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I am not the attacker: AAP councillor Tahir Hussain

“The rioters had entered my house after breaking the main door. I was trying to shoo them away using a lathi,” he said, adding that he had even called the police but no one responded to his calls.

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New Delhi, Feb 27 : After coming under scanner of the Delhi Police for his alleged role in the arson in North-East Delhi which has claimed 38 lives so far besides injuring 200 others, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain claimed on Thursday that he was the “target”, and “not the attacker”.

Speaking to reporters in the national capital, Hussain said, “I was the target and not the attacker. Just tell me one thing, will any rioter allow the police to enter his house if he is involved?”

His remarks came after a number of videos surfaced on social media, showing people allegedly throwing petrol bombs and stones from his rooftop. Following the surfacing of the videos, Delhi Police have sealed Hussain’s house besides registering a case against him.

In one such video, Hussain is seen holding a wooden stick with smoke rising from his building. Admitting that he was seen in the video, he clarified that the video was of February 24.

“The rioters had entered my house after breaking the main door. I was trying to shoo them away using a lathi,” he said, adding that he had even called the police but no one responded to his calls.

Hussain further said that the police came to his house at 9 p.m. on Sunday. “Joint Commissioner Alok Kumar and DCP A.K. Singla came here. They searched my house in the presence of my neighbours, following which I left along with my family,” he said, adding that when he returned on Tuesday morning, he found the situation has worsened. So he left again after speaking to the police.

Earlier in the day, IANS reached the roof of Hussain’s house where stones and bottles, which appeared to be meant for petrol bombs, were found.

Even the father of slain Intelligence Bureau (IB) staffer Ankit Sharma has alleged that Hussain was behind the killing of his son by a mob on Tuesday.

Hussain further said that the rioters barged into his house and he was only trying to protect it from them.

In a 41-second video clip posted on social media, Hussain could be seen making an appeal in what appears to be the middle of the rioting.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, while responding to allegations that the AAP leader was involved in the killing of Ankit Sharma, said: “No one, be it any party, should be spared if they are responsible for inciting violence. Even if he is a part of my Cabinet, he should be punished. If anyone from AAP is found guilty, they should get double the punishment.”

In one of the deadliest violence in Delhi in decades, at least 38 people have lost their lives while over 200 people have been injured after clashes between pro and anti-CAA protesters turned violent in North-East Delhi.

The clashes first broke out on Sunday. In the three days that followed, hundreds of vehicles, shops and homes were gutted. Questions have been raised over Delhi Police’s efficiency for failing to control the situation.

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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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Covid-19 cases in national capital rise to 97

It also pointed that Centralised Accident and Trauma Services (CATS) received a total 144 calls.

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New Delhi, March 30 : The national capital of India — Delhi reported 97 positive cases of deadly Coronavirus on Monday, the directorate general of health service of Delhi Government said.

It also stated that out of 97 total positive cases, 5 have been discharged and 2 people succumbed to the deadly virus affect. It further pointed that currently 89 people are admitted in various hospitals across the capital city. The report of the health department stated that one of the COVID-19 patients was a foreign national and he has gone back to his country.

The report further highlighted that a total 2168 sample has been sent for testing. The hospitals have also received reports of 1846 samples. So far a total 322 reports of the samples are pending.

It stated that a total 21628 people who came in contact with COVID-19 patients have been put under home quarantine till date. Currently, 19,989 people are under home quarantine. It also stated that 1639 people have completed their 14 days period of home quarantine. In Delhi, a total 1137 people are under institutional quarantine till date.

Earlier in the day, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain held a review meeting with medical superintendents of all government hospitals about the preparedness in wake of COVID-19 situation in the city.

“Crisis support and counselling centre at IHBAS is operational from 8 am to 8 pm on all seven days for COVID-19 epidemic,” the report stated.

It also stated that house to house surveillance for contact tracing of positive cases is being done by health workers in all districts.

The report also highlighted that a total 209567 passengers from COVID-19 affected countries have been screened at Delhi airport and placed under surveillance.

It also pointed that Centralised Accident and Trauma Services (CATS) received a total 144 calls.

The government has activated 10 lines in Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) state headquarter control room and so far a total 998 calls were responded.A

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