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Shimla councillor assault case: All 4 arrested accused released on bail

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SHIMLA- In regard to case of assault on councillor in Shimla town, four arrested men have been released on bail after questioning. Yesterday, Shimla Police had arrested four out of six people who were mentioned in the FIR registered on July 3 by victim Sanjay Parmar, elected councillor of Kachi Ghati Ward of Shimla Municipal Corporation.

Parmar was allegedly assaulted by four accused, identified as Amit Kohli, Jitender, Gattu, Rohal with two others. In the FIR, Parmar has stated that he was returning from Chandigarh and another person, Nitin Madotra, also accompanied him.

He alleged that six men, including four identified accused, intercepted his car near Sonu Bungalow in Shimla, pulled out them from their vehicle and thrashed them brutally. They were using vulgar language while beating him and threatening repeatedly. The case is being investigated by ASI Bhagat Ram, I/O PS Shimla West. The accused were booked under Section 47, 149, 323, 504, 506 of IPC.

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In media statements, Parmar alleged that all six men are workers of Youth Congress who assaulted him for joining BJP after winning election for the seat of councillor. He termed it a pre-planned attack on the behest of Vikramaditya, son of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and President of Youth Congress, Himachal Pradesh. All six men were repeatedly reminding him that he had betrayed Vikramadiya, Parmar told media. 

He further alleged that arrested men are workers of Youth Congress, and they were campaigning for him prior to SMC elections. Parmar has demanded police security claiming he was given life threats by accused. He also alleged that the sole eyewitness, who was present with him, was also given life threat and warned of not giving any statement to police regarding the assault. 

However, no statement has been released by Congress or Youth Congress in response to these allegation.

Enraged over this incident, State unit of Bhartiya Janata Party, several party leaders, and workers had staged protest at the CTO Shimla on Tuesday evening demanding action against culprits. The workers also submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Shimla. The workers demanded charging culprits with Section 307 (attempt to murder) as police charged them with only bailable charges.

Former Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal, also criticised the attack, and said the Congress doesn’t have any belief in democratic system. Rather, Congress, afraid of BJP’s victories in various Assembly Elections, has taken to dictatorship.

Suresh Bhardwaj, BJP MLA from Shimla, termed it as an expression of frustration after losing SMC polls. He said CM Virbhadra, who is facing serious corruption charges, has lost three out of four seats in his own constituency. Frustrated over its failure on every front, Congress has now taken to hooliganism, and has resorted to ‘gundagardi’, he said.

Police is trying to protect the culprits, and it’s evident from the fact that Parmar’s medical report didn’t mention fracture that he sustained on his nose, BJP alleged. Police took over six hours to conduct the medical so that facts could be manipulated to save the culprits, he said. 

BJP  Spokesperson, Dr. Rajeev Bindal termed it as gundaraj of Congress government. It’s an attack on democracy, he said. Parmar is an elected candidate, and it’s matter of shame that a public representative isn’t safe in Himachal. The government is involved and the attack was pre-planed, he further alleged.

Former Horticulture Minister, Narinder Bragta, also lashed out at the Congress government, and said that law and order condition has deteriorated and the attack on the Councillor is clear evidence of it. Mafia raj has flourished throughout the state during the five year tenure of the Congress government. Current government is providing patronage to mafia, he alleged.

Goons of Youth Congress have launched similar attacks on BJP earlier too, in which a senior party worker had lost his eye. On the day of MC poll results too, Congress goons had attacked BJP workers, a case regarding which was registered and is under investigation, said BJP.

 

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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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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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