Ratanmala alleged rape and murder case

IMPHAL, Mar 7: Accused examination of Ratanmala alleged rape and murder case has been fixed on March 31, and the prosecution witness of the trial case was closed today.
The accused of the case, Soibam Dhanabir (40) s/o S Tomba of Ningombam Mayai Leikai, who is presently out on bail, appeared before the Court for the trial today.
The APP of the State prayed before the Court to close the prosecution witness of the trial case from the side of the prosecution after which the Court fixed the accused examination of the case against the Soibam Dhanabir on March 31.
The IO of the case, Thokchom Vikramjit, Commanding Officer of 3rd IRB (then SDPO Singjamei) gave his submission before the court on February 26.
It may be mentioned that the victim, RK Ratanmala, was found brutally murdered at Poila paddy fields (located between Hiyangthang and Langthabal Phuramakhong) on January 30, 2010, a day after she went out of her home.
She was found with her phanek lifted up to her waist and with her sweater and inner wear removed thus raising suspicion that she might have been raped before she was murdered by the accused.
Straws were also found scattered in and around the area where the body was found and apart from stangulation marks on her neck, injuries were also found on the victim’s head suspected to be caused by a hard object.
The accused of the case surrendered himself before the police, a few days after the incident.

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