Shimla, July 23: After the direction of Himachal Pradesh High Court, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday registered cases into the alleged rape and murder of a minor girl in Shimla and custodial death of one of the accused arrested by the police in connection with the case.
Notably, CBI registered two separate FIRs and constituted three member Special Investigation Team (SIT) led by an SP rank officer. However, the SIT has proceeded to the scene of the crime for further investigation. Even the state government had recommended for CBI probe.
Earlier this month, a minor girl had gone to school on July 4 but did not return home. Her naked body was found on the morning of July 6 from Kotkhai tehsil’s Halaila village. So far, six accused have been arrested by the police including Ashish Chauhan (29) and Rajinder Singh (32) of Sharaal village, Subash Singh Bisht (42) of Pauri Garhwal, Suraj Singh (29) of Nepal, Lok Jan (19) of Nepal and Deepak (38) of Garhwal. Suraj Singh died under alleged mysterious circumstances in the police custody.
There had been widespread protests in Shimla and other districts of HP over the alleged shoddy investigations and the people were demanding for CBI probe. After the death of Suraj Singh, the locals in Kotkhai even vandalised the police station. The entire staff of Kotkhai police station was suspended after the death.
Also, the government transferred members of SIT it formed and also Shimla SP DW Negi. It was alleged that Suraj Singh was to become an approver in the case. Meanwhile, the state government as a goodwill gesture has upgraded the Middle school of the deceased girls' village to the senior secondary school with immediate effect.