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Kotkhai rape case: Himachal police arrests engineering student

The incident had sparked widespread outrage in the town, and people came out to protest at many places, demanding immediate arrest of the accused.

india Updated: Jul 13, 2017 12:54 IST
HT Correspondent
Shimla residents lighting candles in solidarity with the minor who was raped and murdered.
Shimla residents lighting candles in solidarity with the minor who was raped and murdered. (Deepak Sansta/HT )

Police have arrested a youth for the rape and murder of a minor at Kotkhai.

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by IG southern range, Zahoor Zaidi, had been interrogating six youths in this case. On Thursday, police arrested Ashish Chauhan, a native of Kotkhai and an engineering student at Bengaluru, in the case. More arrests are likely to follow.

The post-mortem report had revealed injury marks on the dead girl’s body.

The incident had sparked widespread outrage in the town, and people came out to protest at many places, demanding immediate arrest of the accused.

Social outfits, public representatives and student bodies have also been clamouring for bringing the accused to justice. Serving an ultimatum to the police, students of the Shimla district had given them five days to solve the case. On Tuesday, chief minister Virbhadra Singh had directed director general of police Somesh Goyal to nab the culprits at the earliest. He also announced a reward of ₹1 lakh to anyone providing any information about the culprits.

Social media rife with photos

The social media in the state is abuzz with photographs of six youth who are being labeled as the culprits. Their photographs are being widely shared on WhatsApp and Facebook and many are congratulating the police for having “cracked” the case. But there is no official confirmation that the people whose photographs are being circulated on the social media are the same as those being interrogated.