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Himachal shocked as 2 bus accidents within 24 hours kills 22, injure 78

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SHIMLA-As many as 22 people were killed and around 78 injured in two road accidents in Mandi and Kangra districts of Himachal Pradesh in the past 24 hours. The victims included tourists from Punjab, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh.

Twelve people died at Golu near Jogindernagar in Mandi district Saturday night when a Reckong Peo-bound Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus skidded off the road and plunged into a 100-metre deep gorge.

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According to reports, the driver, who was also killed in the accident, was attempting to overtake another bus.

Eyewitnesses said the other bus signalled to Krishan Chand, the HRTC driver, to overtake it. However, since optical fibre cables were being installed in that portion of the road, it was unstable. Chand realised it too late and skidded off the road,

a police sources said quoting a passenger. Other passengers said the bus was being rashly driven.

Forty-four people were also injured in the accident and later shifted to three government hospitals in Mandi and Kangra districts. The condition of six was reported to be critical.

Vivek Chandel, Additional District Magistrate (ADM) Mandi, who was overseeing the rescue and relief operations, said that barring one, all other deceased had been identified. Five among the dead were members of a family from West Bengal. He added that interim relief has been given to the next of kin of all local victims. Deputy Commissioner Mandi Sandeep Kadam said he had ordered a magisterial probe into the accident.

In the second accident, 10 persons died, four of them on the spot, when a private tourist bus from Amritsar, on its way to Jawalaji shrine, skidded off the road near Dalyara and plunged into a gorge.

The accident happened at around 2.30 pm. There were 40 passengers on the bus. There were 17 women, three children. The driver failed to negotiate a sharp curve and lost control of the vehicle,

said Ritesh Chauhan DC Kangra.

He said seven persons who had died were identified and their families in Amritsar were being notified. All the injured have been shifted to Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College hospital.

Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh visited the hospital and directed authorities to provide free treatment. He also announced compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of those who died in the accidents.

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HP Cabinet approves free Heli-Ambulances, filling up 1235 posts of TMPA with several others  

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Shimla: In its meeting held today on April 26, 2018, the HP Cabinet decided to introduce free Heli-ambulance services, which would be operated by Heli-mission Switzerland with the assistance of Lady Willingdon Hospital, Manali in District Kullu. It is expected to strengthen the health transport services and timely airlifting of the patients particularly of remote and tribal regions of the State.  

The Cabinet gave its approval to purchase 26 new ambulances under National Ambulance Service-108 as a replacement to facilitate the patients.

The Cabinet approved setting up health care transformation project viz: TATA Digital Nerves Centre Platform (DiNC) in Kullu district. DiNC is a service led platform model and facilitate to and fro communication between patients, hospitals and doctors irrespective of their geographical locations.

It helps to screen basic symptoms, facilitates doctor consultations and to send alerts for follow-up and manages records of the patients, the government said.

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The Cabinet gave its nod to fill up 1235 posts of Transport Multi-Purpose Assistants (TMPA) in Himachal Road Transport Corporation.

It accorded its approval to fill up 200 posts of Clerks in H.P. Secretariat Administration Department (SAD) on contract basis through direct recruitment and 25 posts of Junior Scale Stenographer in H.P. Secretariat Administration Department (SAD) on a contract basis.

It decided to fill up 100 posts of Junior Engineer (Civil) and 20 posts of Junior Engineer (Mechanical) in Public Works Department on a contract basis.

The Cabinet decided to fill up 25 posts of Assistant Engineer (Civil) and two posts of Assistant Engineer (Electrical) in Public Works Department on a contract basis.

It gave its nod to fill up two posts of consultant and two posts of data entry operator under State Medicinal Plants Board in Ayurveda Department.

The cabinet approved to upgrade Civil Hospital Nurpur in Kangra district to 200 bedded hospital along-with creation of additional 42 posts of different categories.

It was decided to fill up seven posts of different categories for the establishment of Programme Management Unit in Ayurveda Department sponsored by Ayush Ministry, Government of India.

The Cabinet accorded its approval to open new State of Art Industrial Training Institute at Chhatari in Tehsil Thunag of district Mandi besides creation of requisite posts of different categories to man the institute.

It decided that the Gram Panchayat Veterinary Assistants (GPVA) who have completed five years of service will be brought under contract.  

The meeting was chaired by the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

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CBI’s official statement on how it solved Shimla’s Gudiya case

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Shimla: Amid the chatter among the people regarding the authenticity of the arrest made after an investigation in the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl, a resident of Shirgul in Kotkhai Tehsil of Shimla district, Central Bureau of Investigation has released an official media statement regarding the case.

The CBI is gathering a lot of appreciation in the national media as it told the media that it was a painstaking and sensitive case and that CBI teams worked day & night for the last nine months to finally crack the case.

The case was filed under the Police Station of Kotkhai.

The agency claimed it arrested the accused, who was identified as a resident of Baijnath Tehsil of Kangra, on April 13, 2018.

After thorough interrogation, on April 25, he was produced before the Designated Court and was remanded to Judicial Custody till May 2018, said the official statement.
In the instant case, it was alleged that the victim had left Government Senior Secondary School, Mahashu on July 4, 2017, at about 4:30 PM. She did not reach home and her dead body was recovered on July 6, 2017, from the forest area of Hailalla, Kotkhai.

CBI said it instituted an elaborate investigation and also announced a reward of Rs.10 lakh to anyone from the general public for providing credible information resulting in the arrest of real culprits.

After taking over the case, CBI formed separate teams including SP, ASP, DSP, Inspectors, and other supporting staff who were continuously camped in the region, the agency said.

The team started by thoroughly combing the various areas including forests where the body of the victim was found and questioned over one thousand people in this sparsely populated region.

The CBI said, its team collected around 250 blood samples and its CFSL experts conducted various scientific tests including DNA profiling by using advance techniques of percentage match’ and ‘lineage match’.

After thorough examining of these scientific tests, the DNA profiles extracted from samples seized from the scene of the crime were matched with the DNA samples.
The area of investigation included Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir and Uttarakhand etc.
It was also alleged that the arrested accused did not carry any mobile phone and was not in touch with his family but CBI kept watch on certain people whom he could call from public phones or phones of the other people.

The agency further claimed that subsequently, the suspect was tracked and apprehended from a Village near Hatkoti.

The agency maintained that the Director CBI, Alok Kumar Verma has been monitoring the progress of the case from day one. He expressed satisfaction at the work done by the investigative team and forensic experts of CFSL, CBI, for solving a sensitive and difficult case.

The agency said the further investigation into the case would continue.

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CBI had registered two cases on July 22, 2017, on the orders dated July 19, 2017 of Hon’ble High Court of Himachal Pradesh, in CWPIL No.88 of 2017 and taken over the investigation of FIR No. 97 of 2017 dated July 6, 2017, under Sections 302, 376 of IPC & Section 4 of POCSO Act registered earlier at Police Station, Kotkhai, District Shimla relating to rape & murder of a minor girl.

The agency took over another FIR No. 101 of 2017 dated July 19, 2017, U/S 302 of IPC earlier registered at Police Station, Kotkhai relating to the custodial death of one of the accused arrested by Local Police in connection with the investigation of said FIR No. 97 of 2017.

The Himachal Pradesh Police had earlier arrested six accused in this case. Out of these six, one had died under alleged mysterious circumstances in police custody for which separate FIR No. 101/2017 was registered by local police, the agency said.

After taking over the investigation, CBI had arrested nine Police officials of Himachal Pradesh including then Inspector General of Police, Southern Range; then SP, Shimla; then DSP (SDOP), Theog; a Sub-Inspector & then SHO, Kotkhai; an ASI; three Head Constables and one Constable, all working in Himachal Pradesh on 29.08.2017 in a case relating to custodial death of one of the then accused Suraj Singh.

All the said arrested accused are presently in Judicial Custody.

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Accused arrested in Kotkhai Gudiya case sent to 14-day judicial custody

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Shimla: While all eyes will be on the status report to be submitted in the Himachal Pradesh High Court in Gudiya gangrape and murder case, the only accused arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation on April 13, 2018, was produced in a special court in Shimla. The accused was sent to a 14-day judicial custody.

Officially, the sleuths have not revealed the identity of the arrested accused and are maintained a distance from all media person. The face of the accused covered while he was brought to the special court today morning.

However, media reports are identifying the accused a Neelu of Mandi district.

The agency is also supposed to file a status report in the state High Court during this afternoon. The people are expecting the agency to make identity and findings of the probe public.

They could face disappointment as the agency has made only one arrest in the case. The arrested accused is being speculated to be a woodcutter.

The people do have hope to get justice for Gudiya, they are equally sceptic about the arrest in the absence of any clear clue about the story of Gudiya.

It is pertinent to mention that the High Court in this March had expressed extreme disappointment with the CBI’s pace of investigation and had directed the CBI Chief to be personally present in the court during the next hearing.

However, right after the hearing, the CBI had suddenly announced that it has got its hands on a strong forensic evidence against the real culprits.

Prior to it, the CBI was empty-handed and had even announced a reward of Rs. 10 lakh to anyone who provides it with any substantial clue about the culprits.

After about 10 months of investigation, the agency had in March claimed that it will expose the accused by April 25, which is today.

 

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