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Alleged high-profile sex-racket busted in Shimla, was operating online through website

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Sex racket in Shimla's mashobra

Shimla: The Shimla Police on Wednesday evening busted an alleged sex-racket and arrested four persons including two females from Mashobra in Shimla district. Three of them were believed to be the pimps, who had arrived in Shimla to deliver a girl.

As per the report, on receiving information through its sources, district police formed a team that was headed by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Dinesh Sharma. The team posed as decoy customer and sealed a deal with the pimp through a website.

As per initial police reports, the racket was run from Punjab and all arrested persons were said to be natives of the same state.

Some interesting, as well as surprising facts, came to light if the report of the police to be believed. As per the police, the racket was being run through a website that contained contact number of the pimp.

Earlier, the police tried to call on the same number but didn’t receive any response. The police arranged a SIM card registered in New Delhi and again made a call on the same number and received a response this time.

The police suggested that the racket never responded to calls from local numbers. The service was provided to only high-profile people or tourists.

The pimps would charge between Rs. 15 thousand to 35, 000 once the customer picks up a girl through pictures shared on WhatsApp.

In the current case, the deal was finalized at Rs. 32 thousand for one night through the decoy customer. Once convinced that it was not a trap, the pimps arrived at a private hotel in Mashobra with a girl at about 6:30 PM. All four were arrested and brought to the Police Station, Dhalli.

The police has seized all belongings of the arrested persons including half a dozen mobile phones and vehicle used to transport the girl.

A case has been filed under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956, confirmed the SP, Shimla, Ompati Jamwal. The police said further investigation is being carried out to unearth more details. The police also suspects that the racket could be linked to drug mafia.

Earlier this year in June, the police had busted a sex racket and arrested a man and a woman from a guest house in Shimla.

Several cases of flesh trade in Himachal Pradesh were reported last year too. In September 2017, the police had busted an international sex racket running in a hotel named ‘Dev Bhoomi’ in Manali, in which four persons were nabbed including the hotel manager and 2 females of Tanzania and one of Uganda.

A week ago in the same month, the police had arrested the owner of a private hotel in Shimla’s Dhalli area along with two pimps in relation to flex trade. Seven females aged between 25-30 years were also rescued at that time. The strings of the main racket were found to be attached to neighbouring State Punjab.

Due to high-footfall of tourist not only from Indian states but also from foreign nations, such rackets find Himachal’s popular tourist destinations like Manali, Shimla, and Dharamsala as target-rich markets.

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Foundation Stone of HP Central University in Kangra laid, Will Be Ready in 3 Years, Says Govt

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HP Central University In Dehra, Kangra district

Kangra-The foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district was laid today by the Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Prakash Javadekar said that the forest clearance for construction of this University was also accorded when he was the Union Forest and Environment Minister. The State Government deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance.

As per the official information released, the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. The first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectares. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

The Government said about Rs.1300 crore would be spent on construction of both these campuses and the same would be completed in the next three year, the government said. These campuses would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare, making it one of the biggest University of the region.

The Government said that an amount of Rs.7044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs.7600 crore had been made for the next financial year.

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5MW Solar Power Plant in Bilaspur’s Naina Devi Ji Inaugurated

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Solar Power Plant in Naina Devi In Bilaspur district - himachal pradesh

Shimla-The 5MW Berry Dol Solar Power Plant constructed near Shri Naina Devi Ji Shrine in Bilaspur district was inaugurated today. The HP Power Corporation Ltd. claimed it spent Rs. 36.24 crore on this project.

As per the official information released by the State Government, this power project is synchronised with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Ltd 33/11 KV network Kot.

The power generated was being sold to HPSEB. T

This power project is expected to generate 101-lakh unit electricity per annum, earning revenue of Rs. 4.40 crore to the State exchequer.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLA Jhanduta  J.R.Katwal , IG Himanshu Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia, CO IRB Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion.

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Avalanche in Kinnaur buries soldiers, 1 killed, 5 missing and feared dead

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Kinnaur- An avalanche along the India-China border in Namgya region of Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed one soldier of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles while five others were buried and still missing. The body of one soldier, who was identified as Rakesh Kumar (41) of Ghumarpur village, Shahtalai, Bilaspur district, has been recovered. The rescue operation was underway at the time of writing.

The district administration and Superintendent of Police, Kinnaur, confirmed the news.

Jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police are carrying out an extensive search and rescue operation.  

As per initial reports, which are not clear, about 10 jawans of ITBP were hit by a massive avalanche at about 11 AM on Wednesday while they were moving from one post to another. Five to six jawans were buried. Remaining jawans rescued one of them who later died on the way to the hospital in Pooh.  

Verification of more details is still awaited.

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