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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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Panic Grips Bilaspur as City Sealed after COVID-19 Positive Man Suspected of Hiding Travel History

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Bilaspur city sealed and declared containment zone

Bilaspur-In district Bilaspur, the Administration on Thursday morning sealed the entire city including Bamta area after declaring it a containment zone. All shops in the market were shut-down and movement of people and vehicles except those falling in exempted categories have been prohibited completely. This sudden move of the administration created stir in the area. 

The areas falling under containment zones include Ward No 11, village Nihal of Gram Panchayat Bamta, HRTC Colony in Ward No 1 of Municipal Council Bilaspur, Danoh and Kosarina village of Bamta, Gurudwara market, Gandhi market and College Chowk markets falling under the MC.

In the buffer zone, all the remaining area that did not fall under the containment zone in Ward No 1 has been declared a buffer zone. Similarly, Kosarian Ward of Bilaspur MC, Nihal-1 upto ITI Bilaspur, main market and Changer sector have also been included in the buffer zone.

The order of declaring the city as a containment zone came after seven persons were reported to have tested positive in Bilaspur on Wednesday evening. According to the district administration and police, one of these persons had not disclosed his travel history and there was a risk that he might have come in contact with others in the city as he was not under institutional quarantine.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Bilaspur, Sanjay Sharma, confirmed the report and said the entire containment area has been sealed and traffic movement brought to a halt. He said action would be taken against any person who would be found moving around in this area without a specific reason.

However, an official confirmation regarding contacts of this person is still awaited. Health officials were tracing the contact history of this person.

According to the notification issued by the district administration on Thursday, no movement of vehicles allowed except those involved in the enforcement of containment plan, emergency services and vehicles passing through NH-205. The passing vehicles through the NH would not be allowed to stop and passengers/driver can’t get out or board anyone in the containment zone.

The supplies of essential goods like milk, groceries, fruits, vegetables, medicines, cooking gas etc. in the above-mentioned containment zone would be made through the Government delivery committee, headed and formed by the SDM concerned, the notification said.

These orders would remain in force till further orders.

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COVID-19 Update: 26 More Test Positive in 4 Districts, 70 in 3 Days, State Tally Rise to 273

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Himachal Pradesh daily COVID-19 data for may 27

Shimla: New COVID-19 cases continue to spiral in Himachal Pradesh. According to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare’s daily COVID-19 bulletin released on May 27 (9:00 PM), 26 persons were tested positive in four districts of the State. Of these, 15 cases were reported from Hamirpur,  seven from Bilaspur, three from Kangra, and one from Una district. In the last three days, the State has reported 70 cases, which is alarming. 

In Hamirpur, five persons hailed from Badsar area, three from Naduan, six from Hamirpur and one from Bhoranj. The majority of them have recently returned from Maharashtra.

Total for Hamirpur district has reached 73 – highest in the State, followed by Kangra with 65 cases.

In Bilaspur, two persons were said to be bus and cab drivers. Details of other patients from the district were awaited.

In Kangra, three persons who tested positive were identified as a 29-year-old resident of Fatehpur, a 30-year-old from Khaniyara, and a resident of Palampur. These people had returned from Delhi and Gurugram recently.

In Una, a person who had returned from Delhi with his family was tested positive.  

Most of the person who tested positive were under institutional quarantine except for three persons in Kuther of Bilaspur district who were home-quarantined.  

Refer to the below-given table for more details on district-wise COVID-19 data:

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till May 27, 2020 (9:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh District wise Covid-19 data till 27 May

The number of total confirmed positive cases in Himachal has risen to 273, of which 198 are active. So far, 66 patients have recovered, five died, and four migrated to outside the State for treatment.

Further, today 1480 samples were sent for testing, of which 912 tested negative and the reports of 560 persons were still awaited.

 

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COVID-19 Update: Himachal Reports 24 New Cases in 5 Districts, 44 in 2 Days

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh didn’t receive any respite from growing COVID-19 positive cases on May 26 too. According to the State Health Ministry’s daily COVID-19 bulletin, on May 26 (till 9:00 PM), 24 more persons tested positive in five districts. Yesterday, the State had reported 20 cases including a 7-month-old baby.  

Hamirpur, the worst affected district in the State, reported highest 15 cases, taking the district’s COVID-19 tally to 78. Shimla and Kangra reported three cases each. Two tested positive in Chamba and one in Una district.  All patients in Hamirpur had returned from Thane in Maharashtra on May 24 and were under institutional quarantine. The Deputy Commissioner, Hamirpur, Harikesh Meena, confirmed the report. The patients would be shifted to COVID-19 care centres.

Shimla, which remained unaffected during three phases of the lockdown, reported three more cases including two from Chopal area and one from Rohru.  All three are returnees from Maharastra. The senior health official confirmed. Two of them were quarantined in Deha and one in a rest house in Rohru, which have been sealed.

District-Wise COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh Till May 26, 2020 (9:00 PM)

Himachal Pradesh District wise Covid-19 data till 26 May

In Kangra, three members of a family – husband, wife, and their 7-year-old kid- tested positive. The family had returned from Gujrat on May 20. The DC, Kangra, Rakesh Prajapati, confirmed the report.

In Chamba district, two persons who had returned from Uttar Pradesh on May 20 in a cab, tested positive and were under institutional quarantine in Sarol.

According to the last official update from health ministry at 9:00 PM, the total has risen to 247, of which 175 are active. Of the total, 63 have recovered, five died, and four migrated outside the State. 

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