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Yug Murder Case Verdict: Court awards death penalty to all 3 convicts

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Shimla: In the Yug murder case that had sent waves of shock across the State, the District and Session Judge, Virender Singh, today awarded death penalty to three convicts who had abducted and murdered a 4-year-old in June 2014 with a motive of extorting money.

On August 6, 2018, the court had pronounced all three convicts, Chander Sharma (26), Vikrant Bakshi (22) and Tejinder Pal (29), guilty under Sections 302, 347 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code. However, the verdict was kept reserved to allow argument over sentencing.

The parents of the victim had been expecting that the court would definitely award capital punishment to the murderers of their child.

However, as per the law, the decision of the lower court would be valid only after the State High Court approves it.  The convicts have been given a time of 30 days to move the High Court to repeal against the verdict. 

Parents of Yug

Parents of Yug

All three convicts were brought to the court under tight security as the public had tried to thrash the convicts at least twice during the hearings.

Yug was abducted from near his house in Ram Bazaar in Shimla city on June 14, 2014. One of the convict, Chander, was the neighbour of the victim family. Tejinder ran a shop in Ram Bazaar while third convict Vikrant was an engineering student.

Shimla Police under then Superintendent of Police, DW Negi, had failed miserably in solving the case.

After an unsuccessful police investigation of several months, the case was handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of Himachal Pradesh.

Their grief knew no bounds when the CID team recovered parts of Yug’s skeletal from a water tank on August 22, 2016, after a long investigation. The CID filed a charge-sheet against the accused on October 25, 2016.

Shimla Water Tank

MC water tank in Bharari from which remains were recovered: Photo: Amar Ujala

The investigation revealed that after a week of abduction on June 14, the convicts tied him to a stone with a rope and threw him into a Shimla Municipal Corporation’s water supply tank in Kelston on June 21. Yug was alive when he was thrown into the tank.

The convicts had not asked for ransom until June 27 when the parents received a letter demanding a ransom of Rs. 3.6 crores. However, by then the convicts had already murdered Yug a week ago.

The recovery of the skeletal remains had jolted the state, which was followed by public protests demanding a death penalty for the three convicts. The Bar Association had also decided to not to take up the case of any of the accused. The case was first-of-its-kind in Himachal Pradesh – a considerably peaceful place as compared to rest of the States.

 

 

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COVID-19 Update: 9 New Cases in Himachal Including a 75-Year-old Kidney Patient in Critical Condition  

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Himachal PRadesh corona virus daily report may 29

Hamirpur– On Friday, as per the daily mid-day bulletin issued by the Health Department for May 29, the COVID-19 tally for Himachal Pradesh has reached 290 as nine new cases have been reported from Hamirpur and Kangra district. While five persons tested positive in Hamirpur, four cases were reported from Kangra district. One person is said to be critical and admitted to the Nerchowk Medical College.

Kangra and Hamirpur have reported 172 cases out of the total 290 cases in the State, and this number continues to spiral upward. So far, no cases have been reported from Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti, which implies that the remaining eight districts have reported 118 cases.

Himachal Pradesh Daily Corona report may 29

Among today’s cases, the persons tested positive from Hamirpur include a 31-year-old man and his 28-year-old wife from Maahal area and both had returned from Ahmadabad. They were under institutional quarantined at Nadaun Degree College. Third-person has been identified as a 34-year-old resident of Bakarti and had returned from Delhi. Remaining two cases include a 32-year-old woman from Naduan who had returned from Mumbai and a 57-year-old resident of Tauni Devi who had returned from Kota, Rajasthan. All were under institutional quarantine.

In Kangra, three persons who tested positive had returned from Maharashtra on May 25. They include a 42-year-old female from Sanghol, a 33-year-old man from Gadran, and 27-year-old from Thural.

In the fourth case, a 75-year-old person who is a kidney patient and is in critical condition, has been referred to Nerchowk. He had returned from Delhi.

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COVID-19 Update: Eight New Cases from Three Districts Take Total for Himachal to 281

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Himachal Pradesh Covid-19 cases on may 28

Shimla– The COVID-19 tally for Himachal Pradesh reached 281 on May 28 with detection of infection in eight more people from Solan, Kangra, and Mandi districts.

According to the daily COVID-19 bulletin (9:00 PM) released by the Health Department, four cases were reported from Kangra, three from Solan, and one from Mandi district.

The cases from Kangra include a 60-year-old resident of Indora, a 20-year-old female resident of Baijnath, a 30-year-old resident of Nagrota-Bagwan, and a 35-year-old female resident of Baijnath. All of these persons had returned from Mumbai in a special train and were under institutional quarantine in Parror.

In Solan’s Baddi, three persons who tested positive include a 30-year-old woman who had returned from Uttar Pradesh. Two other include a mother and son, residents of Ramshahar, who had returned from Delhi on May 22 and were under institutional quarantine.

The person who tested positive in Mandi had returned from Pune. He was identified as a 20-year-old resident of Jogindernagar. He was also under institutional quarantine.

Till the last update on May 28, the total for the State had risen to 281, of which 199 are active. So far, Hamirpur, Kangra, and Una have reported 93, 69, and 32 confirmed COVID-19 cases respectively. On May 28, a total of 1615 persons were tested, of which 1125 tested negative, while report of 489 was still awaited. 

Refer to the table below for data from other districts:

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till May 28, 2020 (9:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh District wise Covid-19 data till 28 May

 

 

 

 

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Alert: Locust Attack Expected in Himachal’s Four Districts, Know How to Save Crops  

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Shimla– Swarms of Desert Locust are reportedly destroying crops in Himachal Pradesh’s adjoining states and may spread to the hill State, Director Agriculture Dr. R.K. Koundal speculates. He said, high alert has been issued for Kangra, Una, Bilaspur, and Solan districts of the State.

So far, the States of Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh have been hit by the locust swarms. There are active swarms of immature locust in Barmer, Jodhpur, Nagaur, Bikaner, Ganganagar, Hanumangarh, Sikar, Jaipur Districts in Rajasthan and Satna, Gwalior, Seedhi, Rajgarh, Baitul, Devas, Agar Malwa district of Madhya Pradesh.

People from these States have been Tweeting videos and pictures of these swarms.

Dr. R.K. Koundal said that field functionaries have been alerted to keep continuous and constant vigilance on locust activity and get ready to control any locust emergency. Farmers have been asked to report any activity of locusts to nearby Agriculture Officers.

Desert Locusts usually fly with the wind at a speed of about 16-19 km per hour depending on the wind. When swarm settles down in a particular area it should be quickly treated chemically,  mechanically beaten and buried by digging trenches.

At present, the primary method of controlling Desert Locust swarms and hopper bands is mainly with organophosphate chemical applied in small concentrated doses (referred to as ultra-low volume (ULV) formulation) by vehicle-mounted and aerial sprayers and to a lesser extent by a knapsack and hand-operated sprayers. Small patches of locust should be immediately sprayed by ULV.

Director Agriculture further said that all the field officers have been directed to create awareness among the farmers regarding the locust attack. He said that directions have also been given to check its gregarious and solitary forms immediately by spraying contact insecticides. Bio-insecticides like Metarhizium and Beauveria at 200 gm per 30 litres of water or canal is also effective for control in the long run. Bio-Control Laboratory Kangra and Mandi have been directed to prepare these bio-insecticides at their full capacities.

Presently no locust activity has been reported from any part of the State. Field Officers have directed to keep continuous watch and report any activity of the locust in the fields to the Agriculture Directorate for rebuffing the locust attack effectively.

About Locust Swarms

Locust is an omnivorous and migratory pest and has the ability to fly hundreds of kilometers collectively. It is a trans-border pest and attacks the crop in a large swarm. Found in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, they inhabit some 60 countries and can cover one-fifth of Earth’s land surface. Desert locust plagues may threaten the economic livelihood of one-tenth of the world’s human population. Swarms of locusts in the desert come to India from Africa/ Gulf/ South West Asia during the summer monsoon season and go back towards Iran, Gulf & African countries for spring breeding.

Mature desert locust can eat its own weight in food every day. While this may seem small — a locust only weighs two grams — a relatively small swarm can contain 40 million locusts. Such a swarm would consume as much food in one day as 35,000 people.

In India more than 2 lakh square kilometers area comes under Scheduled Desert Area.

Usually, the locust swarms enter the Scheduled Desert Area of India through Pakistan for summer breeding in the month of June/July with the advent of monsoon. This year, however, the incursions of locust hoppers and pink swarms have been reported much earlier because of the presence of a residual population of Locusts in Pakistan which they couldn’t control last season. Since 11th April 2020, locust hoppers and from 30th April 2020, the incursion of pink immature adults has been reported in bordering districts of Rajasthan and Punjab, which are being controlled. Pink immature adults fly high and cover long distances during day hours from one place to another along with the westerly winds coming from the Pakistan side. Most of these pink immature adults settle on the trees at night and mostly fly during the day.

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