SC takes cognizance of Himachal murder

Woman officer shot dead as Kasauli demolition drive takes violent turn

On Tuesday, Sharma was supervising an unauthorised construction demolition when Vijay Singh allegedly fired at her.

The apex court yesterday took suo motu cognizance of media reports that a woman official had allegedly being murdered while she was performing her official duties and more so, because she was discharging SC orders.

He even stayed near the Mathura refinery and the Banke Bihari temple, Chawla said adding the accused would be brought and produced before a court here. She later succumbed to injuries.

A post-mortem of Sharma's body was conducted at the IGMC in Shimla earlier in the day, and preparations are on to transport it to her hometown in Mandi district for cremation.

The accused fled from the scene soon after and a manhunt was launched to nab him, officials said. They will say let the case come up in the Supreme Court. we will see if someone comes to stop demolition, implement the court order or we will shoot them dead.

The court pulled up the Himachal government for not providing adequate security to the officials carrying out the demolitions as it termed as "serious" that the accused killed the official in daylight and police could not catch him.

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A PWD worker, identified as Gulab Singh, was also injured by a stray bullet and is undergoing treatment at PGIMER in Chandigarh.

He had disguised himself to evade arrest, a police official said.

A policeman said the demolition drive had been temporarily halted after the incident.

How the accused managed to reach New Delhi and then Mathura has put raises questions about the efficiency of the Kasauli Police.

As a precaution, Solan Deputy Commissioner Vinod Kumar imposed prohibitory orders in Kasauli area. Observing that some hotels had permission for a two-storey building but had built six floors, the court said illegal constructions were responsible for landslides in the area.

Solan police have already declared a reward of Rs 1 lakh for anyone giving information about the culprit to the police which will help the police to arrest the criminal.

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