Shimla minor's rape and murder case referred to CBI after public pressure on Himachal government

On July 4, the minor girl, a student at Mahasu government school in Kotkhai was returning home from school when she was kidnapped and raped.

Published: 14th July 2017 08:38 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th July 2017 08:38 PM   |  A+A-

CBI main office in New Delhi. (File | PTI)

Express News Service

CHANDIGARH: The Himachal Pradesh government on Friday ordered a CBI probe into the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kotkhai, Shimla after the public refused to buy that the case has been solved with the arrest of six youth.

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh who on Friday returned to Shimla from Kullu said that a high level team was constituted to investigate the case and a police team led by a DGP rank officer went to probe it. The rape and murder of Gudia shook the sensibilities of the people
of the Devbhumi.

On July 4, the minor girl, a student at Mahasu government school in Kotkhai was returning home from school when she was kidnapped and raped. The police recovered her body two day later from Halaila forests of Kotkhai. The autopsy report mentioned injuries the girl's body.

The government moved with alacrity and necessary directions were issued to the director general of police to constitute a special investigation team (SIT) to nab the culprits. Based on investigations by the SIT, a few people were arrested, but the convoy was attacked by a group on the ready, while the accused were being taken to Shimla.

“I may say that the entire mayhem and incidents of destroying public property at Theog today was politically motivated, as instead of having sympathies with the girl’s family,  the matter was given a political color,” he said.

The government has decided to refer the matter to CBI, he said. A mob has gathered outside Ripon Hospital in Shimla where five of the accused were brought for medical examinations. 

Tension gripped the area as the mob threatened to set the police station on fire.   Inspector General of Police Zahur Zaidi, who was heading the SIT was on leave on Friday.

Earlier, state police had claimed of solving the case but with too many missing links in the story including her disappearance.


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