In a shameful incident, a class X student at the Kotkhai area of Shimla district was gangraped and brutally murdered. Her body was recovered from the nearby Halila forest two days later. According to latest report it said that out of the six accused who was arreseted in this case, one died in custody.
The gangrape of the girl took place on July 4 when she was returning from the school. According to police, she took a lift from a private vehicle which was being driven by Rajender Singh. Other accused – Subash Singh Bisht, Surat Singh, Lokjan alias Chottu and Deepak alias Deepu were also in the vehicle.
Police said Rajender alias Raju had heated exchanges with the Nepalese, Suraj, in the jail and a scuffle ensued. Rajuthen allegedly banged Suraj's head against a wall and he died. IG Southern range Z H Zaidi said Suraj had narrated the entire sequence leading to the rape incident and named Raju,the driver of the pickup, as the main accused. The police is already facing a lot of criticism for tardy investigation and protest are continuing in Kotkhai, Shimla and other places demanding justice for the minor girl.
Following the killing, the entire staff of the Kotkhai Police Station has been shifted and recommendation for a judicial enquiry into the custodial death has been made. Additional police force has been rushed to Kotkhai to tackle the law and order situation as it is feared that itwould add fuel to the public rage over the rape incident.
People who was arrested in this case was Ashish Chauhan alias Ashu (29), a resident of Sharaal village in Mahasu area of Kotkhai; Rajender Singh alias Raju (32), the driver of a pick-up vehicle and a resident of Hiliala village; Subash Singh Bisht (42) and Deepak alias Deepu (29), both residents of Pauri Garwal; Suraj Singh (29) and Lok Jung alias Chotu (19), both hailing from Nepal.Demonstrations continued in Shimla over the rape and murder of a school girl after which school students took out a protest march over alleged "lapses" in the investigation.
The protesters, led by Students' Federation of India (SFI) activists, assembled at the Central Telegraph Office here and marched to the Ridge via the Mall Road, carrying placards demanding justice for the victim.
The SFI welcomed the decision of the state government of referring the case to CBI but expressed suspicion over role of the police. Residents of Chamyana, in the outskirts of Shimla, also held protests over the incident.
The Congress also joined the clamour for justice for the victim. Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu said there certainly was some "negligence" in the police probe.
(With PTI Input)