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Bilaspur- Man Who Fled Home on Testing COVID-19 Positive Worries Admin, Police Station Sealed After Policemen Came in Contact While Catching Him



Bilaspur police station sealed after covid positive person flees

Bilaspur: Himachal Pradesh on June 20, 2020, reported 29 new COVID-19 cases from eight districts – Hamirpur (11), Kangra (4), Shimla (4) Solan (3), Una(3), Sirmaur (2), Bilaspur (1), and Kullu (1)

Hamirpur reported highest 11 cases, taking the COVID-19 tally for the district to 166.

According to the HP Health Department’s last COVID-19 Bulletin released for June 20, 2020, (9:00 PM), the total in the State spiked to 656 with detection of 29 new cases in a single day. On June 19, the State had reported 32 new cases. During the last six days, the State has reported 100 new cases.  This high rate of appearance of the cases in the State has become a matter of concern. Further, yesterday, 29 more patients recovered taking the number of cured patients to 405. There are 232 active cases in the State.

 Bilaspur COVID-19 postive person flees, police station sealed

Hamirpur reported highest 11 cases, of which eight are returnees from Delhi and the remaining three have come in contact with COVID-19 positive persons. These persons belong to Sujanpur, Galore, and Tuanidevi area of the district. Total for the district rose to 166.

Kangra – the district with the highest number of cases – reported four new cases among returnees from Delhi. These persons belonged to Indora, Harchkiyan, and Jaisinghpur area.

The COVID-19 tally for Kangra has now risen to 170, of which 55 are active cases, followed by Hamirpur at the second place with 166 cases, of which 56 are active.

In Solan district, three more including a couple in BBN area and a policeman from Nalagarh tested positive. These persons were said to be contacts of a COVID-19 positive person from Gullarwala panchayat.  

Shimla reported four cases including an ITBP jawan who had returned from Rajasthan, a female who had returned from Gurugram, a returnee from Delhi. In addition to these three cases, a 7-year-old from Jubbal area tested positive. Parents of the child had had already tested positive.

Siramur district also reported two cases including an employee of a factory in Dhaulkuan. Three new cases also appeared in Una district.

In Kullu, an employee at the Kullu airport, who had recently returned from Delhi also tested positive.

Bilaspur district reported one new case.

Further, the Bilaspur city police station was sealed yesterday after some policemen came into contact with COVID-19 positive person. Reportedly, a person who had returned from Delhi to his rented room in the market managed to evade institutional quarantine. As he had not home-quarantined himself, some locals reported it to the police. He was taken to the district hospital by police on June 17 where a sample was taken for testing.

When the test report was found to be positive, police reached his room in the city to take him to the hospital but did not find him there. He had reportedly fled the place, and police had to toil all night to catch and bring him to a COVID-19 care hospital, during which policemen came in contact with the patient.  A case has been filed against the person.

The appearance of this case is keeping the district administration on its toes as this person had been mobile for the past several days and even visited his village. He works as a marketer of sanitizers and masks in the city.

Meanwhile, questions are being raised as to why the person was allowed to go to his room as he had returned from Delhi – city with a high case-load. Delhi is in the list of 13 such cities/areas of India, and institutional quarantine is mandatory for anyone arriving from these cities.  Further, he was brought to the hospital for taking sample but was still not under surveillance. 


Himachal Pradesh: 662 New Cases & 7 Deaths in 24 Hours, Over 4500 Cases & 55 Deaths in 9 Nine Days



Himachal Pradesh COVID-19 report

Shimla– The number of new daily COVID-19 cases and deaths in Himachal Pradesh was reported to be 662 and seven respectively on Friday till 7 pm. Kangra district reported the highest 165 new cases and four fatalities, while Sirmaur, Shimla, and Mandi recorded one fatality each.

View details of COVID-19 deaths below:

Daily covid 19 deaths

Source: HP NHM

Solan followed Kangra district with 132 new cases.

Find district-wise details of new cases below:

Daily COVID-19 deaths in himachal pradesh

Source: HP NHM

The COVID-19 case and death tallies have now reached 68173 and 1090 respectively. In April, the state has recorded a huge surge in cases. In the nine days of this month, the state has recorded 4568 new cases and 55 COVID-19 deaths – a rate of more than six deaths per day.

The state government today reviewed the situation in its Cabinet meeting and expressed concern. However, no restrictive measures were taken except extending the closure of all educational institutes till April 21.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur had been maintaining that a lockdown would be the last resort.

Further, the state government today said that to make vaccination people’s movement, 11th to 14th April may be celebrated as ‘Teeka Utsav’.

The government said that the biggest matter of concern was that the virus was spreading at a fast pace. In addition to this, the number of death has also increased rapidly. All the districts have been advised to enhance their capacity be it bed capacity, quarantine capacity and medical equipment capacity etc.

Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that strict action must also be taken against those involved in gross violation of SOPs. He said that the hoteliers must also strictly follow the SOPs so that the State Government may not be forced to take action. He said that laxity shown by the people has resulted in sharp resurgence of Covid cases in the State.

It’s pertinent to mention that during the campaigning for the elections to Municipal Corporations, all parties and their leaders including the Chief Minister violated all SOPs without attracting any action. The parties also faced criticism for ignoring public health for the sake of political interests, thus, setting wrong examples for the public.  

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HP Cabinet Decisions: Educational Institutes Closed Till April 21 Amid COVID-19 Surge, No Decision on Other Restrictions



HP Cabinet decision on curfew

Shimla-The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet today held a meeting in which it expressed concern over the sharp surge in Covid-19 cases in the State. The Cabinet decided to keep all educational institutions closed till April 21. The institutes would also remain closed for teaching and non-teaching staff except the staff required for exam duties till the 21st of this month.

A decision was taken to fill up 311 posts of Forest Guards in the Forest Department on a contract basis through direct recruitment. These include already approved 113 posts of Forest Guards by the State Cabinet during its meeting held on 9th of March this year.   

The Cabinet decided to fill up 25 posts of Agriculture Development Officers on a contract basis in Agriculture Department through HP Public Service Commission against direct recruitment quota. 

It decided to implement the central sector scheme SVAMITVA in the state for surveying the land parcels in rural inhabited areas using Drone technology. For this, Revenue Department would be designated as the Nodal Department for implementation of the scheme with the support of the Panchayati Raj Department. For this, MoU would be signed with the Survey of India for starting the scheme in the State. A State Steering Committee, State Project Management Unit and District Project Monitoring Unit would also be constituted for effective implementation of the scheme.

The cabinet also gave its nod to extend employment on compassionate ground to the eligible indigent of the deceased employees against available vacant posts of Class-III and Class-IV in relaxation of five percent quota as against the available vacant posts of class-III and Class-IV in DC offices of Shimla, Kinnaur, Solan and Kangra and office of Settlement Officer Kangra Division.  

It also gave its consent that the project for the development of multi-storey parking-cum-shopping complex at U-Block Mandi may be awarded under PPP mode to the highest bidder at an annual concession fee of Rs. 63,63,000 plus GST and all other applicable taxes per annum, as per terms and conditions of RFP. The selected bidder would also pay an upfront premium of Rs. 2 crores to the authority by way of five equal instalments of Rs. 40 lakh each for 24 months starting from the compliance date.

The cabinet also gave its approval for the creation of five posts of different categories for each newly created Nagar Panchayats viz Shahpur, Chirgaon, Nerwa, Nirmand, Anni, Kandaghat and Amb for smooth functioning of these newly created Nagar Panchayats.

Presentations were also made before the Cabinet by Jal Shakti Department on the prevailing drought situation in the State. It was decided to hold a review meeting under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister including all the stakeholder departments for further decisions.

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Una Murder Case: Body of 22-Year-Old Girl Exhumed, Enraged Villagers Create Ruckus



una girl murder case

Una-The alleged murder of a 22-year-old girl in Jadla Kohri village under the Gagret sub-division of Una district created a stir on Wednesday as the police exhumed her body from near a temple complex.

According to the allegations, a man who was identified as one of the ‘pujaris of the temple, has admitted killing the girl. He reportedly admitted hitting her on the head with an iron rod and later burying the body.

The Deputy Superintendent of Police, Amb, has confirmed the report.

Una murder case

According to the initial information, the girl was missing since April 3, 2021, and a complaint regarding the same was filed at the local police station in Gagret the next day.

The police zeroed in on the said accused based on call details and reached the temple today. A large number of villagers also followed the police. When the police exhumed the body based on the location identified by the accused, angry villagers turned violent and demanded handing over the accused to them. A minor clash between police and villagers was also reported. Villagers vandalized the temple premises.

Amid this tense atmosphere, police somehow protected the accused from the enraged mob and managed to get him out safely.

The body of the girl was sent for post-mortem, the Superintendent of Police, Una, Arjit Sen, confirmed.

Though not officially confirmed, some local media reports suggested that the deceased and the accused were known to each other. The girl had recently got engaged to another man.

 Further details are awaited.

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