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Fruit vendor in Shimla Lower Bazaar encroaching benches meant for people

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Zoom it and you can see the benches meant for people to take rest are also occupied by the fruit vendor opposite to Mehar Chand sweets shop in Lower Bazaar, Shimla.  The vendors is exploiting a facility provided by NGOs for a good cause and not for these encroachers. I request Shimla Municipal Corporation to please take note of it and  take necessary action against such vendors.

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Video: Fire in Shimla’s Gumma devours Rs. 40 lakh property  

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Shimla: In a tragic incident of fire breakout in Gumma area of Kotkhai region in Shimla district on Saturday, about six rooms of a three-story building were lost. The fire brigade saved the two storeys and buildings adjacent to it.

No loss of life was reported, but the estimated loss of assets was initially assessed at about 40 lakh rupees.The owner of the house was identified as Rohit Chauhan.

Rohit’s mother was alone at the house when the fire broke out at about 3 PM. His mother called for help. However, the fire gutted six rooms on the third storey along with all belongings by the time the fire service reached the spot.

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The cause of the fire is believed to be a short-circuit.

While the other two stories housed shops, the third one was Rohit’s home.

The district administration has given Rs. 20,000 as a relief to the victim family.

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Sirmaur Tragedy: 7-year-old mauled to death by pack of stray dogs

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Shimla: In a spine-chilling incident, a pack of about half-a-dozen stray dogs on Saturday attacked and mauled a 7-year-old boy in Amarkot village in Paonta sub-division, Sirmaur district, Himachal Pradesh. As per the initial reports, the brutal attack by the dogs inflicted severe injuries on the head, throat, and neck.

On hearing the cries of the boy, the nearby people rushed to rescue the boy. However, dogs were so aggressive that they bit a couple of these people too.

The boy succumbed to the injuries on the way to the hospital. The boy was identified as Vikki, son of a migrant labour of Uttar Prades. The family was heart-broken after their piece of heart died a horrible death.

The head of the Amarkot village, Rakesh Mehraloo, said repeated complaints were made regarding the growing stray dog menace to the administration. Rakesh told media that some incidents of attack by stray dogs were also reported previously, which were also brought to the attention of the administration.

The administration, however, turned a blind eye towards the complaints and did not take any measure to solve this grieve issue, he said.

If the administration had acted timely, such a horrific incident could have been prevented.

It is pertinent to mention that the state government has also ignored the provision of dog-shelters and showed lackadaisical attitude in regular sterilizing of stray dogs.

Rest, the littering of food waste attract stray dogs and facilitate their reproduction, leading to such a nightmare.

The incident has created panic among the residents about the safety of their children.

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Himachal’s Singham is back in Baddi – hub of drug and mining mafia

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While he was posted in Baddi, he worked nearly 20 hours a day which included frequent, late night raids to get hold of liquor, drug and illegal mining mafia.

Shimla: His name had become a terror for the drug and mining mafias in the most notorious region of Himachal Pradesh – Baddi-Barotiwala-Nalagarh (BBN). As we had mentioned in the previous story, the locals had begun to call this 2013 batch IPS officer Baddi’s Singham.

From Singham, you might imagine an angry young man, who publically beat up criminals and offenders single-handedly.

However, he is a gentle personality, an honest man, who works within the limits of power endowed to him and crack the whip against offenders through the legal ways.  He was born in a middle-class family of Agra on July 1, 1990. He is currently the youngest IPS to become an SP.

While he was posted in Baddi, he worked nearly 20 hours a day which included frequent, late night raids to get hold of liquor, drug and illegal mining mafia. Since he joined at Baddi in January 2016, he imposed record penalty of over Rs 25 lakh and filed about 176 FIRs.

However, as a great jolt to the locals and all law-abiding citizens, the State government let the IPS Gaurav Singh down by slapping transfer orders on his face in return of the honesty and dedication.

Gaurav was posted as the Assistant Superintendent Police, Baddi, in 2016 when he caught a tempo-truck for allegedly transporting quarry material. The officer slapped a challan worth Rs. 70,000 along with the seizure of two stone crushers and a JCB in the same case.

To the dismay of the officer, that truck and crushers belonged to a company owned by the wife of then Doon MLA, Ram Kumar.

The Doon MLA met the Chief Minister and got the IPS officer kicked out of BBN area like it was child’s play.

The locals had come out in support of the officer, and the RTI Association Solan and an Advocate, Rajiv Kaundal, had even filed a petition in the High Court of Himachal Pradesh hailing the decision of transfer as highly unconstitutional act by the Congress MLA – a complete misuse of power given to a representative to safeguard his wife.

Ram Kumar is the same ex-legislator who was accused of murdering the 24-year-old girl, Jyoti, his former employee in 2012. He had remained absconding for some time to evade the arrest, however, surrendered later. In 2014, as expected, he was given a clean-chit in the Jyoti murder case.

Then Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh failed to stand by the side of the people and transferred the officer without considering the long-term impact of such decision that would have gone all the way to discourage IPS and IAS cadre officer from discharging their duty.

Nevertheless, the officer continued to work dedicatedly in Kangra, where he was transferred. Later, he was promoted to the Rank of the SP, Lahaul Spiti.

The officer had again made headlines in July 2017 when he suspended about 18 policemen and four home-guards for unlawful extraction of money from tourist vehicles and trucks at the barriers in the district. The action came following a complaint from an officer of the Indian Army, who was asked to pay Rs. 200 as a bribe at two such barriers.

Now, the officer is back in Baddi after the newly formed government of the Bhartiya Janata Party re-shuffled 102 including officials of the HP Administrative Services, IPS, and IAS. Gaurav was appointed as the SP, Baddi.

It is a huge matter of worry for the mafias and criminals in general. Illegal quarry material including sand and gravel are transported from BBN to the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana for various realty projects. The illegal business includes a ridiculous amount of money. The BBN area is in a miserable state owing to the drug and mining mafias, and direly need the restoration of law and order.

However, it is to be seen whether the politicians let him sustain the same level of zeal that he had displayed previously or not. It would be no surprise to anyone if he is transferred again within next few months. After all, these mafias are patronized by the influential criminals having a political back-up.

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