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Man acquitted of rape, murder of 3-year-old stepdaughter

chandigarh Updated: Apr 04, 2014 00:42 IST
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The court of additional district and sessions judge Roopam Singh on Thursday acquitted a man of rape and murder of his 3-year-old stepdaughter.

The police case had maintained said that Ikraam Ahmed, a resident of Mauli Jagran, had planned the crime, after he reportedly felt that her second wife was ignoring his children.

Possible reasons for acquittal

"Ikram's second wife could not be produced as witness. No neighbour or relative could say that Ikraam's children were mistreated. So, motive could not be proved," said Manbir Singh Rathi, who represented Ikraam.

There was another difference "A witness Manoj Kumar, a resident of Sector 27 Panchkula, had claimed to have seen Ikraam taking the girl to Sector 5, on August 17, 2013, but he informed the police on August 22, 2013. However, investigating officer inspector Mukesh Kumar said that he was informed on August 18. So there was difference in versions," Rathi added.

"There were also differences between the versions of the forensic team and the investigating officer (IO). Independent witnesses said that a blood-stained grass and slipper of the girl and two pieces of blood-stained clothes were recovered August 22, 2013. However, the forensic team said thus was done on August 21. The recovery witnesses and the probe officer also differed in describing the sequence of events," he claimed.

"We will look into the judgment. If there are lapses the responsibility will be fixed and disciplinary action started," said Panchkula DCP Ashwin Shenvi.