Kathua Rape-Accused Student's Signature On Alibi Exam Were Forged: J&K Crime Branch

| August 7 , 2018 , 12:58 IST

The investigations into the brutal rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu and Kashmir's Kathua revealed, based on forensic evidence recovered by the J&K crime branch on Sunday, that one of the rape accused, Vishal Jangotra had forged his signature on an exam attendance sheet which was his alibi.

The signature on the exam attendance sheet in Uttar Pradesh's Meerut, miles away from the location of the crime in Jammu and Kashmir, had been used as 'proof' of Jangotra's alibi, that he had been giving an exam when the rape-murder took place.

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According to Crime Branch sources, the forensic report from the Central Forensic Laboratory showed that the signatures on the exam attendance sheet did not match with those of Jangotra who claimed to have signed the exam attendance sheet in Meerut itself on January 15.

Although the crime branch had been claiming that Jangotra's signatures had been forged by his friends in Meerut to manufacture an alibi for him, the forensic report has confirmed the claims. The crime branch has now summoned 3 friends of the accused to be presented before the investigators in Jammu on Monday.

A total of 8 persons, including a cousin of Jangotra, one of his local friends, 2 special police officers, a head constable and a sub-inspector of J&K police have been named as accused in Kathua rape-murder. In his defence, Jangotra said that on January 15 he was appearing for an exam in Meerut.

In January this year, an 8-year-old girl who was taking her horses to pasture in Kathua, was kidnapped and force-fed sedatives for a period of days while she was gangraped, before she was brutally murdered and had her head bashed in. The incident came to light months later and shocked the nation.