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Vaid assures protection to victim’s family, witnesses

Jammu and Kashmir Police chief S P Vaid assured Friday that all necessary steps would be taken to provide protection to the family members of the eight-year-old girl who was raped and killed in Kathua,, and the witnesses in the case.

Vaid’s assurances came amid a growing outrage over the gruesome incident.

“We will do whatever is required and take care of it. Nothing to worry about,” Vaid said when asked about alleged threats to the witnesses, including the family members of the victim.

On the demand by some politicians and others from Jammu for a CBI inquiry into the case, Vaid said, “Only they (who demand CBI probe) can answer this. Why they don’t have trust on the same J&K police which is fighting a war in Kashmir.”

Vaid said he was satisfied with the investigation carried out by the state Crime Branch, in spite of attempts to destroy evidence during the initial investigations.

“I am sure the people who committed this heinous crime on an eight-year-old child must get severest possible punishment,” Vaid said.

The DGP noted that the police have taken action against its own personnel who were involved in the crime.

A Special Investigation Team, formed to probe the incident, has arrested eight people, including two special police officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destroying evidence.

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