Kathua rape case: J&K DGP Vaid assures protection to victim's family, witnesses
Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir Police chief SP Vaid on Friday asserted that all necessary steps will be taken to provide protection to the family members of the eight-year-old girl, who was raped and killed in the northern state of India, and the witnesses in the case.
His assurance came amid a nationwide outrage over the rape and killing of the girl.
"We will do whatever is required and take care of it. Nothing to worry about," Vaid said when asked about alleged threats to the witnesses, including the family members of the victim.
On the demand by some people for a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the case, the Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police said, "Only they (those demanding CBI probe) can answer this. Why they don't have trust on the same J&K police which is fighting a war in Kashmir."
Vaid said he was satisfied with the investigation carried out by the state Crime Branch, in spite of attempts to destroy evidence during the initial investigations.
"I am satisfied with the investigations and am sure the people who committed this heinous crime on an eight-year-old child must get severest possible punishment," Vaid said.
"The state crime branch did a commendable job in spite of the fact that initially the investigation was not done in a professional manner. There were some attempts to destroy evidence," he said. The DGP noted that the police has taken action against its own personnel who were involved in the crime.