Kotkhai Case: Disappointed by incomplete probe, people to protest outside Shimla CBI office
Shimla – Public, social organizations and the parents of the 16-year-old victim of rape and murder in Kotkhai, Shimla, on Thursday, expressed extreme disappointment with Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as it failed to report any major progress in its status report submitted to the Himachal Pradesh High Court on August 2, 2017.
The social organizations and family members of the victim, who were sitting on a hunger strike at the Ridge, Shimla, have announced “Chupi Todo Andolan”. From Monday onwards, they will stage a silent protest outside the CBI office in Shimla. The protestors will cover their mouth with pieces of black cloth during the protest.
CBI investigated for the 14 days before filling its status report. However, the agency made no disclosure regarding the progress in the probe. Instead, it sought additional time from the court, said protestors.
People had put their trust in CBI that it will expose the real culprits behind this heinous crime. CBI had assured people too, but it did not deliver anything despite the expiry of two weeks period,
said a protestor.
The agitated protestors said they will continue to hold a silent protest outside the CBI office until the agency files a complete status report to the High Court.
The sisters of the victim will also approach the CBI officials with ‘Rakhis’ with a plea for justice, they said.
The court had asked the CBI to file a status report within two weeks of formation of the Special Investigation Team. CBI had filed two fresh FIRs in the case on July 22. Along with investigation of the murder and rape of the minor victim, CBI SIT had also lodged FIR in the killing of the Nepalese accused Suraj in the police custody.
The SIT had formed three teams which were investigating everything from the crime spot to the police probe report and the forensic reports.
CBI had re-examined Suraj’s body and collected samples for its own forensic tests. The CBI had questioned all remaining four accused and sent them to judicial custody afterward.
Apart from this, the SIT had also recovered statements of the victim’s family, her classmates, and questioned several other persons in relation to the case.
People were expecting some results after two weeks of CBI probe but faced disappointment on August 2 as the agency sought three more months to complete the probe. However, the court denied it three months citing it a sensitive case and ordered the SIT to file a fresh status report on August 17.