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Kotkhai CBI probe: IG Zaidi, DSP with 6 others arrested, remanded to police custody

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Shimla: As the biggest and a stunning development in the ongoing investigation of in the gangrape and gruesome murder of a minor girl in Kotkhai region of Shimla district so far, the Central Bureau of Investigation on August 29 arrested eight Police officials of Himachal Pradesh including Zahur Zaidi, Inspector General of Police and Manoj Joshi, Deputy Superintend, Theog.

It’s for the first time in the history of Himachal that an IG rank official was arrested.

Zaidi was the head of the Special Investigation Team of HP Police that had investigated the rape and murder case.
These arrests were made in relation to the custodial death of one of the accused Suraj Singh at the Kotkhai Police Station on July 18, 2017.

The arrests have come as a huge blow to the credibility of the State police and government. The others arrested officials include a Sub-Inspector and then SHO, Kotkhai, an ASI, three Head Constables and one Constable.

The arrested accused were produced in the competent court in Shimla on August 29. The court remanded them to police custody till September 4, 2017.

The HP SIT had earlier arrested six accused in this case claiming the case was solved and all the accused were behind bars. These accused included Ashish Chauhan (29), Rajinder Singh (32), Subash Singh Bisht (42) Surat Singh (29), Lok Jan (19), and Deepak (38). Suraj and Lok Jan were Nepalese laborers who were working in the orchard of a wealthy and renowned apple grower of the region.

Out of these, Suraj Singh was killed under mysterious circumstances in police custody. The local police had put the blame on a co-accused Raju of killing Suraj inside the lockup.

CBI had registered two cases on July 19, 2017, following orders issued by the State High Court (in CWPIL No.88 of 2017). CBI had taken over the investigation of two cases filed by the local police.

First case (FIR No. 97 of 2017) was earlier filed at Police Station, Kotkhai on July 6, 2017, under Sections 302, 376 of IPC & Section 4 of POCSO Act relating to gangrape and murder of a minor girl whose naked dead body was found in the forest of Halaila in Kotkhai region same day.

The second case (FIR No. 101 of 2017) was filed at the same police station on July 19, 2017, under Section 302 of IPC relating to the custodial death of one of the accused arrested by the HP Police SIT.

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Avalanche in Kinnaur buries soldiers, 1 killed, 5 missing and feared dead

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Kinnaur- An avalanche along the India-China border in Namgya region of Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed one soldier while five others were buried and still missing. The body of one soldier has been recovered. The rescue operation was underway at the time of writing.

The district administration and Superintendent of Police, Kinnaur, confirmed the news.

Jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police are carrying out an extensive search and rescue operation.  

As per initial reports, which are not clear, about 10 jawans of ITBP were hit by a massive avalanche at about 11 AM on Wednesday while they were moving from one post to another. Five to six jawans were buried. Remaining jawans rescued one of them who later died on the way to the hospital in Pooh.  

Verification of more details is still awaited.

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Left Out Eligible Voters in Himachal Can Enroll on 23rd and 24th Feb: HP CEO

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Shimla-In view of the general election for the Lok Sabha 2019, special camps will be organised at every polling station on 23rd and 24th February 2019, for enrolment of left out eligible voters in the State, informed the Chief Electoral Officer of Himachal Pradesh, Devesh Kumar.

He asked all Booth Level Officers (BLOs) to remain present in the camps along with the copies of final electoral rolls 2019. A copy of the electoral rolls will be available in the polling station so that electors can check their names in the rolls. The electoral rolls would be read out publically during the camp to facilitate illiterate voters. BLOs were asked to keep adequate copies of Forms 6, 7, 8 and 8A with him/her to facilitate filling up forms by interested persons.

Devesh Kumar said that all recognized political parties should depute their Booth Level Agents (BLAs) to remain present in camps. In case their name does not exist in the roll for some reason, the Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) holders must also check their name in electoral rolls and fill up Form 6. The EPIC is only identification document and does not guarantee franchise if the name of the person is not included in the electoral roll of the concerned polling station.

He said that all forms received during these campaign days would be disposed of by  March 7, 2019. BLOs were directed to immediately complete the physical verification and then submit a report to the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO). The ERO should complete the due process of law and dispose-off the forms received during the camps within 11 days.

 Devesh Kumar said that registration can also be made through NVSP Portal by visiting the link (www.nvsp.in.) For inquiries, he said, electoral can also call on Toll-free number 1950.

Assembly constituency-wise data in respect of forms received during camps would be uploaded on the website of the commission at CEO’s portal by February 25, 2019. Information about the disposal of forms would be given through the website by March 7, 2019.

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Mandi Police Warns Miscreants Promoting Malice Against Kashmiris, Urges People to Maintain Peace

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Mandi-The District Police, Mandi, on Tuesday, issued a warning to miscreants who were trying to incite violence against and promoting malice against Kashmiri people living in the State.

“The public is informed that following the suicide bombing in Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir, some miscreants are making appeals to the people on social media to throw Kashmiri labourers, hawkers, lumberjacks etc. out of State’

said the notice issued by the district police.

The police has warned that a stringent action against will be taken against anyone who is found preaching malice towards Kashmiri citizens through such messages/comments on social media or causing any sort of vandalism.

The police urged the people to beware of such hatemongers and miscreants and maintain peace in the society.  

On Tuesday, tension mounted in a panchayat of Mandi district when the villagers passed a resolution to ban Kashmiri citizens in their area. The villagers reportedly told the Kashmiris living in rented quarters to leave the State by Wednesday. Meanwhile, some miscreants reportedly pelted stones on their quarters. Scared Kashmiris had to take shelter at local police station, said reports.

In another instance, an unverified video was doing rounds on social media, showing two groups of students clashing inside the campus of a private university in Mandi. To incite fear, it was rumoured that the scuffle took place between Kashmiri and local students.  

Earlier, the campus of the UHF, Nauni, in Solan district, witnessed tension after police booked two of its students for alleged anti-national activities on social media. The booked students were allegedly supporting the suicide bomber responsible for the ghastly Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred.

Following this news, right-wing outfits in Himachal Pradesh had made calls for a boycott of Kashmiris. Similar tension was reported from other parts of the nation too. A large number of Kashmiri students, who were studying outside their home state, were returning home for fear of violence being incited by miscreants.

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