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KATHUA CASE AFTERMATH: PMS fact-finding team rejects CBI probe demand, defends Crime Branch investigation

Defending the Crime Branch investigation into the gang-rape and murder of eight-year-old Kathua child, a fact-finding team of women’s group Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan (PMS) in its report has rejected the demand for CBI probe into the case.

The fact-finding team which visited Kathua before filing of charge-sheet against the accused has rejected the demand for CBI probe, saying “it would amount to belittling judiciary” which was monitoring investigation of the case. “The demand of C.B.I. inquiry by the accused and Hindu Ekta Manch should be outrightly rejected at this stage. It also amounts to belittling judiciary,” reads the report of rights group Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan

The families of the accused, Hindu Ekta Manch and Jammu Bar Association is seeking CBI probe into the case, even as the family of the victim has expressed full satisfaction over the Crime Branch investigation. The case would come up for hearing in the Supreme Court on Monday.

The fact-finding panel has also trashed the allegations leveled against the Crime Branch by the families of accused and Hindu Ekta Manch, a group that rallied in favour of the accused.“The Hindu Ekta Manch does not question the overall functioning of the police but only when their interest is attacked. So it is a very strange stand,” the report states.

The team has also observed that villagers failed to prove the allegations that CB was interrogating and torturing them to record their confessions. “When these residents were asked to name some of the persons who were called for interrogation and detained and tortured, they informed that Parvesh Kumar, juvenile offender and Vishal Jangotra were the only youth arrested after interrogation. No other youth was either interrogated or detained,” the report notes. All the three are main accused in the case.

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