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Kotkhai probe: More delay as lawyers of accused cops didn’t show up for 3rd time

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The CID is also under the scanner of CBI. As per reports, the CBI has questioned the CID’s dog squad. The dog squad can be rounded up for its carelessness in collecting evidences from the scene of crime.  

Shimla: For the third time, the Central Bureau of Investigation failed to obtain permission to match the voice samples of the accused police officials of the Himachal Pradesh Police as none of the lawyers of the accused appeared in the court again.

Arrested in the case relating to the custodial death of an accused at the police station, Kotkhai, on intervening nights of July 18 and 19, the court had to extend the judicial custody of the nine police officials. Next hearing was scheduled for November 25.

The CBI already have the voice samples of the accused. However, it would require the court’s permission to match them. Unless, the counsels of the accused do not appear in the court, there could be no debate over it.

As per credible sources, the central probe agency can file charge-sheet against the accused that include the former-Superintendent of Police, Shimla, DW Negi, then Inspector General, Southern Range, Zahur H. Zaidi, and Deputy Superintendent of Police, Theog, Manoj Joshi, anytime before November 30.  

The delay in filing a charge-sheet against the accused is a matter of worry for those who have been awaiting justice for the murders of Gudiya and those who tried to manipulate the probe.

If the agency fails to file a charg-sheet by November 30, all accused cops would be eligible for bail.

The five remaining accused who were arrested by the HP Police SIT relating to the gangrape and murder of the 16-years-old Gudiya are already out on bail.

The State Crime Investigation Department (CID) is also under the scanner of CBI. As per reports, the CBI has questioned the CID’s dog squad. The dog squad can be rounded up for its carelessness in collecting evidences from the scene of crime.  

At the same time, the local people and social organizations have again taken to the roads to protest against the inefficiency of the India’s top investigation agency.

The Gudiya Nyay Manch had protested outside the CBI’s office in Shimla on November 21 with a warning of more protests.

The CBI is expected to file a charge-sheet in the Gudiya case by December 30.  

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Hamirpur college girl alleges local police of threatening her instead of acting against molester

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Shimla: The image of Himachal Pradesh Police was badly dented by the case relating to the gangrape and murder of a minor schoolgirl in Kotkhai, Shimla, in July 2017. 

Now, in yet another case of alleged harassment and molestation, a girl enrolled in a private college in Hamirpur town has labelled serious allegation against the local police.

As per the sources, a person had been stalking and harassing the girl, who is living in a rented room in the town, for over a month. The person, whom she identified as a member of an influential family of Maunhi (मौहीं) village, crossed the limits, used abusing words, and even molested her on Friday.

On reaching the police station with her complaint on the same day, instead of taking action the police allegedly threatened her and forced to sign a blank paper.

As per the girl, the police allegedly pressurized her to compromise in order to hush up the matter as culprit’s family was an influential one.

Eventually, the girl has approached the Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Balwinder Thakur, with her grieve complaint.The ASP has also given her an assurance that appropriate directions were given to the incharge of the station to take strict action against the culprit.  

Yesterday, a teacher of a private college in Hamirpur town was arrested for allegedly raping his pupil inside college premises. A video showing students and parents thrashing the accused publically also did rounds of social media.

The appearance of another case has put a big question mark over the law and order conditions of the town, the image of the police, and declarations made by the new government over the safety of women in Himachal.

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Brig. Satish Kumar appointed new HPSSC Chairman

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Shimla: Brig. Satish Kumar became the new Chairman of Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission (HPPSC), Hamirpur as the Chief Secretary Vineet Chawdhry administered him the oath of office.

Born on May 27 in 1957, Brig. Satish Kumar belongs to village Biara of Tehsil Palampur, Kangra district. He was earlier appointed as Member of HPPSC, Hamirpur.

Earlier, Brig. Satish Kumar had rendered his services in various wings of Indian Army and has an experience of 35 years in various fields.

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HP Cabinet Decisions Feb 2018: Nod to hire 200 doctors through walk-in interviews, relief in MBBS tendering bond money

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Shimla: In a cabinet meeting of Himachal Pradesh Government held on February 17, 2018, the Government gave nod to fill 200 vacant posts of Medical Officers (MBBS) on local specific contracts through walk-in interviews, particularly in rural and far-flung areas.

The Cabinet decided to amend PG policy on tendering bond money for MBBS doctors pursuing higher courses, MD/MS degree or diploma, super speciality DM/MCH courses, DNB courses, Master Courses within and outside the State.

As per the government, it will help MBBS doctors undergoing PG courses in obtaining bank guarantees for their courses.

HP Govt to sign MoU with NCCF

The existing policy, provisions and method of procurement of pulses will also be revised to facilitate procurement of four pulses i.e. Dal Channa, Urd Sabut, Moong Sabut and Malka from National Co-operative Consumer’s Federation of India Ltd. (NCCF) under the state-subsidized scheme meant for procurement and distribution of pulses.

 It will save Rs. 2.63 crore per month only on account of purchase of pulses, the government claimed.

 The H.P. State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd. and NCCF will execute a MoU for the same soon.

The government said it would seek more staff from Development Bank, Germany for the boosting the H.P. Forest Ecosystem Climate Proofing Project, which is being implemented in Chamba and Kangra districts.

The government said this project is covering 600 panchayats of said districts to minimize and mitigate the negative impacts of climate change by increasing biodiversity and sustained income in rural areas through sustainable management of forest resources.

List of HP Cabinet’s other decisions:

  1. Approved deployment of two medical physicists and four radiotherapist technicians on outsource basis at Government Medical College Tanda to operationalise the sophisticated cancer treatment equipment available there
  2. Gave nod to upgrade Community Health Centre Bagsaid to 50 bed Civil Hospital in Mandi district along-with creation of 29 posts of various categories in the hospital
  3. Consent to upgrade Civil Hospital Ani in district Kullu to 100 bed Civil Hospital along-with creation of 26 new posts of different categories
  4. Consent to fill up 20 posts of Junior Office Assistant (IT) in Dr Y.S. Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni in district Solan on contract basis
  5. Consent to fill up three vacant posts of Investigators in H.P. Institute of Public Administration (HIPA) on contract basis

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