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Two Shimla youth held with 19 grams Chitta, one held in Solan with 90 grams

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Shimla: Amid rising terror of drug/substance abuse in Himachal Pradesh, in yet another case, Shimla Police on July 11, 2018, held two youth after allegedly recovering 19 Chitta (Heroin) from their car on Jakhu road.

As per the police, at about 5 PM during patrolling with staff, Assistance Sub-Inspector, Sanjauli, Ranjana Sharma, intercepted a Maruti car (HP-06C-2020) parked on the roadside with two men aged 23 and 30 years. On searching the vehicle, the police allegedly recovered the said amount of Chitta from the dashboard.

As per the police, the youth said they had bought it from Delhi and managed to cross several check-posts and barriers easily. The cost of the said amount has been assessed to be over one lakh Indian rupees.

Both youth are residents of Rampur Tehsil of Shimla district. One of them hailed from Narian Tehsil while the second one belonged to Kareri Tehsil.

They were booked under Section 21,29-61-85 of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (ND&PS) Act at Police Station Dhalli and is being investigated by ASI Ranjana.

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

As per sources, the Shimla Police has registered about 50 cases under the ND&PS Act during the last six months. However, the police still has no clue about the kingpins and big fish involved in the supply chain. Questions are being raised why police could not trace any supplier through persons booked under ND&PS.

One nabbed in BBN with 90 grams of Chitta

The Baddi Police yesterday, on a tip-off, held a man with 90 gram Chitta he had smuggled from Punjab to supply in Solan. The accused was said to be a native of Punjab. As per police, several complaints were received regarding the accused. 

Earlier, a man was arrested in Solan with allegedly 6 grams of Chitta on July 10. During the last two weeks, the number of cases of Chitta has reportedly witnessed a rise.

Viral Video of  Youth

On Thursday, a video of a youth laying on the driving seat of a car in an unconscious state went viral on social media as the person who posted it claimed that the youth passed out after consuming Chitta. The user claimed the video was shot in Mandi district. A spoon and lighter were also visible in the video.

Viral video of Mandi youth on chitta

Screen shot of the said video

However, so far no confirmation was made by the police in this regard. A large number of people have shared it without any knowledge regarding the authenticity of the video. 

Earlier, last month a 17-year-old was said to have died of an overdose of Chitta in Una district.

The youth of Una, Shimla, and Solan districts are believed to be the worst hit by increasing prevalence of drug/substance use.

‘Udta Himachal’ on the lines of Punjab is the phrase that is currently being used to denote the intensity of the situation in the State.  

The Himachal Pradesh Police has claimed that a joint-operation with the law-enforcement agencies of the neighbouring state Punjab is underway to get hold of the drug peddlers, especially on the border areas.

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Kinnaur: Horrific Tragedy Unfolds as Bodies of 7 Out of 11 Missing Trekkers Recovered, Two Still Missing

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Kinnaur-A horrific tragedy is unfolding as bodies of seven trekkers, who had gone missing while trekking from Uttarkashi to Chitkul, were recovered by the teams of Army and ITPB from Lamkhaga Pass in Kinnaur district. Two of them have been rescued alive and were receiving medical treatment. Two trekkers are still missing and feared to be dead.

Most of these persons belonged to West Bengal. 

The rescue team could not lift the bodies due to the bad weather on Thursday as it had to suspend the search and rescue operation. The operation was resumed on Friday. The search operation for the remaining missing persons would be carried out on Saturday. The search and rescue teams found the bodies at an altitude of 5,000 metres.

According to the available information, a total of 17 persons – 11 trekkers and six porters- had left Uttarkashi on October 11 on a trekking expedition that was supposed to conclude in Chikul of Kinnaur district on October 19. However, the weather took a drastic turn and the region witnessed heavy snowfall on October 17 and 18.

While six Nepalese porters were said to have reached Chitkul, the trekkers had decided to stay in temporary tents at Lamkhaga Pass. The porters had informed the police about the stranded trekkers on reaching Chitkul on October 20.

The Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur, Abid Hussain, confirmed that nine of these trekkers have been found. While two were alive, seven had died. The exact reason for deaths would be ascertained only after the post-mortem. Two trekkers still remain missing. More information is awaited.

It’s pertinent to mention that the Meteorological Department had issued warning of heavy rain and snow on October 18 alonwith an orange alert. 

Following are the details of the bodies recovered and persons rescued alive:

Deceased Persons

  1. Anita Rawat (38) D/o Sh. Jyoti Singh R/o M 95 Harinagar, West Bengal
  2. Tanmay Tiwari (30), S/o Sh R.C. Tiwari, R/o Kishan Nagar, Kolkata 3
  3. Vikas Makal(33) son of Swapan Maikal, Raghabpur Nepalganj, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal
  4. Saurabh Gosh (34) S/o Sushil Ghosh, R/o Nepalganj, South 24 West Bengal
  5. Subhayan Das (28) S/o Kajal Das, R/o 10/1A Nepal Bhatacharia G Streak Kalighat, West Bengal
  6. Richard Mandal (31) From West Bengal
  7. Upender (22) from Uttarkashi

Detail of Missing persons:

  1. Sukenh Manjhi(43) From West Bengal
  2. Gyan Chand (33) from Uttarkashi

Details of Injured Person

  1. Devendra Chauhan, S/o Hariram, R/o Village Gangad, Thana Mary, Uttarkashi. (company guide)
  2. Mithun Dari, S/o Swar Badal Ch Dari, R/o Prasadpur, PostAndhar Manik, South 24 Pargans, West Bengal

 

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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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