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HRTC RM walks free in drug trafficking case, labels shocking allegations against Shimla Police SP

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Shimla – As another blow to the credibility of the Himachal Pradesh Police Department, ex-Regional Manager, Solan district, who was nabbed by the police for alleged drug trafficking in his official vehicle, walked free as he was acquitted by the court.

The forensic report said the 4.400 kg substance found in the vehicle was just baking soda, not Chitta.

Mahender Rana (51) leveled serious allegations of conspiracy against him by then SP Shimla. He said he would approach the court with a defamation suit of Rs. 50 lakhs against the police official.

The allegations were made at a time when the HP Police is in controversy for alleged shoddy work in the investigation of the Hoshiyar Singh case and Kotkhai rape and murder of a 16-year-old school girl.

In a press conference held yesterday after his rejoining as the Regional Manager Traffic, Mahender labeled shocking allegations against the police saying he was asked to pay Rs. 5 to 7 lakh as bribe.

He alleged that police stopped the vehicle he was traveling in, thrashed him, and falsely framed him. At the Boileauganj Police Station, Deputy Superintendent, Shimla, Ratan Singh Negi, also thrashed him, he alleged.

Mahender said he would soon release a video showing the Station House Officer asking him to pay Rs. 5 lakh. He said he was not traveling from Solan to Shimla. The day he was arrested he was on his way to Solan from Shimla with his friends, he said.

He wasn’t traveling in his official car as claimed by the police, he said. His car, Mahender claimed, is equipped with GPS Service and, with evidence, he would prove that his car was parked near the Boileauganj Police Station at 10 PM and wasn’t moved for days.

Police had claimed the bag seized from the car belonged to him, he said. But the bag belonged to another person (Vikas) who was also present in the car, he alleged

As per the FIR registered by the Shimla Police, on the night of April 30, 2017, a team was on patrolling at Khbara Chowki near Shoghi. At about 12:45 AM, said government vehicle (Bolero – HP-64A-0336) intercepted for checking. The vehicle was carrying four persons excluding the driver namely Mahender Singh, 51, (Dharamshala), Regional Manager in HRTC, Solan, Vikas, 31 (Dharamshala) Rajiv, 30 (Kangra), and Gyasudeen, 30 (J&K). A case was registered against the said people under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS), 1985.

The Transport Minister GS Bali, in a press statement, had ordered the suspension of the arrested RM. The minister had said the Mahender have faced suspended earlier, too, following financial irregularities worth Rs. 35 lakh while he was posted in Dharamshala.

No statement was issued by the police officials in this regard so far. 

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Himachal: Seven COVID-19 Deaths, 395 New Cases in a Day

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Shimla-On Thursday, Himachal Pradesh reported 395 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection. Seven fresh casualties were reported, taking the COVID-19 death tally in the state to 96. According to the official Bulletin released by the Health Department for September 17, 2020 (9 PM), the total for the state has risen to 11190, of which 4145 are active cases and 6919 had recovered.  

Seven fatalities also included a 14-year-old male from Shimla. He was a patient of Burkitt’s Lymphoma. Remaining six aged between 50-82 years.  As per the Health Department’s official Bulletin, all seven patients had pre-existing medical conditions like Diabetes Mellitus, severe Sepsis, severe ARDS, Hypertension etc.  

Details of COVID-19 Fatalities on September 17 (till 9 PM)

covid-19 deaths in himachal pradesh on september 17, 2020-

Among Thursday’s cases, Sirmaur reported the highest 82 cases, followed by Kangra (76), Mandi (70), Solan (49), Una (38), Shimla (30), Lahaul-Spiti (15), Kullu (13), Bilaspur (12), Chamba (7), and Hamirpur (3).

Further, Solan has reported the highest number of cases (2525), and Kangra district has reported the highest number of casualties (20), followed by Solan (18), and Shimla (17).

For more statistics from all districts, view the table given below:

Himachal Pradesh-september 17, 2020, covid-19 update

Several media persons complained that the Health Officials have even stopped taking their calls and release required information. The Chief Minister, in today’s Vidhan Sabha session, compared fatality rate of Himachal Pradesh (0.8%) with the national rate (1.64%) and states having larger population like Punjab (2.8%). He claimed the state government was comfortable with the situation and rising number of cases. He said five make-shift COVID-19 hospitals, which are yet to be established, would take care of the rise in cases.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Jairam Thakur today patted his own back by releasing an e-book “Sewa Hi Sangathan” brought out by the State BJP.

In this book, BJP has claimed that various initiatives and steps were taken by the party to effectively tacking the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Minister also termed the “Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan” as a success and went on to say that it has stabilized rural economy of the country and the State during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Defending the decision to lift all restrictions on inter-state movement of people, including tourists, amid a community spread, he termed it a necessary step to revive the state economy. In a way, the government has made it clear that the people would have to learn to live with COVID-19.

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Himachal: 460 New COVID-19 Cases with One More Death, Situation to Worsen as State Borders Open for All

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday reported a single-day spike of 460 COVID-19 cases with one death, confirmed the state Health Department. According to the latest update (9 PM), Solan district (117) had reported the highest number of cases. Remaining cases were reported from Kangra (92), Mandi (58), Shimla (51), Lahaul-Spiti (46), Una (31), Kinnaur (14), Sirmaur (14), Bilaspur (13), Chamba (12), Kullu (8), and Hamirpur (4).

The COVID-19 tally has now reached 10795, of which 4146 are active, 6531 recovered, and 89 died.

HP Health Department’s COVID-19 Bulletin for September 15, 2020 (9 PM)

Himachal Pradesh daily covid19 update september 16

The number is likely to witness a huge surge as the state government has removed all restrictions on the inter-state movement of people. No permission or registration of any sorts is required to enter the state. Tourists won’t need to present a COVID-19 report and advance booking to enter the state. At the time of the writing, a large number of tourists and other people had already entered the state as the borders were opened today evening.

Also Read: No E-Pass, No COVID-19 Negative Report, No Registration Needed to Enter State

Tourists are happy with the decision. According to a media report, earlier tourists reaching state borders without registration were being tricked to pay Rs. 300 to register and enter the state.  It was later that they found out that registration process was free of any charges. 

Inter-state bus services are also expected to resume operation soon.

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Himachal: No E-Pass, No COVID-19 Negative Report, No Registration Needed to Enter State

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Tourist entry in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla-Borders of Himachal Pradesh are now open to all including tourists without any restriction at all. The state government has issued a notification today regarding the same. The decision has been taken in a time when the state has already entered in the ‘community spread phase’ and both the number of positive cases, as well as, the mortality rate is rising at an alarming rate.

As per the notification,

“There shall be no requirement of registration for inter-state and intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/approval/e-permit will be required for such movements. However, inter-state movement of public transport buses shall be operated only as per the SOPs to be issued by the Department of Transport, Himachal Pradesh, after ensuring full readiness to comply with the SOPs.”

The notification came following the decision taken in a meeting of the state Cabinet on September 15, 2020. At the same time, the government maintained that the quarantine rules would still apply except for those carrying COVID-19 negative report. 

The government said the step was taken on repeated appeals of the Centre government and several sections of the people. This step would boost economic activities, the government said.

The government has also changed the ‘discharge policy’ for COVID-19 patients. The government said that it would now implement ‘Discharge Policy framed by the ICMR and the Centre government. Now, those patients who would be found asymptomatic after 10 days, would be discharged without any test. They’ll be asked to home-quarantine for seven days.    

The government said make-shift hospitals would be established at five places – Shimla, Tanda, Nalagarh Una, and Nahan. Each hospital would have a capacity of 50 beds.

Changes have also been approved in the policy for allowing opening of new nursing institute in the state. Only institutes having a hospital (100 bed) would be permitted to open nursing colleges. The GNM course would be discontinued after the 2020-21 session. Already running institutes would need to apply for conversion of this course into B.Sc Nursing. The government also decided that except for M.Sc nursing courses, no other course would be granted fresh attachment to government hospitals.

Meanwhile, during today’s session of the state Legislative Assembly, Chief Minister Jairam said that the rise in COVID-19 cases was inevitable with the steps taken by the government to revive economic activities.

He claimed the government has taken all necessary steps to contain the spread of coronavirus. He claimed that the government is well-prepared to deal with the rising number of cases. ICU beds, oxygen, supporting beds and other equipment in sufficient quantities.

The Chief Minister compared the situation of the state to bigger states/union territories like Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan etc. in a failed attempt to convince the opposition during the session that the state government was doing better than others. The opposition commented that the government has left the people of the state on their own.

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