Shimla, July 20: Public outrage has forced the Himachal Pradesh government to act against the officials involved in the investigation of the Kotkhai gang rape and murder case. Within hours of the state high court entrusting the investigation of the case to CBI, the government transferred IGP Zahur H Zaidi, who was heading the special investigation team (SIT), additional SP Bhajan Dev Negi, who was the member of the SIT, along with Shimla SP D W Negi.
Their transfer orders were issued late on Wednesday night. Zaidi who was IGP-southern range at Shimla has now been posted as IGP-welfare & administration at the police headquarter at Shimla. IGPcentral range at Mandi has been given additional charge of IGP-southern range.
Shimla SP D W Negi, who was known for his alleged close proximity to chief minister Virbhadra Singh, has been posted as SP at the state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau in Shimla. Sirmaur SP Soumya Sambasivan has been posted as Shimla SP and she assumed charge on Thursday morning. Shimla additional SP Bhajan Dev Negi has been asked to report at police headquarter Shimla for his further posting.
The Himachal Pradesh HC has directed the CBI to not only probe the gangrape and murder case of the minor but also the murder of one of the co-accused inside police lockup. Court has directed the CBI to probe the role played by the officers, officials and several other functionaries of the state.
A division bench of acting chief justice Sanjay Karol and justice Sandeep Sharma had directed the CBI director to constitute an SIT forthwith, constituting no less than three officers, headed by the superintendent of police with two other officers and immediately start the investigation.
Source Times Of India