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HP Police forms SIT to probe Jindan murder case, Rajput Sabha jumps in support of accused

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HP Police SIT to probe Jindan murder case

Sirmaur: After outrage and protests over the alleged murder of Kedar Sing Jindan, the Himachal Pradesh Police has formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the case. The six-member SIT led by the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Virender Singh Thakur comprises of SHO Rajgarh, SHO Majara, SI Paonta Sahib, and others.

It was informed that no member of the Shillai police station was included in the SIT to ensure a fair probe. The SIT has begun to investigate the case and questioned over two dozen people in Bakras village on Tuesday.

The forensic team has also taken samples from the spot, which have been sent for testing. Reports are coming that the police has received the report of the post-mortem of Jindan’s dead body.

Meanwhile, a person, who claimed himself to be an eyewitness in the case, was seen giving a statement to the media. The video was posted by the Dalit News Network (DDN) in which this person is claiming that he saw two accused and three others beating Kedar and then running over with an SUV. However, the police have not confirmed anything in this regard.

A newly form group calling itself Rajput Sabha is protesting against the arrest of the accused and demanded a removal of murder charges against them. The Sabha also objected filing charges under the SC/ST Act and demanded to remove the same. The Sabha wants police to file a case of a road accident saying that the police charged the two accused of murder without any initial investigation.

Rajput Sabha Stages Protest against MLA Rakesh Singha, Burn Effigy

The Rajput Sabha staged a protest against the sitting Member of Legislative Assembly, Theog, Rakesh Singha alleging that he gave a casteist colour to the case in his address during the protest on the Shimla Ridge. In Shillai market, the Sabha also burned an effigy of the MLA. The number of people who participated in the protest against Singha and police was much higher than those who protested against the alleged murder.

The Sabha is demanding police action against the leader alleging him of inciting people of Shillai region.

The protestors including sitting and former panchayat pradhans also submitted a memorandum to the Superintendent of Police Rohit Malpani, with a warning of more aggressive protests if the Section 302 wasn’t removed from the FIR.

Both former and sitting MLAs of Shillai have maintained distance from the incident and are reluctant in commenting over the same. The local MLA had also not attended the funeral of Jindan.

The Sabha is also objecting to the deployment of heavy police force in Shillai saying it is a peace-loving region that does not require it.

 High Court Bar Association Demand Fair Probe 

The Bar Association of Himachal Pradesh High Court has come out in support of Jindan, who was an advocate and member of the Association. The Association, after holding a meeting regarding the case, said the High Court should take suo motu cognizance in the matter to ensure fair a probe as the role of district police was suspicious.  The Association said it would also file a petition in the court regarding the same.

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Himachal Records 81% Turnout in 3rd Phase of PRI Polls, Congress Make a Come Back in Theog MC after 20 Years

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Shimla-The third phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutes in Himachal Pradesh recorded around 81 percent polling on January 21, 2021. The elections were held in 1137 Gram Panchayats in this phase. The highest 94 percent polling was registered in Lodhi Majra Panchayat of Nalagarh development block in Solan district. This information was released by a spokesperson of HP Election Commission

District-wise, Sirmaur recorded 85% turnout, followed by Solan (85%) Kullu (84%),Chamba (82.8%), Mandi (82.7%), Una (81.1%), Shimla (82%),Una (81%), Bilaspur (80.3%), Hamirpur (78.1%), Kangra (78%), and Kinnaur (70%).

 Further, 48 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation also cast their votes.

The Spokesperson said that the poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state.

Counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on January 22, 2021, at block headquarters.

Congress made a come back to Theog Municipal Council after 20 years. While Vivek Thapar was elected as the Chairman of the MC, Reen Roy was elected as the Vice-Chairman. Congress has already registered wins in Rohru and Rampur MCs and Chopal, Kotkhai and Sunni Nagar panchayats.

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Congress After Registering Victory in Theog MC Elections

The HPCC chief Kuldeep Singh Rathore, while speaking to media persons yesterday, said that of the total seven Wards of the Theog MC, Congress has claimed victory on four wards while remaining three Wards went to independent candidates. Congress alleged that BJP had left no stone unturned to pressurize, lure, and threaten elected members to gain their support. 

Rathore mocked at the defeat of BJP MP’s bother in Mandi district. Further, the candidate in Ghumarwin of Bilaspur – home district of BJP Chief Jagat Prakash Nadda-  had also faced defeat, Rathore said. BJP candidate in Sujanpur – home to Union Minister for State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Anurag Thakur-could also not register a victory and lost, he said.

Congress also registered a victory in elections to Parwanoo MC. Kuldeep Singh Rathore, said that winning candidate Nisha Sharma joined Congress yesterday. She had won twice from the same Ward on BJP ticket. This time, she was denied ticket and fought the elections as an independent candidate. 

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Nisha Sharma Joins Congress

Rathore alleged that the government has been trying to threaten Nisha by registering a fake case of illegal construction. Similarly, husband of Chandrawati – another Congress councilor in Parwanoo- who runs a depot was fined wrongfully yesterday, Rathore alleged.   

While BJP has been making claims of victory on the majority of seats, Congress had been terming it as a bluff.  Also, it had been alleging BJP of misusing government machinery. Independent candidates are being bought and allurements are being given to winning Congress candidates, Rathore alleged.  

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Himachal: 80% Voter Turnout in 2nd Phase of Panchayat Polls

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Election Commission informed that the elections for 1208 Gram Panchayats were held today in the second phase in which around 80 percent polling was registered.

Overall, 75 COVID-19 patients and persons in isolation cast their votes as per the standard operating procedures.

The highest polling has been registered in Nandpur Gram Panchayat of Nalagarh developmental block of Solan district where the voter turnout was reported to be 96 percent.

The poll was held peacefully and there was no report of any untoward incident in the state. The counting of votes for Pradhan, Up-Pradhan and members was under the process and the results were awaited till late evening. The counting of votes for Zila Parishad and Panchayat Samiti will be held on 22 January 2021 at block headquarters.

Election-related process and results have been uploaded for the general public on sechimachal.nic.in.

The election for third and final phase for 1137 Panchayats would be held on 21 January 2021.

The first phase of elections to Panchayati Raj Institutions in Himachal Pradesh was held in 1228 Gram Panchayats on January 17, 2021. The overall polling percentage in the first phase was reported to 77.50%.

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Bird Flu Confirmed in Dead Poultry Dumped Near Himachal Borders, Ban on Poultry Products Extended   

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Himachal Pradesh Extends Ban on poultry

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Government has temporarily extended the ban on entry of poultry and poultry products into the State from neighbouring states for one more week. A notification to this regard was issued on January 18, 2021.

 The Government said that during the past few days, there had been incidences of dumping of dead poultry in the border areas of the State. Samples were collected from these dead birds, and disposed of the remaining birds as per protocol, it said. NIHSAD Lab, Bhopal, has confirmed Avian Influenza-H5N8 in the dumped birds.

Hundreds of dead poultry birds were found dumped along the Parwanoo-Solan stretch on the National Highway. The police was yet to identify culprits responsible.

However, the State Government said that the Flu has not been detected in the local poultry.

The State Government said that a “Bird Flu” outbreak was notified on January 6, 2021, in Pong Dam wetland of district Kangra. The count for migratory bird death due to the Flu had mounted to 4936 till January 18, 2021. On January 17, only 21 migratory birds died in the Pong Dam wetland area.

The State Government said a sharp decline was reported in death of migratory birds due to avian influenza outbreak in the Pong dam lake wildlife sanctuary.

Ten Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) of Wildlife Wing would continue to work in the wetland for collection and safe disposal of dead birds as per protocol till no mortality is recorded. 

Till January 18, 2021 outbreaks of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in 5 States for poultry birds and in 9 States for crows, migratory and wild bird.

Culling of poultry birds had to be taken in all the affected epicentres including CPDO, Mumbai. Culling operation of poultry in Haryana was also underway. The outbreak has is causing losses worth crores to poultry farmers. 

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