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

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parents rub noses seeking CBI probe into Nurpur tragedy

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.

Nurpur school bus accident parents rub noses

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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.

parents of nurpur tragedy victims protest in dharamshala

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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.

Feature Image Credits: Divya Himachal/Amar Ujala/News18

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In Himachal, Over 50 Lakh Voters to Cast Vote in 7730 Polling Stations on May 19

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Polling in Himachal Pradesh

Shimla– Over fifty lakh voters are set to vote in 7730 polling stations in four parliamentary constituencies of Himachal Pradesh in the last phase of the ongoing Lok Sabha election on May 19.

Talking about the poll preparations, Additional Chief Electoral Officer DK Rattan said, “53,30,154 voters will vote in 7730 polling stations on May 19. 373 polling stations are critical, 47 companies of central paramilitary forces have been deployed there.

It’s being ensured that voting takes place peacefully at all polling stations. Rattan said that polling agents have either reached their respective polling stations or are on their way

“Polling party for the remote, tribal polling station at Bara Bhangal in Kangra district was sent on May 15. In Shimla’s Dodra Kawar, teams and material were sent for seven polling stations on May 16,”

he said

“In Lahaul Spiti district, the polling station has been set at an altitude of 15,256 feet at Tashigang. This is the world’s highest polling station,”

he added. (ANI)

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Nauni Varsity Scholar Selected for World Congress on Agroforestry 2019, France

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Krishan Lal Gautam of UHF Nauni in France

Solan: Krishan Lal Gautam, a doctorate student of Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has been selected to give a poster presentation at the 4th World Congress on Agroforestry, being held in Montpellier, France from 20-22 May 2019.

Based on the abstract the scientific committee of the Congress has selected Krishan Lal for receiving 1921 euros grant for attending the event. This includes 340 euros for registration and other fees while another 1,481 euros is being paid to facilitate travel, accommodation, visa and living expenses.

Krishan Lal has completed his B Sc (Hons) Forestry and M Sc Agroforestry from UHF. He is presently pursuing his doctorate in Agroforestry from the university. The title of the poster presentation is ‘Effect of different types of organic manure on the production of Lepidium sativum under Morus based agroforestry system’.

Dr HC Sharma, UHF Vice-Chancellor said that it was a great achievement for a student to be selected for an international academic event of such high repute. He hoped that Krishan Lal will not only represent the institution but also shine at the event. The Dean College of Forestry and the faculty also wished him success at the event.

The 4th World Congress on Agroforestry will see the participation of more than 1000 delegates and leading keynote speakers from all over the world to address a wide range of key agroforestry research issues. It will gather facts and figures from developing and developed countries and support a collaborative effort with broad social participation. Special attention will be given to vulnerable countries and populations.

The overall objective of the Congress is to contribute to the progress of agroforestry science and practice in order to bridge the science-policy gap. Some of the topics which will be covered during the congress are agroforestry and climate change, agroforestry, food security and nutrition, adoption of agroforestry, agroforestry policies etc.

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Shimla Rape Case: An Eyewitness Confirms Part of Victim’s Statement

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Update on Shimla Rape Case Victim

Shimla-The alleged case of rape with a 19-year-old in Shimla’s Bhattakufar area has become more complicated as an eyewitness confirmed a part of the victim’s statement given to police. As per reports, this eyewitness, in his statement, told police that he was parking his car on that night (28 April) when this girl came to him rushing and asking for help.

“He claimed the 19-year-old was in a semi-nude condition and was begging for help when he came across her near the Hill Grove on the Dhalli-Bhattakufar road,”

reported News 18

She was so scared that she tried to enter his car, he said. She asked him about the name of the location. The eyewitness told her that it was Hill Groove.

This eyewitness said he told the girl to not to worry and even told her that he would call her wife if that makes her feel safe.

A few minutes later, the eyewitness told the police, two persons came on a bike. One of the boys gave his shirt to the girl and took her with him. The eyewitness also gave initials of the bike number, and said he could not remember the complete number as it was dark.

The eyewitness also identified the boy in front of police later.

The police also questioned the boy, who is said to be a friend of the girl. As per the boy, he later provided the girl with his sister’s clothes. The sister of the boy also confirmed the same, said a Hindi Daily.

The eyewitness said that on reaching home he had told about this incident to his wife as well.

Sources said the girl had mentioned in her complaint seeking help from a man after she was allegedly raped, which has been now confirmed. The girl had made a call to his friend and on the Gudiya helpline between 9:20 PM and 10 PM. Police has not revealed any further details about the call records of the girl’s phone.

However, the appearance of this eyewitness has raised questions over the claim of the police that the girl’s statement was not matching with its findings.

Earlier, police had claimed that CCTV footages of about 1.5 km area concerned to the alleged crime did not corroborate with the girl’s statement regarding kidnap. Also, police had claimed that the girl had withdrawn her statement and denied her own allegations in her statement given before the magistrate under CrPC 164.

As a contrast to it, now police said a sketch of the accused have been prepared on the description given by the girl.

The report of the second opinion on medical examination of the girl has not been made public yet.

The report of the magisterial probe into the role of Lakkar Bazaar police that was to be submitted by Thursday evening has also been delayed.

As per the English Daily The Tribune, police have questioned about 70 persons in connection to the alleged crime.

“The girl had said the accused was not known to her and was in his early 30s, wore specs and had a mole on his lower lip.

the Daily reported.

So far, police is clueless about unidentified accused.

Another striking aspect related to the case is that the family of the victim has not given any statement so far.

Family of Victim Under Pressure from BJP Govt in Haryana: Rathor

On the other hand, the President of the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee, Kuldeep Rathor, in a press conference in Solan district on Thursday claimed, the family of the girl was being pressurized to hush-up the matter. He alleged that he has received this information from credible sources. As the girl hails from Haryana, and BJP is in power in both Himachal Pradesh and Haryana, her family was pressurized to not speak of it. This is the reason that after filing an FIR, the girl had to withdraw her statement, he alleged.

Rathor has also demanded a judicial probe under the supervision of the State High Court for a fair investigation.  

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