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Kotkhai CBI Probe: Court declines extension of remand, sends accused police officials to 14-day judicial custody

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The defense lawyer, however, convinced the magistrate to decline further remand and to send all eight accused to 14-day judicial custody. The defense said that the agency was making unreasonable excuses to get an extension.

Shimla: The Central Bureau of Investigation’s plea for extension of remand of eight officials of Himachal Pradesh Police Department, who were arrested in relation to the custodial death of an accused, Suraj Singh, was declined by a court in Shimla.

eight arrested police officials including then Inspector General of Police, Zahur H Zaidi, and then Deputy Superintendent of Police, Theog, Manoj Joshi, were on September 7 produced in the court of the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ranjeet Singh Thakur.

The CBI again filed a plea for extending the remand for four more days. The agency argued that some lab reports are still awaited, which were crucial in the questioning.

The defense lawyer, however, convinced the magistrate to decline further remand and to send all eight accused to 14-day judicial custody. The defense said that the agency was making unreasonable excuses to get an extension.

The CBI had arrested eight police officials on August 29 and took them on a seven-day remand. The accused were produced in the court on the expiry of remand period on September 4.

In this hearing, CBI had managed to get three-day more remand arguing that the belts, batons etc., which were used in the killing of Suraj Singh in police custody, were still to be recovered.

On September 7, the remand period expired and CBI again moved a plea for another extension of four days. However, the court declined it this time.

The court said the next hearing will be conducted through video conferencing on September 21.

As per sources, during the hearing on September 4, the CBI had claimed in the court that it has clinching evidences against the arrested police officials. It was reported that CBI will file the chargsheet against the accused very soon.

The fresh evidence that has been collected against the arrested policemen will strengthen CBI’s investigation,

said a CBI source.

If these reports were to be believed, the CBI has cracked the case of custodial death of Suraj but was struggling to get a strong lead in the gangrape and murder of a minor girl in Kotkhai region of Shimla district between 4 to 6 July.

Though CBI is tightlipped after the State High Court pulled up the agency over the leak of information to media, despite that some media sources claimed the five accused arrested in the rape and murder of the minor were taken to Gandhi Nagar in Gujrat for narco test.

The reports said narco test could be conducted on the accused police officials too.

The agency appears to be struggling to unearth what actually happened with the victim girl and who are the real culprits if the DNA report gave a clean chit to all arrested accused.

Therefore, it is believed that through narco analysis test CBI might get a major breakthrough in the rape and murder of the minor girl. More police officials could be arrested, suggest the sources.

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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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