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Judicial custody of arrested cops extended till 25 April

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

A Central Bureau Investigation (CBI) court on Saturday extended the judicial custody of arrested nine police officials including Inspector General of Police (IG) Zahur H Zaidi in custodial death of one of the accused in Gudia case and sent them to judicial custody till 21 April.

The accused cops including Zaidi, ex-Shimla SP DW Negi, DSP Theog Manoj Joshi, SHO Rajender Singh, ASI Deep Chand Sharma, Head Constables Surat Singh, Mohan Lal and Rafiq Ali and Constable Ranjit Singh were produced the court on Saturday. The court denied bail to all the accused and extended their judicial custody till 25 April when the CBI would file status report in Gudia gangrape and murder case.

The cops were accused of allegedly killing a Nepalese national, Suraj inside police station on the intervening night of 18-19 July.

On the hand, the accused cops were provided with copy of case documents for which they had filed an application in the court.

Meanwhile, the CBI officials have speeded up investigations in Gudia gangrape and murder case after the arrest on one accused whose identity has not been revealed as yet.

Presently the CBI is questioning suspects on the basis of the statement of arrested accused but so far no new arrests have been made in the case.

It is worthwhile to mention here that the CBI officials are in action mode after facing rap from Himachal Pradesh High Court and is all set to make further arrests in the case before the next date of hearing in 25 April.

Earlier, on the HC had ordered the CBI director to appear before it as the investigating officials were seeking more time to solve the case.

Gudia, a tenth standard girl from Kotkhai, had gone missing while returning home from school on 4 July. Her body was found in the woods on 6 July with multiple injuries on her body. Her autopsy had confirmed that she was gangraped and strangulated to death.

Following public outrage over ghastly crime, the government had constituted a SIT which had arrested six persons, one of whom was killed in police custody.