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Muslim family on board train in UP assaulted

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In what seems to be yet another brazen hate crime, a Muslim family of ten people on board a train was attacked by a mob near Mainpuri in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

According to The Times of India, the family — which included women, children, elderly and a teenager with disability — was beaten up and abused by the mob on board the Shikohabad-Kasganj passenger train. The victims have alleged they were targetted because they “appeared different”.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

According to the report, which quoted one of the victims, a group of five men attacked the family first. “Later, when the train was about to reach Nibkarori station, the youths stopped the train by pulling its chain and called up some of their friends, who arrived on motorbikes. Then, some more men, who were armed with iron rods and sticks, attacked us,” the report quoted the victim as saying.

Times Now further reported that the women in the family were also allegedly molested.

While four of the family members suffered fractures, almost all of them suffered internal stomach injuries.

According to another report in The Hindu, the Government Railway Police (GRP) filed a case after the video of the assault went viral. Three men were detained.

Footage from the video broadcasted on news channels shows some youths banging the train coach from outside and eventually jumping inside the train from the emergency window by breaking the glass panel.

This incident brings back horrific memories of the lynching of a Muslim youth on board a Mathura-bound train in Haryana.

On 22 June, Junaid (17) was stabbed to death while his brothers – Hashim and Sakir – were injured by a mob which also allegedly hurled slurs against them on board the Delhi-Mathura passenger train between Ballabgarh and Mathura stations.

The incident took place as a family of five was returning home after Eid shopping in Delhi when an altercation over seats turned communal and triggered the attack.

According to the police, it was a group of 15-20 people which had boarded the Mathura-bound train. As the argument turned communal, they had reportedly called the Muslim family “anti-nationals” and “beef eaters”, before throwing their skull caps on the floor, grabbing their beards, and taunting them with abuses.

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5-year-old girl raped by two minors in Odisha

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Bhubaneswar, April 26: A five-year-old girl was raped by two minor boys in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district, police said on Thursday.

The boys have been detained following the incident that took place on Wednesday.

According to the FIR filed by the mother, the accused aged 11 and 14 raped her daughter on the premises of their school.

The victim studying in Class 1 was lured by the accused on the pretext of offering her soft drinks, according to the FIR.

“We have conducted the medical examination of the accused and the victim. Necessary action will be taken after receiving the medical examination report,” said Sujogya Mishra, Jagatsinghpur Sub-Divisional Police Officer.

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JeM commander killed in Tral gunfight: J&K DGP

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Jammu Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Shesh Paul Vaid
Jammu Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) Shesh Paul Vaid. (File Photo: IANS)

Jammu, April 26 (IANS) Jammu and Kashmir Police on Thursday said that one of the four militants killed in Tuesday’s gunfight in the Tral forest area was a Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) operational commander.

State Director General of Police (DGP), S.P. Vaid said: “Operational commander of JeM Mufti Yasir was among those killed in the joint operation in upper reaches of Tral.”

Four JeM militants, one soldier and a state police constable were killed in the over eight-hour long gunfight.

The DGP has also uploaded a picture on Twitter of the slain militant showing him alongside Masood Azhar, the founder of JeM.

The picture had been taken in Pakistan few years ago by the media there.

Azhar was released from Kotbalwal jail in Jammu district in 1999 and taken to Kandahar in Afghanistan where he was swapped with the 158 passengers of Indian Airlines flight IC 814 taken hostage.

Two other militant commanders, Sheikh Omar and Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar were also swapped in addition to Azhar for the release of hostages.

The flight was hijacked from Kathmandu and after a stopover at Amritsar it was taken to Kandahar.

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Uttar Pradesh: 13 school children killed in vehicle-train collision in Kushinagar

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Lucknow, April 26: In an unfortunate incident, thirteen school children were killed and several injured on Thursday after the vehicle they were travelling collided with a train in Uttar Pradesh’s  Kushinagar district. 

The accident occurred at around 7 a.m., at the Dudhai railway crossing.

According to the reports, a total of 18 students from Divine Public School were travelling in the vehicle.

After visiting the accident spot Chief Minister Yogi Aditynath stated “13 students have died, 4 students & van driver are critically injured. they are admitted at BRD Medical College. Inquiry will be conducted to nab those responsible. I spoke to Railway Minister also about ways to man the unmanned railway crossings”.

“Prima facie appears to be mistake of van driver, he had earphones on and there are questions over his age too. There are rules in place, inquiry will be conducted as to why they were not followed. Strict action will be taken” he added.

The Uttar Pradesh government declared ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said in a tweet “I have asked senior officials to conduct an inquiry into the incident. Railways will provide an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh each to families of the deceased.”

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