CBI files charge-sheet in custodial death of Kotkhai rape case accused

In July the 16-year-old victim got missing while returning back from the school on July 4 in Kotkhai Shimla. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 25, 2017, 10.44 AM (IST)

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed a charge-sheet in the case of custodial death of an accused in the Kotkhai rape and murder case on Saturday.

The case involves eight policemen, including inspector general of police Zahur H Zaidi.

The 16-year-old victim went missing while returning back from the school on July 4 in Kotkhai Shimla.

Two days later, police recovered her body from Halaila forests of Kotkhai. (Also read: Himachal Pradesh gangrape: Members of probe team transferred after public outcry)

Later on July 13, six people were arrested on charges of rape and murder and after five days of an arrest, one of the accused Suraj Singh who was a Nepali national died in a police custody. 

The accused who were arrested are Rajendra Singh alias Raju (driver-cum-orchard manager), Ashish Chauhan (son of an orchardist), Subhash Singh Bisht and Deepak (both from Uttarakhand) and   Lokjas alias Chottu who is also 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, Inspector General of Police Zahur H Zaidi, who was heading the Special Investigation Team probing the crime; Deputy Superintendent of Police Manoj Joshi; 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.

Former Superintendent of Police Shimla, DW Negi was summoned by CBI on November 16,  who was initially supervising the investigation of the rape and murder case before setting up the Special Investigation Team (SIT)