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HP Congress MLA carrying out illegal mining, tree felling, drug trafficking and caused Rs. 200 crore loss to State: Ram Lal Thakur

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BILASPUR– Congress MLA from district Bilaspur, Bambar Thakur, who had been making headlines for his alleged ‘Gunda Raj’ in Bilaspur district, now faced serious allegations of corruption from the General Secretary of Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee, Ram Lal Thakur, who has also demanded CBI inquiry. While talking to media persons at the Circuit house here on Monday, Ram Lal Thakur, assuring that he has sufficient evidences, alleged the Bilaspur MLA of causing a loss of about Rs. 200 crore to the State during last four years. He has direct association with mining mafia and forest mafia, he further added.

Thakur said that Bambar Thakur is causing crucial damage to the image of the Congress party in Himachal due to his direct involvement in such corrupt practices to amass illegal monetary assets. Ram Lal said that he had approached the HPCC President and the Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to take action against the legislator, however, both remained silent while Bambar Singh still continue with his illegal activities. The district police, he said, is also providing protection to the legislator despite protest from people against his ‘gundagardi’.

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Thakur said that the relations of the Bambar with drug mafia in Punjab aren’t any secret either. The Bilaspur legislator has devoured lakhs of rupees as commission from four lane officials, he alleged. Also, despite prohibition on mining in certain locations in the district, huge amount of gravel and sand is being supplied illegally for construction of four-lane. Over 100 trucks are deployed in transportation of mining material while there is no record of money generated on the name of M-Form. Moreover, these trucks mostly belong to BJP leaders who are friends with Bambar Thakur.

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Further, he alleged that Bambar Singh has been carrying out axing of Khair (Acacia chundra) trees in Kothipur, Panjgayin, Naina Devi etc. in association with forest mafia.

Ram Lal Thakur said that he will not remain silent about the internal enemies of the party. He referred to Bambar’s repeated bullying behavior like misbehavior with the female RTO officer, threats to doctors, and manhandling a DFO who tried to stop the MLA from carrying out illegal activity on government land.

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The officers have either got themselves transferred from Bilaspur or even quit their job owing to typical goon-like behavior of Bambar Thakur.

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Very recently, the Vice-President of National Kisan Morcha and former MLA, Suresh Chandel, had alleged that Bambar Thakur be-fooled people by inaugurating a link road connecting main Kandror – Harlog (कंदरौर-हरलोग) road to jarloo-Tyamar-Bhyatar(जरलू-तयामर-भ्यातर) on May 31, 2017, that was built about 13 years ago. MLA even claimed allotment of Rs. 200 funds for the maintenance of the road which was not true, Chandel had told media in a statement.

It’s noticeable that Bambar Thakur had been giving controversial statements in media against Ram Lal Thakur and had even labeled some allegations against him. After remaining silent for a while, now Ram Lal has also opened attack against the Congress legislator. The differences between the Chief Minister and the HPCC President are already haunting the party. With these allegations, the internal differences between Congressmen in poll bound Himachal are clearly visible. 

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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Bad Weather Warning for Himachal, Tourists and Locals Advised Not to Venture into Higher Hills

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for middle and lower hills on October 17th and 18th. The Met has also issued orange and yellow alerts for various districts.

Meanwhile, heavy snowfall has been predicted in higher hills and advisory has been issued for both locals and tourists to avoid travelling to higher hills.

While a yellow alert with a prediction of thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places has been issued for Una and Hamirpur district on October 17, an orange alert with a prediction of heavy rainfall, thunderstorm, lightning and hailstorm at isolated places has been issued for Bilaspur, Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, and Kinnaur.

For October 18, a yellow alert has been issued for Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, and Kullu districts and an orange alert for the remaining districts.

The Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul-Spiti, warned that in view of the Met Department’s forecast for the next two days, locals and tourists should avoid Manali-Leh National Highway (NH-03) and refrain from venturing into higher hills.

In case, travel is unavoidable due to some compelling circumstances, such candidates have been asked to confirm weather and road conditions on given telephone numbers, which are 9459661355, 01900-202509, 510, 517 and 1077.

The DC also informed that in case of any emergency, people should contact the District Disaster Management Cell, Lahaul-Spiti, on 01900 202509, 510, 517, and Tall Free -1077.

The weather is predicted to be dry on October 19 and 20. 

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Haryana Tourists Fire Bullets in Air at Hatu Mata Temple, Brandish Rifle, Manhandle Priest

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Shimla-Following regular instances of hooliganism and assaults with weapons by tourists from neighbouring states, especially Punjab and Haryana, the Himachal Pradesh Police had announced regular checking of tourist vehicles on borders to prevent them from carrying weapons into the state. However, the tourists continue to bring weapons, including firearms, into the state.   

In a fresh incident, some tourists from Haryana on October 13, 2021, reportedly fired bullets in the air near the Hatu Mata Temple, Narkanda.  On hearing the sound of gunshots, the priest of the temple, Lalit Sharma, approached these tourists and objected to it. The tourists allegedly grabbed him by the neck and gave him life threats.

The priest freed himself somehow and immediately informed the temple committee about the incident. A member of the temple committee also informed the local police.

The priest said that a special pooja (worship) was organized at the temple on the occasion of Durga Ashtami and a large number of people was present inside the premises to participate in the pooja. This incident created panic among these devotees.

A taxi driver, Shravan Kumar, told police that two cars – HR 16X-3753 MG Hector & PB 26G-5555 Fortuner- were parked in the middle of the Hatu Mata link road, blocking the traffic. The tourists in these vehicles were brandishing guns and creating a nuisance. A short video clip showing one of these men brandishing a gun from their vehicle has also appeared. It was speculated that these men were intoxicated. 

Later, the local police arrived at the scene and apprehended about eight tourists for questioning. The police recovered a pistol, a rifle, and a dozen of bullets from the men. Cases were filed against two of them. When inquired in front of the temple committee, the two tourists told the police their names and addresses. They were identified as Kuldeep, 37, of Tehsil Lauharu, District Bhiwani, Haryana,  and Abhishek Kumar, 27, of district Bhawani, Harayana.

A case was filed at the Police Station, Kumarsain under Section 336, 34 of IPC and 25-54/59 of the Arms Act. The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rampur, Chandrashekhar confirmed the report.

The temple committee has expressed concern over the incident and asked the police and the district administration to take stringent action against these men for hooliganism and creating a nuisance. The committee also urged that steps should be taken to prevent such incidents in the future.

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New Chief Justice of HP High Court Justice Mohammad Rafiq Takes Oath

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Shimla-The new Chief Justice of Himachal Pradesh High Court, Justice Mohammad Rafiq, was today administered the oath of office by Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar in a ceremony held at Raj Bhawan.

Justice Mohammad Rafiq was born on 25th May 1960 at Sujangarh in the Churu district of Rajasthan. He completed B.Com in 1980, LL.B in 1984 and M.Com in 1986 from the University of Rajasthan.

He, later on, joined the Bar and practised as an Advocate after enrolment with the Bar Council of Rajasthan on 8th July 1984. He practised exclusively in Rajasthan High Court at Jaipur in almost all branches of law and specially conducted constitutional matters, service matters, land acquisition cases, land revenue cases, preventive detention cases, customs & excise matters, railway claims cases, tax matters, company matters and criminal matters before the High Court.

He worked as Assistant Government Advocate for the State of Rajasthan from 15th July 1986 to 21st December 1987 and Deputy Government Advocate from 22nd December 1987 to 29th June 1990. He appeared before the High Court as panel advocate for various Departments of the State Government for five years i.e. from 1993 to 1998.

He also represented the Union of India as Standing Counsel from 1992 to 2001 before the High Court. He also represented the Indian Railways, Rajasthan State Pollution Control Board, Rajasthan Board of Muslim Wakfs, Jaipur Development Authority, Rajasthan Housing Board and Jaipur Municipal Corporation before the Rajasthan High Court.

He was appointed as Additional Advocate General for the State of Rajasthan on 7th January 1999 and worked as such till his elevation to the Bench. He was appointed as Judge of the Rajasthan High Court on 15th May 2006. He also worked as Acting Chief Justice of Rajasthan High Court twice; from 7th April 2019 to 4th May 2019 and from 23rd September 2019 to 5th October 2019. He was also the Executive Chairman of the Rajasthan State Legal Services Authority and the Administrative Judge of the Rajasthan High Court before elevation as the Chief Justice. He was the Chief Justice of the High Court of Meghalaya from 13th November 2019 to 26th April 2020. Justice Mohammad Rafiq was administered the oath of office of the Chief Justice of Orissa High Court on 27th April 2020, on being transferred from the Meghalaya High Court. He was administered the oath of office of the Chief Justice of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh on 3rd January 2021, on being transferred from the Orissa High Court.

The ceremony took place at the Darbar Hall of Raj Bhawan, where Chief Secretary Ram Subhag Singh conducted the proceedings of the oath ceremony and read out the notification issued by the Government of India, Ministry of Law and Justice regarding the transfer of Justice Mohammad Rafiq as Chief Justice of the HP High Court.

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