March 29, 2023

Shimla noticed large protests after the rape and homicide of the scholar in July 2017 (File)


A person accused of rape and homicide of a 16-year-old woman in Shimla in July 2017 has been discovered responsible and sentenced to life imprisonment by a CBI courtroom in Himachal Pradesh’s capital.

Anil Kumar, a woodcutter, was discovered responsible beneath a number of sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.

On July 4, 2017, the Class 10 pupil in Shimla’s Kotkhai left her college however by no means reached house.

Two days later, her physique was present in a ditch in a close-by forest, together with her garments, an empty liquor bottle and another objects scattered round her. The post-mortem indicated she was raped and died attributable to strangulation.

The case had sparked large protest in and round Shimla, with a mob setting Kotkhai police station and autos on fireplace.

Initially, six suspects had been arrested. One of them, Suraj, died whereas in police custody. After the excessive courtroom’s intervention, the Central Bureau of Investigation took over the matter and filed two instances – one over the rape and homicide of the scholar, and the opposite into custodial demise of Suraj.

The CBI arrested Anil Kumar in April 2018 and filed a chargesheet in opposition to him. He remained the one accused within the case thereafter.

Nine cops, together with an Inspector General-rank officer, had been despatched to jail for the custodial demise of one of many preliminary suspects.

The CBI in April 2018 revealed how it went about finding the accused through the use of superior DNA know-how of proportion and lineage matching. The company first tried to make a sketch by asking close by liquor retailers who purchased the bottles that had been discovered on the scene of crime.

The variety of names this threw up was additionally added to the listing of these with a felony background within the space. Over 1,000 locals had been questioned and the written statements of 400 individuals taken.

Eventually, a listing of 250 individuals was drawn up whose DNA samples had been examined. Out of them, one appeared to point out some similarity with the DNA pattern discovered on the crime scene and this was traced to a household in Kangra.

“The forensics team used a percentage and lineage match system which was a more advanced version and could trace DNA samples taken from distant relatives,” a CBI officer advised NDTV in April 2018.

The CBI workforce in Kangra did additional testing of your complete household and located that one among its members was out on bail since September 2016. “When we tested his parents, it turned out to be a 100 per cent match,” stated the officer. The subsequent problem was to trace the person who was on the run. He was finally arrested.

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