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Dr. Jyoti death row: Now local police in Bilaspur alleged of staging murder as suicide

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On Tuesday, finally the Superintendent of Police, Anjum Ara, formed a three member Special Investigation Team led by Deputy SP, Rajesh Kumar, to conduct a probe in the case.

Shimla: After an alleged shoddy investigation in the mysterious death of forest guard Hoshiyar Singh in Karsog, Mandi, and arrest of police officials including the Inspector General of Police, Zahur H Zaidi, in custodial killing of an accused in Kotkhai rape and murder case, Himachal Pradesh Police is again caught in a controversy.

On September 6, Dr. Jyoti Thakur, posted as a physiotherapist at the Bilaspur Hospital, was reported to have ended her life and her body was found in the rented apartment in Rauda Sector. The local police said it was a case of suicide. However, Jyoti’s parents and brother challenged the police claim and alleged it of misleading them by falsely labeling it as a case of suicide.

The parents referred to some points that strengthened the suspicion of people too. Parents suspected it to be a murder involving an unknown third person. Victim’s brother, Ashish Thakur, filed an online complaint alleging it a case of pre-planned murder. The brother also filed an online petition on Change.org requesting people to sign it and help him get justice for his sister, who was allegedly murdered. He alleged the local police and some unknown person of staging it as a suicide. The petition said:

I want justice for my sister she is brutally murdered

I am a citizen of district Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh under grave stress and lost all hope in police and administrations. My sister was brutally murdered and local police and administration are hell bent to prove that this is a case of suicide. It has been six days that we have not been post-mortem and forensic report. We urge you with deep sorrow to interfere in this matter get us justice.

The parents alleged that the police had already visited the room but lied to them claiming it entered the room in their presence only.

The post-mortem was conducted at about 8 PM in a haphazard manner under suspicious circumstances, alleged the parents.

They alleged the police claimed it entered the room only after the arrival of the parents at about 2 PM, but the photo of her body had already appeared on social media at about 12 PM. The parents questioned if no one entered Jyoti’s room prior to them, then who clicked this photograph.

The parents also alleged that the room was vandalized when they entered it, but in the picture, it appeared fine and things were on their places. They suspected that someone had already entered the room and ransacked the place like he/she was searching for something.

Thereafter, the parents and people have been protesting and demanding a fair probe. On Tuesday, finally the Superintendent of Police, Anjum Ara, formed a three member Special Investigation Team led by Deputy SP of Ghumarwin, Rajesh Kumar, to conduct a probe in the case.

The SIT had already initiated a probe and is said to have recovered some items like laptop, memory card, mobile bills, pages of a diary etc. from the room of the victim.

It is noticeable that initially the police had denied recovery of any such object from the room.

The SP has assured the parents of a fare probe.

However, repeated naming in controversies and allegations of manipulation in investigations of criminal cases is damaging the trust of people on its police. These cases has raised critical question over the allegiance of the police towards people. 

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Himachal Pradesh: 662 New Cases & 7 Deaths in 24 Hours, Over 4500 Cases & 55 Deaths in 9 Nine Days

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 report

Shimla– The number of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in Himachal Pradesh was reported to be 662 and seven respectively on Friday till 7 pm. Kangra district reported the highest 165 new cases and four fatalities, while Sirmaur, Shimla, and Mandi recorded one fatality each.

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Daily covid 19 deaths

Source: HP NHM

Solan followed Kangra district with 132 new cases.

Find district-wise details of new cases below:

Daily COVID-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

Source: HP NHM

The COVID-19 case and death tallies have now reached 68173 and 1090 respectively. In April, the state has recorded a huge surge in cases. In the nine days of this month, the state has recorded 4568 new cases and 55 COVID-19 deaths – a rate of more than six deaths per day.

The state government today reviewed the situation in its Cabinet meeting and expressed concern. However, no restrictive measures were taken except extending the closure of all educational institutes till April 21.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining that a lockdown would be the last resort.

Further, the state government today said that to make vaccination people’s movement, 11th to 14th April may be celebrated as ‘Teeka Utsav’.

The government said that the biggest matter of concern was that the virus was spreading at a fast pace. In addition to this, the number of death has also increased rapidly. All the districts have been advised to enhance their capacity be it bed capacity, quarantine capacity and medical equipment capacity etc.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that strict action must also be taken against those involved in gross violation of SOPs. He said that the hoteliers must also strictly follow the SOPs so that the State Government may not be forced to take action. He said that laxity shown by the people has resulted in sharp resurgence of Covid cases in the State.

It’s pertinent to mention that during the campaigning for the elections to Municipal Corporations, all parties and their leaders including the Chief Minister violated all SOPs without attracting any action. The parties also faced criticism for ignoring public health for the sake of political interests, thus, setting wrong examples for the public.  

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HP Cabinet Decisions: Educational Institutes Closed Till April 21 Amid COVID-19 Surge, No Decision on Other Restrictions

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Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet today held a meeting in which it expressed concern over the sharp surge in Covid-19 cases in the State. The Cabinet decided to keep all educational institutions closed till April 21. The institutes would also remain closed for teaching and non-teaching staff except the staff required for exam duties till the 21st of this month.

A decision was taken to fill up 311 posts of Forest Guards in the Forest Department on a contract basis through direct recruitment. These include already approved 113 posts of Forest Guards by the State Cabinet during its meeting held on 9th of March this year.   

The Cabinet decided to fill up 25 posts of Agriculture Development Officers on a contract basis in Agriculture Department through HP Public Service Commission against direct recruitment quota. 

It decided to implement the central sector scheme SVAMITVA in the state for surveying the land parcels in rural inhabited areas using Drone technology. For this, Revenue Department would be designated as the Nodal Department for implementation of the scheme with the support of the Panchayati Raj Department. For this, MoU would be signed with the Survey of India for starting the scheme in the State. A State Steering Committee, State Project Management Unit and District Project Monitoring Unit would also be constituted for effective implementation of the scheme.

The cabinet also gave its nod to extend employment on compassionate ground to the eligible indigent of the deceased employees against available vacant posts of Class-III and Class-IV in relaxation of five percent quota as against the available vacant posts of class-III and Class-IV in DC offices of Shimla, Kinnaur, Solan and Kangra and office of Settlement Officer Kangra Division.  

It also gave its consent that the project for the development of multi-storey parking-cum-shopping complex at U-Block Mandi may be awarded under PPP mode to the highest bidder at an annual concession fee of Rs. 63,63,000 plus GST and all other applicable taxes per annum, as per terms and conditions of RFP. The selected bidder would also pay an upfront premium of Rs. 2 crores to the authority by way of five equal instalments of Rs. 40 lakh each for 24 months starting from the compliance date.

The cabinet also gave its approval for the creation of five posts of different categories for each newly created Nagar Panchayats viz Shahpur, Chirgaon, Nerwa, Nirmand, Anni, Kandaghat and Amb for smooth functioning of these newly created Nagar Panchayats.

Presentations were also made before the Cabinet by Jal Shakti Department on the prevailing drought situation in the State. It was decided to hold a review meeting under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister including all the stakeholder departments for further decisions.

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Una Murder Case: Body of 22-Year-Old Girl Exhumed, Enraged Villagers Create Ruckus

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Una-The alleged murder of a 22-year-old girl in Jadla Kohri village under the Gagret sub-division of Una district created a stir on Wednesday as the police exhumed her body from near a temple complex.

According to the allegations, a man who was identified as one of the ‘pujaris of the temple, has admitted killing the girl. He reportedly admitted hitting her on the head with an iron rod and later burying the body.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Amb, has confirmed the report.

Una murder case

According to the initial information, the girl was missing since April 3, 2021, and a complaint regarding the same was filed at the local police station in Gagret the next day.

The police zeroed in on the said accused based on call details and reached the temple today. A large number of villagers also followed the police. When the police exhumed the body based on the location identified by the accused, angry villagers turned violent and demanded handing over the accused to them. A minor clash between police and villagers was also reported. Villagers vandalized the temple premises.

Amid this tense atmosphere, police somehow protected the accused from the enraged mob and managed to get him out safely.

The body of the girl was sent for post-mortem, the Superintendent of Police, Una, Arjit Sen, confirmed.

Though not officially confirmed, some local media reports suggested that the deceased and the accused were known to each other. The girl had recently got engaged to another man.

 Further details are awaited.

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