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Kotkhai Custodial Killing: Three Accused Police Officers Reinstated, Ready for Fresh Posting

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Shimla- Amid demand for a fresh probe in Kotkhai Gudia rape and murder case, three of the nine police officials accused in the custodial killing case have been reinstated by the Himachal Pradesh Government. These three officials include Zahur H Zaidi, DW Negi, and Manoj Joshi. They were behind bars for allegedly framing innocent persons in Gudia case and hack one of these persons to death at Kotkhai Police Station.

The government revoked their suspension in back dates. Now, these officials are waiting for orders of fresh posting.

The Director-General of Police, SR Mardi, confirmed the report. The suspension of Zaidi was revoked with effect from November 2, 2019. The suspension of Negi and Joshi has been revoked with effect from 16 November.

These three officials were booked and arrested by the Central Burau of Investigation on August 29, 2017, for allegedly framing innocent people for the rape and murder of 16-year-old school going girl and torture one of them to death.

DW Negi, who was then-Superintendent of Police, Shimla, was arrested later in November 2017.

Zaid was then Inspector General, Southern Range, and Joshi then DSP, Theog. Zaidi was heading the Special Investigation Team formed to probe the case of rape and murder of Gudia. The body of the victim was recovered on July 6, 2017, in the forest of Halaila in Shimla district. Six suspects were arrested by this SIT on July 13, 2017. On July 18, one of these arrested persons, a Nepalese labourer Suraj was killed while he was locked up at Kotkhai Police Station. The police framed a co-accused Rajinder for the killing of Suraj, and then SP DW Negi also supported it.

However, after public outrage when the case was handed over to the CBI, the case witnessed twists which shocked the entire state. CBI arrested nine police officials for the alleged killing of Suraj. In the charge sheet, CBI has stated that all six accused were arrested and tortured without sufficient evidence.

All nine police officials remained behind bars for about 17 months before Zaidi, Negi, and Joshi managed to obtain bail from the court in April 2019.

After getting bail, these officials reported at the State Police Headquarter, Shimla.  Now, they are ready for fresh posting.

In 2018, after an investigation of eleven months, CBI claimed that it had cracked the case and arrested one accused for raping and murdering Gudia. It denied the report that it was a gangrape. The arrested accused was a woodcutter. The family and public were not satisfied with the findings of the CBI and believed that real culprits were still roaming free.

A few days back, the investigation of CBI came under scanner after two forensic experts testified in the court that analysis report of forensic tests suggested the involvement of more than one person in rape and murder of Gudia.

Activist groups are now raising demand for a fresh probe.  

 

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 COVID-19 Cases: Himachal Fast Heading Towards 1000 Mark

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Shimla-The number of COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh is fast heading towards the 1000 mark. According to the State Health Department’s daily Bulletin (9:00 PM), till July 1, 20202, the total for the State had risen to 979 with the appearance of 26 new cases in various districts. So far, eight people have lost their lives in the State due to the pandemic.

These cases were reported in Kangra (6), Hamirpur (5), Kinnaur (5), Mandi (2), Una (2), Bilaspur (2) Lahaul-Spiti (1), Shimal (1), Sirmaur (1), Solan (1).

In Kinnaur, five jawans of ITBP, who had a travel history from Jammu & Kashmir, were found to be infected. The tally for Kinnaur rose to 13 with 10 active cases.

Lahaul-Spiti that remained unaffected during all phases of lockdown, had reported its first two cases a couple of days ago. The patients were reportedly migrant labourers. Yesterday, the district reported another case, taking the total to three.

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The eight deaths have been reported from Kangra (2), Hamirpur (2), Mandi (2), and Shimla (2). Of the all deceased, five were patients of chronic kidney-related disease.

Among yesterday’s case, an 85-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19 in Una district is most concerning due to a high mortality rate among elderly persons.

So far, Kangra (250) has reported the highest number of cases, followed by Hamirpur (250) in the second place. Solan (110) and Una (110) have crossed the 100 mark.

Of the total 979 patients, 617 have been cured. According to the Health Department, a total of 81516 persons have been tested in the State so far and 19046 are under active surveillance. Yesterday, a total of 2027 persons were tested for COVID-19. 

HP Health Department COVID-19 Bulletin for July 1 (Till 9:00 PM)

Himachal PRadesh Health Department daily covid-19 cases update

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Curfew Timings in Himachal Changed, Govt May Allow Running Public Transport With 100% Capacity from July 1

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Himachal Pradesh bus Service from june 1

Shimla-The curfew would remain in force in Himachal Pradesh from 9 PM to 5 AM – an increase of two hours in relaxation-the State Government informed today. Earlier, the relaxation time was 14 hours (between 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM). The statement came on the expiry of the orders for the current phase of lockdown.

In the next phase which would begin from tomorrow onwards, the Government has planned to allow public transport to operate with 100 seating capacity. Till now, the buses were allowed to ply only with 60 percent capacity. However, it is to be seen whether this decision taken in the previous Cabinet meeting is implemented or not. Also, the private bus operators have demanded hike in fare in order to resume services. Till June 30, the public transport have been running with only 60 percent capacity. 

It’s pertinent to mention that the surge in cases continues in the State alongwith increasing rate of appearance of new cases. The State is about to touch the 1000 mark.
The State Government is also planning to conduct exams for the six semesters of Under-Graduate classes , but the schools are likely to remain closed. 

The State Government has also issued a fresh notification in which the District Magistrates of all districts have been given the power to extend the orders regarding restricts/lockdown till July 31, 2020. The DMs were yet to issue separate notifications regarding the extension of lockdown.

The State Government said it would regulate the influx of people entering the State to ensure orderly movement and avoid any possible chance of spread of COVID-19 cases.

The Deputy Commissioners have been asked to prepare a list of various projects completed in their respective districts so that they could be inaugurated online. The DCs were also asked to submit the list of projects, for which foundation stones could be laid online and people could benefit from these projects.

Chief Secretary Anil Khachi claimed that the situation in the State was well under control and government was effectively managing the situation.

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HP Govt Launches Online Self Certification Facility for Micro, Small, Medium Enterprises

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Shimla: An online Self Certification facility for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) in Himachal Pradesh was today launched by the State Government.

According to the Government, with this online self-certification portal facility, the entrepreneurs would furnish a duly filled in “Declaration of Intent” to the Nodal Agency electronically on the portal. The nodal agency would grant ‘Acknowledgement Certificate’ in the electronic format to the entrepreneur within seven days.

The State Government said there will neither be any inspection of the enterprise nor any required clearance will be sought from the entrepreneur by the concerned departments for three years or till the enterprise starts functioning (whichever is earlier) under the Acts viz; The Himachal Pradesh Panchayat Act-1994, The Himachal Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act-1994, The Himachal Pradesh Municipal Act-1994, The Himachal Pradesh Fire Fighting Services Act-1984, The Himachal Pradesh Road Side Land Control Act-1968, The Himachal Pradesh Shops and Commercial Establishments Act-1969, The Himachal Pradesh Societies Registration Act-2006 and The Himachal Pradesh Town and Country Planning Act-1977.

The State Government brought an ordinance regarding Self Certification by MSMEs on 6th November 2019 and after it was passed in the Winter Session of the State Vidhan Sabha and was notified on 18th January 2020 and Rules were framed under the Act on 11th June 2020.

From 1st July 2020, the new definition of MSME would come into force in the State. Enterprises with investment up to Rs 50 crore on plant and machinery will fall under the MSME category.
About 99.5 percent of the industries in the State falls under this category, the State Government said.

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