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Students holding placards seeking justice for the deceased girl
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SIKKIM

Sikkim: Machong rape-murder case solved? Relative admits to crime

The accused, who told police that he strangled the victim with a rope, to be produced in court today. However, the actual reason behind crime is unknown

Dichen Ongmu

Dichen Ongmu

Gangtok: In a significant development, Sikkim Police has got a major breakthrough in the sensational killing of a 19-year-old girl hailing from Machong in East Sikkim district that was reported on Monday.

The alleged rape and murder of the girl had sent shock waves across the state.

Sources in Sikkim Police informed EastMojo that one of the main accused, who happens to be a close relative of the deceased, has confessed to the crime and said that he strangled the victim with a rope. However, the actual reason behind the offence is still unknown. The police are going to present the accused in the district court on Thursday and request the court to send him to five-day police custody.

Interestingly, the rape and murder case was earlier registered as a case of unnatural death at Pakyong police station on November 8. But immediately after the post-mortem report of the victim was conducted, it took a major turn and the police registered a new case under criminal conduct of Sections 376/302/201 of the Indian Penal Code on November 11, and further stated that the case is under investigation.

The case went viral on various social media platforms and the public started accusing the state police administration of delay in providing justice.

Earlier on Wednesday, students from across Gangtok conducted a peace rally at the state capital seeking speedy justice into the alleged rape and murder case.

A large number of students from different colleges and educational institutes of the state joined the mass peace rally that was carried out on the streets of Gangtok. Besides seeking justice for the victim, the student’s fraternity also demanded a swift investigation and a proper forensic arrangement to stop any further delay in the inquiry process of the heinous crime.

The students also informed that they would be submitting a memorandum to the chief minister, deputy commissioner and superintendent of police of East Sikkim district, seeking speedy justice to the victim’s family. The protesters also informed that they would provide the district and state administration with a seven days’ time to resolve the case and if they fail in doing so, they would come together in big numbers and decide on the future course of action.