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Haunted Shimla locality performs Havan, sprinkles Gangajal, still reluctant to use Keleston water tank supply

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Reportedly, one of three accused, Tejinder, made an unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide by hanging himself from a blanket.

SHIMLA- The Keleston-based water storage tanks of Shimla’s Civic body has been cleaned again after CID claimed recovery of Yug Gupta’s skeleton remains from it. Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) has assured the tank is cleaned properly, but the residents of the locality are still haunted by the fact that they were served water from a tank containing decomposing dead-body of a 4-years-old, who was kidnapped, tortured, and thrown alive into the tank. Residents are not able to muster enough strength to use this water for drinking purpose, and are instead running to bawaris (natural water resources) in the area. A long line of people could be seen at these bawaris.

Also Read: Skeleton of missing Shimla kid recovered after 2 years from MC water tank near Bharari

People even performed a ‘havan’ (religious ritual) near the mentioned tank and residents from localities like Keleston, Bhattakuffar etc. attended it and made offerings. A number of school students were also present at the Havan besides political faces like Shimla MLA Suresh Bhardwaj. All prayed for the peace of the departed soul. Holy Gangajal was sprinkled praying for purification of the place.

Entire Shimla was shocked after disclosure of facts in Yug murder case, and Shimla town’s civic body came under scanner for its alleged carelessness in regular cleaning of its storage tanks and making no provision for safety and security.

Shimla Mayor Cry Foul, Says No Remains Found Inside Tank

The Mayor of Shimla, Sanjay Chauhan, has questioned CID’s investigations and has claimed that all remains of Yug’s skeleton were recovered from surroundings of the Keleston-based water tank, not from inside. He alleged Congress and BJP of playing cheap politics over death of an innocent child.

Also Read: FIR against Shimla MC in Yug murder case for risking lives of citizens by supplying contaminated water

An FIR was registered on Shimla MC on a complaint of DSP (CID) Bhopinder Bragta, who mentioned that some remains of skeleton along with a concrete slab and rope with which Yug was tied were recovered from the tank.

CPIM has also opened attack on government. Senior CPIM leader Rakesh Singh, in a press conference, alleged that underworld has taken command of government in Himachal that has lead to deterioration of law and order. Mr. Singh mentioned several cases of missing people and failure of police to trace them.  He also alleged that Yug could have been saved if Shimla Police had not tried to save the culprits, who had high-profile links. He demanded making phone call details of three accused public, which will reveal truth behind the case.

One of Accuse Attempts Suicide in Prison Cell

Reportedly, one of three accused, Tejinder, made an unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide by hanging himself from a blanket. Following  this attempt to weave a rope from the threads of blankets to harm himself, the jail authorities have ensured that no such substance be placed in their cells which can be used for committing suicide. All accused are kept separate from other prisoners due to fear of assault.

Photos: Angry mob at Shimla Court Complex roughs up Yug murder accused

CID awaits DNA Test Results

Blood of Yug’s father has been sent for DNA test to verify the skeleton remains are indeed belongs to deceased boy. It is, however, being considered only a legal formality as CID claims strong and ample evidences against three accused, Tejinder Singh, Chander Sharma, and Vikrant Bakshi, who are in judicial custody until September 8. Although, the skeleton remained in water for about two years, but still DNA test can be conducted using femur bone and mandibular canine, said CID.

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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: Seven COVID-19 Deaths, 395 New Cases in a Day

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Shimla-On Thursday, Himachal Pradesh reported 395 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection. Seven fresh casualties were reported, taking the COVID-19 death tally in the state to 96. According to the official Bulletin released by the Health Department for September 17, 2020 (9 PM), the total for the state has risen to 11190, of which 4145 are active cases and 6919 had recovered.  

Seven fatalities also included a 14-year-old male from Shimla. He was a patient of Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Remaining six aged between 50-82 years.  As per the Health Department’s official Bulletin, all seven patients had pre-existing medical conditions like Diabetes Mellitus, severe Sepsis, severe ARDS, Hypertension etc.  

Details of COVID-19 Fatalities on September 17 (till 9 PM)

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Among Thursday’s cases, Sirmaur reported the highest 82 cases, followed by Kangra (76), Mandi (70), Solan (49), Una (38), Shimla (30), Lahaul-Spiti (15), Kullu (13), Bilaspur (12), Chamba (7), and Hamirpur (3).

Further, Solan has reported the highest number of cases (2525), and Kangra district has reported the highest number of casualties (20), followed by Solan (18), and Shimla (17).

For more statistics from all districts, view the table given below:

Himachal Pradesh-september 17, 2020, covid-19 update

Several media persons complained that the Health Officials have even stopped taking their calls and release required information. The Chief Minister, in today’s Vidhan Sabha session, compared fatality rate of Himachal Pradesh (0.8%) with the national rate (1.64%) and states having larger population like Punjab (2.8%). He claimed the state government was comfortable with the situation and rising number of cases. He said five make-shift COVID-19 hospitals, which are yet to be established, would take care of the rise in cases.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur today patted his own back by releasing an e-book “Sewa Hi Sangathan” brought out by the State BJP.

In this book, BJP has claimed that various initiatives and steps were taken by the party to effectively tacking the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Minister also termed the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” as a success and went on to say that it has stabilized rural economy of the country and the State during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defending the decision to lift all restrictions on inter-state movement of people, including tourists, amid a community spread, he termed it a necessary step to revive the state economy. In a way, the government has made it clear that the people would have to learn to live with COVID-19.

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Himachal: 460 New COVID-19 Cases with One More Death, Situation to Worsen as State Borders Open for All

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday reported a single-day spike of 460 COVID-19 cases with one death, confirmed the state Health Department. According to the latest update (9 PM), Solan district (117) had reported the highest number of cases. Remaining cases were reported from Kangra (92), Mandi (58), Shimla (51), Lahaul-Spiti (46), Una (31), Kinnaur (14), Sirmaur (14), Bilaspur (13), Chamba (12), Kullu (8), and Hamirpur (4).

The COVID-19 tally has now reached 10795, of which 4146 are active, 6531 recovered, and 89 died.

HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin for September 15, 2020 (9 PM)

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The number is likely to witness a huge surge as the state government has removed all restrictions on the inter-state movement of people. No permission or registration of any sorts is required to enter the state. Tourists won’t need to present a COVID-19 report and advance booking to enter the state. At the time of the writing, a large number of tourists and other people had already entered the state as the borders were opened today evening.

Also Read: No E-Pass, No COVID-19 Negative Report, No Registration Needed to Enter State

Tourists are happy with the decision. According to a media report, earlier tourists reaching state borders without registration were being tricked to pay Rs. 300 to register and enter the state.  It was later that they found out that registration process was free of any charges. 

Inter-state bus services are also expected to resume operation soon.

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Himachal: No E-Pass, No COVID-19 Negative Report, No Registration Needed to Enter State

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Shimla-Borders of Himachal Pradesh are now open to all including tourists without any restriction at all. The state government has issued a notification today regarding the same. The decision has been taken in a time when the state has already entered in the ‘community spread phase’ and both the number of positive cases, as well as, the mortality rate is rising at an alarming rate.

As per the notification,

“There shall be no requirement of registration for inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movements. However, inter-state movement of public transport buses shall be operated only as per the SOPs to be issued by the Department of Transport, Himachal Pradesh, after ensuring full readiness to comply with the SOPs.”

The notification came following the decision taken in a meeting of the state Cabinet on September 15, 2020. At the same time, the government maintained that the quarantine rules would still apply except for those carrying COVID-19 negative report. 

The government said the step was taken on repeated appeals of the Centre government and several sections of the people. This step would boost economic activities, the government said.

The government has also changed the ‘discharge policy’ for COVID-19 patients. The government said that it would now implement ‘Discharge Policy framed by the ICMR and the Centre government. Now, those patients who would be found asymptomatic after 10 days, would be discharged without any test. They’ll be asked to home-quarantine for seven days.    

The government said make-shift hospitals would be established at five places – Shimla, Tanda, Nalagarh Una, and Nahan. Each hospital would have a capacity of 50 beds.

Changes have also been approved in the policy for allowing opening of new nursing institute in the state. Only institutes having a hospital (100 bed) would be permitted to open nursing colleges. The GNM course would be discontinued after the 2020-21 session. Already running institutes would need to apply for conversion of this course into B.Sc Nursing. The government also decided that except for M.Sc nursing courses, no other course would be granted fresh attachment to government hospitals.

Meanwhile, during today’s session of the state Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Jairam said that the rise in COVID-19 cases was inevitable with the steps taken by the government to revive economic activities.

He claimed the government has taken all necessary steps to contain the spread of coronavirus. He claimed that the government is well-prepared to deal with the rising number of cases. ICU beds, oxygen, supporting beds and other equipment in sufficient quantities.

The Chief Minister compared the situation of the state to bigger states/union territories like Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan etc. in a failed attempt to convince the opposition during the session that the state government was doing better than others. The opposition commented that the government has left the people of the state on their own.

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