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Alleged Dharamshala College Gangrape : No clue of victim, ABVP alleges principal hiding CCTV footage

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DHARAMSHALA – It’s been four days that the news of a case of alleged gangrape in Degree College Dharamshala is spreading to every part of Himachal through social media like Facebook and WhatsApp. The dailies aren’t sure about what’s going on. All that reputed newspapers could confirm is the news of regular protest from student organizations.

Presently, Dharmshala campus and the office of the SP, Kangra, Kapil Sharma, is under heavy security with policemen all around. The students alleged that when they had approached the SP, the gate of the office was closed, so they had to stage a protest outside his office. But the gate was opened a little later.

Also, report are coming that an FIR will filed by police along with constituting a SIT to investigate the case. The police has also announced a reward of Rs. 25, 000 for anyone who will provide relevant information regarding the case.

The SP Kangra has handed over the investigations to SSP Shalini Agnihotri, however, it’s still clueless about location and identifications of the victim. The SP has ensured that appropriate and unbiased investigation will be done. However, police claims that no family member and relative of the victim ever appeared to lodge a complaint.

According to a report in Tribune India, the SP, Kangra, Kapil Sharma, said

We have also not been able to identify the victim. The Principal of the college, in a statement before the police, said a woman came to his office and complained that her sister had been molested. He also failed to identify the victim or sister

We have also not been able to identify the victim. The Principal of the college, in a statement before the police, said a woman came to his office and complained that her sister had been molested. He also failed to identify the victim or sister.

On the other hand protesting students alleged that the police department and the principal are trying to protect the culprits by hiding factual information. The principal confirms receiving a complaint of sexual harassment on Friday when the sister of the victim had approached him at his office. The principal claims that even the complainant did not verify the identification of the victim.

For everyone, the trickiest part of the allegation is a question; where did the victim and her sister disappeared and why no relative or family member has appeared to verify the allegations?

Secondly, what the hell police doing with CCTV footages from past four days? The police still claiming that it’s investigating the footage, but, we guess, it’s taking too long.

Dharmashala college gangrape victim missing, students protest.

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Social media campaigns have begin demanding justice for the victim and student organizations have initiated series of protests in campuses. The student organizations sound sure about the confirmation of the allegation of extreme brutality and gangrape with an unidentified student.

The social media messages also alleged that culprits attempted to murder the victim at Tanda Medical College, where she was admitted in a very critical condition.

Himachal Watcher has also received these messages. Here is what is being circulated on social media and on some websites.\

Note: Himachal Watcher do not confirm any of these messages.

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It’s true that ABVP was the first to protest against the principal of the College alleging that he is trying to hush-up the factual information regarding the brutal gangrape with a first year college student. Now, SFI and NSUI have also begun staging protest in colleges. SFI staged a protest at Baijnath Degree College while ABVP again ‘Gheraoed’ the principal alleging that he had promised the students that the CCTV footage will be made available to them. However, the principal did not allowed them to view the footage, so they again ‘Gheraoed’ him.

The students also organized a protest rally in Dharamshala city and staged a protest outside the office of the SP, Kangra.

On the other hand, Amar Ujala confirms that the police claim that no such complaint was filed with them. No girl approached police station since the rumor of gangrape begin. While principal claims that when the sister of the victim had approached him with a complaint on Saturday, he had asked her to lodge a complaint with police too. However, the girl had replied that she had already been to police station but it did not filed a complaint as the culprits enjoy great political and financial influence.

Both or one of them, the police and the principal, is lying. If they aren’t lying, then there is no victim actually.

Meanwhile, police department has issues a press note requesting people not to fall for rumors on social media. Also, it requested people to come ahead with information and evidence if they have any. Here is complete press note:

Kangra Police Press Note
There are a few possibilities we can discuss here. One of them is that the gangrape did happen and the college authorities and the police and media are acting under the influence of high profile families of the culprits.

Second possibility hints that there is actually no victim because no one has come ahead to identify her. The girl, who claimed to be the sister of the victim, was not a student of the college. There must be someone who could, at least, identify a missing student in BA first year class. How tough is it? The college must have maintained records of all its students. There is a strong possibility that it can be rumor created for a purpose. The messages on social media appear to convey the same intensity as observed in case of ‘Nirbhaya’. May be, it’s intended to re-create a similar aggressive protest to disrupt law and order in the state.

However, at this point, it’s very hard to confirm validity of these messages being circulated on social media. So, please, try not to fall for them. We will keep you updated.

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 Shuts Down All Educational Institutes A Week After Re-Opening 

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Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutes closed again

Shimla-A week after re-opening for regular classes, the Himachal Pradesh Government had to shut down all government and private schools, colleges, ITIs, polytechnics, engineering colleges and coaching institutes from 11th to 25th November 2020, for students, teaching and non-teaching staff amid alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities.

The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting held on November 10, 2020. It’s pertinent to mention that the state government had re-opened the school for the students of 9th to 12th from November 2. However, during the past few days, hundreds of teachers and several students tested positive in various schools, especially in Mandi district.

Meanwhile, the unpreparedness of the state government came to light as the largest medical facility – IGMC Shimla- ran out of space in isolation wards for COVID-19 patients. It’s packed to full capacity. Reportedly, another dedicated COVID-19 hospital – DDU Shimla- was also running out of space. The government has also failed to establish make-shift hospitals, which it had been promising for the past couple of months. However, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining in media statements that the government was prepared for all eventualities.

Questions have also been raised over the quality of protective gear provided to health staff as several officials tested positive at a COVID-19 hospital in Mandi district.

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Nauni Varsity Session 2020-21: List of Selected Candidates for UG Courses Released

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UHF Nauni UG Course Selection list 2020-21

Solan: Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has released the college and discipline wise list of selected candidates, both for normal and self-financing seats for admission to BSc Horticulture, BSc Forestry and B Tech Biotechnology for academic session 2020-21. The list of selected candidates, college and discipline wise has been prepared on the basis of counselling proformas and the relevant reservation documents submitted by the candidates through email. 

The selected candidates have been advised to deposit the admission fee in the respective bank accounts of the colleges on any day between 9-12 November. Presently due to COVID, the concessional fee is being charged from the candidates. The candidates will have to send a copy of the bank receipt no/ screenshot of the fee deposited online on the email of the colleges mentioned in the notification. Non-deposit of the fee within the due date will result in the cancellation of the claim for admission.

The candidates are advised to go through the detailed notification uploaded on the university website. The concessional fee details, bank account numbers of respective colleges along with email address has been given in the list. In view of COVID, the classes of the students will be conducted through online mode till further orders.  

The selected candidates shall have to report to the dean of the concerned college along with original documents(list mentioned in the notification) as and when directed by the way of a notice on the university website.

 

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Himachal’s Schools/Colleges to Re-Open for Regular Classes from Today  

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Himachal's schools re-open for regular classes

Shimla-Schools in Himachal Pradesh are today re-opening for regular classes after remaining closed for over seven months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was taken to allow regular classes for the students of Class 9th to 12th  in the last meeting of the Cabinet. However, online classes would also continue. Regular classes would also be resumed in the colleges from today onwards.

The SOPs have also been issued in this regard. According to the SOPs, a written consent of parents to send their children to schools would be mandatory, and the students can opt to study online if they do not wish to attend the school physically.

Also, schools can’t enforce attendance on students. In case the number of students is more than that of the capacity of classrooms, then principals/headmasters have been given liberty to conduct classes on alternate days to maintain social distancing.

Meanwhile, COVID-19 continues to tighten grip on the state as eight deaths were reported on November 1, 2020. Over two dozen staff including Dr Janak Raj, MS, also tested positive at the IGMC Shimla. Earlier, 22 school teachers in Mandi district and Education Minister had also tested positive.

Till November 1, 2020 (9 PM), the official statistics of the state Health Department showed the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases to be 22264, of which 2973. A total of 320 persons had lost their lives due to COVID-19. 

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