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Curfew to be relaxed in Shillong on Wednesday

Curfew was imposed in some areas on June 1 following violence involving members of the Punjabi and indigenous Khasi communities.

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Shillong, June 5 (IANS) Authorities here on Tuesday decided to briefly relax the curfew in the state capital on Wednesday while internet on mobile telephones remained restricted even as the situation was showing steady improvement.

Meanwhile, the opposition Congress demanded setting up of a judicial inquiry into the issue of shifting the Sikh inhabitants from Sweepers Lane, a day after the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government decided to constitute a high level committee to find out a permanent solution to the long-pending issue.

A delegation of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee from Amritsar also opposed the move of the Meghalaya government to re-locate the Sikhs to other parts of the city.

“We have decided not to relax the curfew on Tuesday though the situation in the area is slowly limping back to normalcy. We are keeping a close watch on the situation,” Deputy Commissioner of East Khasi Hills district P.S. Dkhar told IANS.

However, some relaxation will be made on Wednesday, he added.

Curfew will be relaxed in 13 tension-hit areas under Lumdiengjri Police Station and Cantonment Beat House located near Iewduh, one of the busiest markets in the northeastern region, from 7 a.m. to 12 noon, and then be reimposed, said Dkhar.

Night curfew in the Shillong Agglomeration will be relaxed from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. with effect from Wednesday.

Two Army columns carried out a third flag march here on Tuesday to help the district administration to bring the situation under control.

Curfew was imposed in some areas on June 1 following violence involving members of the Punjabi and indigenous Khasi communities.

Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma said the government has “failed” to sustain peace in the state and demanded setting up of a judicial inquiry into the issue of shifting the Sikh inhabitants from Sweepers Lane, known to the local people as Them Metor and located in the commercial area of Shillong near Iewduh, one of the busiest markets in the northeastern states.

For more than two decades, several indigenous Khasi civil society groups have demanded from the Meghalaya to re-locate Sikh residents, living there since British times, from Sweepers Lane as most of them are “illegal settlers”.

“It is a sad thing that not even completing three months, they (MDA) have messed up everything. Today the name and fame of the state that we have built over the years and put the state among the top tourist destinations, has been adversely affected and this has derail the whole momentum of growth,” said the former Chief Minister.

Meanwhile, the SGPC delegation, led by Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh, met Home Minister James Sangma and opposed the move of the Meghalaya government to re-locate the Sikhs residing in Sweepers Lane.

“They (Sikh) have been staying there (Sweepers Lane) for 180 years. Therefore, the question of re-locating them from the existing location is not acceptable to us. We would like the government to propose an alternative solution to it.

“There are no illegal settlers in the area. They have been settling for centuries.. Sikhs are everywhere in the world, they have never been relocated whether in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran or Iraq. In fact, the Sikh community are scattered all over the world,” he said.

Singh said that the Sikh community living all over the world are ready to fund for construction of multi-storied buildings in the existing location if the Government gives them permission.

“We had in fact requested the Home Minister to allow them to construct beautiful apartments for the Sikhs here. So the question of the Sweeper’s Colony of being unhygienic will not remain,” he said.

On Monday, the Meghalaya government constituted a high level committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong to examine all relevant records and documents relating to the relocation of the Sweeper Colony, Sweeper Lane, Mawlong Haat and to recommend feasible solutions.

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Woman shot, dumped on road by Delhi cop; saved by another cop

On the way, the victim revealed that she was shot by Delhi Police Sub-Inspector Sandeep Dahiya, presently posted at Lahori Gate.

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New Delhi, Sep 27 : A woman was shot allegedly by a Delhi Police Sub-Inspector and dumped on the road in Alipur area in the city’s northern outskirts on Sunday. The injured woman was, however, found by another Sub-Inspector and taken to hospital where her condition is said to be stable.

“Information was received in police station Alipur from Sub-Inspector Jaiveer, posted at Shahbad Dairy of the Outer North District, that while crossing the Sai Mandir on the GTK Road, he spotted a woman lying on the road, shifted her into his private car and straight away rushed to a nearby hospital,” DCP, Outer North, Gaurav Sharma said.

On the way, the victim revealed that she was shot by Delhi Police Sub-Inspector Sandeep Dahiya, presently posted at Lahori Gate.

According to sources, the woman and Dahiya were in a relationship since last year and the incident took place due to a quarrel over some issue while they were roaming in his car.

Dahiya is said to be having some matrimonial dispute with his wife and they are reportedly separating.

“The condition of the victim is stable and her life has been saved because of proactive action of SI Jaiveer. Case under appropriate section is being registered. The search for SI Dahiya is on,” the DCP added.

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Delhi records over 40 coronavirus deaths for second day on the trot

The national capital reported 42 COVID-19 fatalities on Sunday, taking the number of deaths to 5,235, while 3,292 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 2,71,114.

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New Delhi: The national capital reported 42 COVID-19 fatalities on Sunday, taking the number of deaths to 5,235, while 3,292 fresh cases pushed the infection tally to 2,71,114.

This is the second day in a trot when the city reported more than 40 coronavirus deaths.

On Saturday, authorities had reported 46 fatalities, which was the highest in a day since July 16, when the city reported 58 deaths.

The cumulative COVID-19 case count rose to 2,71,114 on Sunday with 3,292 more people contracting the viral disease.

The 42 fatalities pushed the death toll to 5,235.

The capital reported 3,372 cases on Saturday, 3,827 on Friday, 3,834 on Thursday, 3,714 on Wednesday, and 3,816 on Tuesday.

Of the total cases reported in Delhi so far, 2,36,651 have either recovered, been discharged or migrated out.

As many as 51,416 tests were conducted on Saturday to detect COVID-19 infection, of which 11,414 were RTPCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests and 40,002 rapid antigen tests.

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Shaheen Bagh: Man held for raping woman on pretext of giving her job

The accused caught both her hands and forced himself on her. He later dropped the victim at her residence in Ghaziabad.

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New Delhi, Sep 27 : A 32-year-old man was arrested for allegedly raping a woman by luring her on the pretext of giving her a job in southeast Delhi”s Shaheen Bagh area, police said on Sunday.

On Friday, a woman, who resides in Ghaziabad and works at a factory, lodged a complaint where she alleged that while searching for a new job, she joined a WhatsApp group — ”Job for all”, a senior police officer said.

While chatting in the group, the accused called her and told her that he was a member of the group and wanted to help her get a new job. Later, they started chatting with each other, the officer said.

On Wednesday, the accused again contacted her, saying he had arranged a job for her and asked her to come to Abul Fazal Enclave in Shaheen Bagh.

She told him she would not be able to reach there that day , but he insisted.

She finally agreed and asked him to pick her up from Shastri Park metro station.

The accused took her at his house in Abul Fazal Enclave on his motorcycle, police said.

After reaching his house, he offered her some eatables but she refused to eat them.

She said she was not feeling well following which the accused offered to give her a massage which she again refused, police said.

Thereafter, the accused caught both her hands and forced himself on her. He later dropped the victim at her residence in Ghaziabad, police said.

“During investigation, the mobile number of the accused was found to be switched off. The victim identified the house of the accused in Abul Fazal Enclave, following which he was arrested,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast) R P Meena said.

Sabri said earlier, he was working in private companies but during the lockdown, he lost his job and joined the group to get a job, the DCP said.

Through the group, he came in contact with the victim. On Wednesday, he called the victim and forced himself on her, police added.

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