New Delhi: The trial in the gruesome Kathua rape and murder case will begin today against eight accused, including a juvenile, for keeping 8-year-old in captivity for a week, during which she was kept sedated and sexually assaulted before being bludgeoned to death.
Those arrested included custodian of the temple, his son and two special police officers for their alleged involvement in the crime. A police sub-inspector and a head constable too have been arrested on charges of destroying evidence.
Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has accepted the resignations of two controversial BJP ministers, who had participated in a rally in support of people accused of raping and murdering eight-year-old girl in Kathua.
The Jammu and Kashmir government has appointed two special public prosecutors, both Sikhs, for the trial in the sensitive case, a move being seen as made to ensure “neutrality” in view of Hindu-Muslim polarisation over the case.
According to the chargesheets filed by the crime branch, the abduction, rape and killing of the Bakerwal girl was part of a carefully planned strategy to remove the minority nomadic community from the area.