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Kotkhai CBI Probe: SIT seeks permission for lie detection test on accused

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CBI finally reaches one of the persons shown in pictures posted on the Facebook page of the Chief Minister. Agency questions this person, who is said to be a close relative of a senior law officer of Himachal Pradesh.

Shimla: After the embarrassment it faced for the second time in the Himachal Pradesh High Court on August 17 for underperformance in the investigation of the rape and murder a minor school girl in Kotkhai region of Shimla district, the Central Bureau of Investigation now appears to be speeding up the probe.

On Saturday, sources reported that the CBI team is now seeking approval for conduction a lie detection (polygraph) test on the accused.

It strongly suggests the CBI has found inconsistency in the statements of the accused including the Ashish Chauhan. The agency will need the consent of the court as well as those of the accused in order to conduct a lie detector test.

An accused can deny consent for the lie detector test; however, it then goes against him in the court of law.

As per a fresh report, CBI has finally reached one of the persons shown in pictures posted on the Facebook page of the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh. The person, who is said to be a close relative of a senior law officer of Himachal Pradesh, was questioned by the CBI team in relation to the case.

The report said the information was released by a CBI official but requested anonymity.

The Division Bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Sandeep Sharma had made all the members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and police personnel posted in the Kotkhai Police Station a party and asked them to be present in the court on August 18.

The court asked all the police personals to file their individual affidavits regarding the investigation conducted in the case by August 24.

These police personals included the head of the SIT IG, Zaidi, Bhajan Dev Negi, Additional Superintendent of Police (Rural), Manoj Joshi, Deputy SP, Theog, Rajender Singh, SHO and an investigating officer.

Following it, the agency had seized the mobiles phones of some police officials in relation to Suraj’s killing, one of the Nepalese accused. The agency had questioned the top cops, and it was believed that the police is in trouble over the killing of Suraj in the custody.

As per sources, the Sentry who was on duty the night Suraj was killed had given the agency different statement. The Sentry denied watching Raju killing Suraj in the lock-up. He had reportedly disclosed that previously his signature was taken on a pre-scripted statement. 

CBI SIT had submitted a fresh status report on August 17, as directed by the court on the previous hearing on August 2, 2017.

The agency had requested the court to grant one more month to complete the investigation, which was denied. The division bench directed the agency to complete the probe in two weeks.

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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.

Naina devi firing

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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