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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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HP By-Polls 2021: Silence Period Extended to Three Days

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Shimla-The campaigning period during Himachal Pradesh by-elections has been fixed from 10 am to 7 pm every day. The silence period has been extended from two days to three days before the closing date of voting, which will start after 6 pm on 27th October 2021.

During the no active campaigning by the candidates or political parties is allowed, and television or any digital media cannot carry any election-related matter.

This information was released by Chief Electoral Officer, Himachal Pradesh, C. Paulrasu. He said that the Election Commission of India has limited the period of campaigning during by-election 2021 in view of the guidelines issued for the prevention of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has urged all the candidates and political parties participating in the by-elections of Mandi Parliamentary Constituency and Fatehpur, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Arki Assembly Constituencies to comply with these guidelines related to the election campaign.

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Nauni Varsity Scholar Naincy Bags Scholarship to Pursue PhD in France

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Solan: Naincy Sagar, an alumna of Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni has bagged a fellowship for pursuing PhD from France. Nancy has reached France and will be pursuing PhD in Forest Genetics from the University of Orléans under INRAE fellowship. INRAE is France’s National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment.

Naincy has completed her BSc Forestry from College of Horticulture and Forestry (COH&F), Neri in 2018 and MSc Forest Biology and Tree Improvement and Genetic Resources from UAS, Dharwad, under ICAR’s National Talent Scheme. Before leaving for France last week, Naincy was working as a Junior Research Fellow in a research project at COH&F, Neri.

She had applied for a PhD with a scholarship in Forest Genetics which was advertised by INRAE. Naincy was successful in the interview and was awarded a fellowship for three years for pursuing PhD at the University of Orléans. During the course of the PhD, she will receive a total scholarship of around Rs 70 lakh along with medical reimbursement. Naincy will be working on forest tree larch species in the Project titled ‘Vigour at what cost? ‘Trade-off’ of hybrid vigour in Larch-Phenological, morphological and physiological determinants of hybrid superiority in Larix X eurolepis’ with a team of 20 scientists of Joint Integrated Biology Research Unit having expertise in genetics, genomics and physiology for the enhancement of tree and forest diversity

Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Vice-Chancellor of the university spoke to Naincy via web conferencing and congratulated her. Dr. Kaushal, who has also done his doctorate from France, shared some tips and suggestions. He asked Naincy to explore this opportunity to learn about new cultures along with doing research that could help to enhance and conserve forest wealth in the future.

Naincy expressed gratitude towards her father Satya Prakash Sagar (Retd. SDO BSNL) and mother Monika Sagar, who is working as SDO in BSNL for their continuous support for higher studies. She also thanked Vice-Chancellor Dr. Parvinder Kaushal, Dean Dr. Kamal Sharma and Dr. Dushyant Sharma, Project Investigator and all the university staff for their support and guidance. The university administration, Dean of COH&F Neri congratulated Naincy and wished her success.  

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Bad Weather Warning for Himachal, Tourists and Locals Advised Not to Venture into Higher Hills

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Shimla– The Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, has predicted heavy to very heavy rains for middle and lower hills on October 17th and 18th. The Met has also issued orange and yellow alerts for various districts.

Meanwhile, heavy snowfall has been predicted in higher hills and advisory has been issued for both locals and tourists to avoid travelling to higher hills.

While a yellow alert with a prediction of thunderstorms and lightning at isolated places has been issued for Una and Hamirpur district on October 17, an orange alert with a prediction of heavy rainfall, thunderstorm, lightning and hailstorm at isolated places has been issued for Bilaspur, Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, and Kinnaur.

For October 18, a yellow alert has been issued for Una, Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Chamba, and Kullu districts and an orange alert for the remaining districts.

The Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul-Spiti, warned that in view of the Met Department’s forecast for the next two days, locals and tourists should avoid Manali-Leh National Highway (NH-03) and refrain from venturing into higher hills.

In case, travel is unavoidable due to some compelling circumstances, such candidates have been asked to confirm weather and road conditions on given telephone numbers, which are 9459661355, 01900-202509, 510, 517 and 1077.

The DC also informed that in case of any emergency, people should contact the District Disaster Management Cell, Lahaul-Spiti, on 01900 202509, 510, 517, and Tall Free -1077.

The weather is predicted to be dry on October 19 and 20. 

Feature Photo: Photo by Rodrigo Souza from Pexels

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