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Fresh brawl over human sacrifice rumors in Mandi as villagers express dissatisfaction with investigation

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Meanwhile, a Hindi daily reports, a woman, Bhishma Devi, has appeared alleging the suspected man of offering her money to lure the girl to his house during a ‘pooja’(religious ceremony).

MANDI- The case of human sacrifice rumors in Gohar region of Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh, continues to keep the police and administration on their toes. The case was earlier considered closed as the girl had changed her statement that she had reportedly given in a video earlier. The case has taken a strange twist as villagers on Saturday evening again gathered in front the house of the man alleged of planning the sacrifice of the girl, a class VIII student. The Villagers said that the suspected man had again started work on the pit hole that was suggested as the site of sacrifice by the girl in the video. Villagers suggested that the man was allegedly chasing rumors of a treasure buried beneath the land. They still suspect possible planning of human sacrifice to complete a ritual. The villagers alleged that the police isn’t taking the matter seriously, and is trying to wash its hands-off without proper investigation. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Janjheli, had to arrive at the spot to calm down the situation.

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A video had started the rumors and chattering in the region regarding possible human sacrifice of a girl child in a tantrik (oculist) ritual. In the video, the girl was reportedly seen and heard narrating the allegations in which she had spoken about visit to the place of possible sacrifice. Now, on the complaint of the mother, the police have registered an FIR against the person who had recorded the video clip. The person was booked under the Section 74 and 75 of Juvenile Justice Act and IPC Section 341.

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Earlier, the Child Welfare Committee had taken the statement of the girl and her parents on Friday. Afterwards the girl was handed over to her parents. The authorities believed it was just a rumor. The villagers, however, alleged that the suspected man again started digging a pit.

About six workers involved in construction work at the house were also questioned by the SDM.

Meanwhile, a Hindi daily reports, a woman, Bhishma Devi, has appeared alleging the suspected man of offering her money to lure the girl to his house during a ‘pooja’(religious ceremony). The woman also alleged the man of using false language with her and giving life threats. The daily also reported a scuffle between the woman and the suspected man.

With appearance of the woman and the girl’s refuting from the statement she was seen giving in the said video has created confusion whether the video was just a mischief or a conspiracy due to personal grudges. The SDM has directed the Gohar Police to conduct proper investigation to bring out the truth. The arrest and questioning from the man who had recorded the video is expected to bring out more facts related to the case.

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Shimla, Manali Receive Season’s First Spell of Snow, Cheers Tourism Industry

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Shimla-First spell of snow in Shimla’s tourist destinations, Narkanda and Kufri, has cheered the tourism industry as it would increase the footfall of tourists. Similarly, higher parts of Manali also reported a light spell of snow on Sunday evening. Lahaul-Spiti, however, reportedly witnessed heavy snowfall and Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, was closed for traffic. Parts of the Kinnaur district also recorded a spell of snow.

Chopal in Shimla had received 2-3 inches of snow, while Dodra Kwar recorded one foot of snow, according to the Met Department.

In Kullu, Jalori Pass had received 3 inches of snow, Rohtang top 2.5 feet, and Atal Tunnel 1.5 feet.

In Lahaul-Spiti, Koksar/Sissu had recorded 18 inches of snow, Keylong 8 inches, Darcha 12 inches, Udaipur 4 inches, Tindi 2 inches, Kaza 1 inch, and Lossar 2 inches of snow.

In Kinnaur, Chitkul had recorded 15.4 cms of snow, Kalpa 5 cms, and Sangla 7.62 cms. Nichar also received a light spell.

This change in weather has triggered a cold wave across the state. Further, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department had issued a yellow alert for December 5, 2021. The Met has predicted rain and snow on December 6 too. While the weather is predicted to be dry on December 8, the state could witness more rain and snow on December 7 and December 9, according to the Met Department.

Most roads, except in Lahaul-Spiti, remain open to traffic movement, the district administrations of Shimla and Kullu confirmed. Further, the administrations said preparations are being made to keep the roads clear in case of heavy snowfall.

This tourist season is crucial for the hospitality industry which was worst hit by the pandemic induced restrictions. However, the entry of Omicron – the new variant of Covid-19 that has been termed as a variant of concern by the WHO-haunts the season. India had reported as many as 21 cases of Omicron till Sunday. If the HP Government decides to impose restrictions on the entry of the domestic tourist in view of the spread of the new variant, the hospitality industry could again face losses.  

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Himachal Achieves 100% Vaccination Target, OPD at AIIMS, Bilaspur, Inaugurated   

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has achieved the 100 percent target of the second dose of Covid vaccination, the State government informed on Sunday.  Himachal Pradesh has become the first State of the country in achieving the target of cent per cent vaccination of targeted eligible age group, it informed.  

According to the HP Government, all eligible 53,86,393 adults have been administered the second dose of the vaccine.

District-Wise Vaccination Details

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Number of People Vaccinated 

Bilaspur  318150
Chamba 352605
Hamirpur 361954
Kangra 1140439
Kinnaur 68460
Kullu 322643
Lahaul-Spiti 25494
Mandi 738818
Shimla 634019
Sirmaru 410187
Solan 584326
Una 429298

A complete vaccination was performed first in the inaccessible areas and tribal areas of the state and Kinnaur district became the first district in the entire country to administer the second dose of the vaccine to all eligible adults, the government informed.

On this occasion, Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Member of Parliament and National BJP President, also addressed a felicitation ceremony of Covid Vaccination Workers at Bilaspur on Sunday.

Nadda also dedicated the first OPD at AIIMS Kothipura in Bilaspur. The AIIMS Bilaspur would be made fully functional within the next six months, said Nadda.

 

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JP Nadda at AIIMS Bilaspur

He said that the foundation stone of this institution was laid about three years back and it would have been completed a year ago, but the pace was affected due to the corona pandemic. He said that Himachal Pradesh has got an Rs. 500 crore Satellite centre of PGI Chandigarh at Una.

He also congratulated the State Government, doctors, health care workers and all the frontline workers for achieving this unique feat. 

Union Minister of Health, Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh were also present on the occasion

 

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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