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Sex racket busted in Manali hotel named ‘Dev Bhoomi’, 2 arrested, 2 rescued



Manali sex racket busted

During past couple of years, police have busted over a dozen alleged sex rackets in Kullu and Manali region. The racket thrives with the onset of tourist season.

Manali: A week after a sex racket running in a hotel located in Shimla’s Dhalli area was busted, Kullu Police has now reportedly busted an international sex racket running in a hotel named ‘Dev Bhoomi’ in Manali.

As per the initial report, the police nabbed four persons including the hotel manager and 2 females of Tanzania and one of Uganda.

The Superintendent of Police, Kullu, Shalini Agnihotri, confirmed that police acted after receiving a tip-off about ongoing flesh trade at the said hotel.

The police used a decoy customer approached the hotel. A deal was finalized after which a team of police headed by the SSP Kullu nabbed the culprits red-handed.

Though initial report said two of them were arrested and two females of foreign nationality, who are said to have been forced into flesh trade, were rescued.

The manager was identified as Manjish Kumar of Mandi district.

The police initiated an investigation after registering cases against the culprits.

Rise in Cases of Flesh Trade

During past couple of years, police have busted over a dozen alleged sex rackets in Kullu and Manali region. The racket thrives with the onset of tourist season.

In July this year, local police had busted an online sex racket in which three persons were arrested while two girls were rescued in Manali. Through this online racket, girls were supplied to the hotel in Manali on demand.

The local police had also busted a sex racket in Manali in April this year in which five women, including a pimp, were arrested. In the same month, police had busted a sex racket in Mcleod Ganj in which arrests were made from Manali.

Similarly, a sex racket was busted in December 2016 in which two persons, including a woman, were arrested following a midnight raid at a hotel.

Before it, a manager of the hotel and two other persons were arrested from Manali in May 2015.

In most of the rackets, the majority of females involved hailed from neighboring states.

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



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



Left Out Voters in Himachal Pradesh can apply

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 ( 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



Kashmiri people in Himachal Pradesh

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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