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Kotkhai CBI Probe: More police officials including DGP, then SP Shimla under scanner

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HP Police Official Arrest

Shimla: Shocking revelations are surfacing as the Central Bureau of Investigation is speeding up its probe into the gang-rape and murder of a minor girl in Kotkhai, Shimla district. People are bewildered as to who holds the remote control of local police.  Now, one of the questions that remain unanswered is was it money or political influence that turned our own police including high-rank officials into alleged criminals. 

From CBI’s investigation, statement of the police sentry and other credible sources, it is almost confirmed that Suraj was not killed by a co-accused in the lockup, as suggested by police theory. 

The death during an interrogation also doesn’t make sense as police had claimed that all accused had already confessed their crime. Moreover, as per police, Suraj was ready to become an approver in the case.

Sources also suggested that all accused have pleaded innocent and told CBI that they were forced to admit the crime by the police. One of the accused, as per a Hindi daily, told CBI that his confession was recorded on the gunpoint.

If aforesaid statements are proved by CBI, then State Police and Government will bear a stigma of framing innocent laborers to shield real culprits in such heinous crime.

The Himachal Pradesh Police Department is witnessing chaos among its staff after CBI arrested eight police officials on August 29 including the Inspector General of Police and the head of the SIT, Zahur H Zaidi, and Deputy Superintendent of Police, Theog, Manoj Joshi.

However, the troubles for the department are not over yet. The interrogation of these officials is expected to unravel more mysteries in the case.

More officials of HP Police including the Director General of Police, Somesh Goyal, then SP Shimla, DW Negi, Ratan Singh Negi, Bhajan Singh Negi and some members of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) might have managed to distance themselves from the custodial death of one of the six arrested accused, but they are under CBI’s scanner.

As monitoring authority, the DGP and then SP Shimla owe an explanation regarding the alleged shoddy work in the investigation of the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kotkhai and custodial death of Suraj, a Nepalese accused.

Similar fate haunts the IT Cell of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh for posting and deleting photographs of four people as suspects.

The sources also said CBI can subject over a dozen of people including the arrested accused, other suspects, and police officials to a polygraph and narco analysis test.

After the arrest of police officials, social organizations and oppositions are also demanding the removal of the removal of the DGP. On August 30, Gudiya Nyay Manch staged a massive protest in front of the Police Headquarters in Shimla. Following it, the security has been increased at the SP Shimla Office and Police HQ. 

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Total 332 Bird Species Located in Himachal Pradesh

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Bird Species Count in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-As per the Great Backyard Bird Count (7th Indian edition), the number of bird species in Himachal Pradesh was 332 in 2018, a spokesman of State Forest Department informed on February 21, 2019.  

PCCF (WL) Dr. Savita said that among the Indian States, Himachal Pradesh shared the topmost position with Uttrakhand where the highest number of species was recorded.  

Birding locations included wildlife sanctuaries, national parks, conservation reserves, villages and urban areas. He said that more than 150 bird species were recorded in Mandi, Shimla, Kangra and Sirmaur districts.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is a citizen science initiative intended to encourage both amateur and professional bird-watchers to contribute towards the understanding bird and their biology in a better way.

The Department said that amateur birders from across the state contributed in the count in addition to 287 checklists that were uploaded into e-Bird by 55 participants.

 Participation in the event involved a minimum of 15 minutes bird watching during which all the bird species seen were counted and listed.  It involved bird watching sessions with school teachers and students, birding involving local villagers and panchayat representatives and training of frontline staff of the forest department in bird identification.

The Department said a detailed report is in preparation and will be circulated by the first week of March

This initiative was coordinated by Joint Secretary (Forests) Sat Pal Dhiman, Chief Conservator Forest (HQR) Nagesh Guleria, Chief Conservator Forest (WL) South Sushil Kapta, DFO (Hqr) N.P.S. Dhaulta along with other senior officers of the department.

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Foundation Stone of HP Central University in Kangra laid, Will Be Ready in 3 Years, Says Govt

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HP Central University In Dehra, Kangra district

Kangra-The foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district was laid today by the Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Prakash Javadekar said that the forest clearance for construction of this University was also accorded when he was the Union Forest and Environment Minister. The State Government deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance.

As per the official information released, the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. The first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectares. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

The Government said about Rs.1300 crore would be spent on construction of both these campuses and the same would be completed in the next three year, the government said. These campuses would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare, making it one of the biggest University of the region.

The Government said that an amount of Rs.7044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs.7600 crore had been made for the next financial year.

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5MW Solar Power Plant in Bilaspur’s Naina Devi Ji Inaugurated

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Solar Power Plant in Naina Devi In Bilaspur district - himachal pradesh

Shimla-The 5MW Berry Dol Solar Power Plant constructed near Shri Naina Devi Ji Shrine in Bilaspur district was inaugurated today. The HP Power Corporation Ltd. claimed it spent Rs. 36.24 crore on this project.

As per the official information released by the State Government, this power project is synchronised with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Ltd 33/11 KV network Kot.

The power generated was being sold to HPSEB. T

This power project is expected to generate 101-lakh unit electricity per annum, earning revenue of Rs. 4.40 crore to the State exchequer.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLA Jhanduta  J.R.Katwal , IG Himanshu Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia, CO IRB Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion.

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