- Himachal teen gang-raped and killed earlier this month
- 6 arrested; main suspect killed co-accused yesterday
- High Court asks CBI to handle case, top cops transferred
Yesterday, the main suspect, a man named Rajendra Singh, allegedly killed one of the five men arrested with him over a week after the Class 10 schoolgirl's naked body was found in a forest. A furious mob of nearly 2,000 people burnt vehicles and attacked officers at the police station where the suspects are being kept in a makeshift cell. The crowd accused the police of new lapses and refused to let injured policemen be moved to hospital. Today, the opposition BJP has called a complete shutdown or bandh in Shimla.
Three senior police officers have been transferred after yesterday's killing of the prisoner, Suraj Singh of Nepal, whose head was smashed repeatedly against the floor. Among the officers punished is Inspector General Zahur H Zaidi, who had been named head of a special police team investigating the murder of the 16-year-old girl. Governor Acharya Devvrat yesterday asked for a report from the government on yesterday's killing of a suspect.
She was reported missing on July 4 and was found two days later. Her elder sister says that the men who have been arrested are not the real culprits. "Earlier, we were told that the accused belonged to high-profile families and they were on the run," the girl's elder sister told reporters in Kotkhai town. "Our protests will continue till the real culprits are apprehended," she added.
Investigators say that Rajendra Singh offered her a lift while she was walking home from school. She was then abducted.
Unnamed police officials told news agency IANS that Rajendra Singh killed his co-accused because the labourer from Nepal was trying to pin the blame entirely on him.
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