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Home / India News / Kasauli shooting: Hotelier sent to five-day police custody

Kasauli shooting: Hotelier sent to five-day police custody

india Updated: May 04, 2018 17:59 IST
Hindustan Times
Police produce Vijay Singh (right), who allegedly shot dead assistant town and country planning officer Shail Bala Sharma during an anti-demolition drive on May 1, in a court in Kasauli on Friday.
Police produce Vijay Singh (right), who allegedly shot dead assistant town and country planning officer Shail Bala Sharma during an anti-demolition drive on May 1, in a court in Kasauli on Friday. (PTI Photo)

A local court in Himachal Pradesh’s Kasauli on Friday sent a hotelier accused of killing a woman government official during a demolition drive to five-day police custody.

Additional chief judicial magistrate Yajuvender Singh gave the orders after the police said Vijay Singh needs to be interrogated because the weapon he used to shoot assistant town and country planner Shail Bala Sharma has not been found.

“The accused Vijay Singh had thrown the weapon near Shimla Kalka railway track on the same day,” a police officer involved in the investigation said.

Singh was arrested on Thursday in a joint operation by Himachal Pradesh police and Delhi Police in Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, where he had fled after allegedly shooting Sharma on Tuesday. He had shaved off his moustache and got a haircut to conceal his identity, police said.

He was brought to Dharampur police station and interrogated for six hours, officials said.

Singh, a Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board Limited employee, allegedly chased and shot at Sharma after an argument over the demolition of the unauthorised construction in his Narayani Guest House after a recent Supreme Court order.