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Suspended AAP leader Tahir Hussain’s bail plea rejected in riot case

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New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) A Delhi court on Saturday refused bail to suspended Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) councillor Tahir Hussain in a case of attempt to murder pertaining to violence in northeast Delhi in February.

District and Sessions Judge Tyagita Singh dismissed his bail application on the ground that police investigation in the case was still at an initial stage.

During the hearing, Tahir’s counsel Javed Ali pleaded before the court that his client was innocent but had been falsely implicated in the case.

Communal clashes broke out in northeast Delhi in February after violence between groups supporting the changed citizenship law and those opposed it had spiraled out of control, leaving 53 people dead.

Hussain and two others, Gulfam and Tanvir, were arrested for attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy. The councillor has six other FIRs registered against him and is currently in judicial custody.

Hussain had said in his bail plea: “The applicant is neither directly nor indirectly involved in the case. The FIR merely mentions that certain acts of violence were taking place from the house of the applicant at the time when the complainant got injured, rather than the applicant himself firing the shots.”

He pleaded for bail on the grounds that no seizure of any firearm, bullets, or even empty cartridges were made from him by the police.

The bail plea asserted that police ‘did not have a single piece of evidence” to prove Hussain’s role in the crime. “The applicant is an innocent person who has been falsely implicated in the case.”

Hussain said he was willing to “cooperate with the police to unearth the conspiracy and bring to book the real preparators of the crime”, not tamper with evidence, or interfere with investigation, or abscond.

“The accused has never been implicated in any other case as he does not have any criminal antecedents, except this one,” Hussain submitted in the bail application.

Delhi Police had recently booked him under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in a case related to communal violence in the area. Two Jamia Millia Islamia students and former JNU student Umar Khalid have also been named in the same FIR.

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Congress protest at Rajnath’s residence over Ministry of Defences report

The protest was led by IYC General Secretary Harish Pawar as hundreds of IYC activists raised slogans against the government.

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New Delhi, Aug 7 : Indian Youth Congress (IYC) activists on Friday staged a protest outside Defence Minister Rajnath Singhs residence over the disappearance of a report from the Ministry of Defences website which admitted to intrusions by Chinese troops in Indian territory in eastern Ladakh.

The protest was led by IYC General Secretary Harish Pawar as hundreds of IYC activists raised slogans against the government.

IYC’s national media co-ordinator Rahul Rao questioned why Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the all-party meeting on June 19 had claimed that there was no intrusion by Chinese troops in Indian territory.

The IYC leader said that this demonstrates a clear attempt by the Ministry of Defence to save the Prime Minister from embarrassment and questioning on account of the MoD report.

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Investigation was quarantined, says Bihar Cop on Sushant Singh Rajput case

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Patna/Mumbai, Aug 7: Commenting on Mumbai police probe into actor’s death, Bihar IPS officer Vinay Tiwari said that not only he but Bihar Police’s investigation into actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death was also “quarantined and obstructed”.

Tiwari arrived in Mumbai to probe the case but was quarantined in Mumbai after his arrival and Mumbai authorities said it was done in line with COVID-19 protocols relating to inter-state travel.
IPS Officer was released and allowed to return to home.
Tiwari will now leave for Patna this evening, according to news agency ANI.

“I would say I wasn’t quarantined. The investigation was quarantined. Investigation of Bihar Police was obstructed,” Mr Tiwari, whose release had been requested by the Nitish Kumar government, told ANI.

After he arrived on Sunday, Tiwari, City Superintendent (central Patna), had been asked to stay in quarantine till August 15. City authorities insisted this was common procedure during the coronavirus outbreak and said Tiwari would have to make an application for exemption. In the meantime, they said, he could conduct his business via video conferences with the help of software like Zoom.

Bihar police chief Gupteshwar Pandey, however, claimed the officer had been “forcibly quarantined”. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said: “Whatever happened to him is not right, It is political”.

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Rains triggers landslide in Kerala : 15 dead

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Thiruvananthapuram, Aug 7: At least 15 people have been killed after heavy rain caused a landslide in Kerala’s Idukki district early this morning, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Friday evening, While announcing Rs 5 lakh as compensation for the families of those killed, the chief Minister said that the cost of treatment will be borne by the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted Friday afternoon to say he was “pained by the loss of lives” and to announce compensation, from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund, of Rs 2 lakh each to family members of those who had died and ₹ 50,000 to those who were injured.

Fifteen others have been rescued so far and are undergoing treatment at the Tata General Hospital in Munnar. An NDRF (National Disaster Response Force) team is engaged in rescue operations.

Officials say the landslide happened in the Rajamalai area of the district, which is around 25 km from the tourist town of Munnar. Around 80 people lived in the area, officials said, adding that they do not know, at this point, how many more are trapped under the mud.

A connecting bridge was swept away making access to the area difficult.

A 50-member strong special task force of the state fire service – who have been equipped for night-time work – are among the emergency services personnel sent, Chief Minister Pinaryai Vijayan has said.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan tweeted that a second team, based in Thrissur, was also en route and police, fire service personnel and forest and revenue officials had been instructed to join rescue efforts.

A 50 member strong special task force team of the Fire Force has been dispatched to Rajamalai in Idukki for rescue efforts. They have been equipped for nighttime rescue activities. #KeralaRainspic.twitter.com/olo1eraMNV

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