Shimla rape and murder case: CBI files status report, next hearing on Dec 20.

Shimla rape and murder case: CBI files status report, next hearing on Dec 20.Shimla: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday filed its status report in connection with the custodial death of an accused in the sensational rape and murder of a minor in Shimla’s Kotkhai.

After the CBI made its submission, the Shimla local court fixed December 20 as the date for next hearing in the case.

The CBI had earlier filed its chargesheet in the Kotkhai rape and murder case.

The brutal gang-rape and murder of a schoolgirl at Kotkhai in Shimla in July had created a huge uproar in the state.

The 16-year-old victim was returning back from school when she went missing on July 4.

Two days later, police recovered her body from Halaila forests of Kotkhai.

On July 13, six people were arrested on charges of rape and murder and five days later one of the accused- Suraj Singh, a Nepali national- died in police custody.

Other arrested accused are Rajender Singh alias Raju, driver-cum-orchard manager; Ashish Chauhan, son of an orchardist; Subhash Singh Bisht and Deepak (both from Uttrakhand) and Lokjan alias Chottu, who is a Nepali national.Earlier in July, the Himachal Pradesh High Court transferred the two cases to the CBI after the custodial death of Suraj Singh came to light.

On August 29, the CBI arrested eight policemen: IGP Zahur H. Zaidi, who was heading the Special Investigation Team probing the crime; Deputy Superintendent Manoj Joshi; and former Station House Officer Rajinder Singh, a Sub-Inspector; Assistant Sub-Inspector Deep Chand; Head Constables- Surat Singh, Mohan Lal, and Rafiq Ali and Constable Ranjit Streta.

On November 16, the CBI summoned DW Negi, former Superintendent of Police Shimla who was initially supervising the investigation in the rape and murder case before the setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT).

Bureau Report

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