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Kotkhai rape-murder case: Police questions 6, social media abuzz with unconfirmed photos

The minor victim was missing since July 3 and her body was later recovered from a forest area in Kotkhai of Shimla district on July 6. It is alleged that she was also raped.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2017 22:35 IST
HT Correspondent
Locals light candles on the Ridge, Shimla, to protest the rape and murder of a minor girl on Wednesday.
Locals light candles on the Ridge, Shimla, to protest the rape and murder of a minor girl on Wednesday.(Deepak Sansta/HT Photo)

The Himachal Police on Wednesday rounded up six people in connection with the rape and murder of a minor in Kotkhai. The six are being interrogated by the police about their whereabouts between July 3 and July 6, based on their call details.

The minor victim was missing since July 3 and her body was later recovered from a forest area in Kotkhai of Shimla district on July 6. It is alleged that she was also raped.

However, the police has denied any arrest in the case so far. Inspector general of police (Southern Range) SZH Zaidi who is heading the SIT said, “We are investigating the case. Some people have been rounded up and we will soon arrest the culprits.”

On Tuesday, Virbhadra Singh had directed director general of police Somesh Goyal to nab the culprits at the earliest. He also announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest of the culprits.

SOCIAL MEDIA ABUZZ WITH RUMOURS

On the other hand, the social media in the state is abuzz with photographs of six youth who are being labelled as the culprits. Their photographs are being widely shared on WhatsApp and Facebook and many are congratulating the police to have “cracked” the case.

There is no official confirmation that the people whose photographs are being circulated on the social media are the same as the ones who are being interrogated.

Chief minister Virbhadra Singh wrote on his Facebook page: “I would like to inform the people of Himachal Pradesh that four suspects have been taken into police custody and further investigation is being conducted in the alleged rape and murder of the minor.”

Initially some photographs of the youth were also posted on his official page, but they were pulled down later.

Meanwhile, one of the youth whose photograph is being circulated wrote on his Facebook wall that he was not involved in the crime.

CIVIL SOCIETY DEMANDS EARLY ARREST

Meanwhile, social outfits, public representatives and student bodies have been exerting pressure on the police to arrest the accused at the earliest. Members of the civil society have also met the DGP in this regard.

On Wednesday, various youth associations of Shimla district gathered at The Ridge and lighted candles demanding justice for the victim.

POLICE ISSUES SOCIAL MEDIA ADVISORY

On Wednesday evening, the Shimla police appealed the general public to be cautious about sharing information regarding the rape and murder case.

Shimla SP DW Negi said it is advised to remain cautious about the rumours that are being spread on the social media. “Publishing, posting and forwarding names or photographs of any persons, especially juveniles, is a criminal offence. People posting such things can me made liable under the Information Technology Act and the Juvenile Justice Act. Spreading of unsolicited rumours can also make one liable under the provisions of Indian Penal Code,” he said.