Kathua rape and murder accused plead not guilty, ask for narco test


Two of the eight accused in the gang rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua have asked for narco-analysis tests as they pleaded not guilty. The top court asked the state government to provide needed security to the family of Kathua rape victim and their lawyer.

The bench also directed the state police to provide adequate security to the juvenile delinquent, who has been picked up in connection with the case and kept at an observation home.

The bench said those policemen providing security to the victim's family and others will be in plain clothes. Supreme Court has issued a notice to the J&K government and sought reply by April 27 on the plea filed by the victim's father. She, however, said she had faith in the state police, which had conducted a brilliant investigation leading to filling of chargesheet, and there was no need for transfer of the case to the CBI. The court has agreed to hear the plea at 2 PM today. However, the Supreme Court's actions in the matter and the Indian civil society's demand for justice in the Kathua case have not simplified the challenges faced by the lawyer of the victim's family, lawyer Deepika Singh Rajawat.

However, later, it was clarified that the father of the victim filed the petition and another petition was filed by the Delhi-based advocate seeking a CBI probe into the case. Read Also:Kathua Rape case: Farooq Abdullah slams Mehbooba Mufti's Peoples Democratic Party for remaining silent as Gujjars, Bakerwals were dispossessed, hounded Apart from Sanji Ram, his nephew (juvenile) and son Vishal Jangotra, the five other accused, include special police officers Deepak Khajuria and Surrender Kumar, sub inspector Anand Dutta and head constable Tilak Raj.

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Counsel also said that there should be protection for the victim as well as the lawyer who has a right to protect the interest of the victims in the Court.

On January 17, the body of a minor girl was found in the forests near Rasana, Hiranagar.

Jammu has been on tenterhooks since the brutal incident.

Lawyers took to the streets shouting slogans and trying to block the road outside the court where the charge sheets have been filed.