Shimla, July 19: Protests over the Shimla district gang rape and murder continue throughout Himachal Pradesh with people demanding justice for the minor and a strict punishment for the perpetrators. Agitated people blocked the traffic at Gumma in Shimla district while a procession was taken out from deputy commissioner’s office to Rajbhawan in Shimla. Protest demonstrations were also held in Nahan and Bilaspur.
A student of Class 10th, had gone missing on July 4 and her naked body was found dumped in the forest area on July 6. Initially, photographs of some local people had gone viral on Facebok and WhatsApp, claiming that they were suspects but later when the Special Investigation Team (SIT) made the arrests, the accused included two persons from Nepal, two from Uttrakhand, one from Mandi and one from Shimla.
Despite rain and shower, a large number of people from Kotkhai, Balsan, Theog, Deha and other areas gathered at Gumma and blocked Theog-Hatkoti road and raised slogans against the state government. Senior BJP leader and former horticulture minister Narender Bragta and Chopal MLA Balbir Verma were among the protestors.
Bragta said there is a widespread resentment among people against the police investigation. He said people believe that real culprits were let off and people from Uttrakhand and Nepal were arrested for eyewash.
Source: Times of India