Kasauli fir­ing death: Probe in­dicts po­lice

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - FRONT PAGE - Gau­rav Bisht

SHIMLA: A mag­is­te­rial probe into the killing of a woman town plan­ner, su­per­vis­ing a de­mo­li­tion drive on May 1 in Kasauli, has re­vealed ma­jor lapses “on part of the po­lice.”

Shimla di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner Shimla, who con­ducted a de­tailed in­quiry into the killing of the as­sis­tant town plan­ner Shail Bala Sharma, on Thurs­day sub­mit­ted his re­port to ad­di­tional chief sec­re­tary, home, BK Ag­gar­wal.

In the 130-page re­port, the di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner has in­dicted cops and the lo­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials for lapses that led to killing of Sharma, who was shot by a guest house owner, Vi­jay Singh.

Vi­jay had also fired at a PWD staffer Gu­lab Singh, who was part of the drive be­ing held to de­mol­ish unau­tho­rised con­struc­tions of ho­tels at the tourist town of Kasauli .

Gu­lab Singh suc­cumbed to his in­juries at the PGIMER in Chandi­garh af­ter 10 days.

Vi­jay man­aged to flee the scene of crime as the cops on duty failed to act.

Vi­jay was later ar­rested from Mathura in a joint op­er­a­tion con­ducted by Hi­machal Po­lice and Delhi Po­lice Crime Branch.

“More de­tails of the re­port will be out once it is sub­mit­ted to chief min­is­ter Jai Ram Thakur” said an of­fi­cial of the home depart­ment, plead­ing anonymity. Thakur also holds the home port­fo­lio.

The chief min­is­ter had asked the di­vi­sional com­mis­sioner to con­duct the probe af­ter the killing of the as­sis­tant town plan­ner.

The com­mis­sioner was told to in­quire into all relevant as­pects re­lated to the case.

At a review meet­ing of the home depart­ment two days ago, the chief min­is­ter pulled up of­fi­cials of the po­lice depart­ment and termed the killing of a woman town plan­ner in Kasauli as a ‘blot’ on their func­tion­ing.

Shail Bala Sharma was killed while su­per­vis­ing a de­mo­li­tion drive in Kasauli.

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