Prosecution lawyers in Kathua rape case heckled by convicts' kin outside Pathankot Court
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Prosecution lawyers in Kathua rape case heckled by convicts’ kin outside Pathankot Court

The prosecution lawyers were heckled by the convicts’ kin outside the court’s premise in Kathua rape and murder case on Monday. The accused were the family members of the convicts.

After the Pathankot District and Sessions Court announced the verdict in the controversial Kathua gangrape and murder case, the prosecution lawyers were heckled by the convicts’ kin outside the court’s premise on Monday. The accused were the family members of the six convicts, who have been awarded life-imprisonment(for three) and 5-year jail(for three) term. 

File photo of Sanji Ram arriving for a court appearance after he was arrested in connection with the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua.

Reportedly, Harminder Singh and Bhupinder Singh, the lawyers of the Jammu and Kashmir CID who secured justice for eight-year-old deceased, faced agitated kin of the convicted. The accused hurled abuses at them as they came out of the courtroom. 

According to news agency PTI, the court complex was heavily guarded by the police and its special forces, as violence and protests were anticipated. Meanwhile, the Punjab police came to the lawyers’ rescue and pushed the crowd aside safeguarding them. 

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The convicts in the case were identified as 61-year-old former revenue officer and the village head, Sanjhi Ram who was the mastermind of the crime, Deepak Khajuria, Surender Verma- special police officers in the Jammu and Kashmir police department, Anand Dutta- Sub-Inspector of police who allegedly took Rs 4 lakh from Sanjhi Ram to destroy the crucial pieces of evidence in the case. 

Tilak Raj, Head Constable of the police and the minor accused was acquitted by the court. PTI reported, an eyewitness said from inside the courtroom where media was barred, Ram and Khajuria were visibly shaken after hearing the judgement.

The minor was raped and murdered in January last year and the case had sparked protests demanding justice for the victim across the country.