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Ghazipur constable’s murder: Police arrest 11, Akhilesh slams Yogi’s ‘thoko neeti’

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of following ‘thoko neeti’ (encounter policy) to avoid transfers, which has led to confusion in the police force.

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Ghazipur/Lucknow, Dec 30 : The Uttar Pradesh Police on Sunday said that it has arrested 11 people in the killing of a head constable by a violent mob on Saturday.

“We have arrested 11 people for the death of head constable Suresh Pratap Singh Vats,” Ghazipur Assistant Superintendent of Police Chandra P. Shukla told IANS.

He said the police have named 32 known and over 100 unknown persons in the case.

Condoling Vats’ death, Director General of Police O.P. Singh tweeted, “The death is extremely tragic. So far 19 accused in three cases have been arrested, which include 11 in the case of murder.”

“Strict action will be taken against those involved in violence,” Singh said.

Vats, a head constable posted at the Karimuddin Police Station, died after he sustained head injury by the stone pelting mob of the Nishad party.

This is the second such death involving police personnel and mobs this month in the state.

On December 3, police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh was killed in Bulandshahr in western UP when he tried to stop a mob of right-wing activists and villagers from keeping cattle carcasses to block a road from where a large number of Muslims were to return after a religious congregation.

According to police, Vats was part of a police team trying to control the crowd which was protesting against the detention of a few of its members during a series of demonstrations during the day.

The official said that Vats had arrived at the protest site to control the crowd around 4 p.m., after finishing his duty at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in the district, which was 15 km away. However, an hour later he succumbed to his injury, he said.

Vats was attached with the Karimuddinpur police station for over a year and belonged to Pratapgarh district. Vats is survived by his wife and three children — a son and two daughters.

Former Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday accused Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath of following ‘thoko neeti’ (encounter policy) to avoid transfers, which has led to confusion in the police force.

“The Chief Minister keeps harping about ‘thok do’ (encounter policy). Sometimes the police donot know whom to beat up.”

“The encounter policy has led the police officers to believe that they could be transferred if they don’t organise ‘encounters,’ forcing their subordinates to follow this attitude,” he alleged.

On Saturday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath condoled the death of the policeman and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 50 lakh to his family members.

The Chief Minister has also announced “extraordinary pension for the wife of the deceased and government service for one person of his family”.

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BJP accuses TMC of vandalising posters ahead of Shah’s rally

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Malda (West Bengal), Jan 22 (IANS) The West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday accused the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers of vandalising posters and decorative gates ahead of party chief Amit Shah’s rally here.

“Gates, welcome arches, posters, cut-outs, festoons have been vandalised ahead of our national president’s rally. Gates have set on fire. Vehicles carrying our supporters are being stopped in many places,” state BJP President Dilip Ghosh said.

BJP supporters and activists were threatened and harassed so that they could not attend the programme, he alleged.

“Despite all these, our supporters are active and the process of ‘paribartan’ (change) has been started,” he added.

After high drama over denial of permission for facilitating the landing of Shah’s chopper in Malda, the state’s BJP leadership said that they finally received the clearance at two places in the district.

The BJP received permission to land the chopper at the helipads in Golden Park Hotel here and the one used by the Border Security Force in Malda district.

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Himachal Pradesh: 26 injured after tourist bus skids off road in Bilaspur

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Himachal Pradesh, Jan 22: At least 26 people were injured after a tourist bus skidded off the road near Swarghat area in Himachal Pradesh’s Bilaspur district on Monday.

The 18 injured people have been shifted to the hospital in Nalaghar in Solan district.

Other 8 people who were seriously injured were shifted to PGIMER at Chandigarh.

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Heavy rain, snow lash Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 22: Incessant rain in Jammu division and light to moderate fresh snowfall in the Kashmir Valley occurred on Tuesday as the Met forecast improvement from Wednesday onwards.

“The western disturbance active over Jammu and Kashmir has resulted in rains in the Jammu division and the snowfall in the valley over the past 24 hours, since Monday.

“The system is likely to weaken from Tuesday evening and we are expecting gradual improvement from tomorrow onwards,” a Met official said.

The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed following landslides and snowfall and reports of an avalanche hitting the highway in the Jawahar Tunnel area.

Srinagar recorded minus 0.2 degrees Celsius while Pahalgam and Gulmarg recorded minus 0.2 and minus 4 degrees, respectively.

Kargil was coldest at minus 12.2, Drass town of Ladakh recorded minus 6.8, while Leh was warmer at 2.8 degrees Celsius.

Jammu city was at 8.7, Katra 6, Batote minus 2.1, Bannihal minus 0.1 and Bhaderwah was at minus 0.2.

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