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CBI takes over forest guard Hoshiyar Singh case, files fresh FIRs

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The forest guard was trying to expose the nexus between the HP Forest Department and forest mafia, which was highly active in the Seri-Katanda beat of Karsog division.

Mandi: As an another blot on credibility and capability of poll-bound Himachal Pradesh’s Police, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) finally took over the case relating to mysterious killing of forest guard Hoshiyar Singh, the body of whom was recovered from the forests of the Karsog division, Mandi district.

Following the orders of the State High Court, on October 27, the CBI registered fresh FIRs in the case against the unidentified persons. The agency has reportedly formed a special team of about 15 members, who will be investigating the case.

The CBI is expected to file its status report within a month.

Earlier, the state police had faced an embarrassment when the case relating to abduction, gangrape and murder of a minor girl in Kotkhai was handed over to the CBI.

To worsen the situation for the local police, the CBI had arrested eight police officials including IG and DSP rank officers

The probe conducted into the death of the guard under suspicious circumstances had failed to convince the court. Karsog region had witnessed massive protests by people who were outraged over what they believed to be a murder.

The people demanded a probe by the CBI to deliver justice to the victim. 

Moreover, the forest guard was trying to expose the nexus between the HP Forest Department and forest mafia, which was highly active in the Seri-Katanda beat of Karsog division.

A diary and a few notes written on a paper were recovered during the investigation. On June 15, six people named in the notes and the diary were arrested in relation to the alleged abatement .

The forest department had recovered wood of illegally felled trees and admitted to have found evidences of illegal tree felling on massive scale. Surprisingly, it did not take action against any of its officials except filing an FIR.

The CBI has also taken charge of this FIR filed in connection to the illegal felling in the division. After the court took cognizance of the matter, four more persons were arrested on August 24.

Dissatisfied with the findings of the probe, in September, a division bench comprising of acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Sandeep Sharma, ordered the CBI to probe the case.

The guard had gone missing on June 5 and his semi-naked body was found hanging upside down from a tree in the Seri-Katanda beat on June 9.

The police first registered a case of murder against unknown person, but termed it a suicide the next day. Police was alleged of shoddy investigation and the court too felt the need of a CBI probe to unearth true facts.

 

The matter deserves special mention as the elections to the Legislative Assembly of Himachal are just 10 days away. This case has proved that the forest mafia has been ruling in the state under the alleged patronage of the forest department irrespective of ruling party. 

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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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UHF Nauni Extends Online Plant Booking Date Till Dec 7

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Solan-Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has extended the last date for online booking of planting material prepared by the university’s main campus and its Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) at Solan. Interested farmers will now be able to book plants on the university online portal till December 7.

This year the booking for the planting material of apple, plum, apricot, peach, kiwi, pear, pomegranate, persimmon, etc. is being done online and farmers can submit their demand for plants by logging on the university website and visiting the ‘Farmers corner’ section. The university has advised the farmers to register themselves through their email address on the university portal.

The farmers who have not been able to submit their demand forms have also been advised to resubmit their demand forms.  

Applicants will have to fill in their complete postal address and the Khasra number of the land where the planting is to be carried out along with their contact details. After the OTP-based registration process is complete, applicants will be able to book plants for varieties supplied by the university. The plant varieties available for sale and distribution on this web portal have been grafted on seedling rootstock. The procedure for the sale and distribution of Nursery Fruit Plants from other University Research Stations and KVK’s will be the same as in previous years.

The university will start the allotment process after the booking is closed. Based on the total demand, the university will allot plants out of the available quantity. The allotment list will be made available on the university portal. The farmers will be also be notified about the date on which the plant will be available and from which nursery they will be provided.

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HP Police Becomes 8th State Police of India to Receive Presidents Colour Award

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Police organized the Presidents Colour Award ceremony at the historic Ridge Ground on December 1, 2021.

Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar was the Chief Guest and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was also present as a special guest on the occasion. The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

While extending greetings and expressing happiness on receiving the Presidents Colour by Himachal Pradesh Police, the Governor said that it was the 8th State Police of India which has received this distinction.

“President Colour’ is a special achievement and this proves the state police ranks high in the service of humanity along with performance, professionalism, integrity, protection of human rights and other parameters,” said the Governor.

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The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

He added that this feat has also been given to the State Police for the contribution of its personnel, who have worked tirelessly over the years to make it reliable, professional, honest and people-friendly. He said it would definitely motivate the Police personnel and they would work more readily in public service.

While interacting with media on the occasion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur congratulated the State Police for being awarded President’s Colours by the President of India for its meritorious services. He said that this Award was the highest point in the professional life of any uniform. 

Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu said that the President’s Color’was not only an award but also a responsibility, which the Himachal Pradesh Police has to fulfil with more integrity, efficiency and discipline.

He added that every Jawan of the State Police should take a pledge to maintain security and peace in Devbhumi Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier, the Governor inspected the Parade. On the occasion, the formation of Hollow Square by the Police Band, Pilling of drums and consecration of the colour was the main attraction

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