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The man accused of killing a woman officer who was leading a demolition drive in Himachal Pradesh’s Kasauli was nabbed on Thursday from the Mathura-Vrindavan area, where he was hiding in disguise, police said. A team comprising Himachal Pradesh and Delhi Police personnel arrested Vijay Singh who shot dead Assistant Town Planner Shail Bala Sharma on Tuesday, according to agency reports.

Expressing anguish over the delay in the arrest of the accused, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur earlier said in New Delhi: "I am in regular touch with top police officials. As per my information, he’s likely to be arrested today (Thursday) or tomorrow (Friday),” reported IANS.

The Apex Court had on April 17 ordered the state government to demolish unauthorised structures in several hotels and guest houses in Kasauli and Dharampur areas of Solan. Four teams were constituted by the authorities to carry out the work.

2. Local who lived near Singh’s guesthouse shocked over the crime: "Vijay Singh kept a low-profile and helped his mother run the guest house. The guest house was in her name. We are in a state of disbelief that an educated person could do such a thing. His children study in a reputed school in Kasauli. This one action of his has ruined his entire family," said a local who resides near the guest house, reported IANS.

5. How the incident took place: Shailbala Sharma was shot dead and a labourer injured on Tuesday in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district allegedly by Narayani Guest House owner Vijay Kumar, who fired two rounds in the air as employees began the demolition drive in Dharampur area following Supreme Court orders. A stray bullet hit Sharma, killing her on the spot, police officials told news agencies. Labourer Gulab Singh received a gunshot injury in the abdomen. An official of the Public Works Department was also injured in the incident. Sanjya Negi, a sub-divisional officer of the electricity department, had a narrow escape.

The deceased was heading the team for the demolition drive and hotel-owners allegedly attempted to intimidate the officials. An altercation ensued and Kumar fired three rounds at the officials, killing Shailbala on the spot and injuring Singh, who was undergoing treatment at PGI, Chandigarh, where his condition was stated to be critical. 6. SC takes sou motu cognisance of the Kasauli incident: The Supreme Court on Wednesday on its own took cognisance of the firing incident in Kasauli where a woman government official was shot dead allegedly by a hotel owner over the demolition of an illegal structure. A Bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta termed the incident as extremely serious and noted that the government officials had gone there to comply with the court’s direction to seal unauthorised constructions. 7) SC asks ‘what was police doing’: The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked what the police team, which had accompanied the government officials during the sealing drive, was doing when the hotel owner allegedly shot at Shailbala.

Assistant Town Planner Shail Bala Sharma heading SC-ordered demolition drive shot dead in Kasauli(HP) matter: Supreme Court has taken suo moto cognisance of the incident. SC also rapped State Govt for not providing adequate security to the woman official. pic.twitter.com/Dnde23vqkd

— ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2018 9. Himachal CM says law and order will be maintained: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur on Wednesday mourned the official’s killing, saying that the culprit would be arrested soon and acted against according to the law. "The law and order will be maintained at all costs in the state," he said.

10. SC’s demolition order : The Supreme Court last month had ordered the demolition of unauthorised constructions at several hotels and resorts built in violation of sanctioned plans in Kasauli in Himachal Pradesh. Observing that the hotel-owners cannot put the life of people in danger for making money, a Bench of Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta had said: "First demolish it (unauthorised constructions)".

"You (hotel owners) admitted that there is unauthorised construction. Everything you have done is wrong. There was landslide in your premises. You are putting the lives of people in danger just for the money," said the Bench, which took note that some hotels and resorts were supposed to construct only two-storeyed buildings but built six-storeyed buildings. Ordering the authorities concerned to act on it, the Bench said, "Either you demolish it or we will ask authorities to demolish it. Choice is yours."