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Video: Tourists in Mandi Assault Locals, Chops Off Finger with Sword

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Mandi-Tourists in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh reportedly assaulted two locals following a spat on Friday night. One of the tourists was carrying a sharp-edged weapon (sword) and chopped off one of the fingers of a local and injured the other.

The Superintendent of Police, Mandi, Shalini Agnihotri, confirmed the report. 

According to the FIR lodged by Mandi police, last night it received information that two locals – Anil Sharma and Hitesh Vaid- were brought to the Regional Hospital, Mandi, in an injured state. A police team reached the hospital where the two youth narrated the incident.

As per the FIR, Anil and Hitesh were standing near Ahsoka Hotel in Thaneda market when a Fortuner car (PB-02- CK 6300) arrived and stopped at a distance of not more than eight to ten feet from them. Some people got out of the vehicle and assaulted the two locals, according to the FIR. There is a possibility that there were two tourist cars involved in the incident. 

While some media reports said four persons came out of the vehicle and created a nuisance, others said the spat started over driving vehicle rashly past very close to them. When Anil and Hitesh reacted to it, the four persons launched an assault. One of these persons assaulted Anil and Hitesh with a sword in which Anil lost one of his right-hand fingers, while Hitesh also sustained injuries on the left hand. The four persons then fled in the car. Anil was referred to PGI, Chandigarh. 

Some CCTV footages of the incident appeared on social media. The footages invited strong reactions from the people. The available CCTV footages showed that some policemen/homegaurds were  present on the spot too.

However, exact details regarding the incident and the identification of the accused were still awaited.

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The police, on receiving information about the car number, alerted all nearby police stations and posts and directed them to detain the vehicle. Eventually, the accused were detained at Koksar in Lahaul-Spiti.

“The accused are tourists who have been arrested and were being brought to Mandi district,” the SP told Himachal Watcher.

The accused were booked under Section 307, 326, and 34 of the Indian Penal Code at Sadar police station.

It’s pertinent to mention that altercations between locals and tourists and between tourists and local police are on the rise. Drunk tourists creating a nuisance or littering or violating Covid guidelines had been bothering the locals and the police most.   

Last month, some tourists from Haryana had allegedly thrashed a local in Tirthan valley, Kullu district, for objecting to littering, drinking and creating nuisance. The tourists reportedly fled the scene. The tourists had thrashed the local so badly that he had to be hospitalized. Later, locals caught and thrashed the accused and vandalized their cars. One of the tourists was later hospitalized.  A video of the incident showed tourists screaming for help in order to save themselves from enraged locals present on the scene. 

Similarly, two drunk tourists were seen getting into an altercation with a police constable on the Shimla Ridge a few days ago. These tourists were not wearing masks.

In another incident, an altercation between traffic police and tourists was reported near Shimla’s Victory Tunnel. An on duty traffic personal was seen slapping a tourist for allegedly misbehaving. The constable had complained that the tourist was using foul language while his car was stopped for checking documents. Following it, the constable was line-attached and the SP, Shimla, Mohit Chawla ordered an inquiry.

Some incidents have also been reported from other districts as well, and such altercations are becoming common occurrences after the state re-opened for tourism. 

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Video: Massive Landslide in Sirmaur Caught on Camera, NH 707 Closed for Traffic

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Sirmaur-Incessant rains have caused another massive landslide in the Sirmaur district on National Highway 707. A 100 to 150 meters stretch of Paonta Sahib – Shillai road near Kali Dhank, Badwas, caved in within a few minutes.

According to the initial information received, no loss of lives or damage to any vehicle was reported as a minor slide from the hill had alerted the people.

The landslide completely damaged several electricity poles, causing a blackout in some parts of the region.

The district police is re-directing all traffic from Paonta Sahib to Shillai to the Puruwala-Kilod-Jong-Kafota-Shillai route.

Further, all traffic movement towards Shimla from the region has also been re-directed.

The HP Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for the state till August 2th, while widespread rain has been predicted till August 4th. 

The Met has also issued an alert for flash-floods for Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Shimla, and Solan districts.

It’s pertinent to mention that furious monsoon has already claimed over 200 lives and caused damages to property worth hundreds of crores in Himachal Pradesh.

During the last two days, as many as 21 people had died due to landslides and flash floods triggered by cloudbursts. Some of the persons who were swept away or buried were yet to be traced.

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Himachal: Cloudbursts, Landslides Claim 9 Lives in 48 Hours, 7 Still Missing, Met Issues Alert Till August 1st  

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Shimla-Monsoon continues to pummel Himachal Pradesh with deadly ferocity, leading to more cloudbursts, landslides, and flash floods. Several rivers and rivulets are in spate. Incessant rains could bring more destruction as the HP Meteorological Department has forecast widespread heavy rains till August 1st. While a red alert was issued for July 28, an orange alert has been issued for July 29 and July 30 and a yellow alert for July 31st and August 1st.

An advisory has been issued for locals and tourists to not venture near the river banks and avoid unnecessary travel as incessant rains could lead to more landslides, flash floods, and uprooting of trees.  However, tourists could be seen resolutely ignoring these warnings and partying near river banks and water bodies.

As devastation unfolds, the death toll due to monsoon induced calamities has reached nearly 200, while damages to property were assessed to be in hundreds of crores. Over 350 roads, including Manali-Leh, Pathankot-Chamba, and Shimla-Kalka, were blocked due to landslides.  Half a dozen bridges, as many as 30 houses and several vehicles were destroyed. Hundreds of tourists were reportedly struck in Lahaul.

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After a flash flood in Dharamshala, a massive landslide in Shahpur constituency, and a horrid rockslide in Kinnaur district that killed nine tourists and injured four people, a cloudburst triggered a flash flood in Lahaul-Spiti district on Tuesday that washed away over a dozen of people, who were said to be labourers.  

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According to the Director of the State Disaster Management, Sudesh Kumar, at the time of writing this report, seven bodies had been recovered while four others were missing. The cloudburst occurred over Tonzin nallah in the Lahaul region of the tribal district. Rescue operations were in progress to trace missing persons.

A team of the National Disaster Response Force, which was on its way to Lahaul-Spiti through road, remained stuck in Mandi for several hours.  

On Wednesday morning, cloudburst was reported in Kullu district resulting in deluging of Bhramhaganga – a tributary of Parvati river. A  tourist, a 25-year-old mother along with her 4-year-old son, and a hydropower official came in its spate and were yet to be traced. Beas river was also in spate and people living in shanties on its bank were evacuated. 

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Rackham area in Kinnaur district also reported heavy losses due to a cloudburst on Wednesday morning.

While a rockslide killed one person in Chamba’s Saluni, a helper tagged with a JCB deployed for clearing Bharmaur-Pathankot National Highway was swept away by gushing waters of a nullah on Tuesday night. His body was recovered on Wednesday.

In Shimla, a landslide between Vikasnagar and Panthaghati crushed a vehicle and caused damaged to some others. Gumma khud in Chirgaon was also in spate and reportedly swept away a bridge and about four vehicles. 

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Dharamsala received the highest 122 mm of rain, followed by Una 119 mm. In Solan district, Kasauli and Nalagarh also received over 105 mm rain. 

This widespread destruction has worried climatologists and environmentalists who are linking increased instances of landslides and cloudburst to environmental degradation and destabilization of hills due to developmental projects, including cutting of hills for widening of roads, construction of four lanes, hydropower projects etc. 

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Kinnaur: Massive Landslide Caught on Camera, Kills 9 Tourists, Injures 4, Destroys Bailey Bridge

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Kinnaur: A massive landslide in Batseri on Sangla-Chitkul road in the Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on Sunday killed nine persons and injured at least four others. Huge boulders rolled down the mountain following the landslide and destroyed an iron Bailey bridge and many vehicles parked along the road within a few seconds.

A tourist vehicle, which was reportedly carrying about 11 tourists from Delhi NCR, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, and Chattisgarh, was hit by boulders near Gunsa, killing nine tourists. A couple of videos of this heart-wrenching incident went viral on social media. In the video, some people can be heard whistling and shouting to warn others.

“Nine people died, and three were injured after boulders rolled downhill due to a landslide in Kinnaur district. Batseri bridge collapsed in the incident. A rescue team is present at the spot,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Kinnaur, Saju Ram Rana said.

The intensity with which boulders hit could be assessed from the fact that the iron bailey bridge on the Baspa river collapsed instantly. 

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On receiving the information, teams of district police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police rushed to the spot and initiated a rescue operation. The district administration was also assessing the situation. As per reports, rocks sliding down from the hilltop made the rescue operation difficult for the teams.

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As per initial reports, a request was made to make a helicopter available to aid rescue work, which was yet to be fulfilled.

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Chief Minister Jairam Thakur also expressed grief over the incident. An ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh was announced for the deceased while injured would be given Rs. 50 thousand.

The exact cause behind the landslide was yet to be ascertained.

The deceased were identified as:

  1. Pratiksha Sunil Patil (27) from Sadhbhawna Nagar, Nagpur, Maharashtra
  2. Deepa Sharma (34) from Jaipur
  3. Amoghi Bapat (27) from Korba Darri in Chhatisgarh
  4. Umrab Singh (42) of Tagore Garden West Delhi
  5. Kumar Ulhas vedpathak (37)
  6. Anurag Biyani (31) from Sikar in Rajasthan, his mother Maya Devi Biyani (55) and his sister Richa Biyani (25)
  7. Satish Katakbar (34) from Chhatisgarh.

Those injured have been identified as Shiril Obroy (39) from West Delhi, Naveen Bhardwaj (37) from Kaharar in Mohali and Ranjeet Singh (45) from Batseri in Sangla.

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