Himachal

GUDDIA RAPE AND MURDER CASE TAKE NEW TURN AS ONE ACCUSED DIES IN POLICE CUSTODY, CBI PROBE NOT BEGINS

July 19, 2017 08:40 PM

Shimla (Face2News)

Guddia rape and murder case today took new turn as one of the accused, who was remanded in police have been died in police lockup. Police says he was killed by the co-accused. When the information spread in the area of Kotkhai, mob gathered and gheraod police station. Police fire in the air and resorted lathicharge to disburse the mob.

HIGHLIGHT OF THE CASE

*PEOPLE NOT SATISFIED WITH THE ARRESTED PERSONS FRAMED IN THE CASE

*HIMACHAL CM SAYS HE HAS WRITTEN TO PM FOR CBI PROBE

*FAMILY MEMER SAYS  MAIN CULPRITS SCOT FREE

*ENTIRE STAFF  KOTKHAI POLICE STATION SUSPENDED ON DEATH IN POLICE CUSTODY 

The person who dies in the police custody identified as Surat Singh, residential of Nepal. Meanwhile the CBI have not yet initiated any probe despite repeated reminders to Prime Minister by Mr. Virbhadhra Singh Chief Minister. In the meantime Mr. Virbhadra Singh while addressing a rally atPadhar in district Mandi today, Chief Minister Shri Virbhadra Singh said that the criminals involved in rape and murder of Guddia would be severely punished and justice would be provided to her.

"The state government had earlier formed Special Investigation team and later, I personally wrote a letter to the Prime Minister to get conducted CBI inquiry in this case", said the Chief Minister, asking, that what more he could have done. It is after the end of trial that punishment or justice is to be decided by the courts, he added.The matter was also being flared up and politicized by the BJP, he said. To play politics on death of a minor girl was shameful, as her soul also won't be able to rest in peace, he said. "I am sincerely committed to bring the criminals to book and want them to be hanged for the heinous crime they have committed", said Virbhadra Singh. He said that the media should also restrain from exaggerating this issue keeping in view the sensitivity of this case which was one of the rarest. The law and enforcement agencies are on job and very soon, the truth would be out, said Chief Minister.

In the meantime entire staff of the Kotkhai thana, including the SHO, has been suspended following this death in custody. Sources say the SHO had kept all the six accused in two cells instead of keeping them in separate cells. The police allege that Surat Singh was killed in a scuffle with the other accused in his cell.

Meanwhile, protests continued to rock upper Himachal on Wednesday with protesters stooping traffic at various places on the way to Kotkhai. Seeking justice for the victim, Gudiya, the protesters alleged that the six arrests are a cover-up and the real accused have gone scot-free.

On July 13, police had claimed a breakthrough in the rape and murder of a minor school girl whose naked body was found in isolated woods in Kotkhai tehsil’s Halaila village. The six accused were identified as Ashish Chauhan (29), Rajinder Singh (32) of Sharaal village, Subash Singh Bisht (42) of Pauri Garhwal, Surat Singh (29) of Nepal, Lok Jan (19) of Nepal and Deepak (38) of Garhwal. Bisht is a priest in a temple at Pauri Garhwal. They were produced before a court in Theog and sent to seven-day police remand. All the six arrested were kept in police custody in Kotkhai. Police sources said Surat Singh was strangulated, his body kept in IGMC, Shimla for postmortem.

People are not satisfied the police action on this sensitive matter . Protests are continues. The highway from Shimla to Kotkhai was blocked at several places due to protests. Unprecedented scenes are being witnessed in Himachal, with people thronging to the Mall Road in Shimla demanding accountability on part of the government. Locals even threw stones at the Kotkhai police station on Wednesday. Two weeks after a teenage girl in Himachal Pradesh was gang-raped and killed in an apple orchard, the main suspect has allegedly killed another man arrested for the crime by smashing his head on the floor of the police station where they were being held.

The police say the 16-year-old girl was offered a lift in a vehicle by a man named Rajinder Singh when she was walking home from school. On the way, the men in the car -six in total - raped and murdered her in a nearby orchard. Her body was found two days later on the woods nearby. The main accused, Rajinder Singh knew the victim and had offered her rides home on earlier occasions, the police said. It was he who killed Surat Singh, a co-accused from Nepal, today. "Both of them had a scuffle over some issue and Surat got grievous head injuries. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was declared dead.

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