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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.

Kanda Jail Break

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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Kullu Bus Accident: Death Toll Rises to 30, CM Orders Magisterial Probe

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Death toll in kullu bus accident

Kullu-The death toll in‘Banjar bus accident’ has risen to 30 while about 35 people were reported to be injured. A private bus on Thursday evening rolled into a 500 feet gorge near Banjar in Kullu district. The bus was said to be overloaded and was carrying over 60 passengers.

Most of the injured were said to be college students.

The Kullu district administration has expressed apprehension that the death toll can go up as the relief and rescue operations were still going on.

The Chief Minister said that magisterial enquiry has been ordered to find the reasons for this accident.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Govind Singh Thakur left for the spot from Shimla after learning about the accident.

The teams of the district administration and district disaster management authority along-with the doctors were carrying out the rescue and relief operation on receiving the information about the accident.

The Kullu district administration has provided Rs. 50,000 each as immediate relief to the kin of deceased and injured persons.

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Kullu-Overloaded Private Bus Falls Into 500 Feet Gorge in Banjar, 25 Feared Dead, Over 30 Injured

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Kullu Bus Accident June 2019

Kullu-A private bus in Sub-Division Banjar of Kullu district today fell into a 500 feet gorge near a curve in Bhateu. Initial reports suggested that the bus was overloaded and was carrying over 50 passengers. Some of the passengers were sitting on the roof, initial reports said. Though there is no official confirmation yet, about 25 people are suspected to have died and over 30 were believed to be injured.

Death toll in kullu bus accident

The locals and police were carrying out the rescue work and about 35 injured were taken to hospital. Some of the injured were taken to the Banjar hospital, while critically injured were referred to Kullu.

Superintendent of Police, Kullu, Shalini Agnihotri, confirmed the report.

The accident was so fatal that the bus, identified as Mahavir bus service, was shredded to pieces as it rolled down the hill and fell into a gorge. The bus was heading towards Gadagushaini.

The officials of the district administration had reached the spot. The number causalities and injured persons was yet to be ascertained officially. More details are awaited.

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HP Cabinet Decisions June 2019: Free Cylinder Refill, Rehabilitation Support Scheme For Minor Rape Victims, Filling Up Over 60 Posts

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HP Cabinet Decisions

A meeting of Himachal Pradesh Cabinet was held today on June 9, 2019.

The Cabinet gave its nod to start a scheme for rehabilitation support to minor victims of rape, child abuse. Under this scheme, intensive counselling up to six months would be provided to minor as well as to their family members through professional counsellors. In addition to it, financial assistance of Rs. 7500 per month would also be given to the minor victim till the age of 21 years as a livelihood support measure.

The beneficiaries of ‘Ujjawala Grihini Suvidha Yojna’ that was launched in the State by the merger of Himachal Grihini Suvidha Yojna and Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojna would be given one additional free refill cylinder.

Prathmik Sahyak Adhyapaks will be given Rs. 27,000 consolidated per month.

The marriage grant under the Mukhya Mantri Kanyadaan Yojna has been enhanced from existing Rs. 40,000 to Rs. 51,000 to the destitute girls/women or their parents/guardians for marriage including inmates of Nari Sewa Sadan/Nari Niketan.

The annual income limit of family through Mahila Vikas Nigam for availing loan facility up to Rs. 1,50,000 by women has been increased from existing Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 1,00,000 for starting their self-employment ventures.

Further, the honorarium of office bearers of Panchayati Raj Institutions has been enhanced from 1 April 2019.

As per the decision, now Chairperson of Zila Parishad would get an honorarium of Rs. 12,000 per month instead of Rs. 11,000

  • Vice Chairperson Rs. 8,000 instead of 7500
  • Member, Zila Parishad Rs. 5,000 in place of Rs. 4500
  • Chairperson, Panchayat Samiti Rs. 7000 per month instead of Rs.6500
  • Vice Chairperson Rs. 5,000 instead of Rs. 4500
  • Member of Panchayat Samiti Rs. 4500 in place of Rs. 4000
  • Pradhan Gram Panchayat Rs. 4500 in place of Rs. 4000
  • Up-Pradhan Rs. 3000 in place of Rs. 2500
  • Members of the Gram Panchayat Rs. 250 instead of Rs. 240 per meeting with a maximum of two meetings in a month

The honorarium of part-time workers engaged in Patwar Circles of the State has been increased from Rs. 3000 to Rs. 3500 per month. This decision will benefit 1528 workers. The vacant posts of Part-time workers would also be filled.

The government would also distribute school bags to the students of classes 1st, 3rd, 6th and 9th in the State for the year 2018-19 under Atal School Vardi Yojna. Uniforms to the school students from 1st to 12th standard during the current session under Atal Vardi Yojna would also be provided.

The government would provide scholarships amounting to Rs. 10,000 each every year under Mukhya Mantri Bal Uddhar Yojana to 10 boys and 10 girls of child care institutions registered and funded under Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. These scholarships would be given to those securing top two positions in the merit list (separate for boys and girls) of children of child care institutions in annual examinations of 8th,9th, 10th, 10+1 and 10+2 standards.

In order to encourage institutional delivery, the Cabinet decided to enhance the incentive amount to women belonging to scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and BPL families to Rs. 1100.

The additional honorarium of ASHA workers has been increased from Rs. 1250 to Rs. 1500 per month. This would benefit 7964 ASHA workers of the State.

The government would continue the Market Intervention Scheme (MIS) for procurement of mango fruit with an enhancement of 50 paise per kg on all varieties of mango during the year 2019 to ensure remunerative prices to the farmers.

The Cabinet agreed to start tele-medicine facility in civil hospital Bharmour in district Chamba through M/s Apollo hospitals so as to provide specialized health care facilities to the people of the area.

Posts and Recruitments in HP Govt

The Cabinet decided to:

  • Create and fill up three posts each of Professors and Lecturers in Rajiv Gandhi Government Post Graduate Ayurvedic College, Paprola in Kangra district for strengthening this college
  • Establish the Court of Additional District and Session Judge at Sarkaghat in Mandi district and Court of Civil Judge at Jhanduta in Bilaspur district along-with creation of 27 posts of different categories
  • Fill up seven posts of Assistant Professors of different departments in Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Shimla on a regular basis by direct recruitment through State Public Service Commission
  • Fill up 11 posts of Junior Office Assistant on contract basis in Ayurveda Department
  • Fill up five posts of Statistical Assistant in Scheduled Castes Sub Plan Wing of Social Justice and Empowerment Department through direct recruitment on contract basis
  • Fill up five posts of Assistant Controller, Weight and Measures wing in Food, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department on contract basis
  • Create and fill up four posts of different categories in newly upgraded Shaheed Tilak Raj Government High School, Dhewa in Kangra district for providing better educational facilities
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