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TSRTC driver attempts self-immolation, tension in Khammam

The driver identified as Srinivas Reddy poured kerosene and set himself afire on Saturday at Khammam RTC depot as the strike entered eighth day. His son was also injured while trying to save him. The driver’s condition is stated to be critical.

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Hyderabad, Oct 12 : The ongoing indefinite strike by the employees of Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) on Saturday took a new turn with a driver attempting self-immolation, triggering violent protest by others in Khammam district.

Tension prevailed in the district following incidents of stone pelting on the TSRTC buses at few places. Unknown protestors stopped buses being operated by temporary drivers, forced the passengers to get down and then attacked the vehicles. No one was injured in these incidents.

The driver identified as Srinivas Reddy poured kerosene and set himself afire on Saturday at Khammam RTC depot as the strike entered eighth day. His son was also injured while trying to save him. The driver’s condition is stated to be critical.

The incident triggered protests by striking employees in Khammam town and other parts of the district. Protestors near Khammam district collector’s office damaged the window panes of a RTC bus and attacked the temporary driver.

As TSRTC is operating buses with temporary staff, three incidents of attacks on temporary drivers occurred in Khammam.

Striking employees and leaders of opposition parties staged protests, blaming Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government for the driver’s attempted self-immolation.

They said Srinivas Reddy was depressed after losing the job. Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao has announced that 48,000 striking employees dismissed themselves by not joining the duty before the expiry of the government deadline. He ruled out taking back these employees into TSRTC.

Tension also prevailed at Bus Bhavan, TSRTC headquarters in Hyderabad when BJP president K. Laxman led a protest by striking employees. Laxman sustained minor injury near his eye when police bodily lifted the protestors and arrested them.

Joint Action Committee (JAC) of TSRTC employees unions on Saturday decided to further intensify the strike. It called for state-wide shutdown on October 19.

The chief minister rejected all the demands of the striking employees including the main demand for merger of TSRTC with the government. He also ruled out talks with them.

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7 UP cops booked for murder in custodial death case

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Hapur (Uttar Pradesh), Oct 18 : An FIR has been lodged against seven policemen, including a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), for murder in the custodial death of a 35-year-old security guard in Uttar Pradesh’s Hapur district on October 13.

The FIR comes a day after the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took cognizance of the incident and issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP).

Pradeep Tomar, a security guard, had died allegedly after being tortured by cops in a police station in Hapur’s Pilkhuwa area on Sunday evening. His 10-year-old son, who accompanied him to the outpost, claimed that he was detained and brutally tortured during interrogation. According to police, Pradeep had been summoned to the Chijarsi outpost for interrogation in a murder case.

After his condition deteriorated, the cops rushed him to a local hospital in Hapur and later to a medical facility in Meerut where he succumbed to the torture inflicted on him. The postmortem report has also corroborated the claims of torture.

Hapur Superintendent of Police (SP) Yashvir Singh said: “The cause of death has not been specified in the report. Viscera sample has been preserved for further analysis. There is blackening on his posterior, arm and contusion on other parts of the body.”.

The NHRC has sought the status as well as action taken reports within four weeks.

The deceased’s younger brother, Kuldeep Tomar, had submitted a written complaint alleging torture at the hands of DSP Santosh Misra, Pilkhuwa SHO Yogesh Baliyan, sub-inspector Ajab Singh and four other unnamed policemen leading to his brother’s death.

While SHO Baliyan, sub inspector Ajab Singh and a constable are already under suspension, DSP Misra was transferred and put in-charge of Garhmukteshwar circle.

According to the police, Pradeep, who used to work as a security guard with a private factory in Ghaziabad, was picked up for interrogation as he was suspected of being in touch with an accused in a murder case.

Hapur ASP Sarvesh Misra said: “The charred body of a woman was recovered on August 30. The woman was later identified as Preeti, a resident of Jarcha in Noida and relative of Pradeep. Preeti was allegedly murdered by one Arun, who is also a relative of Pradeep. He was not directly linked to the murder, but could have been part of the conspiracy.”

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School Bus overturns in Madhya Pradesh’s Hoshangabad: 5 children injured

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Bhopal, Oct 18: At least five children were injured after a school bus met with an accident in Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh early on Friday.

The impact of the accident was so much that the school bus was overturned and the injured have been admitted to hospital.

More details are awaited.

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Yogi to start campaign in Western UP today with 3 rallies

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Lucknow, Oct 18 Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath kickstart BJP’s election campaign in western Uttar Pradesh with three rallies on Friday.

According to BJP spokesman Harish Chandra Srivastava, the Chief Minister is scheduled to address rallies in Aligarh, Rampur and Saharanpur on Friday.

In Aligarh, he will address a rally in Iglas, where he will campaign for the BJP candidate Ram Kumar.

The second rally will be in Ajitpur Industrial Area of Rampur from where the BJP has fielded Bharat Bhushan Gupta, while the third rally will be in Nanauta ground in Saharanpur, where the BJP candidate is Kirat Singh.

The Chief Minister has already addressed rallies in eastern UP in Pratapgarh, Bahraich and Mau.

By-elections to 11 Assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh are being held in Gangoh (Saharanpur), Govind Nagar (Kanpur), Iglas (Aligarh), Manikpur (Chitrakoot), Zaidpur (Barabanki), Jalalpur (Ambedkar Nagar), Balha (Bahraich), Ghosi (Mau), Lucknow Cantonment (Lucknow), Rampur and Pratapgarh.

While 10 Assembly seats were vacated after the sitting MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha, the Ghosi seat was vacated after MLA Phagu Chauhan was appointed Governor of Bihar.

By-election is not being held for Tundla seat as the matter is sub judice.

Of the seats where by-polls are being held, Rampur was won by Samajwadi Party and Jalalpur by Bahujan Samaj Party in the 2017 Assembly elections. The remaining seats were won by the BJP.

Polling will be held on October 21 and counting of votes will be taken up on October 24.

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