Narayani Devi, the mother of Vijay Singh Thakur who has been arrested on charges of killing assistant town planner Shail Bala Sharma during a demolition drive, has said that her son was mentally upset for the last two-three months.

“He had spent a lot of money on the guest house. He even borrowed money to expand it. He was spending money on lawyers’ to fight the case. He was mentally upset for past 2-3 months and was on medication for this,” Narayani said.

She added that her son couldn’t have killed anyone.

“I still don’t think that he could have shot anyone,” said Narayani Devi.

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The Supreme Court had on April 17 ordered the state government to demolish unauthorised structures in several hotels and guesthouses in Kasauli and Dharampur areas of Solan district.

Hotelier Vijay Singh was arrested from Mathura in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday and the court of ACJM, Kasauli, sent him to five-day police remand on Thursday.

After he was produced before the ACJM court, Vijay Singh was taken to Dharampur police station for interrogation.

Vijay Singh allegedly shot Shail Bala dead when she had come to demolish illegal portion of his hotel, Narayani Guest House, to implement the order of the Supreme Court. After heated exchange of words, Vijay, in a fit of rage, allegedly shot Shail Bala dead and disappeared in the nearby forest.

(With agency inputs)