Himachal Pradesh On Shutdown After Shimla Gangrape Suspect Killed In Custody, Officers Transferred

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| July 20 , 2017 , 15:05 IST

Large-scale protests have consumed the hill state of Himachal Pradesh after a suspect in rape and murder case of a 16-years-old girl was killed in the police custody by another prisoner.

Although the Himachal Pradesh government has transferred the top police officer who was heading the SIT probe into the case, the protesters are nowhere close to ending the protest.

As the news of the suspect’s death broke out, a huge mob, on Wednesday had attacked the police station and even assaulted some police officers.

The opposition announced state-wise protest on Thursday to demand justice for the 16-year-old victim. Calling the government over deteriorating law and order situation, the BJP opposition is holding their protest in the state since Thursday morning.

All shops, private business establishments were closed in Shimla and other prominent towns in the district. Movement of vehicular traffic has also been hampered at various points in the state capital.

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On Wednesday, protesting against the lapse of police officers that led to the killing of an accused inside the lockup, a mob, almost 2,000 people strong had burned vehicles, pelted stones on the police station and ransacked the station after forcibly entering the station, assaulting some police officers.

The state government has transferred two senior officers beside the Inspector General Zahur H. Zaidi for negligence in the case.

The protests broke out after an accused in the case, Rajinder Singh, killed the prime suspect, Suraj Singh, after an argument broke out between the two as he smashed Suraj’s head in the wall killing him.

The accused were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the rape and murder case of a 16-years-old Shimla schoolgirl whose body was found dead in the Halaila forests of Kotkhai two days after she went missing on her way home from school.

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