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Delhi violence: Saved by Hindu neighbour, recalls Muslim survivor

“One person was locked inside his car and the vehicle set afire in front of my eyes. I narrowly escaped death. I think the rioters come from the Uttar Pradesh border.

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Delhi Violence: Shahbaz (L) and Vikas (R) mourn the death of their friend Rohit Solanki who was shot in the neck.

New Delhi, Feb 28 : Amid the mayhem witnessed in northeast Delhi, another tale of humanity and compassion getting the better of bigotry and hate was scripted, which was narrated by a Muslim resident of Shiv Vihar on Friday — how his Hindu neighbour saved his and his family’s life.

“Around 9 am on Tuesday, a mob of at least 500 persons arrived in our locality and burnt down my car. Since were were no more safe, I escaped along with my wife and children and took refuge in a Hindu brother’s house in the neighbourhood even as the mob burnt alive my older brother who lived nearby,” Saleem Kassar, 48, told IANS.

“The neighbour kept us in his house for the night. The next day, he and his wife helped me and my wife dress up as Hindus. While he applied a ’tilak’ on my forehead, his wife put vermilion and coloured dot on my wife’s forehead. Then only did we step out and took refuge in Mustafabad area,” he said.

Kassar said his dead brother, 52, was the only bread earner of his family, including a married daughter and a visually impaired son-in-law, who lost his eyesight four years ago, and their two children.

The survivor said that the violence in northeast Delhi was worse than that witnessed in 1984 against the Sikhs after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

He said three others were also killed in Shiv Vihar. “One person was locked inside his car and the vehicle set afire in front of my eyes. I narrowly escaped death. I think the rioters come from the Uttar Pradesh border. A few were from Shiv Vihar itself, who are history sheeters. All had their faces covered with cloths or helmets,” Kassar said.

(Sfoorti Mishra can be contacted at [email protected])

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45 from Karnataka visited Nizamuddin mosque, 1 dead

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Bengaluru, March 31 (IANS) One of the 45 pilgrims from Karnataka who visited Nizamuddin Jamaat mosque in New Delhi in early March died of COVID-19, said Health Minister B. Sriramulu on Tuesday.

“A religious ceremony was held at the Nizamuddin Jamaat mosque in New Delhi on March 10, which was attended by about 45 people from Karnataka. One of them was a man who died in Sira,” tweeted Sriramulu.

Sira is located in Tumakuru district, 123 km north west of Bengaluru.
The pilgrim from Sira was a sexagenarian who passed away on Friday, he was Karnataka’s third COVID-19 death.

He was the state’s 60th Coronavirus positive case and his 13-year-old son also tested positive on Tuesday as the 84th case.

The Tumakuru man returned from Delhi on a train to Yeshwantpur on March 14 and from there he took a KSRTC bus to reach Sira the same morning.

The deceased man is believed to be one of those Tablighi pilgrims who visited Delhi, further official details are awaited.

According to Sriramulu, 13 of the 45 pilgrims have been identified and quarantined, hinting that the possibility of the infection spreading to all the pilgrims cannot be ruled out.

He said several visitors from Australia, Singapore, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia visited the Delhi mosque.

The state government is on the lookout for the remaining people who visited the mosque to quarantine and test them.


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Hog deer meat seized in Pilibhit, three held

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Pilibhit (UP), March 31: More than 18 kilograms of hog deer meat was seized by the forest field force at the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) on Monday.

The meat was seized from a banana orchard in Naujalaha Nakta village under Mathotanda police station. The meat was wrapped in banana leaves.

Eight people have been booked by the PTR authorities.

The hog deer had been killed at Maharajpur village near the Barahi forest range of PTR.

Deputy director of PTR Naveen Khandelwal said three of the eight accused were identified as Manoj Sarkar, Roman Sarkar and Panchu Mandal. All of them belong to Maharajpur and were arrested from their homes.

Five more accused are absconding.

The official said that all of them have been booked under the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act.

The Indian hog deer is a small deer whose habitat ranges from Pakistan, through northern India, to mainland southeast Asia, which inhabits much of the Indo-Gangetic Plains of Pakistan, northern India, Nepal, Bangladesh, southwestern Yunnan Province in China, all the way to western Thailand.

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UP may release 1,000 children lodged in juvenile homes

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Lucknow, March 31 In keeping with the Supreme Court directives, the Yogi Adityanath government is planning to release over 1,000 children lodged in 24 juvenile homes in the state.

The state government is already in the process of releasing on parole, about 11,000 prisoners who face a term of seven years or less.

This is an attempt to decongest the jails in the state in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

According to Manoj Kumar Rai, Director, women and child welfare, “A report has been prepared and will be discussed by the high-powered committee on April 1 regarding the release of juveniles. We have prepared a list of over 1,000 children, of which 250 were booked in petty cases.”

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