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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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CM Jairam Thakur Tests Positive for COVID-19, Quarantined

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HImachal Pradesh CM Tests Positive for COVID-19

Shimla-Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, Jairam Thakur, have tested positive for COVID-19 and has been quarantined at his official residence. The report was confirmed by the Chief Minister through a tweet in which he informed that he was under quarantine at his residence after coming into contact with a COVID-19 positive person. On the appearance of symptoms, he got himself tested and the report was found to be positive, he informed.

According to the initial report, the Chief Minister had come in contact with some COVID-19 positive persons in Manali. MLA of Banjar, Surinder Shourie, who was positive for COVID-19 had participated in the event organized on the occasion of the inauguration of Rohtang Tunnel, had also tested positive. Shourie had spent the entire day with the Chief Minister, reports said.

His private secretary had also tested positive, and there are chances that the Chief Minister might have contracted the infection from him. However, there is no certainty regarding the contact who infected the Chief Minister.

Other than Chief Minister, three Cabinet ministers – Urban Development Minister Suresh Bharadwaj, Power Minister Sukh Ram Chaudhary, Jalshakti Minister Mahender Singh- have tested positive so far.  Over ten MLAs have already tested positive and some of them have recovered too.

Meanwhile, despite community spread, the testing and tracing seem to have fallen and the fatality rate has witnessed a steep rise. Till 12 pm today, the COVID-19 death tally for the state was 245, and the total number of cases registered was 17414. But these are official statistics and these numbers are likely to be much higher. 

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Himachal: COVID-19 Kills 59 in 9 Days, Govt Still Clueless About Actual Number of Cases

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Shimla-COVID-19 continue to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as the death tally spirals upward rapidly. Currently, 240 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19. Fifty nine of these deaths have been reported during the last nine days of October month, which is quite alarming. But contrary to that, the attitude of the state government, as well as, the public is becoming more casual. The SOPs issued by the government are hardly being followed anywhere. The fact that with the community spread, the cases of COVID-19 are falling in the official information released by the state Health Department.

On October 9, the Department traced only 199 cases but reported seven deaths. The total number of active cases was cited to be 2856. The deceased included three females and four males aged between 49 -75 years. View details of the deceased in the below-given table:

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The total number of cases, as per the official statistics, had reached 16977 till yesterday evening (9 PM). But these are official statistics and the real number is likely to be much higher due to a community spread. Similarly, the actual number of COVID-19 deaths could be higher than the official statistics. Despite it, the state government is reluctant to release any projection regarding the real numbers. No statements have been issued regarding the current situation and strategy to combat the rising fatality rate. Rather, the state appears to be refraining from bringing up the matter.

The oppositions, HP Congress and CPI (M), are targeting the government over its failure to combat the spread of COVID-19. However, this opposition is quite feeble and hasn’t resulted in any reforms in the attitude of the government.

In a statement to media, Sanjay Chauhan, former Mayor of Shimla and a senior CPI (M) leader, said that the rise in fatalities is the result of the government’s lackadaisical attitude. The suicide committed by a positive patient at the DDU COVID-19 hospital is evidence of it, he said. He said this approach has endangered health lives of ministers, officials, and the staff at their offices. Further, he said, health staff, paramedical staff, and police staff are getting infected, and even losing lives due to the government’s unpreparedness.  The government had even compromised the safety of the Prime Minister and Education Minister by violating norms set regarding COVID-19, he said.

HP Congress chief, Kuldeep Rathor also expressed shock over the presence of COVID-19 positive MLA of Banjar, Surender Shourie, in the event organized for the PM. He alleged that by violating all norms, the MLA concealed information regarding his COVID-19 positive status and did not quarantine himself, which reflects the state government’s attitude toward management of the corona pandemic. He had demanded registration of an FIR against Shourie and action against erring officials.

Sanjay Chauhan, further said that the government did not prepare itself to combat the pandemic the way it was expected to. The people of the state had followed the lockdown and sacrificed their livelihood with a hope that the government would prepare itself during this period to combat the spread and to strengthen the health infrastructure and services. But instead, the government indulged itself in making people clap and beat ‘thalis’.  The Chief Minister adopted and preached unscientific practices like performing a ‘havan’.  Despite a steep rise in fatalities, the government is still not serious about the situation, he said. 

He said the CPI (M) demands that the government starts working on war footing to prepare a strategy by involving health experts, strengthening the health services by recruiting doctors, para-medical and other staff, and constitute a task force to deal with the situation. The government should work diligently on following the norms set for prevention from COVID-19, he added.  

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Shocker for Himachal as Ex-CBI Chief & Governor Ashwani Kumar Found Dead at His Shimla Residence

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Himachal IPS Officer Ashwani Kumar found deat in shimla

Shimla-Ashwani Kumar – 1973 IPS officer from Himachal Pradesh cadre who had served as the Director-General of HP Police (2006-2008) and CBI chief (August 2008 to November 2010), and was later appointed the Governor of Nagaland in 2013-was found dead at his residence in Shimla on Wednesday evening. The news came as a shocker as Kumar was considered as one of India’s finest and honest officers.

Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Mohit Chawala, in statement to news agencies, confirmed the report. According to the initial report, he reportedly hanged himself and ended his life. However, no formal statement was issued regarding the suicide. According to the police, a suicide note was also recovered from the spot. However, the note was yet to be verified.

Kumar was a well known name as he had dealt with famous cases including that of Arushi Talwar murder and fake encounter of Sohrabuddin Sheikh in which current Home Minister Amit Shah was arrested in 2010.

He was one of the first appointees made to resign from the post of Governor, Nagaland, as soon as the current ruling party came into power in 2014. He also remained Governor of Manipur for a short period of time. After his retirement, Kumar was serving as the Vice-Chancellor of a private university in Shimla.

The officials who have served under Aswani Kumar have expressed shock over his demise in such a manner. 

Director-General of Police, Sanjay Kundu, and a team of medical staff was rushed to the spot. More details are awaited as the district police have not issued any formal statement regarding the incident.

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