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18-year-old Dalit boy commits suicide; Was socially boycotted for killing a calf

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Gonda, April 17: Exposing a yet another case of social apathy for poor and backward class, 18-year-old Dalit teen has committed suicide after he was socially boycotted by the villagers.

The boy was allegedly found to be responsible for the killing of his pet calf reported as per the report by Indian Express. The police had found Ramu’s body on a railway track on Saturday and they suspect that he committed a suicide by jumping in front of a train after hearing the news of boycott by the villagers.

Station House Officer said, “He [Ramu] had come to know that villagers had decided to socially boycott him for killing his pet calf.”

The teen’s family has neither filed a complaint and nor found  a suicide note.

Reportedly it was a part of the village’s custom to punish a person accused of killing a cow or a calf by making them live alone outside the village for a year.

Ramu had hit his pet calf with a hammer while taking the animal to the field for grazing. He had tied animal in the field and returned home. Around two hours later, Ramu came to know through locals that calf had died because of the thrashing…,” said a villager.

Following the incident, the villagers decided to socially boycott the boy till the Panchayat reach a decision.

With unprecedented winning of saffron party in Uttar Pradesh, cow protection and cow slaughter ban has come to the forefront of local and national politics in the state and many of the BJP ruled states.

Recently a Muslim Cattle fielder was lynched to death when cow protectors suspected him as a cattle trader.

It is strange how movement against saving a life of an animal is taking toll on human life!

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Celebrations in Lucknow, Amethi as Rahul takes over as Congress chief

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Lucknow, Dec 16 : Celebrations broke out in the Uttar Pradesh capital and Amethi on Saturday as soon as Rahul Gandhi took over as the new president of the Congress.

Jubilant party workers danced to the thumping of dhols and burst firecrackers as news of the coronation of their “Rahul Bhaiyya” was telecast on television channels.

The centre of the celebrations in the state capital was the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) office at Mall Avenue where a large number of old timers, party loyalists, supporters and workers along with state office bearers had gathered since morning in anticipation of the Gandhi scion taking over the party reins.

Over 100 kg of sweets was also distributed. Legislator Aradhana Mishra, who took part in the celebrations, said this was a momentous occasion for the party as a young leader was now in charge of the party fortunes.

“Youth are the backbone of the country and it is a heartening moment for all of us that the power has now shifted to a young leader,” she said.

Several hoardings have come up in Amethi, the parliamentary constituency of Rahul Gandhi, congratulating him on his elevation as the Congress boss. Party workers also took out small motorcycle rallies with Congress flags to mark the occasion.

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Builder’s killer held after shootout in Ghaziabad

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Ghaziabad, Dec 16: A criminal who had shot dead a builder was arrested in Ghaziabad after a shootout in which he and a policemen were injured, police said on Saturday.

A .32 bore pistol and two cartridges were seized from Mohammad Saif, Superintendent of Police (City) Akash Tomar said.

Following a tip-off about the contract killer’s presence in Ghaziabad, police said it increased patrolling in the area on Friday night. Police came across the criminal riding a motorcycle with another person, and asked him to surrender. However, he fired at the police and tried to flee.

In the subsequent firing, the Constable sustained a gunshot injury and Saif shot in the leg. While he was overpowered by police, his accomplice fled the spot.

Both the injured were taken to a nearby hospital where both were declared out of danger.

The SP said that during initial questioning, the criminal confessed to the contract killing of Ghaziabad-based builder S.P. Singh in his office on November 9.

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Icy winds blow in Lucknow, mercury dips

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Lucknow, Dec 16: Icy winds were blowing across the Uttar Pradesh capital and neighbouring areas on Saturday, bringing down the mercury.

As the sun shone brightly, the weatherman said the biting winter has arrived. Winds were blowing at speeds of 30 kmph. There was likely to be fog till Monday.

Director of the Regional Met Office J.P. Gupta said temperatures were likely to fall further in the coming days.

The minimum temperature recorded in the state capital here in the last 24 hours was 16 degrees Celsius while the maximum was 23.6 degrees celsius.

Gorakhpur was colder with minimum temperatures recorded at 13 degrees Celsius, Varanasi recorded a minimum temperature of 19 while Allahabad 17 and Kushinagar was cold at 14 degrees Celsius.

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