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Republic Day : Anti-satellite weapon, military might to be on display

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New Delhi, Jan 25 : Air Forces’ newly inducted Chinook and Apache helicopters along with Anti-satellite weapon, cultural diversity, social and economic progress will be on display during the 71st Republic Day celebrations at the majestic Rajpath on Sunday.

Anti-satellite weapon — Mission Shakthi developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) — Army’s battle tank Bhishma, infantry combat vehicles, Air Forces’ newly inducted Chinook and Apache helicopters, in addition to tableaux depicting Akash and Astra missiles and Navy’s prowess will be showcased during the 90-minute parade, the Ministry of Defence said on Saturday.

Twenty two tableaux, 16 from states and Union Territories and six from various Ministries and Departments depicting the nation’s rich cultural heritage and economic progress, will roll down the Rajpath.

School children will convey age-old message of yoga and spiritual values through dance and music and Indian Air Force aircraft will thunder in the sky projecting the air power.

President Ram Nath Kovind will host this year’s chief guest President of the Federal Republic of Brazil Jair Messias Bolsonaro.

The relations between India and Brazil are based on a common global vision, shared democratic values and a commitment to foster inclusive economic growth for the welfare of the people of both countries.

The Republic Day Parade ceremony will commence with Prime Minister Narendra Modi visiting the National War Memorial near India Gate.

He will lead the nation in paying solemn tributes to the martyrs by laying a wreath. This is for the first time that the Prime Minister will pay homage to martyrs at the National War Memorial instead of Amar Jawan Jyoti. Thereafter, the Prime Minister and other dignitaries will head to the saluting dais at Rajpath to witness the parade.

As per tradition, the National Flag will be unfurled followed by the National Anthem with a booming 21-gun salute.

The parade will commence with the President taking the salute. The parade will be commanded by Parade Commander, Lieutenant General Asit Mistry, General Officer Commanding, Headquarters Delhi Area. Major General Alok Kacker, Chief of Staff, Delhi Area will be the Parade Second-in-Command.

The proud winners of the highest gallantry awards will follow.

They include the winners of the Param Vir Chakra and the Ashok Chakra. The Param Vir Chakra is awarded for the most conspicuous act of bravery and self-sacrifice in the face of the enemy.

The first contingent in uniform of the erstwhile Gwalior Lancers will be 61 Cavalry led by Captain Deepanshu Sheoran. The 61 Cavalry is the only active serving horse cavalry regiment in the world. It was raised on August 1, 1953 with the amalgamation of six state forces’ cavalry units.

The Indian Army will be represented by a Mounted Column of 61 Cavalry, eight mechanised columns, six marching contingents and fly-past by Rudra and Dhruv Advanced Light Helicopters of the Army Aviation.

Indigenously-developed Main Battle Tank of the Indian Army, T-90 Bhishma, Infantry Combat Vehicle (ICV) Ballway Machine Pikate (BMP)-II, K-9 VAJRA-T, Dhanush Gun System, newly-inducted five-metre Short Span Bridging System, Sarvatra Bridge System, Transportable Satellite Terminal and Akash weapon system will be the main attraction in the mechanised columns.

The other marching contingents of the Army will include the Parachute Regiment, the Grenadiers Regiment, the Sikh Light Infantry Regiment, the Kumaon Regiment and the Corps of Signals.

The Combined Band of the Armoured Corps Centre & School, Madras Engineers Group & Centre and Artillery Regimental Centre, the Combined Band of 11 Gorkha Rifles Regimental Centre, 39 Gorkha Training Centre, Kumaon Regimental Centre and Garhwal Rifles Regimental Centre will also march past the saluting dais.

Marching for the first time on Republic Day will be the contingent of the Corps of Army Air Defence. It will be followed by Combined Band of Bengal Engineers Group & Centre, Brigade OF Guards Training Centre, 3 Electronics & Mechanical Engineers Centre and Madras Regimental Centre.

The Naval contingent will comprise 144 young sailors led by Lieutenant Jitin Malkat as Contingent Commander. It will be followed by the Naval Tableau titled ‘Indian Navy — Silent, Strong, and Swift’.

The front part of the tableau showcases the might and fire power of Navy in all three dimensions, while the next part exhibits the Navy’s commitment to nation building.

The Air Force contingent, comprising of 144 air warriors, will be led by Flight Lieutenant Shrikant Sharma. The Air Force tableau showcases scaled-down models of the Rafale aircraft, the Tejas aircraft, the Light Combat Helicopter, the Akash Missiles System and the Astra missiles.

The Veterans’ tableau, marking the recognition and respect to the soldiers’ selfless service to the nation, will showcase the theme ‘Force behind the Force’.

One of the main highlights will be the marching contingent of DRDO that will showcase Anti-Satellite Weapons (ASAT) — Mission Shakti. ASAT (Anti-Satellite) weapons play a critical role in providing the necessary strategic deterrence. Mission Shakti, India’s first Anti-Satellite (ASAT) mission, was a major breakthrough in demonstrating the nation’s Anti-Satellite technology.

“The second equipment of DRDO will be the Air Defence Tactical Control Radar (ADTCR) used for volumetric surveillance, detection, tracking and friend/foe identification of aerial targets of different types and transmission of prioritised target data to multiple command posts/weapon systems,” the ministry said.

The Indian Coast Guard marching contingent will be led by Deputy Commandant Gaurav Sharma. The motto of the Indian Coast Guard is ‘Vayam Rakshamah’ meaning ‘We Protect’.

The contingents of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Delhi Police and Border Security Force (BSF) will also march past the saluting dais.

The National Cadet Corps (NCC) Boys Marching contingent will be led by Commander Junior Under-Officer Charandeep Singh Bhaduria, NCC Directorate Uttar Pradesh, while the Girls contingent will be headed by Senior Under-Officer Shreeshma Hegde, NCC Directorate, Karnataka and Goa.

The National Service Scheme (NSS) contingent comprising 148 volunteers will also take part. The Massed Pipes and Drums Band of the Indian Army will also be on display.

Sixteen tableaux from various states/union territories will be showcased during the parade, depicting the geographical and rich cultural diversity of the country.

Six tableaux from different ministries and departments will showcase various far-reaching reforms of the government, including ‘Startup India’, ‘Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna’ and ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’. The glorious past and vibrant future of the Kolkata Port Trust is the theme of the tableau of Ministry of Shipping.

The proud winners of Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar will follow in Jeep. The children were conferred the award for exceptional achievements in the fields of bravery, social service, art and culture, sports and innovation.

It will be followed by children’s pageant comprising over 600 participants.

For the first time, a contingent of women bikers of CRPF will perform daredevil stunts. The contingent will be led by Inspector Seema Nag who will be seen saluting while standing atop a moving motorcycle.

The grand finale and the most keenly awaited segment of the parade, the Fly Past, will comprise ‘Trishul’ formation by three ALH helicopters.

It is for the first time that a “Tri-service Formation” is taking part in the Republic Day Parade. It will be followed by the ‘Vic’ formation of Chinook helicopters, used for airlifting diverse loads to remote locations.

Apache helicopters, Dornier aircraft, C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, Netra, an Airborne Early Warning and Control System aircraft and the ‘Globe’ formation comprising three C-17 Globemasters are some of the other highlights.

Five Jaguar Deep penetration strike aircraft and five MiG-29 Upgrade Air Superiority Fighters in ‘Arrowhead’ formation will enthral the audience before the exhilarating ‘Trishul’ manoeuvre by Su-30 MKIs.

The parade will culminate with a Su-30 MKI splitting the sky with a breath-taking ‘Vertical Charlie’ aerobatic manoeuvre.

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Scores being treated at Al Hind hospital, most have bullet wounds

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New Delhi, Feb 27 : After violent clashes between pro and anti-CAA protesters claimed 38 lives in North-East Delhi in the past three days, around 400 to 600 people, mostly with bullet injuries, have been shifted to a private hospital which is treating them free of cost.

M.A. Anwar of the Al Hind hospital in New Mustafabad area in North-East Delhi told IANS, “About 75 per cent of the patients who arrived here have bullet injuries.” According to Anwar, the others were mostly stabbed or pelted with stones.

“The condition has been disastrous for the last three-four days as we received over 400 injured persons,” the doctor said.

He further said that the staffers and he himself didn’t sleep for the last four days as every hour the number of injured persons being brought for treatment went up.

Anwar said the hospital was providing free treatment to the injured persons.

In one of the deadliest violence in Delhi in decades, at least 37 people have lost their lives while over 200 people have been injured after clashes between pro and anti-CAA protesters turned violent in North-East Delhi.

The clashes first broke out on Sunday. In the three days that followed, hundreds of vehicles, shops and homes were gutted. Questions have been raised over Delhi Police’s efficiency for failing to control the situation.

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Stage set for ‘untouchable’ Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik’s grand farewell

It didn’t matter to him whether his men were beaten up by lawyers or the cops entered Jamia Millia Islamia campus and wrecked havoc.

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New Delhi, Feb 27 : The stage has been set for an honourable exit for Delhi Police chief Amulya Patnaik, who came under fire for the police incompetence in handling a spate of violent clashes over the last few months.

According to sources, while bodies of riot victims were being fished out from drains and recovered from lanes of northeast Delhi, Patnaik was busy in effecting transfer and posting of his favourite officers. A transfer list of fives officers were released by Patnaik when people were killing each other on the city streets. Another list of lower level officers are expected before his retirement.

Patnaik, who could not gauge the communal situation in northeast Delhi that led to mayhem, has been expecting a post-retirement job from the central government. His closeness with a former Gujarat cadre IAS officer, who is basically from Odisha and is posted at Prime Minister Office (PMO), made him untouchable.

His ties made him invincible in the bureaucratic circle and empowered him to subjugate the Delhi Police officers who flagged loopholes in the city’s law and order, sources said. Many young officers is said to have opted for the central deputation because of his alleged ‘arrogance’, they added.

He created his own coterie of officers and indulged in the blatant game of transfer and posting, sources said and added, many transfers were done allegedly on the behest of his predecessor Alok Verma. Even when Verma was unceremoniously removed from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Patnaik continued to follow him, they added.

He was about to be shunted out from the force in 2018 when four Intelligence Bureau (IB) officers were humiliated outside Verma’s residence, but he managed to save his skin due to the retired IAS officer’s blessings, according to Home Ministry sources.

His batch-mate Prabhat Singh’s name was proposed by the Home Ministry as Patnaik’s replacement, but the move was was dropped by the PMO at the last minute.

The friendship with Verma and the ex-IAS officer and their bureaucratic circle helped him sail through even when his own force protested against him.

For the first time in the history of any uniformed force in India, the Delhi Police personnel protested against Patnaik and sat on dharna (strike) in 2019. He was hooted by his own men. But with the “blessing” Patnaik became stronger, the police sources said.

It didn’t matter to him whether his men were beaten up by lawyers or the cops entered Jamia Millia Islamia campus and wrecked havoc.

Amid this, he ensured that his batch-mates S.N. Srivastava and Ajay Kashyap were not transferred back to the Delhi Police from their deputation postings, sources said.

A spate of incidents pushed the force’s morale to all-time low, but it was overlooked by Patnaik as well as the government. He ensured his reporting bosses remained happy, for which he was awarded a month’s extension to oversee Delhi Assembly elections.

All this, sources said, made him untouchable. When riots started in Delhi, he was casual and took it as the 2010 peaceful protests during an anti-corruption movement. He didn’t deploy additional forces in riot-hit areas, leading to mob attacks on DCP Amit Sharma and death of Head Constable Ratan Lal death.

All this forced the cops to fend for themselves, instead of containing the riot.

And Patnaik has ensured that he get a grand farewell On February 29.

(Sumit Kumar Singh can be reached at [email protected])

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I am not the attacker: AAP councillor Tahir Hussain

“The rioters had entered my house after breaking the main door. I was trying to shoo them away using a lathi,” he said, adding that he had even called the police but no one responded to his calls.

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New Delhi, Feb 27 : After coming under scanner of the Delhi Police for his alleged role in the arson in North-East Delhi which has claimed 38 lives so far besides injuring 200 others, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain claimed on Thursday that he was the “target”, and “not the attacker”.

Speaking to reporters in the national capital, Hussain said, “I was the target and not the attacker. Just tell me one thing, will any rioter allow the police to enter his house if he is involved?”

His remarks came after a number of videos surfaced on social media, showing people allegedly throwing petrol bombs and stones from his rooftop. Following the surfacing of the videos, Delhi Police have sealed Hussain’s house besides registering a case against him.

In one such video, Hussain is seen holding a wooden stick with smoke rising from his building. Admitting that he was seen in the video, he clarified that the video was of February 24.

“The rioters had entered my house after breaking the main door. I was trying to shoo them away using a lathi,” he said, adding that he had even called the police but no one responded to his calls.

Hussain further said that the police came to his house at 9 p.m. on Sunday. “Joint Commissioner Alok Kumar and DCP A.K. Singla came here. They searched my house in the presence of my neighbours, following which I left along with my family,” he said, adding that when he returned on Tuesday morning, he found the situation has worsened. So he left again after speaking to the police.

Earlier in the day, IANS reached the roof of Hussain’s house where stones and bottles, which appeared to be meant for petrol bombs, were found.

Even the father of slain Intelligence Bureau (IB) staffer Ankit Sharma has alleged that Hussain was behind the killing of his son by a mob on Tuesday.

Hussain further said that the rioters barged into his house and he was only trying to protect it from them.

In a 41-second video clip posted on social media, Hussain could be seen making an appeal in what appears to be the middle of the rioting.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, while responding to allegations that the AAP leader was involved in the killing of Ankit Sharma, said: “No one, be it any party, should be spared if they are responsible for inciting violence. Even if he is a part of my Cabinet, he should be punished. If anyone from AAP is found guilty, they should get double the punishment.”

In one of the deadliest violence in Delhi in decades, at least 38 people have lost their lives while over 200 people have been injured after clashes between pro and anti-CAA protesters turned violent in North-East Delhi.

The clashes first broke out on Sunday. In the three days that followed, hundreds of vehicles, shops and homes were gutted. Questions have been raised over Delhi Police’s efficiency for failing to control the situation.

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