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“Congress MLA’s son uses father’s red-beacon for smuggling”: Locals alleged after fatal assault on 3 Bilaspur youth

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Bilaspur MLA Bamber Thakur Case

BILASPUR-The law and order conditions in district Bilaspur of Himachal Pradesh is degrading. Surprisingly, the Sadar MLA from Congress, Bamber Thakur, is the trendsetter here. He was recently reported to have assaulted the on-duty DFO, Bialspur. Later, he was found threatening a doctor for not yielding to his wish to manipulate official parameters set for issuance of disability certificate.  The police and the Chief Minister also appear to be helpless in controlling its notorious MLA.  

After three youth were assaulted in Diara Sector by a gang that allegedly included Congress MLA’s elder son, now locals have come out in protest against this hooliganism. In a statement to media, locals have alleged Puranjan Thakur of assisting local smugglers.  Locals said to the media that they are fed up with regular hooliganism created by the Congress MLA and his son in the district. In a statement to a media channel, the locals alleged that MLA’s son used red-beacon of his father’s car to smuggle illicit drugs and that the MLA is patronizing growth of mafia.

Watch: Statement of Locals to a Media Channel

The allegations surfaced after three youth, Rohit Soni, Ankit Tondon, and Manish Thakur, were attacked in the Diara locality with sharp weapons by the gang. Three youth were reportedly beaten with hockeys, iron roads, and sharp weapons were left with serious injuries. As per the locals, the gang that included Anil aka Pintu, Sonu, paras, Kitwi, Rahul and Shiva, also included local MLA’s elder son. After the complaint the local police arrested six accused except the MLA’s son.

The parents and locals also alleged that police booked the hooligans for minor scuffle under IPC Section 107 and 151 despite the fact that the assault was fatal in nature. All accused easily availed bail and walked free within no time when a case under IPC Section 307 should have been registered, said the people. After accused were freed, the locals and parents protested in front of the house of the main accused. People demanded to bring the accused out of the house and deport them out of the district. Quick Response Team was called in to protect the accused inside the house that included some teenage boys and some girls as well.

According to a Hindi Daily, the MLA’s son was also present with others in the room. When angry public saw the accused being protected by police, they retaliated with stone-pelting on police vehicles. Following it the police cane-charged the mob. The cane-charge further infuriated the people who smashed and toppled the car of the accused.

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The locality also alleged police of cane-charging ladies who were present in the protest. They also asked whether police had obtained permission from the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) prior to cane-charge or not?

As per the report published in the daily, later, sharp weapons were found in the room and in the car of the accused. The report also said that a senior police officer came to the spot only to save the MAL’s son and even told people that his hands are tied by the government.

The locals alleged that the administration and police is doing everything to save Bamber Thakur’s son.

It is noticeable that Bambar Thakur was alleged of assaulting the DFO, Bilaspur for objecting to MLA’s illegal construction of road by felling trees. The State Congress remained silent the Chief Minsiter Virbhadra Singh also supported the MLA.

Recently, the MLA was found allegedly threatening and abusing a doctor in regional hospital Bilaspur for denying unlawful issuance of disability certificate to man. The doctor had even released a recording of the telephonic conversation with MLA.

However, the CM had given clean-chit to the MLA calling the incidents as a conspiracy to defame the party.

Apparently, the State party high-command has lost its control over the notorious MLA. The party has taken no measure to stop the MLA misusing his powers and manipulate police over and over again. At the end of the day, it was public that tolerated both assault by goons and cane-charge from police. It’s a matter of worry for people that their elected representative is acting like typical mafia openly without attracting any action from the party or the administration. Such manipulation by police and administration would only degrade faith of people in the law, which hazardous situation for any society. 

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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Avalanche in Kinnaur buries soldiers, 1 killed, 5 missing and feared dead

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Kinnaur- An avalanche along the India-China border in Namgya region of Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed one soldier while five others were buried and still missing. The body of one soldier has been recovered. The rescue operation was underway at the time of writing.

The district administration and Superintendent of Police, Kinnaur, confirmed the news.

Jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police are carrying out an extensive search and rescue operation.  

As per initial reports, which are not clear, about 10 jawans of ITBP were hit by a massive avalanche at about 11 AM on Wednesday while they were moving from one post to another. Five to six jawans were buried. Remaining jawans rescued one of them who later died on the way to the hospital in Pooh.  

Verification of more details is still awaited.

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Left Out Eligible Voters in Himachal Can Enroll on 23rd and 24th Feb: HP CEO

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Left Out Voters in Himachal Pradesh can apply

Shimla-In view of the general election for the Lok Sabha 2019, special camps will be organised at every polling station on 23rd and 24th February 2019, for enrolment of left out eligible voters in the State, informed the Chief Electoral Officer of Himachal Pradesh, Devesh Kumar.

He asked all Booth Level Officers (BLOs) to remain present in the camps along with the copies of final electoral rolls 2019. A copy of the electoral rolls will be available in the polling station so that electors can check their names in the rolls. The electoral rolls would be read out publically during the camp to facilitate illiterate voters. BLOs were asked to keep adequate copies of Forms 6, 7, 8 and 8A with him/her to facilitate filling up forms by interested persons.

Devesh Kumar said that all recognized political parties should depute their Booth Level Agents (BLAs) to remain present in camps. In case their name does not exist in the roll for some reason, the Electoral Photo Identity Card (EPIC) holders must also check their name in electoral rolls and fill up Form 6. The EPIC is only identification document and does not guarantee franchise if the name of the person is not included in the electoral roll of the concerned polling station.

He said that all forms received during these campaign days would be disposed of by  March 7, 2019. BLOs were directed to immediately complete the physical verification and then submit a report to the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO). The ERO should complete the due process of law and dispose-off the forms received during the camps within 11 days.

 Devesh Kumar said that registration can also be made through NVSP Portal by visiting the link (www.nvsp.in.) For inquiries, he said, electoral can also call on Toll-free number 1950.

Assembly constituency-wise data in respect of forms received during camps would be uploaded on the website of the commission at CEO’s portal by February 25, 2019. Information about the disposal of forms would be given through the website by March 7, 2019.

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Mandi Police Warns Miscreants Promoting Malice Against Kashmiris, Urges People to Maintain Peace

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Kashmiri people in Himachal Pradesh

Mandi-The District Police, Mandi, on Tuesday, issued a warning to miscreants who were trying to incite violence against and promoting malice against Kashmiri people living in the State.

“The public is informed that following the suicide bombing in Pulwama of Jammu and Kashmir, some miscreants are making appeals to the people on social media to throw Kashmiri labourers, hawkers, lumberjacks etc. out of State’

said the notice issued by the district police.

The police has warned that a stringent action against will be taken against anyone who is found preaching malice towards Kashmiri citizens through such messages/comments on social media or causing any sort of vandalism.

The police urged the people to beware of such hatemongers and miscreants and maintain peace in the society.  

On Tuesday, tension mounted in a panchayat of Mandi district when the villagers passed a resolution to ban Kashmiri citizens in their area. The villagers reportedly told the Kashmiris living in rented quarters to leave the State by Wednesday. Meanwhile, some miscreants reportedly pelted stones on their quarters. Scared Kashmiris had to take shelter at local police station, said reports.

In another instance, an unverified video was doing rounds on social media, showing two groups of students clashing inside the campus of a private university in Mandi. To incite fear, it was rumoured that the scuffle took place between Kashmiri and local students.  

Earlier, the campus of the UHF, Nauni, in Solan district, witnessed tension after police booked two of its students for alleged anti-national activities on social media. The booked students were allegedly supporting the suicide bomber responsible for the ghastly Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF jawans were martyred.

Following this news, right-wing outfits in Himachal Pradesh had made calls for a boycott of Kashmiris. Similar tension was reported from other parts of the nation too. A large number of Kashmiri students, who were studying outside their home state, were returning home for fear of violence being incited by miscreants.

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