NEW DELHI: After 17 months, six out of the seven accused in the rape and murder case of an eight-year-old Bakarwal girl in Kathua were held guilty on Monday by the district and sessions court in Pathankot.
District and Sessions Judge Tejwinder Singh held 6 out 7 accused including mastermind Sanjhi Ram, special police officer Deepak Khajuria, Surender Verma, Tilak Raj, Parvesh Kumar and Anand Dutta. Only Sanjhi Ram’s son Vishal has been acquitted.
The court accepted Vishal’s plea of alibi that he was taking an exam in UP’s Muzaffarnagar on the date of the incident.
The court held former revenue official Sanji Ram, Special Police Officers Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Kumar, Parvesh Kumar guilty under section 302 (murder), section 376 D( gang rape) while Anand Dutta, Tilak Raj and Surender Verma are guilty under section 201 (destruction of evidence) under the Ranbir Penal Code.
According to the crime branch, Sanji Ram, the main accused, is alleged to have hatched the conspiracy along with the other accused, to kidnap the girl as part of a strategy to remove the minority nomadic community from the area.