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Police officer probing Kathua case transferred

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Inspector-General of Police, Crime Branch, Syed Afadul Mujtaba, who became the face of the Kathua rape-and-murder probe, was on Tuesday transferred to a less significant post. The State Home department comes directly under the Governor Satya Pal Malik. In his recent interviews, the police officer admitted that the Kathua case became a tough case for him to crack “in the wake of destruction of the evidence, streets protests and polarisation”.

According to the government order, IGP Mujataba “is transferred and posted as managing director of the Police Housing Corporation (PHC) against an available vacancy”.

Mr. Mujtaba and his team of officers had received both bouquets and brickbats for the 13-month long investigation into the murder-and-rape of an eight year old girl in Kathua in January last year.

It was the Crime Branch investigation that resulted in conviction of six out seven accused, including four policemen, in the Kathua case in June this year.

Mujtaba joined the J&K police in 1984 and served the State during challenging times as top officer in capital Srinagar during the 2008 Amarnath row and the Shopian case.

The officer had also called for filing an appeal against the seventh accused in the case and enhancing the quantum of punishment for six others”.

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