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15-year-old in Palampur allegedly dragged to jungle, gang-raped while returning from temple



Palampur gangrape

Kangra: On Friday, Palampur division of the Kangra district received a shock as the  Police confirmed filing of an FIR against five unknown people who allegedly gang-raped a 15-years-old minor on Thursday while returning from a temple.

One person was arrested on Friday while the search for other four is still on, the Superintendent of Police, Kangara, Santosh Patial, confirmed.

The SP rushed to Palampur along with forensic experts and other senior officials and visited the spot on Friday. Police questioned the relative of the girl and is questioning the friend of the victim who accompanied her. The SP said the accused were suspected to be locals.

Though the medical report is still awaited, and the media is coming up ambiguous reports, the police has made some shocking revelations.

The minor, a student of Class X, had gone to visit Garh Mata temple in Paror area of Palampur with her friend on Thursday.  The temple is connected to the main road through a link-road that passes through the dense forest area.

As per the statement of the victim, five men surrounded them and thrashed and overpowered her friend. She was allegedly dragged to the nearby forest where she was gang-raped.  The girl has mentioned five persons in the complaint, however, it is yet to be confirmed if all of them were directly involved.

The police suspects the accused were under the influence of liquor when they committed the alleged crime. 

As yet another shocker, the terrified girl somehow managed to reach her home, but she could not gather the courage to tell her parents about the crime.

Though it is not clear to whom she first disclosed the matter,  the media reports suggested that it was her sister. The parents were not willing to file a complaint, but a social activist reportedly convinced them to reach the police.    

The police has filed a complaint under relevant sections of the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences and IPC. The police is yet to reveal more details.

The link-road is already infamous as a dense forest and scarce human habitat makes it a regular spot for drunkards and drug addicts. The locals have been demanding a police station in the area due to the nuisance of these anti-social elements. 

On the other hand, the Chief Minister, in his statements, has been harping launch of Gudiya Helpline and Shakti App.  The government is claiming that the females are safer in Himachal due to the initiatives of the new Bhartiya Janata Party-ruled government.

However, the safety of females and children are only getting worse with each passing day.

In the present case, the questions are being raised over the awareness campaigns and advertisements of the said helpline and mobile App.

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Foundation Stone of HP Central University in Kangra laid, Will Be Ready in 3 Years, Says Govt



HP Central University In Dehra, Kangra district

Kangra-The foundation stone of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh at Dehra in Kangra district was laid today by the Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

Prakash Javadekar said that the forest clearance for construction of this University was also accorded when he was the Union Forest and Environment Minister. The State Government deposited Rs 6 crore under CAMP Act for forest clearance.

As per the official information released, the Central University will have two campuses at two different locations. The first Campus would be at Jadrangal near Dharamshala, which would be spread in an area of 750 hectares. The second campus would be established at Dehra in an area of 287 hectares.

The Government said about Rs.1300 crore would be spent on construction of both these campuses and the same would be completed in the next three year, the government said. These campuses would be spread in an area of about 1000 hectare, making it one of the biggest University of the region.

The Government said that an amount of Rs.7044 crore was being spent on the education sector during the current financial year and a provision of Rs.7600 crore had been made for the next financial year.

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5MW Solar Power Plant in Bilaspur’s Naina Devi Ji Inaugurated



Solar Power Plant in Naina Devi In Bilaspur district - himachal pradesh

Shimla-The 5MW Berry Dol Solar Power Plant constructed near Shri Naina Devi Ji Shrine in Bilaspur district was inaugurated today. The HP Power Corporation Ltd. claimed it spent Rs. 36.24 crore on this project.

As per the official information released by the State Government, this power project is synchronised with Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board (HPSEB) Ltd 33/11 KV network Kot.

The power generated was being sold to HPSEB. T

This power project is expected to generate 101-lakh unit electricity per annum, earning revenue of Rs. 4.40 crore to the State exchequer.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, MPP and Power Minister Anil Sharma, MLA Jhanduta  J.R.Katwal , IG Himanshu Mishra, Deputy Commissioner Bilaspur Vivek Bhatia, CO IRB Gaurav Singh were present on the occasion.

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Avalanche in Kinnaur buries soldiers, 1 killed, 5 missing and feared dead



Kinnaur- An avalanche along the India-China border in Namgya region of Kinnaur district on Wednesday killed one soldier of Jammu and Kashmir Rifles while five others were buried and still missing. The body of one soldier, who was identified as Rakesh Kumar (41) of Ghumarpur village, Shahtalai, Bilaspur district, has been recovered. The rescue operation was underway at the time of writing.

The district administration and Superintendent of Police, Kinnaur, confirmed the news.

Jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and district police are carrying out an extensive search and rescue operation.  

As per initial reports, which are not clear, about 10 jawans of ITBP were hit by a massive avalanche at about 11 AM on Wednesday while they were moving from one post to another. Five to six jawans were buried. Remaining jawans rescued one of them who later died on the way to the hospital in Pooh.  

Verification of more details is still awaited.

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