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Sanjauli-Navbahar Cemetery road has become hub of drug addicts, says women group demanding regular police patrolling

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Sanjauli chitta users

Shimla: The people of both rural and urban Shimla have now begun to pour on roads to protest against the inability of the State government to control drug/substance abuse spreading its tentacles in the capital.

The entrance of Heroin, infamously known as Chitta, has sounded an alarm in the State. Nowadays, ‘Udta Himachal’ on the lines of ‘Udta Punjab’ is the term that is being used to describe the situation in the State.

The youth in the capital is worse hit. The number of cases registered under Narcotics, Drugs and Psychoactive Substances (ND&PS) Act by Shimla Police in various police stations speaks for itself. Between July 1 to July 30, the police has registered over 20 cases under the ND&PS in Shimla only. About 70 percent of the cases are registered against Heroin offenders, which also include a female arrested near Bemloe.

However, these accused do not include any big fish but most victims who have become addicts, thus, helpless. 

At the same time, the State Police, in the Cabinet meeting held on July 24, 2018, at Shimla, had informed the State government that during the last six months, 831 drug offenders were arrested. 

Today, several women under the banner of Janwadi Mahila Samiti submitted a memorandum to the Shimla Police regarding increasing presence of drug/substance abusers on the road leading from Sanjuali to Navbahar Cemetery.

Outsiders including both boys and girls are making the Cemetery area in Navbahar an ‘adda’ (hub) of addicts, who could be seen sitting inside cars parked along the road or wandering on the said road,

a member of the Samiti said.

The height of lawlessness is that now commoners, especially females find it unsafe to use the road alone, especially during the evening hours,

she further added.

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The Cemetery in Navbahar in Shimla

The group, in its memorandum, has demanded that the police patrolling in the said area should be regular to deal with the situation and take action against the offenders.

Further, the Samiti expressed its concern regarding the heightened possibility of crimes under the influence of drugs.

Similarly, people in Rampur under the banner of the ‘Sutlej Basin Sangharsh Samiti’ took out a rally in Rampur along with submission of a memorandum to the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur.

The first concern expressed in the memorandum was increasing influence of drug peddlers and Heroin (Chitta) in the area under Rampur Tehsil as well as neighbouring district Kullu.

Already three to four lives have been lost due to Heroin and eight to nine cases were also registered, but still, the peddling and influence of this drug is only growing with each passing day,

the Samiti said.

The Samiti has demanded the formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe the causes and put a check on peddling of Heroin in the worst-hit areas.

Further, the people have been raising the demand to increase surveillance and patrolling near educational institutes, tuition centres, hostels, and other sensitive areas.

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Himachal Reports 87 COVID-19 Deaths in 11 Days With a Steep Rise in Cases

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COVID-19 deaths in Himachal pradesh on november 10

Shimla-With nine more COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, the tally for Himachal Pradesh has jumped to 399. The state is witnessing a surge in November as 87 deaths were reported during the last 11 days. Yesterday’s fatalities included seven males and two females aged between 45 to 87 years. Find the reasons for these fatalities below:

himachal pradesh -Update on covid-19 deaths

Further, according to the state Health Department’s official statistics, 610 new cases of COVID-19 were detected yesterday, of which Shimla reported highest (118) cases, followed by Mandi (116).

In Mandi district, as many as 26 more teachers and some students reportedly tested positive yesterday. The infected also included two doctors of Tanda Medical College, Kangra, and a couple of policemen in Sakoh.

Operation theatre at the Kamala Nehru Hospital, Shimla, was reportedly closed for a week. Similarly, the women police station in Shimla was also closed following the detection of a case.

Further, the state High Court has taken suo moto cognizance of a news report published in an English daily and issued a notice to the government. The news pertained to Indira Gandhi Medical College, which ran out of space for COVID-19 patients in isolation wards.

As per official data, the total for COVID-19 in the state had reached 27418 till yesterday evening (9 pm), of which 5605 were active cases. Mandi district has reported highest 4194 cases, followed by Solan (3958), Shimla (3725), and Kangra (3635).

The state government is barely speaking on the alarming rise in fatalities and its strategy to control it. But Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Sihunta under Bhatiyat Assembly Constituency yesterday, did hail the Prime Minister and claimed that the nation is out of COVID-19 crisis.

“He (PM) has successfully brought the Nation out of Covid-19 crisis,”

Chief Minister said.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 11, 2020 (9 pm)

 

 

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Himachal Reports 12 COVID-19 Deaths in Single Day, Surge in Cases in Shimla

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths till diwali

Shimla-COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in Himachal Pradesh as a record 12 fatalities were reported on Tuesday. Of the 611 new positive cases yesterday, Shimla reported highest 148 with seven fatalities. The deceased included 11 males and a female aged between 47 to 92 years.  During the last three days, the state has reported 25 fatalities. Find the details regarding the causes of deaths below:

Himachal Pradesh Record COVID-19 deaths

The state government had yesterday decided to close all educational institutes in Himachal for 15 days after over a hundred teachers and students tested positive in schools. The government termed it as a special vocation for students, teachers, and non-teaching staff of all educational institutes.

The capital has witnessed a surge as over 750 cases were reported during the last six days. In the season of festivity and marriages, social distancing and other guidelines issued by the MHA for personal protection are being flaunted, which is only fueling the spread. 

On top of it, the COVID-19 Hospitals in the state have begun to run out of beds for patients in isolation wards. The largest medical facility in the state – Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital- was packed to its full capacity, which was only 85 beds. Dr Rajneesh Pathania, Principal of IGMC, confirmed the report. According to media reports, DDU hospital, Shimla, had also run out of space. The government is yet to prepare the make-shift hospitals it had announced a couple of months ago. 

So far, according to the official statistics, the state had reported a total of 26808 cases till yesterday evening (9 pm), and the official COVID-19 death tally had mounted to 390.

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

Update Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 for november 10, 2020

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Amid Alarming Surge in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths, Hospitals Including IGMC Running Out of Space

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Shimla– Amid the festive season, Himachal Pradesh is witnessing an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases and fatalities. As a matter of huge concern, the Indira Gandhi Medical College & Hospital, Shimla, has run out of beds in isolation facility and can’t accommodate more patient, unless someone is discharged or dies. There was space for only 85 patients at the hospital, which is full presently.

The DDU hospital, too, is running out of capacity with a surge in cases. Further, make-shift hospitals announced by the state government haven’t seen light of day. IGMC is the largest medical facility of the state and COVID-19 patients in critical condition were referred here.  

The situation could worsen due to the ongoing festive and wedding season. Markets are crowded and people are hardly following social distancing norms in marriages.

Further, yesterday seven people including a 16-year-old girl lost their lives. The decision to open schools seems to be backfiring as hundreds of teachers and several students were found positive for COVID-19 during the past few days. There are speculations that the state government could decide on closing schools for some time in the Cabinet meeting to be held today.

Details regarding the causes of fatalities below:

Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 deaths in november 2020 f

On Monday, five doctors and nine staff nurses at the Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College and Hospital, Nerchowk in Mandi district, tested positive.

Yesterday, the state reported a record 711 confirmed cases with seven fatalities in a single day. Shimla district reported the highest 204 confirmed cases.

The COVID-19 death tally has now mounted to 378, while the total number of cases had reached 26197 till yesterday evening (till 9 pm).

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for November 9, 2020 (9 pm)

 

Himachal Pradesh covid-19 cases on november 10

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