Vijay Singh (brown shirt), owner of one of the hotels, who allegedly shot dead Assistant Town and Country Planning officer Shail Bala Sharma (in blue), in Kasauli during demolition drive, seen talking to her hours before the incident yesterday. Photograph:( ANI )
The accused in Kasauli murder case who was absconding has been arrested in Mathura. The accused was nabbed by a joint team of Delhi and Himachal Police in Mathura.
Vijay Thakur, the owner of a guest house in Kasauli had shot Assistant Town Planner Shail Bala following an argument over a demolition drive on Tuesday.
Police officials said the accused, who was not using his mobile phone since the murder, had shaved off his moustache and tonsured his head to conceal his identity. He is being brought to Kasauli.
Expressing anguish over the delay in the arrest of the accused, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur earlier told reporters in New Delhi: "I am in regular touch with top police officials. As per my information, he`s likely to be arrested today (Thursday) or tomorrow (Friday)."
Police officials said Vijay Singh shot dead the official when she insisted on executing the apex court order to demolish illegal constructions at his guest house.
After the crime, Vijay Singh, a Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board employee who was on leave for three weeks, disappeared into a nearby forest.
(With inputs from Agencies)