Srinagar, Mar 20: The alleged main kingpin and mastermind of Asifa rape-and-murder case has surrendered before the Crime Branch of the Jammu and Kashmir police.
The accused Sanji Ram, former ex-revenue official, was evading arrest after his involvement came to light, sources said.
Asifa Bano, an eight-year-old nomad girl, was abducted, raped and murdered in Hiranagar area of Kathua district on January 10 and her body was spotted by villagers in a nearby forest on January 17.
Sources said Ram, 60, surrendered before Senior Superintendent of Police (CB) Jammu.
The development came just a day after Ram’s son Vishal was arrested from Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut district.
Ram is believed to have engineered the rape and murder of Asifa Bano to allegedly create fear among nomadic families living in the Jammu’s Rasana village and drive them out of the area. After his name cropped up during the investigation, Ram went into hiding.
Investigators said that Ram allegedly motivated Special Police Officer Deepak Khajuria, the main accused in the case, to execute the heinous crime.