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Himachal IPS officer booked for abetment to suicide


Shimla: Following suicide by a 28-year-old girl on Sunday, Shimla police has booked a senior IPS officer, his wife, and son for abetment to suicide and trying to destroy evidence from the crime scene.

Shimla SP RM Sharma said IG (law and order) Pradeep Kumar Sarpal, his wife and son Sidharth Sarpal were booked on Sunday evening for abetting Ritu Kalmatia’s suicide and later tampering with the evidence. The policemen who were investigating the case have also been booked.

Family members of the girl alleged that she was forced to end her life after Sidharth’s parents turned down her marriage proposal. They further alleged that Sarpal reached their house with police and tampered with the evidence. Sarpal in his clarification said that his son and the victim were friends and the latter’s mother had approached them with her marriage proposal, but the horoscopes did not match.

The district police chief has, however, written to higher authorities to transfer the case to crime investigation department (CID) as a senior police official is involved in the case. “I have written to the DGP to transfer the case to the CID as I am not competent to carry on with the investigation as a senior police official is involved in the case,” Sharma said.

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