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Shocking: Hamirpur Police allegedly plants Charas (cannabis) in shop to frame fake NDPS case  




Hamirpur- Image and trust of people in Himachal Pradesh Police Department is at stake after people busted policeman allegedly planting ‘Charas’ (cannabis) in a vegetable shop in district Hamirpur during a raid, and then attempting to frame a fake  case under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act(NDPS) against the owner. However, this alleged, grave attempt of police was exposed after eyewitnesses came ahead and confirmed watching one of the policeman planting the packet in vegetables rack, which later it claimed to have recovered from the shop. Angry mob surrounded the police team and blocked the road for about three hours, and opened it only after higher officials arrived at the scene and assured fair inquiry into the matter.


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Reportedly, Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Birdi- Baloh in Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh, runs a meat and vegetable shop from past many years. His wife also assists him and take care of vegetable shop. On Wednesday afternoon, a team comprising of half a dozen policemen headed by ASI Bhoranj Police Station Avtar Singh raided the meat and vegetable shop. The team searched both shops but did not find anything, said reports. Meanwhile, one of the policemen allegedly planted a small packet in vegetables rack, and then claimed to have found it hidden there. However, the Up-Pradhan(उपप्रधान) of the local panchayat, Rakesh Singh, who was asked by the police to accompany the team during the raid, saw the entire incident.

Reportedly, the police team at once pounced on the shopkeeper, started beating him, and tried to detain him. However, eyewitnesses including the Up-Pradhan resisted this attempt of police. Angry people gathered and blocked the road to save the shopkeeper whom they claimed innocent.

Considering the growing mob of angry locals, the SDM Bhoranj SK Parashar, Tehsildar Sanjay Kumar, DSP Ashok Verma, and SHO Mukesh arrived at the scene. The mob opened the road only after the SDM assured of inquiry into the matter. The statements of main eyewitness, Up-Pradhan, and others have been recorded, informed the SDM.

The people and panchayat representatives demanded that the inquiry into this matter should not be conducted by Bhoranj Police.

DSP Ashok also assured people of a departmental inquiry against the accused ASI.

Stunned locals including panchayat members, expressing their concern, said that the police had almost framed and destroyed life of an innocent person if it were not for the eyewitnesses.

Statement of Up-Pradhan (Eyewitness)

Up-Pradhan of local Keherwin panchayat said he was asked by police to accompany him in a raid on the mentioned shop. When the police didn’t find anything, the police allegedly said “Aaj Case to Banta Hai”. Meanwhile one of the policemen quietly placed a small packet under vegetables. Then the ASI pretended to have recovered it from the shop and started beating the shopkeeper and tried to put him into police vehicle, he stated.

However, on hearing the brawl other shopkeepers along with locals surrounded the police team and blocked the road until higher officials arrived at the scene and assured inquiry and action against culprits, if proved guilty.

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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 7 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 world around him in his DSLR lens.

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Overloaded car in Shimla meets horrible accident, 4 killed, 4 injured including 3 kids



Shimla Car accident in banuti

Shimla: Today, an overloaded Alto car carrying eight people met a horrible accident near Banuti in Shimla in which four persons including a 5-years-old kid, two women, and a man died on the spot while four others received serious injuries.

It’s another indicator that the State Police and the public need to take overloading more seriously when the road safety is concerned.

As per the initial reports, the car fell into a 200-300 meter deep gorge. The impact of the accident torn the car to pieces. The car was crushed so badly that the locals, who first reached the spot, found it difficult to recover the injured.

The injured were rushed to the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital in Shimla. The Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Ompati Jamwal, and IGMC confirmed the report of four casualties.

It is, however, still not known what caused the accident.

As per the initial report, the deceased persons have been identified as Devender Kumar (30), Hemant (4), Gayatri Devi (35), and Poonam (33).

The injured include Chunni Lal (65), Sachin (5), Kavya (5), and Narmada (28).

The Shimla district administration has provided immediate relief of Rs. 10,000 each to the relatives of deceased and Rs. 5000 to those injured.

More details are awaited.

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Shimla’s emerging filmmaker grabs 3 more awards for short-film “Papa”



Papa Short Film by Siddharth wins awards

Shimla: Shimla-based emerging short-film maker Sidharth Chauhan (27) has grabbed more awards for his work “Papa.”  His short-film Papa has received three awards at the Vintage International Film Festival, 2018.

As per the results announced on March 20, 2018, the movie won Sidharth the best short-film award in the National category. The film also won the best director award for Siddhartha and best cinematography award for Yashwant Kumar Sharma.

The film is written, produced, and directed by Sidharath.

Papa is the same film that was first screened at the International Documentary and Short Film Festival in Kerala in 2016 where it claimed its first award (best film).

Later, Papa made its first international premiere at the London Indian Film Festival in 2017 where the short film won the Satyajit Ray award. 

It was a mature storytelling which balanced a realistic sense of frustration and claustrophobia, with a finely nuanced thread of subtle and deadpan humour,

said the jury.

The film is a story of a paralyzed mother, Sushma and her young son, Rajiv, who are living a tough life post an accident, which left their lives scarred forever.

You can read more about the film, its crew, location etc. in one of our previous posts.

Other than Papa, Sidharth’s short-film Pashi has also fetched appreciation and awards for Sidharth.

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4 Himachali among 39 killed in Iraq by ISIS



list of Himachali killed in iraq by isis

Shimla: Four people among the 39 Indian hostages killed by ISIS at Masul in Iraq after abduction in 2014 were from Himachal Pradesh. Out of four, Sandeep (38), Aman Kumar, and Inderjeet hailed from Kangra and Hemraj (32) from Mandi, confirmed the State government.

All these Indian had gone missing in 2014. Since then, there was no trace of them. They had migrated to Iraq in search of livelihood. However, now the families of the deceased are receiving news of their killing after a wait of four years. 

The confirmation of their killing came today after the External affair Minister Sushma Swaraj, in the Parliament, revealed that the bodies were recently found buried in a mound of earth near Badush, a village northwest of Mosul.

The remains of human skeletons were recovered from this mass grave recently. Through DNA testing, it was confirmed that these remains belonged to the missing Indians.

The Chief Minister, Jai Ram Thakur, has also expressed his condolences to the bereaved families.

This tragedy is not only unfortunate but also an inhumane act of brutality which should be condemned by one and all, he said.

The Chief Minister assured that the State Government has contacted the Union Government for bringing back their mortal remains at the earliest.

The mortal remains of deceased hailing from Punjab and Himachal will be brought to Amritsar, thereafter; the State Government will make all arrangements for carrying the remains of deceased to their native places in the State.

The news has triggered protests among the families of the deceased over government’s false assurances to locate them.

We demand the government provide us DNA reports. It’s being politicised. We had been running from pillar to post since four years and now we’re being told via TV that we lost one of our own,

the family of a victim told ANI.  


The opposition Congress has opened attack by alleging the ruling government of intentionally hiding facts from the families of the victims. They asked the Minister to reveal details about the date of the killings.

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