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Shimla Police Again in Controversy Over Alleged Rape of Teenager in Moving Car

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Shimla-Reports of alleged rape with a 19-year-old girl in a moving car in Shimla city on Sunday night has created a stir. The police department is not sharing any information regarding it except that the investigation is in progress. Various national English and Hindi Dailies have published different versions of reports as the police is reluctant in providing media with details or the statement of the victim.

The victim is said to be a resident of Haryana, who is a student of a private institute in Shimla.

The reports have raised a serious question over the law and order situation in the city. As the State is bound to go to polls on May 19 for the Lok Sabha Elections, the issue is likely to become an agenda.   

Some reports said the girl had taken a lift in a car while she was on her way from Dhalli to the Mall Road Shimla. Another report in a national English Daily said that as per police, she was dragged into a car and raped somewhere between Sanjauli and Dhalli.

However, Hindi Daily Amar Ujala has labelled serious allegations on the smart police of Shimla city. The report in the Daily said the girl had approached Lakkar Bazaar Police Post with a complaint of harassment but wasn’t attended on the pretext that the area where the incident took place doesn’t fall under its jurisdiction. She was told to report it on Gudiya Helpline. When she was returning home on foot, she was abducted and raped in a moving car, the Daily said.

The Daily said the police failed to take preemptive action despite the fact the girl had approached it with a complaint of harassment prior to her alleged abduction and rape.

Reports also said the Deputy Inspector General of Police himself visited the Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, to record the statement of the victim on Monday morning. The medical examination has confirmed rape, the reports said.  

The police, the Daily said, denied the allegation that the victim had asked the police to lodge any complaint of harassments at the Lakkar Bazaar Police Post. Instead, the report said, the girl only inquired about where she can lodge a complaint of harassment and left the station.

The inconsistency of the reports doesn’t end here. While some reports said she was raped and dumped in half naked condition on roadside, others said she was found somewhere in jungle.  

So far, the police has not provided media with any clear details regarding the number of the accused involved or exact spot from where the victim was abducted and raped.

So far, the police has not confirmed any arrest or identification of accused involved.  The only information that the police has provided is that an FIR has been lodged under Sections 376 (rape) and 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) and 506 (criminal intimidation). 

Police said CCTV footages of area are being collected and soon more details would be provided after investigation.

It’s pertinent to mention that Himachal Pradesh Police, especially Shimla Police, was in controversy over the gruesome rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in Kotkhai Tehsil of Shimla in July 2016. Nine police officials including ex-Inspector General of Police Zahur H Zaidi, ex-SP Shimla DW Negi, Dy SP Theog Manoj Joshi and six others were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in relation to Guidya case in 2016. They were charged with allegedly framing innocent persons for gangrape and murder of Gudiya and killing one of the accused in custody.

However, it’s not possible to confirm any details for now unless the police come out with a clear statement.

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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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