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Row over UP police encounter: Opposition slams Yogi

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Lucknow, Oct 9 The opposition in Uttar Pradesh is determined to nail the Yogi Adityanath government over the alleged encounter of a ‘mining mafia’ in Jhansi.

While the Congress has already termed the encounter as ‘fake’ and demanded a CBI probe into the same, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav will visit Jhansi on Wednesday to meet the family of the 28-year-old Pushpendra Yadav, who was shot dead by the police on Sunday night in the alleged encounter.

The Rashtriya Yadav Sena has also demanded the arrest of the guilty cops.

On Tuesday, Aditya Yadav, son of Shivpal Yadav and a leader of the Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party Lohia (PSPL), met the family members in Jhansi and later told reporters that a proper inquiry was needed in the case. He also sought action against guilty cops and compensation for the family.

According to the police, the man had opened fire at an officer but his family claims he was killed as he refused to pay a bribe. The incident has already sparked protests in the area.

Pushpendra Yadav ran a sand mining business and was shot dead on October 6 by a police team after he had had fired at a police inspector who had seized his truck used for illegal mining activities a few days ago.

His family, however, claimed that the police officer in charge of the area, Dharmendra Chauhan, was demanding Rs 1.5 lakh as bribe to release his truck. Chauhan murdered Pushpendra Yadav after he threatened to expose him, they said.

“He had given some money earlier. But the inspector was asking for more money. He was shot dead by the police when he refused to pay money. I want justice,” said Yadav’s wife.

The police cremated his body on Monday amid protests from his family members, who refused to perform the last rites demanding that a murder case be filed against the police personnel involved in his encounter.

On Tuesday afternoon, the UP Police tweeted a list of cases filed against Pushpendra Yadav in the past, to support their claims of his criminal past.

However, an analysis of the five cases reveals they were mostly related to village-level disputes and none of the cases were related to mining or any major violations of the law.

State Minister Siddhartha Nath Singh stated: “It was an encounter but Akhilesh has to go to the person’s house because he is in love with the sand mining mafia and there is also the caste factor.”

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Govt must tell forward plan to the country: Congress

Applicable from Monday, June 1, the fresh order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) spoke of the expanded fresh guidelines a day ahead of the end of lockdown 4.0.

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New Delhi, May 31 : On the last day of the lockdown 4.0, the Congress has questioned the government on its strategy and plan to control the coronavirus infection, exit route out of the lockdown to revive the economy and a way forward.

Chief Spokesperson of the Congress, Randeep Surjewala said, “Today, we witnessed biggest ‘Single Day Spike’ in #COVID19 infection of 8,380. Total Infection at 1,82,490.”

He asked, “The fifth Lockdown begins tomorrow and Congress posed 4 questions to the government — What is the Govt strategy? Have the Lockdowns failed? Is there a blueprint to fight Corona? Any plan out of economic havoc?”

The party has been questioning the persistent lockdown without any exit plan which was implemented on March 25.

The Centre on Saturday took an exit step from the 68-day nationwide lockdown, declaring that the restrictions will be limited to only containment zones up to June 30 and that the prohibited activities will be opened in a phased manner in areas outside these zones.

Applicable from Monday, June 1, the fresh order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) spoke of the expanded fresh guidelines a day ahead of the end of lockdown 4.0.

The nationwide lockdown was imposed on March 25 with the announcement of the restrictions by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. The lockdown was extended thrice earlier.

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Continue strict enforcement of measures in containment zones: Delhi LG

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Delhi L-G Anil Baijal

New Delhi, May 31 : Delhi Lt. Governor Anil Baijal on Sunday directed the officials concerned to ensure continued strict enforcement of health and other measures in containment zones in the national capital as per central government guidelines.

In a series of tweets, he said that he had held a meeting on the ongoing coronavirus situation in Delhi with the Chief Secretary and other senior officials, including Municipal Commissioners, and reviewed steps taken to ramp up health infrastructure in Delhi keeping in mind various scenarios.

The total coronavirus cases in the city had crossed 18,000-mark on Saturday.

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Delhi Police ASI dies of COVID-19, second casualty in force

“He was found COVID-19 positive on May 28 and was admitted at BASE Army hospital in Delhi Cantonment area the same day.”

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New Delhi, May 31 : A 54-year-old Assistant Sub-Inspector of Delhi Police has succumbed to COVID-19, officials said on Sunday.

The death of Shesh Mani Pandey, deployed as the fingerprint expert in the Crime Branch, marks the second casualty in the force due to the deadly infection.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Central) Sanjay Bhatia, the officer tested positive on May 26 at the Lady Hardinge hospital after he complained of fever and cough.

“He was found COVID-19 positive on May 28 and was admitted at BASE Army hospital in Delhi Cantonment area the same day.”

Pandey was an ex-Army personnel and joined Delhi Police on November 1, 2014. He belonged to Rewa district of Madhya Pradesh.

Earlier, a constable posted at Bharat Nagar Police Station in northwest Delhi passed away due to the viral infection.

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