Justice For Ashifa: Case referred to Crime Branch: Govt

Yawar Hussain

JammuThe Jammu Kashmir Government informed the lower house that the case of rape and murder of 8-year-old Ashifa Jan has been referred to crime branch for further investigation.

Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri said that along with the magisterial probe ordered earlier, the crime branch of Jammu Kashmir Police will investigate the matter.

Following the orders, Addl. Director General of Police, State Crime Branch, Headquarters constituted special investigation team (SIT) to investigate the case.

The Special investigation team (SIT) has been directed to finalize the investigation expeditiously and submit the progress reports in the office of Addl. Director General of Police, State Crime Branch, Headquarters on daily basis.

The SIT headed by Addl. SP, Crime Branch Kashmir Peerzada Naveed includes DySP Crime Branch Jammu, Nissar Hussain, DySP Crime Branch, Jammu, Shetambari Sharma. SI, Irfan Wani, and ASI Tariq Ahmad.

Some unscrupulous elements are updating wrong information on social media networks with malicious intent. Action under law is being taken against the rumour mongers who are floating such false and mischievous information.

The body of 8-year-old Asifa Bano of Kathua was recovered from Hiranagar after she went missing a week ago.

Eyewitness told Rising Kashmir that she was raped before being killed. The locals have also blocked the Jammu-New Delhi national highway.

Meanwhile, Congress legislator from Banihal Viqar Rasool said in the house on Thursday that the protesting locals have been alleging that the girl was raped for eight days before she was killed.

“The accused, Banu, has political patronage and he is still at large,” he said.

Earlier, the house also witnessed uproar as opposition staged walkout while the government said that a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed under an SDPO.

“Guilty will be brought to justice,” Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri said.

Opposition MLA Inderwal demanded suspension SHO of the concerned police station.

The opposition legislators alleged that police did not make any efforts to trace the girl after she was abducted.

The opposition legislators said that the minorities have been persecuted under the present political dispensation.