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Shimla rape-murder: HP Congress MLAs upset over govt’s handling of public outrage

The state government is under sharp criticism from its own partymen. Congress fire brand leader, transport and technical education minister GS Bali had termed the case a blemish on the state.

india Updated: Jul 24, 2017 14:20 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Shimla
Shimla rape case,Himachal Pradesh,Virbhadra Singh
Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu (HT File Photo)

Himachal Pradesh Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu sought report from district units on public outrage that spilled across the state following the death of an accused in police custody, as few legislators have been critical about government’s handling of the situation.

“Not only public but legislators too have made representation go the party complaining about the way things were handled after the rape and murder of the girl,” Sukhu said.

“A detailed report on handling of the issue would be sent to Congress high command for consideration,” he added.

“Chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s coterie comprises all hired and fired people. The situation worsened after the death of Nepalese accused in police custody,” said a Congress legislator who made a representation to Sukhu.

The state government is under sharp criticism from its own partymen. Congress fire brand leader, transport and technical education minister GS Bali had termed the case a blemish on the state.

DC MEETS NEPALESE IN SHIMLA

Meanwhile, Shimla deputy commissioner (DC) Rohan Chand Thakur and new district police chief Soumya Sambhavasin met Nepali Ekta Manch and Akhil Bharatiya Nepali Ekta Samaj on Sunday. Nepalese leaders demanded from the DC to ensure that Suraj’s body is handed over to them for cremation. They also sought compensation for Suraj’s wife Mamta. “We met the representatives and listened to their demands, which would be met in course of time,” Thakur said.

“The association also demanded accessibility to Mamta, who is lodged in women shelter at Mashobra. Now CBI has stepped in and we are confident of impartial probe,” said Jokgha Ram, president of Nepali Ekta Manch.

First Published: Jul 24, 2017 14:19 IST