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Jindan Murder: Activist’s wife labels serious allegations against police, demands CBI probe

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Kedar singh jindan's wife speaks

Shimla: Hem Lata, the wife of Kedar Singh Jindan – an RTI activist, social worker, and an SC/ST leader who was beaten and then run over by an SUV in Shillai region of Sirmaur district in Himachal Pradesh – today spoke at a press conference held at the Press Club Shimla. She expressed complete distrust in the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Himachal Pradesh Police and demanded a CBI probe.

She said district police of Sirmaur has hushed up several cases earlier too. She also alleged that a gang of 35-40 people was involved in the brutal murder of her husband on September 7, 2018. It has come as another shocker for the State police, which is still struggling to recover from the damage the SIT had done in Kotkhai’s Gudia case and forest guard Hoshiyar Singh.  

The SIT has so far arrested three persons including the up-pradhan of a panchayat. 

She also rejected the statement given by the Director General of Police Sita Ram Mardi that Jindan had never approached him seeking protection. A copy of the complaint was shown in the press conference claiming it was also submitted to the DGP. 

Related Story: Jindan Murder: Team of human rights and social activists visits Shillai, makes shocking revelations

Other than the fraud in the Below Poverty Line scheme, her husband was raising his voice against several issues including a murder, alleged sale of brides in Shillai region, the poor state of government schools etc. she told media. She said one such case involves a murder that was hushed up.

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She further told media persons that it is the same group of people who had assaulted Jindan last year and buried him in the sand in a half-dead condition. She said they have the names of all these people.
Jindal’s family hails from a poor background and he was the sole bread earner.

Now, I don’t have any money with me. There was no bank balance as he (Jindan) had spent whatever he earned on social work,

she said.

My relatives, sisters, and parents gave me little money with which I and my two daughters are surviving somehow,

she added. 

She said the government had promised Rs 20 lakh relief and a government job to her. However, none of the officials of the district administration has shown up so far with any sort of relief.

Though the Director General of Police had refuted the family’s claim that Jindan had asked for police protection due to threats to his life, victim’s wife said it was not true. She said her husband has given a list of the people who had assaulted him earlier and were threatening to murder him. However, he was not given any protection.

When asked whether she was given any police protection, she denied receiving any protection.

The Police SIT headed by ASP Virender, on the other hand, is claiming to have almost solved the case. 

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HP Civil Supplies Selling Onion at Rs. 64 per kg

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HP Govt Onion Sale in Himachal PRadesh

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Civil Supplies Corporation has purchased 1200 quintals of imported onion from M/s NEFAD Delhi, which is being distributed through various godowns and fair price shops of the Corporation, to provide relief to the consumers from unexpected rise in onions prices.

A spokesperson of the corporation informed that the onion are being made available to the common public at rate of Rs. 64 per kilogram as per the directions of the State Government, which would be available to the public on ‘first come first buy’ basis. Till now, almost 800 quintal onion has been distributed and the remaining 400 quintal onion would be distributed within a period of seven to ten days.

He said that the State Government has bought the onion from imported stock of the Union Government. Spokesperson said that department is keeping strict vigil on hoarding of onion and if any such case is found, strict action would be taken against the defaulter.

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More Rain/Snow in Himachal Till Jan 22: HP Met

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Snow prediction for shimla 2020

Shimla-Shimla has received yet another spell of snow on Thursday, leading to road blockage and blackouts in some places. In Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri and Hatu Peak were covered in thick layer of snow. The traffic movement on National Highway-05 was hit in the upper region of Shimla. Hundreds of people including tourists were stranded in snow.

Local police had to carry out rescue work till late at night. With the help of machines, the road was opened for hundreds of stuck vehicles, buses, and tourists.  

Driving towards Kufri has become a dangerous task due to frozen roads. Therefore, the local police has urged tourists to avoid driving towards Kufri.

Other than Shimla, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, peaks of Kullu, and Kinnaur have also witnessed a fresh spell of snow, affecting daily life.

Following it, the state is reeling under a coldwave. Keylong was coldest at -10 Degree Celsius, followed by Kalpa at -4.2, and Kufri -1.8, Dalhousie at -0.8, and Shimla at 0.6.

The HP Meteorological Department has predicted more rain/snow till January 22 except on January 19. According to the Met, while plans/lower hills are likely to witness rain/thundershowers at isolated places, the middle and higher hills can receive scattered rain/snow.

The Met has predicted widespread rain/snow on January 21.

 

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Hamirpur’s Reena Among 100 Meritorious Students Invited to Watch Republic Day Parade from PM Box

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UHF Nauni Dr Reena Kumari

Solan-Dr Reena Kumari, a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Vegetable Science at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been invited to watch Republic Day Parade 2020 from the Prime Minister’s Box at Rajpath, New Delhi.

She is among the 100 meritorious students selected from across the country by the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Government of India to witness the event. The travel and lodging expenses are being borne by the MHRD. 

Hailing from a small village Kashmir in District Hamirpur, Dr Reena was the topper of her school in class 10 +2 and joined UHF in the year 2009. She completed her master’s and doctorate in the discipline of Vegetable Science under the guidance of Dr Ramesh K Bhardwaj and has worked on improvement and development of new varieties in cucumber. Dr Reena has scored 88.00 and 86.60 % marks in MSc and PhD programme respectively with a gold medal in her PhD programme.

She was the university merit scholarship holder during her graduation and post- graduation programmes. Besides, she has also published eight research papers, one book chapter, review paper and popular article. Dr Reena has qualified various examinations like JRF and SRF.

An ecstatic Dr Reena thanked the MHRD and the university and for giving her the once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the grand parade from the Prime Minister’s box. Dr Parvinder Kaushal, UHF Vice-Chancellor, senior officers and students of the university congratulated Dr Reena on her selection.

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