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Kathua rape-and-murder case: Ex-revenue official surrenders

Kathua rape-and-murder case: Ex-revenue official surrenders
Jammu: A former revenue official, wanted by the police in connection with the rape and killing of a minor girl in Kathua district of Jammu & Kashmir, on Tuesday surrendered before the crime branch here, a senior police official said.
Sanji Ram (60), believed to be the mastermind behind the rape and killing of the 8-year-old Bakharwal girl in January, surrendered after his son was arrested from Uttar Pradesh, the official said requesting anonymity.
Earlier, an official had said investigation has revealed that it was a pre-planned killing carried out with the intention of instilling fear among the Bakharwal nomads residing in the area and driving them out.
He had said the girl was drugged and raped before being killed. The minor's body was recovered from Rasana forest in Kathua on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the area. The incident sparked widespread protest in the state.
On January 23, the state government handed over the case to the state police's crime branch which which formed an SIT and arrested six people, including two Special
Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who was charged with destruction of evidence.
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