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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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Shimla Police nabs Nigerian man with 25 grams Chitta

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Shimla: With the assistance of the Delhi Police, the district police has arrested a Nigerian national Kra Basile for alleged involvement in drug peddling to Shimla.

A team led by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shimla (City), Dinesh Sharma, also recovered 25 grams of Chitta (heroin) from his possession during questioning.

During the course of interrogation the said Nigerian National was trying to conceal something. On being suspicious of narcotics/ contraband, a search of the above person was conducted in the presence of DSP City. During the search, 25.46 gram Chitta (heroin) has been recovered from the possession of Nigerian National,

said the FIR registered at the Police Station, Dhalli, under Sections 21,29 of the ND&PS Act.

Related Story: Two Shimla youth held with 19 grams Chitta

As per the Sharma, the said accused is believed to be involved in supply to several parts of the district for some time. His name had appeared during the questioning from some local youth allegedly arrested with Chitta during past week, he said.

Following this lead, the police put his number on tracking, and a trap was laid to nab him by posing as a decoy customer.

It is expected that his interrogation would lead to more revelations and arrests of others linked with this network.

Also Read: Story of Shimla youth who started with smoking charas at 17, ended up in jail at 22 as drug peddler

The DSP Sharma and other staff members were cheering considering it a breakthrough amid heavy pressure from the public due to an alarming rise in involvment of youth in drug/substance abuse.

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15 lakh saplings planted in Himachal by 80,000 people in 3 days, claims Forest Minister

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15 lakh sapling planted in Himachal Pradesh on van mahotsav

Shimla: The Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur today said that three days statewide plantation campaign from 12 to 14 July 2018 was launched in the State and more than 15 lakh saplings were planted in different parts of the State.

He said that the campaign was undertaken in all 13 Forest Circles in the state and Forty-one Forest Divisions participated in the campaign. Plantations were performed at 600 sites of the state. Chamba Forest Division with 99,281 plants was at First position followed by Ani and Rampur Forest Divisions with 81,369 and 80,059 plants respectively.

More than six lakh deodar species were planted beside broad leave and other conifers. He said that the entire plantation campaign was monitored online.

He said that all walks of life including school children, women, senior citizen and youth comprising 80000 people actively participated in the campaign. Plantation activities were performed from the boundaries of the state in the north with Jammu and Kashmir to Yamuna River in south and Kinnaur district in the east to boundaries of the state with Punjab in the west, he added.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had inaugurated state level Van Mahotsav on July 10 from Rajgargh in Sirmaur district. Governor Acharya Devvrat also participated in the campaign at Nehra in Shimla District on July 13 2018.

He said that plantation activities are still going on and it is expected that total 17 lakh plants will be planted by the end of the campaign.

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Gunfight in Naina Devi: One wanted criminal shot dead, 2 arrested

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Nainadevi encounter by punjab police

Bilaspur: Panic gripped the world famous Shakti Peeth Shri Naina Devi in Bilaspur district on Saturday morning due to a gun-fight between alleged gangsters and a team of the Punjab Police. While one of the criminals was shot dead in the cross firing, two others were arrested.

Punjab and Himachal Pradesh Police had sealed the entire area including the bus station and main entrance to the temple. The devotees also faced huged inconvenience due to it.

Some policemen were also injured in the gunfight, however, the police did not make any confirmation about the number of injured policemen.

Naina devi firing

Weapon recovered by the police

As per the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohali, Kuldeep Singh, armed with a firearm, these men had allegedly snatched a car from a man in Mohali on the intervening night of 13 and 14 July.

After receiving the information, the police chased them upto Naina Devi where one of the criminals opened fire on the police, and police also responded with firearms.

Naina devi shooting

Area turned into police cantonment

During a cross firing between the police and the criminals. The Superintendent of Police, Bilaspur, Ashok Kumar also reached the spot and confirmed the incident.

The killed youth was identified as Sunni Masih while two others arrested were identified as Amanpreet and Goldy. Sunni was taken to the Aanandpur Sahib hospital where he died.

As per the police, the alleged criminals were wanted in several cases registered for theft and under the arms act in various police stations of Punjab.

The Himachal Pradesh police have registered a case under Section 307 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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