Gudiya rape-murder case: Will explore what can we do: Himachal CM

Published on Nov 29, 2019 11:37 PM IST
The case is back in focus after two forensic experts from a Gandhinagar lab testified in court that there was possibility of more than one person being involved in the crime
HT Image
HT Image
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By, Shimla

Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur, on Friday, said he has asked the chief secretary and director general of police (DGP) to explore all possibilities regarding action to be taken on the government’s part in the Kotkhai rape and murder case. Gudiya’s father, on Thursday, had met the CM to express doubts and disappointment in the probe of the case. The CM was speaking to the media on the sidelines of 25th convocation of Himachal Pradesh University (HPU), Shimla.

The case is back in focus after two forensic experts from a Gandhinagar lab testified in court that there was possibility of more than one person being involved in the crime. The rape victim’s father, who met the chief minister on Thursday, had raised doubts on the probe conducted by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The agency has arrested a woodcutter in the case.

In his representation to the CM, the victim’s father alleged that the CBI, during its course of investigation, time and again had only held one person responsible for the crime.

“CBI also claimed that forensic evidences supported the probe. But forensic expert opined something else, which casts doubt that the probe was being influenced from the beginning,” he had alleged.

Meanwhile, Thakur said it would not be appropriate to comment in a case that is pending in court. “The victim’s family met me. They are not satisfied with the probe. I understand their pain. So, I have forwarded the representation submitted by them to the chief secretary and the DGP to explore all that can be done and how we could proceed in this matter,” he said.

2017 case

On July 4, 2017, a 16-year-old girl in the Kotkhai area of Shimla went missing on her way back home. Her body was found in the woods in Bankufar, close to Halaila village, two days later. The post-mortem confirmed rape and a case was registered. The incident triggered widespread protests across the state, with an infuriated public resorting to road blockades and an angry mob torching a police station in Kotkhai. 10 days after the crime, a special investigation team (SIT) led by IGP Zaidi had arrested six persons on suspicion.

One of the suspects, Suraj Singh, was found dead in custody at the Kotkhai police station on July 18. CBI had later arrested the entire SIT and then superintendent of police Shimla, DW Negi for the custodial death. Recently, the state government reinstated Zaidi, Negi and deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Manoj Joshi.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close Story
QUICKREADS

Less time to read?

Try Quickreads

  • Concerns have increased recently over theft of two-wheelers and multiple accused have been taken into custody over this matter. (Image source: @SPBelagavi/Twitter)

    Bengaluru crime watch: Three more bike thieves held

    Police in Karnataka have succeeded in catching three more bike thieves who were involved in two separate cases. Bike theft: Chickpete traffic police, Bengaluru. August 10 A two-wheeler thief was caught by traffic police after he was stopped for not wearing a helmet. Bike theft: Belagavi. August 10 Meanwhile, in Belagavi, Kudachi police have arrested two persons for stealing bikes in various police stations limits. As many as 26 bikes have been recovered and seized.

  • The maiden Olympic games of the region were held in Manipur in October 2018. (HT photo)

    Meghalaya to host upcoming North East Olympics Games from October 30

    Meghalaya will be hosting the upcoming North East Olympics Games beginning October 30 till November 6, 2022 in Shillong. Soon after chairing a high-level meeting between the North East Organising Committee, Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs and the North East Olympic Association, sports & youth affairs minister Banteidor Lyngdoh stated that the sports selected were decided based on the availability of infrastructure and on the advice of the Meghalaya State Olympic Association.

  • The ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign saw support coming in from Bengaluru and elsewhere in Karnataka. (DEEPAK GUPTA/HT PHOTO/For Representation)

    ‘Har Ghar Tiranga’ campaign gains momentum in Karnataka

    The Bharatiya Janata Party's Karnataka unit on Tuesday took out a rally in Bengaluru in support of the central leadership's 'Har Ghar Tiranga' campaign in the run up to of India's 75th Independence Day. BJP National General Secretary C T Ravi along with several party workers participated in the 'Tiranga Yatra' by walking the streets with the tricolour. Not all were happy with the quality of flags.

  • The plea has challenged a March 1998 government resolution. (File image)

    Petition in Gujarat HC for SC status to Mahar community

    A petition has been filed in the Gujarat High Court by Ahmedabad based Lord Buddha Foundation seeking inclusion of the Mahar community in SC (Scheduled Caste) category. Architect of the Indian Constitution, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar belonged to this community and they are recognised in most states of country barring Gujarat. The word Mahar is derived from the words 'Maha' which means great and 'Rashtra' means country or “people from the great country”.

  • The mercury was expected to drop to around 35°C. (HT PHOTO)

    Overcast weather, drizzle likely in Delhi today

    Delhi's air quality was in the satisfactory category on Thursday morning as overcast weather and drizzle were likely on Thursday while the mercury was expected to drop to around 35C. On Wednesday, the average 24-hour AQI was 102 in the moderate category. An AQI between zero and 50 is considered 'good', 51 and 100 'satisfactory', 101 and 200 'moderate', 201 and 300 'poor', 301 and 400 'very poor', and 401 and 500 'severe'.

SHARE
Story Saved
×
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Thursday, August 11, 2022
Start 15 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now