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Kotkhai Case: Amid chaos, HP High Court orders CBI to form SIT within two days

Shimla – Amid eruption of violent protest and rampage by irate mobs in parts of Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh High Court today ordered Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)I to form a Special Investigating Team within two days and take charge of the Kotkhai rape and murder case.

The orders came in response to petition filed by State government requesting the High Court to direct CBI to start investigation as soon as possible. The bench comprising of Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Sandip Sharma, while hearing the petition, asked CBI to form the SIT under supervision of a SP rank officer. The SIT should comprise of at least three officials, and none of them should be below DSP rank, directed the bench.

The State government had already requested the Centre government to order CBI probe on July 14 after violent protest had erupted in Theog over botched up probe by HP Police SIT.

However, the CBI didn’t respond after five days, and situation became uglier as public protests started spreading to other parts of Himachal and India. The CBI said it hasn’t received any directions from the Centre to initiate probe into the case.

The State government had approached the High Court on Tuesday with its petition. Meanwhile, killing of an accused in police custody on Tuesday night triggered riots in Kotkhai region.

Already agitated people ransacked the police station, thrashed police staff, pelted stones on police force that lathicharged them, and set the station on fire.

The news spread like forest fire and protests erupted in other parts of Shimla in which protesters called for chakka jam.

On Wednesday, after hearing the petition, the court finally asked the CBI to act fast.

Suprisingly, media or opposition hardly debated why Centre didn’t show interest in such gory case involving extreme savagery by culprits.

Now, public would await the CBI to unearth the truth behind entire episode, put the real culprits behind bars, and find out reason behind reported murder of one accused in police custody.

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