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Meet Govt.’s official ‘Gundas’ – HP Police & QRF

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In every video footage, you can hear QRF and Policemen kicking and spitting out vulgarity amidst continuously coming voices saying, “Maar Saale Ko ! Daal Daal Under Daal Ke Maar M****D ko, B****D ko.

SHIMLA- HP College and University students today approached the Victory Tunnel in Shimla city for a ‘Chakkajaam’ after their peaceful protests against unreasonable fee hikes and corrupt practices in HPU administration were completely ignored and suppressed using brutal Quick Reaction Force and HP Policemen.

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Today, again, they were dealt using force with a lot of vulgarly abusive language, kicks, drags, slaps, and, of course, they were beaten inside the vehicles after they were arrested. The arrested students include 42 boys and 5 girls from HPU and other colleges.

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After the students were arrested, they were roughed up beyond a common man’s imagination. These four students, Rahul Chauhan, Kewal, Sumit, and Dharmpal are reported to have gone through extreme torturous beating inside the vehicle while on their way to police station.

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We could not understand why HP Policemen kick them and abuse them when the protesting students do not retaliate at all. All they were trying to do was shouting slogan and sit on the road to hold a Chakkajaam. It’s the duty of the police to remove them so that the public do not suffer, but why they abuse them and personally beat them inside vehicles.

Watch the video carefully and you’ll see even the cloths of students were torn apart even after they were put inside the vehicle. The QRF men were trying to drag the students out of the police vehicles to beat them. Why? Do they enjoy being savages and treat their own people with such a ruthlessness?

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Even the girl students alleged that they were kicked by male policemen and QRF. Police snatched cellphones from the arrested students and beat them like slaves while they were being moved.

In every video footage, you can hear QRF and Policemen spitting out vulgarity amidst continuously coming voices saying, “Maar Saale Ko ! Daal Daal Under Daal Ke Maar M****D ko, B****D ko.

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QRF behaved like typical Gunda’s in dress, very desperate to abuse and beat the students.

Again, we remind you that students were not retaliating or using any counter force except grabbing each other while they were being removed.

When, a senior police officer was asked about this unnecessary cruel treatment and abuse, he said, “No one abused or beat anyone. Everything happened very peacefully”. Please, do take a look at the footage from the scene. You won’t hear anything other than vulgarity from the mouth of QRF and policemen with kicks and slaps.

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This time, media too came under assault and some of the media persons were grabbed and threatened while they tried to record their merciless, unfair treatment of protesting students. One of the HW members was also kicked a couple times with an effort to remove him from the spot.

Then the women squad of police tried to threatened onlookers and some students, who just stood in a corner watching the whole thing. One of the male policemen commented on girls, “Tujhe Jyada Garmi Hai?”

However, the police official’s statement said, “Sab kuch peacefully hua hai, kissi ko nahi maara gaya hai, kissi ne gaali nahi di”.

Meanwhile, we came across an over-drunk policeman, who was instantly taken away in SP police car at once to shred the scene, but an HW member did record it. Take a look.

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So, the policemen has been drinking and beating up students?

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About 26,00 students from various colleges in Himachal and University have been arrested in past one month. Now, there is no ABVP or SFI. The students are holding joint protests. Isn’t that a clear hint that students are in a great unrest? The university campus is filled with police battalions (Nahan, Pandoh, Junga). It’s been a month that students are suffocating due to unnecessarily imposed CrPC 144. The students were dragged out from library after the Vice Chancellor ordered to curtail the timings from 8 AM – 9 PM to 10 AM – 5 PM despite the fact that the examinations near HPU. What threat the student sitting inside library posed to anyone?

The Shimla Police SP seems to posses no sense of law and order himself, which reflects in the treatment which his policemen gave to the protesting students. The CM is blind and deaf. The opposition is supporting the Govt. and its brutal suppression of student protest.

The police didn’t followed the orderly standard procedures described for using force or other measures to disperse the students -no water cannons, no tear-gas, but the students are directly ‘Lathicharged’. Then, they are beaten behind locked doors of police buses and vehicles. The Govt. has gone lawless to crush the student protests, but the public is enjoying the show from a distance, unaware of the fact that this suppression isn’t only limited to the campus, but symbolizes mockery at democratic principles and rights of the protestors.

All that we could make out on the bases of what we witnessed and researched regarding the whole issue is that Govt. is playing a game that directs HP Police and QRF to create a terror among students, so that they don’t dare to stand up again. The forces have full freedom to be as much as ruthless as they could. We fear, now, we need to approach

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Where would you go if the very institution that is meant to protect your rights and bring justice to you turns against you? The HPU is suffering from side-effects of ugly political vendettas and corruption.

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To the students, we would appeal to stand united and take a stand against the atrocities of the Govt. The unity is the only way to deal with such an ugly and highly politicized suppression of the Govt.

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Images/Videos: Tarun Sharma

Madan has studied English Literature and Journalism from HP University and lives in Shimla. He is an amateur photographer and has been writing on topics ranging from environmental, socio-economic, development programs, education, eco-tourism, eco-friendly lifestyle and to green technologies for over 9 years now. He has an inclination for all things green, wonderful and loves to live in solitude. When not writing, he can be seen wandering, trying to capture the world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Himachal’s Educational Institutions Closed Till April 4 Amid COVID-19 Case Surge, Pubic Holi Celebrations Prohibited, No Restriction on Tourism

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Shimla– All the educational institutions in Himachal Pradesh, including Universities, Colleges, Technical Institutes and schools, would remain closed till April 4, 2021, as a precautionary measure keeping in view the spike in COVID-19 cases in the State, the government informed today. But schools would remain open for the classes having their examinations, it was informed.  

The decision was taken in a meeting held today that was presided by Chief Minister Jairam Thakur.

“Last year the spike in cases was gradual, but this year this surge is very rapid. In the last 20-25 days, the number of new cases has spiked from 220 to 2000, which is a matter of great concern for the state,” Chief Minister told media.

On being asked about tourist movement from neighboring Punjab – a state with massive surge in daily cases- the Chief Minister said that for now no restriction would be imposed on tourists given the peak tourist season starting from April.

Also Read: Himachal Reports Over 300 New COVID-19 Cases With 2 Deaths, Second Wave Could Peak in April & Last for 100 Days, says Report  

“Last year, the peak season was completely foiled. Therefore, it would not be favourable for the economy of the state and livelihood of the people to restrict tourist movement,” Jairam Thakur said.

“But if the surge continued and picked up more pace, then the government would review the situation again,” he told media. But the hotels and homestays would have to follow the SOPs while operating, he said. 

Chief Minister said that schools having residential facilities need not close their hostels, however, they would have to comply with all the SOPs to keep these residential areas cut off and appoint Compliance Officer to comply with all the orders. He said that teachers and other school/college staff would continue to attend the institutions.

Jai Ram Thakur said that no social and cultural events would be organized in the State by the Government and gatherings would be restricted to a maximum of 200 for indoor and 50 percent for outdoor events.

He said that nursing and medical institutions would continue to function as usual. He said that congregations and langers inside the temples would also be banned and other darshans would be allowed.

Chief Minister said that 3rd April would also be a holiday for all the offices in the State and there would be no public celebration of Holi.

He urged the people to celebrate Holi at their home with their family members only. He said that all the frontline workers would be sensitized to get themselves vaccinated at the earliest completing their second dose as per schedule.

It was also decided in the meeting that District Administration would take a judicious call on more restrictions keeping in view the positivity and fatality rate in their respective districts.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi, Additional Chief Secretaries R.D. Dhiman and J.C. Sharma, Secretary Health Amitabh Awasthi, Mission Director NHRM Dr. Nipun Jindal and other senior officials were also present in the meeting.

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UHF Nauni Gets New Labs Equipped with Latest Technologies, Nature Park for Students  

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Solan- Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, today dedicated four projects to the students and farmers at the university campus. 

Among the project inaugurated by Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor, UHF, was a state of the art Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory established with the financial assistance of Rs 4.55 crore (over seven years) from the World Bank-funded HP-Horticulture Development Project.

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Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor, UHF, Inaugurating Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory

The laboratory is equipped with the latest equipment like Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, CHNS Analyzer, Microwave digestion system, UV-VIS Spectrophotometers. It is well equipped to analyze the different soil properties including different macro and micronutrients and as per the analysis values, the recommendations are also given to the farmers.

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The samples received from different HP-HDP clusters of the state are being analyzed in the laboratory and ad-hoc recommendations for High-Density Planting on clonal rootstocks are given. A field laboratory of the Department of Plant Pathology constructed for Rs 14.17 lakh met out of the pesticide testing scheme was also inaugurated today.NEW Labs in UHF nauni

Two projects- Nature Park and a Commercial plantation model of wild pomegranate developed under the ICAR National Agricultural Higher Education Project were also unveiled today.

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The nature camp developed by the Department of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture has been developed as a recreation cum activity area for the students and showcases different landscaping methods. Under NAHEP,a commercial model of wild pomegranate developed by the Department of Silviculture and Agroforestry was also dedicated to the students and farmers. 

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Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Parvinder Kaushal congratulated all the team members behind the completion of the projects. He said that both the laboratories will be immensely beneficial for conducting research. Speaking about the development of projects under the ICAR’s NAHEP, Dr. Kaushal said that the university is in process of developing more such plantation models which will not only be beneficial to the students but also help popularize new technologies among farmers. The statutory officers of the university, heads of all departments, coordinator and team members of NAHEP IDP, students and staff were present on the occasion. 

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Schools in Himachal to Open for Non-Board Classes from Next Month, Admissions for 2021-22 Session from April 1: Education Department

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Shimla-The Directorate of Higher Education, Himachal Pradesh, has issued a notification announcing the opening of schools for non-board classes from April for session 2021-22. All educational activities would be resumed in all school across Himachal and students would begin receiving education from April 11, 2021, the notification said.

The decision came amid a sudden surge in new COVID-19 cases in the state and restrictions announced by the state government in wake of it.

Yesterday, the state reported 200 cases in various districts and three COVID-19 deaths. Today, the state reported 157 new cases and four fatalities till 7 pm. Also, expressing concerns over this surge, the state government had recently issued SOPs asking the district administrations and police chiefs to ensure strict compliance with preventive guidelines. Organization of fairs was prohibited and restrictions were imposed on number of persons in any indoor and outdoor social gatherings. 

Pertinent to mention that the Centre government had recently expressed fear of the second wave of COVID-19 outbreak as several states including Himachal’s neighboring state Punjab are reporting a massive spike in daily cases. Six States- Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu- are reporting a surge in daily new cases. They together account for 80.90% of the new cases (40,715) reported in the last 24 hours.

Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 24,645 (60.53%). It is followed by Punjab with 2,299 while Gujarat reported 1,640 new cases.

The schools would have to follow previously issued guidelines of the Centre Government. Students and teaching and non-teaching staff would have to ensure wearing masks, using sanitizers, and maintaining social distancing (2 meters).

The notification asked the school Principals/Headmasters to conclude yearly examinations of non-board classes by March 27, 2021, and declare the results by March 31. The admissions for the next session would be open from April 1.

For summer closing schools in Himachal Pradesh, the admissions would be open from April 5 and the these schools would remain shut from 1-4 April.  

Students who are taking board examinations of class 10, would be given provisional admissions to Class 11.

However, the notification mentioned “all students” and it’s not still clear whether these directions would also apply to primary classes or not.

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