Shimla rape-murder: Accused killed in lock-up, police station set on fire

By 20th July 2017 0 Comments

Days after six people were arrested for the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kotkhai, one of them, Suraj Singh, a 29-year-old labourer from Nepal, was allegedly killed by the main accused, Rajender Singh alias Raju, 30, at the Kotkhai police station late on Tuesday night. The news of Suraj’s death triggered protests in Kotkhai, 56 kilometres from Shimla, and other parts of the state on Wednesday. Protesters surrounded the Kotkhai police station and pelted stones, before finally torching the police station. Three police vehicles were also set on fire. The crowd, however, spared the residential quarters, where the families of policemen were lodged.

Police had to resort to lathicharge and fire two rounds in the air to disperse the crowd. About half-a-dozen policemen and some residents were reported to have been injured in the clashes. According to police sources, Suraj was lodged in a cell with Raju and another accused, Lokjan alias Chotu. At around midnight on Tuesday, a police guard reportedly heard a noise and went to the cell. He reportedly found Suraj lying in a pool of blood. Inspector General of Police (South) Zahur Zaidi said Suraj was rushed to hospital, where he was declared dead. “Preliminary reports suggest that Suraj was attacked by Raju… By the time the guard reached, he was almost dead. It’s a clear case of custodial death which will be probed by a judicial magistrate,” he said.

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