Himachal govt orders CBI probe into Kotkhai rape, murder case

SHIMLA: The Himachal Pradesh Government on Friday ordered a CBI probe into the rape and murder case of a minor girl, after irate residents refused to buy the theory that the case has been solved with the arrest of six youth.

Himachal govt orders CBI probe into Kotkhai rape, murder case

Clash between police and activists during a chakka jam by locals to demand justice for a 16 year school girl at Theog in Shimla district on Friday. Tribune photo

Partibha Chauhan

Tribune News Service

Shimla, July 14

The Himachal Pradesh Government on Friday ordered a CBI probe into the rape and murder case of a minor girl, after irate residents refused to buy the theory that the case has been solved with the arrest of six youth.

As soon as Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh returned from the Kullu tour, he took stock of the situation and ordered the CBI inquiry.

Angry mob today gheraoed Theog police station under whose jurisdiction the area falls demanded arrest of the "real culprits".

Also read: Six arrested for rape, murder of Kotkhai girl

Girl raped, strangled in Kotkhai: Report

The mob went on a rampage damaging vehicles of the Shimla SP, Theog SDM and Theog SHO who have been gheraoed inside the police station.

The locals also blocked traffic on the NH-22 and demanded an assurance from the Chief Minister or the Chief Secretary of handing over the case to the CBI.

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Locals, numbering thousands also raised slogans against the government for shielding the "real culprits", who were allegedly "well connected".

The police claim of solving the case has being questioned with too many missing links in the story involving disappearance, rape and killing of the 16-year-old girl. Tension griped the area as the mob threatens to set the police station on fire.  The SDM and the SP refused to come out of the police station fearing public fury.

Meanwhile, IG Zahur Zaidi, who was heading the case, proceeded on a leave today. 

Shimla SP D W Negi was also roughed up by the mob.

A huge mob has gathered outside Ripon Hospital in Shimla where five of the rape accused are being brought for medical. 

The accused is yet to be brought, but the mob is ready to lynch and thrash them. 

Huge police force is deployed outside the hospital to avert law and order problem.

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