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Himachal gives Rs 3 lakh compensation for Nepalese’s custodial death

IANS | Dharamsala |

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Friday announced a compensation of Rs 300,000 to the kin of a Nepalese who died in custody after his arrest in a sensational gang rape-murder case of a schoolgirl.

Accused Suraj Singh, allegedly murdered by a co-accused in police lock-up on July 19 last year, is survived by a wife and two minor children.

The Chief Minister made the announcement while replying to the Motion of Thanks to the Governor’s Address in the Assembly here.

Both the cases are being monitored by the High Court that had directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to investigate.

Thakur said the mafia working in the state would be dealt with a strong hand.

Reiterating his commitment to zero tolerance for corruption, he said his government’s priority would be to provide a clean administration.

He sought the support and cooperation of the opposition to eliminating mafia operating in the drugs, forest, mining and liquor sectors.

The four-day winter session of the Assembly was adjourned sine die later in the day.