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

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Bilaspur doctor suicide case

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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Foundation Stone of HP Central University in Kangra laid, Will Be Ready in 3 Years, Says Govt

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HP Central University In Dehra, Kangra district

Kangra-The foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district was laid today by the Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Prakash Javadekar said that the forest clearance for construction of this University was also accorded when he was the Union Forest and Environment Minister. The State Government deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance.

As per the official information released, the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. The first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectares. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

The Government said about Rs.1300 crore would be spent on construction of both these campuses and the same would be completed in the next three year, the government said. These campuses would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare, making it one of the biggest University of the region.

The Government said that an amount of Rs.7044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs.7600 crore had been made for the next financial year.

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5MW Solar Power Plant in Bilaspur’s Naina Devi Ji Inaugurated

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Solar Power Plant in Naina Devi In Bilaspur district - himachal pradesh

Shimla-The 5MW Berry Dol Solar Power Plant constructed near Shri Naina Devi Ji Shrine in Bilaspur district was inaugurated today. The HP Power Corporation Ltd. claimed it spent Rs. 36.24 crore on this project.

As per the official information released by the State Government, this power project is synchronised with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Ltd 33/11 KV network Kot.

The power generated was being sold to HPSEB. T

This power project is expected to generate 101-lakh unit electricity per annum, earning revenue of Rs. 4.40 crore to the State exchequer.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLA Jhanduta  J.R.Katwal , IG Himanshu Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia, CO IRB Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion.

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Avalanche in Kinnaur buries soldiers, 1 killed, 5 missing and feared dead

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Kinnaur- An avalanche along the India-China border in Namgya region of Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed one soldier of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles while five others were buried and still missing. The body of one soldier, who was identified as Rakesh Kumar (41) of Ghumarpur village, Shahtalai, Bilaspur district, has been recovered. The rescue operation was underway at the time of writing.

The district administration and Superintendent of Police, Kinnaur, confirmed the news.

Jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police are carrying out an extensive search and rescue operation.  

As per initial reports, which are not clear, about 10 jawans of ITBP were hit by a massive avalanche at about 11 AM on Wednesday while they were moving from one post to another. Five to six jawans were buried. Remaining jawans rescued one of them who later died on the way to the hospital in Pooh.  

Verification of more details is still awaited.

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