Life in jail for woodcutter who raped, killed Shimla schoolgirl

An area courtroom right here on Wednesday sentenced a 28-year-old man to life imprisonment for raping and murdering a 16-year-old schoolgirl in a forest in Shimla’s Kotkhai space 4 years in the past. The courtroom additionally imposed a penalty of Rs 10,000 on convict Anil Kumar alias Nilu, a woodcutter.

Special Judge Rajeev Bhardwaj pronounced the order within the presence of the convict.

Not happy with the decision, Gudiya’s mom demanded reinvestigation into the case. She advised PTI that the crime was not dedicated by a single man. The case must be reinvestigated and all culprits must be hanged, she demanded.

Claiming innocence, the convict advised reporters exterior the courtroom that he would problem the order within the High Court.

Meanwhile, Congress MLA Vikramaditya Singh and CPM legislator Rakesh Singha too raised questions over the CBI investigation, claiming that the true culprits are nonetheless roaming freely.

However, the CBI in a press launch stated the case was very difficult as there was not eyewitness and the crime came about in a dense forest with “least human encroachment”. The involvement of the accused within the crime was established by DNA profiling, together with different evidences, the CBI stated.

The sufferer had gone lacking whereas strolling home from college on July 4, 2017, and was later discovered useless in a ditch in a forested space in Kotkhai. The heinous crime, later named because the Gudiya case to guard the sufferer’s identification, had triggered an outrage throughout Himachal Pradesh.

The case noticed dramatic twists, together with the custodial demise of a person earlier suspected of getting dedicated the crime and the arrest of a senior police officer on this connection.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) then took cost of the case and arrested Anil Kumar three years in the past.

Special Judge Bhardwaj had on April 28 held Anil responsible below Sections 376 (2)(i), 376 (A), and 302 of the Indian Penal Code and Section Four of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

The choose stated 12 of the 14 essential factors of proof introduced by the CBI went in opposition to the convict.

The most necessary of them was the matching of his DNA with samples discovered on the crime spot, he stated. The choose had additional stated that there was absence of proof in opposition to the six individuals who had been initially arrested by the state police within the case, and the presence of Anil Kumar near the crime spot had been proved by the CBI. It was additionally proved by the sufferer’s post-mortem and examination of soil that the deceased had been killed on the identical spot, he stated.

The chunk marks discovered on the vicitim’s physique matched with these of Anil Kumar and witnesses had recognized him by his {photograph}.

During listening to on April 28, the choose dominated that the crime was dedicated on the spur of the second when Anil Kumar got here throughout the woman as she walked home by the forested space.

Anil Kumar, who then attended the listening to from a jail in Shimla, pleaded innocence.

In a fb submit in Hindi, Congress MLA from Shimla (Rural) Vikramaditya Singh stated his father and the then chief minister Virbhadra Singh had handed over the investigation to the CBI for offering justice to Gudiya however a poor woodcutter had been implicated within the case as a consequence of mistaken investigation.

He stated the Kotkhai police would have achieved higher investigation than the CBI. The actual culprits are nonetheless absconding whereas the poor woodcutter has been falsely implicated, he added.

Lone CPM MLA Rakesh Singha advised reporters that the case must be reinvestigated. Even a layman is aware of that the crime was not dedicated by a single individuals however by a gang and the culprits are roaming freely, he added.

The woman’s physique was discovered within the forest two days after she went lacking. A autopsy report then indicated rape and homicide.

Days later, the state police arrange a particular investigation group headed by Inspector General Z Zahur Zaidi. Police arrested six males on July 13. One of them, Suraj, died in police custody on July 19.

Amid public outrage, the Himachal Pradesh High Court handed over the case to the CBI, which arrested 9 policemen together with the IGP for the custodial demise.

The proceedings in opposition to the 5 males arrested together with Suraj had been dropped for lack of proof. The custodial demise case in opposition to the cops was later transferred to Chandigarh, the place it’s at the moment being heard.

Anil Kumar was arrested on the premise of DNA proof in April, 2018.

–With PTI


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