Himachal

GUDIYA GANG RAPE: CBI FILES CHARGESHEET AGAINST 8 POLICE OFFICIALS INCLUDING IGP IN CUSTODIAL DEATH

November 25, 2017 08:42 PM

CBI had registered two cases on the orders dated 19.07.2017 of High Court and taken over the investigation of FIR No. 97 of 2017 dated 06.07.2017, under Sections 302, 376 of IPC & Section 4 of POCSO Act registered earlier at Police Station, Kotkhai, (Himachal Pradesh) relating to rape & murder of a minor girl and another FIR  earlier registered at Police Station, Kotkhai, District Shimla relating to custodial death of one of the accused arrested by Local Police in connection with investigation of said FIR No. 97 of 2017. 

Shimla (Face2News)

'The Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) on Saturday filed a charge sheet u/s 120-B r/w 302, 330, 331, 323, 326, 348, 195, 196, 218, 201 of IPC and substantive offences thereof against 08 police officers/officials of Himachal Pradesh including then Inspector General of Police, Southern Range; then DSP (SDOP), Theog; a Sub-Inspector & then SHO, Kotkhai; an ASI; three Head Constables and one Constable in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Shimla in a case relating to death of Sh. Suraj Singh in police custody in the intervening night of 18-19 July 2017 at Police Station, Kotkhai, District Shimla(Himachal Pradesh) .

CBI had registered two cases on the orders dated 19.07.2017 of Hon’ble High Court of Himachal Pradesh, in CWPIL No.88 of 2017 and taken over the investigation of FIR No. 97 of 2017 dated 06.07.2017, under Sections 302, 376 of IPC & Section 4 of POCSO Act registered earlier at Police Station, Kotkhai, District Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) relating to rape & murder of a minor girl and another FIR No. 101 of 2017 dated 19.07.2017 U/s 302 of IPC earlier registered at Police Station, Kotkhai, District Shimla relating to custodial death of one of the accused arrested by Local Police in connection with investigation of said FIR No. 97 of 2017. The Himachal Pradesh Police had earlier arrested six accused in this case. Out of these one had died under alleged mysterious circumstances in police custody for which separate FIR No. 101/2017 was registered by local police.

After taking over the investigation, CBI had arrested eight Police officials of Himachal Pradesh including then Inspector General of Police, Southern Range; then DSP (SDOP), Theog; a Sub-Inspector & then SHO, Kotkhai; an ASI; three Head Constables and one Constable, all working in Himachal Pradesh on 29.08.2017 in a case relating to custodial death of accused Suraj Singh.. All the said arrested accused are presently in Judicial Custody.

During further investigation , CBI had arrested the then Superintendent of Police, (Negi) posted at Shimla (Himachal Pradesh) on 16.11.17 in the said case relating to custodial death of accused Suraj Singh. He is also presently in judicial custody.Investigation is continuing.

CBI had arrested Inspector General of Police (IGP) Zahoor H Zaidi,  DSP Manoj Joshi, Rajinder Singh, Kotkhai's ex-SHO ASI Deep Chand Sharma, head constables Surat Singh, Mohan Lal, Rafiq Ali and constable Ranjit Singh in connection with custodial death of one of the accusesd in Gudia rape and murder case Suraj Singh. 

CBI had registered two FIRs on July 6 and 19 on the directions of Himachal Pradesh High Court.  IGP Zaidi was removed as SIT chief on July 19.

Facing the allegations of spoiling the evidences and botching up the probe in the case, the state government on July 19 had removed IGP Zaidi, SP Shimla besides placing SHO Kotkhai under suspension.

The death of one of the accused Suraj, a Nepalese national, in police custody had raised suspicion on the role of the police in the case of rape and killing of a schoolgirl in Shimla. 

The 16-year-old girl had gone missing in Kotkhai area here after school hours on July 4 and her body was found in the nearby Haliala forest on July 6.

The arrested persons are prime accused Rajinder Singh, who offered her the lift, Ashish Chauhan, Subhash Bisht, Deepak Kumar, Suraj Singh and Lokjan. A new twist in the case came after Rajinder Singh allegedly murdered fellow accused Surat Singh in the police lock-up in Shimla on July 19.

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