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Osmania University beef festival: Police seal campus, BJP MLA arrested

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Tension prevailed at Osmania University on Thursday as police sealed the campus to prevent beef festival planned by some student groups and the pork festival and cow worship by their rivals.

Police arrested Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator Raja Singh and dozens of students and activists of different groups to prevent any untoward incident.

Raja Singh was taken into preventive custody from his house in Dhoolpet area in the morning as he planned to join ‘Gau Maata puja’ planned by some right-wing Hindu groups on the campus.

Women activists of Gau Raksha Dal were also arrested when they tried to enter the campus.

Police in riot gear sealed all the entrances to the sprawling campus to foil attempts by any group to organize any program. Several students were picked up during the searches conducted in and around the campus since Wednesday night.

The campus was out of bounds for outsiders as the university authorities and police have refused to give permission to conduct any festival. The security measures were further tightened after City Civil Court declined to give permission for beef festival. The lower court’s orders were upheld by Hyderabad High Court on Wednesday.

Some leftist and Dalit students’ organizations, however, had declared that they will go ahead with the beef festival on Human Rights Day to uphold food right as one among the human rights.

Right-wing Hindu groups had threatened to stop the festival at any cost. Some of them had called for a pork festival and also ‘Gau Maata Puja’ to counter it.

Meanwhile, a Hindu religious leader along with some BJP leaders and his followers participated in ‘Gau Raksha Diwas’ at Lower Tank Bund, some five km from the university.

Swami Paripoornanda Saraswati condemned the attempts to hold beef festival. He said this would hurt the religious sentiments of Hindus as cow is considered sacred.

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Lalu Prasad ‘stable and recovering’, to undergo CT scan

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Incarcerated RJD President Lalu Prasad will undergo a CT scan on Friday to ascertain his exact health condition even as a senior officer said he was “stable and recovering”.

An official at the Hotwar jail in Ranchi said that the former Bihar Chief Minister’s health had caused concern after he complained of uneasiness in breathing on Thursday evening. Subsequently, a team of doctors from Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences examined the RJD leader.

Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta also rushed to the RIMS and met with the doctors treating the veteran politician. Jharkhand Inspector General of Police (Jails) Birendra Bhushon said that Lalu Prasad’s health had deteriorated on Thursday but was now “recovering and stable”. Earlier, Lalu Prasad also underwent a Covid test and was found negative.

Lalu Prasad is suffering from kidney ailment, besides diabetes and high blood pressure. The RIMS doctors have diagnosed that his kidneys are damaged to the extent of 75 per cent. Doctors could go for a dialysis if his kidneys’ functioning deteriorated further.

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Fire at Delhi’s ITO building, no casualties

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A fire broke out at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO on Friday here. No injuries were reported, and the blaze has been brought under control, the Fire Department said.

The fire started from a meter board of the building. “We received a call around 8.30 a.m. about a fire in the meter board at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO. A total of 12 fire tenders were rushed to the site. The fire was on the second floor of the building,” said Atul Garg, Director Delhi Fire Service.

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Girl and father end life in UP

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A teenager battling depression for two years following her mother’s death ended her life, prompting even the father to take his life out of sheer hopelessness.

According to reports, Shalu, 18, first committed suicide by hanging herself because she could not come to terms with the death of her mother. Suraj, too followed suit, leaving behind two more daughters.

The incident took place in Nankari village in Khairabad area in Sitapur district on Wednesday. Circle Officer Piyush Kumar Singh said that Suraj, who worked as a tailor, lived there with his wife and three daughters. His wife had died two years ago and his daughter Shalu could not come to terms with the death of her mother.

“She went into depression and finally ended her life. Seeing this, Suraj also committed suicide by hanging form the same ceiling fan,” the police official said.

Both the bodies have been sent for the post-mortem. The police had filed a case and further investigations are underway.

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