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Transfer Kathua case to HC: Kashmir BarStating it was not in favour of transferring the trial in the Kathua gangrape and murder case outside the state, the Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Monday urged the High Court to transfer the case to itself as the atmosphere was ‘not conducive’ for a fair trial in Kathua.The demand was put forward by Bar association president Mian Qayoom as the lawyers’ body organised a protest in solidarity with the minor victim, who was brutally raped and killed.“We are not in favour of transferring the case outside the state. The atmosphere in Kathua is not conducive for holding a fair trial of the case. The HC, which has wings both at Jammu and Srinagar, should transfer the case to itself. It can nominate a judge for the purpose who can be given an exclusive task to complete the trial of the case as soon as possible,” Qayoom said while talking to the media on the sidelines of solidarity protests outside the HC here.Demanding death penalty for the accused in the case, Qayoom said the Bar was ready to provide legal assistance to the victim’s family.Meanwhile, scores of students at the University of Kashmir took out a rally demanding stern punishment to the accused in the case.“We demand that the accused should be given a strict punishment so that the incident is not repeated with any girl. The crime was gruesome and demands strict punishment. She was just a child,” said a student Asmat Bhat. A group of students also took out a demonstration at Srinagar’s Press Colony demanding justice to the victim and her family.