Amid the outrage at national and international level on the Kathua gang rape episode, Shridhar Patil has been appointed as the new Superintendent of Police of the district.
Shridhar Patil is replacing Senior Superintendent of Police Suleman Choudhary.
Patil had earlier been posted as SP Kulgam.
It is said that Suleman Choudhary has been posted as AIG, CIV PHQ against an available vacancy.
The replacement has been termed as routine.
This is however amid the alleged involvement of some district police officers in the horrific crime.
The charge sheet accused the police officers of even accepting bribes to destroy crucial evidence.
It need be recalled that during initial investigations itself, the police arrested a juvenile but the case was later transferred to Jammu and Kashmir police’s crime branch.
It was then that the two Special Police Officers (SPOs) — Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Kumar along with others including former revenue official and the alleged conspirator Sanji Ram were arrested.
The charge sheet noted that Ram masterminded the conspiracy to kidnap, rape and kill the girl.