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SC to hear plea alleging torture of Kathua case witness today

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New Delhi, Aug 07: The Supreme Court will Wednesday hear a plea alleging that Talib Hussain, a key witness in the sensational Kathua gang rape and murder case, is being tortured by the Jammu and Kashmir Police in a fake rape case.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices D Y Chandrachud and Indira Banerjee considered the submission of a close relative of Hussain, seeking urgent hearing on the plea.

A habeas corpus (produce the body) writ petition has been filed by the cousin of the witness. It alleges that Hussain has been kept in illegal detention and is being subjected to custodial torture.

Hussain’s family alleged that he is being tortured in police custody in a fake rape case.

Senior advocate Indira Jaising, counsel for the petitioner, later said Hussain has been subjected to torture in Samba in the state and they are seeking “judicial intervention” in the matter.

The apex court has transferred the trial in the Kathua gang rape and murder case to Pathankot after taking note of the plea of the father of the victim apprehending threat to the family.

Hussain is a key witness in the Kathua gang rape case, in which an eight-year-old girl from a minority nomadic community disappeared from near her home in a village close to Kathua in the Jammu region on January 10. Her body was found in the same area a week later.

The state police’s Crime Branch, which probed the case, filed the main charge-sheet against seven persons and a separate charge-sheet against a juvenile in a court in Kathua district. The charge-sheet has revealed chilling details about how the girl was allegedly kidnapped, drugged and raped inside a place of worship before being killed.

Meanwhile, protest were held by the Gujjar community in Banihal area of Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir today against the alleged torture of Hussain.

Scores of men belonging to the Gujjar community gathered at the Municipal Park Banihal on Tuesday and took out a protest rally.

The protesters, who were also raising slogans against the BJP and the former forest minister Lal Singh, demanded an impartial inquiry into the incident and justice for Talib Hussain, who is currently lodged in Samba police station.

The protesters later staged a sit-in inside the premises of Tehsildar office’s in Banihal.

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