Key witness in Kairana gang rape and murder shot dead

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The witness, 55-year-old Brahmpal Singh, was shot in his sleepA KEY WITNESS in the gangrape and murder of a 35-year-old woman in Shamli district’s Kairana this April was shot dead early Monday at his house at Akbarpur Sunheti village, police said. The witness, 55-year-old Brahmpal Singh, was shot in his sleep between 1.30 am and 2 am at a site where residents keep their cattle, said local police, citing a complaint from Singh’s brother. Singh was the brother-in-law of the woman who was kidnapped on April 4 and found murdered three days later, according to police. The gangrape and murder had sparked outrage in the area with BJP MP Hukum Singh claiming that the incident had led to an exodus of Hindu families from Kairana to escape “criminal elements” belonging to “a particular community”.

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