No headway in Gudia gangrape and murder case by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) even after 8 months is raising doubts over getting justice among the victim’s relatives as well NGOs which are fighting for justice for the 16-year-old girl.
Though the CBI had arrested 9 cops, including the then IGP Zahur H Zaidi and former SP Shimla DW Negi for custodial death case, the investigating agency is yet to make any disclosure in Gudia case.
“The investigations so far doesn’t evince any trust among the family members of the victim as the CBI is now focusing on the role of migrant workers in the ghastly crime,” Vikas Thapta of Madad Sewa Trust (a Shimla based NGO fighting for justice for Gudia) told The Statesman.
The custodial death of Suraj, a Nepalese national arrested by HP Police for the crime along with four others, is linked with Gudia case. But so far there weren’t any revelations on the part of CBI which is now probing the role of labourers working in the area.
“There wouldn’t be any hushup on the part of police officials in the case if some labourers were involved in the ghastly act,” he said. He alleged the silence of CBI in the case further raises suspicion whether the agency would be able to solve the case by the next of hearing (28 March) as was claimed by the agency.
“If the CBI fails to solve the case, we would launch a major stir and seek accountability from the government who had made poll promises of help in solving the case,” he said.
It is worthwhile to mention here that Gudia, a Class X 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, Ashish Chauhan, Rajender Singh alias Raju, Deepak, Subhash Singh Bisht, Suraj and Lokjan for the ghastly crime on 12 and 13 July.