The CBI has said that it has arrested Himachal Pradesh IGP Zahur Zaidi, and seven other policemen in the Kotkhai rape suspect’s custodial death of a Nepali labourer case.
A 16-year-old girl, posthumously nicknamed ‘Gudia’ was raped and murdered on 4 July in Kotkhai. The Himachal Pradesh police found her body in Halalia forest on 6 July, after her parents reported her missing.
Zaidi — a 1994-batch IPS officer who was then IGP (South) — was heading a Special Investigatiion Team inquiring into the gangrape and murder of a 16-year-old minor girl in Shimla’s Kotkhai. Also arrested were Deputy Superintendent of Police of Theog Manoj Joshi; a former Staton House Officer of Kotkhai; an assistant sub-inspector; three head constables and one constable.
On July 4, Raju, Suraj Singh, and four other suspects offered the 16-year-old victim, a schoolgirl, a ride back home in Raju’s pick-up vehicle. The suspects, believed to be drunk at the time of the crime, took her to an isolated place, raped and strangled her.
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