Himachal legislator surrenders, gets police remand

Panchkula (Haryana), Jan 8 (IANS) A court in Panchkula town in Haryana sent a newly elected Congress legislator of Himachal Pradesh, whose name figured in a murder case, to six days police remand after he surrendered earlier Tuesday.

Ram Kumar Chaudhary, who was wanted by the Haryana Police for the murder of a 24-year-old woman Jyoti along with three others, was absconding for the past few days.

Police had tried to arrest him by raiding various places in Himachal but he evaded arrest. Police Monday announced a reward of Rs.200,000 to anyone giving information about his whereabouts.

Chaudhary was supposed to take oath as a legislator in the Himachal assembly in Dharamsala Tuesday but he appeared in the Panchkula court and surrendered.

Elected from the Doon assembly seat, he absconded ever since his name figured in the murder of his former employee, Jyoti.

The victim was found dead near Sector 21 of Panchkula town, 15 km from Chandigarh, Nov 22. Her head was smashed.

Police in Panchkula later booked Chaudhary and three others - Paramjeet, Dharampal and Gurmeet Singh.

A reward of Rs.50,000 each to anyone giving information on the whereabouts of Chaudhary's accomplices was also announced.

A court in Panchkula had earlier rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Chaudhary. His bail plea before the Punjab and Haryana High Court was dismissed after he withdrew it.

Haryana Police claims that Chaudhary has an association with Jyoti and his arrest was necessary for further investigation.

Chaudhary made a public appearence Dec 20 after his victory in the assembly election and took part in his victory procession in Baddi town, 35 km from here. Haryana Police failed to arrest him then.

He skipped a crucial meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) and swearing-in ceremony of the chief minister and other ministers in Shimla last month, fearing arrest.

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