Kathua victim given overdose of sedatives to incapacitate her to rape and murder, reveals Crime Branch supplementary chargesheet

The Crime Branch has arrested Ram, his son Vishal and his juvenile nephew, two special police officers Deepak Khajuria alias 'Dipu' and Surender Verma and friend Parvesh Kumar alias Mannu.

Published: 30th July 2018 02:54 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st July 2018 01:38 AM   |  A+A-

Protests for justice in Kathua rape case

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SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Police Crime Branch in its supplementary charge sheet presented in the Kathua rape and murder case, has established that the minor girl was given an overdose of sedatives to incapacitate her before her rape and murder.

The Crime Branch has also nailed one of the accused by revealing that he was involved in the crime. They agency rejected his claim that he was present in his college at UP and appeared in exam when the crime took place in January this year, saying the accused had tampered with his answer sheets.

In the supplementary charge sheet presented before the Pathankot sessions court on Monday, the Crime Branch disclosed that during investigation it had been established that victim was administered sedatives during her captivity.

“Two tablets recovered on disclosure of one of the accused near Devsthan in Rasana village of Kathua were sent to forensic lab for analysis. The chemical analysis report obtained thereof revealed presence of Clonazepam salt in the said tablets,” the charge sheet discloses.

It stated that according to professor and head of the pharmacology department, GMC Jammu, Clonazepam (Epitril 0.5 mg) can lead to drowsiness, confusion, impaired coordination, slow reflexes, slowed or stopped breathing, coma (loss of consciousness) and death.

The report disclosed that expert opinion coupled with other evidence establishes that the victim was continuously administered an overdose of Clonazepam.

The 8-year-old girl from Gujjar family was abducted on January 10 and her body was recovered near Devasthan in Rasana village on January 17.

The supplementary charge sheet says Vishal Gangotra, son of the crime’s mastermind, Sanji Ram, who was pursuing a BSc Agriculture course at Akansha College, Miranpur in UP, “had actively taken part in rape and murder of the victim and tried to create an alibi by resorting to manipulation of records.”

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