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Mandi tragedy: 46 bodies recovered, rescue op underway ( Pictures)

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The public is reacting against access tempering with fragile ecology of the region. People are criticizing access excavation of mountains for the widening of the roads. Unscientific cutting of hills on the name of development is literally paving way for the graves of people.

Mandi – The tragic incident of the landslide on the National Highway 154 in Mandi district has come as a shock to rest of the State as the news reports begun to appear on media, online news portals, and social media.

Deputy Commissioner, Mandi, Sandeep Kadam informed that 46 bodies were recovered so far. The rescue operation is underway and the death toll could rise. 

 

Some of them were identified as follows:

Mandi landslide death toll

DC Mandi

After extensive efforts, the rescue teams recovered the mangled chassis of the bus traveling on Manali-Katra (Jammu) route. However, the other bus traveling from Chamba to Manali was difficult to trace as it was completely buried beneath huge mounds of debris and rocks.

Mandi landslide rescue operation

DC Mandi

As per the fresh government reports, eight passengers were traveling in this bus. Out of eight, three were killed and five sustained injuries. The injured were rescued and admitted at the Zonal Hospital Mandi. Two of the injured have been discharged from the hospital.

As per the last reports received by the time of writing, second bus (Chamba-Manali) that also rolled down the gorge was completely buried but was traced after extensive efforts. Over 40 bodies were recovered from this bus. As per the district administration, the death toll could rise as about 47 passengers were traveling in this bus.

As per the district administration, the death toll could rise as about 47 passengers were traveling in this bus. The bus is buried beneath the debris for over 15 hours now.

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DC Mandi

The army, local police, National Disaster Relief Force, homegaurds and locals are tirelessly working to remove huge mound of mud and rocks. The Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Transport Minister GS Bali, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Anil Sharma and Health Minister Kaul Singh also reached the spot.
virbhadra Singh in Mandi

HP CM announced the ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for next of kin of the deceased. The administration will also bear the entire expenditure of the treatment of the injured.

Last night (between 12 to 1 AM), two buses of the Himachal Pradesh Road Corporation, some other vehicles, and a few residential buildings were swept away by a massive landslide near Kotrupi of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh. The buses were swept about one kilometer down a gorge. The mounds of debris were so huge that the administration was not sure about the number of missing people or missing vehicles.

Meanwhile, the public is reacting against access tempering with fragile ecology of the region. People are criticizing access excavation of mountains for the widening of the roads. Unscientific cutting of hills on the name of development is turning out to be a grave for humans.

Mandi landslide photos

Photo: Hindustan Times

himachal landslide photos

Photo: AP

 

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Shimla Police nabs Nigerian man with 25 grams Chitta

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Nigerian man arrested by shimla police with chitta

Shimla: With the assistance of the Delhi Police, the district police has arrested a Nigerian national Kra Basile for alleged involvement in drug peddling to Shimla.

A team led by the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shimla (City), Dinesh Sharma, also recovered 25 grams of Chitta (heroin) from his possession during questioning.

During the course of interrogation the said Nigerian National was trying to conceal something. On being suspicious of narcotics/ contraband, a search of the above person was conducted in the presence of DSP City. During the search, 25.46 gram Chitta (heroin) has been recovered from the possession of Nigerian National,

said the FIR registered at the Police Station, Dhalli, under Sections 21,29 of the ND&PS Act.

Related Story: Two Shimla youth held with 19 grams Chitta

As per the Sharma, the said accused is believed to be involved in supply to several parts of the district for some time. His name had appeared during the questioning from some local youth allegedly arrested with Chitta during past week, he said.

Following this lead, the police put his number on tracking, and a trap was laid to nab him by posing as a decoy customer.

It is expected that his interrogation would lead to more revelations and arrests of others linked with this network.

Also Read: Story of Shimla youth who started with smoking charas at 17, ended up in jail at 22 as drug peddler

The DSP Sharma and other staff members were cheering considering it a breakthrough amid heavy pressure from the public due to an alarming rise in involvment of youth in drug/substance abuse.

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15 lakh saplings planted in Himachal by 80,000 people in 3 days, claims Forest Minister

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15 lakh sapling planted in Himachal Pradesh on van mahotsav

Shimla: The Forest Minister Govind Singh Thakur today said that three days statewide plantation campaign from 12 to 14 July 2018 was launched in the State and more than 15 lakh saplings were planted in different parts of the State.

He said that the campaign was undertaken in all 13 Forest Circles in the state and Forty-one Forest Divisions participated in the campaign. Plantations were performed at 600 sites of the state. Chamba Forest Division with 99,281 plants was at First position followed by Ani and Rampur Forest Divisions with 81,369 and 80,059 plants respectively.

More than six lakh deodar species were planted beside broad leave and other conifers. He said that the entire plantation campaign was monitored online.

He said that all walks of life including school children, women, senior citizen and youth comprising 80000 people actively participated in the campaign. Plantation activities were performed from the boundaries of the state in the north with Jammu and Kashmir to Yamuna River in south and Kinnaur district in the east to boundaries of the state with Punjab in the west, he added.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had inaugurated state level Van Mahotsav on July 10 from Rajgargh in Sirmaur district. Governor Acharya Devvrat also participated in the campaign at Nehra in Shimla District on July 13 2018.

He said that plantation activities are still going on and it is expected that total 17 lakh plants will be planted by the end of the campaign.

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Gunfight in Naina Devi: One wanted criminal shot dead, 2 arrested

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Nainadevi encounter by punjab police

Bilaspur: Panic gripped the world famous Shakti Peeth Shri Naina Devi in Bilaspur district on Saturday morning due to a gun-fight between alleged gangsters and a team of the Punjab Police. While one of the criminals was shot dead in the cross firing, two others were arrested.

Punjab and Himachal Pradesh Police had sealed the entire area including the bus station and main entrance to the temple. The devotees also faced huged inconvenience due to it.

Some policemen were also injured in the gunfight, however, the police did not make any confirmation about the number of injured policemen.

Naina devi firing

Weapon recovered by the police

As per the Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohali, Kuldeep Singh, armed with a firearm, these men had allegedly snatched a car from a man in Mohali on the intervening night of 13 and 14 July.

After receiving the information, the police chased them upto Naina Devi where one of the criminals opened fire on the police, and police also responded with firearms.

Naina devi shooting

Area turned into police cantonment

During a cross firing between the police and the criminals. The Superintendent of Police, Bilaspur, Ashok Kumar also reached the spot and confirmed the incident.

The killed youth was identified as Sunni Masih while two others arrested were identified as Amanpreet and Goldy. Sunni was taken to the Aanandpur Sahib hospital where he died.

As per the police, the alleged criminals were wanted in several cases registered for theft and under the arms act in various police stations of Punjab.

The Himachal Pradesh police have registered a case under Section 307 of Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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