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CBI seeks more remand for DW Negi, hearing of 8 other accused deferred

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Shimla SP DW Negi

It is believed that the conspiracy of framing Raju, a co-accused, for the alleged murder of Suraj was originally conceived by DW Negi.

Shimla: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday produced DW Negi, a suspended police officer of the Himachal Pradesh Police department and former Superintendent of Police, Shimla in the Court of Judicial Magistrate Ranjeet Thakur.

As expected, the agency sought more remand for Negi for further questioning. However, the court deferred the case to November 21 or say extended the remand for one more day.  The court will hear the CBI’s plea on Tuesday.

The court has also told Negi to be prepare for any sort of tests, if required. 

Negi was on a four-days remand after the CBI arrested him on November 16 for filing a forged FIR in the case relating to the custodial death of one of the six accused arrested in the ‘Gudiya gangrpae and murder’ case.

The agency took Negi to Delhi where he faced rigorous questioning sessions of the CBI.  

Meanwhile, eight arrested police officials were also to be produced in the court on Monday. However, again the counsel of the accused did not appear before the magistrate. The court had to re-schedule the hearing for November 23.

The CBI had sought permission to collect the voice samples of all the arrested officials, but the court had to defer the hearing to November 20 because the counsel of the defense had failed to appear before the court.

The defense counsel was also missing today, so the CBI could not obtain permission to collect the said samples. It is believed that the counsel of the accused is having second thought about contesting the case.

It is now crystal clear that the arrested members of the HP Police SIT, that was set up to probe the case, allegedly killed Suraj, a Nepalese laborer, for a reason while he was locked up at the Police Station, Kotkhai,

The CBI will have to file a charge sheet against these officials by November 30. Otherwise, they will be eligible for a bail.

However, as per sources, the agency could not make the eight arrested police officials disclose the motive behind the killing; was it for money or under political pressure?

The CBI is out of time.  The motive behind the killing of Suraj can explain the local police’s eagerness to frame wrong individuals. Then Deputy Superintendent of Police, Theog, Manoj Joshi, had met then SP Shimla Negi right after Suraj was killed. Following this meeting, Negi and Joshi reportedly met then Inspector General, Southern Range, Zahur H Zaidi.

It is believed that the conspiracy of framing Raju, a co-accused, for the alleged murder of Suraj was originally conceived by DW Negi.

Though Negi was not a part of the Police SIT, the crime had occurred in his district. Moreover, Negi had spent a couple of days investigating the custodial death prior to the arrival of the CBI.

Also, some sources are suggesting that the CBI’s investigation is now focused on money as the motive behind killing Suraj to shield some facts or real culprits.

From the day the SIT had announced cracking the case, locals were speculating that bribes worth crores of rupees were already paid by the wealthy families of the real culprits.

Also, the police did a good job in tempering the forensic samples taken from the crime spot. The samples did not match with any of the arrested accused or the suspects. The working of the Junga-based forensic laboratory of the State police is also in question.

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UHF Nauni, SJVN joins hands to train 800 farmers/orchardist to start own enterprises

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UHF Nauni and SJVNL training farmers in Himachal

Solan: Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, and Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Foundation have come together to provide training and improve the expertise of Himachal farmers, informed Suchet Attri, the Public Relations Officer, UHF.

The objective of the agreement is to motivate the farmers to start their own enterprise by using modern agriculture and horticulture technologies, said the PRO.

The two organisations have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for one year for Rs 55 lakh under which UHF will be organizing 32 trainings at its main campus and different stations,

said Suchet Attri.

The varsity said under the agreement, it will be organizing trainings of one-week duration for farmers from different districts of the state. Over 800 farmers and orchardists will be trained under this initiative in one year.

The SJVN Foundation will bear the total cost of these trainings. This is the second instance that the UHF’s Directorate of Extension Education has signed this MoU,

Suchet Attri.

The participants will be trained on the various aspects of agriculture and horticulture including the modern technologies used in these fields. This year, the trainees will also get a chance to visit the farms of progressive farmers so that they can acquire firsthand experience and get motivated to start their own ventures, the PRO informed.

The MoU was signed between Avdesh Prasad, SJVN AGM and Dr Vijay Singh Thakur, UHF’s Director of Extension Education. Dr Mai Chand, Joint Director (Training), Dr Anil Sood, Extension Coordinator and Dheeraj Gupta from SJVN were present on the occasion.

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Shimla Police nabs Nigerian man with 25 grams Chitta

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Nigerian man arrested by shimla police with chitta

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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