The police can contest the only acquittal in the Kathua case: IGP

JAMMU: Police in Jammu and Kashmir said on Monday they could contest the acquittal of the seventh defendant in the rape and murder gang case, in which three people were sentenced to prison until their last breath and another three for five years each .

IGP Ahfadul Mujtaba, of the state police branch, who investigated the horrific murder of an eight-year-old girl from a nomadic tribe in Kathua de Ju0026K in January 2018, said the police will contest the acquittal of the seventh defendant if necessary.

The IGP spoke of challenging the acquittal of a defendant and welcomed the sentencing of six others.

Six of the seven defendants in the case, including the caretaker of a temple where the crime was committed and a special police officer, were convicted by a court on Monday.

The court acquitted the seventh defendant. Vishal, the son of the main defendant, Sanji Ram, granted him the 'benefit of the doubt,' said Farooqi Khan, who represented the victim's family in court.

We welcome this verdict, except that a person has been acquitted, said police inspector Ahfadul Mujtaba of the Ju0026K police crime section.

The IGP said that the police had yet to obtain a copy of the sentence.

Once we examine it and if necessary, we will challenge it in, said Mujtaba.

The case was tried by a court in Pathankot in Punjab, since it had been transferred there in the midst of a highly polarized community situation.

In reality (the seventh defendant) took Vishal's alibi that he was not present there (at the scene), but we have eyewitness testimony of their presence there. We have eyewitnesses who said it was very present that day. of the incident, said the IGP.

The court, however, accepted his alibi, the IGP said, adding that the police would examine under what circumstances Vishal was acquitted.

When asked how the police tackled the difficult situation and conducted the investigation amid a highly polarized atmosphere, the head of Crime Branch said: Any professional investigative agency will be in charge of witnesses and evidence.

When you go to a court of law, you have to be judged according to the evidence. You can not bring a story about roosters and bulls and present it in court. You must work on the merits and evidence of the case. he said.

In describing the case as challenging, the IGP said that the police had presented 114 prosecution witnesses in court despite several problems.

Ensuring that witnesses were present at the court every day was a challenge, and so was ensuring his safety and protection, Mujtaba said.

But we succeeded in securing the conviction of six of the seven defendants, he added.

When asked about the statement of some defense lawyers that would challenge the conviction of the six defendants, the IGP said that everyone has the right to go to the superior court.

The case must be fought in court, not on the streets. If necessary, we will also move the superior court against the acquittal of a defendant, said the IGP.