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Kullu Rape Case: BJP Leader and a Worker Booked for Pressurizing 9-Year-Old Victim’s Widow Mother to Hush-Up Case

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Kullu-A local leaders of Bhartiya Janata Party(BJP) and worker were booked in relation to the rape of a 9-year-old girl after the Kullu Police faced a protest from locals and Dalit Shoshan Mukti Manch (DSMM) for inaction. They were identified as Chunni Lal, BJP Board Vice President and Ratna Bharti, a BJP worker.  

An FIR was registered under section 504, 506, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, reported ANI.  The report was confirmed by SHO, Anni Police Station, Bhag Singh.

As per a report published by News 18, the local MLA Kishori Lal Sagar was also alleged of trying to hush-up the case. However, the MLA denied these allegations.

The mother of the victim, who belongs to a poverty-stricken Dalit family, on May 21 had filed a complaint at a local Police station alleging that former Gram Panchayat president Ropa and one Chuni Lal of Mandar village and another Rattan Bharati of Ropa were allegedly trying to hush-up this heinous crime.  She also alleged that she was offered money in the police station to not file a complaint against the culprit.

“When the victim’s family refused the money, they threatened the Dalit family that they would no longer be allowed to be in the village,”

the convener of DSMM Vivek Kashyap had alleged in a press statement issued after a protest.

The family of the victim is now living in fear after being pressurized by influential upper-caste people.

She had also expressed fear of assault on her family. She also alleged that despite filing a complaint, the police was lousy and reluctant to file an FIR. When the matter came to the knowledge of the locals, they expressed their anger by protesting against the police. The Superintendent of Police, Kullu, Shalini Agnihotri, had to convince the locals that appropriate action would be taken against anyone who is found guilty of pressurizing or threatening the victim’s family.

On May 19 – the polling day for Lok Sabha Elections-a person identified as Devender Kumar allegedly lured a 9-year-old girl, who was playing near a polling booth in Anni, and took her to a deserted building and raped her.  The accused was booked under Section 376, 511 and   Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). The accused was later sent to police remand.

The alleged incident again highlighted casteism that still prevails in rural areas of the State. The DSMM has pointed out that recently atrocities against Dalits have witnessed an increase. The most gruesome was the murder of RTI activist Kedar Singh Jindan in Shillai area of Sirmaur district last year.  Earlier, in April this year, a controversy was reported when a Dalit lady’s cremation was not allowed at a village crematorium.

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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UHF Nauni Extends Online Plant Booking Date Till Dec 7

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Solan-Dr. YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni has extended the last date for online booking of planting material prepared by the university’s main campus and its Krishi Vigyan Kendra(KVK) at Solan. Interested farmers will now be able to book plants on the university online portal till December 7.

This year the booking for the planting material of apple, plum, apricot, peach, kiwi, pear, pomegranate, persimmon, etc. is being done online and farmers can submit their demand for plants by logging on the university website and visiting the ‘Farmers corner’ section. The university has advised the farmers to register themselves through their email address on the university portal.

The farmers who have not been able to submit their demand forms have also been advised to resubmit their demand forms.  

Applicants will have to fill in their complete postal address and the Khasra number of the land where the planting is to be carried out along with their contact details. After the OTP-based registration process is complete, applicants will be able to book plants for varieties supplied by the university. The plant varieties available for sale and distribution on this web portal have been grafted on seedling rootstock. The procedure for the sale and distribution of Nursery Fruit Plants from other University Research Stations and KVK’s will be the same as in previous years.

The university will start the allotment process after the booking is closed. Based on the total demand, the university will allot plants out of the available quantity. The allotment list will be made available on the university portal. The farmers will be also be notified about the date on which the plant will be available and from which nursery they will be provided.

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HP Police Becomes 8th State Police of India to Receive Presidents Colour Award

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Police organized the Presidents Colour Award ceremony at the historic Ridge Ground on December 1, 2021.

Governor Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar was the Chief Guest and Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur was also present as a special guest on the occasion. The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

While extending greetings and expressing happiness on receiving the Presidents Colour by Himachal Pradesh Police, the Governor said that it was the 8th State Police of India which has received this distinction.

“President Colour’ is a special achievement and this proves the state police ranks high in the service of humanity along with performance, professionalism, integrity, protection of human rights and other parameters,” said the Governor.

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The Governor honoured the State Police with the Presidents Colour Award which was received by the Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu.

He added that this feat has also been given to the State Police for the contribution of its personnel, who have worked tirelessly over the years to make it reliable, professional, honest and people-friendly. He said it would definitely motivate the Police personnel and they would work more readily in public service.

While interacting with media on the occasion, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur congratulated the State Police for being awarded President’s Colours by the President of India for its meritorious services. He said that this Award was the highest point in the professional life of any uniform. 

Director-General of Police Sanjay Kundu said that the President’s Color’was not only an award but also a responsibility, which the Himachal Pradesh Police has to fulfil with more integrity, efficiency and discipline.

He added that every Jawan of the State Police should take a pledge to maintain security and peace in Devbhumi Himachal Pradesh.

Earlier, the Governor inspected the Parade. On the occasion, the formation of Hollow Square by the Police Band, Pilling of drums and consecration of the colour was the main attraction

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