Kotkhai Case: Blacklist DC Shimla for display of incompetency, says RTI activist in letter to PMO India and Governor
Shimla – The Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, Rohan Chand Thakur, yesterday visited the family of Kotkhai rape and murder victim. It was the first time the DC met the family or visited the crime spot or talked to locals since July 6. The DC faced criticism for his alleged indifference toward the sensitivity of the case. He should have visited the grieving family and the spot much earlier.
On Friday, the DC Shimla, along with the new Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Somya Sadasivan, visited the area and met the family. The DC offered the family a Rs. 2 lakh from District Red Cross Fund with assurance to take full responsibility for the education of victim’s brother. He said the administration is taking confidence building measures to restore peace.
However, people are still miffed over the fact that, as the head of the administration, he remained completely silent earlier.
RTI Activist, Dev Ashish Bhattacharya, called it a “display of incompetency, indifference, and callous attitude” by the IAS officer. In a letter written to the Governor, HP, PMO India, the Secretary, Department of Personnel & Training, Delhi, and the Union Home Secretary, Delhi, the RTI activist demanded blacklisting IAS Rohan so that he isn’t assigned any sensitive post.
The activist said the most unfortunate incident of rape and murder of a school girl “Gudiya” took place in Kotkhai area of Shimla district, entire state boiled under rage, and mass demonstrations were held daily. However, said Bhattacharya, the DC remained seated in his office and did not use his sense and acumen to deal with the situation.
Astonishingly, the DC did not visit the spot of the crime even once during this entire period of turmoil, he said.
Thus, Rohan Chand Thakur, IAS, demonstrated an act of cowardice and displayed the least of leadership qualities as were expected from any well-trained direct IAS recruit,
The law and order situation kept degrading, and distress of public over discrepancies in the probe conducted by HP Police SIT continued to rise. Despite all this, the DC just watched the show, alleged Bhattacharya.
The activist asked the authorities to take action against him, and ask him to explain his position that why he did not perform his duties as District Magistrate on receiving information of the gruesome crime. The DC should be asked that why he did not visit the crime scene even once as the head of the district administration.
An explanation should be sought from the DC that why he did not come out amid distressed people as law and order situation worsened with each passing day, he said.
Bhattacharya has requested the Secretary DOP&T to put Mr. Thakur in the blacklisted category of the IAS officers till the time proves that he has improved upon his competency in administration.
Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBi) took over the case from HP Police on Friday and initiated a probe. Sources suggest the team had arrived in Shimla on Thursday, but CBI did not make any official confirmation.
The State High Court had directed CBI on Tuesday to form an SIT within two days and submit its report within two weeks.