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CBI files Chargesheet in Kotkhai custodial killing: 50 eyewitnesses, complete story in 600 pages

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CBI Chargesheet in Kotkhai custodial death

Shimla: The Central Bureau of Investigation on Saturday filed its chargesheet against the eight officials of the Himachal Pradesh Police in the case relating to the custodial death of an accused, who was arrested for alleged rape and murder of a minor girl in Kotkhai Tehsil of Shimla district in July this year.  

The chargesheet against the SIT members, I.G. Zahur H. Zaidi, D.S.P Theog Manoj Joshi, the then SHO Kotkhai Rajender Singh, ASI Deep Chand Sharma, Head Constables Surat Singh, Mohan Lal and Rafiq Ali and constable Ranjit Singh was filed in the special CBI court.  

A separate chargesheet will be filed against the former Superintendent of Police, Shimla, D.W. Negi as the investigation against him is ongoing. He was arrested on November 16 – 75 days after the arrest of the said eight accused.  

The CBI has charged the accused under Section 302, 330, 331, 348, 323, 326, 218, 195, 196, 201 and 120 B. The chargsheet contains 600 pages including annexes and statements of about 50 eyewitnesses.

What do these section of Indian Penal Code mean 

  • 301- Punishment for murder
  • 330 -Voluntarily causing hurt to extort confession, or to compel restoration of property
  • 348 -Wrongful confinement to extort confession, or compel restoration of property
  • 326-Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means
  • 218-Public servant framing incorrect record or writing with intent to save person from punishment or property from forfeiture
  • 195-Giving or fabricating false evidence with intent to procure conviction of offence punishable with imprisonment for life or imprisonment.
  • 196 -Using evidence known to be false
  • 201 -Causing disappearance of evidence of offence, or giving false information to screen offender
  • 120 B – Concealing design to commit offence punishable with impris­onment

The CBI chargesheet challenges the postmortem report of the local police that said the killed accused had 22 marks of injuries. As per the autopsy report of the CBI, there were 32 injury marks on the body. Most of them were caused by belt and sticks.

CBI conducts post-mortem of kotkhai accused

File Photo: CBI taking the body of killed accused for re-exmination on July 25

The chargesheet contains the details of the entire episode of the custodial killing of Suraj on the intervening night of July 18 and 19.  The CBI’s 50 eyewitnesses include the five accused who were lodged at the Kotkhai Police Station along with Suraj.

The court sent all nine accused to 14-days judicial custody at the Model Central Jail, Kanda. They will be produced in the court on December 7 after the expiry of the custody.

Again, none of the advocates representing the accused police officials appeared before the court. The court could not take any decision on the application filed by the CBI seeking permission to match voice samples of the accused.

The sources from district court said the Bar Association has rejected application of the advocates who were representing the accused cops as their counsel.

The lawyers failed to appear in the court for the fourth time in a row.

If the lawyers fail to appear in the next hearing, the applicants would have to either hire lawyers from other states or apply for a legal aid.

The barbaric nature of the crime had led to a boycott from the Bar Association too. The lawyer community had decided that none of the lawyers will represent the accused.

Despite that, some of the lawyers defied the decision of the community and defended the accused cops. The Bar Association had reportedly canceled the membership of these lawyers.

Unfortunately, the CBI doesn’t seem to have found any lead in the rape and murder of the minor girl. The arrested accused are out on bail, and the CBI couldn’t make any other arrest in the case.

The CBI team is still visiting the victim’s school and woods of Halaila. Some unofficial reports suggest that CBI has investigated almost every angle including monetary bribe.

The State High Court has directed the CBI to file a chargesheet in the case by December 30.

Top Photos: Statesman, Tribune

 

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Hamirpur Blunder: 15 Returnees Sent Home, Later Found COVID-19 Positive

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Hamirpur covid-19 postive people sent to homes

Hamirpur– The District Administration, Hamirpur, has landed in a controversy after a blunder came to light on Wednesday night. As many as 15 people, who were sent to homes before the confirmation of their test report, were found to be COVID-19 positive late yesterday night. This blunder could lead to a catastrophe in the district. 

The samples of 43 returnees from Maharashtra were sent to IHBT, Palampur, and they were found to be negative in the first test. Their samples were taken again in which 15 tested positive. However,  these people were allowed to go to homes without confirming the report of the second test. As per the guidelines, such persons can only be allowed to go to homes after confirmation of the second report.

But after the confirmation of second reports, all 15 were brought back to quarantine centres in a haste on the intervening night of May 27 and 28.

These persons had returned from Mumbai and Thane in a special train and were quarantined at Navodya Vidyalaya at Dungri, Deotsidh and Nadaun, the Deputy Commissioner, Hamirpur, Harikesh Meena, told PTI.

In another statement to an English Daily, the DC termed it a result of miscommunication. He said a probe has been ordered into the matter.

The Chief Medical Officer, Archan Soni, said responsible administrative and health staff would be held responsible.

Hamirpur is already on the top of the list with the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 positive at 93, of which 84 are active. This blunder could create chaos as these 15 people were assured that they tested negative and might not have taken many precautions on reaching homes, which put their families at a high risk of contracting the infection.  

Earlier, this morning, the Bilaspur city was declared a containment zone and sealed after a person tested positive from Bamta area along with six others. The administration suspected that this person concealed his travel history and might have gone out and come in contact with other people in the market.

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Panic Grips Bilaspur as City Sealed after COVID-19 Positive Man Suspected of Hiding Travel History

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Bilaspur city sealed and declared containment zone

Bilaspur-In district Bilaspur, the Administration on Thursday morning sealed the entire city including Bamta area after declaring it a containment zone. All shops in the market were shut-down and movement of people and vehicles except those falling in exempted categories have been prohibited completely. This sudden move of the administration created stir in the area. 

The areas falling under containment zones include Ward No 11, village Nihal of Gram Panchayat Bamta, HRTC Colony in Ward No 1 of Municipal Council Bilaspur, Danoh and Kosarina village of Bamta, Gurudwara market, Gandhi market and College Chowk markets falling under the MC.

In the buffer zone, all the remaining area that did not fall under the containment zone in Ward No 1 has been declared a buffer zone. Similarly, Kosarian Ward of Bilaspur MC, Nihal-1 upto ITI Bilaspur, main market and Changer sector have also been included in the buffer zone.

The order of declaring the city as a containment zone came after seven persons were reported to have tested positive in Bilaspur on Wednesday evening. According to the district administration and police, one of these persons had not disclosed his travel history and there was a risk that he might have come in contact with others in the city as he was not under institutional quarantine.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Bilaspur, Sanjay Sharma, confirmed the report and said the entire containment area has been sealed and traffic movement brought to a halt. He said action would be taken against any person who would be found moving around in this area without a specific reason.

However, an official confirmation regarding contacts of this person is still awaited. Health officials were tracing the contact history of this person.

According to the notification issued by the district administration on Thursday, no movement of vehicles allowed except those involved in the enforcement of containment plan, emergency services and vehicles passing through NH-205. The passing vehicles through the NH would not be allowed to stop and passengers/driver can’t get out or board anyone in the containment zone.

The supplies of essential goods like milk, groceries, fruits, vegetables, medicines, cooking gas etc. in the above-mentioned containment zone would be made through the Government delivery committee, headed and formed by the SDM concerned, the notification said.

These orders would remain in force till further orders.

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COVID-19 Update: 26 More Test Positive in 4 Districts, 70 in 3 Days, State Tally Rise to 273

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Himachal Pradesh daily COVID-19 data for may 27

Shimla: New COVID-19 cases continue to spiral in Himachal Pradesh. According to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare’s daily COVID-19 bulletin released on May 27 (9:00 PM), 26 persons were tested positive in four districts of the State. Of these, 15 cases were reported from Hamirpur,  seven from Bilaspur, three from Kangra, and one from Una district. In the last three days, the State has reported 70 cases, which is alarming. 

In Hamirpur, five persons hailed from Badsar area, three from Naduan, six from Hamirpur and one from Bhoranj. The majority of them have recently returned from Maharashtra.

Total for Hamirpur district has reached 73 – highest in the State, followed by Kangra with 65 cases.

In Bilaspur, two persons were said to be bus and cab drivers. Details of other patients from the district were awaited.

In Kangra, three persons who tested positive were identified as a 29-year-old resident of Fatehpur, a 30-year-old from Khaniyara, and a resident of Palampur. These people had returned from Delhi and Gurugram recently.

In Una, a person who had returned from Delhi with his family was tested positive.  

Most of the person who tested positive were under institutional quarantine except for three persons in Kuther of Bilaspur district who were home-quarantined.  

Refer to the below-given table for more details on district-wise COVID-19 data:

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till May 27, 2020 (9:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh District wise Covid-19 data till 27 May

The number of total confirmed positive cases in Himachal has risen to 273, of which 198 are active. So far, 66 patients have recovered, five died, and four migrated to outside the State for treatment.

Further, today 1480 samples were sent for testing, of which 912 tested negative and the reports of 560 persons were still awaited.

 

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