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Shimla Rape Case: SIT Formed, Magisterial Probe Ordered Over Alleged Police Inaction

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Rape in shimla in moving car

Shimla-In the case related to alleged kidnapping and rape of a 19-year old girl near Sanjauli of Shimla city, the Director General of Police R.S. Mardi has formed a Special Investigation Team comprising of seven members. The Chief Minister Jairam Thakur has also ordered a magisterial probe into allegations against police officials of Lakkar Bazaar Police Post for not taking action on the complaint of the victim.

The matter was registered last evening, the investigation has begun. It’s a very unfortunate incident, should’ve never happened. I’ve directed to take the strictest action in this matter. The girl is recording her statement before Judicial Magistrate.

the Chief Minister told ANI.

The investigation by the SIT will be monitored by the Deputy Inspector General (Southern Range) and Superintendent of Police, Shimla, on a daily basis. Further, the DGP said the investigation will be done on a priority basis.

The SIT will be headed by Additional Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Praveer Thakur and will include ASP Abhishek Yadav, DSP City Yogesh Joshi, SHO Dhalli PS Raj Kumar, Sub-Inspector Dimple, Assistant Sub-Inspector Dayawanti of Mahila Police Thana, Assistant Sub-Inspector Ranjana and Assistant Sub-Inspector Rajeev Kumar.

The Magisterial probe will be conducted by Additional District Magistrate, Shimla, Prabha Rajeev. The ADM has been asked to submit a report the probe within 24 hours.

Further, as per reports, statement of the victim was also recorded before the Judicial Magistrate under CRPC 164.

As per the FIR filed at Dhalli Police Station, the victim said she had tried to file a complaint at Lakkar Bazaar police post. However, despite the fact that it was night time, she was told to go to Dhalli Police Station. While she was on her way to Dhalli, she was forcefully dragged into a car by some men and raped.  The girl recognized these men because they had molested her earlier.

With this statement, the State Police’s alleged dereliction of duty has come under the scanner.  If the allegations proved to be true, then it would mean that this crime would have been easily preventable if she was attended appropriately.

The police, however, claims that there were gaps in the statement given by the victim. So far, only partial details were released by police.

The Chief Minister said the State Government is serious about maintaining law and order in the State and action would be taken at the earliest against those involved in this crime. Sensing unrest in public and criticism from oppositions, the CM has begun to ask the parties to not politicize it.

Further, after the initial medical examination of the victim at Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Shimla, more tests were conducted at the Kamala Nehru Hospital. As per reports, the first examination had confirmed rape while findings of the second examination were not released.

Opposition Stages Protest, CPI(M) Warns of Public Protest

Along with the general public, the opposition Congress and Communist Party of India launched an attack on the State Government over worsening law and order situation in the State. Congress also staged a protest and alleged that the current government was seeking votes in the name of Gudiya Helpline, claiming that women were now safer. Congress said this crime has revealed the ground reality of the government’s claims.

Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee also submitted a memorandum to the President through Governor of the state demanding the dismissal of the state government.

Sanjay Chauhan, a senior leader of State Unit of CPI(M) also expressed concern over such heinous crime in the city and said that it raises serious questions over the law and order situation in Devbhoomi known for its peaceful environment.

He further alleged that the number of crimes against women has witnessed a rise and the government has failed to deter criminals. He also said that after Gudiya rape and murder case, then Congress government had to face the consequences and was thrown out of power by the people. He alleged that the failure of investigation agencies to bring culprits to justice is only encouraging criminals.

He warned of public protest if proper and timely action was not taken against culprits. He also demanded appropriate compensation to the victim.

On Tuesday, the BJP Mahila Morcha also submitted a memorandum to the Shimla Deputy Commissioner Rajeshwar Goel demanding swift action.

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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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