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Kazakh government orders 60 Indian workers to leave after mass brawl

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New Delhi/Astana, Sep 9 : The Indian embassy in Kazakhstan said it is closely monitoring the situation after a mass brawl broke out at a construction site in capital Astana and the government ordered the expulsion of 60 Indian workers from the country.

“Following media reports about an incident at the Abu Dhabi Plaza construction site on the evening of September 2, we have been informed that this happened when one of the workers had trouble swiping the access card to enter the construction site, which led to an altercation.

“Unfortunately, this incident, a company administrative matter, escalated into a brawl between the workers and security staff. Since the incident, the workers and security staff have returned to normal duties.

“We have been advised by the concerned parties that about 60 workers and security staff have been subjected to disciplinary measures including repatriation. We continue to closely monitor the situation,” the Indian Embassy said in a post on its Facebook page.

According to Eurasianet.org, a massive brawl broke out in Astana late on September 2, provoking a diplomatic scandal.

It all reportedly began when Indian labourers hired to build the high-rise Abu Dhabi Plaza went on a drinking spree, seizing the opportunity of a day off work on the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Police representative Almas Sadubayev said that the first clash occurred when a group of the Indians, who live in housing units on the building site, attempted to leave the territory but were prevented from doing so by a security guard concerned at their inebriated state. The labourers ganged up on the guard in force and physically assaulted him. Local colleagues came to the defence of the guard, giving rise to the brawl, eurasianet.org said.

It quoted the New Times website as saying that the fighting drew in as many as around 700 people, who pelted police with stones when reinforcements were called in.

The deputy head of the General Prosecutor’s Office, Andrei Lukin, said 41 people were detained, all of them Kazakhstani citizens.

Astana Mayor Aset Isekeshev, India’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Harsh Kumar Jain, and leading representatives from the company building the Abu Dhabi Plaza went to the scene of the unrest.

Isekeshev said later on his Facebook account that there had been negotiations and that the tensions had been defused. The mayor also urged people to refrain from idle commentaries on the situation to avoid sowing further trouble.

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Chhota Shakeel’s brother Anwar Babu Sheikh detained in Dubai

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Mumbai, Dec 15 : The D-company received a major blow as  Gangster Chhota Shakeel’s brother Anwar Shaikh, who is wanted in Mumbai for 1993 Mumbai serials blasts, was arrested from Abu Dhabi Airport on Friday.Chhota Shakeel is considered the trusted right hand of fugitive don Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar.

Sheikh, who is wanted in Mumbai and Thane in connection with several offences including the March 1993 Mumbai serials blasts, was detained and questioned by the Dubai Police at Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Among other things, Sheikh is wanted for allegedly co-ordinating the Mumbai serial blasts from a location abroad.

After the Mumbai serial blasts red corner notice has been issued against him  and Indian authorities are trying to seek Anwar’s custody.

After search and interrogation, the Dubai Police are understood to have recovered a Pakistani passport from Sheikh, raising questions on his extradition to India.

Both Indian and Pakistani embassies in the UAE are said to be in touch with the Dubai authorities seeking his deportation to their respective countries.

 

Mumbai and Thane police sources said that Sheikh is linked to Pakistan’s ISI and was involved in several terror acts in India before he fled this country.

Earlier this year, Thane Anti Extortion Cell chief Pradeep Sharma had nabbed couple of persons for illegally keeping AK-56 Army assault rifles in their Mumbai suburban home in Goregaon.

 

 

 

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Priority is to eradicate terrorism from J&K: Governor Satya Pal Malik

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Jammu, Dec 15 : Asserting that terrorism prevails in the “minds” and “not in guns”, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik chaired review meeting of security-related issues at Raj Bhavan in Jammu  on Saturday and said his priority is to eliminate terrorists but to eradicate terrorism in the state.

The Governor, who was here as the chief guest at Sarvoday Inter College in Jawli village, said the whole scenario in Jammu and Kashmir is “different” now.

Malik expressed grief over the loss of 7 civilian lives following an encounter in Pulwama today.

” Arrangements will be done for IAS, KAS, NEET, JEE coachings. Additional 1,000 cr will be given for Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. In health, we’re giving Rs 100 Crore for equipment & Rs350 cr for building. Rs 300 cr to be given for balancing work in Power,” Malik said.

“Budget doubled for agriculture, horticulture&animal husbandry.For education, we’ve approved a new University in Leh named Ladakh University. 40 new colleges will be established in the state in Rs 250 cr. Benches, desks, drinking water will be provided in all schools,” Governor said.

” Our total budget is of Rs89,000 crore.Deficit is in control.Wasteful expenditure has been stopped. Development Expenditure is highest at approx Rs10,000 crore. We’re giving Rs130 cr to Tourism dept which is an addition to Rs2000 cr from PM’s Development Package,” Governor said.Senior officers of J&K and of Central Police Forces were present in the meeting.

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Kushwaha meets Ahmed Patel, set to join grand alliance

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New Delhi, Dec 15 : Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) leader Upendra Kushwaha met Congress Treasurer Ahmed Patel here on Saturday amid indications that the former’s party will join the grand alliance in Bihar soon.

RLSP spokesperson Madhav Anand told that Patel came to meet Kushwaha at his residence and they discussed political issues concerning Bihar.

He said there was a possibility of Kushwaha also meeting Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the coming days.

Party sources said that an announcement of RLSP joining the grand alliance is expected soon.

Kushwaha had resigned as a Minister in the Narendra Modi government on December 10 and his party had also quit the ruling National Democratic Alliance.

Rashtriya Janata Dal, Congress and former Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S) are part of the grand alliance in Bihar.

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