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Political vendetta behind CBI raids: Manipur Congress

The raids took place on Friday when the former Chief Minister was in Delhi to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the Naga Accord at Jantar Mantar.

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Guwahati, Nov 22 : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted simultaneous raids at the official and private residences of former Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh in Imphal and Thoubal since Friday morning even as the opposition Congress in the northeastern state indicated political vendetta behind the move.

The raids were regarding alleged misappropriation of government funds to the tune of Rs 332 crore of the Manipur Development Society, meant for development work in the state, sources said.

The CBI sleuths remained tight lipped over the issue and refused to comment.

Sources, however, said that the raids continued for five hours at multiple locations including the residences of the former Manipur Chief Minister.

“The raids at Ibobi’s house started at the former Chief Minister’s official residence at Babupara and private residence at Thoubal Athokpam Makha Leikai at around 7.30 a.m.,” sources said.

The raids took place on Friday when the former Chief Minister was in Delhi to protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill and the Naga Accord at Jantar Mantar.

“The raids are clear reflection to threaten and silence the Opposition. The timing of the raids also makes it clear that they are driven by political vendetta,” said spokesman of the Manipur Congress Ningombam Bupenda Meitei.

A few days back, while addressing a press conference in Guwahati, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said that the BJP is using a trident of CBI, ED and Income Tax (IT) directorate to get a majority in the Rajya Sabha.

The CBI has registered a case against Okram Ibobi Singh, who was the then Chairman of the Manipur Development Society, Y. Ningthem Singh, former Project Director of MDS, D.S. Poonia, IAS (Retd.), the then Chairman of MDS, P.C. Lawmuknga, IAS (Retd.), the then Chairman of MDS, O. Nabakishore Singh, IAS (Retd.), who was the then Chairman, S. Ranjit Singh, Administrative Officer, MDS and others on the request of the Manipur Government and further notification from the Centre.

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Punjab to administer polio drops to 33 lakh children

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Chandigarh, Punjab Health and Family Welfare Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Sunday launched a three-day pulse polio campaign at Jagatpura village in Mohali district.

More than 33 lakh children of less than five years across the state will be administered polio drops as part of the National Immunization Day drive.

After administering oral polio vaccine drops to children, the minister said the government is making all efforts to protect children from more and more diseases and emphasized that all vaccines under the programme must reach each and every child.

He said during the current drive more than 50,000 health workers, anganwari workers, nursing students and volunteers will visit houses, slums, brick-kilns, railway stations, bus stands and other places to vaccinate children. The last case of polio was reported in 2011 in West Bengal. Punjab has not seen a case of polio since 2009

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Sex racket in the guise of spa busted, 17 arrested in Bengal

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Kolkata, Sixteen women were among 17 arrested as police busted a sex racket operating under the guise of a spa-cum-beauty parlour in West Bengal’s Durgapur town, police said.

Following up on a tip off that a honey trap was active at the city centre area of the town in West Burdwan district, the police sent a decoy customer and raided the spot on Saturday night.

One young man and 16 women were caught red handed, the police said adding that they were keeping a close watch on some other spa and beauty parlours in the area.

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2 arrested for fatal attack on UP rape victim’s mother

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Kanpur, In a major development, the police in Kanpur have arrested the two absconding accused in the fatal attack on a rape victim’s mother.

During a brief encounter, the two absconders, Parvez and Mohammed Abid, were shot by the police on their legs.

Parvez and Abid have been admitted to the Kanshi Ram hospital in Ramadevi area of the city. The police said that both were named along with four others in the FIR lodged at Chakeri police station on January 9.

Earlier on Friday, the rape victim’s mother, who was brutally attacked by two of the five accused, died after struggling for seven days in the hospital.

The men reportedly forced the woman and her daughter to take back the statements in the abuse case against them. When the woman refused, the accused brutally attacked her with sticks, stones on January 10, outside their Kanpur residence.

In 2018, five men had allegedly molested a 13-year old minor girl in Kanpur. While the police arrested them in 2018, all were reportedly given bail by a local court in 2019.

Since then, they had allegedly made several attempts to force the victim to take back her statements, but she refused to do so.

Talking about the incident on January 10, the husband of the deceased said: “My wife and daughter had gone to the dentist. That is when the accused attempted to launch a brutal attack on them. There is an ongoing case lodged against these men under the POCSO Act. My son and I were at the shop when the attack took place.”

The victim’s brother added that the accused had been forcing her to take back their statements.

“There were at least 10 men who broke into our house and dragged my sister outside the apartment. These men brutally attacked them,” he said, adding that the assailants had threatened to kill the mother-daughter if they did not withdraw their complaint.

Uttar Pradesh DGP O.P. Singh stated that the police would examine the matter. We are probing the matter and ensure strict punishment for the accused.”

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