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Tanwar files contempt plea in SC on Ravidas temple restoration

“The idol of Guru Ravidas is yet to be restored at the site. In addition, none of the directions of this court passed in its final orders dated 21.10.2019 (modified by Order dt. 25.11.2019) has been implemented”, said the petition.



Ashok Tanwar

New Delhi, Feb 20 : Former Lok Sabha MP Ashok Tanwar on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking contempt proceedings against the Delhi Development Authority Vice Chairman and Delhi Chief Secretary for failing to implement the top court’s 2019 directive for the restoration of idols and reconstruction of the Guru Ravidas temple at Tughlaqabad, Delhi.

The petition referred to the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust formed by the Centre in the aftermath of the Supreme Court order in the Ayodhya case, saying it has 15 trustees, who are all Hindus, and only one from the Dalit community.

“Similarly, a committee of devotees to be formed for the construction of Guru Ravidas temple should exclusively have persons who are ardent followers of Guru Ravidas”, said the petition.

The petition contended that the top court on October 2019 ordered reconstruction of the Guru Ravidas temple demolished by DDA and directed the government to constitute a committee of devotees to build the temple within six weeks. However, four months have elapsed and no committee has been formed yet.

“The committee of devotees as mandated by the judgment in the Guru Ravidas temple matter is nowhere in sight. This in itself is patent discrimination and shows the neglect of the Government towards the Scheduled Caste, most of whom are ardent believers in Guru Ravidas”, said the petition.

The top court in November passed another order clarifying that a permanent structure should be constructed.

“The idol of Guru Ravidas is yet to be restored at the site. In addition, none of the directions of this court passed in its final orders dated 21.10.2019 (modified by Order dt. 25.11.2019) has been implemented”, said the petition.

The petition contended that the delay in construction of Guru Ravidas temple is causing a lot of anguish and hurt among millions of people, not only in India but across the world.

“The followers of Guru Ravidas had expected justice, which unfortunately has not been meted out to them, despite orders of this Court”, contended Tanwar in the petition, alleging the authorities concerned are deliberately adopting delay tactics.

Tanwar urged the top court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against the contemnors and punish them for having intentionally violating the order of the top court.


Spitting corona patients in HP to be booked for attempt to murder




Himachal Pradesh Police

Shimla, April 6 : A coronavirus positive patient spitting on someone will be booked on charge of attempt to murder, Himachal Pradesh Director General of Police S.R. Mardi said on Monday.

He said such an incident was reported from a hospital in the hill state.

“And in case any person gets infected thus and dies of COVID-19, a case of murder would be registered against the accused patient,” he said in a video message to the media.

He said that 52 persons have disclosed their recent foreign and inter-state travel history to the Himachal Police after his warning on Sunday.

He had warned that concealing such information, especially by members of the Tablighi Jamaat after return from Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi, would lead to a criminal case on attempt to murder or murder charge.

To prevent COVID-19 transmission through spitting, the state last week prohibited the sale and use of chewing gum for three months.

According to state’s health bulletin on Sunday, seven coronavirus patients have been undergoing treatment in the state. One patient was discharged after treatment, while one died.

Four other patients have been undergoing treatment outside the state.

All seven patients under treatment in Himachal are said to be members of the Tablighi Jamaat.

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70-year-old dies inside old age home, 2 arrested





Greater Noida, April 6 : An elderly man in a government-run old-age home at Dankaur has died under mysterious circumstances. Police believe that the death occurred due to injuries inflicted upon the elderly person.

The body of 70-year-old Soran Singh has been sent for postmortem. The police have arrested two persons for interrogation in this connection.

According to DCP, Greater Noida, Rajesh Kumar Singh, “The police will be able to take action only after the post mortem report arrives, But it seems that Soran Singh was badly beaten up at the old-age home. This is evident from the injuries on his body.”

“This is a government-run old age home. Soran Singh was from Aligarh. He was admitted to this centre on February 20 this year along with his wife Kanchan Devi,” Singh added.

Primary investigation by the poilice has revealed that Soran Singh used to regularly fight with his wife and the staff members intervened several times to end the fight. On March 2, he again had a fight with his wife and the staff intervened during which Soran Singh sustained serious injuries.

The police was neither informed nor was Soran Singh admitted to a hospital.

According to the DCP, “Instead of informing the police, the staff members dumped his body in a field and spread the rumour that Soran Singh had gone to get his pension and did not return.”

The investigation has also revealed that Soran Singh and Kanchan Devi had no issues, so nobody came to enquire about them.

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Third corona death in UP, curfew in parts of Varanasi




Uttar Pradesh police up

Varanasi, April 6 A 55-year-old resident of Varanasi died on April 3 at the Sir Sundar Lal hospital in BHU of ‘lung infection. His report on Sunday night revealed that he was Coronavirus positive.

District magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said, “Curfew has been clamped in Madanpura under the limits of Dashashwamedh police station, Bajardiha under Bhelupur, Gangapur and Lohta, both under Mirza Murad police station area. This has been done for proper screening of people of these localities, sanitization and other necessary exercises.”

Corona positive patients have been found in these localities.

All 10 members in the deceased’s family have been quarantined and their samples have been sent for testing. The deceased was a resident of Gangapur locality.

Principal secretary health and family welfare Amit Mohan Prasad said, “This is now the third coronavirus related death in the state.”

He further said, “The person was unwell since March 22 and took his symptoms lightly. He went to several private doctors before reaching the BHU hospital. The Corona infection turned fatal because of the presence of co-morbid conditions including hypertension and diabetes.”

The district magistrate said, “The person was a shopkeeper in Gangapur locality in Rohaniya area. He received treatment at two private hospitals before reaching BHU. He had returned from Kolkata on March 15 and complained of cold and flu on March 27.”

Sharma stated that the patient’s sample for coronavirus testing was taken twice. “The first report remained inconclusive. The infection was confirmed in the second report. Before the result of the second test could arrive, he passed away.”

Talking about the source of Covid-19 infection in the patient, the district magistrate said, “All we know till now is that he had travelled to Kolkata and returned from there on March 15. Further investigations are underway.”

The first two deaths related to Coronavirus had been reported from Meerut and Basti districts.

The person who died in Basti on March 30 was a 25-year-old youth who had not been keeping well on account of his renal ailment for the past few months. His Corona positive report came on April 1, two days after his death.

The second Corona death was reported from Meerut on April 1. The deceased was a 72-year-old man who had got the infection rom his son-in-law who had come from Maharashtra.

Sixteen other family members have tested positive for the deadly virus.

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