New Delhi, Apr 20: The Special Investigation Team of Jammu and Kashmir police, along with Delhi Forensic Lab has found strong evidence against the accused in Kathua gang-rape case. The Delhi Forensic Lab has established that blood samples collected from the temple belong to the victim, an eight-year-old Bakerwal girl. It is proved that she was raped and confined in the Devisthan.

The hair sample taken from the temple has matched with the DNA profile of Shubham Sangra, the accused. There are allegations that he washed the victim’s clothes to remove signs of evidence. Initially, when the same set of washed clothes were sent for the investigation, no blood stains were found, making it difficult to confirm charges against him.

The SIT approached The Delhi Forensic Lab for help with the investigation. Various parcels of hair strands, vaginal smear, blood samples of the victim and blood strains of another accused Parvesh were dispatched to Delhi FSL.

An eight-year-old girl was abducted on January 10 and held captive inside a temple in Rasana village of Hiranagar area. She was drugged and raped repeatedly before being murdered. Her body was found dumped in the adjoining forest area on January 17. The Jammu and Kashmir police produced eight accused before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) of Kathua on Monday. The next hearing will take place on April 28.