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Kotkhai Case: Disappointed by incomplete probe, people to protest outside Shimla CBI office

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Shimla – Public, social organizations and the parents of the 16-year-old victim of rape and murder in Kotkhai, Shimla, on Thursday, expressed extreme disappointment with Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) as it failed to report any major progress in its status report submitted to the Himachal Pradesh High Court on August 2, 2017.

The social organizations and family members of the victim, who were sitting on a hunger strike at the Ridge, Shimla, have announced “Chupi Todo Andolan”. From Monday onwards, they will stage a silent protest outside the CBI office in Shimla. The protestors will cover their mouth with pieces of black cloth during the protest.

CBI investigated for the 14 days before filling its status report. However, the agency made no disclosure regarding the progress in the probe. Instead, it sought additional time from the court, said protestors.

People had put their trust in CBI that it will expose the real culprits behind this heinous crime. CBI had assured people too, but it did not deliver anything despite the expiry of two weeks period,

said a protestor.

The agitated protestors said they will continue to hold a silent protest outside the CBI office until the agency files a complete status report to the High Court.

The sisters of the victim will also approach the CBI officials with ‘Rakhis’ with a plea for justice, they said.

The court had asked the CBI to file a status report within two weeks of formation of the Special Investigation Team. CBI had filed two fresh FIRs in the case on July 22. Along with investigation of the murder and rape of the minor victim, CBI SIT had also lodged FIR in the killing of the Nepalese accused Suraj in the police custody.

The SIT had formed three teams which were investigating everything from the crime spot to the police probe report and the forensic reports.

CBI had re-examined Suraj’s body and collected samples for its own forensic tests. The CBI had questioned all remaining four accused and sent them to judicial custody afterward.

Apart from this, the SIT had also recovered statements of the victim’s family, her classmates, and questioned several other persons in relation to the case.

People were expecting some results after two weeks of CBI probe but faced disappointment on August 2 as the agency sought three more months to complete the probe. However, the court denied it three months citing it a sensitive case and ordered the SIT to file a fresh status report on August 17.

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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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Nainadevi encounter by punjab police

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.

Naina devi shooting

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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