Shimla schoolgirl rape and murder: Amid mounting pressure, govt refers case to CBI

Amid mounting pressure from locals in Shimla, the Himachal Pradesh government ordered a CBI probe into the rape and murder of a Class X school girl, whose body was found two days after she went missing on July 4. Protesters, who resorted to violence, rejected the findings of a Special Investigation Team and the initial arrests of six people.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Theog/shimla | Updated: July 14, 2017 3:28 pm
 Shimla rape murder, Shimla rape, Shimla protests, Shimla rape probe People holding placards and lighting candles to seek justice for a 16-year-old girl who was raped and killed, at Historical Ridge in Shimla on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)

Amid mounting pressure, the Himachal Pradesh government on Friday ordered a CBI probe into the rape and murder of a Class X school girl, whose body was found two days after she went missing on July 4. Protesters, who resorted to violence today, rejected the findings of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) and the initial arrests of six people, and demanded a CBI probe into the case.

Superintendent of Police in Shimla, D W Negi, was gheraoed after an unruly mob, including youth and women, resorted to stone-pelting at the local police station. They also damaged four police vehicles including that of Negi’s and the Deputy SP. Private vehicles were damaged as well. The protesters blocked traffic on the main highways connecting Kinnaur and upper Shimla areas. Shops and business establishments remained closed in the region.

An Independent MLA from Chopal had a hard time pacifying the crowds, who said the arrests in the case are a farce. The protesters added that a few Nepali labourers and poor persons have been arrested to cover up the case and save the real culprits. Also read: Six suspects held; cops say they offered her lift. Click here.

“There is a complete cover up by the police. The actual accused have not been arrested. We will not rest till justice was done to my sister. We want a CBI probe,” Manu, the sister of the victim, who was part of the protest and dharna at Theog, said.

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  1. V
    Jul 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm
    Imagine what a terrible death it was for the young child. Can you imagine your end like this? strangulated thrown away with broken legs arms after few men decide they are done with their moment of pleasure. The anger, the fear, the pain and finally death away from your loved ones. A life and all its dreams came to an unexpected end...just because few animals called 'men' decided this for you. I wish 'these men' die a slow painful bleeding death where they plead for mercy.
    1. M
      Manoj Garg
      Jul 15, 2017 at 6:54 am
      Needs exemplary punishment in a speedy way so that mind set will drive to fast punishments from present system of late decisions by the court. Pulish will be kept as main culprit if they supressed the actul position to sa uard the rapist which is not acceptable from HP polce and drop the image of HP Police from public. Police defaulers will be reqd to take in from top to bottom so that it would block here.
      1. K
        Jul 14, 2017 at 11:14 pm
        If it was a cover up by police then I am sorry to say only slaves work in police department .. slaves always ready to please their masters..
        1. S
          Jul 14, 2017 at 10:54 pm
          Chor Bhadra Singh's government is trying to protect the culprits. But who are they protecting? Let the truth be out and culprits be severely punished.
          1. S
            Shivani bhatia
            Jul 14, 2017 at 8:30 pm
            Those culprits should be hanged to death mercy ...that's my request to our state government..
            1. F
              Jul 14, 2017 at 7:48 pm
              Everyone has smart phone and porno material is just a click away. We are becoming westernized with all these technology but moral, ethics and laws are not up to the western standard. On a bhopal court order government tried to block these type of s but bunch of pseudo-liberals opposed the move and government stopped that. Just think of how many millions had no connectivity to these type of material on internet 10 years back and now most of them (living in poverty or in slum or working in your home as a servant or your driver or your boss) have these and watching these type of material repeatedly and some of them will try that on innocent girls. Just think of people working around you or inside your home, never know. Western countries have created their way of living, rules and regulations based on their requirements just copying their system won't work with our requirements.
              1. A
                Jul 14, 2017 at 7:33 pm
                Now crime against women hapenning in himanchal.shimla. it was unheared back few years. Terrible.
                1. B
                  Jul 14, 2017 at 7:26 pm
                  This is another sad case where a precious life has been lost . The main culprit is administration who are so slow to serve justice on such cases. It is not only a rape also a murder should be considered a serious crime. Criminal justice system needs to get their act together .
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