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

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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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Shimla, Manali Receive Season’s First Spell of Snow, Cheers Tourism Industry

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Shimla-First spell of snow in Shimla’s tourist destinations, Narkanda and Kufri, has cheered the tourism industry as it would increase the footfall of tourists. Similarly, higher parts of Manali also reported a light spell of snow on Sunday evening. Lahaul-Spiti, however, reportedly witnessed heavy snowfall and Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, was closed for traffic. Parts of the Kinnaur district also recorded a spell of snow.

Chopal in Shimla had received 2-3 inches of snow, while Dodra Kwar recorded one foot of snow, according to the Met Department.

In Kullu, Jalori Pass had received 3 inches of snow, Rohtang top 2.5 feet, and Atal Tunnel 1.5 feet.

In Lahaul-Spiti, Koksar/Sissu had recorded 18 inches of snow, Keylong 8 inches, Darcha 12 inches, Udaipur 4 inches, Tindi 2 inches, Kaza 1 inch, and Lossar 2 inches of snow.

In Kinnaur, Chitkul had recorded 15.4 cms of snow, Kalpa 5 cms, and Sangla 7.62 cms. Nichar also received a light spell.

This change in weather has triggered a cold wave across the state. Further, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department had issued a yellow alert for December 5, 2021. The Met has predicted rain and snow on December 6 too. While the weather is predicted to be dry on December 8, the state could witness more rain and snow on December 7 and December 9, according to the Met Department.

Most roads, except in Lahaul-Spiti, remain open to traffic movement, the district administrations of Shimla and Kullu confirmed. Further, the administrations said preparations are being made to keep the roads clear in case of heavy snowfall.

This tourist season is crucial for the hospitality industry which was worst hit by the pandemic induced restrictions. However, the entry of Omicron – the new variant of Covid-19 that has been termed as a variant of concern by the WHO-haunts the season. India had reported as many as 21 cases of Omicron till Sunday. If the HP Government decides to impose restrictions on the entry of the domestic tourist in view of the spread of the new variant, the hospitality industry could again face losses.  

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Himachal Achieves 100% Vaccination Target, OPD at AIIMS, Bilaspur, Inaugurated   

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has achieved the 100 percent target of the second dose of Covid vaccination, the State government informed on Sunday.  Himachal Pradesh has become the first State of the country in achieving the target of cent per cent vaccination of targeted eligible age group, it informed.  

According to the HP Government, all eligible 53,86,393 adults have been administered the second dose of the vaccine.

District-Wise Vaccination Details

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Number of People Vaccinated 

Bilaspur  318150
Chamba 352605
Hamirpur 361954
Kangra 1140439
Kinnaur 68460
Kullu 322643
Lahaul-Spiti 25494
Mandi 738818
Shimla 634019
Sirmaru 410187
Solan 584326
Una 429298

A complete vaccination was performed first in the inaccessible areas and tribal areas of the state and Kinnaur district became the first district in the entire country to administer the second dose of the vaccine to all eligible adults, the government informed.

On this occasion, Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Member of Parliament and National BJP President, also addressed a felicitation ceremony of Covid Vaccination Workers at Bilaspur on Sunday.

Nadda also dedicated the first OPD at AIIMS Kothipura in Bilaspur. The AIIMS Bilaspur would be made fully functional within the next six months, said Nadda.

 

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JP Nadda at AIIMS Bilaspur

He said that the foundation stone of this institution was laid about three years back and it would have been completed a year ago, but the pace was affected due to the corona pandemic. He said that Himachal Pradesh has got an Rs. 500 crore Satellite centre of PGI Chandigarh at Una.

He also congratulated the State Government, doctors, health care workers and all the frontline workers for achieving this unique feat. 

Union Minister of Health, Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh were also present on the occasion

 

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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