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Eviction drive sparks violence in Bengal railway station

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Kolkata, June 4 : A railway official was assaulted and bombs were hurled near a station after Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel tried to evict hawkers who had set up “illegal” shops at the Baruipur station premises on Saturday, officials said.

An Eastern Railway spokesman claimed a railway official and three others were injured in the attack carried out by a mob comprising the hawkers and locals.

“The official was thrown on to the ground and beaten black and blue,” said the spokesman.

The trouble started when the RPF personnel started the eviction drive.

Around 1,000 hawkers – said to owe allegiance to the Indian National Trinamool Trade Union Congress (INTTUC), the workers’ arm of the ruling Trinamool Congress collected at the spot and went berserk.

The hawkers, on the other hand, alleged that the railway authorities had launched the drive without giving any prior notification.

However, the railways said the hawkers did not have any peromission to ply their trade in the station premises, and so no notification was needed.

The adamant hawkers said unless the railway authorities arranged for an alternative space for them, they would continue their trade within the station premises.

The railway spokesman said the eviction drive has been halted for the time being.

On the other hand, state Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma said the drive has been carried out by the RPF disregarding the state administration’s advice to desist from it.

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Telangana minister drops plan to vaccinate after PM Modi’s suggestion

Minister for Industry and Information Technology K.T. Rama Rao later told reporters that the decision was taken on the Prime Minister’s suggestion.

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Hyderabad, Jan 16 : Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajender on Saturday decided not to take Covid vaccine, following a suggestion from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to politicians to give priority to healthcare workers.

The minister was scheduled to take the vaccine at Gandhi hospital on the first day.

Following the national rollout of the programme by the Prime Minister, Rajender formally launched vaccination at the hospital but returned without taking the jab.

Minister for Industry and Information Technology K.T. Rama Rao later told reporters that the decision was taken on the Prime Minister’s suggestion.

“I am the captain of this (health) department,” Rajender had remarked while defending his decision to inoculate himself, at a news conference on Friday evening.

However, the health minister changed his mind after Modi’s suggestion. Following requests of politicians from some states, the Prime Minister advised them to wait and give preference to healthcare workers.

Public representatives are ready to take the vaccine but they will wait in view of the Prime Minister’s suggestion, said Rama Rao after inaugurating the vaccination at a centre at Tilak Nagar in Hyderabad.

A total of 4,000 healthcare workers are taking the vaccine at 139 centres across Telangana on Saturday.

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Hooda, several other Haryana Cong leaders detained during march to Raj Bhawan

Talking to the media, Hooda said that they would force the BJP-led central government to repeal the farm laws.

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Several Haryana Congress leaders, including former Chief Minister Bhupinder Sing Hooda, marched towards the Raj Bhawan on Friday to protest against the Centre’s farm laws and hike in fuel prices, but were detained by the police.

Police put up barricades to stop the protesters from moving towards the Raj Bhawan.

When Hooda and other party leaders tried to march towards the Haryana Raj Bhawan, they were detained by the police and taken to the Sector-17 police station in a bus. Talking to the media, Hooda said that they would force the BJP-led central government to repeal the farm laws.

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UP Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu detained in Lucknow

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Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu and party workers were detained while trying to march towards Raj Bhavan in Lucknow during a protest against the new farm laws.

Lallu said: “I want to say that I welcome the vaccine. I would like to thank the scientists who have developed it. It is the duty of the government to help people in times of a pandemic. When the pandemic struck, people contributed through money and other ways. Now that the vaccine is here, my primary demand is that it should be provided to people for free.

CM Yogi Adityanathji should get the vaccine first because that will help people get rid of all the misconceptions about the vaccine.”

Earlier, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav said he would not take the “BJP’s vaccine”. Following criticism, he had subsequently tweeted the same day that he had “full confidence” in the ability of scientists, but would not take the BJP’s “political vaccine”.

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