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Batala House gunfight fake, reiterates Digvijaya

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New Delhi, May 24 : Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday stuck to his earlier stance that the 2008 Batala House gunfight here was “fake” even as a video footage telecast on a TV channel claimed that a suspect Bada Sajid was seen in a “IS video”.

“First of all I always said it was a false and fake encounter and I still hold the same view.

“It is for the investigative agency to prove that (presence of suspect is IS video). We had asked for a judicial probe… if that had been accepted everything would have come out in the right perspective,” the Congress leader told media persons here.

Suspected terrorist Mohammed Sajid alias Bada Sajid, who reportedly escaped from Delhi on the day of the gunfight at Jamia Nagar area of south Delhi could be one of the fugitives who featured in an alleged IS propaganda video, said a TV report on Tuesday.

It claimed Bada Sajid is one of the five people who allegedly featured in the 22-minute video posted by the IS recently. Police and home ministry sources said Sajid belonged to the Azamgarh module of the Indian Mujahideen (IM).

The Congress leader had claimed earlier that the gunfight in which Delhi Police inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was killed was “fake”, saying: “My objection to the ‘encounter’ was simple as in an ‘encounter’, no one can get five shots on the head.”

On the case of Sajid, he said: “There are hundreds of Sajids, I do not know.”

However, he said if the government, the National Investigation Agency and Research and Analysis Wing have any evidence against anyone to prove about their involvement in such terror acts, “they should be strongly prosecuted”.

Meanwhile, a home ministry source merely said that the matter as reported in the TV channel will be looked into.

The Batala House gunfight took place a week after five serial blasts in Delhi on September 13, 2008 in which at least 30 people were killed and over 100 injured.

The issue of alleged “fake encounter” was also used politically chiefly by Samajwadi Party and Congress.

Seven Delhi police personnel had stormed an apartment building in Batla House in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar were that terrorists from the Indian Mujahideen were allegedly hiding.

Two suspected terrorists were shot dead while one named Shahzad was arrested and a fourth had reportedly managed to escape. They all belonged to the Azamgarh area of Uttar Pradesh.

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Karnataka Police to induct 50 dogs at Rs 2.5 crore

According to the commissioner, the police department will hire the services of Amrut Hiranya, a renowned dog psychologist, popularly known as ‘dog guru’.

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Bengaluru, May 26 : As many as 50 dogs will be inducted into the police dog squad in Karnataka at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore to strengthen the force, an official said on Tuesday.

“Fifty dogs will be adopted and inducted into the dog squad at a cost of Rs 2.5 crore to strengthen the state police force,” said Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao.

Inaugurating the newly upgraded Dog Activity Park at the CAR (South) in Adugodi near Kormangala in the city, Rao said the dog squad plays an important role in the detection of explosives, drugs and crimes scenes.

He said that best possible training will be imparted to the police dogs to strengthen the existing canine team.

At the Dog Activity Park, the dogs will be trained under the leadership of CAR South and ACP, Ninga Reddy Patil.

According to the commissioner, the police department will hire the services of Amrut Hiranya, a renowned dog psychologist, popularly known as ‘dog guru’.

Rao said the police department is also planning to appoint female constables as dog handlers in the future.

At the inauguration of the Dog Activity Park, the trained canines showcased their skills such as tackling vehicle hijacking, explosives and drugs detection and anti-terrorist and anti-Maoist warfare tactics.

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Parts of Delhi’s Pillanji Village added to containment zone

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New Delhi, May 26 : The South-East district administration on Tuesday sealed a part of the Pillanji Village in Kotla Mubarakpur here after Covid-19 cases were reported from the area.

In an order issued on Tuesday, the administration directed for containment of the area between house number 1942 and 1945 (Polygon A) and between house number 2027 and 2042, Chopal Wali Gali, (Polygon B) in Pillanji Village, Kotla Mubarakpur, after positive Covid-19 positive were reported from the area.

The South-East District Magistrate also directed all the concerned officials to ensure that basic facilities and necessities are available in the area, and if need arises, the same may be provided to every affected person.

“To restrict public movement within the contained area, sufficient numbers of pickets shall be set up,” the order said.

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Delhi govt orders 28 ventilators, 435 oxygen concentrators

Delhi has 19 COVID Care Centres (CCC) with 5,716-bed capacity. The state has 50,000 PPEs in stock.

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New Delhi, May 26 : Amid rising coronavirus cases, the Delhi Health Department has placed orders for 30,000 PPE kits, 3.5 lakh N-95 masks, 28 ventilators and 435 oxygen concentrators, according to a statement by the Raj Niwas, here on Tuesday.

The Secretary (Health) also presented the ‘situational analysis of Covid-19 in Delhi’ to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.

Up to May 25, there were 14,053 confirmed cases in Delhi. Of this, 6,771 patients recovered or migrated. The case fatality rate in Delhi is 1.96 per cent against the national average of 2.57 per cent.

As on May 25, the Lt Governor was informed, 34 labs were functional for Covid-19 tests. Till date, 1,74,469 cumulative tests had been conducted with the positivity rate as on May 25 being 8.06 per cent.

Adequate supply of medical essentials has been ensured and more ventilators are being procured. At present, 4,462 beds, 429 ICUs, 343 ventilators and 2,632 oxygen supported beds are available in the Covid hospitals.

Delhi has 19 COVID Care Centres (CCC) with 5,716-bed capacity. The state has 50,000 PPEs in stock.

The Secretary also informed Baijal about augmentation of the bed capacity by 25 per cent in private hospitals with 50 plus beds, earmarking of 20 per cent beds for Covid patients in these hospitals, daily health monitoring of the home isolated Covid patients and raising isolation beds in the CCCs.

The Lt. Governor asked the Health Department to review medical infrastructure capacity building and remove bottlenecks immediately. The trend of the past 10-15 days should be analysed for future management, Baijal said and advised monitoring of containment zones on a dynamic basis for focused action.

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