Pathankot : Six of the seven accused in the Kathua rape and murder case were convicted on Monday by a special court at Punjab’s Pathankot, the lawyers said after the judge read the pronouncements inside in-camera court. One “juvenile” has been acquitted.
The quantum of judgment will be pronounced by 2 pm.
According to the lawyers, the accused – including retired government official Sanjhi Ram, special police officer (SPO) Deepak Khajuria and Surender Verma, Head Constable Tilak Raj, Sub-Inspector Anand Dutta and civilian Parvesh Kumar – “were found guilty under several sections.”
The lawyers, representing the eight-year old in the special court, told the media that the key accused Ram, Khajuria and Kumar were held guilt under 366 (kidnapping), Section 302 (murder) and section 336 (rape) and 34 (Common intention).
The three policemen were convicted under Section 201 (destruction of evidence).
However, accused Ram’s son who claimed to be a juvenile, has been acquitted. He has pleaded before the court that he was appearing for a college-level examination in Meerut in Uttar Pradesh when the crime was committed in Jammu’s Kathua district.