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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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Shimla, Manali Receive Season’s First Spell of Snow, Cheers Tourism Industry

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Shimla-First spell of snow in Shimla’s tourist destinations, Narkanda and Kufri, has cheered the tourism industry as it would increase the footfall of tourists. Similarly, higher parts of Manali also reported a light spell of snow on Sunday evening. Lahaul-Spiti, however, reportedly witnessed heavy snowfall and Atal Tunnel, Rohtang, was closed for traffic. Parts of the Kinnaur district also recorded a spell of snow.

Chopal in Shimla had received 2-3 inches of snow, while Dodra Kwar recorded one foot of snow, according to the Met Department.

In Kullu, Jalori Pass had received 3 inches of snow, Rohtang top 2.5 feet, and Atal Tunnel 1.5 feet.

In Lahaul-Spiti, Koksar/Sissu had recorded 18 inches of snow, Keylong 8 inches, Darcha 12 inches, Udaipur 4 inches, Tindi 2 inches, Kaza 1 inch, and Lossar 2 inches of snow.

In Kinnaur, Chitkul had recorded 15.4 cms of snow, Kalpa 5 cms, and Sangla 7.62 cms. Nichar also received a light spell.

This change in weather has triggered a cold wave across the state. Further, the Himachal Pradesh Meteorological Department had issued a yellow alert for December 5, 2021. The Met has predicted rain and snow on December 6 too. While the weather is predicted to be dry on December 8, the state could witness more rain and snow on December 7 and December 9, according to the Met Department.

Most roads, except in Lahaul-Spiti, remain open to traffic movement, the district administrations of Shimla and Kullu confirmed. Further, the administrations said preparations are being made to keep the roads clear in case of heavy snowfall.

This tourist season is crucial for the hospitality industry which was worst hit by the pandemic induced restrictions. However, the entry of Omicron – the new variant of Covid-19 that has been termed as a variant of concern by the WHO-haunts the season. India had reported as many as 21 cases of Omicron till Sunday. If the HP Government decides to impose restrictions on the entry of the domestic tourist in view of the spread of the new variant, the hospitality industry could again face losses.  

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Himachal Achieves 100% Vaccination Target, OPD at AIIMS, Bilaspur, Inaugurated   

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Shimla-Himachal Pradesh has achieved the 100 percent target of the second dose of Covid vaccination, the State government informed on Sunday.  Himachal Pradesh has become the first State of the country in achieving the target of cent per cent vaccination of targeted eligible age group, it informed.  

According to the HP Government, all eligible 53,86,393 adults have been administered the second dose of the vaccine.

District-Wise Vaccination Details

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Number of People Vaccinated 

Bilaspur  318150
Chamba 352605
Hamirpur 361954
Kangra 1140439
Kinnaur 68460
Kullu 322643
Lahaul-Spiti 25494
Mandi 738818
Shimla 634019
Sirmaru 410187
Solan 584326
Una 429298

A complete vaccination was performed first in the inaccessible areas and tribal areas of the state and Kinnaur district became the first district in the entire country to administer the second dose of the vaccine to all eligible adults, the government informed.

On this occasion, Jagat Prakash Nadda, the Member of Parliament and National BJP President, also addressed a felicitation ceremony of Covid Vaccination Workers at Bilaspur on Sunday.

Nadda also dedicated the first OPD at AIIMS Kothipura in Bilaspur. The AIIMS Bilaspur would be made fully functional within the next six months, said Nadda.

 

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JP Nadda at AIIMS Bilaspur

He said that the foundation stone of this institution was laid about three years back and it would have been completed a year ago, but the pace was affected due to the corona pandemic. He said that Himachal Pradesh has got an Rs. 500 crore Satellite centre of PGI Chandigarh at Una.

He also congratulated the State Government, doctors, health care workers and all the frontline workers for achieving this unique feat. 

Union Minister of Health, Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh Mandaviya, Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs and Sports Anurag Singh were also present on the occasion

 

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Himachal Records Fresh Spell of Snow, HP Met Issues Alert

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Shimla-The weather in Himachal Pradesh has taken a turn with a prediction of rain and snowfall till December 5, 2021. At the time of writing this report, Kaza in Lahaul-Spiti was receiving a fresh spell of snow, cheering the tourists, as well as, the hoteliers. So far, the traffic movement was normal in the region.

This has caused a sharp drop in temperatures across the state.

The District Administration of Lahaul-Spiti has advised the locals and tourists to avoid wandering to high altitude areas unnecessarily.

The HP Meteorological Department, Shimla, has also issued a yellow alert for December 2 and December 5. While the plains can experience light to moderate rainfall at a few places,  the middle and higher hills could witness widespread rain and snow on December 2.   

For December 4, the HP Met had predicted light to moderate rain across the state. For December 5, however, the Met has issued an yellow alert with a prediction of rain and snow at several places.

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