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Jindan Murder Case: 3rd accused arrested, autopsy confirms assault with sticks/rods before being run over by SUV

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RTI Activist Kedar Singh Jindal Murdered

Shimla: The Special Investigation Team formed by the Himachal Pradesh Police to probe the case of the alleged murder of Kedar Singh Jindal in Bakras village of Shillai in Sirmaur district has arrested third accused on Tuesday.

Though the police is being careful in releasing details, it was confirmed that this third accused Karm Singh alias Kaku was also involved in the alleged murder of Jindan on September 7, 2018.

The police also confirmed receiving the autopsy report of the victim’s dead body. The autopsy has revealed that Jindan was first beaten with sticks/iron rods and then crushed under an SUV. Several pictures taken during the autopsy support this finding.

The eyewitnesses, regarding whom the police is not releasing much information, have also claimed witnessing an assault on Jindan by about half a dozen people.

The autopsy report suggests it to be a case of a pre-planned, cold-blooded murder due to personal grudges. Jindan was an RTI activist, social worker, and a politician. He had tried to expose a fraud in the Below Poverty Line scheme in which he had named the involvement of the up-pradhan, who was an influential man. The activist was demanding a probe in the fraud in which half a dozen people of the same panchayat allegedly used fake BPL certificates to avail government jobs.

Jindan used to raise the voice of SC/ST Community, but so far, the SIT is suggested that the cause of the alleged murder was not related to casteism.

The police had arrested the up-pradhan of panchayat Jai Prakash Singh and Gopal on the same day. The duo was on five-day remand till September 11. The court has extended the remand till September 17.

The SIT arrested the third accused after questioning over a dozen people and interrogation of the arrested accused. The reports of the forensic samples taken from the spot and vehicle used are still awaited. It was assured that all arrests were made on the basis of ample evidences. 

The SIT has not confirmed how many eyewitnesses have come forward. However, a report in a Hindi daily claimed there were two to five eyewitnesses who were not ready to give a statement to the police as they do not trust it. As per the daily, these witnesses said they would open their mouth only either in the court or in front of the Central Bureau of Investigation.

In the lack of a clear statement from the SIT, it is not known whether protection was provided to any witness or not. Ambiguous reports claimed that five witnesses were provided police protection.

As per SIT, it has almost solved the case and would make detailed revelations regarding it later.

The State police had to form a SIT in which no official of the Shillai station was included considering the distrust expressed by victim’s kin and other locals in them. The family alleges that Jindan had requested a police protection after he begun to receive threats to life, especially after exposing the alleged BPL scam.

However, he received a heavy security only for his funeral.

The family had made a special request to conduct an autopsy at the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, instead of Siramur.

The local MLAs continue to maintain distance from the victim’s family as well as the alleged murder.

Further, the credibility of the State Police is also at stake after the nine-member SIT formed to probe Gudia case of Kotkhai ended up in jail for framing innocent persons and killing one of them during custody. The SIT was headed by the then Inspector General Zahur H Zaidi. In the current case, the six-member SIT is headed by ASP, Nahan, Virender Thakur.

In response to the protest and demand of the Rajput Sabha to drop charges of murder and charges under SC/ST act against the arrested accused, the Director General of Police SR Mardi said the case is registered under appropriate Sections, which would not be dropped.

A large number of people had staged protest under the banner of Rajpur Sabha demanding registration of this case of cold-blooded murder as a road accident. The Sabha has also expressed their distrust in local police. 

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Himachal Pradesh: 662 New Cases & 7 Deaths in 24 Hours, Over 4500 Cases & 55 Deaths in 9 Nine Days

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Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 report

Shimla– The number of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in Himachal Pradesh was reported to be 662 and seven respectively on Friday till 7 pm. Kangra district reported the highest 165 new cases and four fatalities, while Sirmaur, Shimla, and Mandi recorded one fatality each.

View details of COVID-19 deaths below:

Daily covid 19 deaths

Source: HP NHM

Solan followed Kangra district with 132 new cases.

Find district-wise details of new cases below:

Daily COVID-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

Source: HP NHM

The COVID-19 case and death tallies have now reached 68173 and 1090 respectively. In April, the state has recorded a huge surge in cases. In the nine days of this month, the state has recorded 4568 new cases and 55 COVID-19 deaths – a rate of more than six deaths per day.

The state government today reviewed the situation in its Cabinet meeting and expressed concern. However, no restrictive measures were taken except extending the closure of all educational institutes till April 21.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining that a lockdown would be the last resort.

Further, the state government today said that to make vaccination people’s movement, 11th to 14th April may be celebrated as ‘Teeka Utsav’.

The government said that the biggest matter of concern was that the virus was spreading at a fast pace. In addition to this, the number of death has also increased rapidly. All the districts have been advised to enhance their capacity be it bed capacity, quarantine capacity and medical equipment capacity etc.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that strict action must also be taken against those involved in gross violation of SOPs. He said that the hoteliers must also strictly follow the SOPs so that the State Government may not be forced to take action. He said that laxity shown by the people has resulted in sharp resurgence of Covid cases in the State.

It’s pertinent to mention that during the campaigning for the elections to Municipal Corporations, all parties and their leaders including the Chief Minister violated all SOPs without attracting any action. The parties also faced criticism for ignoring public health for the sake of political interests, thus, setting wrong examples for the public.  

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HP Cabinet Decisions: Educational Institutes Closed Till April 21 Amid COVID-19 Surge, No Decision on Other Restrictions

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HP Cabinet decision on curfew

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet today held a meeting in which it expressed concern over the sharp surge in Covid-19 cases in the State. The Cabinet decided to keep all educational institutions closed till April 21. The institutes would also remain closed for teaching and non-teaching staff except the staff required for exam duties till the 21st of this month.

A decision was taken to fill up 311 posts of Forest Guards in the Forest Department on a contract basis through direct recruitment. These include already approved 113 posts of Forest Guards by the State Cabinet during its meeting held on 9th of March this year.   

The Cabinet decided to fill up 25 posts of Agriculture Development Officers on a contract basis in Agriculture Department through HP Public Service Commission against direct recruitment quota. 

It decided to implement the central sector scheme SVAMITVA in the state for surveying the land parcels in rural inhabited areas using Drone technology. For this, Revenue Department would be designated as the Nodal Department for implementation of the scheme with the support of the Panchayati Raj Department. For this, MoU would be signed with the Survey of India for starting the scheme in the State. A State Steering Committee, State Project Management Unit and District Project Monitoring Unit would also be constituted for effective implementation of the scheme.

The cabinet also gave its nod to extend employment on compassionate ground to the eligible indigent of the deceased employees against available vacant posts of Class-III and Class-IV in relaxation of five percent quota as against the available vacant posts of class-III and Class-IV in DC offices of Shimla, Kinnaur, Solan and Kangra and office of Settlement Officer Kangra Division.  

It also gave its consent that the project for the development of multi-storey parking-cum-shopping complex at U-Block Mandi may be awarded under PPP mode to the highest bidder at an annual concession fee of Rs. 63,63,000 plus GST and all other applicable taxes per annum, as per terms and conditions of RFP. The selected bidder would also pay an upfront premium of Rs. 2 crores to the authority by way of five equal instalments of Rs. 40 lakh each for 24 months starting from the compliance date.

The cabinet also gave its approval for the creation of five posts of different categories for each newly created Nagar Panchayats viz Shahpur, Chirgaon, Nerwa, Nirmand, Anni, Kandaghat and Amb for smooth functioning of these newly created Nagar Panchayats.

Presentations were also made before the Cabinet by Jal Shakti Department on the prevailing drought situation in the State. It was decided to hold a review meeting under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister including all the stakeholder departments for further decisions.

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Una Murder Case: Body of 22-Year-Old Girl Exhumed, Enraged Villagers Create Ruckus

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Una-The alleged murder of a 22-year-old girl in Jadla Kohri village under the Gagret sub-division of Una district created a stir on Wednesday as the police exhumed her body from near a temple complex.

According to the allegations, a man who was identified as one of the ‘pujaris of the temple, has admitted killing the girl. He reportedly admitted hitting her on the head with an iron rod and later burying the body.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Amb, has confirmed the report.

Una murder case

According to the initial information, the girl was missing since April 3, 2021, and a complaint regarding the same was filed at the local police station in Gagret the next day.

The police zeroed in on the said accused based on call details and reached the temple today. A large number of villagers also followed the police. When the police exhumed the body based on the location identified by the accused, angry villagers turned violent and demanded handing over the accused to them. A minor clash between police and villagers was also reported. Villagers vandalized the temple premises.

Amid this tense atmosphere, police somehow protected the accused from the enraged mob and managed to get him out safely.

The body of the girl was sent for post-mortem, the Superintendent of Police, Una, Arjit Sen, confirmed.

Though not officially confirmed, some local media reports suggested that the deceased and the accused were known to each other. The girl had recently got engaged to another man.

 Further details are awaited.

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