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Shimla Police SHO alleged of beating and abusing informer, locals approach higher officials seeking action

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If a fair investigation isn’t done in this case, then for majority of citizens, the incident would only lead to strengthening of usual perception of police harassment for being an informer in cases where it is expected from them. Unfortunately, mishandling of such cases is reality in India, thus, a loophole in encouraging obedience toward civil duties among citizens. People would avoid dialing 100.

SHIMLA- Shimla Police is again caught in controversy for allegedly beating, misbehaving, and filing a false case against a local who had dialed 100 to inform police about then ongoing crime scene. However, police, on the other hand, claims that the person was detained for misguiding police, but denies allegation of beating and misbehave. The complainant has taken the issue to higher police authority and has submitted a complaint to the DGP and Deputy Commissioner.

According to Nitesh Gupta, a resident of Totu, Shimla, on March 17, 2016, he was on his way back to Totu with his ‘mistry’ after visiting his under-construction home in Heeranagar. Near the ‘Naltu Jungle’, a spot between Heeranagar and Dhanda, a group of 3-4 people came out of a pick-up and started beating a man mercilessly. As per Nitesh, he and his ‘mistry’, who were riding a scooty, stopped to observe the scene, but had to flee when the alleged assailants noticed them and chased them.

Nitesh said that he informed the traffic policeman on duty at the Totu Chowk and also dialed emergency helpline 100 to inform about the same. He was given the number of Boileauganj Police Station. His mistry, according to Nitesh, had read the number of the vehicle and same was given to the police. The SHO, Vir Singh, contacted Nitesh again and again asking him to provide exact details of the location.

Next day, in morning, Nitesh received a call asking him to appear at the Boileauganj police station where, allegedly, he was taken into a room and beaten brutally, kicked, punched, slapped and abused. Nitesh also alleged that his phone was snatched and he was not allowed to contact anyone, neither the police followed the procedure of informing the family members of detention of the person. Somehow, according to Nitesh, when the SHO was done beating him, a constable informed his wife about the detention only when she repeatedly kept calling.

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Receiving the information about Nitesh’s detention his uncle, Nagender Gupta, and his wife ran to police station and get Nitesh released on bail. Nitesh alleged that the SHO also misbehaved with his wife.

On the other hand, the police claims that action has been taken against the person for providing wrong information and misguiding the police. Police justified that the false information caused great inconvenience to its men as they kept searching the area for clues of reported assault entire night and that it had also detained the driver and people in the reported pick-up, who were released as nothing came up against them.

According to report published in Jagran, the police claimed that the informer did not provide them proper details about himself when contacted by policemen who reached the location after receiving information.

Nitesh accepted that he hesitated to provide details about him and his address fearing police harassment and inconvenience, which is quite normal in India. Jagran also reported that medical examination had not confirmed police beating.

However, demanding suspension of the SHO and proper investigation into the matter, Nagendra Gupta took the matter to higher officials and in a written complaint said,

We residents of the Shimla are concerned with the illegal conduct and misbehavior of S.H.O. Boileauganj, Viri Singh, with Nitesh Gupta when he was called by the police to come to Boileauganj Police Station. His only fault was that he performed his ‘civil duty’ thereby intimating police of some crime but now it appears that there is some nexus between the police and those suspicious anti social elements.

Further, Nitesh has also reached higher officials with his complain in which he said:

That is how the Shimla /HP police is treating genuine and educated civilians. After such an experience anybody at my place will say that never ever help anybody even if he is dying. Such a physical and mental harassment to a genuine informer is extremely shameful.

The SP Shimla, DW Negi, was also informed about the issue who had assured action, but didn’t appear to have initiated. The DGP has also assured proper enquiry into the matter.

While law abiding citizens would agree that no clear conclusion can be reached so far, it’s hard to ignore some interesting questioning about the working of police against a citizen who has no history of complaints against him, or at least of toying with police on 100 helpline. If an information could not be verified and a person causes huge inconvenience or waste of police resources, he can be booked under what law provides. Law doesn’t empower or authorize police to make judgements and decide on the spot punishment.

If a fair investigation isn’t done in this case, then for majority of citizens, the incident would only lead to strengthening of usual perception of police harassment for being an informer in cases where it is expected from them. Unfortunately, mishandling of such cases is reality in India, thus, a loophole in encouraging obedience toward civil duties among citizens. People would avoid dialing 100 – one of the most essential service provided to extend immediate help in emergencies.

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: 80% Voter Turnout in 2nd Phase of Panchayat Polls

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Election Commission informed that the elections for 1208 Gram Panchayats were held today in the second phase in which around 80 percent polling was registered.

Overall, 75 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation cast their votes as per the standard operating procedures.

The highest polling has been registered in Nandpur Gram Panchayat of Nalagarh developmental block of Solan district where the voter turnout was reported to be 96 percent.

The poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state. The counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and members was under the process and the results were awaited till late evening. The counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on 22 January 2021 at block headquarters.

Election-related process and results have been uploaded for the general public on sechimachal.nic.in.

The election for third and final phase for 1137 Panchayats would be held on 21 January 2021.

The first phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in Himachal Pradesh was held in 1228 Gram Panchayats on January 17, 2021. The overall polling percentage in the first phase was reported to 77.50%.

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Bird Flu Confirmed in Dead Poultry Dumped Near Himachal Borders, Ban on Poultry Products Extended   

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Himachal Pradesh Extends Ban on poultry

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government has temporarily extended the ban on entry of poultry and poultry products into the State from neighbouring states for one more week. A notification to this regard was issued on January 18, 2021.

 The Government said that during the past few days, there had been incidences of dumping of dead poultry in the border areas of the State. Samples were collected from these dead birds, and disposed of the remaining birds as per protocol, it said. NIHSAD Lab, Bhopal, has confirmed Avian Influenza-H5N8 in the dumped birds.

Hundreds of dead poultry birds were found dumped along the Parwanoo-Solan stretch on the National Highway. The police was yet to identify culprits responsible.

However, the State Government said that the Flu has not been detected in the local poultry.

The State Government said that a “Bird Flu” outbreak was notified on January 6, 2021, in Pong Dam wetland of district Kangra. The count for migratory bird death due to the Flu had mounted to 4936 till January 18, 2021. On January 17, only 21 migratory birds died in the Pong Dam wetland area.

The State Government said a sharp decline was reported in death of migratory birds due to avian influenza outbreak in the Pong dam lake wildlife sanctuary.

Ten Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) of Wildlife Wing would continue to work in the wetland for collection and safe disposal of dead birds as per protocol till no mortality is recorded. 

Till January 18, 2021 outbreaks of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in 5 States for poultry birds and in 9 States for crows, migratory and wild bird.

Culling of poultry birds had to be taken in all the affected epicentres including CPDO, Mumbai. Culling operation of poultry in Haryana was also underway. The outbreak has is causing losses worth crores to poultry farmers. 

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447 Cases of Adverse Effect Including 3 in Himachal Reported Post COVID-19 Vaccination

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Shimla– Amid skepticism over the COVID-19 vaccination, India has reported over 400 cases of adverse effect post-vaccination, informed the Ministry of Health. To be more specific, a total of 447 Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFIs) were reported on 16th Jan & 17th Jan’21.

Out of these, three required hospitalization. Of these, one was discharged from Northern Railway Hospital Delhi within 24 hours; one was discharged from AIIMS Delhi, and one is under observation in AIIMS Rishikesh and is being monitored.

Most of the AEFIs reported so far are minor like Fever, Headache, Nausea etc.

In Himachal Pradesh, about three cases of AEFIs were reported on day 1 of vaccination drive. These were reported from Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College Tanda, Kangra, Civil Hospital Paonta Sahib, and Maharishi Markandeshwar University Medical College, Solan.

In these cases, symptoms reported included dizziness, anxiety, nausea and shivering and persons recovered after management as per protocol, it was informed.

In Himachal, 2,499 health care workers were to be administered dose through 27 identified sites in the State on January 16. However, only 1535 healthcare workers could be vaccinated on the first day. It was 61 percent of this set target. The second round would be held today.  

Two types of COVID-19 vaccines have been supplied for the vaccination drive. These include Covishield vaccine (made by Serum Institute of India Ltd) that has been supplied to all States/UTs.

The second is Covaxin vaccine (made by Bharat Biotech International Ltd) that has been supplied to 12 States.

An Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI) is any unexpected medical occurrence which follows immunization. It may not be related to the vaccine or vaccination process. The Ministry had laid down protocols for reporting, immediate case management at vaccination session site, transportation and hospitalization and further care of such cases. Protocols are also in place for systematic investigation and causality assessment of serious AEFIs, the Ministry said.

India has vaccinated the highest number of persons on Day1 under its COVID19 vaccination program, the world’s largest such exercise.

Total of 2,24,301 beneficiaries have been vaccinated till today as per the provisional report.

The second day of the massive countrywide COVID-19 vaccination program was also conducted successfully. A total of 553 sessions were held in six States. As many as 17,072 beneficiaries were vaccinated on Day2, as per the provisional reports.

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