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Nurpur Tragedy: Sobbing parents rub noses, crawl to DC Office, seek CBI probe

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Shimla: Yesterday, after a banner with pictures of children killed in Nurpur school bus accident was seen near Hanuman Temple in Kachehri market of Dharamshala in Kangra district, several parents were seen rubbing noses on the ground while crawling to the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Kangra, Sandeep Kumar.

For onlookers, it was a disheartening scene to see that the people were rubbing their noses to get justice as the government neglects their grievance. Parents seek a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation saying that only the agency could expose all those responsible for this accident.

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The parents carried photographs of their deceased children and broke out while pleading to the DC to carry their request for a fair probe to the Chief Minister.

Related Story: Banner with plea of 24 children killed in Nurpur tragedy to CM for justice

When the DC talked about the memorial that the government has announced in memory of the killed children, the parents said,

We do not want a memorial; we want justice”

The parents submitted a written plea for a fair probe into the tragic incident that killed their pre-school going children. The parents said they were not satisfied with the magisterial probe and its report, which is not being made public. The district administration has asked parents to file an RTI to obtain a copy of the report.

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We came here to demand justice for our children. We are demanding CBI inquiry as the administration has tried to hide the things. There are three to four departments involved in this case and CBI can reveal the things. We want strict punishment for the persons responsible for this accident,

Beena Pathania, one of the victim’s grandmother told ANI.

The ADM told us yesterday that all reports were based on facts but he didn’t say anything about retaining wall or the truck. We are not happy with this report,

said Naresh Singh, another victim’s father.

The parents also alleged that the official who conducted the probe either did not meet them or hear them. The parents said the government is protecting the responsible government officials as well as the contractor.

Also Read: Findings of magisterial probe into Nurpur Tragedy exposes HPPWD’s blunder

Five months have passed since April 9, 2018, when the school bus had rolled down a gorge in Nupur’s Guchal village at a black spot, killing 27 persons including the driver and 23 children on the spot. One of the kids died a week after the accident.

The parents said the government and Chief Minister had assured them that culprits including the officials of the State Public Works Department and contractor responsible for not repairing the collapsed part of the road, which had resulted in a tragedy that scared the parents for rest of their lives.

An accident had taken place at the same spot in which a truck had fallen into the same gorge. All formalities including the insurance claim were completed for the said truck, but still, it was not removed. The parents alleged it made the bus accident more fatal. The questions why the authorities did not ensure removal of the truck. 

Some parents also alleged that there were irregularities in the passing of the bus despite being a very old model. The parents said they have knocked almost every door including the State High Court but are still deprived of justice for their children. They said their deceased children won’t find peace even in death until the culprits are brought to justice.

The parents said they have also written a letter to the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on the behalf of the deceased children as no one is listening to them.

Moreover, the parents are left alone to fight this battle as they are hardly receiving any support from the people or social organizations. So far, the Chief Minister has not issued any statement regarding the plea of the parents.

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Shimla Police Nabs Escaped Murder Accused from Tara Devi Forest After Two Days

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Shimla Police has nabbed the undertrial accused of murder who had escaped from the custody of policemen on Wednesday. The accused was re-captured from the forests near the Tara Devi temple after a search operation of two days. The teams of police used drone cameras and search dogs in this search operation.

On November 17, 2021, Dadi Ram aka Sagar (37) – a Nepalese who was booked for the rape and murder of his mother-in-law on July 31, 2020, in Theog, Shimla district, and was kept at the Model Central Jail Kanda – had ditched two policemen near Tavi mod (curve) while he was being taken to the court for a hearing. He had jumped down the forest and was at large since then.

CCTV footage from a nearby building had also appeared in which the accused was seen escaping the custody of policemen. The incident had drawn flak for the Shimla Police, and several questions were raised on the working of the police. The people raised various questions; like why a murder accused was not handcuffed? Why the police didn’t use a vehicle to take him to court?

According to the district police, after the accused escaped, teams of police from Boileauganj and other concerned police stations were formed and deployed in re-capturing him. The teams also included jawans from the 6th India Reserve Battalion and Rapid Action Force. Alongwith search operations in Forests around Taradevi and Shoghi, checking of buses and vehicles at barriers and trains was also conducted regularly.

As per the police, on November 19, 2021, the accused was spotted in the forest near Tara Devi through a drone camera. The teams of police cordoned the forest and searched for the accused. Eventually, the teams succeeded in capturing the accused. He has been brought to the Boileauganj police station.  

 

 

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Negligence of HP University in Mark-Sheet Evaluation Allegedly Costs One Year Loss to Student, HC Issues Notice to Varsity on PIL

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh University is again in the news after a student of Government College, Hamirpur, filed a Public Interest Litigation in the State High Court alleging loss of one year to his career due to negligence of the varsity in evaluating his answer sheet.

It’s pertinent to mention that, varsity administration, especially Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Sikandar Kumar, is already under fire for allegedly tweaking rules to allow admission of his ward and wards of a couple of other officials to PhD by bypassing mandatory entrance exams/NET/JRF.

In the current case, a Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mohammad Rafiq and Justice Sabina issued notices to the Registrar and the Controller of Examination of  HP University, Shimla.

As per the petitioner, Keshav Singh, he was a student of B.Sc (Maths) in the Government College, Hamirpur, for the session 2017-2020. He appeared in the examination for the 5th semester in November 2019.  In February 2020, he appeared in IIT Jam and scored 40.33 marks out of 100 and became eligible to get admission in M.Sc(PG Course) NIT.

However, in June 2020, the results of the 5th semester were declared and he was given only 5 marks out of 70 in one of the subjects, due to which he could not get admission to the NIT.  He has further said that he had a good academic record and attempted most of the questions in this exam. He applied for rechecking of his paper.  After re-checking, 42 marks were enhanced and he scored 47 marks in that subject. But the re-evaluation result was declared after counselling for the M.Sc. By that time, all the seats were filled up and he couldn’t get an admission.

Though he again cleared the exam for  IIT Jam, 2021, the student alleged that the mental harassment and mental distress he faced was irreparable. He lost one year during the era of this cut-throat competition and thousands of people overtook him, he said. He also alleged that due to negligence of the respondent University, he remained deprived of investing his one year for making his career bright as he could not attend any counselling of IIT/NIT JAM and could not fill up any forms for any competitive exam. For this loss,  the varsity is liable to pay compensation to him, he pleaded.

The petitioner has prayed in the court to direct the respondents to pay him adequate compensation and to adopt a fair and proper manner of checking the answer sheets so that in the future no one faces the same situation as has been faced by him.

The HP High Court directed the respondents (varsity) to file their reply within three weeks and posted the matter for December 8, 2021.

 

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The Himalayan Expedition “Silk Route – Chapter Hatu” Trek & Run Competition Concludes Successfully

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Shimla-As a joint venture, ‘The Himalayan Expedition Silk Route’ – a new trek and run competition- was organized at Narkanda, Shimla district, Himachal Pradesh on 14th, November 2021. Organized by Adventure North, Kawasaki Advertisers, Deodar Cottage, and Homeland Himalaya; the inaugural event was entitled ‘Chapter Hatu’. During this first trek, the participants had to trek 4.5 km uphill to the Hatu Peak – at an altitude of 3400 meters. Followed by a downhill trek of 9 km for the Adventure category.

However, the competitive runners, including two girl athletes, had to run another 14 km to Khadarala to complete the race.

A total of 31 people, from children aged 8-years-old to senior citizens, participated in the inaugural leg.

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The event was flagged off from the Sili Kandli at 8:19 am.

The race was organized in two categories; “Adventure” for the trekking enthusiasts and the “Competitive” category for the endurance challengers.

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Along the entire route, 13 teams were available at hydration desks placed at every two kilometers. Also, a well-equipped ambulance with a medic team of three, including a female, was in place.

Rahul Beakta of Theog, Shimla, won the competition by completing 26.5 km in 2 hours 56 minutes. He was followed by Bappan, Shimla, and Captain Vineet Sharma, Kathlee Ghat. The entire competitive and adventure leg was completed successfully, without any injury.

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“It was the first promotional event for a trek and run of 300 km to scale the old ‘Silk Route from Narkanda to Namgia (near China border)’ with a minimal carbon footprint. We plan the second chapter with an additional 60 km in 2022,” the organizers informed.

“This marathon goes through the apple belt of the mid-Sutlej region all along the silk route to Shipki La. Be a part of this heritage and run along the paths and trails of this lost era, ‘The Silk Route’, which has lost its prominence in the modern world, the organizers further added.

The second leg of The Himalaya Expedition is scheduled for October 2022.

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