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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 Govt Gears up for NPR Updation, Census 2021

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Shimla- Chief Secretary Anil Khachi on February 19, 2020, chaired one-day State Level Conference/training of Divisional Census Officers (DCO) and Principal Census Officers (PCO) of Himachal Pradesh on Census of India 2021 organised by Directorate of Census Operations Himachal Pradesh.

Chief Secretary asked to notify a nodal officer for Census 2020-21 at the district level for coordination of all Census related activities in the district. He also asked to appoint a Field Trainer at District level for all districts and their registration for technical assistance for operating Census Management and Monitoring System (CMMS), at the earliest. The appointment of enumerators and supervisors must also be adhered to, he added.

Director Census Operation, Dr Sushil Kapta informed that during Census 2021, all 12 districts of Himachal Pradesh including 73 Sub-Divisions, 172 Tehsils and Sub Tehsils and 20852 villages would be covered.

He said that 14,946 enumerators and 2532 Supervises would be involved Census 2021 in the state. He said that the exercise would take place in a phased manner. In phase one, the house listing and housing census operations and updation of National Population Register would take place on 16th May 2020 upto 30th June 2020.

In phase two, the population enumeration in general areas would take place from 9th to 28th February 2021. The revisional round would take place from 1st March to 5th March 2021. Also, in the second phase, the population enumeration in snow bound areas would take place from 11th to 30th September 2020 and the revisional round would begin from 1st October to 5th October 2020.

Deputy Director Census Operation, Dr Rajender Prasad gave detailed information on house listing and housing census schedules and its processes.

The Secretary, General Administrative Department (GAD) has been appointed as State Nodal Officer and Deputy Commissioners of all districts including Commissioners of Municipal Corporation, Shimla and Dharamshala have been appointed as Principal Census Officers for both rural and urban areas for the success of this exercise.

Secretary GAD Devesh Kumar, Deputy Commissioners and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.

Further, during the training, the Divisional Census Officers and Principal Census Officers were imparted training on the instruction manual for Houselisting & Housing Census and manual for National Population Register.

The Chief Secretary said that the objective of the training programme was to provide adequate exposure of the census exercise to the Divisional Census Officers and Principal Census Officers. He directed the DCO and PCO to complete the census operation in a befitting manner within the stipulated time frame. He directed the authorities to carry out the exercise with dedication and fidelity.

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School-Girl Allegedly Abducted, Gang-raped in BBN Hotel

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Solan-A school-girl was allegedly abducted by four men and gang-raped in a hotel in Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN) – the industrial area of Solan district. The area is already infamous for a higher rate of crime in the state.

The alleged crime was committed a month ago. However, the girl remained silent during this time as she was afraid due to threats given by accused. It is now that the girl has spoken to her parents about the alleged crime.

As per the complaint filed by the parents of the victim to police, while she was on her way to school, four men dragged her into a vehicle where they threatened the girl with some weapons, took her to a hotel in Baddi and gang-raped her.

As per the complaint, the father of the victim told police that last month a fire broke out at their stockyard. A few days after the fire, the girl was allegedly abducted and gang-raped by four men who also told the girl that it was them who had set their stockyard on fire. Before letting her go, the accused threatened her that her parents would have to pay the price with their lives if she dared to speak to anyone regarding the alleged crime.

Superintendent of Police, Solan, Rohit Malpani, confirmed filing a complained under Section 363, 376, and 34 of IPC. Search is underway to identify and nab the accused, he informed.

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Himachal to Host Paragliding Pre-World Cup at Bir-Billing

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Shimla- The Paragliding Pre-Word Cup would be organized at Bir- Billing in district Kangra. It was informed during a a meeting held under the chairmanship of R.D. Dhiman, Additional Chief Secretary (ACS), Tourism and Civil Aviation on February 22, 2020.

Dhiman informed that the Paragliding World Cup Association (PWCA) has given their permission to organise the paragliding pre-world cup. He said that the event would be organised from 31st March to 5th April 2020 at Bir-Billing. He further informed that there would be 100 participants from 28 different countries.

He said that Bir-Billing is very famous for this adventurous sports and earlier world level event was organised in the year 2015. Bir-Billing is one of the best paragliding sites in the world, he added.

For the safety and rescue of participants, the arrangement for helicopter has also been made.

The event is being organised by the Department of Tourism and Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali.

Yunus, Director of Tourism and Col. Neeraj Rana, Director Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali, were also present in the meeting.

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