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Cruelty Against Elderly Woman: Bail Plea of 24 Accused Rejected, Sent to 14-Day Judicial Custody

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Mandi case of cruelity against old lady

Mandi-Court has rejected the bail plea of 24 villagers, who were booked and arrested in the case relating to brutality against an 80-year-old woman in an act of religious extremism in Gaahar panchayat in Sarkaghat of Mandi district. The accused were sent to 14-day judicial custody. The accused include 15 men and 9 women. The accused also include victim’s own relatives. 

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Chander Paul Singh, confirmed the report. Meanwhile, medical of the victim was conducted at a hospital in Hamirpur. The victim is now living with her daughter and son-in-law. Two police personals have been deployed for the protection of the family as they have been receiving threats from relatives of the arrested villagers.

The state government, district administration, and district police are under immense pressure as the State High Court, Women’s Commission and Human Rights Commission have also taken cognizance of this heinous crime and sought reports on the same. Serious allegations of inaction despite being aware of the crime have been labeled against the local police too. 

As per the police, the investigation during the remand period has revealed that the 22-year-old daughter of the deceased ‘Gur’ (priest) of the local deity along with some others including a few relatives of the victim had conspired against the old lady to discourage her from worshiping any other deity, thus, create fear among others who either did not believe in the local deity or had faith in other deity or gods. She allegedly manipulated the religious sentiments of the villagers, provoking them to torture the lady.

On November 6, 2019, a section of villagers including victim’s relatives, had branded the elderly lady as a sorceress, her face was blackened, and then paraded in the village with a shoe-garland around her neck. This shocking act of cruelty and superstition was captured by villagers on mobile cameras. On November 9, 2019, two videos of the incident went viral on social media. The state government and the district police came under heavy pressure as the incident enraged common people of the state. The incident also made headlines on national level, bringing bad name to the state. 

After video went viral, the police came into action and booked 24 villagers under various sections of IPC.

Another victim of a similar conspiracy- a retired teacher- also came ahead and filed a complaint with the police. A separate FIR has been registered in this case, the police said. The teacher was allegedly targeted, threatened, and even his house was ransacked after the daughter of the ‘Gur’ provoked villagers against him. The teacher had approached the police with a complaint, but he was made to withdraw it.

It’s being claimed that the police has gathered sufficient evidence against accused in the case. The Superintendent of Police, Mandi, Gurdev Chand, is himself supervising the investigation, the sources said. 

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HP Civil Supplies Selling Onion at Rs. 64 per kg

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HP Govt Onion Sale in Himachal PRadesh

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Civil Supplies Corporation has purchased 1200 quintals of imported onion from M/s NEFAD Delhi, which is being distributed through various godowns and fair price shops of the Corporation, to provide relief to the consumers from unexpected rise in onions prices.

A spokesperson of the corporation informed that the onion are being made available to the common public at rate of Rs. 64 per kilogram as per the directions of the State Government, which would be available to the public on ‘first come first buy’ basis. Till now, almost 800 quintal onion has been distributed and the remaining 400 quintal onion would be distributed within a period of seven to ten days.

He said that the State Government has bought the onion from imported stock of the Union Government. Spokesperson said that department is keeping strict vigil on hoarding of onion and if any such case is found, strict action would be taken against the defaulter.

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More Rain/Snow in Himachal Till Jan 22: HP Met

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Snow prediction for shimla 2020

Shimla-Shimla has received yet another spell of snow on Thursday, leading to road blockage and blackouts in some places. In Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri and Hatu Peak were covered in thick layer of snow. The traffic movement on National Highway-05 was hit in the upper region of Shimla. Hundreds of people including tourists were stranded in snow.

Local police had to carry out rescue work till late at night. With the help of machines, the road was opened for hundreds of stuck vehicles, buses, and tourists.  

Driving towards Kufri has become a dangerous task due to frozen roads. Therefore, the local police has urged tourists to avoid driving towards Kufri.

Other than Shimla, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, peaks of Kullu, and Kinnaur have also witnessed a fresh spell of snow, affecting daily life.

Following it, the state is reeling under a coldwave. Keylong was coldest at -10 Degree Celsius, followed by Kalpa at -4.2, and Kufri -1.8, Dalhousie at -0.8, and Shimla at 0.6.

The HP Meteorological Department has predicted more rain/snow till January 22 except on January 19. According to the Met, while plans/lower hills are likely to witness rain/thundershowers at isolated places, the middle and higher hills can receive scattered rain/snow.

The Met has predicted widespread rain/snow on January 21.

 

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Hamirpur’s Reena Among 100 Meritorious Students Invited to Watch Republic Day Parade from PM Box

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UHF Nauni Dr Reena Kumari

Solan-Dr Reena Kumari, a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Vegetable Science at the Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry (UHF), Nauni, has been invited to watch Republic Day Parade 2020 from the Prime Minister’s Box at Rajpath, New Delhi.

She is among the 100 meritorious students selected from across the country by the Union Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD), Government of India to witness the event. The travel and lodging expenses are being borne by the MHRD. 

Hailing from a small village Kashmir in District Hamirpur, Dr Reena was the topper of her school in class 10 +2 and joined UHF in the year 2009. She completed her master’s and doctorate in the discipline of Vegetable Science under the guidance of Dr Ramesh K Bhardwaj and has worked on improvement and development of new varieties in cucumber. Dr Reena has scored 88.00 and 86.60 % marks in MSc and PhD programme respectively with a gold medal in her PhD programme.

She was the university merit scholarship holder during her graduation and post- graduation programmes. Besides, she has also published eight research papers, one book chapter, review paper and popular article. Dr Reena has qualified various examinations like JRF and SRF.

An ecstatic Dr Reena thanked the MHRD and the university and for giving her the once in a lifetime opportunity to witness the grand parade from the Prime Minister’s box. Dr Parvinder Kaushal, UHF Vice-Chancellor, senior officers and students of the university congratulated Dr Reena on her selection.

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