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Himachal law officer’s kin questioned by CBI in Kotkhai case

The Himachal police had arrested six accused persons in the gang rape and murder of a minor school girl whose naked body was found in isolated woods in Kotkhai tehsil’s Halaila.

india Updated: Aug 18, 2017 23:13 IST
Rajesh Ahuja
Rajesh Ahuja
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Women take part in a protest outside the Himachal Pradesh secretariat against rape and murder of teenage girl in Kotkhai, Shimla on July 24 2017.(HT Photo)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has questioned a ‘close relative’ of a senior law officer of Himachal Pradesh in connection with Kotkhai gang rape and murder case.

“He is a suspect in the case,” said an agency official who requested anonymity.

The official added that agency sleuths so far have questioned around 100 people, suspects as well as witnesses, in the case.

“This particular suspect’s photo was uploaded on a social media account of Himachal chief minister Virbhadra Singh along with three more suspects but was taken down within an hour,” the official said.

Another suspect whose photograph was posted on the social media account has also been questioned by the CBI.

In his post dated July 12, the chief minister wrote: “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 case).”

The chief minister added said that IGP Zahur Zaidi and SP DW Negi are conducting further investigation in the case.

The agency is now planning to conduct a lie detector test of some of the suspects and arrested accused. It has moved the court for permission in this regard.

The Himachal police had arrested six accused persons in the gang rape and murder of a minor school girl whose naked body was found in isolated woods in Kotkhai tehsil’s Halaila.

The six accused were identified as management graduate and techie Ashish Chauhan (29), Rajinder Singh (32) of Sharaal village, Subash Singh Bisht (42) of Pauri Garhwal, Surat Singh (29) of Nepal, Lok Jan (19) of Nepal and Deepak (38) of Garhwal. Chauhan was described as one of the four suspects in a post on the CM’s social media account.

But one of the accused in the case, Suraj Singh, died in police custody in Kotkhai in mysterious circumstances. It is being suspected that Suraj Singh was murdered by another co-accused in the case.

CBI spokesman RK Gaur refused to comment saying that investigations were on. “I have nothing to say. Every aspect related to the rape and murder is being looked into” said Gaur.

(With inputs from Gaurav Bisht in Shimla)

First Published: Aug 18, 2017 23:13 IST