Chandigarh: Congress’ newly elected legislator from Himachal Pradesh, Ram Kumar Chaudhary, who was absconding for past few weeks in connection with the murder of a girl, surrendered before a Panchkula Court on Tuesday.

"The MLA surrendered before CJM (Chief Judicial Magistrate's) Court in Panchkula today. We have taken him into custody and he will be produced before a Panchkula court later on," Haryana Police's Additional Director General (ADGP), KK Sharma said.

The Congress legislator, who was elected from the Doon assembly seat, had been absconding ever since his name figured in the murder case of his former employee, Jyoti. Police had announced the cash reward of Rs two lakh to anyone giving information on the whereabouts of Chaudhary.

A special police team headed by Ashok Kumar, DCP Ambala had been camping in Dharamsala to execute fresh warrants of arrest issued by Panchkula court on January 5 against the accused.

The victim was found dead near Sector 21 of Panchkula town, 15 km from Chandigarh, on November 22. Her head was smashed. Police in Panchkula later booked Chaudhary and three others - Paramjeet, Dharampal and Gurmeet Singh in the crime. A reward of Rs.50,000 each to anyone giving information on the whereabouts of Chaudhary's accomplices was also announced.

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

Chaudhary had appeared in the open on December 20 after his victory in the assembly election and even participated in his victory procession in Baddi town, 35 km from here. However, the Haryana Police failed to arrest him at that time. 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.

JPN/Agencies

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