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Assam Rifles DG to meet Shah on IPS officer’s charge against jawan

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New Delhi, Jan 24 A controversy over a woman IPS officer’s assault and molestation charges against an Assam Rifles trooper continues to drag on even as the paramilitary force’s Director General, Lieutenant General Sukhdeep Sangwan, is set to meet the Union Home Minister on the matter, sources said on Friday.

Sangwan will meet Amit Shah before January 30 to back Rifleman P.K. Pandey and present the “proof” on the incident, the sources added. “He has sought time from the Home Minister’s office for the meeting.”

The January 19 incident has pitted the Assam Rifles against the IPS officers association’s Manipur chapter.

An Assam Rifles statement on Tuesday night had claimed that the Indian Police Service officer’s accusation that she was “assaulted, harassed and molested” at Khudengthabi checkpost on January 19 were “baseless and malicious”.

“The unilateral publication of uncorroborated and unsubstantiated allegations by the lady Sub-Divisional Police Officer on alleged harassment, physical assault and misbehaviour by Assam Rifles troops on January 19, 2020 while returning from Moreh is baseless, fabricated, false and malicious. Assam Rifles categorically and firmly refutes the allegations levelled by the officer.”

“Can a central government servant on bona fide duty cross over to Myanmar flouting all FMR (Federal Management Regulation) rules and then cover up the act on the pretext of official duty? It needs investigation….”

It maintained that the woman IPS officer had illegally entered Myanmar while on duty and bought “suspicious and unidentified goods” from across the border.

Assam Rifles claimed possession of video footage of her entry into Myanmar and subsequent loading of goods on her “so-called official vehicle”, which exposed her “blatant lie” in her complaint that she was on official duty.

The Assam Rifles accused the officer of trying to avoid checking of goods loaded in her vehicle.

The IPS officer displayed “high-handedness and colourable exercise of power” at a sensitive post against the ethics of any uniformed soldier, the statement added.

“A formal request to the lady officer by the Commandant, 12 Assam Rifles, and Deputy Inspector General, Headquarter 26 Sector, Assam Rifles, to resolve the matter amicably was not responded to affirmatively. To the utter surprise, she demanded that “jawan ko mere saamne duss joote maaro tab main apology accept karungi (hit the jawan with shoes ten times only then will I accept an apology),” the statement added.

On the other hand, the IPS Officers Association (Manipur Chapter), accused Assam Rifles of “maligning her image”.

Chaired by its President P. Doungel, an association meeting attended by representatives of IAS Officers Association and IFS Officers Association on Wednesday extended support to the police officer.

It maintained that the Assam Rifles statement was “highly unprofessional and maliciously worded to malign her image”.

On Thursday, the association said that “Assam Rifles should extend full cooperation to the investigation in the case”.

“The association resolves to extend full support, moral and financial, to any further course of action which the officer chooses to follow. The association reposes its faith in the special investigation team probing the matter and hopes that the law will take its course,” the body said in a press release.

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Two more Covid-19 cases in Bengal, count now 20

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Kolkata, March 29 : Two persons, including an Army doctor, were on Sunday detected with the coronavirus infection here – in the first case of a medico getting afflicted with the dreaded Covid-19 in West Bengal, where the disease count has now gone up to 20.

The 52-year-old anaesthesiologist is now admitted at the Command Hospital, Alipore, state Health Department sources said.

A 66-year-old man also tested positive for the disease.

One person has died due to Covid-19 in the state so far.

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979 confirmed COVID-19 cases in India, 106 new cases, 6 new deaths

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: 106 new cases, six deaths in last 24 hours, total now 979, says health ministry

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New Delhi, March 29 : 979 confirmed COVID-19 cases in India, 106 new cases, 6 new deaths.

  • Maharashtra was the worst hit state, followed by Kerala and Karnataka
  • 87 coronavirus patients have been cured/discharged across the countr

Here is state-wise tally of total coronavirus cases in the country:

  • Andhra Pradesh 14
  • Andaman and Nicobar Islands – 9
  • Bihar – 9
  • Chandigarh – 8
  • Chhattisgarh – 6
  • Delhi – 39 ( including 1 foreign national)
  • Goa – 3 ( including 1 foreign national)
  • Gujarat – 53 ( including 1 foreign national)
  • Haryana – 33 ( including 14 foreign nationals)
  • Himachal Pradesh – 3
  • Jammu and Kashmir – 31
  • Karnataka – 76
  • Kerala – 182 ( including 8 foreign nationals)
  • Ladakh – 13
  • Madhya Pradesh – 30
  • Maharashtra – 186 ( including 3 foreign nationals)
  • Manipur – 1
  • Mizoram – 1
  • Odisha – 3
  • Puducherry – 1
  • Punjab – 38
  • Rajasthan – 54 ( including 2 foreign nationals)
  • Tamil Nadu – 42 ( including 6 foreign nationals)
  • Telengana – 66 ( including 10 foreign nationals)
  • Uttarakhand – 6 ( including 1 foreign national)
  • Uttar Pradesh – 55 ( including 1 foreign national)
  • West Bengal – 17

While 319 of the positive cases were Indian, 41 are foreigners, the Health Ministry said in the 6.30 p.m. update.

“A total of 24 patients have been cured and discharged. Seven deaths have been reported across the country,” the Health Ministry said.

Among the 23 states and union territories where the cases were found, Maharashtra has the highest patient count followed by Kerala.

The number of cases across the country has been increasing on a drastic speed.

While Bihar, Punjab, Delhi, Gujarat, and Karnataka have reported one each coronavirus related deaths, Maharashtra has reported two deaths as of now.

A total of 75 districts across the country have been put under lockdown, with only essential services allowed.

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Rahul expresses Congress’s solidarity with govt in COVID-19 fight

Rahul said the sudden lockdown, announced by the government, created panic and confusion, and closure of factories, small industries and construction had rendered tens of thousands of migrants jobless forcing them to return to their villages.

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New Delhi, March 29 : Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Sunday expressed his party’s solidarity with the government in the time of crisis and also suggested measures to overcome the panic and insulate the economy.

“The number of poor, who are daily wagers, is simply too large to shut down all economic activities. The consequences of economic shutdown will only add the Covid-19 toll,” said the former Congress chief. The shutdown could cause “catastrophic” loss of life, he added.

He urged the government to consider a nuanced approach, taking the complex realities of the country into consideration, prioritise protection of the elderly and the vulnerable, and communicate clearly to the young about the dangers.

Rushing of millions of people to their villages due to lockdown in cities would increase the risk of spread of coronavirus infection to their folk back home, he said. “This will lead to catastrophic loss of life,” Gandhi said.

“We must strengthen the social safety net and use every public resources to support and shelter the working poor,” he said.

The Congress leader also called for setting up of dedicated hospitals with thousands of beds and ventilators, and intensifying coronavirus tests to get an accurate picture of the spread of infection and to formulate suitable measures to contain it.

Rahul said the sudden lockdown, announced by the government, created panic and confusion, and closure of factories, small industries and construction had rendered tens of thousands of migrants jobless forcing them to return to their villages.

He urged the Prime Minister to help them find shelter and provide money directly into their bank accounts to let them tide over the crisis.

Expressing his and millions of Congress workers’ solidarity with the government in this immense humanitarian crisis, Gandhi suspected that the government might extend the lockdown.

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