Sumbal Rape: Governor Orders Fast Track Investigation 

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 SRINAGAR — Governor Satya Pal Malik and Advisor Vijay Kumar on Monday directed the special investigation team to complete the investigation of Bandipora rape case on fast track basis so that the culprit is brought to justice.

He directed the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and IG Police to personally monitor the investigation.

Separate inquiry has also been ordered to check veracity of the age of accused and ascertain the veracity of age certificate issued.

Requesting the general public to maintain peace and mutual brotherhood, the Governor has assured the general public that the administration is taking each and every step for maintaining public order and anybody having any grievance or any apprehension shall contact the Police Control Room or Divisional Commissioner Kashmir’s office.

Meanwhile, the Governor has appealed the people not to pay any heed to rumors and has said rumor mongers will be dealt strictly as per law.

Earlier he sought exemplary punishment to whoever raped the minor.

“Governor has expressed deep shock and pain over the extremely heinous incident of rape of a 3-year-old girl from Bandipora,” a Raj Bhawan statement said.

It said the Governor spoke to S.P. Pani, Inspector General of Police (IGP) in Kashmir, and directed him “to work swiftly in the case and ensure that the culprit gets exemplary punishment for this shameful act”.

The Governor asked religious leaders of different communities to deplore this gruesome incident and appealed to the people to remain calm and not let “anti-social elements disturb peace and harmony in the society”.

Police have lodged a FIR against the principal of a private school, who allegedly issued a fake birth certificate in favour of the accused that showed him as a minor.

Police said scientific evidence will be collected to determine the actual age of the accused and said that preliminary investigation has revealed that the accused was around 20 years old.

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