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Himachal Snow Fall: 650 evacuated, 1,000 still stranded in hills

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Shimla, Sep 26: Over 650 people, including five foreigners and IIT Roorkee students, have been evacuated in the past two days and over 1,000 are still stranded in snow-hit Lahaul-Spiti district of Himachal Pradesh, officials said on Wednesday.

Three stranded persons, including a pregnant woman from Nepal, have lost their lives in the past two days.

On Wednesday, as the weather cleared, the government and the Indian Air Force (IAF) engaged in evacuation work to airlift tourists stranded for the past four days.

“IAF choppers and the state government are on the job to airlift the stranded. Most have been brought to Manali and Kullu towns,” Kullu Deputy Commissioner Yunus Khan, who is supervising the relief and rescue operation, told IANS over telephone.

The IAF has deployed three helicopters while the state is using the Chief Minister’s official chopper.

Nine persons, hailing from West Bengal, were airlifted from Stingri and five from the snow-marooned Baralacha Pass (16,020 ft). Five tourists from Norway and Denmark were also rescued.

Meanwhile, two Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) and one Medium Lift Helicopters (MLH) deployed in Bhuntar. The ALH rescued 7 people from Patsio yesterday, 5 from Bara-Lacha Pass and 14 people from Stingri on Wednesday. It dropped 1000 food packets for those stranded in Rohtang.

The BRO has also rescued 35 IIT Roorkee students who went missing in Lahaul Spiti while returning after trekking from Hampta trekking pass in Kullu. They are at Mountaineering Institute in Manali.

Most people who got struck at the Baralacha Pass were reportedly travelling to Manali from Leh in Jammu and Kashmir.

Early snowfall in the higher reaches, cloud burst and heavy rains devastated large parts of the state from September 22 to 24. Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti were the worst affected.

According to the Broader Roads Organisation (BRO), the heavy snowfall on the Rohtang Pass (13,050 ft) has cut off the Lahaul and Spiti Valleys affecting a large number of tourists.

The BRO, a wing of the Defence Ministry, has been clearing the snow from various roads on a war footing. Some stretches had more than eight feet of snow.

By Tuesday evening, 457 persons have been rescued from the Lahual Valley to Manali through the Rohtang tunnel.

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Uttar Pradesh: 8-yr-old raped in Azamgarh village

The girl was rushed to a hospital where her condition was stated to be serious, the police said.

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Azamgarh (UP), Sep 30 : An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 20-year-old man in a village in Jiyanpur area of the Azamgarh district, police said on Wednesday.

The accused took the girl with himself from her home telling her mother that she would have her bath in his house, the police said, quoting from the complaint lodged by the girl’s mother.

The accused had also taken from the girl’s mother her clothes, the police aid.

But when the child returned from the neighbour’s house, she was writhing in pain and bleeding, the police said.

The girl was rushed to a hospital where her condition was stated to be serious, the police said.

Azamgarh Superintendent of Police Sudhir Kumar Singh said the accused, identified as Danish, has been arrested.

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Uttar Pradesh: 14-year-old raped in Bulandshahr

A report has been lodged against the accused and efforts are on to nab him. The accused will be taken into custody soon, police said.

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Bulandshahr (UP), Sep 30 : A minor girl was allegedly raped by her neighbour in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr, police said on Wednesday.

Senior Superintendent of Police Santosh Kumar Singh said on Wednesday night, the girl’s father submitted a complaint in this regard, alleging that his 14-year-old daughter was raped by their neighbour Rizwan (20) on Tuesday night.

The victim is undergoing medical treatment. A report has been lodged against the accused and efforts are on to nab him. The accused will be taken into custody soon, police said.

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After Hathras and Balrampur, two minors raped in UP’s Azamgarh, Bulandshahr

As the Hathras gangrape case and then the Balrampur rape case brought attention to the deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh, reports have come that two minors were raped in Azamgarh and Bulandshahr on Tuesday.

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Two minors were raped in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr and Azamgarh, mere hours after the death of the Hathras gangrape victim on Tuesday.

While a 14-year-old girl was raped in Bulandshahr, the victim in the Azamgarh case is only 8.

The two cases come as a 22-year-old Dalit woman was brutally gangraped and killed in the Balrampur district.

An eight-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a 20-year-old man in a village in Jiyanpur area of the Azamgarh district.

The accused took the girl with himself from her home telling her mother that she would have her bath in his house, the police said, quoting from the complaint lodged by the girl’s mother.

The accused had also taken from the girl’s mother her clothes, the police said.

But when the child returned from the neighbour’s house, she was writhing in pain and bleeding.

The girl was rushed to a hospital where her condition was stated to be serious.

The accused in the case has been arrested.

A minor girl was allegedly raped by her 20-year-old neighbour in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr on Tuesday night.

The victim is undergoing medical treatment. A report has been lodged against the accused and efforts are on to nab him. The accused will be taken into custody soon, police said.

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