Kotkhai rape case: Himachal IG Zaidi complains of chest pain, admitted to IGMC
Zaidi was leading the special investigation team looking into the rape and murder of a 16-year-old school girl in the Kotkhai area of Shimla in early July before the CBI took over the probe into the crime that shook the hill state and saw violent protests.india Updated: Sep 13, 2017 13:35 IST
Himachal Pradesh inspector general of police Zahur Zaidi was admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) here after he complained of chest pain on Wednesday.
Zaidi was leading the special investigation team looking into the rape and murder of a 16-year-old school girl in the Kotkhai area of Shimla in early July before the CBI took over the probe into the crime that shook the hill state and saw violent protests. Zaidi and seven cops are in judicial custody in Kanda jail in Shimla. The CBI arrested them for the custodial death of Suraj Kumar, an accused in the rape and murder case.
IGMC senior medical superintendent Dr Ramesh Chand confirmed the development. “Zaidi is in the cardiac care unit (CCU) and under observation. He was brought here at 9.30am after he complained of chest pain. Investigations are on,” a doctor said.
On September 7, the lower court sent the eight cops to judicial custody after 10 days of police remand. Zaidi and the other cops were sent to Kaithu prison before being brought to the Kanda jail.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had filed an application seeking the extension of their custody by four days for forensic investigation. Besides Zaidi, the CBI arrested deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Manoj Joshi, sub-inspector (SI) Rajinder Singh, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Deep Chand Sharma, head constables Surat Singh, Mohan Lal, Rafiq Ali and Ranjit Singh on August 29.
Initially, DSP Joshi was asked to investigate the gangrape. The then Shimla SP, DW Negi, was sent to the spot on July 7, a day after the body of the school girl was found at Halaila forest in Kotkhai town of Shimla district.