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After rescuing mentally unwell, disabled man from Sirmaur, NGO to arrange for his safe return  

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Mentally ill man rescued in Himachal's sirmaur

Shimla: Once again, Shimla-based non-profit organization, Umang Foundation, has come to the rescue of a homeless and mentally unwell person.

 Very recently, Neeta Ram Bhardwaj, a teacher in Sirmaur district, came across a man in a rain shelter in Kamrau Tehsil’s Bhajaun village. He was disabled, homeless, and appeared to be mentally unstable to her.

Neeta, who is also a member of the NGO, gave him food and clothes and informed the local police.  

Surprisingly, the Paonta Police initially refused to rescue the man, alleged the NGO.

However, when pressurized by the NGO to follow the legal guidelines, the police had to take him into custody and produce before a competent authority.

As per the guidelines of the Mental Health Care Act, 2017, and the orders of the court, it is the duty of the local police to take mentally unwell people into custody on being sighted or reported by any source.

 He was later sent to a mental health and rehabilitation centre for treatment.

 Initially, the man was not able to recall his proper address and identity. Later, with more efforts, the NGO identified the man as Rajesh alias Arjun Kewat (22) –  son of Hate Ram Kewat and a resident of Madhya Pradesh’s Sidhi district.

 The NGO got in connection with the local police in MP and found that Rajesh hailed from a poverty-stricken family. The head of the village had to approach his parents, as they didn’t own a mobile phone.

 The NGO praised the Manjohli Police of Sidhi district for assisting in establishing a contact with Rajesh’s parents.   

 The parents told the NGO that Rajesh had gone missing about two years ago. All this time, they considered their son to be dead and were not hoping to see him again.

They also informed that Rajesh had lost his arm after, due to his mental illness, he once jumped in front of a train.

 The parents requested the NGO to help their son get back home, as they were unable to bear expenses of travelling to Himachal Pradesh.

 Therefore, as a humanitarian act, the NGO has taken full responsibility of arranging for his safe return.  

The NGO has rescued as many as 60 mentally unwell people during last 15 months under its campaign, informed the Chairman Ajai Shrivastava.  

 The NGO had been creating awareness among the people regarding the provisions of the Mental Health Care Act 2017 and the rights of such people.

On sighting such people wandering on streets or localities, one should immediately report it to the nearest police station. The police is bound to take custody and produce them before a competent authority for further action.

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Accused arrested in Kotkhai Gudiya case sent to 14-day judicial custody

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Kotkhai Gudiya case update

Shimla: While all eyes will be on the status report to be submitted in the Himachal Pradesh High Court in Gudiya gangrape and murder case, the only accused arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation on April 13, 2018, was produced in a special court in Shimla. The accused was sent to a 14-day judicial custody.

Officially, the sleuths have not revealed the identity of the arrested accused and are maintained a distance from all media person. The face of the accused covered while he was brought to the special court today morning.

However, media reports are identifying the accused a Neelu of Mandi district.

The agency is also supposed to file a status report in the state High Court during this afternoon. The people are expecting the agency to make identity and findings of the probe public.

They could face disappointment as the agency has made only one arrest in the case. The arrested accused is being speculated to be a woodcutter.

The people do have hope to get justice for Gudiya, they are equally sceptic about the arrest in the absence of any clear clue about the story of Gudiya.

It is pertinent to mention that the High Court in this March had expressed extreme disappointment with the CBI’s pace of investigation and had directed the CBI Chief to be personally present in the court during the next hearing.

However, right after the hearing, the CBI had suddenly announced that it has got its hands on a strong forensic evidence against the real culprits.

Prior to it, the CBI was empty-handed and had even announced a reward of Rs. 10 lakh to anyone who provides it with any substantial clue about the culprits.

After about 10 months of investigation, the agency had in March claimed that it will expose the accused by April 25, which is today.

 

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Arrested accused in Kotkhai Gudiya case confesses crime: Reports

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Kotkhai accused confession

Shimla: The police in Kotkhai region of Shimla district of the peaceful Hill State is on high alert as the Central Bureau of Investigation brought the lone accused arrested in alleged case of the murder of a 16-year-old girl after a gangrape back to Shimla on Sunday.

The agency has cracked the case and the accused has confessed his crime if the reports of CBI sources and media are to be believed.

The lone accused arrested by the CBI on April 14, 2018, was taken to the agency headquarters in New Delhi for further investigation.

On Sunday, he was brought back to Shimla for the re-creation of the crime scene based on the statement given by the accused. However, the identity of the accused remains unconfirmed because CBI has been maintaining distance from media.

The accused was on Monday morning was taken to the crime spot in the Halaila forests of Kotkhai Tehsil.

A large crowd gathered to see the accused, however, as per a Hindi Daily, they were disappointed as he was reportedly wearing a helmet as a part of the agency’s measures to keep the identity concealed.

A national news channel, however, claimed that the name of the accused is Neelu and he is a lumberjack.

The round of speculations regarding the identity is likely to continue until April 25 – the next date of the hearing in the State High Court.

The agency had earlier assured the court that it would reveal the real culprits in the upcoming hearing. The agency has not made any other arrest so far while the date of hearing is just two days away.

However, sceptic minds are trying to add up the numbers. It is hard to believe that a lumberjack alone could send the entire Special Investigation Team of the HP Police to jail and fool the premier investigation agency of India.  

Therefore, more arrests are expected to be made during the next few days. 

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Himachal seeks Rs. 300 crore from Centre to promote religious tourism circuit and eco-adventure tourism

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Religious Tourism in Himachal PRadesh

Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Government has urged the Union Minister for Tourism, K.J. Alphons to sanction three schemes worth Rs. 300 crore to promote religious tourism circuit and eco-adventure tourism in the state.

The Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, during a meeting in New Delhi, apprised the Minister that Himachal was also a major centre of religious tourism and religious tourism circuits will be developed here to provide devotees more facilities.

The Chief Minister also invited Union Minister to Himachal and said that he himself will take him to the tourist destinations of the State. K.J. Alphons whole-heartedly accepted the invitation.

Chief Minister also urged the Centre to provide funds generously for widespread publicity of tourism sites in the state.

The Union Minister of State for Tourism assured the Chief Minister that the Union Government will extend all possible support to this hill state for exploitation and expansion of its tourism potential.

The Chief Minister said that the focus should be on tourism in the state, which was not given before. However, now the state government is giving special emphasis to strengthening infrastructure in virgin natural places, he said.

Himachal has immense potential for adventure tourism and adventure sports like mountaineering, biking, river rafting, and paragliding and the state is considered as a paradise for these adventure sports.

However, it is true that the governments have done very little to polish and maintain the tourism sector.

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