Kathua rape case: How 2 Jammu cops tried to kill evidence by washing clothes of dead 8-yr-old girl in police station

Jammu: Two Jammu policemen who were first tasked with investigating the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua attempted to destroy evidence against the accused by washing the clothes of the victim after she was killed.

Head constable Tilak Raj, under instructions from sub-inspector Anand Dutta, rinsed the girl's purple frock in Hiranakashyap police station till the garment was "dry cleaned", inspector general, Crime Branch, Syed Afhad-ul-Mujtaba, told this reporter. The alleged rapists paid Raj and Datta Rs 1.5 lakh as bribe in order to destroy evidence, he added.

The two men are among eight people, including special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Kumar, who have been arrested so far. The IG said the clothes on the girl's body after she was found and photographed were "completely different" from the ones sent to the forensic lab in Jammu immediately after the evidence was gathered.

IGP Mujtaba said the FSL lab wrote to the Crime Branch that the dress which was sent to them by the police had no mud on it and looked like it has been "dry-cleaned" a few days ago. "We asked the police if we could meet the people who were investigating (the case), and how was the dress packed and sealed, and what happened later," Mujtaba told this reporter.

He added that within the first 15 minutes of sustained questioning, Deepak Khajuria, the special police officer a...

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