the lead-up to the national elections, scheduled for next year. Modi’s BJP is braced for a desperate, ugly fight and has a long history of using religious polarization to electoral advantage.

It will be up to the citizens of India to fight for a tolerant, pluralist country and stop the degeneration of its civic and political life.

(The writer is a columnist for the Business Standard newspaper based in New Delhi)

Kathua rape-murder trial begins; 7 accused volunteer for narco test

Jammu/Srinagar: The trial in the Kathua gang rape and murder case began on Monday before the court of principal sessions court judge Sanjay Gupta, with the seven accused pleading not guilty and volunteering to undergo a narco-analysis test. The court also asked the crime branch of the Jammu and Kashmir police to give the accused copies of the chargesheet. The next hearing is on April 28.

The bail plea of the eighth accused, a juvenile, before the chief judicial magistrate will be heard on April 26.

The accused in the Kathua gang rape-murder case, including the alleged mastermind Sanji Ram, his son Vishal, subinspector Anand Dutta, two Special Police Officers Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, head constable Tilak Raj and civilian Parvesh Kumar, were produced before the court amid tight security on Monday. The administration deployed additional police force at the Kathua court complex following the April 9 fracas when members of the Jammu Bar Association tried to stop crime branch officials from filing the chargesheet in court.

The accused have been booked under Sections 302 (murder), 376 (rape), 201(destruction of evidence) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Ranbir Penal Code. Ram, the caretaker of a temple in Kathua where the girl was confined and raped, is listed as the main conspirator behind the crime.

Ankur Sharma, the defence counsel, told reporters this was the first time when the accused themselves had asked the court for a narco-analysis test to “find out the truth”.

Main accused Sanji Ram (L) and co-accused SPO Deepak Khajuria at the principal sessions court in Kathua on Monday

SC asks J&K if trial should be shifted

The SC sought J&K’s response to a petition filed by the victim’s father seeking shifting of the trial to Chandigarh. It also asked the state government to deploy cops in plain clothes to protect the girl’s family and lawyers. Appearing for the child’s father, senior advocate Indira Jaising contested demand to transfer the probe to an independent agencyP 6

Khajuria: Want a CBI probe, narco-analysis

Sanji Ram said we are ready for a narco-analysis test. Ram also said he had faith in God,” Sharma said. The counsel added that the court directed the police to give the copy of the chargesheet to the accused as they were yet to get one.

Outside the court, Ram’s daughter demanded a CBI probe into the case and blamed a section of the media for “influencing investigations”. Special police officer Deepak Khajuria, alleged to have repeatedly raped the child, told reporters that he was also demanding a narco-analysis test and a CBI probe.

The crime branch chargesheet said the horrific crime was part of a wellplanned strategy to force the nomadic Muslim Bakerwal community out of the area, Syed Ahfadul Mujtaba, IG, crime branch, said.

AP man claims girl raped in Surat is his daughter

Surat: The Surat police on Tuesday claimed an important lead in identifying the 11-year-old girl who was raped and brutalized and her body dumped behind roadside bushes in the city’s Bhestan area on April 6.

In a hurriedly-called press conference late in the evening, city police commissioner Satish Sharma said a man from Andhra Pradesh has claimed to be the father of the girl.

The man, accompanied by a Andhra Pradesh police officer, met Sharma on Tuesday and produced the girl’s Aadhaar card. The man claimed his daughter had gone missing from home in October last year and he had lodged a ‘missing person’ complaint too.

Sharma, however, said that DNA tests will be crucial in confirming the relationship. “We have already taken DNA samples of the man. They will be matched with that of the girl to ascertain the paternity,” he told media persons. He, however, refused to take any questions citing sensitivity of the case.

Postmortem report of the girl’s body revealed that she was severely brutalized and had 89 injury marks on her body. Some stick-like object was also inserted in her private parts.

Meanwhile, police have obtained CCTV footages of Bela Residency, the sole tall building, in the vicinity of the spot where the girl’s body was found near Jiav-Budia Road, to get clues of the movement of suspicious persons on April 6. DGPShivanand Jha said that 300 policemen are probing the case and Ahmedabad crime branch has also joined .

Teen sisters shot dead in UP, bodies found in field

Agra: Two sisters, 19 and 13, were found murdered in a field, just 500 metres from their home, in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district on Tuesday. Both the bodies had multiple gunshot wounds. According to police sources, a local boy who had been stalking the elder sister for some time is the prime suspect. No arrest has been made in the case so far.

The girl’s father, a farmer, said the siblings had left the house on Monday evening but didn’t come back. “We thought they had gone to attend a wedding in the neighbourhood. We were shocked to know about their murder on Tuesday morning. We don’t have enmity with anybody. I don’t understand why anybody would kill my daughters.”

On Tuesday morning, villagers in Kelamau spotted their bodies in the field and informed the family.

Talking to TOI, Etawah senior superintendent of police Ashok Kumar Tripathi said that the postmortem report has revealed that the girls were not sexually assaulted. However, he said a case has been registered under IPC section 302 (murder) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, against unknown suspects keeping the stalking angle in mind.

“We are investigating from all angles and a forensic team is working at the site. The case will be cracked soon,” the SSP said.

Neighbours save girl from 2 men in UP

Meerut: Neighbours saved a 17-year-old girl from being raped by two men in her house in Saharanpur. According to police, the girl was alone at home when two men, Ravi Garg and Sunny Kumar, both in their early twenties, entered the house and assaulted her, while taking objectionable pictures in order to blackmail her.

Sanjeev Kumar, station officer, Gangoh police station said, “While the girl was pinned down, she began screaming, alerting locals who broke into the house, thrashed the two youths and handed them over to a police mobile van. We have booked the two under IPC section 354 (criminal force on woman intending to outrage her modesty) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act and sent them to jail.” This incident comes just two days after a 45-year-old man was booked for raping a minor.

Kathua, Unnao And Elsewhere

The tragedy of India remains the same, its institutions do nothing for hapless citizens

So there is this man – poor, living on the margins, without influence or constituency. One day his daughter, just eight years old, goes missing. He looks for her everywhere and because he doesn’t have the means to launch a proper search, his attempts are frantic but feeble. Then he finds her. But she is dead, possibly violated by one, two or perhaps more men. He goes to the police, because that’s what people hit by crime do. He is turned away. He goes to the courts, and the door is shut on his face by angry lawyers.

In the days that i was in Kathua recently, following a nomadic family from Kashmir buried deep under unspeakable tragedy, the sequence of events demonstrated for the umpteenth time how even as Indians go about living their hard lives, the first two points of contact in the hour of need for justice – the police and the courts – are all but closed, out of reach in more ways than one, for a majority of the county’s citizens.

As they quietly left their house in Rasana village, unable to deal with the show of hatred around them and the lurking fear of harm (a member of the Bakarwal family told me that they had been warned their sheep and goats would be burnt, their dwellings razed), i caught them near Udhampur, trekking up to Kishtwar from Jammu. They trudge to the hills above in summer and come down to the plains below in winter.

Some of them knew about the growing politics around the crime. In fact, one of them, a young man of about 20, was exceptionally well informed. He mentioned the resignations of BJP ministers Lal Singh and CP Ganga and said “accha hua”. Turning around to the larger group, i asked a slightly older member if they had faith in the police. There was a small hesitation, a murmur, before a voice said “No”. What about the court? The pause was longer, the answer same. Then? The man looked up. The sun was bright and he crinkled his eyes. Maybe he saw god there.

Like almost always, cops first refused to take cognisance of what had happened when the Bakarwals petitioned them for action. Later one went so far as to allegedly wash the clothes and the private parts of the girl to erase all traces of what could have been crucial forensic evidence. He is one of the eight men accused in the case right now.

There are good men and women in the force, there will be exceptions, but the Indian police must rank as one of the most craven, corrupt and compromised in the world if ever there was a survey to grade them. Most Indians will not go to the police if what has befallen them isn’t something that has affected them gravely. There are instances where cops have demanded bribe from the parents of rape victims to lodge an FIR. Police conduct in the Unnao rape and murder case has been bizarre and shameful.

Once the case shifts to the courts, the misery only multiplies. I saw first-hand the working of a lower court in Punjab which i frequented for almost eight years that primarily concerned a reporter in my team. Often when i had to take a flight from Delhi to Amritsar and then take a taxi to Gurdaspur to reach the court, all i had to do was sign a register that marked my attendance. In five minutes it would be all over. My lawyer would then tell me there was no hearing because a witness hadn’t arrived, someone had fallen ill, an accused had a problem at home. I would wonder what if i had no means to make the journey?

There was a farmer i used to meet sometimes, an old man who said the tiny patch of agricultural land he had was grabbed by a powerful man, a local politician. He said he had been coming to the court for about 10 years and didn’t know how long he could take the strain, both physical and financial. He said he was 70 years old. A refrain that’s heard in the corridors of all courts from harried litigants is that they haven’t been able to “manage” the judge.

What does one do if there is no hope from these two crucial institutions that promise redress. Where does one go? There is a peculiar situation in Jammu with regard to the rape-murder of the Bakarwal child. One side says it doesn’t trust the CBI and another says it doesn’t have confidence in the crime branch. They will both rattle off instances where investigations have been botched by the respective agencies. One party doesn’t want the case to go out of Jammu courts and the other says it is imperative that it does.

Yes, there are issues that confront the police and the courts that have to be resolved – political interference, acute shortage of manpower, terrible working conditions. But tell that to the traumatised father of the Bakarwal girl or the helpless Unnao teenager. They can’t be collateral damage. It is the country’s responsibility to step in, rectify these. The government can’t sit idle as institutions around it crumble. Sooner or later the falling debris will take down all of us.

7-year-old girl raped and murdered at UP wedding

Accused Lured Her Away During Ceremony, Held

Agra: A seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped and murdered in Etah district metres away from a wedding which she had come to attend. The crime was committed by a youth who had been hired to set up tents for the ceremony, according to police officers.

The crime was reported from Sitalpur village, 2 km away from Kotwali Nagar police station in Etah early on Tuesday morning. The girl’s body was found in an underconstruction home close to the wedding venue. After the discovery, the accused identified as Sonu Jatav fled, but was later caught by police.

According to sources, the girl, a resident of Sitalpur, had come with her parents to attend the wedding of a local journalist’s sister. The girl’s father owns a small garment shop and the family is underprivileged. The girl went missing during the garland exchange ceremony, while the parents kept on searching for her. “Later at around 12.30 am, the unconscious girl was found in semi-naked condition, with strangulation marks on her neck. Her abdomen also had blood stains,” said a source.

“The post mortem report has confirmed sexual assault. The victim’s private parts had severe ruptures and she was strangled. Accused has been booked under IPC sections 302 (murder) and 376 (rape) as well as sections of the POCSO Act,” a police official said.

“The victim and accused were from the same village, and he lured her away while her parents, guests and others were busy during the wedding ceremony. After the girl did not return home by 11.30 pm, her parents and relatives started the search and spotted Jatav at the under-construction house. Seeing them , he fled from the spot,”he addded.

Kathua: 15 students, 2 cops hurt in clashes

Violence grips Pulwama, Awantipora, Baramulla; traders rally in Srinagar

Unrest gripped several areas of the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday as policemen clashed with students protesting against the Kathua gang rape and murder. The students demanded strong action against the eight accused, who have been arrested, and that the family of the victim should not be threatened.

At least 15 students were injured after the protests turned violent in Anantnag district of south Kashmir and police used tear gas and resorted to baton-charge to tame the agitators. Clashes also erupted in the other south Kashmir towns of Pulwama, Tral and Awantipora.

Two policemen also sustained injuries in the clashes with some students of Awantipora Islamic University of Science and Technology in Pulwama. The chaos and violence prompted many shops and business establishments to down shutters.

In north Kashmir’s Baramulla, security forces burst teargas shells to disperse the students of Degree College, Sopore.

A police statement said, “Today morning a peaceful protest was taken out at Anantnag which was allowed by police and district administration. Subsequently some miscreants indulged in stone pelting & turned violent and tried to enforce forceful shutdown in Anantnag town.”

Later in the day, traders took out a rally at Lal Chowk in Srinagar. Holding placards with the “Hang the culprits till death” and “Give justice to Kathua girl”, the traders raised slogans against those trying to ‘shield’ the culprits and communalise the rape and murder of the minor girl belonging to the nomadic Bakerwal community.

A protester targets a police vehicle during the violence in Kashmir

Clockwise from top left: Accused Sanji Ram, Tilakraj, Deepak Khajuria, Vishal Jangotra, Surender Verma and Anand Dutt

Prez condemns rape

President Ram Nath Kovind, who was in Jammu on Wednesday to attend the sixth convocation of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, condemned the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.

“Such an incident happening in our country after 70 years of independence is shameful. We have to decide what kind of a society we are developing into,” he said. “It is our duty to ensure that such a thing does not happen in future to any of our daughters or sisters.” IANS

Parents compromise, victim seeks police help

NEW DELHI, DHNS: A teenage rape victim in Delhi has approached police against her parents, claiming that they have accepted a bribe from two accused and were forcing her to withdraw her statement in the court.

The girl approached the police last week with the help of neighbours following which her mother was arrested while the father is on the run.

According to the victim, her parents forced her to change her statement in court after taking Rs 5 lakh from the accused. The police said she refused to listen to her parents following which she was thrashed. Two men were arrested after she complained in August last year that they had held her captive and raped her.

The incident came to light after her parents filed a police complaint. She returned after a week and told the police about her ordeal.

According to the police, one of the accused, who got an interim bail, approached the parents and offered money.

The police said the girl told them that she refused to change her stand but her parents tried to convince her. The parents had accepted the first instalment from the accused.

However, the girl took the money when the parents had gone to the court and approached the police. She had handed over the money to them.

How a father hopes that the Surat victim is his child

#HYDERABAD

Hope thuds in Dibbaiah’s heart as loud as the drums he beats for a living in a tiny village called Gobburu in Andhra Pradesh. His 12-year-old daughter had gone missing from her school hostel six months ago. When he heard that a girl resembling his child had been found in Surat, he rushed to Gujarat.

Dibbaiah has claimed that on October 11, 2017, his daughter had left for school from her hostel at 8.30 am. The Class 8 student along with nearly 120 fellow girls from the Social Welfare Girls Hostel reached the Zilla Parishad Girls’ High School, about 1.5km away, at 9.15 am. But, unlike every other day, she, along with her friend , left the school during lunch break, as they wanted to buy chips. They left the school bags at their seats. The classmate returned to the school a little later, but Dibbaiah’s daughter did not.

School headmaster K Sarvani told Mirror, “When we enquired, the girl had gone to the hostel. When some children go out leaving their schoolbags in the classrooms, we keep the bags in our custody and return to the students only after we get convincing excuses from them for staying out so long. Since every student till then always returned, we believed that the girl had gone to the hostel.”

According to her, the girl had returned that very day from a four-day leave, citing family reasons.

She is the third of four daughters of Dibbaiah, who ekes out a living by beating drums to make official announcements in little-known Gobburu village, about 12 km from Markapur. While the other three sisters go to school in their village in Pedda Araveedu block, she was admitted to the welfare hostel.

Though all the girls reached the hostel between 5 pm and 5.30 pm, hostel welfare officer Vijaya Lakshmi noticed her missing only around 7.30 pm. She informed Dibbaiah over the phone that she had not come back to the hostel from school.

As per rule, the welfare officer (warden) should have lodged a police complaint too, but she claims Dibbaiah had taken the matter lightly, saying, “She will come back in some time”.

When she was nowhere to be found the next day, Dibbaiah and other family members went around their relatives’ places looking for the girl. This went on for six days till the hostel warden and the school headmistress convinced him to lodge a complaint with Markapuram police on October 17.

‘Only DNA tests will tell’

Surat police chief says only the DNA report can conclusively prove if the victim is indeed the Andhra man’s daughter. “While he is positive about the identity of the deceased girl, we are awaiting DNA test results. He mentioned a mark on her left forearm which was not there on the victim’s arm. We had shortlisted 37 kids whose facial features matched the victim.”

The PM speaks, J&K ministers quit

Denouncing Kathua and Unnao gang rapes, Narendra Modi asserts ‘Our daughters will definitely get justice’

Over 72 hours after the Kathua and Unnao gang rape cases became national issues and sparked widespread outrage and protests, Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally broke his silence on the dastardly crimes, saying that those who commit crimes against women will not be spared.

Speaking out during the inauguration of Dr Ambedkar National Memorial at Alipur Road in Delhi on Friday evening, the Prime Minister said, ““Incidents being discussed since the past two days cannot be part of a civilised society. As a country, as a society, we all are ashamed of it. I want to assure the country that no culprit will be spared, complete justice will be done. Our daughters will definitely get justice.”

Although two Jammu and Kashmir ministers — Lal Singh Choudhary and Chandar Prakash Ganga, who had attended rallies reportedly held in support of the Kathua accused handed in their resignations — soon after Modi read the riot act, the PM’s reaction to the twin horrors has come a tad too late.

Coming as it right after Congress chief Rahul Gandhi led a midnight march against the rapes, political analysts feel that Modi has lost the plot.

What further shows Modi’s party, the BJP, in poor light is the shameful defence of the two Jammu and Kashmir ministers earlier in the day.

The BJP had unleashed its women ministers and MPs to speak on the incidents, emphasising that the state governments in Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh have both taken prompt action. BJP spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi had said that Choudhary and Ganga were “misled”. “Please do not go by what they said or did. Our party has condemned it. Lesson to them is not to believe one side or the other and let the law take its course.”

Lekhi also pointed out how the main agitation in Jammu and Kashmir led by the bar association president BS Salathia had a strong Congress link. “Salathia was the polling agent of senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azadji in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.”

She also wanted to know why the nation was selectively outraged over the Kathua incident, but not the rape of a 12-year-old in Assam by a Muslim man. “There too, the girl was burnt to death.”

The Congress, on its part, has decided to follow up its midnight candle-light protest at India Gate with country-wide protests in support of Kathua and Unnao rape victims.

Congress activists raise slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a protest in Allahabad on Friday. Right: Asifa

‘I will take you to places that will make you feel so sorry’

Deepika Singh Rajawat, Asifa’s lawyer, tells Mirror why she took up the case and how rights of women and kids are routinely violated in J&K

Eight-year-old Asifa’s brutal rape and murder in January has led to national outrage, candle-light vigils and marches demanding justice for her across the country. But at the heart of the matter is Deepika Singh Rajawat, an activist-lawyer from Jammu, ensuring the perpetrators are brought to justice. Here she talks about how women and children are victimised on the street, in homes and in courts too

What made you take up Asifa’s case?

I am a lawyer and activist. We have an NGO and helpline that tends to issues that concern women and children, especially victims of landmines. I have had the privilege of working with Indira Jaising, the former Additional Solicitor General of India, I was among 15 lawyers selected in 2014-2015 to work with her on women’s rights. I am 38 and I have a five-year-old daughter. My husband was in the army but now he works in Bahrain and I am here to serve my country, along with my young child.

I had heard about Asifa’s case and the police investigations like everyone else. I approached her father in February, and extended legal support. I told him we could file an application in the High Court and get the case transferred to the Crime Branch.

Are you satisfied with the Crime Branch’scharge-sheet?

Yes, we are happy with the Crime Branch’s findings. In the initial leg of the probe, the police team had damaged the case completely. For example, Asifa’s clothes were washed by one of the accused.

What is the situation in Jammu & Kashmir where the rights and freedom of women and children are concerned?

If you visit me I will take you to some places here. You will feel so, so sorry, your heart will break. Especially where victims of landmines are concerned.

There was a judicial officer called Rajesh Abrol, he had fraudulently married his maid, without informing her that he already had a wife. He had raped her several times. He is now suspended and has been booked for rape. Then there are many cases that fall under the ambit of the Domestic Violence Act. This is a very good recourse for women. But there are no convictions here, women are instead humiliated in courts when they come for help.

Why is the Jammu Bar Association against you? Why have you filed a complaint against its president BS Salathia?

He had threatened me. But now I have received protection. I also met the Women’s Commission. But the Jammu Bar Council is against me because I am not a part of them. They have protested against the Crime Branch’s charge-sheet in Asifa’s case by going on a continuous strike.

Do you think there is undue political pressure in Asifa’s case, or do you think the police have tried to protect their own?

Who am I to say who is putting pressure? I just need justice for this girl, despite any political game. But the police have botched up investigations for sure. It’s only now that four police officers have been arrested.

Have you been threatened prior to thiscase?

In 2012, I was expelled from the Bar Association’s membership because of a case involving a 12-year-old maid who had gone missing. But now that case has been closed and all evidence destroyed.

Asifa’s case has now taken major communal undertones. What will this mean legally?

It will not have any legal issues. There are forces that are trying to make this a communal issue.

The Hindu Ekta Manch marched in February to get the Hindu police officer released. What did you make of it?

Now that a charge-sheet is framed, where are they now? I want to know what they have to say now.

How are Asifa’s parents now? Do they know of the outrage and support among India’s citizens?

Yes they know about the protests now. They are very scared and are looking for a safe place to stay.

Unnao rape 16 hrs of grilling later, BJP MLA Sengar arrested

#LUCKNOW
The CBI on Friday night arrested BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in connection with the alleged rape of a minor girl in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh, officials said. Sengar was taken into custody after intense questioning for 16 hours by a CBI team at its office on Naval Kishore Road in Lucknow. He was brought to the office at around 5 am today, the officials added. Earlier in the day, the Allahabad High Court had called for the arrest of the BJP legislator, whom the CBI detained on Friday morning after taking over the probe. The court, which had reserved its verdict on a petition regard the alleged rape of a 17-year-old and the subsequent death of her father in police custody, also said that a progress report be presented before it by May 2. On Thursday, the court had asked the Advocate General whether the government proposes to arrest Sengar. Meanwhile, a CBI team also visited the hotel in Unnao where the victim is housed under police protection to take her statement. The agency filed three FIRs late on Thursday over the 2017 rape and the victim’s father’s death in police custody. Phone call details of the legislator have also been sought, sources said. In the first FIR, the CBI named Sengar and Shashi Singh, a woman who allegedly took the rape victim to the BJP leader’s house. The second FIR is against four of Sengar’s accomplices — Vineet, Baua, Shailu and Sonu — on charges of rioting, criminal intimidation and voluntarily causing hurt. The third one relates to Sengar’s brother Atul Singh, who claimed that he was attacked by the victim’s father. Atul Singh is currently in judicial custody. AGENCIES

KATHUA GANG-RAPE

Two main accused have notorious past

While the SPO has upset individuals, the juvenile was rusticated from school

# KATHUA

It has come to the fore that the two primary accused, who sexually assaulted and murdered an eight-year-old Kathua girl, have a criminal past. The charged adolescent was rusticated from school for bad conduct towards girls, while the special police officer (SPO) is known for criminal indulgence.

Police told Mirror that SPO Deepak Khajuria was engaged in numerous dubious activities and would often upset individuals over superfluous matters.

During his questioning by crime branch officials, the juvenile said that he was expelled from Modern Public School, Sikdi Hiranagar, because of unruly behaviour with girls. He also confessed to taking alcohol, cigarettes and other intoxicants to school. Fed up with his conduct, his family shifted him to his maternal uncle’s house three months ago. Here, he would take care of the cattle by foraging leaves from the nearby forests. On January 10, after luring the victim, she was kept in captivity in a temple for four days — drugged unconscious numerous times — and gang-raped at least thrice till she was brutally murdered.

Mufti asks for fast-track court to finish trial in 90 days

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti wrote to the chief justice of the Jammu and Kashmir high court on Saturday, requesting setting up of a special fast track court to try the Kathua case. The fast-track court is likely to deliver its verdict within 90 days. Mehbooba Mufti also hailed the people of Jammu for their unwavering support for the eightyear-old.

Crime branch investigating the bribe money trail

The crime branch of Jammu and Kashmir police have uncovered the money trail that was used to bribe investigation officers of police. The trail that goes back to the alleged mastermind of the crime — retail revenue official Sanji Ram, who had bribed local policemen to destroy evidence.

The involved cops, sub-inspector Anand Dutta and head constable Tilak Raj, have also been arrested and are named in the charge sheet by the crime branch, along with Sanji, his son Vishal Jangotra, his juvenile nephew, special police officer Deepak Khajuria, and Parvesh Kumar.

Sources said that Sanji Ram tried to hush up the case by paying Rs 4 lakh of the Rs 5 lakh deal with sub-Inspector at police station Hiranagar, Anand Dutta, who was investigating the case before it was handed over to the crime branch.

Hoping for justice in Kathua rape case: UN

Terming the Kathua rape and murder “horrific,” UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed hope that the authorities will bring the perpetrators of the brutal crime to justice.

“We very much hope that the authorities will bring the perpetrators to justice,” Guterres’ spokesperson Stephane Dujjaric told reporterson Friday.

Kerala scribe names daughter after Kathua victim

Rajith Ram, a Kannur -based journalist working with Malayalam daily, Mathrubhumi, posted his daughter’s photograph on Facebook with the caption in Malayalam which read: “Found a name… yes… ditto. Asifa S Raj… She’s my daughter”.

Missing girl found dead; Dalit woman hangs self

#JAMMU AND RAIPUR

A mentally-ill teenage girl, who went missing from her house, was found dead on the outskirts of Jammu district, police said on Saturday.

On April 10, a man lodged a missing report in police post Chowki Choura that his daughter has gone missing since April 9, a police official said. Her body was found floating in a small seasonal ‘nallah’, 70 metres from her house, the cop said. The cause of the death is yet to be ascertained.

In Rapiur, a Dalit woman committed suicide by hanging herself at her house after allegedly being sexually harassed by two men at Raipur village. A suicide note was recovered from the spot. PTI

Man, who immolated self over Cauvery issue, dies

50-year-old victim was MDMK leader and Vaiko’s brother-in-law’s son

#CHENNAI

R Saravana Suresh, who set himself ablaze over the Centre’s stand on the Cauvery issue, succumbed to his burns at a private hospital in Madurai on Saturday.

The police said he succumbed at 12.55 pm, well over 24 hours after he resorted to the extreme step at Soolakarai, Virudhunagar on Friday morning. The 50-year-old victim was Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK) leader Vaiko’s brother-in-law’s son.

Saravana Suresh is survived by his wife Amutha, working as a teacher, a son, Jayasurya and daughter, Jayarenuka. Jayasurya is doing a degree course in Madurai while Jayarenuka is in Class VIII.

Though not an MDMK member Saravana Suresh was very involved in party activities, Vaiko said.

It is said that Saravana Suresh appeared upset after watching Vaiko’s speech slamming Prime Minister Narendra Modi for betraying the state on television on Thursday. On Friday morning, he set out from his house at 5 am saying he was going for a walk and then set himself ablaze.

After visiting his nephew at Apollo Hospital on Friday, Vaiko broke down. He later issued a statement appealing to youths not to indulge in self-immolation.

“With folded hands, I request you all not to resort to such extreme steps,”he said Opposition party leaders have also asked the people not to indulge in such acts.

No one should commit suicide when there are so many ways to express one’s opinion, CPI leader K Balakrishnan said.

 

365 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: Terrified India Part 2 – Surat, Kathua & Unnao child rape & murder horror of India; First they rape the girl, then they kill her father

Where politics masks call for justice

In an empty house, a locked mandir and a wild forest lurks Kathua’s shame

Rasana village (Kathua): A sharp left turn from Hiranagar, just at the crossing with a row of shops selling an odd assortment of things, has a rough road that leads to Rasana. This is where a little girl was allegedly brutalized and later killed, an unspeakable crime that has now, a tad belatedly, jolted the country.

Inside the village there is a temple that is locked (where she was kept and raped), a forest that has cattle grazing during the day but in the dark can invite wild animals (where her body was thrown), and a house that is abandoned (where she was followed from). Somewhere in this triangle is the dead child’s story. In Kathua, though, it is all but drowning in the din of politics.

“Nobody is talking about the crime, the brutality,” said Masood Chaudhary, a retired DIG in the Jammu & Kashmir police. “It is getting so politicized, so polarized.”

The village itself looks empty. The Hindu residents are either in hiding or sitting in dharna elsewhere. The Bakarwals, a nomadic Muslim tribe to which the kid belonged, have run away for now.

The girl’s family left Rasana quietly a few days ago too. The house, with two faded pink pillars in the front, its walls a mellow green, is barren. There is a lock on a small brown door with a tabiz hanging, perhaps for luck, that has a kitchen on the right. There is a pressure cooker, a flask, two empty jars, a tea cup and a glass on the shelf. Nothing else. The tiny hall is bereft of anything. Outside, at the back, there are some old plastic shoes. A pair, the smallest, has water from the rain partially filling it up. It could have been the girl’s.

Back in Hiranagar where the family of the main accused, Sanji Ram, a retired revenue official, is fasting for “justice” along with members of the Hindu Ekta Manch, there is anger and reproach. “We want the case to be transferred to the CBI. We want the real culprits to be punished,” said Madhu Bala, Ram’s eldest daughter. In protest for a week now, Bala, the wife of an Army man posted in Srinagar, said her father and brother, Vishal, who was studying in a Muzaffarnagar college and is alleged to have been one of the rapists of the girl, are innocent.

Giving her company is Hindu Ekta Manch president Vijay Sharma, a lawyer whose outfit is leading the fight for an “impartial” probe. “The crime branch which is investigating the case and is doing what the Mehbooba Mufti government wants it to do is not the right cell to look into this crime. Didn’t CBI take over the Unnao rape case? Why not this?’ Sharma denied he was “playing dirty” and insisted that the Manch formed spontaneously on January 27 after the first agitation by his group on January 17. Asked why lawyers were stopping the case from going to court, he said, “We have been misunderstood. We are not against a community or for any individual. We are merely saying that innocents are being victimized.”

But Chaudhary sees a larger conspiracy. “The Bakarwals have started settling down and some don’t like that. So just scare them away. Moreover, Hiranagar is a reserved constituency now but won’t be so in the next elections. In J&K, a constituency is reserved on a rotational basis. So who gains when certain politicians give a particular colour to a tragedy like this?”

The eight-year-old who was brutalised and murdered used to live in this house, now empty after her family quietly left the village a few days ago

Our daughters will get justice, promises Modi

New Delhi: Breaking his silence on the Kathua and Unnao rape cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said the incidents had shamed the nation and no offender would be spared as the government was committed to ensuring that victims of the crimes received full justice.

Speaking at a function here, the PM said the incidents did not befit any civilised society and had shaken the humanitarian sensibilities of society. “I want to assure the nation that no offender will be spared. Justice will be done and fully so. The atrocities (zulm) inflicted on our daughters… these daughters will receive justice,” he said.

“As a society, as a nation, we are all shamed by this (incidents),” the PM said. “The type of incidents that we have seen in the last few days, they challenge the concept of social justice. The events that are in discussion in the last two days certainly do not befit any civilised society, it is shameful,” he added.

Modi’s detailed remarks at the inauguration of the B R Ambedkar memorial at Alipur Road were a clear denunciation of the brutal sexual assault of a minor in Kathua and the rape charge against BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar in UP.

The PM’s remarks followed widespread criticism of the participation of two BJP ministers in J&K in protests organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch in favour of the accused in the Kathua rape case.

Full report: http://www.toi.in

Maneka moots death penalty for those who rape children

New Delhi: Saying that she was “deeply disturbed” over the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua, Union minister for women and child development Maneka Gandhi said her ministry wants to bring amendments to the Pocso Act to make provisions for death penalty for rapists of minors below 12 years of age.

The present act has no provision for capital punishment with the maximum sentence being life term. “I and the ministry intend to bring an amendment to the Pocso Act asking for death penalty for rape of children below 12 years,” Gandhi said in a video message uploaded on the women and child development ministry’s official Twitter account. “We will give more teeth to the Act to put a check on such incidents,” she said.

On the damage these incidents may have done to BJP’s image, Maneka said: “Such isolated incidents should not be linked to the entire party. BJP is the largest party in the world with 11 crore corkers. How the entire party could be blamed if one or two persons commit such act,” she said.

The minister said action is being taken in the Unnao rape case and CBI has detained the accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar. Investigation is on in the Kathua incident, she said adding that no culprit would be spared.

A NATION IN SHOCK

Slathia was my poll agent in 2014: Azad

Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad acknowledged that BS Slathia, president of Jammu Bar Association, who was spearheading the defence of the accused in the Kathua rape case was his election agent in 2014. “Yes, he (Slathia) was my polling agent. Also, Lal Singh (BJP minister who supported the accused) was in Congress…” he said. TNN

Cong questions Jitendra’s silence

Veteran Congress leader Karan Singh on Friday questioned the silence of Union minister Jitendra Singh on the Kathua rape and murder. “I am surprised that the MP in whose parliamentary constituency Kathua falls, has… neither visited Kathua nor spoken a word in condemnation,” Singh, said in a statement. TNN

CBI arrests rape-accused BJP MLA as court tears into UP govt & police

Neta Picked Up From His Home Before Daybreak

Lucknow: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who was booked by Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday, following

a nationwide furore over rape allegations levelled against him by a minor in Unnao.

He was picked up for questioning from Lucknow before the break of dawn on Friday. The CBI team took him into custody late in the evening.

Though the Allahabad high court ordered earlier in the day that the BJP MLA should be arrested “forthwith”, CBI officials kept claiming till late evening that he had been detained.

However, at around 9.45pm, CBI spokesperson RK Gaur confirmed to TOI that Sengar had been arrested at 9.30pm. “We have arrested Kuldeep Sengar on charges of prima facie rape. There are inconsistencies in his statements over the June 4 incident for which we need his custody. He will be produced before a CBI court in Lucknow on Saturday,” said a CBI source in Lucknow.

MLA was planning to leave for Varanasi

The CBI’s early morning swoop took place a day after the Allahabad HC came down heavily on the Yogi Adityanath government over the case, asking it whether it proposed to arrest the accused MLA as promptly as it did in other cases. A CBI team along with UP cops picked him up from an Indiranagar residence of his relative in Lucknow at around 4:30am. Sengar was taken to the CBI headquarters in Hazratganj where he was interrogated till late in the evening.

His family said he had planned to leave for Varanasi for a visit to Kal Bhairav temple but was asked by the CBI to join the probe. The central agency team converted three FIRs earlier filed by the Unnao police to move ahead in the case.

According to the CBI press release, the first FIR was about the alleged rape of the girl, in which Sengar and a woman, Shashi Singh, had been named as accused. The second one was about rioting, in which four locals have been booked, and also the alleged killing of the victim’s father in judicial custody. Since the murder charge was added later by the police, it does not reflect in the CBI FIR.

The third case deals with allegations against the survivor’s father who was arrested under Arms Act and put in jail by the local police where he died in custody. He also suffered 18 serious injuries as per the post mortem report.

The victim has alleged that she was raped by the MLA at his residence on June 4, 2017 where she had gone with a relative seeking a job. She tried to immolate herself in front of the CM’s residence in Lucknow on April 8 after repeated pleas for justice were not heeded.

Sengar was kept at the CBI office in Lucknow till late in the night.

INDIA’S SHAME

A story of two cities: Stirs reveal the divide in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu Protests Arrests, Valley Rises Over Youths’ Death

Srinagar: Regional polarization in the state is so deep that even as both Kashmir and Jammu are hit by protests, the reasons are entirely different. While the winter capital, Jammu has been up in arms against the arrest of seven Hindu men accused of raping and murdering 8-year-old girl of Muslim Bakarwal community, the valley continues to protest against the killing of four civilians who rescued militants during an anti-terror operation on Wednesday.

Four youth, Sharjeel Sheikh (25), Bilal Ahmad Tantray (16), Faisal Illahi (14) and Aijaz Ahmad Palla (30) were killed on Wednesday when they disrupted a counter-insurgency operation of the security forces at Khudwani in Kulgam. The three holed-up terrorists managed to escape in the melee but later reappeared in public after security forces withdrew the cordon due to intense stone-pelting from sympathizers.

The killings triggered protests, with a complete shutdown observed in parts of Kashmir on Friday. Srinagar-Banihal train services were suspended and internet connectivity suspended on Thursday in south Kashmir soon after the news of the killings spread in the area. Even as the rest of the country is outraging against the gruesome rape and murder of the Kathua minor, there has hardly been any reaction from Kashmir’s civil society. The press in Kashmir was also not as vociferous as the national and international media were.

Among separatists, JKLF chairman Yasin Malik was the only leader who led a protest march as early as on February 22 against the ghastly rape and murder and issued a statement demanding action against the accused. However, Syed Ali Shah Geelani ignored the issue and so did the new chief of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Ashraf Sehrai equally. Kashmir’s top clergyman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed it only through a tweet: “Nothing can be more evil and shameless than supporting the rapists and murderers of an eight-year-old child and then threatening the community to which the child belonged, with dire consequence! It reflects the total moral bankruptcy of BJP in supporting the front that is threatening the Gujjars in Kathua and completely exposes its communal and anti-humanity mindset for reaping political dividends.’”

Kashmiri lawyers, who are generally on the forefront of the protests in favour of militants and against anti-terror operations also avoided any agitation against the Bakarwal girl’s rape and murder.

In contrast, Jammu lawyers protested against the arrest of seven persons including two cops for allegedly raping and murdering the Bakarwal girl. They have been suspecting the police of bias and conspiracy against the Hindu community and demanding CBI investigation into the case. A group of lawyers even tried to prevent the crime branch of J&K police to file a chargesheet against the accused in the chief judicial magistrate court in Kathua on April 10. Lawyers of Jammu High Court Bar Association together with Jammu civil society held a bandh on April 11 demanding transfer of the case to the CBI.

SC seeks answers from lawyers for blocking law process

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday criticised alleged attempts by lawyers in Kathua and Jammu to prevent filing of chargesheet in the sensational rape-cum-murder of an eight-year-old girl and warned against threats to a woman advocate for representing the victim’s family.

The court warned against any attempt to prevent the process of law or threats to a lawyer to dissuade her from appearing for a party in a court.

A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud told the lawyers in Kathua and Jammu to behave themselves and “not obstruct the smooth functioning of the justice delivery system” or indulge in activities to prevent the prosecution from presenting the accused before the court or stall entry of prosecution or lawyers representing the victim’s family or witnesses.

The bench issued notices to Bar Council of India , J&K Bar Council, HC Bar Association and Kathua District Bar Association and sought their response by April 19, the next date of hearing.

Petitioner in Ishrat case dies in Kerala crash

Alappuzha: Gopinatha Pillai, 78, fighting a protracted legal battle to clear the name of his son — Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Ghulam Sheikh — who was branded a terrorist and shot by Gujarat police in 2004, succumbed to injuries on Friday following an accident on Wednesday.

Sheikh was allegedly killed in cold blood along with Ishrat Jahan and two others. The ‘fake encounter’ case became a political hot potato that saw several cover-up attempts. Gopinatha, who had consistently contested the Gujarat government and police claim that his son was involved in terrorist plots, claimed at one point that his son had been a police informer and had worked for “patriots”.

Pillais: We don’t suspect any foul play in accident

With Pillai’s death, Ishrat’s mother Shamima Kauser is the only petitioner in the case. Police are probing all aspects of the accident. “Full investigation will be conducted to determine whether it was an accident or murder,” Kerala DGP Loknath Behra told TOI.

Pillai, a native of Nooranad, met with the accident at 6am at Vayalar Junction on National Highway 66 while on his way to a Kochi hospital for check-up. His car was being driven by brother Madhavan. “We left home by 4am on Wednesday. A car that was moving in front of us applied brake. As I slowed down the car it was slammed from behind by a lorry. Our car lost control, crossed the median and collided with another lorry that was moving towards Alappuzha,” Madhavan Pillai told TOI on Friday.

However, the Pillais do not suspect any foul play. “It was an accident… We do not suspect anything else in this case,” Gopinatha’s nephew, Anush M N, said.

Ishrat case: Petitioner’s bahu says will fight on

Pune: Sajida Shaikh — who was married to Pranesh Kumar alias Javed Shaikh whose father Gopinath Pillai, a petitioner in the Ishrat Jahan encounter case, was killed in a road accident in Kerala’s Alappuzha district — on Friday said she will continue to fight the case till its logical end. Javed, Ishrat and two others were killed in an encounter with the Gujarat police in 2004.

Sajida, who took a flight from Pune to Kerala after learning about Gopinath’s death on Friday morning, told TOI over phone, “My father-in-law always use to say whether he is alive or not, we have to fight the case till its logical conclusion to secure justice. I will continue to do so and will fight for justice. I will return to Pune on Sunday following the last rites and the police formalities.”

Javed and Sajida were living in a house at Kalas in Vishrantwadi when the encounter took place. Later, Sajida married Asif, a motor mechanic, and is since living with her two sons and a daughter at the Eden Garden society in Kondhwa Khurd.

For 10 years after the encounter, Sajida worked as a teacher with New Grace School in Kondhwa. Later, she left the job and started a coaching class, ‘Sadab’, for standard V-VII students.

Speaking about Gopinath, Sajida said, “We had always maintained contact with the family and would often talk on the phone and meet each other occasionally. The last time we met was in November last year.”

During the days immediately after the 2004 encounter, the state anti-terrorism squad and the Pune police had carried out a search at Javed’s house in Kalas.

Petitioner Gopinath Pillai died in a road accident in Kerala’s Alappuzha district on Friday

Fear forced me to hide in Delhi all this while’

Unnao: The 17-year-old Unnao rape survivor said on Friday that after Kuldeep Singh Sengar allegedly raped her on June 4, 2017, she stayed in Delhi along with her deceased father out of fear.

In an interview to TOI, the minor spoke at length about the horror tales in Makhi village where she spent her childhood. She recounted how MLA’s brother Atul Singh, who has been arrested now, used to torment those who crossed his path.

“Jaise papa ko maara tha. Woh joota pehan leta hai. Aur jalte hue cycle ka tyre chhua chhua ke maarta hai. Paani daal daal ke maarta hai (He would torment people the way he killed my father. He puts on his boots and uses burning bicycle tyres to torture his victims),” she said, sitting in a dimly lit room of an Unnao hotel. She fainted a couple of times due to trauma during the interview.

The survivor said Atul’s terror “kept us away from our own home”.

“My father and I stayed in Delhi because of this fear after what he (Sengar) did to me on June 4 last year. He decided to come to Makhi because my five-year-old brother who stayed here wanted to have a bicycle. When he was thrashed on April 3 this year, the MLA told my uncle, ‘Maine use prasaad de diya public mein bolne ka (I have punished him for publicly speaking out against me)’,”she added.

The survivor said she made these disclosures before the CBI team which visited the family at the hotel and recorded her statements on Friday. She and her sister broke down as they spoke of the “guilt in roping in our father”, who had come to Unnao from Delhi to “stave off police challenge” against the registering of FIR against Sengar.

She confirmed that she told CBI that she had taken a train from Delhi to Lucknow on August 16 to meet UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and top police officers in Unnao and elsewhere with a rape complaint. “Ever since the cops recovered me from Auraiya where I was being sold off for Rs 60,000, I explained my helplessness against the MLA to all top officers. They were all too afraid. I narrated the entire incident in a written statement to the CM who said that my case will be heard in five days,” the girl said.

The minor and her sister expressed joy over seeing CBI sleuths at the hotel room even as they rued their inability to participate in their father’s last rites. “The CBI men told us: Tumhare saath insaaf hoga (You will get justice). They tapped my shoulder and put their hand on my head and were very kind as they took my statements. Woh bole sach ki jeet hogi (They said truth will triumph),” the girl added.

The survivor is under constant medical surveillance and is being given medicines for low blood pressure and sugar. The district administration has provided the family two rooms in the hotel — one for the women, including the survivor, and the other for the men.

The floor on which the rooms are located reeks of countrymade liquor. At least 50 cops, including six women constables, are deployed for their security. “We don’t want to complain about the way we are being treated. We get some rice and dal, sometimes we don’t get any food at all. But our priority is to see him (Sengar) behind the bars,” said the girl’s elder sister.

BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar being taken for interrogation by the CBI team after his detention on Friday

Court tears into UP state machinery

Allahabad: Allahabad high court severely reprimanded the UP government on Friday on the Unnao rape case.

Several hours before the main accused, BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, was held by the CBI in the evening, the HC questioned the Uttar Pradesh advocate general for the delay in his arrest. It directed CBI to carry out the investigations strictly in accordance with law and file a status report by May 2.

The court gave the direction to CBI after state government’s counsel informed it that Sengar had been detained for interrogation and not arrested yet.

Severely criticising the government for its functioning, a bench comprising Chief Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar observed: “The disturbing feature of the case is that the law and order machinery and the government officials were directly in league (with) and under the influence of Kuldeep Singh Sengar. The doctor did not examine the prosecutrix, nor did the circle officer, Shafipur, register the crime, though hand written complaint of the prosecutrix was sent from the office of the chief minister.”

The high court rejected the advocate general’s contention that the accused could not be arrested in the present circumstances.

“In our opinion, arrest of the accused in the present case is necessarily required to safeguard the majesty of law and the dignity of the prosecutrix and to instil confidence that free and fair investigation shall be undertaken by the investigating agency,” the court said.

Guilty will not be spared, says Yogi

Breaking his silence over the Unnao rape case, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday said the law is same for everyone and criminals would be dealt with firmly whosoever influential they might be. He said the state government has not deviated from its zero-tolerance policy against crime and corruption. “Jaanch jaari hai, koi bhi doshi bach nahi payega chahe jo bhi ho (The probe is on, guilty will not be spared),” CM Yogi told reporters.

Govt to SC: Draft plan for witness protection ready

New Delhi: The Centre on Friday told the Supreme Court that it had drafted a comprehensive scheme for providing protection to witnesses who face threats for deposing against the accused in criminal cases and ensure that they give evidence in courts without fear.

Appearing before a bench of Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan, additional solicitor general Pinky Anand said the scheme would be notified after getting suggestions from state governments. She placed the draft of the scheme before the court and said it had been forwarded to all states and union territories for their inputs.

She said the scheme had been framed to ensure that investigation, prosecution and trial of criminal offences were not prejudiced because witnesses were frightened to give evidence in the court due to threat from the accused.

As per the scheme, police escort will be provided to witnesses who are threatened and, if needed, they would be relocated to a temporary residence in a safe house. Under the scheme, the authorities would monitor mails and telephone calls of witnesses to catch those threatening them. A separate witness protection fund is to be created in each state to meet the expenses incurred under the scheme The bench asked the government to notify the scheme before the next date of hearing and posted the case for second week of August.

The Centre framed the scheme after the apex court had time and again raised concern over the government’s failure to provide protection to witnesses.

IITian ends life, note says abused for yrs

New Delhi: A 21-year-old MSc student at IIT Delhi allegedly committed suicide at his hostel room on Friday morning. Police said his onepage suicide note reveals he was suffering from depression over being sexually abused since he was a child.

The student, from Hooghly district in West Bengal, has named a few people in the note written in Bengali. Police officials were informed about the death at 8.05am, when a roommate found the youth hanging from the ceiling fan with a pajama.

The suicide note was kept on a table beside his bed. The body was sent for an autopsy to Safdurjung Hospital and later handed over to his family.

His elder brother told the cops that the youth had attempted suicide on April 10 by consuming sleeping pills. He was admitted to Safdurjung Hospital after which his brother took him to his apartment and counselled him for two days. On Thursday morning, he dropped the youth back to his hostel.

Sources said police will register an FIR under sections of unnatural sexual assault and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) on the basis of the suicide note and send it the West Bengal police.

Death As Distraction

Bad law is no answer to public anger

As outrage mounts over the rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua, Jammu, both J&K chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and Union minister for Women and Child Development, Maneka Gandhi, have spoken of introducing the death penalty for child rapists. This would be a disproportionate and counterproductive response, even though two other states, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have such laws. Severity of punishment is not the answer, certainty of punishment is.

Child rape is a heinous crime, and existing laws already acknowledge its gravity. Both the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the 2013 criminal amendments provide for sentences that can go up to life imprisonment. Death cannot be meted out in any but the rarest of rare cases. In a case like the Kathua rape-murder where the child was killed, the death penalty is already a possibility, it does not require a special law.

In the majority of instances of sexual offences against children, the perpetrators are known to them (nearly 95% by NCRB 2016 figures). Given this proximity and the child’s vulnerability, a punishment as harsh as death would deter the filing of cases, and may even lead to destruction of evidence by murdering the victim. Punishing sexual crimes against children requires system strengthening – improving investigation, taking the child’s testimony seriously and supporting him or her, improving pendency and conviction rates. Lawmakers must have the patience to work and improve the laws we have, rather than make bad new ones to satisfy the inflamed mood on the streets.

364 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: Bizarre, macabre & absurd – Avaricious son wanted to keep mother’s dead body for 25 years to draw her pension

Son chops up dead mother, stores parts in fridge for 3 years

Dwaipayan Ghosh| TNN | Updated: Apr 6, 2018

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cops arrested Subhabrata Majumdar and also questioned his ailing dad, Gopal Chandra Majumdar.
  • Subhabrata told cops that he believed his mother could be brought back to life.
Subhabrata Majumdar sealed up the ground floor room with two giant air-conditioners, making a tomb for his mother.

Son chops up dead mother, stores parts in fridge for 3 years

KOLKATA: A 46-year-old man carved out his mother’s body after her death, stuffed the parts inside a giant refrigerator and then sealed up the ground-floor room with two air-conditioners, making a tomb for his mom in the heart of a middle-class Behala neighbourhood, where he went on living with the body — and his 89-year-old dad — for almost three years to the day.

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A post-midnight police raid on Thursday, after a tip-off from neighbours and a local news channel, brought to light yet another house of horrors existing in Kolkata, three years after cops unearthed one on Robinson Street where Partho De — also in his mid-40s — stayed with the bodies of his sister and two pet dogs for six months before being outed.

READ ALSO: ACs, giant fridges, chemicals whetted neighbours’ curiosity

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Cops arrested Subhabrata Majumdar and questioned his ailing dad, Gopal Chandra Majumdar, but the answers they got were as confounding as the questions. Subhabrata told cops that he believed his mother could be brought back to life; his dad said he “just went along” with his son.

READ ALSO: Tipped off thrice since 2015, but neighbours preferred to stay aloof

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A forensic team that visited the residence later in the evening confirmed having found certain “separated body parts”.

Cops initially detained Subhabrata for questioning, during which the latter said he was certain his mother would return to life. His father, Gopal, was less consistent and went on changing his statement. “But we have allowed him to stay back at his residence as he is ill,” deputy commissioner of police (Behala) Nilanjan Biswas said. “He seemed to know about his son’s plans,” he added. The forensic team picked up evidence, including chemicals like formalin that were used to preserve Bina’s body.
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Interrogators said Subhabrata claimed that one of his cousins was aware of what was going on. He told cops he was inspired to take this route after he and his mother watched a documentary on the subject on Discovery channel just before her death.

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Deputy commissioner Biswas, who led the raid, said the Behala police station received a call around 1.30 a.m. on Thursday. “A team visited the residence. Subhabrata and Gopal came out but denied anything with practised confidence. We searched the ground floor and found a freezer with a body stuffed inside,” Biswas said.

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Subhabrata went to a popular south Kolkata English-medium school and then did his graduation from the Central Leather Research Institute in Tangra. He worked at a leather firm but then resigned to start his own business. He did not succeed in this enterprise and, for some time, dabbled in other business like selling old cars.

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Gopal retired as a deputy manager from the vigilance wing of the Food Corporation of India. The law graduate started private practice after retirement but quit about five years ago. Bina, too, retired as a senior manager from the FCI. The Majumdars have been residing at their Behala house for more than three decades.

Neighbours like Chanchal Chakraborty said they were aware of Bina’s death. “She passed away one morning and we saw a hearse arrive. But no one was asked to go to the crematorium and no one saw the body being brought back to the house. We suspected something amiss about one-and-a-half years ago, when huge air-conditioners were installed, but did not meddle in their affairs,” he explained.

Neighbours also claimed that the father-son relation had deteriorated about 15 years ago when Subhabrata had wanted to marry a cousin. “Subhabrata used to stay away at night. He would visit the house with food but, on most occasions, would leave after serving dinner to his dad,” a neighbour said. The police, though, insisted there was no proof he was married.

A team of psychiatrists will carry out a psycho-analysis of Subhabrata. Cops will also question the cousin, the two doms and the doctor who issued the death certificate.

In Video: Son chops up dead mother in Kolkata, stuffs parts in refrigerator for 3 years

Kolkata: Son wanted to keep mom’s remains for 25 years

Dwaipayan Ghosh| TNN | Updated: Apr 7, 2018

KOLKATA: Subhabrata Majumdar planned to keep his mother’s remains for 25 years, by which time medical science would advance so much that it would be possible to breathe life back into a refrigerated body, he told cops during interrogation on Friday before being granted bail by a local court.

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The 46-year-old leather technology graduate went to the extent of learning Russian to study anatomy textbooks in that language and indulged in relentless “internet-based research” to back up his college education as he bought two industrial fridges and two two-tonne air-conditioners to make a tomb out of a ground-floor room at the family’s Behala home.

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A team of experts from SSKM Hospital’s Institute of Psychiatry was present when cops interrogated Subhabrata and found his statements incoherent enough to recommend his admission to the Calcutta Pavlov Hospital in Gobra. Subhabrata, cops said, spoke of “pralay (a violent end to the world)” and a “third world war” in between explaining why he wanted to keep his mother’s remains.

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Subhabrata, charged under sections 269 and 176 of the IPC (for a “negligent act likely to spread” infections and hiding information about that act), was taken to the Gobra mental health institute, a route eerily similar to that taken by Partho De, who lived with his sister’s and pet dogs’ rotting bodies at their Robinson Street mansion for six months before being outed in June 2015.

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Cops seek transaction details from bank

Subhabrata’s mother, Bina Majumdar, died in April 2015 at the age of 84, following which the 46-year-old bought the fridges and air-conditioners and chemicals as he went about trying to keep his mother in a frozen state till 2040.

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But cops are not letting go of the financial angle just now. “We have written to the bank to provide us every financial detail about Subhabrata and the pension funds of his dad, Gopal Chandra Majumdar, and mother Bina. We have also asked for all withdrawals to and deposits from these accounts since 2015. We will scrutinise everything and may add more sections, if required, if we are convinced that there was some deliberate financial angle to the crime,” said an investigating officer. Forensic experts would also check for marks on Bina’s thumb to verify the possibility of her thumb impression being misused in financial matters.

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Officials said the 89-year-old Gopal had told them about the family’s income. “We now know that Bina got a monthly pension of around Rs 30,000 and Gopal drew Rs 40,000. We also know that it was Subhabrata who was using ATM cards to withdraw money from his parents’ accounts. We are trying to also ascertain the identity of the doctor who issued the life certificate that enabled Subhabrata to go on withdrawing his late mom’s pension,” added the officer.

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Subbhabrata kept his calm and cooperated with the police during the interrogation but, every time he heard something pejorative about his mother, he reacted violently. “He spoke to us mostly in English and Russian on Thursday. He had his dinner and breakfast on time. On Friday morning, however, he switched to chaste Bengali to tell us how he thought stem cell research in the city was yet to take off and how medical science in the West would be bringing back the dead to the mortal world,” an investigator said.

Subhabrata recalled in detail how he had initially sent his mother’s body to the Peace Heaven mortuary for a week. He later allowed it to stay there for another week as he arranged for the two giant freezers; the air-conditioners were procured some time later.

“He claimed that the freezers and the chemicals were not easy to procure; he used various leather companies’ names to procure them from suppliers. He wanted to keep one freezer on standby as he feared that maintaining the exact temperature and chemical content was critical,” an official said.

Subhabrata was produced at the Alipore court on Friday and his case was heard around 4.10 pm, the same time when dad Gopal returned from a mortuary after being told that it would be another day before Bina’s body could be returned for cremation.

The cops on Friday denied neighbourhood rumours that Subhabrata had married a cousin and was living on rent in Sarsuna. “So far, we have not found any marriage certificates nor been able to locate this Sarsuna flat. No one has been able to name this cousin,” investigators said.

Man preserves mother’s body in freezer for 3 yrs

Kolkata resident allegedly kept the body for drawing pension by using mother’s fingerprints

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A Kolkata man has been detained by police for allegedly preserving his mother’s body in a commercial freezer at his residence for the past three years.

Acting on a tip-off, the homicide department and Behala police conducted a raid at the house in James Long Sarani on Wednesday midnight and recovered the body of Bina Majumdar, who died in April 2015.

While Subhabrata Majumdar, a leather technologist, told cops that he loved his mother so much that he couldn’t accept her death and believed that her soul would re-enter her body, neighbours said he did this to continue withdrawing his mother’s pension by using her fingerprints. His mother and father Gopal Chandra Majumdar, who is alive, were retired employees of Food Corporation of India. Subhabrata, in his early 50s, left his job five years ago.

Gopal Chandra, 89, knew about the body, but Subhabrata threatened to leave him if he spilled the beans. According to police, Subhabrata had removed the internal organs and preserved the body with chemicals like formaldehyde.

Neighbour Biswajit Mukherjee said, “The lure of pension may have driven Subhabrata to this.”

“He has been sent for treatment for mental illness,” said Nilanjan Biswas, DCP, South Division.

The incident bears similarity to the 2015 case in which engineer Partha De spent six months with the bodies of his sister and pet dogs in his Robinson Street flat.

The freezer in which the body was kept for three years

Mugged, man turns sleuth

He tracks his phone, gives clues to the police on whereabouts of one accused

Yaduvanshi told BM he feels the police are not doing enough if they have not been able nab the person using his phone. After the incident, police said they have arrested six of the persons involved.

The JB Nagar police have arrested Gulshan, Shivaprasad alias Nandi, Praveen, Sunil, Govind and Abhi, all residents of Indiranagar and around, and Sunil from Anekal of Bengaluru Rural (in pic). Police said they have seized the Toyota Innova, Rs 1,800 in cash, three knives and machete that the gang used. Among the arrested, two are students and others are working. They zeroed in on the gang based on phone tower information, Facebook profile of the accused and a tattoo described by Yaduvanshi when he was in hospital. The gang had attacked two others too on the same day.Yaduvanshi had come to the city for a job interview and was waiting for a bus for the airport near the BSNL office in Indiranagar, when the gang of seminude dacoits in a Toyota Innova stabbed him and had robbed him of his valuables, including an iPhone.

Yaduvanshi lodged a complaint with Jeevan Bima Nagar Police Station before leaving the city. “I have traced the person using my phone, found a picture of him, and given details to the police. But, they haven’t reached him till now.”

Based on advice from the Apple call centre, he logged into his Apple account and turned on the ‘lost’ mode. On another iPhone, he used his existing login to access the device, which opened up all the details of his ‘old’ phone. “When I logged in, I received a message and mail that the phone was at Tirupattur of Tamil Nadu, around 141 km from Bengaluru,” he said.

On the evening of April 2, he found a selfie clicked by the mugger. He also suspects that the person in selfie is one of his attackers.

“When I could get so many details and pass it to the police, why are they unable to catch him yet?” he said.

A police officer at Jeevan Bima Nagar station said a team has been dispatched to Tamil Nadu to nab the man using the phone.

BM carried this report on Mar 17

 

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Mecca Masjid case: 2 accused dead, 2 suspects missing

TNN | Updated: Apr 17, 2018

  • Investigators believe these four people from the Malwa region of MP formed a crucial link in multiple terror cases, including the Mecca Masjid blasts.
  • Since suspects and witnesses vanished or were killed, investigators had a tough job from the very beginning.

Darsagah-e-Jehad-e-Shahadat activists being arrested by the police during a protest against NIA court’s judgment on Mecca Masjid bomb blast case, in old city of Hyderabad on Monday. (PTI Photo)

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BHOPAL: Will the mystery ever be solved? With key suspects Sandeep Dange and Ram Chandra Kalsangra still missing and Sunil Joshi and Ramprasad Kaloda dead, the Mecca Masjid blasts may forever be a riddle.
Investigators believe these four people from the Malwa region of MP formed a crucial link in multiple terror cases, including the Mecca Masjid blasts. Since suspects and witnesses vanished or were killed, investigators had a tough job from the very beginning.Sandeep and Kalsangra have been declared absconders. Along with RSS pracharak Sunil Joshi, who was murdered, the duo was among the 10 accused in the Mecca Masjid case.

The NIA suspected that Joshi was a key organiser of the gang responsible for the Samjhauta Express, Malegaon, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif blasts in 2006-07. Rajasthan ATS’s chargesheet in 2011 says Joshi got explosives from Ramprasad Kaloda, who, like Joshi, was allegedly an aide of Aseemanand.

Joshi was shot dead on December 29, 2007 near his house in Dewas. There were contradictory findings in the case, which was never solved.

Nor was Kaloda’s. Shriram Pawar, a witness in the Kaloda murder case, went missing. Kaloda’s body was found near railway tracks in Baloda Takoon village in Indore on June 24, 2008. Local police closed the file, naming three persons as his murderers and citing financial dispute as the motive. Soon after the chargesheet, prime witness Pawar disappeared and the three suspects were released on bail. Pawar’s family had filed a missing person’s report at Depalpur police station on November 14, 2008, but no trace was ever found.

The Rajasthan ATS suspected that Joshi and Kaloda were killed by people in their own circle, but the investigation hit a stone wall. Before that, state police had named Pragya Singh Thakur, Harshad Solanki, Vasudev Parmar, Anand Raj Kataria and Ramcharan Patel as accused, stating that Joshi was murdered over “personal enmity”.

The NIA probed if Joshi’s murder was part of a larger conspiracy by fringe right wing groups. This followed Aseemanand’s alleged ‘confession’ that Joshi had masterminded the Samjhauta Express, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Sharif blasts. NIA officials arrested four suspects in Joshi’s murder — Lokesh Sharma, Rajendra Pehalwan, Jitender Sharma and Dilip Jagtap, all residents of Malwa.

A breakthrough came only after the arrest of Lokesh, a BJP youth wing leader, from Mhow. Sharma allegedly told interrogators Joshi was threatening to spill the beans on their activities and had even planned to surrender. On February 1, 2017, a Dewas court acquitted eight people, including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur, in the Joshi murder case, saying that the prosecution was unable to prove their guilt.

Now, the NIA special court in Hyderabad has acquitted all the accused, including Aseemanand, in the Mecca Masjid blasts case. Sandeep Dange and Ramji Kalsangra are still on the NIA’s ‘most wanted’ list and carry a bounty of Rs 10 lakh each.

Murder probe exposes currency racket

Bengaluru: What began as a kidnap and murder mystery led police to a case of robbery of Rs 30 lakh, allegations of a currency racket and the possible involvement of a politician in Hosakote taluk, Bengaluru Rural district.

It began with a probe into the death of Sriramappa, 35, a labourer and resident of Chikkagattinagabbe, Hosakote, following a complaint filed by wife Narayanamma.

Tirumalashettihalli police, who are probing the case, said Sriramappa was found unconscious with severe head injuries in Haraluru early on April 10. He was rushed to a Hoskote hospital and later shifted to Nimhans Hospital where he succumbed to injuries at 11.30pm on April 11.

On Thursday, Narayanamma filed a complaint, accusing Congress leader Narayana Gowda, aka Nani, of Doddagattinagabbe, his nephew Ranjith and their associates of her husband’s murder.

Bheemashankar S Guled, superintendent of police, Bengaluru Rural, said, “Preliminary probe revealed that Sriramappa and his associates robbed Ranjith of Rs 30 lakh on April 7. In an attempt to recover the money, Ranjith and his associates murdered Sriramappa.”

Police filed a case of kidnap, murder and criminal intimidation against Ranjith and Nani and also invoked provisions of the SC/ST Act since Sriramappa is a Dalit. However, they said Nani may not be involved and that Narayanamma may have dragged his name into the case with a political motive.

Police said Ranjith had given Sriramappa Rs 30 lakh in return for “a huge amount” of fake currency. However, Sriramappa took the money and ran away. Ranjith and his associates tracked down Sriramappa, and in a bid to question him to find out his accomplices, ended up fatally injuring him. Further investigation is on to track Sriramappa’s associates.

Killers shot, stabbed and slit throats of Sena men: Report

Probing If Rivalry With NCP Was Behind Killings, Say Police

Nashik: Ahmednagar police’s ongoing probe into the recent murders of the two Shiv Sena leaders has found that there is a history of “bitter animosity” between the arrested NCP MLA from Ahmednagar city, Sangram Jagtap, and the local Sena leaders.

Jagtap is one of the four people arrested in connection with the murders of Sanjay Kotkar and Vasant Thube on April 7 in Kedgaon area of Ahmednagar. The killings were apparently a fallout of the local civic body bypolls for a ward in Kedgaon, which Congress had won by a slender margin defeating the Sena nominee.

“We have found that there exists a bitter rivalry between NCP and local Sena leaders; apparently for political dominance. Even on the day of the bypolls (April 6), leaders of both these parties had heated arguments over some issues,” said a police officer, adding that investigations are on to find out if Jagtap was involved in the murder case or not.

Meanwhile, the autopsy of the two Shiv Sena leaders conducted on Sunday at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Aurangabad revealed that their throats had been slit and that they had at least 10 stab injuries and two bullet injuries each. The panel of doctors confirmed the injuries, but refused to elaborate on the findings, saying the police probe was at an early stage.

A source said that at least two bullets have been recovered from the chest and abdomen of Kotkar, while one was recovered from Thube’s skull.

Although the city areas of Ahmednagar are the traditional bastion of Sena, Jagtap upset their standing by defeating the long-time local Shiv Sena MLA Anil Rathod. Rathod had been representing the area for over two decades.

According to the officer, the probe is focused on ascertaining the motive of the twin murders — whether it was purely political or were there some other reasons involved. Local Sena leaders have alleged that they were being pressurised by political rivals to withdraw their candidate from the bypolls, which they had refused.

Apart from Jagtap, the names of the Rahuri BJP MLA, Shivaji Kardile and the NCP MLA, Arun Jagtap too figure in the FIR lodged in the Kotwali police station in the double murder case. Sangram is Arun Jagtap’s son and son-in-law of Kardile.

Priest found murdered at home

A 68-year-old temple priest has been brutally murdered at his apartment in KR Puram police station limits. The police suspect that the murder could have happened a week ago and the culprits are said to have tied his hands and legs before killing him.

The KR Puram police who have registered the case have identified the victim as Sanjay Satish, residing at an apartment in Bethel Nagar in KR Puram police station limits.

Satish is said to have been a priest at a temple in the city. He would go to his apartment once in fortnight. On March 28th, he had come to the apartment and was not seen since.

“The killers are suspected to be known to the victim. They have locked the doors from the outside and have escaped after the brutal murder. However, the incident came to light on Wednesday after the body started emanating foul smell. The neighbours then reported the matter to the police. We came to the spot and gained entry by breaking open the doors. The priest is said to be staying alone in the flat and none of the neighbours have any information about him,” said an officer who is part of investigations.

The body has been shifted to the Bowring Hospital and further investigations are on.

After marriage proposal turns nasty, 18-yr-old kills self

An 18-year-old girl has committed suicide by hanging at her house in RMV IInd stage, allegedly after a marriage proposal went awry. The girl, P Divya, has not left behind any death note, but according to a complaint filed by her aunt, Shwetha, Divya was being harassed by a man, who she and her family had met for a marriage proposal.

The complaint says that two months ago, one Naveen Kumar from Peenya and his family had come to see Divya. Later the girl’s family had also gone to his house. But Divya’s family did not pursue the proposal as they did not like the boy’s behaviour. The family is claiming that Naveen called the victim and threatened her that she must marry him and nobody else. Divya is said to have committed suicide after this call.

Divya and her elder brother have lived with their aunt Shwetha since childhood as her mother Shanta had died around 16 years back and her father Prakash left the two children with Shwetha’s family and left home. It is said there is no news about him since.

“Both the families visited each other’s homes. Divya’s family is said to have cancelled the proposal. Naveen is said to have called Divya and talked to her in a threatening tone. The victim had talked about this to her cousin before taking the extreme step,” said an officer.

The girl committed suicide when the entire family had gone to a hospital in Hebbal to be with Shwetha’s grandmother, who was reportedly undergoing treatment. When they got home and came to know of the suicide, they cut the veil from the ceiling and shifted her to the same hospital where the elderly woman too is admitted. Doctors at the hospital checked and found that Divya had already died. The victim’s cousin Manjunath then said that Divya had been crying earlier and had told him about Naveen’s phone call to her.

Police, however, are not entirely convinced. “Naveen is yet to be summoned for inquiry. But, the allegations seem a bit suspicious as the proposal is said to have been cancelled two months back. The victim is said to have not been using a mobile phone. The call is said to have been made by Naveen to the victim’s aunt’s phone. The victim has not left behind any suicide note,” said the officer.

He said they are still in the process of obtaining the call records of Naveen and the victim’s aunt. “We are also checking if there is any other reason that could have drove the girl to take the extreme step,” the officer added.

The Sanjayanagar police have registered a case of abetment of suicide under Section 306 of the Indian Penal Code against Naveen.

Gang murdered cab driver for gain; held

Fled With Car, 2 Cellphones

Bengaluru: Three men have been arrested on the charges of murdering a cab driver on March 18. The trio had also attempted to kidnap another cabbie on April 1, said police.

The accused, Deeman Shankar Das, 26, his relative Aroop Shankar Das, 36, from Assam and Bharath Pradhan, 22, from Odisha, are all residents of Konena Agrahara and worked with private firms, said DJ Halli police.

Indicating that their intention to rob, if not murder the cab driver, may have been planned, police said the gang had tried stopping at least three other cabs before the victim, S Rinson, 23, agreed to ferry them to Hosur in Tamil Nadu.

Police said the gang was aware that their information — phone number and location — would easily be available to police if they booked a cab using mobile apps. Hence, they had decided to hail a taxi.

“They were standing near Veerannanapalya in DJ Halli. Other cab drivers had refused to take them as they had not booked the rides using mobile apps. Rinson, however, agreed to take them to Hosur for a price of Rs 1,500,” police commissioner T Suneel Kumar said.

The men then directed Rinson to drive through the Anekal industrial area, where one of them requested to stop the vehicle claiming he needed to relieve himself. “As soon as the car stopped, they smothered Rinson to death and drove to Krishnagiri forest where they dumped his body,” police said.

The gang then fled with the sedan worth about Rs 11 lakh and two mobile phones belonging to Rinson. Police, who acted on a missing complaint filed by Soman — Rinson’s father — a resident of Kavalbyrasandra, tracked down the trio through the stolen phones. “Based on the tower location, we started looking for Rinson near Anekal. Last week, the accused started using the victim’s mobile and it became easier for us to trace them,” police said.

4 gang-rape pregnant woman in UP

Amethi : A three-month pregnant woman was gangraped by four men in Mohanganj area of Amethi district late on Friday. Aged about 35 years, she was on her way to Tiloi community health centre (CHC) when the crime took place.

Mohanganj SHO Dhirendra Kumar Singh said, “Some passersby found a woman lying unconscious with a toddler crying by her side on the Haswa turn at Rae Bareli-Faizabad Road and dialled 100. Cops rushed her to the CHC where she narrated her ordeal.”

“The woman said she was three months pregnant and was going to the Tiloi CHC with her child in a private taxi when the taxi driver stopped near the Haswa turn. He and three other fellow passengers then gangraped her, following which, she fell unconscious,” Singh said. The fetus was found to be safe, Singh said, adding that the woman’s medical examination was conducted to ascertain the crime.

A case has been registered against four unidentified men under relevant sections of IPC and CrPC. “We are trying to trace the accused,” SP KK Gahlot said.

CRIME FILES

Auto driver murdered for plying in area he wasn’t supposed to

Koteshwar Rao, a 26-year-old auto driver from Kengeri, has been allegedly murdered by a group of rival auto drivers. Rao would ply his auto all night to pay off the loan for his vehicle. His father, an attendant in a nationalized bank, had facilitated his loan. A group of auto-drivers, who ply at night, had apparently been unhappy over their income being divided. They warned him away from certain areas in Kamakshipalya. On Thursday morning, Rao was returning home, after picking up passengers through the night. A friend was with him, when the accused intercepted them and picked a fight. The friend sustained injuries while Rao was found brutally hacked to death near Sannakki Bayalu in Kamakshipalya. The Kamakshipalya police has registered a case of murder under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code. Investigations are on. —BMB

Cook asks for leave; employer, two friends kill and burn him

Police have arrested Mahesh Reddy N, 22, Vineeth N, 22, and Rami Reddy, 52, of Seven Hills gents paying guest accommodation in Kadubeesanahalli over the murder of their cook Murali. The deceased was from Kuppam and was employed by Rami Reddy at Seven Hills. He had asked for leave, which led to a fight with Rami and Mahesh Reddy. They strangled Murali to death with Vineeth’s help. They tied the corpse’s limbs with wires, hired a car from an online portal, put the body in and drove to Air View. There, they poured petrol on the corpse and set it ablaze. The next morning, they came back to confirm whether the body had burnt completely. Police had found the unidentified charred body on Kempapura Road on April 7. CCTV footage gave police relevant clues and mobile tower locations helped the cops track the trio down. —BMB

EC checkposts help ‘rescue’ Vajramuni’s brother-in-law

Six-member gang kidnaps yesteryear reel villain’s relative, a Bosch employee, for ₹1-cr ransom

In this incident, any resemblance to events or characters, living or dead, is purely coincidental. A project manager at Bosch, who happens to be the brother-in-law of late Kannada movie actor Vajramuni (known for playing the villain) was kidnapped by a six-member gang. Fortunately for him, an unlikely hero saved the day and he was rescued by the police and the kidnappers arrested. The ‘hero’ was no swash-buckling star, but the check posts that have been set up for the forthcoming assembly elections.

The victim has been identified as Shiva Kumar, a resident of Singasandra in Parappana Agrahara police limits. The main accused, B Sathyavelachari alias Sathya, was known to Kumar and was aware of Kumar’s business. He had sought monetary help from him to clear an outstanding SUV loan. When Kumar refused to lend him money, Sathya hatched a plot to kidnap him. Kumar was kidnapped on Sunday afternoon at 1.30 pm when he was going from his residence towards JP Nagar. Kumar, who was building a new house, was looking for interior designer. Sathya introduced him to an interior designer identified as Tajmil Pasha and asked him to come to Pasha’s house in JP Nagar. Kumar informed his wife where he was going before he set off. However on his way to JP Nagar, Sathya and his associates kidnapped him. The gang then took the victim towards Srinivasapura, Mulabagilu and other places of Kolar district. On Monday morning, using the victim’s phone, the accused called Sudha and demanded a ransom of Rs one crore failing which he would be killed.

The accused are identified as Sathya, a resident of Arakere on BG Road, CS Yashwanth Yadav alias Yashu, 20, of Karanji Katte in Kolar, N Vinod Kumar, 21, N Shekar alias Shake alias Nalla, 20, S Sanjay Reddy alias Kichcha, 20, all from Srinivasapura in Kolar and S Jagannath alias Jagan, 23, of Mulabagilu in Kolar. The police have recovered two SUVs that were used to kidnap Kumar. An officer who is a part of the investigative team said, “The accused asked Sudha to come along with the cash (Rs 1 crore) near Sarjapura Circle. When she reached the spot but could not find the accused, she filed a report with the Parappana Agrahara police.”

Three police teams formed to probe the matter went through the victim’s call details and found out that the last call was made from the Kolar district. The police then sought the help of the check posts personnel along with the tollgate staff and informed them of the car’s registration number that was used to kidnap Kumar. The police finally arrested the gang near Kolar and rescued the victim on Wednesday.

“Sathyavelachari is the victim’s friend. Kumar who owned ancestral property in his name, had constructed apartments through a joint venture. He had sold a few flats that had come to his share and had deposited the money in a bank. Sathyavelachari, who knew this, sought financial help from Kumar to pay off a vehicle loan. When Kumar refused to lend him money, Sathya was angry. He then hatched a plot with his accomplices to kidnap Kumar, ’’ said Seemanth Kumar Singh, Additional Commissioner of Police (East).

Sathyavelachari, the accused and Shiva Kumar, the victim

Gang in car pulls off road rage robbery

They first picked a fight over delay in being given way, then attacked duo in another car with a dagger

A group of five to six miscreants in a car attacked two persons in another car and robbed them of their valuables in Chikkabanavara on Sunday night. The gang initially got into a fight with the duo for not giving way to make it look like a case of road rage and then threatened the two in the car with daggers and stones to carry out the mugging.

Raghu, 25, and his friend were driving back home after attending a marriage when they were stopped by this gang. They lost a mobile phone, a silver chain and a wallet.

Raghu, a resident of Chikkabidarikallu, has filed complaint with the Bagalagunte police. In his complaint, he has told the police that around 11 pm, a car coming behind them honked for way at Chikkabanavara and because there was a little delay in making way, the miscreants followed them without their knowledge. “Our car is an old one and so we couldn’t give way quickly. But when we did so, though initially the white Maruti Swift Desire car overtook us, after a while it slowed down. So Raghu overtook them and when he had reached near Bone Mill on Hesaraghatta Road, about 3 km from Chikkabanavara, the car intercepted Raghu’s car. They pulled Raghu out of the car and started beating him for not giving way to them,” Raghu’s friend told BM.

There were about six persons in the car and they yelled at Raghu, asking him how dare he not make way though they had honked repeatedly. Though Raghu tried to talk to them, they did not wait to listen.

Two persons caught Raghu while another took a stone and hit it on Raghu’s face. Raghu’s friend got out of the car to help Raghu. One of the miscreants pulled out a dagger and hit it on the friend’s head. They also attacked him on the hand. When both the persons were left bleeding, the gang robbed a mobile phone, a wallet and a silver chain from Raghu and continued to attack him to look for more valuables.

Hoysala police who were patrolling in the night saw the miscreants attacking the duo and drove towards the spot. Seeing this, the miscreants managed to get into the car and escape. Raghu caught one, but the miscreant attacked him and managed to join the others in the car. Police took the duo to a private hospital and from there they were rushed to Columbia hospital.

Police said, as it was dark they couldn’t note down the registration number of the miscreants’ car. Bagalagunte police said, “We verified the CCTV cameras installed in the surrounding, but did not get any clues. Both the men are recovering from injuries.”

Police nab driver absconding after running over traffic cop Byatarayanapura traffic police investigating a case of running over a traffic police constable near NICE Road entrance on Mysore Road on March 17, have arrested a driver working with a private firm on Monday. Mahesh, 30, a resident of Srinagar and native of Nagamangala taluk, is a driver for a goods vehicle for a company located in Nayandahalli. Police said, Mahesh was carrying some goods in the vehicle on March 17 and when he reached NICE Road entrance near Nayandahalli, he saw a vehicle and had to take his vehicle to the extreme left, where he knocked down Ravi Shankar, 27, a traffic police constable attached with Byatarayanapura traffic police station. When he saw he had knocked a traffic policeman down, Mahesh took an alternative route connecting to Pramod Layout and returned to his company. He told his boss he was not feeling well and took leave to escape to his native place. Police verified the CCTV camera footage and zeroed in on 30 suspect vehicles. Police went to the firm Mahesh works with and learnt that he was on leave and his phone was switched off. They waited for him to return to the city and nabbed him on Monday. He was produced before the magistrate, who granted him bail, police said. BMB

Jealous man who killed lover gets bail

Last week’s Kannada release Yogi Duniya is about a poor young man’s efforts to save the girl he loves from prostitution. He makes every effort to pay for her every day to prevent her from going with other customers. In the end, he has to pay for it with his life. In real life, though, similar circumstances seems to have resulted in a different ending.

A 28-year-old has been accused of murdering the girl he was in love with. She was a prostitute and he could not bear her having sexual relationships with other customers. He was apprehended during investigation into the death of the girl. After a year in jail as an under trial, the High Court has said that, since there are only circumstantial evidence pointing to his involvement in the crime, he can be allowed to be released on bail.

M Madesh is from Hosur and worked in Bengaluru. The murder came to light after a complaint by one Maruti, a resident of Viveknagar. Two girls had rented a house and were living together. Maruti lived in another portion of the same building. On May 22, 2017, the neighbours noticed foul smell coming from the house in which the girls lived.

The police were informed and they broke open the door of the house to gain entry. They found one of the girls dead. Her neck had been cut. Citing the investigation, the HC in its order in Madesh’s petition for bail said, “It came to light that these two girls were involved in prostitution and that the petitioner was a customer of the deceased. Petitioner did not like the deceased to have relationships with other persons and, therefore, it is alleged that he came to the house on 21.05.2017, stayed overnight in that house and caused the death of said girl.”

The High Court felt that there was no prima-facie material to show that Madesh had committed the murder. Therefore, his bail plea was considered positively.

The HC said, “On going through the statements of witnesses, it can be seen that the entire case rests on circumstantial evidence. Though some witnesses say that they saw the petitioner having come to the house of the girls on previous night, this ‘last-seen’ theory has to be established before the court. At this stage, it is impossible to hold that there are prima-facie materials against the petitioner. Investigation is completed, matter is now seized before the sessions court. Therefore, there is no impediment for granting bail.”

Ex-soldier’s son killed for his car that these 3 hired

Labour contractors dumped body near Bederahalli; they were staying in Kacharakanahalli

TS Rinson, resident of Muninanjappa Garden near Kaval Byrasandra, and son of a former Army soldier, owned a Renault Lodgy which the three accused hired on March 18. “Rinson left home on March 18 around 7.30 pm. He used to ferry passengers from the airport to various parts of the city,” an officer involved in the investigations said.

“Around 2 am on March 19, the three were able to hire Rinson’s taxi to Hosur for Rs 1,500. They had tried hiring Ola cabs but were asked to book through the app which they didn’t want to do for fear of being caught. With Rinson, they went via Nagawara ORR, KR Puram, Silk Board, Athibele toll and to Hosur,” the officer said.

The accused asked Rinson to stop the car at Sipcot’s industrial area as they wanted to attend nature’s call. Suspecting foul play, Rinson did not stop and continued driving. Deeman who was sitting behind strangled Rinson using a towel and the other accused stabbed him with a screw driver. They dumped the body near a government school at Bedarahalli and took away his vehicle and two mobile phones.

The next day, Rinson’s father tried calling him but found the phones switched off. He then filed a missing complaint.

On March 25, the Sipcot police discovered the body in a storm water drain. Rinson’s father confirmed it was his son and a case of murder was added to the missing complaint.

“The accused were staying at a rented house in Kacharakanahalli. They had even tried to abduct a security guard, Jinttu Das, for a ransom of Rs 5 lakh which did not come through as the guard’s family was very poor. In fact, Das managed to escape and filed a kidnapping complaint,” said the officer.

“The victim’s father’s complaint helped us to solve the case as he had given the details of the vehicle’s registration number along with the details of the two mobile phone numbers. With these details, and checking the footage of the CCTVs at the tollgate and other parts of the city, and also with the help of technology, we were able to arrest the accused. The accused had even made a futile attempt to sell the car,” the officer added.

Bharath Pradhan, Deeman Shankar Das and his cousin Aroop; Rinson’s Renault Lodgy that the accused killed him for

362 Proof of Crime Patrol true stories ::: Terrified India Part 1 – Surat, Kathua & Unnao child rape & murder horror of India; First they rape the girl, then they kill her father

New Nirbhayas

Establishment’s callousness towards rape victims feeds cycles of outrage

It’s just as well that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lent his voice to growing outrage across the country at the horrendous violence against girls in Kathua and Unnao. His promise that justice will be delivered should be followed by stringent action against all criminals involved, including those responsible for obstructing justice – else the government’s ‘beti bachao’ slogan will ring utterly hollow. Public outrage at the crimes in Kathua and Unnao resembles the one that erupted after the 2012 Nirbhaya case, which was supposed to have been followed by course correction in the justice system. Clearly, that hope stands dispelled today.

The Unnao rape survivor faced more trauma after her father’s death in custody, her family’s exodus from their native village, and the UP police’s failure to arrest the accused BJP MLA until the Allahabad high court and CBI stepped in. In Kathua, J&K crime branch was hampered by raging protests by a Hindu Ekta Dal aided by local politicians. Both cases reflect political pressures that disrupt criminal investigations. The Nirbhaya protests were followed by a sweeping legislative response through amending rape laws. A similar trajectory is playing out again with ministers demanding death penalty for child rapists, a dangerous move giving perverse incentive to murder victims.

Parliament and assemblies have legislated for decades, but enough laws already exist to prosecute heinous crimes. The failure lies elsewhere: in registering crimes, launching serious prosecutions and delivering convictions. A related problem is political interference. Legislative changes at this point would be just a ploy by the political class to deflect public outrage. Meanwhile, police reforms enjoined by the Supreme Court have been hanging fire for more than a decade. Insulating police from political controls that influence promotions and transfers, recruiting more women cops and deploying them in special cells that investigate sexual offences, protecting witnesses, and improving forensic techniques are just some systemic reforms that are needed.

Alongside, governments must identify sexual predators among elected representatives and fast-track their cases. Being hard on one’s own sends a clear message down the line. A 2017 ADR study of 4,852 election affidavits found that three MPs and 48 MLAs faced cases of crimes against women. Further, recognised parties gave tickets to 334 such candidates instead of shunning them. If political parties’ professions following Kathua and Unnao are genuine, they could start by cleaning up their own backyards.

RAPE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST BJP MLA

Victim’s father dies while in custody, 6 cops suspended

The woman blamed Kuldeep Singh Sengar for the death, while he refuted allegations, calling the complainant ‘low- class’

#UNNAO

The father of an 18-year-old woman, who had alleged rape by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his brothers, died in custody here on Monday, prompting her to put the blame on the lawmaker, who rejected the charge as a conspiracy and said the complainant was “low class.” The woman’s father was allegedly roughed up by the accused MLA’s brother and accomplices a few days back and sustained multiple injuries.

The alleged victim’s father, aged around 50, was rushed to a hospital from the district jail on Sunday and died during treatment today. He was arrested on April 5 under the Arms Act, police officials said. The news of his death spread like wildfire with opposition parties slamming the BJP government even as Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath promised action against the guilty.

“The incident is unfortunate. The additional DGP, Lucknow, has been asked to give his report and probe the matter, and if any policeman is found guilty, action will be taken. None will be spared,” Adityanath said.

District magistrate Ravi Kumar NG said the postmortem examination of the victim would be conducted by a panel of doctors to ascertain the exact cause of death.

The victim, however, claimed her family had received threats in the past and accused the MLA.

“(He was) killed at the behest of the BJP MLA. inside the jail. We were getting threats and they killed my father,” she added while speaking to reporters.

SP of Unnao, Pushpanjali said four accused six policemen, including SHO Makhi Ashok Kumar Singh, outpost incharge and four beat constables have been suspended.

UP DGP O P Singh said a Lucknow Police team had been constituted to probe the entire matter.

The woman had on Sunday tried to immolate herself near Adityanath’s residence in Lucknow, alleging rape by the BJP MLA and his brothers. The immolation bid was, however, foiled by the police. She had alleged that the Unnao police had not registered a case against the BJP MLA despite her complaint and no action was taken, police said.

Attacking the government, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said in a tweet, “In UP, a girl, going for coaching classes is being shot dead…Another girl accusing BJP MLA of gangrape tried to immolate herself in front of CM’s residence . Is this fear of government of ‘encounter’ that instead of criminals, woman are getting terrified?(sic)”

Congress spokesman Dwijendra Tripathi said, “The death inside a jail is mysterious. Had the government and the administration not worked under the pressure of the BJP MLA, the death could have been avoided. We demand a high-level probe.”

Sengar maintained the allegations against him were part of a conspiracy. “They belong to a low status family (‘nimn star ke log hain’). This is a conspiracy by my opponents. If I am found guilty in the probe, I am ready to face punishment,” he said. PTI

The victim tried to immolate herself in front of CM Yogi Adityanath’s residence on Sunday, but was foiled by cops; inset: Kuldeep Singh Sengar

Minor’s rape and murder in Surat

11 days on, cops don’t even know victim’s name

The girl’s body was found in Surat’s Bhestan area close to the highway on April 5, and the postmortem revealed the victim was kept confined for four to five days and was sexually assaulted. The body bore 76 injury marks, and the torso, back, limbs, and private parts were covered in wounds.

The incident has added to nationwide outrage in the wake of minor girls’ rapes in Unnao and Kathua. While the Surat Police have announced a reward of Rs 20,000 for information on the girl or her family, a local developer, Tushar Ghelani, said he’ll pay Rs 5 lakh to anyone providing information regarding the victim. The police have put up1,200 posters in Surat and another 1,000 banners in North Gujarat seeking information about the victim, and as many as 20 teams of Gujarat Police are investigating the case.

The Surat police commissioner, Satish Sharma, said his teams conducted door-to-door checks in the 4-km radius from where the body was found. “CCTV footages of the surrounding areas have also been collected and is being examined. There are indications that the actual crime was committed at another location and the body was disposed of at a different location. We are also examining the possibility of the crime having been committed outside Surat. Data of 8,000 missing girls in Gujarat, Rajasthan and Maharashtra has already been scanned but it has not revealed any clue about the identity of the victim,” Sharma said.

He said the victim could be from Orissa or its neighbouring states. “Photographs of the victim have been sent to the police in Orissa, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and other states,” Sharma said.

“Primary report of the post-mortem indicates that there were 76 injuries on the body, and she was subjected to sexual assault over a period of four to five days,”he said.

The Surat Crime Branch ACP, RR Sarvaiya, added that the nature of the injuries indicated the victim may have been beaten up using wooden sticks, broken glass, and iron rods. Minister of State for Home, Gujarat, Pradipsinh Jadeja, said help from the Centre will also be sought.

Columnist, writer, and art curator Anupa Mehta said Surat assault, which comes in the wake of the Kathua and Unnao rapes, was another red light indicating the Indian society was “in a state of absolute disrepair”. There is no place left for basic human values, leave alone ideals and hopes. Power brokers are clearly so powerless that they need to snuff out helpless young lives in order to draw attention to themselves through misdemeanours that go beyond mere crime. An analysis of India over the past few years may indicate just how fragmented and polarised we have become as a society,” Mehta said.

The leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly, Paresh Dhanani, slammed the state government over increasing number of rapes and diminishing gender ratio in Gujarat. “In 2011, the sex ratio was 919 females to 1,000 males which has reduced to mere 854 females in 2017. It seems that daughters are scared of coming out of the womb in Gujarat,” he said.

Political activist Hardik Patel said that the Surat incident further highlighted the deteriorating law and order in Gujarat. “This is the actual reflection of the Gujarat Model. The police and the government have become helpless and the public needs to come out for justice,” he said.

Protest in Surat yesterday over an 11-year-old girl’s rape and murder on April 5

Asifa’s family to move SC for trial outside J&K

Farooq Abdullah bats for bill to award capital punishment to rapists of minors

#SRINAGAR

Deepika Rajawat, the counsel of the family of eight-year-old Asifa, who was raped and murdered in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua district plans to move the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking the transfer of the case outside the state, sources said.

The plea comes amid alleged political interference in the case and protests in favour of the rape accused.

Lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat along with the tribal activist Talib Hussain, who is spearheading the movement for justice for Asifa, are camping in Delhi, and meeting senior lawyers of Supreme Court regarding the case.

“We are apprehensive that the trial will not happen peacefully, seeing the condition in Jammu… Seeing that lawyers opposed it in Kathua and did not let the chargesheet proceed,” a source close to the family said.

The massive outcry over the horrific rape of the child sent political tremors in the state, as two BJP lawmakers in the Mehbooba Mufti government – Chaudhary Lal Singh and Chander Prakash Ganga -were forced to resign from their posts for attending a rally that was organised in support of the rape accused. Their resignations were accepted by Mufti on Sunday, who forwarded it to the state Governor.

‘Resigned on moral grounds’

Chaudhary Lal Singh reportedly claimed that they had attended the rally on the orders of BJP state president Sat Sharma to diffuse tension during the public gathering.

“I gave resignation on moral values. If someone is hurt because of me, I have no right to remain in that post, that is why I resigned. I also said that one must live by their conscience, and my conscience did not approve that violence and riots are caused just for the resignation of two ministers,” Singh told the media.

Singh also upheld demands for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)-led enquiry, contending that it would give clarity to all.

Farooq Abdullah demands law for death to rapists of minors

Opposition National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday demanded a special session of the J&K Legislative Assembly to bring in a bill to award capital punishment to those who rape minors.

“Capital punishment must be brought in for such cases,” Abdullah told reporters.

“She (Asifa) is just like my daughter. Thank God, the nation has woken up and they have taken it very seriously. I hope justice will be done and we will bring a bill in the Assembly session wherein (if) any such incident takes place, the hanging must be brought in,” he said.

Abdullah was speaking to reporters after chairing a meeting of NC’s provincial committee for Kashmir province at the party headquarters in Nawa-e-Subha.

As thousands came together to stand in solidarity with the families of the Kathua and Unnao victims, the demand for a severe punishment for the violators of the child and the girl reverberated across the nation. Massive protests were registered in various cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad among others

‘Sengar’s goons are threatening villagers’

#UNNAO

Family of the 17-year-old rape victim on Sunday alleged that “goons” of accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar were threatening villagers to keep quiet in the case.

“Yesterday, they went there in two cars and threatened them to keep quiet and cut ties with me or be prepared to be ousted from the village. Two people are already missing,” said the uncle of the victim.

On Friday, the CBI arrested Sengar for allegedly raping the teen in June last year. ANI

Bar Council to send panel to Kathua

#NEW DELHI

A five-member committee of the Bar Council of India (BCI) will visit Kathua and submit a factual report on the case.

The panel will visit the state and reach out to the bar associations of Jammu and Kathua and also meet the affected families to figure out what actually transpired, BCI chief Mishra said.

“I was given full assurance of an immediate end to the lawyers’ strike,” he said adding that the BCI was told that the protests were not to defend the accused but were instead focused against certain laws passed by the state.

Rape allegations against Unnao MLA

 SIT to probe charges, death of girl’s father

In apparent damage control, cops arrest Kuldeep Singh Senger’s brother

#LUCKNOW

A day after the father of the girl, who had accused BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Senger and his brothers of raping her, died in police custody, the Uttar Pradesh police set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to look into the allegations and custodial death.

The development comes on a day the MLA’s brother, Atul Singh Sengar, was arrested in Unnao.

Additional Director General (ADG, law and order) Anand Kumar said that the SIT, which will be headed by the SP, Crime, of Lucknow, will look “into the entire gamut of allegations… from the beginning of the issue in June last year (which is when the 18-year-old first complained of rape by Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh)”.

Sources said that embarrassed by the developments, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has rolled out a damage control action plan, which include ordering the SIT probe, arrest of the BJP legislator’s brother and a parallel magisterial inquiry.

Apart from Atul Singh, police have arrested four of his aides — Baua, Vineet, Shailu and Sonu. Six policemen, including station house officer of Makhi, have been also suspended.

“Atul Singh was arrested over charges of beating the girl’s father to death in police custody. The arrest was made in Kanpur based on the orders of Director General of Police OP Singh,” an officer said.

The girl’s father was being forced to withdraw the case against the MLA. Upon refusal, he was picked up by the police late on Sunday and was allegedly roughed up in custody by Atul Singh and his aides.

He was taken to the district hospital with 18 wounds and gashes, abdominal pain and vomiting. He died soon after. The rape survivor had tried to immolate herself in front of the Uttar Pradesh CM’s residence on Sunday.

The incident triggered a political storm and public outrage in the state. A magisterial probe has also been ordered by the district administration.

Adityanath has also asked Additional Director General of Police Rajeev Krishna to investigate the matter and has promised stern action against all perpetrators. He said no one, however mighty, will be spared.

Kuldeep Singh had earlier trashed the allegations as a “conspiracy” hatched by his opponents. He had also dismissed the complainant as belonging to “low status”. AGENCIES

BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Senger and his brothers allegedly raped the 18-year-old last year

Kathua minor’s rape-murder was over cow slaughter, say J&K cops

New Delhi: The J&K Police chargesheet in the Kathua rape and murder of a minor girl has said that the mastermind instigated his juvenile nephew and six others to execute the ghastly act to drive out the nomadic Muslim community of Bakarwals from Hiranagar tehsil.

Bakarwals, a tribe that moves through seasons in the Pir Panjal range of J&K, are mainly shepherds.

The chargesheet submitted to the chief judicial magistrate, Kathua, late on Monday night said Sanji Ram, the mastermind, was “against the settlement” of Bakarwals in the tehsil, and had been “motivating” members of the Hindu community of the area to not provide them land for grazing. His co-conspirators were also “against the settlement of Bakarwals in the area” and had asked him to “chalk out a strategy for dislodging” them.

The “general impression” among the Hindu community in the tehsil was that “Bakarwals indulge in cow slaughter” and “drug trafficking” which was “turning their children into drug addicts”, the chargesheet said, adding that as a result, Hindus had been “blaming the Bakarwals on one pretext or the other and used to threaten them”.

This rivalry between the two communities in the area has resulted into registration of FIRs and counter-FIRs at various police stations of the area, the chargesheet said.

According to the crime branch investigation, the minor was held captive in a temple, using sedatives, gangraped several times through the week and even before she was killed. The eight-year-old was gang-raped also after the mastermind “performed rituals” in the place of worship.

The crime has triggered communal tension in the state, with many lawyers in the Hindu-dominated Jammu region protesting against police and demanding a CBI investigation. Two of the BJP leaders have also supported the lawyers.

2 sex workers ‘jump’ to death during raid

Mumbai: A police raid in a Grant Road building resulted in the death of two commercial sex workers aged 30 and 50 on Tuesday night. It still not clear whether the two women jumped or fell to their death from the third floor of the building after the police team landed there. The building is located merely 50 metres from D B Marg police station.

An accidental death case has been registered and the cops have begun a probe. The deceased were originally from West Bengal.

“Residents of this area had carried out a candle march last month to protest against prostitution. Police had immediately shut down places which allegedly ran prostitution rackets. Since then, police teams have been visiting various premises to find out if they have reopened. Tuesday night’s raid was part of the routine check. Two contables entered Om Niwas building to find three women and four men there. After making inquiries, the team returned to the police station,” said a police officer.

No woman constable was part of the team though. “Around 20 minutes after the police team returned from the building, a woman ran inside the police station and said that she had seen two injured women in the house galli—a narrow wedge between two buildings used as a passage for drainage—behind Om Niwas. A police team arrived and rushed the two women to J J Hospital where the older woman was declared brought dead,” said the officer. The other woman died during treatment between 1am and 2am. They had moved into the building three months back.

“Generally commercial sex workers flee or try to hide during police raids. They are also known to create cavities to hide. No such cavity was found in the rooms occupied by these two women. Sex workers also flee from house gallis which have narrow stairs or they simply climb down using pipes,” added an officer.

The officer said the department will henceforth be careful during raids to avoid such tragedies.

Unnao cops did nothing as MLA’s brother beat me’

Rape Survivor’s Dad Said In Video Days Before Death

Unnao: Days before his death, the father of the Unnao rape survivor named BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s brother as his attacker in a video and revealed that police were present at the time of the assault but remained mute spectators.

The rape survivor, who has alleged that Sengar had raped her along with his associates in June last year, had tried to immolate herself in front of the UP CM’s residence on Sunday.

A day later, her father died of septicaemia in judicial custody and the autopsy revealed 18 injuries on his body.

Police sources said the video was recorded by a local journalist at the Ujjain district hospital on April 3, the day Devender (name changed to protect the rape survivor’s identity) was attacked in his house by Sengar’s brother Atul and his associates.

Unnao rape: UP to finally lodge FIR against BJP MLA

State Likely To Seek CBI Investigation

Lucknow: The UP government on Wednesday decided to lodge an FIR against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in connection with the rape of an Unnao teenager and refer it for a probe by the CBI. The government also decided to recommend a CBI probe into the alleged murder of the rape survivor’s father in judicial custody.

The government decision for a CBI probe came just after Sengar made an appearance at the official residence of Lucknow police chief to announce that he had no role in the rape of the teenager and death of her father.

The government also announced suspension of two senior doctors of Unnao distric hospital. It also annonced disciplinary action against three other doctors of the jail department for dereliction of duty and negligence in attending to the rape survivor’s father, who died on Tuesday.

Principal secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said the decision was taken on the basis of the interim report submitted by the additional director general (ADG), Lucknow Zone, Rajeev Krishna on Wednesday. Krishna was heading the SIT to probe the allegations against the MLA and his brother. Action against the doctors was initiated on the basis of separate inquiry reports submitted by deputy inspector general (DIG-Prisons), Love Kumar and Unnao DM on the role of jail administration and doctors who attended to the rape survivor’s father before he was sent to jail in connection with a case of assault.

Just before the probe report was made public, Sengar trashed speculations that he had come to surrender. He said reports that he had gone into hiding was doing the rounds and he had come there to assure the SSP that he was very much present.

On tape, MLA heard seeking truce with rape survivor’s uncle

Unnao: The SIT constituted to probe the rape charges against BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar has seized an audio clip in which the legislator is allegedly asking the survivor’s uncle to settle their differences. SIT chief Rajeev Krishna said the police have accessed all material, including the audio clips, and are analysing them. The clip begins with Sengar’s question: “What are you doing these days? Why are you getting pamphlets published against me? It’s been running for more than six months.”

“I have not got them printed,” the girl’s uncle is heard saying. The MLA is then heard asking the man if he considers himself as a younger brother or not.

“Yes I am. I received the pamphlet on WhatsApp. But I am not some Hanuman that I can tear myself apart and prove it,” the uncle says. The two men then discuss the criminal FIRs, while accusing each other of registering them on “manufactured” complaints. The girl’s uncle repeatedly refers the legislator as “daddu”. “I have stayed hungry to serve you. I have followed your instructions,” the uncle says.

The MLA then appeals to the girl’s uncle to end their differences and move forward. He says that he would ask his younger brother Atul to apologise to the girl’s uncle. “Ab humari tumhari baat hui, koi beech mai nahi rahega. Atul tumhare sage hain. Maine kaha Atul tumhare samne galti mangenge aur humare tumhare parivar ek hoke rahenge (Our families will live like one and my brother will apologise to you),” the MLA says.

He then offers to call their family over tea. The phone call then ends.

What action taken so far, HC asks UP govt

Allahabad high court on Wednesday sought from the Uttar Pradesh government details of the action taken in the Unnao gang rape case. Taking cognizance of a letter presented in the court by senior lawyer Gopal Swaroop Chaturvedi who asked for a court-monitored probe, the HC slated the matter for hearing on Thursday. . “What is disturbing, as submitted by Chaturvedi, is that the father of the prosecutrix, for no reason, came to be arrested and was in custody, where, we are informed, he was mercilessly beaten and he succumbed to the injuries… We fail to understand why the investigating agency, instead of arresting the accused persons, arrested the complainant, in connection with this case,” the court observed. TNN

MLA’s wife seeks narco test on hubby, rape survivor

Lucknow: BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar’s wife Sangeeta on Wednesday demanded a narco test on her husband and the teenaged Unnao rape survivor to “bring out the truth in the case”. She defended her husband and claimed that he was innocent.

Sangeeta, who is head of Unnao zila panchayat, met DGP OP Singh in Lucknow and pleaded with him for the narco tests. She was accompanied by BJP MLA Shailesh Singh ‘Shailu’.

Talking to reporters after meeting the DGP, she refuted allegations that her husband and his aides had assaulted the rape survivor’s father which led to his death.

“We are devastated and feel embarrassed in facing the society because the media has portrayed my husband as a rape accused. My children are in a state of trauma,” she said.

“Police must conduct a fair probe. There is no truth in rape charges,” Sengar added.

Later, talking to TOI, she ruled out any negotiations with the rape survivor’s family who live near her house in Unnao. “There is no point in talking to the girl or her family as they have accused us in the case. We thought that we belong to the same village and share a bond, but they think otherwise,” she added.

I am sad at the death of the girl’s father. There should be a fair investigation into the entire incident,” she said.

Asked about the whereabouts of her husband who is reportedly untraceable, Sangeeta said, “He was with me in the morning, but I don’t where he is now. I don’t know if he is hiding from media.”

Sangeeta Sengar

MLA to be booked, UP seeks CBI probe

The UP government, late on Wednesday night, decided to lodge an FIR against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in the rape case. It also decided to recommend a CBI probe into the alleged murder of the rape survivor’s father. The decision came just after Sengar made a dramatic appearance at the Lucknow police chief’s residence to announce he had no role in the rape of the teen or death of her father. P 7

Police didn’t help me, says dad on video

Police brought Devender to the hospital and a day later, he was arrested and sent to jail for the brawl. Though Devender had also filed an FIR against Atul, the latter was arrested only on Tuesday. “ The MLA’s brother thrashed me. They kept on beating me up, but police did not stop them,” Devender said on tape. When asked to name the person who thrashed him, he said, “Kuldip’s brother Atul.” When the local reporter asks him what triggered the fight, Devender says, “They had abducted my daughter.” He said his attackers had come armed to his house. “One of them was armed with a rifle. The goons had a gun also. Police stayed a spectator,” he is heard saying in the video.

Won’t give up the good fight’

Lawyer trying to get Kathua rape and murder victim justice says she is being pressured by senior lawyer to drop case

IN SRINAGAR

Deepika Thusoo Singh feels like she is waging a lonely battle. The advocate trying to get a semblance of justice to eight-year-old Asifa, whose rape in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir in January sparked an outrage across the country, says she is facing threats from members of the fraternity.

She said she has been “harassed” by a senior Jammu Bar Association member into dropping the case. “They are trying to pressure me so that I don’t get Asifa justice. But such threats will not sway me. I will continue to fight her case. I have full faith in the crime branch’s investigation.”

The senior lawyer has allegedly warned her that he “knows the means of stopping her”.

Singh says she wrote to the chief justice of the Jammu High Court immediately after receiving the threat, following which she was given a police security cover.

A large clutch of lawyers is seen as being supportive of the culprits. On Tuesday, an FIR was filed against some who tried to prevent the filing of the chargesheet.

Ineffective shutdown

The strike called in Jammu by the Kathua Bar Association and the Jammu Bar Association against the state police crime branch and over various issues, including the demand for a CBI probe in the Asifa case, didn’t affect the conduct of business. Although some markets were closed, most shops stayed open. Most educational institutions also operated as usual, and public transport was not affected.

Protests were held in many parts of the Valley, demanding stringent punishment for the culprits. Besides Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), a numbers of civil society groups and students hit the streets demanding fair proceedings.

Blame game

With the case taking on communal hues — the Bakherwals are a minority group and the culprits have known associations with a rightwing group — political parties in the state have begun a tussle.

While some political groups want an investigation by the CBI, others have been quick to rise to the accused’s defence. Some others have questioned the settlement of “outsiders” Gujjars and Bhakerwals in Kathua. The matter escalated after two BJP ministers, Chander Parkash Ganga and Minister Lal Singh, protested the arrests. Forest Minister Lal Singh wants the CBI’s involvement. BJP spokesperson Virender Gupta asked for strict punishment for the culprits.

The National Conference demanded the trial to be shifted to a court outside of Kathua, given local lawyers’ open support of the accused. “The government will have to prove that it is not shielding culprits,” party general secretary Ali Muhammad Sagar said.

EDITOR’S NOTE We avoid running gruesome pictures of bodies as an editorial policy, mainly to protect the dignity of the deceased and to not disturb our readers. But the brutal gang rape of Asifa, the 8-year-old daughter of a nomadic herdsman in Kathua, her subsequent murder, the shameful defence of her killers by lawyers who obstructed the police, and the silence of powerful politicians has forced a rethink in our newsroom. The complicity of adults did this to Asifa. The least we can do is not look the other way.

Lawyer Deepika Thusoo Singh

HOW WAS IT EXECUTED?

KEPT DRUGGED, GANG-RAPED REPEATEDLY

Even moments before being bludgeoned to death, Asifa was raped. Chargesheet reveals sordid details and attempts of a cover-up

JAN 4

Sanji Ram convinces juvenile to join his, Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar’s plan of dislodging Bakherwals

JAN 7

Deepak Khajuria and friend Vikram buy a strip of 10 sedatives; Sanji Ram tells the juvenile to kidnap Asifa

JAN 8

Juvenile is promised help to pass exam; he shares the plan with a close friend

JAN 9

He buys some sedatives

JAN 10

Juvenile offers to help Asifa find her horse, which had wandered off while grazing. He leads her to the jungle; she tries to flee, but is overpowered by juvenile and Parvesh Kumar. Juvenile sedates and rapes her. She is left under a table in the devisthan

JAN 11

• Juvenile calls up cousin Vishal Jangotra, asks if he wants to “satisfy his lust”

• Parents make enquiries about missing Asifa at devisthan. Sanji Ram downplays the disappearance

• Around noon, Deepak Khajuria and juvenile drug Asifa again

JAN 12

Girl is sedated again. Police search begins. Deepak Khajuria part of the team that visits Sanji Ram’s house. Ram offers a deal. Head constable Tilak Raj tells him payments have to be made to SI Anand Dutta

• Tilak Raj is paid Rs 1.5 lakh through juvenile’s mother

JAN 13

Vishal Jangotra, Sanji Ram, juvenile perform rituals at devisthan, and Jangotra and juvenikle take turns raping her. Asifa is sedated again

• Asifa is taken to a culvert to be killed; Deepak Khajuria says he wants to rape her first. Khajuria and juvenile strangle and bludgeon her to death

JAN 15

They dump the body in the jungle

JAN 17

The body is discovered from the Rassana forest

Unnao rape case

‘Don’t brand my husband a rapist’

Accused MLA’s wife meets UP DGP, seeks narco test, CBI probe

#LUCKNOW

Two days after the father of a woman, who alleged rape by a BJP MLA, died in custody in Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh, the politician’s wife defended him and demanded a narco test on her husband and the survivor.

The 18-year-old woman, who had tried to kill herself outside Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s house, on the other hand alleged that she had been confined to a hotel room by the district administration.

Meanwhile, wife of MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, after meeting DGP OP Singh, said that there was a political conspiracy against her family. “We demand that a narco test be conducted on my husband and the girl as well as her uncle. We have full sympathy with the girl, as her modesty was outraged… But there are political reasons behind this and my husband has been made a pawn,” Sangeeta Sengar said.

“My husband is innocent, and it is my request that he should not be called a rapist,” she said, adding, her daughters were unable to concentrate on their studies due to the incident.

‘No phone, water or TV.

Can’t even go outside’

The victim claimed that the district administration in Unnao had virtually confined her to a hotel room “without a phone or water and guards at every corner”.

“I can’t charge my mobile, there is no TV, no water. We are told we can’t go outside,” the girl told a TV news channel.

“There are guards at every corner. When we ask them for help, they say it isn’t their job,” the girl said.

SIT visits Makhi village in Unnao

A Special Investigation Team headed by Additional Director General of Police (Lucknow) visited Makhi village of the rape victim to submit a report to the CM.

“The SIT team will probe on all the aspects of the case and act accordingly. Security has been provided to the victim’s family,” ADGP (Lucknow zone) Rajiv Krishna said.

SC to hear plea seeking CBI probe

The Supreme Court said it will hear next week the plea for a CBI probe into the case. PTI

Behind every accused…

Two years ago, when BJP leader Dayashankar Singh found himself in the midst of a PR disaster after badmouthing Mayawati, the party sacked him but made sure his wife gave the right statements in the media. Swati is now an MLA from Lucknow.

On Wednesday, BJP stuck to this time-tested formula and sent a tearful Sangeeta Sengar to counter the visage of her husband’s smug mug. A haggard-looking Sangeeta was seen beseeching the media to stop branding her ‘pawn in a political game’ husband a rapist. Party sources expressed shock especially because this wasn’t Sengar’s first brush with crime. “When Sengar was an SP MLA, then CM Akhilesh Yadav had to make sure that a case was registered against him,” pointed out a BJP leader.

Another girl-child held captive, raped, killed — this one in Surat

86 Injury Marks On Unidentified Victim’s Body

Surat: Amid nationwide outrage over the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old

in Kathua, Surat police told TOI on Sunday that an 11-year-old, whose body was found about 10 days ago, had been raped, tortured and strangled to death. There were at least 86 injury marks on her body.

There were severe injuries to the girl’s private parts caused by a blunt object, according to the autopsy report. It seems she was confined, raped and brutally tortured before being killed, cops said.

Police are yet to make any headway on the girl’s identity or the perpetrators of the ghastly crime.

We have failed her’

Laments Union Minister VK Singh even as he promises justice to Asifa, the eight-year-old victim of rape and murder in Kathua. J&K Chief Minister vows that law will not be obstructed

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Amid mounting outrage over the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua, Union Minister VK Singh perhaps best summed up the mood of shame and mortification when he said, “We have failed Ashifa as humans”.

Singh, who belongs to the ruling BJP and had earlier served as the Army chief, took to Twitter to express his exasperation, but at the same time, he insisted that the girl will get justice. “We have failed Ashifa as humans. But she will not be denied justice. #PunishTheSavages #RapeAndMurderOfHumanity #Kathua #JusticeForAshifa #GenerallySaying,” the minister tweeted.

Singh’s condemnation of the crime came on a day Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti promised that there will be no obstruction of justice while the Congress targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his “silence” over the issue.

“The law will not be obstructed by the irresponsible actions and statements of a group of people. Proper procedures are being followed, investigations are on fast track and justice will be delivered,” the Chief Minister said.

Her tweet follows protest by the Jammu Bar Association against the handling of the case by the Jammu and Kashmir Crime Branch and demand for a CBI probe into it. The lawyers have been accused of trying to prevent the police from filing the chargesheet in the case.

Eight persons — mastermind Sanji Ram, 60, a former revenue official; his nephew, a juvenile; son Vishal Jangotra, pursuing a BSc in Agriculture a Mirapur, UP, college; special police officers (SPOs) Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Kumar; Ram’s friend Parvesh Kumar; as well as head constable Tilak Raj and sub-inspector Anand Dutta, who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Ram to destroy crucial evidence — have been arrested in the case.

They have been charged with abduction, rape and murder of Asifa Bano, a girl from the ‘Bakerwal’ (nomadic) community, in Kathua’s Rassana village in January. The chargesheet has thrown up sordid details like how she was confined in a temple, sedated and repeatedly raped. The crime was allegedly a carefully planned plot to drive out the minority momadic community from the region.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi asked “how could anyone protect the culprits” and deplored letting politics interfere in such “unimaginable brutality”. “How can anyone protect the culprits of such evil? What happened to Asifa at Kathua is a crime against humanity. It cannot go unpunished,” he tweeted.

Congress leader Kapil Sibal attacked Modi on his silence over the issue and said he should speak up over violence against women in states where the BJP is in power. “Prime Minister is silent over the incidents of rape in Unnao (in Uttar Pradesh) and Kathua,” Sibal said.

Family has abandoned home

Family members of Asifa have abandoned their home in Rassana village out of fear. Police sources told Mirror that the victim’s father Muhammad Yusuf Pujwala, along with his wife, two children and livestock, left their house without telling anyone. They have reportedly shifted to the house of Pujwala’s brother in Samba district. AGENCIES

A woman protests against the Kathua and Unnao rapes in New Delhi

Suspects were at crime scene on crucial dates

The crime branch is said to have established through call data records that the main culprits were around the scene of crime on crucial dates following the girl’s disappearance.

“Call data records show that SPO Deepak Khajuria was in constant touch with Surinder Kumar, an SPO at Hiranagar police station since the date of the victim’s abduction,” said an official.

The crime branch also revealed that it recorded the statements of 22 witnesses before a judicial magistrate (under Section 164 of CrPC) to counter any hostility during the trial. Statements recorded under oath, before a magistrate, are admissible as evidence. ANIL RAINA

Unnao rape

BJP MLA booked, state govt hands over probe to CBI

Principal secy (home) says CBI to take a call on arrest of legislator

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The UP police on Thursday registered an FIR against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar for allegedly gang-raping a minor girl with his aides in Unnao last June, hours after the state government declared that it would hand the probe over to CBI.

Till the agency takes over, the local police would continue with the probe, but a decision on whether the MLA would be arrested would be taken by the CBI, Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said.

Earlier in the day, the Unnao police, facing heat for its shoddy handling of the case and the recent custodial death of the victim’s father, registered a case against Sengar under various sections of the IPC and provisions of the POCSO Act in the Makhi police station area.

Arrest him immediately: Victim

On Thursday, the 17-year-old victim demanded the immediate arrest of the MLA, saying that the CBI probe could be conducted later. “We have no objection to the inquiry but he should be arrested first-…why is he being shielded,” she said. “If he is allowed to remain out he will not leave my uncle… Even earlier, he had hatched conspiracies against my kin.” PTI

Will you arrest the MLA? HC asks UP govt

The Allahabad High Court came down heavily on the UP government on Thursday on the Unnao rape, asking whether it proposes to arrest accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar.

A bench of Chief Justice DB Bhosale and Justice Suneet Kumar, taking cognisance of the gangrape case on a letter to the court by senior lawyer Gopal Swaroop Chaturvedi, will pronounce its order today.

The court referred to the SIT report and said, “In spite of the SIT report, you are repeating that we can only take any action after further investigation, if this is the conduct of the police in state, whom will a victim approach to register a complaint?”

Unnao gang-rape survivor’s father dies in police custody

Lucknow/Unnao: A day after a 20-year-old girl tried to immolate herself near UP CM’s residence accusing BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his aides of gang rape, her father died in mysterious circumstances at a hospital in Unnao early Monday morning. The girl’s father was in judicial custody after his arrest for a brawl with Sengar’s supporters last week.

The Unnao administration swung into action after Devender’s (name changed to protect the rape survivor’s identity) death. It arrested four persons and suspended six cops, including the Makhi police station in-charge.

Later in the evening, Sengar arrived at the secretariat to offer his explanation to the chief minister , but reportedly could not meet him.

The home department said the girl had not named the MLA in her first complaint, lodged after the alleged crime in June last year.

Yogi said ADG (Lucknow) has been asked to conduct a probe and bring the guilty to book, “no matter howsoever powerful that person is”.

According to reports, on April 3, some miscreants barged into Devender’s house and bashed him brutally in front of his wife and daughter.

‘Father was killed as I did not withdraw rape plaint’

The family reached Makhi police station to lodge an FIR against Sengar’s younger brother Atul and other aides. Devender alleged that Atul led the group and asked his accomplices to attack the family.

An FIR was lodged on April 4 against the assailants but Atul’s name didn’t figure in it. On the other hand, Makhi police booked Devender under IPC sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) and also pressed Arms Act against him after registering a counter-FIR on the same day.

Devender was arrested and the court sent him to 14-day judicial remand after police argued that he was a listed criminal. After a medical check-up at the district hospital, he was sent to Unnao prison around 7.30 pm on April 4. Devender was shifted from the prison to the district hospital on Sunday evening after he complained of stomach ache. He died in the hospital around 3.30am on Monday. The exact cause for his death would be known after an autopsy on Monday night or Tuesday morning.

The rape survivor alleged on Monday that Sengar had got her father killed since she was not willing to withdraw the gang-rape complaint against him. “Since Unnao police refused to act against Sengar, his brothers and goons, we were forced to move court to get an FIR registered. He organised the attack on my father when he refused to withdraw the complaint,” she said.

On the delay in lodging an FIR against Sengar, she said the MLA had threatened to get the entire family killed. “I had met the chief minister on August 17 last year and told him about my ordeal. I was assured of help but this is what happened in the end,” she told mediapersons. DGP OP Singh said policemen had been suspended for negligence and for not taking action against both the groups soon after the April 3 clash.

Not just me, the nation lost a daughter’

Udhampur: At a place called Roundomail, some distance away from Udhampur, Amjad Ali squats on the shoulder of a road that goes uphill. He needs to catch his breath.

With about 50 sheep, an equal number of goats, and 15 horses, he has walked a little over 110 km over nine days to reach here from Rasana village in Kathua, the place where

an eight-year-old girl was first gang-raped and then killed. He will reach his destination, Kishtwar, after a month and a half.

Amjad, the parents of the dead girl and 17 others quietly left Rasana last Thursday as the country came face to face with two horrific crimes — one that saw a child murdered and thrown to the wolves in a forest that she often played in, the other that saw a helpless father beaten to death for protesting the violation of his young daughter.

“The pressure was unbearable,” said Amjad, adding: “We were getting threats, told that our cattle and houses would be burned down.”

The parents of the eight-year-old don’t want to return to Kathua

‘In Kathua, nobody is safe anymore’

How can we fight? What are we left with if our goats are killed? We are Bakarwals. This is our livelihood. If they die, we die. We have already lost a child, Amjad Ali said.

The father of the girl, a small, scraggy man with a patchy beard who mostly sat in silence next to an unruly bunch of goats, cleared their house in Rasana of the sparse belongings they had before setting off on this journey. He doesn’t plan to ever return to Kathua. Two other deras (families of sorts) in this group are unsure too.

“What will we return to?” he asked in halting, laboured Hindi. “I have only one hope now. If there is humanity in this country, this case has to be seen with such eyes. It’s not just me that has lost a daughter. Hindustan ki beti bhi thi woh.” Unable to correctly articulate the fact that the case has got so politicised that it couldn’t even come to court without the intervention of the higher judiciary, he said, “Politicians are taking the incident with them.”

This nomadic Bakarwal cluster of about 20, like other such collectives, doesn’t stay in Jammu once high summer approaches. From Anantnag originally, they trek upwards during this time or a bit later. In winter, with fodder for their cattle getting scarce, they come down, making money just once a year — when they sell their sheep and goats for Eid-ul-Zuha. But it’s not just fear for herd or property that is stopping him from thinking of Rasana again. Amjad pointed to a girl, a few years older than the one who was killed. “That is his other daughter. He is worried about her now. He thinks nobody is safe anymore there.”

Amjad, who seemed to be in his early 20s and smiled with what looked like pride when he said he had passed his Class X, hasn’t thought about the coming winter. “We have been in Kathua for so many years,” he said. “I was born there. Initially, when she died, we were in shock and despair but we thought it must be the work of a few wretched individuals. But then the rallies started and there was talk of the accused getting out. That’s when we felt very alone, vulnerable. I don’t feel like seeing Rasana again.”

A candlelight march organised by J&K High Court Bar Association demanding the CBI inquiry into the Kathua rape-murder case

UN: Hope the guilty are brought to justice

Terming as the kathua incident “horrific”, UN chief Antonio Guterres has expressed hope that the authorities will bring perpetrators of the brutal crime to justice. “We hope that the authorities will bring the perpetrators to justice so they can be held accountable for the murder…,” Guterres’ spokesperson Stephane Dujjaric said on Friday. PTI

PDP vows fast-track trial, axes 3 cops in Kathua rape-murder

Reiterates It’ll Bring Law On Rapists Of Kids

Srinagar: Two days after a national outrage against the rape and murder of an eightyear-old girl in Kathua, the J&K government said it would set up a fast-track court to punish the guilty and enact a law with stringent provisions against child rapists.

People’s Democratic Party spokesperson Naeem Akhtar announced this after a 30-minute meeting of party legislators and ministers at the chief minister’s residence.

PDP also thanked people across India for their solidarity with J&K over the crime, indicating that the outrage may help mend ties between the Kashmir Valley and rest of the nation. The outrage came against the backdrop of the lament in the Valley about the country’s perceived indifference towards allegations of excesses of security forces.

Mufti lauds Jammu for seeking justice for victim, sacks 3 cops

Political observers felt that while the hope that there could be sympathy for those who get hurt pelting stones at security forces will be unrealistic, falling into the category of “irrational exuberance”, the bond forged over Kathua tragedy may give a crucial opening to those who are working for reconciliation.

Law minister Abdul Haq Khan, who also attended the meeting, told TOI that “going for a fast track court to dispose of the Kathua case is a commitment of the chief minister”. Official sources said that once the fast track court is set up, the trial is likely to be completed in 90 days.

In another development, the Mehbooba government terminated the services of the three policemen who are accused in the case. The government terminated the services of sub-inspector Anand Dutta, head constable Tilak Raj and special police officer Deepak Khajuria, who have been arrested for the crime. While Dutta and Raj are accused of attempting to destroy evidence, the chargesheet says that the mastermind, retired revenue official Sanji Ram, made Khajuria “part of the conspiracy” to abduct, rape and later kill the child. The victim was kept in captivity and raped for seven days in a temple in Rasana village of the Kathua district from January 10 to 17.

Meanwhile, Mehbooba lauded the people of Jammu for ‘dismissing’ communal forces and their ‘unwavering’ support for justice for the eight-year-old girl. “I commend the manner in which the people of Jammu dismissed communal forces and were unwavering in their support for a little girl. It has strengthened my belief that Jammu serves as a model of inclusiveness and together the people of J-K inspire secular unity and righteousness,” Mufti said in a tweet.

In an earlier tweet, the CM expressed satisfaction over the Supreme Court taking cognizance of an alleged attempt by lawyers in Kathua to obstruct the filing of the chargesheet in the case.

“Heartening to see the Supreme Court take cognizance of the attempted obstruction of justice by some lawyers in the brutal Kathua rape and murder case reminding us once again of the greatness of this nation,” she said.

Death penalty proposal being prepared: Maneka

Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Saturday said her department is preparing a proposal for an amendment to the POCSO Act to provide for death sentence for the rape of a minor below the age of 12 years, saying tough punishment would act as a strong deterrent. After preparing a Cabinet note in this regard, her department will send it to various ministries for their opinion. “My ministry will seek an amendment to the Act for death penalty to convicts of rape of minors below 12 years,” she said. PTI

PDP vows fast-track trial, axes 3 cops in Kathua rape-murder

Reiterates It’ll Bring Law On Rapists Of Kids

Srinagar: Two days after a national outrage against the rape and murder of an eightyear-old girl in Kathua, the J&K government said it would set up a fast-track court to punish the guilty and enact a law with stringent provisions against child rapists.

People’s Democratic Party spokesperson Naeem Akhtar announced this after a 30-minute meeting of party legislators and ministers at the chief minister’s residence.

PDP also thanked people across India for their solidarity with J&K over the crime, indicating that the outrage may help mend ties between the Kashmir Valley and rest of the nation. The outrage came against the backdrop of the lament in the Valley about the country’s perceived indifference towards allegations of excesses of security forces.

Mufti lauds Jammu for seeking justice for victim, sacks 3 cops

Political observers felt that while the hope that there could be sympathy for those who get hurt pelting stones at security forces will be unrealistic, falling into the category of “irrational exuberance”, the bond forged over Kathua tragedy may give a crucial opening to those who are working for reconciliation.

Law minister Abdul Haq Khan, who also attended the meeting, told TOI that “going for a fast track court to dispose of the Kathua case is a commitment of the chief minister”. Official sources said that once the fast track court is set up, the trial is likely to be completed in 90 days.

In another development, the Mehbooba government terminated the services of the three policemen who are accused in the case. The government terminated the services of sub-inspector Anand Dutta, head constable Tilak Raj and special police officer Deepak Khajuria, who have been arrested for the crime. While Dutta and Raj are accused of attempting to destroy evidence, the chargesheet says that the mastermind, retired revenue official Sanji Ram, made Khajuria “part of the conspiracy” to abduct, rape and later kill the child. The victim was kept in captivity and raped for seven days in a temple in Rasana village of the Kathua district from January 10 to 17.

Meanwhile, Mehbooba lauded the people of Jammu for ‘dismissing’ communal forces and their ‘unwavering’ support for justice for the eight-year-old girl. “I commend the manner in which the people of Jammu dismissed communal forces and were unwavering in their support for a little girl. It has strengthened my belief that Jammu serves as a model of inclusiveness and together the people of J-K inspire secular unity and righteousness,” Mufti said in a tweet.

In an earlier tweet, the CM expressed satisfaction over the Supreme Court taking cognizance of an alleged attempt by lawyers in Kathua to obstruct the filing of the chargesheet in the case.

“Heartening to see the Supreme Court take cognizance of the attempted obstruction of justice by some lawyers in the brutal Kathua rape and murder case reminding us once again of the greatness of this nation,” she said.

Death penalty proposal being prepared: Maneka

Union minister Maneka Gandhi on Saturday said her department is preparing a proposal for an amendment to the POCSO Act to provide for death sentence for the rape of a minor below the age of 12 years, saying tough punishment would act as a strong deterrent. After preparing a Cabinet note in this regard, her department will send it to various ministries for their opinion. “My ministry will seek an amendment to the Act for death penalty to convicts of rape of minors below 12 years,” she said. PTI

49 retired officers write to PM, say govt has not done enough in ‘darkest hour’

In a hard-hitting letter to PM Modi, a group of 49 retired civil servants referred to the Kathua and Unnaon incidents as post-Independence India’s “darkest hour” and wrote, “…we find the response of our government… inadequate and feeble… we hang our heads in shame.” The signatories, including former senior police officers Meera Borwankar and Julio Ribeiro, also wrote, “In both cases, Prime Minister, it is your party in power. Given your supremacy within the party and the centralised control you and your party president exercise, you more than anyone else have to be held responsible for this terrifying state of affairs…” P 10

Cops out to trace Surat girl’s identity

The Surat police on Sunday formed several teams to trace the identity of a girl whose body was dumped after she was raped, torured and killed, and to track down the perpetrators of the crime, following widespread protests by people and civil society groups against “police inaction”. Demanding speedy investigations into the case, Rashtriya Dalit Adhikar Manch, led by Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani, protested in Mehsana town of north Gujarat.

The girl’s body was found under the bushes near a cricket stadium in Pandesara area of Surat on April 6 morning, “We will widen our probe to trace the perpetrators of the crime. All residential colonies and societies near the crime spot would be checked again to get clues. We will scan CCTV footages of nearby places,” Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma told TOI.

The details of the case came to light on Sunday, with Sharma holding a press conference. An FIR has been lodged under Sections 302 (murder), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 376 (rape) of the IPC and under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act against unidentified persons, Sharma said.

The police had printed 1,350 posters of the girl and circulated them on social media and declared a cash reward of Rs 20,000 for anyone helping in identifying the girl or giving information about the perpetrators, Sharma added.

An officer said the girl could have been raped, tortured and killed elsewhere and then dumped in Surat. He said the Surat police were checking with their counterparts in Odisha and West Bengal.

Kathua, Unnao horrors: Nation rallies for justice

Protests against the brutal gangrape-cum-murder of an eight-year-old girl in J&K’s Kathua and the rape of a 16-year-old by a BJP legislator in UP’s Unnao erupted across the country on Sunday. Scores of people hit the streets, condemning the government’s response in both the cases and demanding justice for the hapless girls and their families.

In the country’s commercial capital Mumbai, a large number of people turned up at Carter Road in Bandra to protest against both the cases. Protesters carried placards and shouted slogans seeking justice for the rape victims and harsh punishment for accused people.

“The crowd that gathered here today is scared and worried. People are disappointed with corruption within the police and degrading law and order situation,” said Abha Singh, lawyer and activist.

In Gujarat, the horrors of Kathua and Unnao shook people’s conscience as hundreds thronged the streets on Sunday. Residents of Dhabgarvad locality in Ahmedabad held a protest march at which children displayed placards, expressing outrage over the Kathua rape and murder. A group of young girls sought justice for the Unnao rape survivor as well.

Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti, which is led by Hardik Patel, has joined the protests. Its members held a candlelight march in Nikol area of Ahmedabad. Similar protests were also held in Vadodara, Surat and Junagadh.

Similarly, in the national Capital, hundreds of people gathered at Jantar Mantar on Sunday, under the banner “Not In My Name”. The voices echoed through Parliament Street as one among the many placards said, “Beti ko pehle bachao, phir beti padhao”.

In Chandigarh too, citybased volunteer groups, Bekhauf Azaadi and Not In My Name, along with a group of over 12 senior lawyers, organised a protest.

In Unnao’s home state UP, women gathered at the Mahatma Gandhi statue near Chowki Chauraha in Bareilly, carrying placards. They demanded capital punishment for those guilty.

In Pilibhit, hundreds of women staged protests on Sunday on all major city roads. The agitating women said the way BJP legislator Kuldeep Sengar and his men were being extended political patronage was highly condemnable.

Similar protests were witnessed in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam as well.

UNITED AGAINST BARBARITY: People hold placards as they participate in a protest against the Kathua and Unnao rapes, in Mumbai on Sunday

BCI asks bar bodies to call off strike

New Delhi: The Bar Council of India (BCI) on Sunday asked the Jammu and Kathua bar associations to call off their strike and decided to send a five-member team headed by a former high court chief justice to investigate the alleged incident of misconduct on part of the lawyers there in connection with the Kathua rape-murder case. BCI chairman and senior advocate Manan Kumar Mishra told reporters that if any lawyer is found guilty, then the council will go to the extend of cancelling the legal practise licence. The decision came after its general body meeting which was convened on Sunday. “The BCI has decided to issue a direction and make an appeal to the Jammu High Court Bar Association and the Kathua Bar Association to call off their strike with immediate effect,” Mishra said. AGENCIES

It’s India’s darkest hour, ex-bureaucrats tell PM

49 Former Civil Servants Write To Modi

New Delhi: Amid growing public outrage over the Kathua and Unnao incidents, a collective of retired civil servants has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling this is a “moment of existential crisis” in which the government’s response would determine if the nation could “overcome the crisis of constitutional values, of governance and the ethical order”.

In a strongly worded letter that sought to pin the blame on right wing politics and the Sangh Parivar, the 49 signatories referred to the Kathua and Unnao incidents as the result of a “culture of majoritarian belligerence and aggression promoted by the Sangh Parivar”. They said the government had “failed in performing the most basic of the responsibilities given to it by the people”, to reassure everyone, especially the minorities and vulnerable sections of society, “that they need not fear for their life and liberty”.

The signatories included former coal secretary Chandrashekhar Balakrishnan, former police chiefs Meera Borwankar and Julio Rebeiro, former foreign secretary Nareshwar Dayal, former Indian ambassador to Italy K P Fabian and former health secretary Sujatha Rao.

The letter said, “The bestiality and the barbarity involved in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old child shows the depths of depravity that we have sunk into. In post-independence India, this is our darkest hour and we find the response of our government, the leaders of our political parties inadequate and feeble. At this juncture, we see no light at the end of the tunnel and we hang our heads in shame. Our sense of shame is all the more acute because some of our younger colleagues… also seem to have failed in their duty.”

The retired civil servants, who addressed the letter as “citizens” with “no affiliations” , also blamed Modi. They said, “In both cases, prime minister, it is your party which is in power. Given your supremacy within the party and the centralised control you and your party president exercise, you more than anyone else have to be held responsible for this terrifying state of affairs….”

The former government servants also asked the PM to apologise to the families of the Kathua and Unnao victims, to fasttrack prosecution of the perpetrators, renew the pledge to offer special protection to Muslims, Dalits and other members of minority communities, and “remove from government anyone who has been associated with hate crimes and hate speeches”.

I can be raped or killed, says victim’s lawyer

New Delhi : Kathua rape victim’s lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat on Sunday said she fears for her life as she may get raped or murdered.

“Today, I don’t know, I am not in my senses. I can be raped, I can be killed and may be they won’t allow me to practice in court. They (have) isolated me, I don’t know how I can survive,” Advocate Deepika Singh Rajawat said. She added that she has been called anti-Hindu and boycotted socially.

Further, Deepika said she will approach the Supreme Court to demand security for herself and her family. “I will tell this to the Supreme Court. I am feeling bad and it’s really unfortunate…But, I will stand for justice..,” she added. AGENCIES

2 BJP J&K ministers quit after PM slams Kathua, Unnao rapes

They’d Attended Protests Backing Rape Accused

Srinagar: Under fire from opponents and protests from Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, BJP on Friday secured the resignations of two of its ministers, Lal Singh and Chandar

Prakash Ganga, from the coalition government for participating in protests in favour of the accused in the Kathua gang rape and murder case.

BJP chief in J&K Sat Sharma confirmed that the two ministers had put in their papers. Lal Singh was forests minister and Ganga held charge of industry and commerce departments.

Although Sharma claimed that Lal Singh and Ganga quit on their own, sources said the two were recalled at the instance of PM Modi, who held that being ministers, they should not have joined the attack on J&K police for arresting those accused of raping and killing an eight-year-old.

PM rejects minister’s frame-up claim

Sources also said the PM rejected the ministers’ defence that they had attended the protest organised by the Hindu Ekta Manch against the so-called frame-up in order to defuse the tension as thousands had turned up for the protest on March 22.

The action against the two ministers coincided with the PM breaking his silence to condemn the rape in Kathua as well as the one in Unnao in BJP-ruled UP. Modi, who has been slammed for keeping mum on the two atrocities, spoke forcefully as he called the twin crimes as having shamed the nation.

The two J&K ministers, sources said, defended themselves by claiming that they were seeking to assuage Hindu opinion which was angry over alleged attempts to change the demographic mix in Jammu by settling Rohingyas and Bakarwals, Muslim nomads. The PM did not accept the explanation and said it did not behove them to attack the government they were part of. Mufti, it is learnt, was another contributory factor as she expressed discomfort with her ally’s political backing for the accused. Sources said Mufti told home minister Rajnath Singh that the actions of Lal Singh and Ganga had complicated matters for her just when she was trying to mollify the anger over the death of civilians.

Petitioner in Ishrat case dies in Kerala crash

Alappuzha: Gopinatha Pillai, 78, fighting a protracted legal battle to clear the name of his son — Pranesh Pillai alias Javed Ghulam Sheikh — who was branded a terrorist and shot by Gujarat police in 2004, succumbed to injuries on Friday following an accident on Wednesday.

Sheikh was allegedly killed in cold blood along with Ishrat Jahan and two others. The ‘fake encounter’ case became a political hot potato that saw several cover-up attempts. Gopinatha, who had consistently contested the Gujarat government and police claim that his son was involved in terrorist plots, claimed at one point that his son had been a police informer and had worked for “patriots”.

Pillais: We don’t suspect any foul play in accident

With Pillai’s death, Ishrat’s mother Shamima Kauser is the only petitioner in the case. Police are probing all aspects of the accident. “Full investigation will be conducted to determine whether it was an accident or murder,” Kerala DGP Loknath Behra told TOI.

Pillai, a native of Nooranad, met with the accident at 6am at Vayalar Junction on National Highway 66 while on his way to a Kochi hospital for check-up. His car was being driven by brother Madhavan. “We left home by 4am on Wednesday. A car that was moving in front of us applied brake. As I slowed down the car it was slammed from behind by a lorry. Our car lost control, crossed the median and collided with another lorry that was moving towards Alappuzha,” Madhavan Pillai told TOI on Friday.

However, the Pillais do not suspect any foul play. “It was an accident… We do not suspect anything else in this case,” Gopinatha’s nephew, Anush M N, said.

CBI arrests rape-accused BJP MLA as court tears into UP govt & police

Neta Picked Up From His Home Before Daybreak

Lucknow: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who was booked by Uttar Pradesh police on Thursday, following

a nationwide furore over rape allegations levelled against him by a minor in Unnao.

He was picked up for questioning from Lucknow before the break of dawn on Friday. The CBI team took him into custody late in the evening.

Though the Allahabad high court ordered earlier in the day that the BJP MLA should be arrested “forthwith”, CBI officials kept claiming till late evening that he had been detained.

However, at around 9.45pm, CBI spokesperson RK Gaur confirmed to TOI that Sengar had been arrested at 9.30pm. “We have arrested Kuldeep Sengar on charges of prima facie rape. There are inconsistencies in his statements over the June 4 incident for which we need his custody. He will be produced before a CBI court in Lucknow on Saturday,” said a CBI source in Lucknow.

MLA was planning to leave for Varanasi

The CBI’s early morning swoop took place a day after the Allahabad HC came down heavily on the Yogi Adityanath government over the case, asking it whether it proposed to arrest the accused MLA as promptly as it did in other cases. A CBI team along with UP cops picked him up from an Indiranagar residence of his relative in Lucknow at around 4:30am. Sengar was taken to the CBI headquarters in Hazratganj where he was interrogated till late in the evening.

His family said he had planned to leave for Varanasi for a visit to Kal Bhairav temple but was asked by the CBI to join the probe. The central agency team converted three FIRs earlier filed by the Unnao police to move ahead in the case.

According to the CBI press release, the first FIR was about the alleged rape of the girl, in which Sengar and a woman, Shashi Singh, had been named as accused. The second one was about rioting, in which four locals have been booked, and also the alleged killing of the victim’s father in judicial custody. Since the murder charge was added later by the police, it does not reflect in the CBI FIR.

The third case deals with allegations against the survivor’s father who was arrested under Arms Act and put in jail by the local police where he died in custody. He also suffered 18 serious injuries as per the post mortem report.

The victim has alleged that she was raped by the MLA at his residence on June 4, 2017 where she had gone with a relative seeking a job. She tried to immolate herself in front of the CM’s residence in Lucknow on April 8 after repeated pleas for justice were not heeded.

Sengar was kept at the CBI office in Lucknow till late in the night.

Temple strikes a raw nerve

‘People Upset That A Shrine Has Been Dragged Into A Controversy’

Rasana (Kathua): Deep inside Rasana, surrounded by a dense growth of trees and a jungle where horses and cattle graze, is the Baba Kali Veer mandir. It is here, a chargesheet by the J&K Police has said, that an eightyear-old girl was kept sedated and repeatedly violated by men who wanted to teach the Bakarwals, the community of nomads to which she belonged, a lesson.

The temple, a flat, singlestorey structure, has three doors and an equal number of locks. It is small enough for a man to cover the length in perhaps a dozen strides.

Dharampal Sharma, a member of one of the 12 Brahmin families — all related, and main accused Sanji Ram is one of them — that lives in the vicinity, said the three villages each have a key.

“People from three villages come to pay obeisance,” he said. “Baba Kali Veer is our kul devta (main god). Why would someone commit an unspeakable crime at the shrine. People are upset that a devasthan (god’s place) has been dragged into the controversy.”

The girl disappeared on January 10, waylaid by one of the accused while she was enquiring about her horses. He drugged her, allegedly raped her and then locked her in this temple. Three men then violated her repeatedly for four days before dumping her body in the woods. It was on January 17 that she was found.

On Friday, Monika Sharma, 27, the younger daughter of Sanji Ram and a pharmacology graduate, was at the temple to claim her father is innocent. “It is shameful that someone says an old man called his young son from college in UP to rape a little girl. My father is innocent. Let there be a fair inquiry,” she said. The police has hinted that duplicates were made of the key, whose sole custodian was Sanji Ram, to show that two other villages also had access to the temple.

Few in the village have the patience to hear that out. “What nonsense,” said Tripta Devi, one of the residents of Rasana. “The windows have grilles but they are open, people come through the day to seek blessings. Why would someone hide a girl in such a place? What we object to more than anything is insinuation that such a dirty thing could have happened there in the presence of our kul devta. Everyone is afraid of god.”

It’s a refrain one hears from Rasana to Hiranagar, Jammu to Kathua. Tell them that places of worship have been sullied before and that high priests and powerful pontiffs have been brought to the ground, and they look away or glare back. It’s an issue that touches a raw nerve.

During the initial investigation, there was no mention, said sources, of the temple. It was a cowshed that was believed to be the place where the girl was kept captive. Later police said she was hidden under a table in the temple, heavily sedated and covered with rags.

The temple where the girl was allegedly kept captive and tortured, in Rasana village, Kathua, 70km from Jammu district

Lawyer braves threats, says it is a fight for her daughter too

Jammu: On the desk in a small room of her house in Jammu, there is a framed photograph of a chubby, smiling girl. “That is my daughter,” Deepika Singh Rajawat said. “She is five years old and her name is Ashtami. I am fighting this case also for her.”

Rajawat, an advocate in Jammu, took up the case of the eight-year-old Bakarwal girl who was raped and murdered in January. Within days of her decision, even as many from the Bar took to the streets — some brandishing sticks — and shouted slogans against the state government, asking that the case be transferred from the J&K police’s crime branch to the CBI, she began getting threats to stay away.

Not one to be cowed into silence, she went on Facebook a day after the incident on April 5 and wrote: “The president of the Jammu High Court Bar Association mistreated me. He used unparliamentary language and threatened me not to appear in cases during a strike by the lawyers.”

Showing TOI the copy of a letter she received from the Jammu & Kashmir HC on Saturday that asks the in-charge of the security wing of the court to provide her protection during her appearances, she said, “But when I confronted the senior advocate and told him that I can fight any case I want, I was told there are ways to stop me. ”

The case, in the Kootah court right now as Rasana comes under its jurisdiction, saw a dramatic turn when recently lawyers tried to stop the chargesheet, which narrates in detail the crime against the Bakarwal girl, from being forwarded.

Asked if she is confident she will win as the crime branch, which is probing the rape-murder,has lost precious forensic evidence (the girl’s body was allegedly bathed and her clothes washed soon after she was found), she said, “It’s really messed up. The first few days after the crime was detected, some dreadful things happened. The local police station did not file an FIR. That happened only after 2-3 days. On January 17, her body was found. Then the ‘clean-up’ began. It was being hushed up. The policeman who did this is one of the eight accused.”

Unnao rape survivor undergoes age determination, gynaec test

Lucknow: The Unnao rape survivor was brought to Lucknow along with her family members by a sixmember CBI team and the Unnao police on Saturday. She was taken to the Dr RML Hospital for her medico-legal examination.

Under tight police and CBI protection, a gynaecologist at the hospital conducted age determination, gynaecological and X-ray tests, which took around three hours. Officials said that slides had been sent to the forensic science laboratory. Once the reports come, they will be handed over to the CBI.

The survivor was accompanied by her mother, uncle, brother and two cousins. Her mother stayed inside the hospital with the girl, while other family members waited outside.

The uncle of the rape survivor said, “Six members of the family, including the girl, were brought to Lucknow in two cars. We left from Unnao around 9.45am and reached the hospital after 11.30am. The girl and her mother are inside and we don’t know what is being done.” The survivor and her family members returned to Unnao at around 2.40pm.

Woman alleges SP corporator raped her

The CBI on Saturday claimed to have achieved a breakthrough in Himachal Pradesh’s Kotkhai gang-rape-cum-murder case with the arrest of one person. The agency, however, is yet to reveal the person’s identity. Agency officials said the arrested man does not belong to the group of six people whom the police had arrested last year. TNN

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