Ahfadul Mujtaba, the inspector customary of Jammu and Kashmir’s police crime division, oversaw the investigation into the January 2018 rape and slay of an eight-one year-primitive girl in Kathua. He spoke to Mir Ehsan in regards to the challenges they confronted whereas investigating the case that turned into handed over to them amid protests in Kathua against the arrest of the eight accused. Edited excerpts:
How appealing turned into the case for you to address?
It turned into a in actuality appealing case as there turned into some destruction of the proof. The assorted impediment turned into that folks started taking to the streets… we did now not react to the protestors. Our entire focal level turned into on the series of proof… we needed to head to the high court docket and then the Supreme Court as there had been a spread of points and petitions referring to this case…[We feel] vindicated. Six persons had been convicted and one has been acquitted in the case…we can ogle that [acquittal] and if the need arises, then we can additionally streak for an enchantment.
What had been the major challenges you confronted?
Every case is appealing. In this form of case, the series of proof is continually a in actuality appealing job.
At one level 45 attorneys represented the accused. Did that save you below stress?
Under no circumstances. Our public prosecutor, Santok Singh Basra, is one amongst potentially the most competent attorneys I even occupy identified. He handled the case very professionally.
What would you credit the cracking of this case to?
The credit will streak to the [crime branch] crew individuals, who investigated the case meticulously. It has been proved how perfect they are. On this case, we had four prosecutors — Santok Singh Basra, Mr Chopra, Bhupinder Singh and Harminder Singh. We did our job without any anguish and favour. Every member of our crew deserves appreciation.
Jun 11, 2019 07: 08 IST