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Kerala floods: Modi wants rescue, relief operations stepped up

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Thiruvananthapuram/New Delhi, Aug 16 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday spoke to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan about the situation in flood-battered Kerala and asked the defence forces to speed up rescue and relief operations after fresh rain and flooding left a trail of death and destruction in the southern state.

An official statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said Modi spoke with Vijayan again on Thursday morning.

“We discussed the flood situation in the state. Have asked Defence Ministry to further step up the rescue and relief operations across the state. Praying for the safety and well-being of the people of Kerala,” the Prime Minister said.

Incessant rains have led to massive flooding across Kerala. Twelve deaths were reported on Thursday, taking the toll to 79 since August 8. More rain was forecast till Saturday.

The state has been on a red alert since Wednesday evening when 28 people were killed in the flooding.

Pathanamthitta district in central Kerala has been the worst affected since Wednesday as thousands of people — students among others — were trapped in their homes in Ranni, Aranmula and Kozhencherry.

The Army, responding to the emergency situation, constructed a footbridge at Padikkad from local resources on Wednesday evening. A column of the 44 Field Regiment constructed the 35-feet footbridge at Padikkad despite the rain not stopping.

Soldiers have rescued nearly 100 persons, including children and senior citizens, from Malampuzha’s Valiyakadu village.

Personnel from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) evacuated over 900 persons to safer places at Pathamithitta, Kozzhikode, Ernakulam, Thrissur and Alappuzha.

The central government said it has launched massive rescue and relief operations in Kerala.

Cabinet Secretary P.K. Sinha chaired a high level meeting on the Prime Minister’s instructions here and asked the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and the NDRF to mobilise additional manpower, boats and helicopters to scale up the relief measures in Kerala.

An official spokesperson said food packets and drinking water were rushed to the state.

A navy spokesperson said the Southern Naval Command has suspended all routine training activities and shifted its focus to the highest state of readiness in the wake of the situation in Kerala.

The spokesperson said all available resources for rescue and relief efforts in Ernakulam and Trichur have been mobilised.

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Hours before Dubey’s encounter, plea in SC apprehended Vikas’ fate

Hours later on Friday, Dubey was killed after being critically injured in an alleged shootout with STF officials on way to Kanpur. He was shot when he reportedly tried to flee, following a road accident in which the vehicle he was travelling in overturned.

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New Delhi, July 10 : A plea has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking directions for the Uttar Pradesh government to conduct a thorough investigation into the killing/alleged encounter of five aides of gangster Vikas Dubey who might have been involved in the killing of eight policemen in Kanpur on July 3.

The petitioner also expressed apprehension of Dubey”s encounter killing and sought CBI probe into the matter. The plea was moved on Thursday evening by advocate and petitioner-in-person Ghanshyam Upadhyay seeking urgent hearing on the matter.

Hours later on Friday, Dubey was killed after being critically injured in an alleged shootout with STF officials on way to Kanpur. He was shot when he reportedly tried to flee, following a road accident in which the vehicle he was travelling in overturned.

The plea contended the debates on news channels indicate that Dubey got himself arrested by Madhya Pradesh police to avoid his encounter by Uttar Pradesh police. “Thus, there is every possibility that even accused Vikas Dubey shall be killed by Uttar Pradesh Police like other co-accused once his custody is obtained by Uttar Pradesh Police. Since, killing of the accused by the police in the name of encounter even in howsoever heinous crime is against the rule of law and serious violation of human right and this is nothing short of Talibanisation of the country and hence the instant petition,” said the plea.

The plea contended that acts of Uttar Pradesh Police/administration of pulling down/demolishing the residential building, shopping mall of Dubey and also his expensive cars/vehicles and various other movable/immovable properties with the help of bulldozer, JCB, Poclain machines is highly illegal and impermissible in law.

“Punishing the accused/culprit after his crime being proved, is the function of the competent court of law and thus, police cannot usurp jurisdiction to itself to punish the accused by killing him in the name of encounter before his crime being proved in accordance with law,” said the plea.

The petitioner urged the top court to direct the UP police to register an FIR in the incident of pulling down/demolishing the residential building, shopping mall of accused Vikas Dubey and so all his expensive cars/vehicles and various other movable/immovable properties with the help of bulldozer, JCB machines and further killing of five co-accused, who were alleged to be involved in killing of eight policemen and transfer the investigations to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

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People to watch on process of disengagement at LAC: Chidambaram

The People’s Liberation Army of China has called back troops from Galwan Valley, Patrolling Point 15 and Hot Springs, said reports.

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New Delhi, July 10 : Amid reports of second round of talks with Chinese authorities on disengagement at Line of Actual Control (LAC), former Union Minister P. Chidambaram said that people will watch the process and progress of the disengagement.

In a tweet on Friday Chidambaram said, “We are generally happy with the disengagement and de-escalation…People will keep a close watch on the Process and the Progress of disengagement…But let us remember, the declared goal is restoration of status quo ante as on May 5, 2020.”

As per reports top Indian and Chinese military officials will hold talks in the second phase of disengagement at Pangong Lake and Depsang areas in eastern Ladakh, the government had said on Thursday.

The delegates of both countries will discuss about removing tanks, artillery and additional forces in forward positions.

“The next meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs (WMCC) is expected to take place soon,” the External Affairs Ministry said.

The People’s Liberation Army of China has called back troops from Galwan Valley, Patrolling Point 15 and Hot Springs, said reports.

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Vikas Dubey killed in police encounter

History-sheeter was being escorted to Kanpur from Ujjain when vehicle overturned, according to police.

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Vikas Dubey, the history-sheeter accused of shooting dead eight policemen in Kanpur’s Bikru village last week, was on Friday morning killed in an alleged exchange of fire while being brought to Uttar Pradesh from Ujjain, the U.P. police said.

Dubey was shot twice after he allegedly attempted to flee from police custody after firing at the police team, a few kilometres ahead of Kanpur, police said. However, a medical report is still awaited.

Dubey was being escorted to Kanpur from Ujjain, where he was arrested 24 hours earlier near a temple, when one of the police vehicles overturned near Bhaunti, said police. The accused and the policemen got injured in the accident, they added.

Kanpur SP (West) Anil Kumar said Dubey took advantage of the road accident and tried to flee after snatching a pistol of an injured policeman. “The police surrounded him from all four sides and tried to make him surrender, but he fired at them. In self-defence, police fired two bullets [at Dubey], injuring him,” said Mr. Kumar.

Dubey had fired at the police team with an “intent to kill,” said police.

A stretcher bearing Dubey, with blood stains on his chest, was later seen being taken inside a hospital, where he was declared dead.

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