Doon MLA to be tried for murder, sexual exploitation

Ram Kumar

A day after he was remanded to six days in police custody by a local Panchkula court, newly-elected Doon MLA Ram Kumar Chaudhary Wednesday was named in the murder case of 24-year old Hoshiarpur girl Jyoti Kumari by the Panchkula Police.

As per police, initial investigations also revealed that Chaudhary had "exploited'" the girl sexually in league with four other accused and that the girl had been strangulated before her face was crushed under a vehicle.

Initially the police had registered an 'open' FIR in the case, however after the surrender and subsequent arrest of the MLA police added his name and that of his three accomplices in the murder case.

Besides Ram Kumar, names of Gurmeet, Dharmpal, Paramjeet and Rajinder alias Puppy have emerged in the case who the police said, "Colluded with the MLA in the murder."

Jyoti Kumari was found murdered in Sector 21 of Panchkula on November 22.

Police investigations have found that the MLA with his four other accomplices was in the same area, around the time of murder.

According to police the MLA knew the girl for a long time and intial probe suggests blackmail by the girl as cause of murder. Police officials said Rs 30,000 to Rs 50,000 was transferred regularly into the bank account of the girl in Panchkula by the MLA from Baddi. " The fact that the cell-phone numbers of the MLA and his other accomplices have been tracked to the same area where the girl was found murdered is clinching evidence," said a police official.

Meanwhile, there are conflicting reports stating that the MLA was interrogated by the Crime and Investigation Agency (CIA), however, the agancy has denied the allegations. Inspector Chatar Singh (CIA Incharge) said that the MLA was not with the investigating agency.

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