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New Delhi, June 10: Union minister Nitin Gadkari threatened legal action against activist Shehla Rashid after the latter in a sarcastic tweet alleged his complicity in a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Referring to the Maoists plan to assassinate PM Modi in a Rajiv Gandhi style incident,Former JNU students’ union vice-president levelled allegations against the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and alleged that the motive was to blame the assassination on Muslims and Communists.

Gadkari, without naming Rashid, said he would take legal action against “anti-social elements”. “I would be taking legal action on anti-social elements who have made bizzare comments; attributing personal motives to me, regarding the assassination threat to PM @narendramodi,” he tweeted.

JNU student rights activist Shehla Rashid tweeted that it seemed like RSS and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari were planning to assassinate PM Narendra Modi.

She followed up her tweet with ‘#RajivGandhiStyle’, possibly referring to claims in a letter, allegedly written by Maoists, which carried details of plans by the outfit to conduct a Rajiv Gandhi type incident and target the PM.

“Looks like RSS/Gadkari is planning to assassinate Modi, and then blame it upon Muslims/Communists and then lynch Muslims #RajivGandhiStyle,” she tweeted.

Shehla Rashid Shora is a Ph.D. student at the Jawaharlal Nehru University and was vice-president of the students union (JNUSU) in 2015-16. She is a member of the All India Students Association (AISA).


Avalanche hits Jawahar tunnel, Jammu-Srinagar highway closed




Jammu, Jan 22: The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed on Tuesday following landslides and snowfall and reports of an avalanche hitting the highway in the Jawahar Tunnel area. A team has been rushed to take stock.

Traffic department officials said landslides have hit the strategic highway at some places in the Ramban district, including Digdol, Panthal, Magarkote and Khoni Nallah.

“There has been fresh snowfall in Bannihal sector. Incessant rains are continuing in other parts of the highway. This is the second consecutive day of the highway remaining closed.

“No vehicular movement will be allowed on the highway today. Landslide clearance will be started only after the weather improves,” a traffic official said.

The highway is the lifeline of landlocked Kashmir Valley as all essential supplies are routed into the valley through this road.


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J&K: Encounter breaks out between security forces, terrorists in Shopian



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Srinagar, Jan 22: An encounter breaks out between terrorists and security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Tuesday. This is the second encounter is the last 24 hours in the valley.

According to sources, around 4-6 terrorists are believed to be holed up in Shopian’s Zainapora area and forces are engaging them in a fierce gunbattle.

Firing exchanges were underway in the orchards of Heff Shermal village.

“The area has been sealed off to prevent the militants from escaping,” news agency IANS quoted the informed sources as saying.

Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and Special Operations Group (SOG) of state police were involved in the counter insurgency operation.

On Monday, three militants were killed in an encounter that broke out between militants and security forces in Central Kashmir’s Budgam district.


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Heavy rains lash Delhi-NCR, traffic affected




New Delhi, Jan 22: Heavy rains and hailstorms lashed Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Tuesday, causing water-logging and traffic snarls at several areas.

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Rain/Thundershowers with gusty winds very likely to occur today in next 3 hrs(valid up to 12:15 hrs IST)at some places over Hardoi, Bahraich, Lakhimpur Kheri, Sitapur, Meerut, Hapur, Shamli,Baghpat, Muzaffarnagar, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad and adjoining areas.

As per the weather forecast, the city will continue to witness light rain for the upcoming three-four days.

Due to foggy weather conditions/low visibility, around15 trains are running late.


Streets waterlogged in parts of the national capital

Visuals of traffic congestion from IP Estate

Rainfall and hailstorm lashes Gurugram

Visuals from Dhaula Kuan and Akbar Road

Delhi’s Subash Nagar

Visuals from Prahladpur area


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