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Solan School Girl MMS Case: 6 Arrested including 3 minors, clips still continue to circulate

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SOLAN- Police has arrested six persons including three juveniles in recent Solan MMS case. Five persons including 2 juveniles were arrested for recording two obscene video clips of school girl and a minor boy in objectionable condition and then circulating it on social media. Three of the accused were identified as railway employees. Police has also arrested a minor under Section 376. The location of recording was identified to be near a water storage tank in Buari (ब्रुअरी), Solan.

Additional Superintendent Police, Solan, Manmohan Singh, confirmed that three of the accused are railway employees and two others are juveniles. All three railway employees are about 21-22 years old in age. A case has been registered against them under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) and Section 67 of IT ACT for publishing porn material and circulation. One of the juveniles is booked under IPC 376. Arrested accused have accepted recording MMS. Police has filed a case), ASP told Himachal Watcher

The Superintendent Police, Solan, Anjum Ara, informed that the victim girl, who is also a minor, was identified from the video and her statements were recorded. Reportedly, the girl didn’t come out herself to file a complaint and police had to find her. The accused will be produced in the court after challan is ready.

Himachal Watcher also contacted Cyber Crime Division of Police in Shimla to inquire whether the videos were reported to the social media site to prevent further circulation of the video clips on social media or not. However, to the phone call that HW had made at about 6 PM on Monday, Cyber Cell replied “Wo Log to Chale Gaye” (They (Cyber Cell Staff) has left for the day).The video clips still continue to circulate, rather, public has got more curious after the news appeared in Hindi dailies. On Tuesday, the Cyber Cell failed to provide any information regarding the matter.

As per the sources, about a week ago, two video clips begun to circulate on social media, mostly WhatsApp. Most of people kept it forwarding the clips to friends to feast their eyes until the matter was reported by a journalist to the Shimla Police. Shimla police, after identifying the location in the video, transferred the case to district Police Solan for further action.

Do Not Forward the Video Clips, Report Them on Social Media

As a matter of concern, no steps have been taken to prevent further circulation, which can be done simply by reporting the content to the social media site. People aren’t showing any hesitation in circulating the video clips. Circulation is only ensuring more and more embarrassment for victim, who is a minor.  It’s utmost duty of any aware citizen to report objectionable content to the social media site. All such sites offer option to report such content that should not be on social media.

Himachal Watcher requests people to refrain from forwarding these clips and report them media platform to prevent further circulation.

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Video: Fire in Shimla’s Gumma devours Rs. 40 lakh property  

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Shimla: In a tragic incident of fire breakout in Gumma area of Kotkhai region in Shimla district on Saturday, about six rooms of a three-story building were lost. The fire brigade saved the two storeys and buildings adjacent to it.

No loss of life was reported, but the estimated loss of assets was initially assessed at about 40 lakh rupees.The owner of the house was identified as Rohit Chauhan.

Rohit’s mother was alone at the house when the fire broke out at about 3 PM. His mother called for help. However, the fire gutted six rooms on the third storey along with all belongings by the time the fire service reached the spot.

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The cause of the fire is believed to be a short-circuit.

While the other two stories housed shops, the third one was Rohit’s home.

The district administration has given Rs. 20,000 as a relief to the victim family.

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Sirmaur Tragedy: 7-year-old mauled to death by pack of stray dogs

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Shimla: In a spine-chilling incident, a pack of about half-a-dozen stray dogs on Saturday attacked and mauled a 7-year-old boy in Amarkot village in Paonta sub-division, Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh. As per the initial reports, the brutal attack by the dogs inflicted severe injuries on the head, throat, and neck.

On hearing the cries of the boy, the nearby people rushed to rescue the boy. However, dogs were so aggressive that they bit a couple of these people too.

The boy succumbed to the injuries on the way to the hospital. The boy was identified as Vikki, son of a migrant labour of Uttar Prades. The family was heart-broken after their piece of heart died a horrible death.

The head of the Amarkot village, Rakesh Mehraloo, said repeated complaints were made regarding the growing stray dog menace to the administration. Rakesh told media that some incidents of attack by stray dogs were also reported previously, which were also brought to the attention of the administration.

The administration, however, turned a blind eye towards the complaints and did not take any measure to solve this grieve issue, he said.

If the administration had acted timely, such a horrific incident could have been prevented.

It is pertinent to mention that the state government has also ignored the provision of dog-shelters and showed lackadaisical attitude in regular sterilizing of stray dogs.

Rest, the littering of food waste attract stray dogs and facilitate their reproduction, leading to such a nightmare.

The incident has created panic among the residents about the safety of their children.

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Drought-like situation haunts Himachal as no rain, snow in stock, HP DM holds emergency meeting 

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Shimla: As snow and rain continue to evade the peak winter season in Himachal Pradesh, which is already facing 49 percent post-monsoon rain deficiency, the State Disaster Management called a meeting to embraces for the impact of the drought-like situation in the State.

Today, the maximum day temperature in the capital Shimla was recorded at 19 Degree Celsius while the day was hottest for Una at 27 Degree Celsius.

While a debate over the role of global warming behind erratic changes in the weather can also be heard, the Met Department blamed the western disturbances, which, it said, are not strong this year, hence, there is no precipitation.

The nigh temperature in winters remains close to seven to nine Degrees Celsius, which is four to five notches above from the average temperature witnessed during this time of the year. If the same pattern continues for the next two weeks, then it will not only hit the Rs. 20,000-crore apple industry but the tourist influx too.

The apple growers need moisture and several hundred chilling hours to ensure ample apple crop, and this year they are short of the required chilling hours. 

The apple production, which was over 850 metric ton in 2011, has already been reducing.

Other crops like green almonds, tomatoes, pears, apricots, cabbage, cauliflower etc will also be affected due to dry weather.

The hoteliers and ski resorts are witnessing fall in tourist influx as the chances of snowfall are scarce.

Meeting of HP Disaster Mangement 

In wake of the drought-like situation, the Principal Secretary (Revenue and Disaster Management) Onkar Chand Sharma held a meeting with senior officers of various departments including the Deputy Commissioners of all 12 districts video conferencing.

Onkar Sharma said the government has analyzed entire rainfall data of all districts. It was found that there is a deficiency of 49 percent in the State (post-monsoon).

The meteorological department has predicted chances of scattered to moderate rainfall during 23-24 January 2018. Except that, the weather is likely to remain mostly dry until January 22 and January 25 onwards. 

However, the government said that the state has received ample rainfall during December 2017, therefore, the Rabi crops and the drinking water supply are unaffected so far.

The Disaster Managment will prepare a contingency plan to combat the drought-like situations, said the Secretary. 

There are 45 labs of the IPH department for the testing of drinking water supply, he informed.

The Deputy Commissioners were asked to ensure water quality testing randomly up to the subdivision level and arrange water tankers in water-scarce areas as well as fodder for livestock.

All the districts were also directed to take remedial measures to stop contamination of drinking water sources. Besides it, the Secretary directed super chlorination in all districts to prevent water-borne diseases like Jaundice.

Special Secretary, Revenue and Disaster Management Shri D.C. Rana, Director, Indian Meteorological Department Shri Manmohan Singh, Chief Engineer of IPH Department, senior officers from Horticulture and Agriculture also attended the meeting.

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