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Alleged Dharamshala Gangrape : Now, unverified picture appear on social media claiming it dead body of victim

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While rumors and unidentified information goes viral on social media, Special Investigation Team was formed, an the police lodge and FIR, and announces a reward of Rs. 25,000 for anyone who will provide relevant and useful information regarding the alleged culprits.

DHARAMSHALA – Amidst rumored allegations of gangrape at Degree College Dharmshala, not even a single piece of evidence has come into light. However, some people have shared a photograph on social media claiming it to be the dead body of the victim. The rumors also claimed that the girl died at the IGMC last night. Some social media messages claim that the girl was murdered.

However, we will request people not to believe on these messages blindly. Please, try to inquire about the source and validity of such pictures and messages. It’s a very sensitive issue and it has alarmed the police, the Govt. and media in Himachal.

Note: Himachal Watcher do not confirm the validity and authenticity of this picture being circulated on social media.

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Yesterday, an FIR was lodged against unknown people and the police department announced a reward of Rs. 25, 000 for anyone who will provide relevant and useful information regarding the culprits. A special investigation team (SIT) has been formed to investigate the case.

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Also, the Urban Development minister and Dharamshal MLA Sudhir Sharma has come out against social media messages being circulated claiming his involvement in the case. Sudhir Sharma lodged a complaint at the Dharamshal police station and demanded strict action against those who are misleading people and defaming him.

As per a report by Hindustan Times, Sudhir Sharma said;

I want to clarify that neither is any of my relatives a student at the Dharamsala government college nor do I have a nephew, as is being claimed in the messages. I have only a niece who is studies in kindergarten. Even if my son is found involved in such a crime, I would not spare him. Police are putting in every possible effort to bring out the truth,” he said, adding that if the incident was true, the culprits would be taken to task. “On the other hand, if it turns out to be a rumour, tough action would be taken against the rumour-mongers, as they had tarnished the image of the town.

In another report, same source reported that the alleged gangrape case has taken political colors. The BJP has opened front against the HP Govt. alleging involvement of relatives of some politicians in the crime.
The report said:

Former BJP minister Kishan Kapoor, while addressing the media, accused the state government, police and college authorities of hushing up the sensitive issue. “It is very unfortunate if something like this has happened in Dharamsala,” the BJP leader said, adding that the incident was in total contrast to the statement of state director general of police (DGP) that crime against women in Himachal had come down.

Other than this, AAP and VHP has also joined the front open by BJP. Both demanded quick action against the unknown culprits along with locating the victim and her sister. BJP has warned to launch a protest if the government fails to clarify the situation until May 24.

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However, Transport minister GS Bali came in support of the Govt. and commented:

Such news appearing in the media are tarnishing the image of the state. Whosoever is involved in the crime should be taken to task.

The Chief Minster, Virbhadra Singh also claimed these allegations as rumors intended to tarnish the image of the Govt.

Meanwhile, DGP, Himachal Police, Sanay Kumar told media that the police department isn’t acting under any pressure at all. Also, ADGP himself has decided to visit Dharamshala on Thursday to observe the investigation being made in this case.

Unfortunately, police expressed their inability to identify the victim or her sister in the available CCTV footage. The police has requested people, witnesses, anyone with some solid evidence and information to come ahead or contact on two cellphone numbers; 94185-88014 and 94184-90987.

Some social media pages and WhatsApp messages are even inviting people to gather at the police ground in Dharmshala to stage a protest and to demand justice for the victim, who is nowhere to be found until now.

The social media messages first claimed that the girl was admitted at the Tanda Medical College in a very critical condition and that the culprits had tried to murder the victim in the hospital. The new rumors and unidentified messages are now claiming that the girl died at IGMC Shimla.

Hindi dailies are making most out of this situations. In their online editions, misleading tiles are fetching good traffic for these mainstream newspapers.

A video shared by Amar Ujala claims that a friend of the victim has come ahead to verify the case. In this video, a girl is repeating the same old story as being circulated on social media.

From responses of social media users, it’s clear that people actually believe these allegations to be true. People have begun to scold and criticize the police and the government for intentionally protecting the culprits.

But, Himachal Watcher will request people not to fall for unverified images and information sources making serious allegations on such a sensitive issue. If these are rumors, then we are witnessing misuse of social media to create chaos. If the allegations are true, even then Himachal will walk into chaos.

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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UHF Nauni Soil and leaf analysis lab

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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Soil and Leaf Analysis laboratory

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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Nature Park

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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