Ram Kumar Chaudhary, a Congress legislator from Himachal Pradesh who was wanted in the murder of a young girl, has been sent to police custody for six days by a court after he surrendered in Haryana's Panchkula, near Chandigarh, today.
Mr Chaudhary, who went missing since December, surrendered before the court this morning, a day after police announced a cash reward of Rs. 2 lakh for information on him.
The girl, a native of Hoshiarpur in Punjab, was found dead in Panchkula on November 22. Her post-mortem report had confirmed that she died of head injuries and had an abortion recently.
It was only after the investigation of her cellphone details that the role of the MLA came under scanner.
The girl's father had filed a complaint with Haryana Police alleging that Mr Chaudhary had close links with his daughter and he could be involved in the murder.
He also alleged that the Congress MLA had visited his house during the marriage of his younger daughter in September 2009.
The decision for cash reward of Rs 2 lakh for information leading to Mr Chaudhary's arrest was taken by state police's top brass on Monday, which met in Panchkula to discuss strategy to nab the newly-elected absconding MLA.
Three other accused - Paramjeet, Dharampal and Gurmeet - are also missing and a reward of Rs 50,000 has been announced for information on them, an official spokesperson said.
He said a special police team headed by DCP Ambala Ashok Kumar is camping in Dharamsala to execute a fresh arrest warrant issued against Mr Chaudhary by a Panchkula court on January 5.
The MLA's anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the court on December 27.
State police chief S N Vashisht has also sent a request to his Himachal counterpart with copies of arrest warrants, seeking help of police there in arresting the fugitives.
Mr Chaudhary, son of four-time Congress MLA, Lajja Ram was elected from Doon constituency in Baddi in the recently-concluded Assembly polls.(With inputs from PTI)