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DGP to oversee rape probe

Jharkhand High Court on Thursday directed DGP Rajeev Kumar to personally supervise and monitor investigations into the rape and murder of a minor girl in Doranda area of the state capital last April.

A division bench of Chief Justice R. Banumathi and Justice S. Chandrashekhar issued the directive while pulling up the state during the hearing of a PIL initiated suo motu by the court last year after a spurt in crimes against women in Jharkhand.

The court’s censure came today after it was informed that state police had submitted the “final form” in the case at the court of the magistrate on May 5, informing that there was no evidence of the crime. The “final form” was submitted on the basis of a court order on May 1, demanding a status report of investigations into the case.

Asking the DGP to ensure that the probe was conducted properly and the guilty were punished, the division bench said that the offence was committed and a minor child was raped and brutally murdered, which had been corroborated by medical reports.

Police ought to investigate the matter and book the accused, it said.

The Doranda crime, coming within months of the horrific Delhi bus rape in December 2012, had left the entire state capital shocked and shattered.

The six-year-old victim, who used to live in Darzi Mohalla under Doranda police station and studied in Class II, had gone missing after returning from school on April 24, 2013. Her family had launched a search but found her nowhere.

The next morning, her elder sister found her body with her right hand broken, right ear chopped off and injuries on her neck from an under-construction building opposite their house in Doranda.

Three persons — Taufique, Rizwan and Saddam — were eventually arrested by police in connection with the case, but are now on bail.

On April 26, 2013, the high court asked the administration to spell out steps taken to curb such crimes.