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Kotkhai Rape-Murder Case – A Jolt for HP Police SIT, CM orders CBI inquiry after violent protest erupts in Shimla

SHIMLA – As a jolt to Himachal Pradesh Police and Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed under Inspector General, Southern Range, to investigate barbaric Kotkhai rape-murder case, the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was forced to hand over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation. The decision came after violent protest erupted in Theog, Shimla on Saturday. Public pelted stones on local police station, reportedly scuffled with SP and DSP rank police officials, and damaged police vehicle.

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The Chief Minister made the announcement right after he returned from his Kullu visit and took the stock of the investigation and uproar in public. Now, the case will be re-investigated by the CBI to bring out truth.

The State Police could face embarrassment and lose trust in the eyes of public if the allegation made by people were found true. 

People have alleged the police of conspiracy to save real culprits, who belong to well-to-do local families.

The SIT had held a press conference on Thursday in which it claimed to have solved the blind murder-rape case within 55 hours, and had tapped its own back. Police arrested six people, who were laborers. The IG and DIG, in press conference, claimed all culprits have confessed their crime and that the police is in possession of clinching technical, clinical, circumstantial, and physical evidences to establish the guilt in court.

Right after the press conference, several questions were raised by media and people as police suddenly changed track of investigation at the last moment. There were several questions that remained unanswered in the conference.

On Saturday morning, the anger of locals erupted in Theog, and people forced the State Government to order CBI inquiry.

The key questions raised over SIT Report by media and people

  • Who were the 4 persons, the photos of whom were posted by Chief Minister as suspects?
  • What about previous theory cited by SIT?
  • Ashish Chauhan was first to be arrested, then why police didn’t reveal how he was related to the crime?
  • If Nepalese were involved, then why they left the body near their own settlement? Why didn’t they flee from the village?
  • People questioned the possibility that anyone would try to rape and murder a victim just 100 meters from road in broad daylight
  • Why animals didn’t eat up or mauled the body in two days?

Public and media are concluding all these arguments as an intentional effort by SIT to save the real culprits.

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