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Lightning strikes cops and villagers in Himachal while they were carrying a dead body, kills 2, injures 10

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SHIMLA-Lightning strike in Himachal Pradesh killed two people and injured 10 others on Tuesday night. As per the report, the fatal strike of lightning struck Khadhan village in Rampur Sub-Division when some villagers and policemen including an SHO and Assistant Sub-Inspector were loading a dead body in a vehicle. Two villagers Gulshan (24) and Tara Chand (32) were killed on the spot while 10 others sustained injuries. One of the victims was reported to be critical, and was transferred to Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla for treatment. Other victims are admitted at the Khaneri Civil Hospital.

According to Dy. Superintendent of Police, Dev Kumar Negi, villagers found a body of man named Nand Lal who had died of unknown reasons. The villagers presumed the man might have fallen off the cliff and informed the police station Rampur. ASI Hoshiyaar Singh and SHO Sanjeev Kumar arrived on the spot with some villagers for investigation. They had returned to the vehicle with the body when the lightning struck them.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate has issued Rs. 10, 000 as relief to kin of each deceased and seriously injured. Remaining victims were given Rs. 4,000 as relief.

Most of the districts in Himachal were jolted by thunderstorm, heavy rain, hailstorms, and high velocity winds that still continue on Thursday.

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Over 150 homes were damaged and incidents of fire were also reported due to lightning in Kangra. As per villagers in Khokhan village in Kullu, lighting strike fried their electricity meters, wires and appliances like TV and Fridge. The power supply was also hit in some areas after poles and wires were taken down by fallen trees.

In several places, felling of trees blocked roads and caused inconvenience to traffic flow. In Palampur, a man named Arjun (60) died after a tree fell on his small shop (dhaba).

Similarly, district Una and Hamirpur also witnessed rucksack created by thunderstorms. The temperature has also dropped after snowfall in tribal regions.

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Shimla Police nabs Nigerian man with 25 grams Chitta

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Shimla: With the assistance of the Delhi Police, the district police has arrested a Nigerian national Kra Basile for alleged involvement in drug peddling to Shimla.

A team led by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shimla (City), Dinesh Sharma, also recovered 25 grams of Chitta (heroin) from his possession during questioning.

During the course of interrogation the said Nigerian National was trying to conceal something. On being suspicious of narcotics/ contraband, a search of the above person was conducted in the presence of DSP City. During the search, 25.46 gram Chitta (heroin) has been recovered from the possession of Nigerian National,

said the FIR registered at the Police Station, Dhalli, under Sections 21,29 of the ND&PS Act.

Related Story: Two Shimla youth held with 19 grams Chitta

As per the Sharma, the said accused is believed to be involved in supply to several parts of the district for some time. His name had appeared during the questioning from some local youth allegedly arrested with Chitta during past week, he said.

Following this lead, the police put his number on tracking, and a trap was laid to nab him by posing as a decoy customer.

It is expected that his interrogation would lead to more revelations and arrests of others linked with this network.

Also Read: Story of Shimla youth who started with smoking charas at 17, ended up in jail at 22 as drug peddler

The DSP Sharma and other staff members were cheering considering it a breakthrough amid heavy pressure from the public due to an alarming rise in involvment of youth in drug/substance abuse.

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15 lakh saplings planted in Himachal by 80,000 people in 3 days, claims Forest Minister

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15 lakh sapling planted in Himachal Pradesh on van mahotsav

Shimla: The Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur today said that three days statewide plantation campaign from 12 to 14 July 2018 was launched in the State and more than 15 lakh saplings were planted in different parts of the State.

He said that the campaign was undertaken in all 13 Forest Circles in the state and Forty-one Forest Divisions participated in the campaign. Plantations were performed at 600 sites of the state. Chamba Forest Division with 99,281 plants was at First position followed by Ani and Rampur Forest Divisions with 81,369 and 80,059 plants respectively.

More than six lakh deodar species were planted beside broad leave and other conifers. He said that the entire plantation campaign was monitored online.

He said that all walks of life including school children, women, senior citizen and youth comprising 80000 people actively participated in the campaign. Plantation activities were performed from the boundaries of the state in the north with Jammu and Kashmir to Yamuna River in south and Kinnaur district in the east to boundaries of the state with Punjab in the west, he added.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had inaugurated state level Van Mahotsav on July 10 from Rajgargh in Sirmaur district. Governor Acharya Devvrat also participated in the campaign at Nehra in Shimla District on July 13 2018.

He said that plantation activities are still going on and it is expected that total 17 lakh plants will be planted by the end of the campaign.

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Gunfight in Naina Devi: One wanted criminal shot dead, 2 arrested

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Bilaspur: Panic gripped the world famous Shakti Peeth Shri Naina Devi in Bilaspur district on Saturday morning due to a gun-fight between alleged gangsters and a team of the Punjab Police. While one of the criminals was shot dead in the cross firing, two others were arrested.

Punjab and Himachal Pradesh Police had sealed the entire area including the bus station and main entrance to the temple. The devotees also faced huged inconvenience due to it.

Some policemen were also injured in the gunfight, however, the police did not make any confirmation about the number of injured policemen.

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Weapon recovered by the police

As per the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohali, Kuldeep Singh, armed with a firearm, these men had allegedly snatched a car from a man in Mohali on the intervening night of 13 and 14 July.

After receiving the information, the police chased them upto Naina Devi where one of the criminals opened fire on the police, and police also responded with firearms.

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Area turned into police cantonment

During a cross firing between the police and the criminals. The Superintendent of Police, Bilaspur, Ashok Kumar also reached the spot and confirmed the incident.

The killed youth was identified as Sunni Masih while two others arrested were identified as Amanpreet and Goldy. Sunni was taken to the Aanandpur Sahib hospital where he died.

As per the police, the alleged criminals were wanted in several cases registered for theft and under the arms act in various police stations of Punjab.

The Himachal Pradesh police have registered a case under Section 307 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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