Government orders magisterial probe, Opposition creates ruckus

JAMMU, Jan 19: Jammu and Kashmir Government on Friday ordered a magisterial inquiry into alleged murder of a missing girl after opposition members from National Conference and Congress staged protest in the Legislative Assembly.
As soon as the House assembled for the day, Opposition members created uproar demanding investigation into death of a minor girl in Kathua district.
Asifa Bano, 8, of Hiranagar tehsil in Kathua district, who went missing a week ago, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in village Rasana.
NC, Congress members and Independent (PDF) MLA Hakeem Yaseen amid protest and shouts, “Laadli Beti Ko Insaaf Do, “Sharam Karo Sharam Karo”, staged protest in the House.
Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Abdul Rehman Veeri while replying in the House said, “We are serious on this issue and have constituted Special Investigation Team to investigate the matter and guilty will be punished.”
The Government today said that the accused, a minor (15 years old), has been arrested in connection with the death of a minor girl in Hiranagar area of district Kathua.
Responding to the concern expressed by the Legislators on the gruesome incident, Minister for Revenue & Parliamentary Affairs, Abdul Rehman Veeri informed the House that the accused has confessed to the crime.
He said the investigation conducted by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by SDPO border Chadwal revealed that the accused kidnapped the minor girl and put her in nearby cowshed at village Rassana, where he attempted to rape her and when she resisted, he killed her by way of strangulation. He said the accused has been arrested and further investigations are on.
Giving details of the case, the Minister said that on 12.01.2018, the complainant Mohammad Yousuf S/o Shab Din R/o Rassana Mohara, Tehsil Hiranagar produced a written application before the police stating therein that his daughter namely Asifa (8 years) had gone for grazing horses in the nearby forest area. At about 1600 hours, the horses returned to the Dhera but Asifa did not return. Consequently, the complainant alongwith others started search in the forest and on the next day they again searched the forest areas but Asifa could not be traced.
As per the content of the application, case FIR No: 10/2018 U/S363 RPC was registered and the investigation started.
The Minister said that during the course of investigation, police party of Police Station Hiranagar and VDC Badoli visited the spot and search of Rassana forest was conducted alongwith civilians and Bakerwals residing in the area.
He said on 17.01.2017, at about 1030 hours dead body of missing girl Asifa was recovered from the Rassana forest area. Thereafter the police team alongwith SDPO and SHO Hiranagar visited the spot and photography of dead body was conducted through crime photographer, service of FSL team was also utilized. The dead body of deceased was taken into police custody for post-mortem.
Later on, the dead body was shifted to District Hospital Kathua for conducting the post-mortem through board of doctors. After the post-mortem, the dead body was handed over to its legal heirs for last rites.
Investigation of case is in progress to collect more evidence about the commission of offence by the accused, he said.
Earlier, Minister for Works, Naeem Akhtar also made a statement in the Upper House on the issue.
Not satisfied with the reply, opposition created noise following which Veeri ordered time-bound magisterial inquiry by the Deputy Commissioner Kathua.
MLA Kathua also raised an issue asserting that similar kind of incident took place in his constituency and the Government should order magisterial probe.