Kathua rape and murder: J&K government terminates services of four policemen accused in case

The Jammu and Kashmir government has terminated the services of four police officials who are accused in the rape and murder case of an 8-year-old girl in Kathua district of the state.

"Yes, the services of all four police officials involved in the Kathua rape and murder case have been terminated with immediate effect from the date of the order,” Senior Superintendent of Police, Kathua, Shridhar Patil said. SD Singh Jamwal, Inspector General of Police, Jammu, also confirmed the development.

However, the police have refused to comment on when this order was sent and by whom. Until now, the four cops, which includes special police officer (SPO) Deepak Khajuria, were believed to be under suspension, as is the rule when an FIR is filed against any serving policeman.

The three other police officials accused in the case are sub-inspector Anand Dutta, head constable Tilak Raj and another SPO Surinder Kumar. It is alleged that they destroyed evidence to shield the rape accused. Apart from the four police officials, four other accused in the case were Sanji Ram, a retired revenue official, his son Vishal Jangotra, his nephew Shubam Khajuria and a local resident Parvesh Kumar.

Claiming that the decision of the termination of the four police officials is a violation of Supreme Court directions, advocate Ankur Sharma who has been demanding a CBI probe into the case said, "When the Supre...

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