Kathua rape and murder accused plead not guilty, ask for narco test

Provide security cover to Kathua rape-murder victim's family: Supreme Court to Jammu and Kashmir government

Read Also: Kathua rape and murder: Hundreds throng Azad Maidan Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Monday asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to provide security to the family of the eight-year-old girl raped and killed in Kathua in January that has sparked nationwide protests.

Furthermore, the daughter of accused Sanji Ram has alleged conspiracy in the Kathua rape and murder case. "The court directed that chargesheet copies should be provided to all accused".

The judge asked the state Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police to give copies of charge sheet to accused while announcing the next date of hearing. The juvenile has filed a bail application before a judicial magistrate that will be heard on April 26, say reports.

The accused allegedly held an eight-year-old girl in captivity in a small village temple in Kathua district for a week in January this year during which she was allegedly kept sedated and sexually assaulted before being bludgeoned to death.

Indian Express quoted Sanji Ram, a former revenue official who is supposed to be the main conspirator in the case, as saying, "We all are ready to undergo narco test and none of us has any objection to it".

The accused were presented before the court which was packed with lawyers and heavy posse of policemen. All the accused have pleaded not guilty and asked the district and session judge for narco test.

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Special police officer Deepak Khajuria, who is alleged to have repeatedly raped the child, told reporters that he was also demanding a narco test and a CBI probe.

"Everything will be clear after Narco test", said one of the accused after hearing at the district court.

Lawyer A.K. Sawahney, who is pleading the case of police constable Tilak Raj charged with destruction of evidence, said that while the chief minister was talking about fast-track trial, challan copies had not been provided to them. Even then, the test only helps as corroborative and not as primary evidence, say legal experts. The chargesheet also names investigating officers head constable Tilak Raj and Sub-Inspector Anand Dutta, who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Ram and destroyed crucial evidence.

The case has led to protests across the country and came to national prominence last week when thousands of members of a Hindu radical group, Hindu Ekta Manch, or the Hindu Unity Platform, marched in support of the accused men.

She claimed that the girl was not raped, but murdered and has demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation over the same.

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