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19 bodies found as boat capsizes in Krishna river in Andhra

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Andhra Pradesh, Nov 13: At least 19 tourists, including nine women and two children, were killed and eight others went missing as a boat capsized in the Krishna river near here, in Andhra Pradesh’s Krishna district on Sunday, officials said.

At least 19 bodies recovered so far, trying to trace remaining missing persons.

The government has appointed a senior committee to inquire, police has also registered a case against 4-5 persons out of which one has been arrested, said Krishna District Collector B. Lakshmi Kantam.

The rescue operation has been continuing since yesterday with four of our teams, divers are also making efforts to trace missing people, said Santosh Kumar, NDRF Deputy Commandant.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi consoled families of victims saying that capsizing of a boat in the Krishna River is anguishing. My thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in this tragedy.

The boat overturned at Ibrahimpatnam Ferry Ghat around 5.20 p.m. There were 41 tourists on board belonging to a private operator and returning from Bhavani Island to Pavitra Sangam, or holy confluence of Krishna and Godavari rivers.

Locals and rescue workers rescued 15 people. Krishna District Collector B. Lakshmikantham said nine persons were admitted to hospitals. The condition of one of the injured is stated to be critical.

Home Minister N. Chinnarajappa, who rushed to the site, said 16 bodies had been recovered while the search was on for the missing.

The National Disaster Response Force personnel joined divers in the rescue operation, which was hampered due to the darkness after sunset.

The tourists, most of them hailing from Ongole town in Prakasam district of the state, were returning to Pavitra Sangam for performing some religious rituals at the end of their day-long trip to Bhavani Island.

Chinnarajappa said 32 members of the Ongole Walkers’ Club were among those on board. He announced Rs 8 lakh compensation each to the families of the deceased.

Overload is believed to be the cause of the accident, he said, adding that the private company also did not have permission to operate the boat.

Survivors said they boarded the private boat as the boats of the Tourism Department were not available. They also complained that there were no life jackets on the boat.

The District Collector said a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder was booked against the company operating the boat.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has expressed shock over the accident and ordered a probe by a senior police officer.

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6 held for robbing, assaulting wife, daughter of Delhi HC ex-CJ

The accused have been identified as Dinesh, Dheerender, Upender Rai, Ram Swaroop, Deepak and domestic help Sandeep. They were arrested from different areas of their native state Jharkhand

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New Delhi, Sep 21 : Delhi Police on Thursday arrested six persons, including a domestic help, for assaulting, robbing and holding captive the wife and daughter of a former Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court here.

“The accused have been identified as Dinesh, Dheerender, Upender Rai, Ram Swaroop, Deepak and domestic help Sandeep. They were arrested from different areas of their native state Jharkhand,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Chinmoy Biswal.

Read More : Wife, daughter of ex-Chief Justice of Delhi High Court assaulted, robbed

The incident occurred on Monday night when their recently hired domestic help Sandeep called the other accused to the former Chief Justice Dalip Kapoor’s residence in New Friends Colony.

The accused allegedly assaulted and held captive wife and daughter of the former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court and later escaped with jewellery and cash, Biswal said.

“Reeba Kapoor,78, wife of former Chief Justice of Delhi High Court Dalip Kapoor, in her statement to the police had said Sandeep, along with accomplices, assaulted her and her daughter Sheeba, 45. They then tied them with ropes and escaped with jewellery and cash worth lakhs of rupees,” the officer added

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FIR against Delhi Police ACP over rape accusation

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New Delhi, Sep 20: An FIR has been lodged against Additional Commissioner of Delhi Police for allegedly raping a woman.

The accused officer has identified as Ramesh Dahiya was posted as the Station House Officer at Sadar Bazar Police Station in the national capital.

“Last month, the woman registered a rape complaint at Sadar Bazar Police station against Dahiya, claiming that the cop had developed physical intimacy with her and promised to marry her when he was the Station House Officer at Sadar Bazar. They allegedly also have a son, ANI reported.

The victim also alleged that the officer had molested her minor daughter, and abducted the son born of Dahiya.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Delhi) Nupur Prasad told media “A complaint has come to Sadar Bazar police station regarding rape and molestation against an ACP. A case has been registered under 376, 328, 506, 363 of IPC and the POCSO Act”.

“The case has also been transferred to the crime branch”, She added.

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Cyclone alert issued for Odisha, Andhra Pradesh

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Bhubaneswar, Sep 20: The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday issued a cyclone alert for Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.

The IMD in a statement said a depression over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours.

“The depression over west-central and adjoining east-central Bay of Bengal moved nearly westwards with a speed about 15 kmph in the past six hours. It has intensified into a deep depression and lay centred at about 310 km east-southeast of Kalingapatnam (coastal Andhra Pradesh) and about 300 km east-southeast of Gopalpur (Odisha),” the statement said.

“It is likely to intensify into a cyclonic storm during the next 12 hours. It is very likely to move west-northwestwards and cross south Odisha – north Andhra Pradesh coasts between Kalingapatnam and Puri (Odisha), close to Gopalpur around midnight as a cyclonic storm with wind speed of 60-70 kmph gusting to 80 kmph.”

Heavy to very heavy rain was predicted at a few places over Odisha and extremely heavy downpour at isolated places over south Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh.

“Squally wind speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is very likely along and off Odisha and north Andhra Pradesh coasts. It will gradually increase, becoming 60-70 kmph gusting 80 kmph from today (Thursday) evening for subsequent 12 hours,” said the IMD statement.

Damage by the storm was expected in the districts of Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram and Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh and Gajapati, Ganjam, Khurda, Nayagarh and Puri districts in Odisha.

Fishermen have been advised not to venture into the northwest Bay of Bengal and along and off the Odisha, West Bengal and north Andhra Pradesh coasts.

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