Three policemen have been given 5-year imprisonment for destruction of evidence in the case
PATHANKOT — Six out of the seven accused, including the mastermind Sanjhi Ram, were convicted by a Special Court in Pathankot of Punjab on Monday morning in the sensational gangrape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir last year.
The District and Sessions Judge Pathankot Tejwinder Singh has pronounced the quantum of punishment later in the day.
Of the six convicted, the court pronounced life imprisonment of 25 years to three — temple priest and mastermind Sanji Ram, Deepak Khajuria and Parvesh Kumar.
Sanji Ram is also the caretaker of the temple where the offense took place.
Investigating officers Raj and Dutta, and Special Police Officer Surinder Kumar were sentenced to five years in jail for destroying crucial evidence in the case.
Sanji Ram’s son Vishal was acquitted due to lack of evidence, but the fate of his minor nephew, the eight accused in the case, will be decided by the juvenile court.
All the six accused can move the High Court against the trial court verdict within one month.
Hailing the judgment, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti tweeted: “Relieved about the Kathua verdict. Credit goes to the Crime Branch team for ensuring facts came to light despite hindrances. People all across too galvanised support & stood up for this child.”
Relieved about Kathua verdict. Credit goes to crime branch team lead by IGP Mujtaba, SSP Jala, Addl SP Naveed , Dep SP Shwetambri ,@DeepikaSRajawat & Talib for ensuring facts came to light despite hindrances. People all across 🇮🇳 too galvanised support & stood up for this child
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) June 10, 2019