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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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Parents Burn Fee-Booklet of Shimla’s Private School In Protest, Allege Govt Directions Made No Difference

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Shimla-The written directions issued to all private schools running in Himachal Pradesh from the State Directorate of Higher Education on March 18, 2019, to review their unreasonable and hefty fee structures and reduce unnecessary charges has made no impact on any institution.

This is what the parents alleged on March 22, 2019, while protesting outside the Auckland House School in Shimla. The parents shouted slogans against the fleecing of private schools with unreasonable, hefty fees. They burnt a fee-booklet of the Auckland House School in protest.

Parents protest in Shimla against private schools

The parents have staged multiple protests during the last two to three weeks. The Directorate had to issue a fresh notification to private schools after the student-teacher forum gheraoed its office on March 14, 2019.  

The Directorate had asked the schools to cut down their fees to reasonable amounts, stop the sale of books and uniform in schools or pressurizing parents to purchase them from particular shops. The schools were told that they can’t make it mandatory for students to pay charges for tours/picnics. Further, the Directorate had warned schools of stringent action against if they failed to abide by the provisions of the Private Educational Institute (regulatory) Act, 1997, and Right of Children To Fee and Cumpulsory Education Act, 2009.

Directions Issued on 18 March 2019 by Edu Directorate

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On Friday, however, the forum alleged that despite the notification issued by the Directorate, private schools did not pay any heed to its warning.  The schools still issued fee booklets without reviewing their fee structures.

The convener of the forum, Vijender Mehra, said that these schools not only ignored the notification but also committed contempt of the State High Court.

The forum has now warned the higher officials of the Education Directorate that if they did not ensure compliance to the court orders, FIRs would be filed personally against them.

The co-convener of the forum, Bindu Joshi, said the Directorate issued written directions to these schools only for the sake of formality. The Government is not showing any interest in the implementation of the Private Educational Institute (Regulatory) Act, 19997, and Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, she said.

The forum is demanding the formation of a regulatory commission to stop the commercialization of education in the State.

The forum said its series of protests would continue until implementation of the directions issued by the Directorate is ensured.

The voices of protests can be heard in Himachal Pradesh time and again. However, it appears the parents, who are financially squeezed by private schools, wants to fight a final battle to make their unrest heard.

A couple of weeks ago, parents protest in Solan district had forced the St. Luke School, to cut down its fees to half. The student-parent forum is urging all parents to unite in the same way to put some check on the arbitrary working of private schools across the State.

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Video: On Duty Policemen Thrashed by Group of Miscreants in Shimla

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Shimla- Two policemen were reportedly injured after a dozen of miscreants clashed with them during Holi celebrations on the Ridge Shimla today.  The celebrations were foiled with violence and hurling of vulgar abuses. The scene was captured by a local on a mobile phone, and the video is being circulated on social media.  

As per the Shimla Police, today some people were celebrating the Holi at the Ridge Shimla. At about 12.15 PM, a group of some youth were spotted creating a ruckus, and when the policemen tried to stop them, they clashed with the police and beat them brutally. Two of the policemen were reportedly injured.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Pramod Shukla confirmed the report. The youths were said to be drunk.

As per initial reports, one of the accused was detained, while remaining accomplices fled the scene. There was no word on the identity of the culprits yet. The police said the rush on the Ridge made it difficult to identify them.

An FIR was filed at the Sadar Police Station under Sections 353,332,147,149 of the IPC for the assault and obstructing on-duty police officials. The police said further investigation is in progress.  

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UHF Nauni Station Becomes India’s ‘Lead Centre of Dahlia Testing’

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Dahlia in full bloom at RHRTS Dhaulakuan

Solan- As good news for the farmers of Himachal Pradesh engaged in floriculture, the Regional Horticulture Research and Training Station (RHRTS), Dhaulakuan of the Dr YS Parmar University and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been designated as the ‘Lead Centre of Dahlia Testing’ in the country.

As per the university, this is a big shot in the arm for Dahlia cultivation in the state as the flower has been introduced in Himachal for the first time under the project. The research conducted at the station could pave the way for its adoption by farmers for commercial cultivation.

The Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority (PPV&FRA) of the Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers’ Welfare, GoI has given the prestigious national level designation to the research station.

The status of National level Lead entre of dahlia testing is a big achievement for the station as Dahlia is among the most admired winter flowering plant. It is a recognition of the work carried out at the research station and is expected to catalyze commercial cultivation of this flower in the state,

said Dr AK Joshi, Associate Director RHRTS, Dhaulakuan.

He added that several cultivars will be added to the present germplasm and farmers will be able to get rooted plants in the future. UHF Vice-Chancellor Dr HC Sharma and Director Research Dr JN Sharma congratulated the scientists.

The research station forayed into floriculture in 2012, mainly in ornamental plants, but has since made rapid strides in this area. In 2016-17, under a PPV&FRA funded project worth Rs. 18 lakh, over 50 cultivars of dahlia of different shapes, colours, sizes and categories were introduced at the station from different reliable nurseries and departments from Uttarakhand and adjoining areas.

Elaborating on the research, Dr Priyanka Thakur, Principal Floriculturist and main investigator of the project told that the objectives were the development of Distinctness, Uniformity and Stability (DUS) testing guidelines of dahlia and evaluation of species/ cultivars. The morphological characterization, development of DUS testing guidelines and the establishment of DUS centre for dahlia at the station is presently underway.

The farmers of Himachal can adopt this new crop for cut flower as well as pot plant production, which can not only help in diversification but also boost the economy and raise farm incomes.

The newly introduced dahlia cultivars are suitable for pot plant production, borders, mass plantations and cut flowers etc. Cultivars like Matungini, Mother Teresa, Sister Nivedita, Tenzin, Suryadeva, Jishu, Gilody, SP Kamla have been found suitable for low hill conditions. Matungini, Jishu, Sohini, Black Eternity, Surya Deva, Maa Sharda have been found suitable for cut flower production.

Often called the ‘King of flowers’, Dahlia is grown both for indoor and outdoor elegance. The height of plants differs with variety and can vary from two-inch lollipop style pompoms to the giant 10-15 inch ‘dinner plate’ blooms growing to a height of 4-5 feet.

These cultivars remain in flowering from Feb to May. Farmers can reap rich dividends by selling cut flowers, pot and as landscape plants and through the production of rooted plants. The students of the university are also working on the evaluation of dahlia varieties for the low hill conditions of Himachal Pradesh.

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