SRINAGAR: A Special Police Officer (SPO) has been arrested by the Crime Branch in the Kathua rape and murder case on Saturday.

The eight year old girl was found dead in Rasana village, a week after her abduction.

The cop identified as Deepak Khajuria was one of those who were assigned to find the girl after she went missing.

“He raped a murdered her after holding her captive for a week,” Alok Puri, Additional Director General of Police, Jammu Range told NDTV.

The DC of Rajouri, Dr.Shahid Iqbal Chowdhary tweeted,”Police official held for rape and murder of 8 year old girl in Kathua. It has shaken our soul for ever. Kudos to IGP Mr Puri for professional and timely investigation.”

“Khujaria, a 28-year-old SPO was posted at Police Station Heera Nagar.

Earlier a ’15-year old’ was being blamed for the crime however activists alleged that the real culprits were being shielded by the government.

Recently, in a press conference, Chairman All Tribal Coordination Committee, Talib Hussain claimed that the real culprits in the rape and murder of minor Kathua girl were being shielded in a planned manner under the “guise of 15-year-old’s age”.

Hussain, who was detained during protests against the murder earlier this week, said that the persons involved in this “heinous crime” are not being punished because of “political influence”.

Addressing a presser after his release in Jammu, he said that circumstantial evidence on the basis of doctors’ version and people who gave her ceremonial bath suggest that girl was “brutally raped”.

“Her two ribs and a leg were broken. She was given electric shocks. She was clubbed by stones,” said Hussain.

Courtesy: Free Press

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