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Mamata Banerjee condemns killing of labourer in Rajasthan

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Kolkata, Dec 7: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday condemned the killing of a labourer from West Bengal, who was burnt alive to “save a girl from ‘love jihad'”.

The incident took place in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district and the accused, Shambunath Raigar, also recorded the horrific act which was uploaded on social media. The video has gone viral.

“We strongly condemn the heinous killing of a labourer from Bengal in Rajasthan. How can people be so inhuman? Sad,” Banerjee tweeted.

Police are interrogating the accused, according to Rajsamand Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar.

The video which has gone viral shows the perpetrator hitting the man with an agricultural tool, pouring kerosene oil on his body and burning him alive. Raigar also warned that “those indulging in ‘love jihad’ will meet the same fate”.

The tool used for the murder, the victim’s motorbike and his slippers were found on the crime scene.

According to Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, a special investigation team (SIT) has been formed to probe the case.

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Sabarimala Temple to open today, Section 144 imposed in several districts

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Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 16: As the Sabarimala temple is all set to re-open for devotees on Friday evening, section 144 (prohibits assembly of more than 4 people in an area) has been imposed in Nilakkal, Pamba, and Sannidhanam. 

The doors of the Lord Ayyappa shrine will be opened for the third time since the Supreme Court’s September 28 verdict, which allowed the women and girls aged between 10-50 years to offer prayers at the temple.

Meanwhile, activist Trupti Desai, founder of Bhumata Brigade, who is slated to visit the hilltop temple later in a day,  witnessed protests at Cochin International Airport.

She had written to Kerala government seeking security for her visit to Sabarimala Temple.

Speaking to media, Desai said “We reached Cochin Airport at 4:30 am. Protests were being held outside. We booked Taxi 2-3 times but drivers have been threatened that their vehicle will be vandalised if they offer us a drive. Police have said that we can’t go outside now”.

“Police tried to evacuate us from another gate but protesters were there as well. Protests being held here. Does this mean protesters are scared that we’ll reach Sabarimala once we reach Nilakkal, or, are they trying to scare us? We won’t return until we have ‘darshan'”, she added.

On the hand, BJP leader MN Gopi, who was outside the Cochin airport, told media that “Won’t allow Trupti Desai to go out from airport using police vehicle or other govt means.Airport taxies also won’t take her.If she wants,she can use her own vehicle.There will be agitations all along her way even if she goes out from airport”.

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Jammu and Kashmir: Teen abducted, killed in Pulwama

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Srinagar, Nov 16: A day after a teenager was abducted from Shopian district, his body was recovered in a village in Pulwama on Friday, police said.

Nadeem Manzoor was kidnapped by guntotting militants on Thursday. “We recovered his body from Nikloora village,” an officer said.

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Gaja Cyclone to make landfall near Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu around midnight

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Chennai, Nov 15 : Around 12,000 people have been evacuated across coastal Tamil Nadu as cyclone Gaja  make landfall near Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu around midnight.Heavy Rains have started in Nagapattinam, Cuddalore, Thiruvarur districts.

The outer band of the cyclone has entered the land area near Nagapattinam, nearly 300 km from state capital Chennai. More than 6000 relief camps have been opened in the districts of Cuddalore, Nagapattinam, Ramanathapuram, Thanjavur and Thiruvarur and eight rescue teams have been put in place.

The IMD predicted rainfall at most places with heavy to very heavy at a few places over Tamilnadu and Puducherry.

Extremely heavy rain measuring about 20 cm at isolated places is also likely over Cuddalore, Nagappattinam, Karaikal, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukkottai, Tuticorin and Ramanathapuram districts, IMD said.

The severe cyclonic storm Gaja, which lay centred about 126 km east of Karaikal in Puducherry, is expected to cross the Tamil Nadu coast near Nagapattinam on Thursday night, Indian Meteoroligcal Department (IMD) said.

According to IMD, Gaja is expected to cross the coast south of Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu by 11 p.m. Thursday with a wind speed of 80-90 kmph gusting to 100 kmph.

The IMD officials said the outer rim of the Gaja cyclone is touching Karaikal and strong winds have already started blowing in the coastal districts.

People in living in low-lying areas have been shifted to relief centres.

Universities and colleges have postponed their exams slated for Friday.

Similarly, schools and colleges in Nagapattinam, Cuddalore and Thiruvarur will be closed on Friday.

According to the AIADMK government, telecommunication companies have said they would have oil stocked for a minimum of five days in the cyclone-expected zone and for 15 days at their headquarters.

The mobile telephone companies also assured the government of moving their mobile telecom towers or cell on wheels to Nagapattinam and Cuddalore.

According to a statement from the state government, arrangements have been made to send bulk SMS to mobile subscribers warning about the weather issued by the emergency control centres.

The Indian Navy is also on high alert and is ready to render any assistance, a statement said.

Two Navy ships – Ranvir and Khanjar – are standing by to proceed to the most affected areas to undertake humanitarian aid, distress relief, evacuation, and logistic support, including proviging medical aid, the Navy said.

Additionally, aircraft from Naval Air Stations Dega, Rajali and Parundu and patrolling boats from naval detachments in Ramnathapuram, Nagapattinam have been warning the fishing vessels about the approaching storm, the Navy said.

Naval aircraft are also standing by to undertake reconnaissance, rescue, casualty, evacuation and air drop of relief material to the stranded.

The Tamil Nadu State Disaster Management Authority has issued helpline numbers and have been issuing alerts through social media, radio, television and TN SMART mobile app. While the state helpline is 1070, district helpline number is 1077. A list of Do’s and Don’ts has also been issued by the government.

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