HP Cabinet decision: Forest Guard Hoshyar’s grandmother to get life-time salary
Shimla – The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet, in its meeting held on Monday, decided to grant an amount equivalent to life-time salary of Forest Guard Hoshiar Singh to his grandmother, Mrs. Hirdi Devi, considering it as a special case.
The cabinet said the decision was taken considering the exceptional circumstances of his death while posted in Katanda forest beat.
The relief was announced when the state government is facing public anger over the mysterious death of the guard. The questions were raised over deteriorating law and order, and alleged patronage of government to forest mafia.
The entire Kasog region was shaken by protests staged by locals over lousy attitude of local police and forest department.
The ongoing controversy over unfair investigation in gangrape and murder case of a 16-year-old girl in Kotkhai further fueled distress among people.
Hoshiyar Singh still awaits justice, but decision is expected to bring some relief to the grandmother. The government would also hope the decision would calm down people and media.
The body of the 22-years-old guard was found hanging upside down from a tree in Seri-Katanda forest beat of Karsog division, Shimla, on July 9. He was missing for last five days.
A diary and some suicide notes recovered from the spot and from the residence of the guard brought attention of people toward blatant corruption in government machinery.
Police had arrested six people including the Block Officerpe mentioned in the diary and the suicide notes. Other five include Ghanshyam Das, a resident of Sheri-Katada village, Het Ram, a resident of Shilli Sheri village, Anil Kumar a resident of Daradi village, Lab Singh, a resident of Shilli Sheri village, and Firdari Lal
People remain unconvinced that the deceased guard self-administered poison and then climbed up a tree to hang himself upside down. People also believe that police isn’t conducting fare probe due to influence of forest mafia.
The uncle of the deceased guard and locals allege conspiracy as forest department is itself involved in illegal trade of timber.
Though, the government had referred the case to CID and constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) headed by DSP (CID) BhopinderBragta, the relatives of the deceased guard, forest staff, and locals are continuously protesting over demand of CBI inquiry.