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.


FirstPost – Delhi High Court reserves order on SIT plea to cancel Sajjan Kumar’s bail in 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases

New Delhi-India, 12 December 2017. The Delhi High Court on Sunday reserved its order on a plea by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases, seeking to cancel the anticipatory bail granted to Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in two matters.

Justice Anu Malhotra heard the arguments of the counsel for the SIT, Sajjan Kumar and riot victims and said it would pass an order.

During the hearing, Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, appearing for the SIT which is probing the charges against Kumar, argued that the trial court’s order granting anticipatory bail to the leader was “perverse” and there were overwhelming circumstances which were ignored.

“The observations in the bail order shows that the order was perverse. In a matter of such a magnitude, if anticipatory bail is put up before the trial court, it is imperative upon the judge to consider the material gathered by the prosecuting agency, which is SIT in this case,” Jain contended.

He argued that the trial court’s bail order could not have been and ought not to have been passed, and should be set aside.

While reading out the statements of various witnesses, the ASG said the sessions judge had observed in his order that the evidence was hearsay. However, all these evidence are not hearsay and there are eyewitnesses to the incident, he added.

Kumar was granted anticipatory bail by a trial court on 21 December last year in two separate cases of killing of three Sikhs during the riots which had occurred after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Opposing the plea, advocate Anil Sharma, appearing for the Congress leader, said he was neither defending the incident, nor saying that it did not take place.

He submitted that former MP’s name was never taken earlier and it was a case of fresh allegations coming up after 32 years which was not allowed.

Senior advocate Harvinder Singh Phoolka, representing the riot victims, said the SIT was fully empowered to probe the case.

There are two cases filed against Kumar falling in the jurisdictions of Janakpuri and Vikaspuri police stations in West Delhi.

The complaint in Janakpuri pertains to the killing of two Sikhs, Sohan Singh and his son-in-law Avtar Singh, on 1 November, 1984 and in the other, where another Sikh, Gurcharan Singh, was burnt on 2 November, 1984 in the jurisdiction of Vikaspuri Police Station.

Gurcharan, who was half burnt, had remained bed-ridden for 29 years. He died three years ago.

The SIT had been constituted by the Union home ministry in February 2015 to re-investigate ‘serious cases’ filed in Delhi relating to riots that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi. – Protests continue after RSS leader is shot dead in Ludhiana

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Ludhiana, 19 October 2017. Punjab. Following the murder of Rashtiya Swamsewak Sangh leader Ravindra Gosain, Hindu outfits are out to protest and seek arrest of the culprits. Gosain was was reportedly shot dead in Ludhiana in the morning hours of October 17 by two masked bike riders.

The incident occurred at around 07:30 AM outside the house of victim leader in Gagandeep Colony, which falls under jurisdiction of Police station Basti Jodhewal.

As per police investigations, two masked bike riders called the victim leader Ravinder Gosain to look at them and fired at point blank range as soon as the victim paid attention.

The victim died on spot and the bike riders ran away. Police has claimed that the bike used during the murder has been found, however, further details have not been disclosed.

A Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to probe the murder. The Police have taken over the CCTV footage of the area nearby to site of incident. It has come to the fore that the assailants were chasing Ravinder Gosain from 06:15 AM but couldn’t target him at his venue of daily practice.

Sikh24 has also learnt that there was a dispute ongoing among the RSS activists over conduction of daily classes for children in Park of concerned area in the evening. The Police have also started probing the case from this perspective.

RSS had supported the Congress in the recently held elections in Punjab. This move sent shockwaves as RSS has been a supporter of the BJP. Some RSS members have pointed fingers at the BJP on social media for continued attacks on RSS leaders in Punjab.

The Police have claimed that the fourth attack on the RSS in the past more than one-and-a-half years points to a pattern to single out the Hindu organization. “It is too much of a coincidence, though the police are probing a personal angle to each attack,” a senior officer said.

He added that Ravinder Gosain was killed on the day Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh visited the state. This means the assailants want to give out a message.

In January 2016, Naresh Kumar, an RSS leader, was injured in an attack in Ludhiana, while an RSS branch in Ludhiana’s Kidwai Nagar came under attack a few days later. In both cases, two motorcycle-borne youths had fired the shots. In August 2016, Brigadier V K Gagneja (Retd.), vice-president of the RSS Punjab unit, was also gunned down in Jalandhar.

I am opposed to the RSS, the BJP, the whole Sangh Parivas and all they stand for, but murdering its leaders is not a solution
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The Asian Age – Saharanpur violence: Mayawati slams clean chit to eight Thakurs

The eight had been arrested for allegedly attacking three Dalits on May 23.

Lucknow, 16 June 2017. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing caste violence in Saharanpur has given a clean chit to the eight accused who happened to be Thakurs.

The eight had been arrested for allegedly attacking three Dalits on May 23. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati slammed the move, saying once again, it proved the anti-Dalit mentality of the BJP.

The SIT moved an application before a local court two days ago seeking their release, saying that they were found innocent during the investigation.

Saharanpur SSP Babloo Kumar said, “During investigation, we found that the eight accused were falsely named in the FIR lodged on various charges including attempt to murder. We had moved an application in the court under section 169 CrPC and requested their release. The court has accepted the application and has also allowed the release”.

Seventeen persons were arrested and sent to jail during a series of clashes in Saharanpur between Thakurs and Dalits last month, of which eight belonged to the Thakur community. With the SIT giving them a clean chit, it is only the Dalit youths, including Bhim army chief Chandra Shekhar and Shiv Kumar (the village head of Shabbirpur village where the clashes took place) that are in jail now.

The SIT has been verifying claims of over 100 affidavits that families of other accused have filed in cases related to the violence.