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Shocking: Hamirpur Police allegedly plants Charas (cannabis) in shop to frame fake NDPS case  

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Hamirpur- Image and trust of people in Himachal Pradesh Police Department is at stake after people busted policeman allegedly planting ‘Charas’ (cannabis) in a vegetable shop in district Hamirpur during a raid, and then attempting to frame a fake  case under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act(NDPS) against the owner. However, this alleged, grave attempt of police was exposed after eyewitnesses came ahead and confirmed watching one of the policeman planting the packet in vegetables rack, which later it claimed to have recovered from the shop. Angry mob surrounded the police team and blocked the road for about three hours, and opened it only after higher officials arrived at the scene and assured fair inquiry into the matter.

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Reportedly, Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Birdi- Baloh in Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh, runs a meat and vegetable shop from past many years. His wife also assists him and take care of vegetable shop. On Wednesday afternoon, a team comprising of half a dozen policemen headed by ASI Bhoranj Police Station Avtar Singh raided the meat and vegetable shop. The team searched both shops but did not find anything, said reports. Meanwhile, one of the policemen allegedly planted a small packet in vegetables rack, and then claimed to have found it hidden there. However, the Up-Pradhan(उपप्रधान) of the local panchayat, Rakesh Singh, who was asked by the police to accompany the team during the raid, saw the entire incident.

Reportedly, the police team at once pounced on the shopkeeper, started beating him, and tried to detain him. However, eyewitnesses including the Up-Pradhan resisted this attempt of police. Angry people gathered and blocked the road to save the shopkeeper whom they claimed innocent.

Considering the growing mob of angry locals, the SDM Bhoranj SK Parashar, Tehsildar Sanjay Kumar, DSP Ashok Verma, and SHO Mukesh arrived at the scene. The mob opened the road only after the SDM assured of inquiry into the matter. The statements of main eyewitness, Up-Pradhan, and others have been recorded, informed the SDM.

The people and panchayat representatives demanded that the inquiry into this matter should not be conducted by Bhoranj Police.

DSP Ashok also assured people of a departmental inquiry against the accused ASI.

Stunned locals including panchayat members, expressing their concern, said that the police had almost framed and destroyed life of an innocent person if it were not for the eyewitnesses.

Statement of Up-Pradhan (Eyewitness)

Up-Pradhan of local Keherwin panchayat said he was asked by police to accompany him in a raid on the mentioned shop. When the police didn’t find anything, the police allegedly said “Aaj Case to Banta Hai”. Meanwhile one of the policemen quietly placed a small packet under vegetables. Then the ASI pretended to have recovered it from the shop and started beating the shopkeeper and tried to put him into police vehicle, he stated.

However, on hearing the brawl other shopkeepers along with locals surrounded the police team and blocked the road until higher officials arrived at the scene and assured inquiry and action against culprits, if proved guilty.

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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UHF Nauni Extends Online Plant Booking Date Till Dec 7

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Solan-Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has extended the last date for online booking of planting material prepared by the university’s main campus and its Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) at Solan. Interested farmers will now be able to book plants on the university online portal till December 7.

This year the booking for the planting material of apple, plum, apricot, peach, kiwi, pear, pomegranate, persimmon, etc. is being done online and farmers can submit their demand for plants by logging on the university website and visiting the ‘Farmers corner’ section. The university has advised the farmers to register themselves through their email address on the university portal.

The farmers who have not been able to submit their demand forms have also been advised to resubmit their demand forms.  

Applicants will have to fill in their complete postal address and the Khasra number of the land where the planting is to be carried out along with their contact details. After the OTP-based registration process is complete, applicants will be able to book plants for varieties supplied by the university. The plant varieties available for sale and distribution on this web portal have been grafted on seedling rootstock. The procedure for the sale and distribution of Nursery Fruit Plants from other University Research Stations and KVK’s will be the same as in previous years.

The university will start the allotment process after the booking is closed. Based on the total demand, the university will allot plants out of the available quantity. The allotment list will be made available on the university portal. The farmers will be also be notified about the date on which the plant will be available and from which nursery they will be provided.

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HP Police Becomes 8th State Police of India to Receive Presidents Colour Award

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Police organized the Presidents Colour Award ceremony at the historic Ridge Ground on December 1, 2021.

Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar was the Chief Guest and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was also present as a special guest on the occasion. The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

While extending greetings and expressing happiness on receiving the Presidents Colour by Himachal Pradesh Police, the Governor said that it was the 8th State Police of India which has received this distinction.

“President Colour’ is a special achievement and this proves the state police ranks high in the service of humanity along with performance, professionalism, integrity, protection of human rights and other parameters,” said the Governor.

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The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

He added that this feat has also been given to the State Police for the contribution of its personnel, who have worked tirelessly over the years to make it reliable, professional, honest and people-friendly. He said it would definitely motivate the Police personnel and they would work more readily in public service.

While interacting with media on the occasion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur congratulated the State Police for being awarded President’s Colours by the President of India for its meritorious services. He said that this Award was the highest point in the professional life of any uniform. 

Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu said that the President’s Color’was not only an award but also a responsibility, which the Himachal Pradesh Police has to fulfil with more integrity, efficiency and discipline.

He added that every Jawan of the State Police should take a pledge to maintain security and peace in Devbhumi Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier, the Governor inspected the Parade. On the occasion, the formation of Hollow Square by the Police Band, Pilling of drums and consecration of the colour was the main attraction

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