The Statesman – Kathua rape-murder: DSP Shwetambari Sharma slams lawyer’s misogynistic remarks

Shwetambri Sharma is the lone woman officer in the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police that investigated the rape and murder of the eight-year-old.

New Delhi – India, 19 April 2018. Days after defence lawyer Ankur Sharma made a misogynistic remark about her, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Shwetambari Sharma has shot back at the prejudiced comments, saying “the whole nation will comment on it”.

Ankur Sharma, who is the defence lawyer of five accused in the case, while referring to DCP Shwetambari had said, “She is a girl, how intelligent can she be?”

As per a NDTV report, while reacting to Ankur Sharma’s remark, Shwetambari Sharma said: “It hurts when you are targeted and your intelligence is doubted just because you are a woman. What should I comment on such a chauvinist remark, the whole nation is there to comment on it.”

As per media reports, Shwetambari while talking to media highlighted the complexities in investigating the Kathua rape case.

She said, during the agitations, it was very hard to investigate the case. Collecting evidence and statements was very tough as the agitators were campaigning in support of the accused. The agitations led by pro-Hindu groups and lawyers bodies made it very difficult for the SIT to carry out their investigations.

However, DCP Shwetambari Sharma said she has full faith in the judiciary and “judiciary is capable enough to bring justice, don’t doubt it”.

Two FIRs have been lodged in the Kathua rape-murder case. One FIR against the eight accused in the case while the second one has been lodged against the lawyer’s body, which allegedly tried to stop the police from filling a charge sheet against the accused.

Shwetambri Sharma is the lone woman officer in the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir Police that investigated the rape and murder of the eight-year-old in Kathua.

The eight accused men are facing chrges of holding an eight-year-old girl captive for a week in the village temple at Rasana in January, during which she was “sedated and sexually assaulted” before being beaten to death. – Kapurthala Sikh and reserved classes organise massive protest against rising hooliganism of fanatic Hindu bodies

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Kapurthala – Panjab – India, 18 April 2018. Kapurthala based Sikh activists headed by senior SAD (Amritsar) leader Jathedar Narinder Singh Khusropur today took out a protest march against rising hooliganism of fanatic Hindu bodies like Shiv Sena in India.

The protest march was taken out in collaboration with local residents belonging to schedule castes and tribes.

Interacting with media on this occasion, Jathedar Narinder Singh Khusropur highly criticized the rising hooliganism of fanatic Hindu bodies in Punjab as well as in other states.

Specifying details of recent attack of schedule caste youths by Shiv Sena activists in a clash over installation of B R Ambedkar’s statue, Khusropur said that these fanatic Hindu bodies once against want to oppress the scheduled castes and minorities with imposition of unjust Hindu ethos of dividing society.

Pained over the depiction of inhumanity by RSS affiliated Hindu youths by gang-raping and murdering an eight years old Muslim girl, Khusropur said that the perpetrators of this inhuman incident should be brought to justice at the earliest.

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Gent – Luik (Liège) – Tongeren – Hoepertingen
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The Asian Age – Terror emerging again in Punjab, CM warns Centre

New Delhi – India, 20 April 2018. Fearing the re-emergence of militancy in Punjab, chief minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday urged the Centre to put in place an elaborate plan to tackle the emerging threat, with intelligence reports indicating that Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) was training Sikh youths to revive terror activities in the region.

The issue, particularly some recent targeted killings by ISI-backed operatives, was discussed in detail during a meeting between Captain Singh and Union home minister Rajnath Singh here on Thursday.

The CM also briefed the home minister in detail about the security situation in Punjab and how attempts were being made to disturb the law and order situation through these targeted killings.

Home ministry officials claimed Captain Singh urged the Centre to plan an “all-encompassing” security strategy to deal with the revival of terror in the state.

Captain Singh also stressed the need for further strengthening and sharing of intelligence inputs between the Centre and state agencies, particularly on some terror operatives active in foreign countries like Italy, the United States, Germany, Canada and Britain.

The role of some of these operatives is suspected in recent killings in Punjab, now being investigated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Sources said the home minister assured Captain Singh of all possible help from the Centre in dealing with security issues in the sensitive border state, which had seen a long spell of terror in the past.

The Punjab CM also flagged the issue of how terror elements were using the social media to radicalise youth and the urgent need to counter this. The home ministry had recently told a parliamentary panel that Sikh youths were being trained at ISI facilities in Pakistan to carry out terror activities in India.

Captain Singh appreciated the role of the Central security agencies, particularly the NIA, in handling cases related to the killing of political and religious personalities in the state, which is being seen as a desperate attempt to disturb communal harmony in the region.

The Hindu – Supreme Court reserves verdict on Navjot Singh Sidhu’s plea in 1988 road rage case

New Delhi – India, 18 April 2018. The Supreme Court today reserved its judgment on the appeal filed by cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu challenging the Punjab and Haryana High Court verdict convicting and sentencing him to three years in jail in a 1988 road rage case.

A bench comprising Justices J Chelameswar and Sanjay Kishan Kaul reserved the verdict after hearing the arguments.

Senior advocate R S Cheema, appearing for Mr Sidhu, said that the evidence brought on record regarding the cause of death of the victim were “indefinite and contradictory”.

He also said that the medical opinion regarding the cause of death of the deceased, Gurnam Singh, was “vague”.

The bench also reserved its verdict on the appeal filed by Rupinder Singh Sandhu, who along with Mr Sidhu was sentenced to three years in jail by the high court in the case.

Mr Sidhu, who had quit the BJP and joined the Congress days before the Punjab Assembly election last year, had earlier told the bench that the findings of the high court were based on “opinion” and not on medical evidence.

However, the Amarinder Singh government had on April 12 favoured in the top court the high court verdict convicting and awarding the three-year jail term to Mr Sidhu, who is now Punjab’s tourism minister.

The former cricketer had argued that there was “ambiguity” regarding the actual cause of death of Patiala resident Singh.

The counsel for the state had earlier told the apex court: “The trial court verdict was rightly set aside by the High Court. Accused A1 (Navjot Singh Sidhu) had given fist blow to deceased Gurnam Singh leading to his death through brain hemorrhage”.

The state had argued that the trial court was wrong in its findings that the man had died of cardiac arrest and not brain hemorrhage.

The counsel for the complainant had argued that Mr Sidhu’s sentence should be enhanced as it was a case of murder and the cricketer-turned-politician had deliberately removed the keys of the deceased’s car so that he does not get medical assistance.

Mr Sidhu was acquitted of the murder charges by the trial court in September 1999.

However, the high court had reversed the verdict and held Mr Sidhu and co-accused Mr Sandhu guilty of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in December 2006. It had sentenced them to three-year jail and imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh each on the two.

In 2007, the apex court had stayed the conviction of Mr Sidhu and Mr Sandhu in the case, paving the way for him to contest the by-poll for the Amritsar Lok Sabha seat.

As per prosecution case, Mr Sidhu and Mr Sandhu were allegedly present in a Gypsy parked near Sheranwala Gate Crossing in Patiala on 27 December 1988, when Gurnam Singh, Jaswinder Singh and another person were going to the bank to withdraw money for a marriage.

It was alleged that when they reached the crossing, Gurnam Singh, driving a maruti car, found the Gypsy in the middle of the road and asked the occupants, Mr Sidhu and Mr Sandhu, to remove the vehicle for their passage. This led to heated exchanges.

The police had claimed that Mr Singh was beaten up by Mr Sidhu who later fled the crime scene. The injured was taken to a hospital, where he was declared dead.