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SFI Releases Video Clip: Alleges RSS, ABVP Workers Vandalized HPU Hostels, Pelted Stones In Presence of Police

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Shimla- RSS, ABVP, and SFI  had been creating a hue and cry over bloodshed at the HPU hostels. RSS was holding SFI the sole responsible agent, while SFI claimed they did not initiate this vilolence.

Now, a video showing a large number of people with lathis (sticks) creating violence, hurling abuses and vandalizing Dr YS Parmar Hostel, was released by Student Federation of India. 

Ironically, SFI said, the workers were shouting “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” during this alleged hooliganism.

The video was recorded on the Morning of March 25, 2019. SFI alleged all these people were RSS and ABVP workers.

Expressing shock, the student outfit said the violence was being committed in the presence of heavy police force.  SFI and CPIM leadership have alleged that none of the RSS workers or leaders was arrested despite this naked dance of hooliganism.

They have asked the state government what workers of RSS were doing at the hostels with lathis.

ABVP alleged that stones were first pelted on them from hostels.

At the same time, ABVP posted a video clip on its Facebook page showing SFI workers shouting slogans inside Boileauganj Police Station. They alleged their slogans to be derogatory agaionst ‘Bharat Mata’.

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The SFI has a different theory, however. It alleged that this violence was conspired intentionally to create tension and divert the attention of the media and the people from alleged irregularities in recruitment of about nine employees. SFI alleges that HPU outsourced these employees from a private company that is owned by an ex-ABVP member and RSS worker.  It was also alleged that the HPU did not follow correct procedure in outsourcing.  SFI alleged that on the direction of the Education Minister Suresh Bhardwaj only a single tender was entertained contrary to the obligation of minimum three tenders.

SFI said it had staged a protest on March 16, 2019, regarding the same issue. It was only after the protests and demands for an investigation that RSS chose to organize their Shakha adjacent to boys’ hostels.    

ABVP, however, claims that this violence was initiated by SFI workers over a ground adjacent to hostels. RSS workers wanted to organize a Shakha in this ground while SFI workers insisted on playing cricket, ABVP maintains.

ABVP today also gheraoed the Chief Warden alleging that some SFI workers were living in hostels illegally. They demanded action against them and demanded resignation of the Chief Warden in case he fails to take action. ABVP alleged that these illegal entrants create tension in hostels.

Sadly, the neutral students, who are not associated with any of student groups or political organizations, are bearing the brunt of this violence, which appeared to be avoidable. Also, hostels- a property of the HPU- is being vandalized in this violence.

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Pension Adalat in Himachal to be Conducted on August 23 to Address Grievances

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Shimla-The Pension Adalat in Himachal Pradesh would be conducted on August 23, 2019, with a view of addressing the grievance of the pensioners, informed a spokesperson of Department of Personnel today.

The announcement came in compliance with the decision of the government of India to conduct the Pension Adalat throughout the country by each Ministry/Department/Organisation/Field formation on the same date.

The objective of this day is dedicated to Pensioners as part of good governance and efforts made to minimize their grievances, he said.

He said that in view of the above, it has been decided to conduct the Pension Adalat on August 23, 2019, under Chairmanship of Special Secretary (Personnel) to the Government of Himachal Pradesh in his office chamber Room No. 223 Armsdale Building. HP  Secretariat at 10.30 AM.

 

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Facebook Account of CM Jairam’s PSO Hacked, Pro-Pakistan, Anti-National Content Posted on Timeline

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HP CM's PSO Facebook Account Hacked

Shimla-Facebook account of the personal security officer of the Chief Minister Jairam Thakur, Tavender Thakur, was reportedly hacked by an unknown person. The hacker reportedly posted anti-national and pro-Pakistan content including ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ slogans on the timeline.

It was reported that calls containing objectionable language and life-threats to the Prime Minister Narender Modi were being made through messenger to people in the friend list of the PSO.   

The Cyber Crime Unit of the police is investigating the case. However, Tavender reportedly had no knowledge regarding it. According to available information, Tavender belongs to Seraj constituency of Mandi district.

The screenshots of the content posted on the timeline were being circulated on social media. It created a stir at the Chief Minister’s Office.

The Superintendent of Police, Ompati Jamwal, has confirmed the report of receiving this complaint from some officials of the department. More details are awaited.

The Chief Minister, when asked regarding this news, said that by misusing technology an attempt is being made to create a conspiracy. He said the case has been forwarded to the Cyber Crime unit and culprits behind this hacking would not be spared.  

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Monsoon in Himachal: Over 300 Tourists Stranded as Untimely Snowfall, Heavy Rainfall Disconnect Lahaul-Spiti

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Tourists standed in Lahaul Spiti

Shimla– Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department, Shimla, on Monday, informed that state has recorded highest ever 102 mm rainfall in the last 24 hours.

The earlier record was that of August 2011 when the state recorded 74 mm of rains, but this record  was broken this year. Shimla, Bilaspur, and Hamirpur have reported extremely heavy rains, informed Manmohan Singh, IMD Director.

While Naina Devi recorded the highest rainfall at 360 mm, Shimla recorded 153 mm of rainfall.

Snowfall, Rainfall Disconnect Lahaul-Spiti, Over 300 Tourists Stranded

Lahaul and Spiti district and Keylong have also recorded snowfall on Saturday and Sunday.

Agriculture Minister and Lahaul-Spiti MLA Dr Ram Lal Markanda visited Lahaul-Spiti on Monday to take stock of the situation. He said that over 300 tourists were trapped between Gramphu and Kaza as the National Highway was blocked. He said efforts would be made to rescue these tourists on a priority basis.

He said Lahaul-Spiti has received as much as six centimetres of snowfall, which has disconnected the district from rest of the state completely.

He further informed that heavy rain and snowfall has inflicted severe damage and Manali-Leh road and Gramphu-Sumdo road were blocked at several places. These blockages have resulted in the standing of tourists in Chandratal, Baralacha, Batal, and various other parts of Spiti. However, he said, all the tourists were safe. Media reports, on the other hand, said that one tourist died in the district. 

He said 127 tourists, who were stranded at Chandratal, have been rescued safely and brought to Kaza.

He further informed that due to a shortage of machinery with BRO, private machines have been deployed to restore the road connectivity. As many as 11 private JCBs have been deployed.

He further informed that farmers are facing loss as they are not able to transport their crop of peas to markets. Also, snowfall and heavy rain have destroyed crops in several places. He said the assessment of the damages would be done as soon as possible and a report of it would be sent to the state government.

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