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

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Police officials accused in kotkhai custodial death reinstated

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 The suspension of Zaidi was revoked with effect from November 2, 2019. The suspension of Negi and Joshi has been revoked with effect from 16 November.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 Himachal: 9 New Positive Cases Confirmed, Total Reaches 27

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New COVID-19 Cases in Himachal Pradesh's Una

Una- On Tuesday, nine more people were tested positive for COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh, taking the total number of cases to 27 in the State. On Tuesday a total of 79 samples were tested, out of which 70 tested negative and nine tested positive. All nine are said to be close contacts of Tablighi Jamaat in Una district. These patients include persons aged between 16 to 85 years. Now, out of total positive cases, 19 related to Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi. Twelve cases are only from Una district. 

The initial report said that all of these persons were staying in a mosque in Village Kuthehra Khairla, Amb Tehsil of Una district. However, only one of these nine belongs to this village. Five belong to Sirmaur, one to Arki in Solan district, and two hails from Uttar Pradesh. All of them were primary contacts of three members related to Jamaat who were tested positive earlier.

Additional Chief Secretary, Minatory of Health and Family Welfare, RD Dhiman, confirmed the report.  

More details are awaited.

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All Passengers Onboard 2 HRTC Buses With 3 COVID-19 Patients Under Scanner

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HRTC buses carried Tablighi jamaat covid patients

Solan: Three patients of COVID-19 who had travelled through two buses of the Himachal Pradesh Road Transport Corporation on March 18th and 19th seem to have increased troubles for the district administrations, as well as, the State Government.

The district administration of Solan on April 6th has apprised the public through an official notification that a total of 172 persons had travelled in these two buses to various destinations on the said dates.

The district administration has appealed all the passengers who were in the same buses to get themselves medically examined at the nearest health centre and to isolate as a precaution. The Administration has also appealed all passengers linked to these two buses to seek information relating to their health on Telephone numbers 01792-221234,01795-271350 and 104.

The driver and conductor on duty have already been medically examined at Una, Hamirpur and Nalagarh.  Another staff member at the booking window at Delhi was also tested at RML Hospital in Delhi. Their test reports are awaited.

One of the two buses HP-93-0564 carried a total of 51 passengers from Delhi to Nalagarh on March 18th. While 14 travelled upto Baddi, 35 travelled upto Nalagarh.

The second bus HP-12-0446 (Delhi-Nalagarh-Hamirpur route) departed 9:15 PM from Delhi and carried a total of 121 passengers to various destinations including Hamirpur district. Out of this total, 24 passengers were from Baddi, 45 from Nalagarh, 14 from Una, and 33 from Hamirpur.

In a separate appeal related to three COVID-19 patients, the Administration has appealed that the people who have come in contact with any of these three patients in the villages where they had stayed after returning from Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi to come out and disclose information regarding it to either Nalagarh Administration, local Police Station or to Police Control Room Baddi on 01795-271350.

In case, any such person who has come in contact with any of these patients does not disclose this information, he/she would be booked under Section 307 of IPC (attempted murder). In case a person dies after contact with such person, he/she would be charged with murder under Section 302 of IPC (Murder).

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HP Cabinet Decides 30% Cut in Salary/Honorarium of CM, Speaker, MLAs, All Political Appointees

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Salary cut in HP Vidhan Sabha Members

Shimla-Himachal Pradesh Cabinet meeting was held through video conferencing today which was presided over by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur from Shimla in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic

The Cabinet decided to deduct 30 percent salary/honorarium etc. of the Chief Minister, Speaker of H.P. Vidhan Sabha, Ministers, Deputy Speaker, Members of Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh, Chairmen and Vice-Chairmen of various Boards and Corporations and all political appointees for one year.

It also decided to suspend Vidhayak Kshetra Vikas Nidhi Yojna for two years.

The Government said these funds will be used to strengthen the Government’s efforts in managing the challenges and adverse impact of COVID-19 in the State.

The decision came after the Union Cabinet approved the ordinance amending the Salary, Allowances and Pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954, slashing their earnings by 30 per cent effective from April 1 for a year. The ordinance will have to be passed by the Parliament when it is in session next.

Further, on the occasion of the World Health Day, the Cabinet expressed their gratitude to the doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, sanitary workers and police for their dedicated services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Cabinet also paid its tributes to Paratrooper Bal Krishan of village Puid, district Kullu and Subedar Sanjeev Kumar of village Dehra, Hatwad panchayat, district Bilaspur who made supreme sacrifice during anti-infiltration operation in Keran sector of North Kashmir recently.

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