Jammu, May 31: Seven of the eight accused in the horrific Kathua rape and murder case were shifted to Pathankot on Thursday ahead of the beginning of their trail.
The seven accused are alleged mastermind Sanji Ram, his son Vishal Jangotra, Vishal’s friend from Rasana village, a sub-inspector of police, a head constable and two special police officers (SPOs).
The eighth accused is a juvenile and his trial is being held separately in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua.
The trial of the case was shifted to Pathankot by the Supreme Court following a plea of the victim’s father.
The apex court also directed the district and sessions judge Pathankot to hold the trial in-camera on a daily basis without any adjournment.
The 8-year-old girl, belonging to the Bakherwal community, was held in a small village temple for a week during which she was sedated and sexually assaulted. Later her body was found dumped in a forest near Rasana village.
With IANS input