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Bhim Army chief, SP, RLD meet victim’s family; accused defended at BJP leader’s house meet

The SP and RLD workers said that they were stopped from visiting the grieving family and lathicharged by the Uttar Pradesh Police as they proceeded towards the village.

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A day after the Uttar Pradesh Police lifted a two-day blockade around the village of the 19-year-old Dalit woman who died after she was brutally assaulted and allegedly raped by four upper-caste men, politicians cutting across party lines trooped into Hathras district to meet the victim’s family even as Congress’ Priyanka Gandhi demanded removal of the district magistrate and an investigation into his role in the entire matter.

The Uttar Pradesh Police used mild force on Rashtriya Lok Dal and Samajwadi Party workers in Hathras after they broke the police barricade to reach the victim’s village in large numbers.

The RLD alleged that its vice-president Jayant Chaudhary and party workers were lathicharged by police and roughed up. Condemning the police action, RLD’s UP unit president Masood Ahmed said, “The BJP is trying to suppress the voice of the opposition.”

The police action against Chaudhary saw hundreds of RLD activists, led by its Muzaffarnagar district president Ajit Rathi, staging a dharna and blocking roads in different places in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar district.

However, a Samajwadi Party delegation and Chaudhary were finally allowed to meet the family of the 19-year-old woman. Issuing a statement, SP said the party assured all possible help to the family. “A ‘nyay yuddh‘ (struggle for justice) is going on to deliver justice to the deceased daughter of Hathras by the Samajwadis. On the directives of the national president, the SP delegation met the aggrieved family, expressed its solidarity, and assured all possible help. SP supports all the demands of the aggrieved family,” the party said.

Bhim Army Chief Chandrashekhar Azad, who was initially stopped by the UP Police from entering the village, demanded Y-category security for the family besides a probe in the case under a retired Supreme Court judge.

Flowers spread of the funeral pyre of the 19-year-old girl. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)

“I demand ‘Y-security’ for the family or I’ll take them to my house, they aren’t safe here. We want an inquiry to be done under the supervision of a retired Supreme Court judge,” ANI quoted him as saying.

The Yogi Adityanath-led government, under fire from the Opposition over the incident, has recommended a CBI investigation into the entire chain of events in the Hathras assault and alleged gangrape case, including her hurried cremation without the family’s presence. All the four accused — Sandeep (20), Ravi (35), Luv Kush (23) and Ramu (26) — have been arrested.

Hathras Sadar SDM Prakash Meena, however, said five of the SP and RLD workers each were allowed inside the village. “A delegation of not more than five people are allowed inside the village. Delegations of SP and RLD came in; we got five names listed and allowed them to go there. Eventually their workers started misbehaving with women personnel. They broke the barricading and pelted stones. One of our COs has been injured. To disperse the crowd, we had to use minor force. Situation is under control,” ANI quoted him as saying.

Meanwhile, scores of people gathered outside the house of a former BJP MLA in Hathras where they defended the accused in the gangrape case, and demanded registration of an FIR against victim’s family members. Heavy police force was deployed in the vicinity of ex-MLA Rajvir Singh Pehalvan’s residence, which is located around 8-9 kilometres from the victim’s village.

Pehalvan’s son Manveer Singh, who was one of the organisers of the meeting, denied that the gathering comprised members from only the upper castes and said they were from “different sections of society”. “We welcome the CBI inquiry ordered by the Uttar Pradesh chief minister. We have faith in the investigation,” Singh told PTI.

“The entire scenario has been created to blame the government. The accused persons are in favour of any type of inquiry. But the victims are changing their stand every now and then. They do not want a narco test or a CBI probe. Now they want other kinds of inquiries,” PTI quoted Manveer Singh as saying.

He said an FIR should be registered by police against the complainants in the case. “Our demand is that a case should be filed against those people who had filed the case in the first instance,” he said.

A day after meeting the 19-year-old woman’s family, Priyanka Gandhi upped the ante in her attack on the Yogi Adityanath government. Gandhi said according to the family, the district magistrate meted out the worst treatment to them.

In a tweet in Hindi, the Congress leader said, “According to the aggrieved family, the worst treatment meted out to them was by the district magistrate. Who is trying to save him? He should be immediately suspended, and his role in the entire matter should be probed. When the family is demanding a judicial probe, then why is noise over CBI probe and SIT probe is going on.” “If the UP government has even slightly woken up from its slumber, it should listen to the point of view of the family,” Gandhi said in another tweet.

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UP To Test Every Traveller From Delhi For Coronavirus

It seems the second Covid-19 has hit the national capital, he said, pointing to a spurt in cases there.

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The Uttar Pradesh government will test all travellers from Delhi for coronavirus, an official said on Sunday.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary R K Tiwari said the state government is also considering restrictions on the number of people at weddings and other social programmes.

Tiwari said infection cases have increased in UP districts bordering Delhi.

It seems the second Covid-19 has hit the national capital, he said, pointing to a spurt in cases there.

So, we are testing everyone coming from Delhi, be it by air, train or bus, he said.

When asked about the kind of curbs that may be imposed at social gatherings, Tiwari said the decision will be taken on the prevailing situation.

“Districts in western UP like Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad have restricted social gatherings to 100. Necessary steps will be taken as per the prevailing situation in various places to stop the spread of the infection,” he said.

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Rajasthan govt hikes penalty on gathering of more than 100 people at marriages

A total of 603 cases were reported in Jaipur while 414 in Jodhpur, 210 in Ajmer, 271 in Alwar, 131 in Bhilwara, 240 in Kota, 100 in Pali and 184 in Udaipur.

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Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Sunday announced to increase the penalty on gathering of more than 100 people at marriages from Rs 10,000 to Rs 25,000.

Chairing a meeting to review the steps taken to contain COVID spread in the state, he said administration and police personnel should take rounds in the market to ensure all due protocols are being followed with due care in reference to night curfew announced on Saturday as well as to ensure that set number of people’s limit is not crossed.

The wedding organisers should also be updated in this context that more than 100 people are not permitted in the wedding function, he added.

District collectors, superintendents of police and other senior officials have been given responsibility to ensure night curfew norms are maintained in eight districts as announced and not more than 100 people are gathered in the crowd. Every person should wear masks and social distancing norms should also be followed, the Chief Minister said.

Notably, the state government announced night curfew in Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bikaner, Kota, Alwar, Udaipur, Alwar and Ajmer.

Also the penalty for those not wearing masks was increased to Rs 500 from Rs 200 on Saturday.

The Chief Minister on Sunday said that the state government’s major objective is to save lives of people.

On Sunday, a total of 3,260 new COVID cases and 17 deaths were reported.

A total of 603 cases were reported in Jaipur while 414 in Jodhpur, 210 in Ajmer, 271 in Alwar, 131 in Bhilwara, 240 in Kota, 100 in Pali and 184 in Udaipur.

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CBI arrests ex-Karnataka Congress minister Roshan Baig in ponzi scam

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had also booked Khan under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for allegedly transferring funds to overseas banks through the hawala route.

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Bengaluru: In a swift development after a day-long questioning, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested former Karnataka Congress minister Roshan Baig for his alleged involvement in the multi-crore IMA ponzi scam in the southern state, an official said on Sunday.

“Baig was arrested after questioning him in the ongoing ponzi chit fund scam investigation and a competent court sent him to judicial custody for further interrogation,” CBI spokesman R.K. Gaur told IANS.

Baig (67) is a former 8-time legislator from the Shivajinagar assembly segment in the city centre and was a minister in the Congress and Janata Dal governments.

“Baig was summoned for interrogation to our office earlier in the day and taken into custody on the evidence collected against him in the scam that rocked the state in 2018-19,” a CBI source said earlier.

Sleuths of the premier investigation agency also conducted a search and seizure operation in Baig’s house in the city earlier in the day.

The I-Monetary Advisory (IMA) Jewellery kingpin Mohammed Mansoor Khan alleged that he had given Rs 400 crore to Baig ahead of the state assembly elections in April-May 2018.

Baig, however, denied the charge and said Khan had falsely implicated him.

The Rs 4,000-crore ponzi chit fund scam came to light in June 2019 after hundreds of investors complained to city police that the chit fund firm stopped returning their deposits, including gold jewellery, cash and interest.

In an audio clip to then Bengaluru Police Commissioner Ajay Kumar Singh, Khan alleged that Baig was harassing him for more money and he fled to Dubai in June second week as his life was under threat.

Though the former Janata Dal-Secular-Congress government had set up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the scam, the ruling BJP government transferred the case to the CBI in August after it came to power in July 2019.

Khan was flown to Bengaluru on July 20, 2019 via New Delhi from Duabai and has been in the central jail on the city’s outskirts along with about 30 accused, including seven directors of the company.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) had also booked Khan under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) for allegedly transferring funds to overseas banks through the hawala route.

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