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.
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.
Krishi Karman Award to Himachal for increased food grain production
The total food grains production in the state increased from 14.94 lakh tonnes to 16.40 lakh tonnes during last five years
Shimla: Himachal Pradesh has received the Krishi Karman Award for its achievement in showing highest production of food grains, said the State government.
Agriculture Minister Dr Ramlal Markanda received ‘Krishi Karman Award’ for the year 2015-16 from Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a ceremony organized at New Delhi, yesterday. The award consists of a trophy, citation, and cash prize.
Besides, two progressive farmers of the state including a woman farmer also received the prizes.
Congratulating the Agriculture department for this achievement, Additional Chief Secretary, Agriculture Dr Srikant Baldi said this feat was achieved by the department by extending technological inputs and services to the farmers of the state.
As per the government records, the total food grains production in the state increased from 14.94 lakh tonnes to 16.40 lakh tonnes during last five years. Besides, the department claims it has also done commendable work in promoting poly-house cultivation, crop diversification, micro-irrigation, organic farming and soil health management.
Krishi Karman Awards are instituted by the Union Ministry of Agriculture in 2010-11 to reward the best performing States in the production of rice, wheat, cereals, pulses and total food grains.
HP Cabinet Minister Vipin Singh Parmar celebrates birthday with special children
Shimla: Health and Family Welfare Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Vipin Singh Parmar, visited the school for deaf and dumb at Dhalli, Shimla, in the late evening and celebrated his birthday with special children.
Health Minister distributed fruits, vegetables, cake and sweets to the children. He also attended the cultural programme presented by the children on this occasion.
Parmar said the State government is giving special emphasis on the welfare of special children, education, food and shelter facilities. He urged teachers and staff members at school to work for the welfare of these children with commitment and dedication.
These children are an important part of the society. These children have some traits and talents in them which need to be honed for their better future, he said.
He said many special children are contributing to the society at par with the general citizens. These children are also serving efficiently in the government services.
Parmar interacted with children and encouraged them to learn more. He said that these children are special to the society. They should have a progressive approach to the life and a passion for learning.
Son of Kanchan Singh Parmar, Vipin was born at village Nanao, Tehsil Palampur, in Kangra on March 15 March, 1964.
Rohtang Tunnel access road facing increased avalanche threats as Himachal’s average temp on rise: Study
Shimla: A research carried out in Himachal Pradesh within the framework of the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Program (IHCAP), a partnership led jointly by the Indian and Swiss authorities with strong scientific input from University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, has a bad news for the Hill State.
The impacts of global warming are felt especially in mountainous regions, where the rise in temperatures is above average, affecting both glacierized landscapes and water resources.
The repercussions of these changes are manifold and varied, from retreating glaciers to an increase in the frequency and intensity of snow avalanches.
A team of researchers from the UNIGE, Switzerland, has employed endrochronology– the reconstruction of past disasters as recorded in growth series of trees– to disentangle the role of global warming in the triggering avalanches.
The results of this study are published in the Proceedings of the National Academic of Science – PNAS.
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Avalanches are a natural phenomenon and occur repeatedly in mountain areas; nonetheless, rising temperatures are altering their triggering. This can lead to disasters and serious consequences in mountain areas where they can severely affect the socio-economic development and the destruction of traffic infrastructure, and buildings.
This is the case in Himachal Pradesh, where increasing residential numbers and tourism are exerting pressure on land use. Along the road to Leh, 500 km north of New Delhi, the Indian government has drilled one of the largest tunnels of the Indian sub-continent.
With the ongoing climate warming, snow avalanches are increasingly threatening the access road to the tunnel. This is why UNIGE researchers conducted their fieldwork at the spot from 2013 to 2015, in a valley located at between 3,000 and 4,000 m.
Trees: silent witnesses to the upsurge in the number of avalanches
The aim of the research group was to evaluate – and add to – the information currently available about avalanches with two goals:
(i) To identify the nature of the changes in avalanche activity currently taking place; and
(ii) To assess future needs for tackling these changes.
In the absence of data comparable to the information collected in European surveys, for which records often exist for the past few centuries, the UNIGE researchers focused on trees: they examined stumps (when the tree had been removed) or cored trees that were still standing to reconstruct past snow avalanches at the study site.
The scientists were able to date individual events by analysing the growth rings and wounds left on the trees by avalanches. The research included nearly 150 trees.
Since we knew the position of each affected tree, we were able to reconstruct the dynamics, lateral extent and runout distance of every avalanche,
explains Juan Antonio Ballesteros-Cánovas, a senior lecturer at UNIGE’s Institute for Environmental Sciences (ISE).
This technique meant we could go back to 1855 and record 38 avalanches over this period in the valley, the largest survey conducted to date in the Himalayas.
The models used for testing the impact of climate change combine the risks of avalanche with local climate data. They were adjusted to include the likely effect on topographical features resulting from earlier avalanches.
Since they destroy the plant cover, they are an aggravating risk factor. The results brooked no argument: from the second half of the twentieth century, there has been an increase in the number of avalanches, both in terms of frequency and intensity. The frequency has risen from one event per decade to almost one event every year.
The impact of temperature on the cryosphere
Avalanches are bigger, travel greater distances and are triggered earlier in the year. These changes can be attributed clearly to rising temperatures, which have reached 0.2 to 0.4 degrees annually in some parts of the Himalayas.
And rising air temperature are also affecting the cryosphere: glaciers are receding and permafrost is melting, losing its role as a sediment stabiliser.
In addition, the structure of the snowpack is changing: it is being transformed by increasingly warmer air temperatures and/or altered by rain-on-snow events.
Snow is now also falling earlier in the season and is being destabilised before spring, at a time when it is thicker, leading to an increase in the number and intensity of avalanches.
Since the snow is wet, avalanches are descending slowly but over greater distances than in the past.
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