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

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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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HP By-Polls 2021: Silence Period Extended to Three Days

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Shimla-The campaigning period during Himachal Pradesh by-elections has been fixed from 10 am to 7 pm every day. The silence period has been extended from two days to three days before the closing date of voting, which will start after 6 pm on 27th October 2021.

During the no active campaigning by the candidates or political parties is allowed, and television or any digital media cannot carry any election-related matter.

This information was released by Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, C. Paulrasu. He said that the Election Commission of India has limited the period of campaigning during by-election 2021 in view of the guidelines issued for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has urged all the candidates and political parties participating in the by-elections of Mandi Parliamentary Constituency and Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki Assembly Constituencies to comply with these guidelines related to the election campaign.

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Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France

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Solan: Naincy Sagar, an alumna of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has bagged a fellowship for pursuing PhD from France. Nancy has reached France and will be pursuing PhD in Forest Genetics from the University of Orléans under INRAE fellowship. INRAE is France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Naincy has completed her BSc Forestry from College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri in 2018 and MSc Forest Biology and Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources from UAS, Dharwad, under ICAR’s National Talent Scheme. Before leaving for France last week, Naincy was working as a Junior Research Fellow in a research project at COH&F, Neri.

She had applied for a PhD with a scholarship in Forest Genetics which was advertised by INRAE. Naincy was successful in the interview and was awarded a fellowship for three years for pursuing PhD at the University of Orléans. During the course of the PhD, she will receive a total scholarship of around Rs 70 lakh along with medical reimbursement. Naincy will be working on forest tree larch species in the Project titled ‘Vigour at what cost? ‘Trade-off’ of hybrid vigour in Larch-Phenological, morphological and physiological determinants of hybrid superiority in Larix X eurolepis’ with a team of 20 scientists of Joint Integrated Biology Research Unit having expertise in genetics, genomics and physiology for the enhancement of tree and forest diversity

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor of the university spoke to Naincy via web conferencing and congratulated her. Dr. Kaushal, who has also done his doctorate from France, shared some tips and suggestions. He asked Naincy to explore this opportunity to learn about new cultures along with doing research that could help to enhance and conserve forest wealth in the future.

Naincy expressed gratitude towards her father Satya Prakash Sagar (Retd. SDO BSNL) and mother Monika Sagar, who is working as SDO in BSNL for their continuous support for higher studies. She also thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Dean Dr. Kamal Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Sharma, Project Investigator and all the university staff for their support and guidance. The university administration, Dean of COH&F Neri congratulated Naincy and wished her success.  

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Bad Weather Warning for Himachal, Tourists and Locals Advised Not to Venture into Higher Hills

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for middle and lower hills on October 17th and 18th. The Met has also issued orange and yellow alerts for various districts.

Meanwhile, heavy snowfall has been predicted in higher hills and advisory has been issued for both locals and tourists to avoid travelling to higher hills.

While a yellow alert with a prediction of thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places has been issued for Una and Hamirpur district on October 17, an orange alert with a prediction of heavy rainfall, thunderstorm, lightning and hailstorm at isolated places has been issued for Bilaspur, Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, and Kinnaur.

For October 18, a yellow alert has been issued for Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, and Kullu districts and an orange alert for the remaining districts.

The Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul-Spiti, warned that in view of the Met Department’s forecast for the next two days, locals and tourists should avoid Manali-Leh National Highway (NH-03) and refrain from venturing into higher hills.

In case, travel is unavoidable due to some compelling circumstances, such candidates have been asked to confirm weather and road conditions on given telephone numbers, which are 9459661355, 01900-202509, 510, 517 and 1077.

The DC also informed that in case of any emergency, people should contact the District Disaster Management Cell, Lahaul-Spiti, on 01900 202509, 510, 517, and Tall Free -1077.

The weather is predicted to be dry on October 19 and 20. 

Feature Photo: Photo by Rodrigo Souza from Pexels

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