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Shimla Prisonbreak: HP Police nab all 3 accused within 48 hours

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Kanda Jail prisoners captured

Shimla: In a major breakthrough, all three undertrial Nepalese accused, who had escaped from the Model Central Jail Kanda on the intervening night of December 5 and 6, have been arrested from the forests of Sayari in Kunihar, Solan district today.

The swift action of the police is gathering praise for from people in a time when the police department was facing embarrassment in the Kotkhai’s Guidya rape and murder case.

The Director General of the Police, Himachal Pradesh, Somesh Goyal and the Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Soumya Sambasivan, confirmed the arrests. The DGP appreciated the joint efforts of the Shimla and Solan Police.  He also appreciated the support extended by the locals.

As per the initial reports, the police first nabbed Prem Bahadur (22) from the same area. By evening, with the clues provided by the captured accused, the police succeeded in tracing the Pratap Singh (27) and Leela Dhar (22).

After the police circulated the photographs of the three accused, some locals spotted them in the area. The local informed the police after which an extensive search operation was launched in the area on Friday.

After the first arrest last night, the police teams led by the SP, Shimla, Soumya Sambasivan, were hopeful of finding the remaining two accused in the same area.  While the first accused was captured easily from a roadside, the police had to chase the other two.

As per the police, the two accused jumped over the bushes but were caught in barbed wire fences.

All three accused were barefoot, and said to have sustained some injuries while scaling the 16-feet high wall that surrounds the Jail. It slowed down their pace, said the police.

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One of the accused is said to have bought some biscuits from a shop, which aroused suspicion of police about possible aid from some other person.  Otherwise, the accused had no resources, money or contacts to get out of the state.

The accused had managed to cut the iron bars of their barrack with a steel cutter and cross the wall with the help of some pipes/rods that were lying inside the premises for the ongoing construction of a new block.

Bahadur is facing trial in a rape case, Pratap Singh for raping a minor girl, and Leela Dhar for an alleged murder..

Two sentries were suspended right after the jailbreak, but no one has questioned the higher officials of the Jail staff yet.  

The DGP admitted that it was a case of sheer negligence of the jail staff.  The incident also exposed the lethargy of the department in installment of sufficient CCTV cameras for the purpose of surveillance. The spot from where the prisoners scaled the wall had no CCTV. More revelations regarding the jailbreak would be available after inquiry, said the police. 

      

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Himachal makes HIV/AIDS test mandatory for all expectant mothers

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The cases of AIDS are increasing in the State. Currently, the official number of the people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) is around 5700 in Himachal.

Shimla: The State government on January 22, 2018, launched the nutrition scheme for children living with HIV-positive in Himachal Pradesh. The launch was announced by Chief Minister Jairam Thakur during an awareness campaign organised by the HP State AIDS Control Society to mark the National Youth Day.

The purpose is to deliver nutritional supplement and boost immunity of around 400 HIV positive youth up to the age of 18 years. In addition, it aims to enable them to lead a normal and healthy life.

The government has made it mandatory for every expectant mother to go through the HIV test. It would prevent passing on of the virus to the baby in case the mother is HIV-positive.

The cases of AIDS are increasing in the State. Currently, the official number of the people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) is around 5700 in Himachal.

The government said the awareness campaign should be intensified in schools and colleges including organisation of skits, street shows, which are effective ways of communicate to the masses.

The education department will work in close coordination with the health department to provide special facility to educate all children living with HIV-positive.

HP AIDS Control Society also organized a Red Ribbon fair on the Ridge along with flagging-off a half marathon.

The AIDS Control Society also launched its official website and twitter handle.

Further, there is a dire need to initiate massive awareness campaigns about this disease up to rural areas. The Non-profit Organizations (NGOs) and individuals will have to come forward and supplement the efforts of the health department in creating awareness.

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Video: Fire in Shimla’s Gumma devours Rs. 40 lakh property  

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Shimla: In a tragic incident of fire breakout in Gumma area of Kotkhai region in Shimla district on Saturday, about six rooms of a three-story building were lost. The fire brigade saved the two storeys and buildings adjacent to it.

No loss of life was reported, but the estimated loss of assets was initially assessed at about 40 lakh rupees.The owner of the house was identified as Rohit Chauhan.

Rohit’s mother was alone at the house when the fire broke out at about 3 PM. His mother called for help. However, the fire gutted six rooms on the third storey along with all belongings by the time the fire service reached the spot.

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The cause of the fire is believed to be a short-circuit.

While the other two stories housed shops, the third one was Rohit’s home.

The district administration has given Rs. 20,000 as a relief to the victim family.

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Sirmaur Tragedy: 7-year-old mauled to death by pack of stray dogs

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Shimla: In a spine-chilling incident, a pack of about half-a-dozen stray dogs on Saturday attacked and mauled a 7-year-old boy in Amarkot village in Paonta sub-division, Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh. As per the initial reports, the brutal attack by the dogs inflicted severe injuries on the head, throat, and neck.

On hearing the cries of the boy, the nearby people rushed to rescue the boy. However, dogs were so aggressive that they bit a couple of these people too.

The boy succumbed to the injuries on the way to the hospital. The boy was identified as Vikki, son of a migrant labour of Uttar Prades. The family was heart-broken after their piece of heart died a horrible death.

The head of the Amarkot village, Rakesh Mehraloo, said repeated complaints were made regarding the growing stray dog menace to the administration. Rakesh told media that some incidents of attack by stray dogs were also reported previously, which were also brought to the attention of the administration.

The administration, however, turned a blind eye towards the complaints and did not take any measure to solve this grieve issue, he said.

If the administration had acted timely, such a horrific incident could have been prevented.

It is pertinent to mention that the state government has also ignored the provision of dog-shelters and showed lackadaisical attitude in regular sterilizing of stray dogs.

Rest, the littering of food waste attract stray dogs and facilitate their reproduction, leading to such a nightmare.

The incident has created panic among the residents about the safety of their children.

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