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J&K Police as competent as any agency to probe Kathua rape and murder case: DGP Vaid

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

The Police has no objection if the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in district is assigned to the CBI but it is as competent as any investigation agency to handle the case, state DGP S P Vaid asserted today.

He also rejected as "misconception" claims that the crime branch team probing the matter had no member from the Jammu region while emphasising that police officers perform their duties rising above regional or religious identities.

If we can we fight terrorism and stone pelting, why can't we carry out a professional investigation. Our officers are on deputation with the CBI, Vaid said backing the crime branch team that investigated the case and arrested eight persons.

He was responding to queries from general public in a broadcast.

To a question why the rape and murder case was not transferred to the CBI, Vaid said we have no objection but the police is as competent as anybody else".

The probe in the brutal rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl belonging to the nomadic Muslim Bakerwal community in has been questioned by the who have alleged "targeting of minority Dogras" and demanded a CBI probe.

The police have arrested eight persons in the case.

In the interaction today, Vaid termed it a misconception that only officers from the region were part of the special investigation team.

The SIT had officers from all ranks and regions. A is a and not a Muslim, Hindu, Sikh or Christian. That is what we believe in, he said adding that it was a misconception that no from Jammu area was part of the team.

Naming two of the officers, he said SSP, Jammu, and DSP, S Sharma, were actively involved in probing the case.

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 21:15 IST