Jammu : SHO suspended over Kathua minor’s ‘rape-n-murder case

Amid uproar by opposition over brutal ‘rape and murder’ of 8-year-old in Kathua, government on Saturday ordered suspension of SHO Hiranagar.

The legislators of opposition NC and Congress including Shamima Firdous, Ali Mohd Sagar, GM Saroori, Mubarak Gil Mian Altaf, Altaf Kaloo, Vikar Rasol, Abdul Majeed Larmi and Usman Majeed staged massive protest inside the assembly, demanding strict action against those responsible for “rape and murder” of 8-year old girl namely Asifa at Rasana area of Hiranagar in Kathua district.

The opposition members questioned silence by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and also pointed fingers at police investigation. “The screams and cries of the girl were heard by neighbors. Why was such a delay by police,” they said.

Asifa was abducted on Jan 10 and questioned police for not conducting searches inside the small village where she was kept inside the cowshed.

The legislators amid protests shouted that cops including SHO and DSP want to hush up the case.

“How 15-year-old can kill and manage to dump the body by taking it from the cowshed some three kilometers away”, the legislators said and demanded suspension of SHO concerned and other police officers.

Meanwhile, Law Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the House that government has ordered the suspension of SHO concerned till further inquiry.

“No one will be spared and action will be initiated against those responsible for the murder”, Veeri said. (GNS)

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