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Viral Kanda Jail Video: Cop records prisoners using Facebook in jail, gets suspended and harassed for exposing big security loophole

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Viral Kanda Jail Video Cop records prisoners using Facebook in jail, gets suspended and harassed for exposing big security loophole

SHIMLA- The Modern Central Kanda Jail, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, has suspended HP police constable, Bhanu Prashar, who had exposed the startling security loophole inside the jail premises by posting a video on social media. The cop had also declared war against the alleged mistreatment of sub-ordinate staff by officers. The constable is now allegedly facing mental harassment for blowing the whistle. As per the cop, he hasn’t even received his salary for last five months, which has left him in serious financial crisis. After he received no support from his own department, he went on a hunger strike a few days ago. Now, he is admitted at Rippon hospital, Shimla after his health deteriorated. Shockingly, no senior police official or anyone from his own department has approached this cop to conduct fair inquiry. Instead, the Jail Superintendent, Sher Chand, had initiated probe against the cop.

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The video shows two men using social media on computer. The constable had made shocking allegation that these two men visible in the video are actually prisoners, who are sentenced for serious crimes of murder and rape. One of them is a local. One of the prisoners shares same block in which an IS agent is imprisoned. The prisoners are allegedly sitting in the office.

When the Jail Superintendent was asked regarding the video, he explained the prisoners were working on a website and that jail authorities encourage educated inmates. However, the video very clearly shows that the two men were uploading a picture of kid on Facebook. Moreover, according to the suspended cop they were alone in the room and there was no one to monitor them.

Superintendent was unable to explain it why they were using Facebook. He instead labeled the Bhanu as an undisciplined cop, who has been in controversies.

The statement of the SP at least confirms that the video is not fake, and that it was actually recorded inside Kanda Jail.

Himachal Watcher talked to the suspended constable, who is a warder, to confirm the facts related to the matter. As per the constable, when he reported this grieve security breach to the seniors, he was suspended. Thereafter, the constable took to social media and posted the said video clip. The cop started a hunger strike a couple of days ago. On Monday, his condition deteriorated. But the authority didn’t provide him even an ambulance or attendant, Bhanu told HW on Monday. One of the constable’s friends, who is a teacher, brought him to Rippon hospital, Shimla in his personal car where he is admitted in emergency ward.

Please, listen to the video clip of Bhanu that he himself recorded on our request:

The cop has labeled serious allegations of harassment by his own department, framing false charges and cases that were used to exploit provisions of Central Civil Services against him.

He hasn’t received his salary for last four months, he alleged. When he asked for the reason behind withholding his salary, he wasn’t given any explanation but just reference to some CCS rules.

Our manual of rules for jails is written in such a way that honest and helpless cops are turned into slaves of officers,

told Bhanu to HW.

I have faced suspension orders earlier too because I broke the silence and complaint of what is wrong. Everytime I tried to raise my voice, I was harassed,

said Bhanu.

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In 10 years of my service, now I have become insensitive like a stone,

he further added.

It’s a very usual scene to see prisoners accessing internet using computers installed in rooms of officers, which is shocking from the point of security, he told HW. He further alleged that some prisoners even have full access to cellphones and internet. Prisoners are allowed to go out without parole, he alleged. Prisoners do use money to please the authorities and get better treatment.

The constable has also alleged jail authority of corruption in matters of management of resources. A packet of biri is over-priced in Jail canteen, expired goods are sold, and almost every affair of the jail is subject to question, he alleged.

After suspension, now he alleges authority of harassing him mentally. After suspension, he is not allowed to leave headquarter without obtaining permission. He even pointed out that the colleagues who had liked the video on social media also faced wrath of the authority.

In fact, everytime I complained or brought such issues to higher officials, I either faced transfer or humiliation,

he said.

Before posting the video, I tried to contact the DG prison, Somesh Goyal, IPS, through social media. I left a message for him on his Facebook profile, but didn’t receive any response. He is an honest and active officer. I don’t know why he isn’t responding. I want him to come to the prison and take a round in the presence of media to confirm my allegations,

told Bhanu to HW.

The department has not come out with any statement and seems to be sweating to hush the matter. However, the cop seeks support of people and honest officials to bring the matter to justice.

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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Kinnaur Landslide: 14 Bodies Recovered in 30 Hours, Several Still Missing

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Kinnaur: Landslide in Kinnaur district is unfolding as one of the biggest catastrophe in Himachal Pradesh as the of fatality count continues to rise. After 30 hours of the rescue operation, which was hampered multiple times due to shooting stones at the site, 14 dead bodies had been recovered till the suspension of the operation on Thursday evening. While 10 bodies were recovered on Wednesday, four more were exhumed from the rubble on Thursday.

As many as 15 persons were rescued and taken to Bhavanagar CHC for treatment.

The wreckage of the HP Road Transport Corporation bus was found scattered about 500 meters below the National Highway-5 in Nigulsari – the site of the massive landslide. The condition of the wreckage suggested there was little hope of survival of any passenger. The distraught relatives of the missing persons remained at the site, grieving with diminishing hope to see their family members alive as the rescue operation for today was suspended.

Kinnaur HRTC Bus wreckage

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The state of exhumed bodies added to the horror of the families, as well as, the rescuers. Some of the bodies were in such a state that their identification was next to impossible. While some bodies had their limbs cut off, one of them was found without the head.

As the rescue operation would be entering its third day on Friday, the death toll is likely to rise as the driver of the bus, who had survived the accident and was seriously injured, had estimated that 25-30 passengers were onboard when the landslide pushed it down the NH.

Further, there is still no sign of one vehicle (Bolero SUV), informed Director, State Disaster Management, Sudesh Kumar Mokhta. The exact number of people feared to be buried under the rubble was yet to be ascertained. According to the district administration, based on calls received from families, the number of missing people could be anywhere between 30-50.

Kinnaur rescue operation resumes

Meanwhile, some family members of the missing persons complained that while the rescue operation was initiated immediately from the Negulsari side, JCB machines took over five hours to reach the spot from the Chauri side. They complained that such a big delay was crucial and could have saved more lives.

It’s pertinent to mention that the HRTC bus had remained untraceable on Wednesday and the wreckage was found on the second day of the rescue operation. However, most passengers were yet to be traced.  

According to the Deputy Commandant, ITBP, Dharmender Thakur, shooting stones and sliding rubble posed a huge challenge for the rescue teams, which comprised of hundreds of personnel of NDRF, ITBP, Home-Guards, local police, and CISF. Undertaking this operation on a steep slope further created difficult circumstances for the teams. The lives of the rescuers were also at risk as the site remained vulnerable to reactivation of landslide.

This landslide in the Kinnaur district has become a matter of debate for geologists, environmentalists, seismologists and climatologists. Unscientific cutting of fragile mountains and blasting for the widening of roads and construction of tunnels for hydropower projects, changing patterns of rains, and seismic activity are being referred to be the reasons behind the increased incidents of landslides, especially in Kinnaur district.

At the same time, the inability of the state government to consider technical suggestions given by geological experts from time to time for mitigation of such hazards is also finding mention in the critical comments given by experts. The lackadaisical attitude of the government in the adoption of technologies, such as the early warning system developed by the IIT Mandi for mountainous regions vulnerable to landslides, is also attracting criticism.

It’s pertinent to mention that after the Kotrupi disaster – a massive landslide that had buried two buses and claimed 48 lives in August 2017-experts from IIT Mandi had carried out surveys and studies and provided several suggestions for minimizing damages, which fell into deaf ears.  

The deceased were identified as:

  1. Rohit Kumar
  2. Vanshuka
  3. Meera Devi
  4. Nitisha
  5. Prem Kumar
  6. Gyan Dassi
  7. Devi Chand
  8. Kumari Radhika
  9. Bhupender
  10. Kamlesh Kumar
  11. Lakshman Thapa
  12. Vijay Kumar

Two others were yet to be identified. The state government has announced ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of the deceased and Rs 5o thousand to the injured. HRTC has also announced Rs. 1 lakh ex-gratia to the passengers of the bus killed in the mishap. 

Further, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur and several other political leader visited the spot and met the relatives of victims on Thursday. 

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Kinnaur Tragedy: HRTC Bus Wreckage Found, Death Toll Rises to 13 and Likely Rise

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Kinnaur HRTC Bus wreckage

Kinnaur-The rescue operation at the site of the landslide in Nigulsari, Nichar Tehsil of the Kinnaur district, was resumed on Thursday morning. The wreckage of the ill-fated bus of the HP Road Transport Corporation was found 500 meters below the road and about 200 meters above the Sutlej River. The pictures showed that the bus was completely crushed and torn to pieces. 

So far, 13 dead bodies had been recovered and 14 injured including the driver and the conductor of the HRTC bus, which was on its way from Reckong Peo to Haridwar, were rescued and taken to hospital. The death toll is likely to rise as the passengers were yet to be traced. According to the driver, there were 25-30 passengers in the bus when it was hit by the landslide. A Bolero SUV alongwith passengers was also missing and was yet to be traced.  

Kinnaur rescue operation resumes

The mishap occurred at about 12:30 pm on Wednesday. The rescue operation was suspended at 9 pm due to dark conditions and shooting stones, which made the rescue operation difficult.

Till the suspension of the operation, the rescue teams comprising of NDRF, ITBP, Home-Guards, Central Industrial Security Force, and local police had traced three cars and a tipper.  

The rescue teams were searching from two directions and were using drones too.   

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The landslide had hit about 200 meters patch of the National Highway-5 – about 10 kilometres away from Bhavanagar.

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Kinnaur Tragedy: 10 Bodies Recovered, Still No Trace of HRTC Bus, 50-60 Persons Feared to be Missing

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Kinnaur: The rescue operation at the site of the landslide in Nigulsari, Nichar Tehsil of the Kinnaur district, was suspended at 9 pm on Wednesday due to dark conditions and shooting stones, which made the rescue operation difficult. The rescue operation would be resumed on Thursday morning, according to the information provided by the district administration.

So far, 10 dead bodies, including those of five women and a child, had been recovered and 13 injured were rescued and taken to CHC Bhavnagar. Though the exact number was not known, 50-60 persons were feared to be buried and were yet to be traced.  

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Source: ITBP

The rescue teams comprising of state NDRF, ITBP, Home-Guards, Central Industrial Security Force, and local police had been carrying out the rescue operation aggressively.

The HRTC bus carrying 25-30 passengers and a Bolero SUV were still untraceable. As earth removers removed the rubble, two cars and a truck were traced, but the bus and the SUV weren’t found beneath the rubble. It’s being suspected that rubble and boulders might have pushed the bus and the SUV down the gorge and into the Sutlej River.

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Source: ITBP

The HRTC bus and a utility vehicle (a Bolero) and their passengers have not been found under the debris. They are still untraceable. Both vehicles may have rolled down with the debris,” informed Director, State Disaster Management Force, Sudesh Kumar Mokhta.

The rescue teams were searching from two directions and were using drone too, informed Deputy Commissioner, Kinnaur, Abid Hussain Sadiq.    

Kinnaur rescue operation pictures

Source: ITBP

The landslide had hit about 200 meters patch of the National Highway-5 – about 10 kilometers away from Bhavanagar. The ill-fated bus was reportedly on its way from Reckong Peo to Haridwar in Uttarakhand via Shimla.

Kinnaur tragedy drone picture

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The survivors included the drivers of the bus, Mahender Pal, who had first informed his higher officials about the landslide, and the conductor, Gulab Singh.

Meanwhile, ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh was announced for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50 thousand for the injured.

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The landslide has again stirred a debate over ecological damages to the fragile Himalayan region due to rampant blasting and tunneling for hydropower projects and cutting of hills for the widening of roads in an unscientific manner. As compared to the previous year, landslides and cloudbursts doubled in 2o21.

Earlier, on July 25, a landslide had claimed nine lives after boulders rolling down a hill hit a tourist vehicle on Sangla-Chitkul NH in the Batseri region in Kinnaur district. 

According to the statement given in the Legislative Assembly, the ongoing monsoon session has claimed 212 lives and caused damages worth over Rs. 500 crores. The death tally would rise as the rescue operation would be resumed tomorrow.

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