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In lockdown, liquor not smuggled but sold at premium in UP

A bottle of Royal Stag that is normally sold for Rs 600, is presently available at Rs 1,600 while Blenders’ Pride that is priced at Rs 800 is being sold for Rs 2,200-Rs 2,400.

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Lucknow, April 9 : Liquor smuggling may not be happening on a large scale during the lockdown, but it is available at a premium in Uttar Pradesh.

Since the lockdown began on March 22 with the Janata Curfew, very few people have been arrested for liquor smuggling.

According to police sources, barely a dozen persons have been arrested in different districts of the state for smuggling liquor during the lockdown period.

Two persons were arrested on April 1 in the Para locality in Lucknow, who were working as carriers in the liquor smuggling racket. The third accomplice managed to escape.

Two crates of liquor were recovered from their possession with 96 pouches of country liquor.

On Wednesday, in the Chandauli district, thieves broke into a liquor shop and decamped with liquor worth lakhs of rupees.

The incident took place at Alinagar where the thieves broke into the shop from the rear gate.

“They remained in the shop for more than half an hour and took away bottles of liquor and also the cash kept in a drawer,” said Avadesh Jaiswal, the shop owner.

The thieves did not realise that the CCTV cameras were working even though the shop was closed in the lockdown. The entire robbery has been captured on the CCTV cameras and is now going viral on the social media.

The police hopes to arrest the thieves soon because their faces are clearly visible in the footage.

Meanwhile, a senior police official said that smuggling of liquor is not being done at a large scale during the lockdown period because of the intensive checking.

“Moreover, most people do not consume liquor during the “Navratri’ period and in the lockdown, we are searching and questioning everyone who is on the road. So the possibility of liquor smuggling is almost negligible,” he said.

However, regular consumers of liquor claim that their favourite brand is easily available in the state capital, though at a premium.

A bottle of Royal Stag that is normally sold for Rs 600, is presently available at Rs 1,600 while Blenders’ Pride that is priced at Rs 800 is being sold for Rs 2,200-Rs 2,400.

Though liquor shops are shut from the outside, sources said that liquor was being freely made available to ‘known customers’ from the rear side.

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Coronavirus: Guard at Delhi Covid hospital dies of infection

In Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), a mess worker and a staff member died from the coronavirus infection.

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New Delhi, May 28 : A security guard at Delhi government’s Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, a dedicated hospital for Covid cases, died of the infection on Thursday, the hospital said.

In a statement, the Hospital said the “deepest sympathies go out to the family of the deceased”.

The death of the guard came as several health workers have tested positive for the infection since the outbreak.

In Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), a mess worker and a staff member died from the coronavirus infection.

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Delhi reports 1,024 new cases in 24 hrs, tally crosses 16k mark

It is the first time since the outbreak of the infection that the cases reported in a day has crossed the 1,000-mark.

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New Delhi, May 28 : The coronavirus cases count in the national capital witnessed a record jump of 1,024 in a day, taking the total tally to 16,281 while the death tally has reached 316, the Delhi Health Department said on Thursday.

Out of the total cases, 8,470 were active, it said.

As per the Delhi Health reports, 13 new deaths were added in the tally, taking the total Covid toll in the national capital to 316.

The Health report said that the cumulative death figures refer to fatalities where the primary cause of death was found to be the infection, as per the report of the Death Audit Committee on the basis of case sheets received from various hospitals.

“Total 1,024 new cases were reported and the positive cases in the city reached 16,281. At least 7,495 patients have recovered from coronavirus so far in Delhi while 8,470 cases are active,” the Health Department said.

It is the first time since the outbreak of the infection that the cases reported in a day has crossed the 1,000-mark.

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Delhi witnesses light rains, heat wave abates

However, the heat wave intensified between May 24 and 27 with the mercury making new records.

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New Delhi, May 28 : The national capital on Thursday evening witnessed some relief from the rising mercury with light rains and dust and thunderstorm with no heat wave witnessed in the day.

According to the weather office, the Safdarjung Observatory recorded a maximum of 40.3 degrees Celsius, normal for the season, down by 5 notches from Wednesday.

The Palam Observatory recorded the maximum temperature at 41.8 degrees Celsius, down from 47.2 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

“Heat wave abated from Delhi,” the India Meteorological Department said on Thursday.

The IMD said the observatories at Lodhi Road and Ayanagar recorded their respective maximums at 38.4 degrees Celsius and 40.4 degrees Celsius, below the season’s average.

It said the weather changed due to the effect of the easterly winds.

The IMD predicted thunderstorms along with lightning, hail, squall/gusty winds likely over the Delhi-NCR region during May 28 and June 1.

According to the Skymet, pre-monsoon rains are expected between May 29 and June 1. “Temperatures to drop further,” it said.

The national capital on May 23 witnessed maximum temperature at 46.2 degrees celsius — new highest for season — with the weather office predicting severe heat waves in the coming days.

However, the heat wave intensified between May 24 and 27 with the mercury making new records.

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