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8 feared killed in Trinamool-BJP clash in Bengal

Cooch Behar (West Bengal), June 9 (IANS) A day after escalation of violence in West Bengal centering on a BJP-Trinamool Congress clash that killed at least five people, two more BJP workers were allegedly shot at by supporters of the state’s ruling party in North Bengal’s Cooch Behar district, local BJP leaders said.

The district Trinamool leadership however refuted the allegation and accused the saffron party of fomenting unrest in the area.

According to BJP sources, the activists were shot at while coming back from a protest demonstration against the killing of party workers in North 24 Parganas district’s Sandeshkhali which took place on Saturday.

“We organised two-three blockades and demonstrations to protest against the brutal killing of our workers in Sandeshkhali in the hands of Trinamool. While our workers were coming back from the demonstration, they were attacked by 600-700 Trinamool goons. One person has been shot in his leg,” BJP’s Cooch Behar district president Malati Rava said.

“Many of our supporters are injured as the Trinamool goons attacked us with sharp weapons and iron rods,” she alleged.

Trinamool Congress termed the allegations as baseless.

“I haven’t heard about any such incidents in Cooch Behar today. These are baseless allegations. They are trying to create tension in the area by spreading such rumours and holding rallies,” Trinamool leader Partha Pratim Roy said.

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Woman, Partner Crushed Under Tractor, In-Laws Arrested

The accused and his son were arrested on Thursday

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Police have arrested two in-laws of a woman on charges of killing her and her partner, who were crushed under a tractor in Jalna district of Maharashtra allegedly over an “illicit relationship”, an official said on Friday.

The accused, Bathwell Sampat Lalzare and his son Vikas Lalzare, residents of Chapalgaon village under Ghansawangi tehsil, were arrested on Thursday, said Ambad police inspector Aniruddha Nandedkar.

Bathwell Lalzare is the father-in-law of the deceased woman Mariya, a widow, while Vikas Lalzare is her brother in-law, he said.

The police said the 32-year-old Mariya Lalzare’s husband died 10 years ago and she lived with her in-laws.

She was in a relationship with a married man, Harbak Bhagwat (27), a resident of the same village, they said.

Her in-laws opposed their relationship and threatened Bhagwat with dire consequences when they came to know about it, the police said.

Bhagwat had filed a complaint at the Ambad police station and with the district SP against the father-son duo, and also claimed there was a threat to his life from them, they said.

On March 30, Bhagwat and Mariya had eloped and reached Gujarat after which a missing complaint was lodged with the police by her family, they said.

On April 22, the police brought them back from Gujarat and since then they were living together in the village, they said.

On October 28, both were headed on a motorcycle to a nearby village to attend a programme when the accused Vikas Lalzare allegedly hit their motorbike with the tractor and crushed them under the wheels, the police said.

The wounded couple was rushed to a hospital but they succumbed to injuries on the way, the police said.

The wife of Bhagwat accused Vikas Lalzare and his father of killing her husband and Mariya, they said.

“We have registered a case against Vikas and his father under IPC section 302 (murder). Further investigation is going on,” said inspector Nandedkar.

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‘Consider Masks As Vaccine Against Covid-19’: Satyendar Jain

Delhi has reported record jumps of over 5,000 Covid-19 cases for the past two days. It reported 5,673 cases on Wednesday and 5,739 on Thursday.

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With Delhi reporting record jumps in Covid-19 cases for two straight days, Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Friday emphasised the importance of wearing face masks, saying people should consider them as a “vaccine” against the virus till the time one is available.

The spread of the virus can be stopped to a large extent if everyone wears a mask. Masks have more benefits than a lockdown, the minister said.

Delhi has reported record jumps of over 5,000 Covid-19 cases for the past two days. It reported 5,673 cases on Wednesday and 5,739 on Thursday.

“People should consider masks as a vaccine till there is one. The spread of the virus can be stopped to a large extent if everyone wears a mask,” Jain told PTI.

“A mask has more benefits than a lockdown,” he added.

The Delhi government has cited its new strategy involving aggressive contact tracing and testing as one of the reasons behind the sudden surge in the number of infections in the city.

The Union Health Ministry, however, has attributed the rise to social gatherings during festivities, deteriorating air quality, and increasing incidence of respiratory disorders.

The positivity rate in Delhi also jumped to 9.55 per cent on Thursday as the infection tally mounted to 3.75 lakh. The number of active cases in the city rose to 30,952 on Thursday from 29,378 the previous day.

Twenty-seven more fatalities were reported on Thursday, pushing the death toll in the national capital to 6,423.

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Delhi records highest single-day spike of 5,891 COVID-19 cases; death toll reaches 6,470

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New Delhi, Oct 30 : The highest single-day rise of 5,891 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday took Delhi”s tally of infection to over 3.81 lakh, authorities said.

This was the third consecutive day when over 5,000 cases have been reported in a day in the city.

On Thursday, Delhi had recorded 5,739 cases of coronavirus infection.

The national capital also recorded 47 new fatalities on Friday, pushing the death toll to 6,470, according to a bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.

As many as 59,641 tests for detection of COVID-19 was conducted on Thursday. The number of active cases in the city has risen to 32,363 on Friday from 30,952 the previous day, it stated.

The bulletin said the total number of cases in the city has climbed to 3,81,644.

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