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Heavy rains in Uttarakhand, water level rises in Kosi & Suyal rivers

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Uttarakhand, July 12: As heavy rains continue to pound Uttarakhand, Movement of cars stopped on Rishikesh-Chamba route near Bemunda Nala after seasonal water drain overflows.

Over a hundred link roads across the hill state continued to be blocked due to landslides triggered by the incessant rains over the past few days.

A landslide triggered near Fakot area; restoration work underway. Water level rises in Tehri lake due to heavy rainfall in the region

The Water level rises in Tehri lake, Kosi and Suyal rivers in Almora district due to incessant rainfall.UttarakhandThe Almora-Seraghat route also blocked after heavy rain.

As at least five persons were reported dead and educational institutions were closed in Chamoli and Rudraprayag.

The Regional weather department warned of heavy to very heavy rains till Friday.

Some buildings were damaged in Dehradun outskirts, Chamoli and Almora due to cloud bursts, the official said.

Many rain-fed rivers and other rivers like Alaknanda, Saryu, Gomti, Pindar, Mandakini, Gori and Nandakini were in spate. People living in low-lying areas and banks were asked to leave for higher and safer places.

People undertaking travel were asked to remain cautious and the district administrations were kept on high alert.

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‘BJP goons killed Qasim, dragged him like a dead animal’

“My brother screamed in pain for water, but the mob refused him saying he is a Muslim and butcher. He was dragged like a dead animal in front of police,” Mohammed Nadeem said at a press conference here.

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New Delhi, June 22 (IANS) Cattle trader Qasim, who was lynched in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur earlier this week, was “brutally killed by BJP goons as he belonged to the Muslim community” and dragged like dead animal in presence of police, his younger brother said on Friday.

“My brother screamed in pain for water, but the mob refused him saying he is a Muslim and butcher. He was dragged like a dead animal in front of police,” Mohammed Nadeem said at a press conference here.

Qasim was allegedly beaten to death and farmer Mohammed Samiyuddin was critically injured by a mob over alleged rumours of cow slaughter at Bajhera Khurd village in Hapur.

Nadheem said that around 11 a.m. four days back, his brother received a call from someone to purchase the cattle. “He left to make a deal but never came back to home.”

“I received a call saying your brother was lynched by a mob and was taken to police station. When we reached the police station, they said he was taken to hospital. He was lying dead in the hospital,” said Nadeem.

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The press meet was organised by a fact-finding team of United Against Hate comprising of activists Nadeem Khan, Shariq Hussain and advocate Mushfiq and Shibli from the Association for Protection of Civil Rights (APCR) which visited the villages of the victims and met their family members.

The team were told that Qasim was a cattle trader, purchased buffalos and lambs from nearby villages and sold them at a local animal market called Paith.

Meanwhile, 67-year-old Samiyuddin, was allegedly thrashed and critically injured by the mob when he intervened and tried to pacify the attackers, and later admitted in private hospital.

Samiyuddin’s brother Mohammed Mehruddin said: “Police confused us for six hours in order so we can’t meet him. But finally we found him in private hospital lying unconscious on bed with his right hand thumb having blue colour impression.”

“We don’t know, what police have used this thumb impression for,” he added.

The fact-finding team said in a statement that before the lynching, an announcement was made from the nearby temple asking people to gather there, as cow killers had been caught red-handed – “which is a repeat of the modus operandi adopted in the Dadri incident where Akhlaq was lynched to death for allegedly consuming beef. Police however, say that they are not aware of any such announcement”.

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Bengaluru: HD Kumaraswamy flagged off the six-coach train of Namma Metro

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The new six-coach Namma Metro train was flagged off by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy 45 minutes behind schedule on Friday.

BMRCL Managing Director Mahendra Jain said BEML, which is manufacturing the coaches, has promised that all coaches will be delivered by June 2019 instead of December 2019. “By June 2019, all 50 trains will be six-coach trains,” he said.

In the last one year, the number of trips made by Namma Metro has gone up to 298 from 216, he said, adding that the ridership has also risen to almost four lakh per day.

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‘Heartbroken’ Messi fan in Kerala missing, suicide note found

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Kottayam (Kerala) June 22: Unable to bear the thrashing Argentina received at the hands of Croatia late on Thursday, a diehard Lionel Messi fan here has gone missing, leaving behind a suicide note saying he has nothing to look forward to now. A search operation is on.

A team of police divers and locals on Friday searched the Meenachil river that flows by Arumannoor near here.

Binu Alex, 30, who was last seen watching the FIFA World Cup match, according to his parents, has been missing from the house since 4 a.m., a police officer, who did not want to be named, told IANS.

“A quick search revealed a suicide note in which he says he is leaving the world as he has nothing more to watch and see,” said the officer.

A close relative of Alex told IANS that he was a hardcore Messi fan and his mobile phone had a picture of Messi as the wallpaper.

“Yesterday, he purchased a T shirt like the one worn by Messi and sat down to watch the match. In the morning when his mother got up at 4 a.m to prepare food for Alex, she saw that the back door of the kitchen was open and immediately called her husband.

“They then went to check on Alex and found that he was missing,” said the relative, adding that police was called then.

Police arrived with a sniffer dog who ran towards the river which is flowing in full spate on account of the rains in the past few days. Some divers searched in the water but failed to find the body.

Alex was unmarried and works as an accountant in a private company here.

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