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UP CM should quit, hold SC probe into infant deaths: Cong

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New Delhi/Gorakhpur, Aug 12 : The Congress today held the Uttar Pradesh government “responsible” for the death of 30 infants at a state-run hospital in Gorakhpur, demanding the resignation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, and a probe by a Supreme Court judge.

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who visited Baba Raghav Das Medical College in eastern Uttar Pradesh, along with party colleagues, expressed deep anguish over the death of 30 children, allegedly due to shortage of supply of liquid oxygen, in a span of 48 hours.

Azad said the probe ordered by the state government and the suspension of the college principal is just “an eyewash” and demanded that the matter should be probed by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court.

He said if the matter is properly investigated the state government would be found to be squarely responsible for the “gross negligence” that led to the death of infants. He also said that the truth would come out only if an all-party delegation held an inquiry and the report would come in a week’s time.

“This incident took place due to the laxity on the part of state government. The state government is fully responsible for it. The chief minister, health minister and the health secretary must immediately resign and doctors should not be blamed for this,” he said.

“The suspension of the college principal and holding of a probe by district authorities has no meaning and is merely an eyewash. This matter should be probed by a sitting judge of the Supreme Court and the report should come in 15 days time,” he said.

Earlier, Congress spokesperson Manish Tiwari said the chief minister and UP’s Health Minister Siddharth Nath Singh should resign taking “moral responsibility” for the deaths.

“There are clearly two dimensions to it, that of criminal culpability of all those who are responsible — the hospital administration, the oxygen supplier and the district administration which is supposed to exercise superintendence over the hospital, and the other is the moral responsibility of the chief minister.

“While all those responsible must be charged with criminal culpability accounting to murder,…there is a moral dimension which the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and his health minister must take responsibility for and resign immediately,” he said.

Taking a swipe at the Uttar Pradesh health minister, the Congress leader tweeted, “UP Health Minister only seeks votes in Lal Bahadur Shastri ji’s name -he doesn’t follow Shastri ji’s high morals in politics… Shastri ji resigned taking moral responsibility for railway accident, @sidharthnsingh holds on to power even after death of infants (sic).”

Singh is the grandson of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

Health Minister Singh had yesterday told PTI, “The deaths of children were very unfortunate and the government will set up an inquiry committee to ascertain if any lapse has been there and if anyone is found guilty he will be made accountable.”

He said that according to reports from the paediatric department of the hospital, 60 children died due to various diseases since August 7.

Singh, however, asserted that the deaths were not because of paucity of oxygen.

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Nagaland: Two Assam Rifles jawans killed in gunfight

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Imphal, June 18: Two Assam Rifles soldiers lost their lives, while four were injured in an ambush by suspected National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-K) terrorists in Nagaland’s Mon district bordering Myanmar.

A gunfight erupted between the Assam Rifles jawans and suspected NSCN-K Sunday afternoon.

The incident took place when the soldiers were on their way to collect water from a river between Aboi- Mohung.

Following the information of an encounter, more reinforcements of security personnel were moved towards the site. Nagaland Police was also rushed to the spot.

Further details are awaited and an investigation in the matter is underway.

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Sri Ram Sene Chief Muthalik likens Gauri Lankesh to a dog

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New Delhi, June 18: While hitting back at critics for demanding Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘s statement on  Gauri Lankesh’s murder , Sri Ram Sene founder-president Pramod Muthalik triggered a controversy by comparing slain journalist killing to a dog’s death.

The opposition has been questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘silence’ over Lankesh’s killing.

Pramod Muthalik said, “Two murders took place in Karnataka and two in Maharashtra in Congress rule. No one questioned Congress govt failure. Instead, they are asking why is PM Modi silent and not speaking on Gauri Lankesh’s death. Is Modi responsible even if any dog dies in Karnataka”.

According to reports the 26-year-old Parshuram Vaghmare is said to have told the SIT that he did not know who he was killing when he pulled the trigger on Lankesh.He, however, reportedly claimed that he committed the murder to “save” his religion.

Muthaik’s statement came a day after the Special Investigation Team (SIT) summoned Rakesh Math, the Vijayapura district president of the Sene, for questioning in the case.

Muthalik later defended from his statement, saying he didn’t directly compare Lankesh to a dog, and that he was clarifying that PM Modi cannot comment on every death in Karnataka.

Congress spokesman Manish Tewari slammed Muthalik for his comments on

“Disgusting, nauseating, revolting…vigilante group Sri Ram Sene’s Head Pramod Muthalik compares assassinated journalist Gauri Lankesh to a dog. Mr Prime Minister @narendramodi you did not condemn Gauri Lankesh’s murder are you now going to condone this too,” tweeted Tewari.

He further said added that Parshuram Vaghmare, who allegedly pulled the trigger on the veteran journalist, was not associated with his organisation.

Lankesh, 55, the Editor of ‘Lankesh Patrike’, was shot dead outside her residence in the city’s suburb by unidentified assailants on September 5 last year.

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Telangana: Local body chief kicks Woman in chest over property dispute

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New Delhi, June 18: In a shocking incident, president of Dharpally Mandal (a rural local body), Immadi Gopi kicked a woman in the chest, after she hit him with her footwear over a land issue on Sunday. 

In the video that has gone viral on social media, Gopi can be seen kicking the woman.

The incident took place at Indalwai village in Telangana’s Nizamabad district.

According to the Indian Express report, a case has been registered against Gopi under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) based on the woman’s complaint.

On the related note, Gopi also filed a counter complaint following which a case was registered against the woman and some of her relatives over trespass and damaging his property.

In the complaint, the woman said that last year Gopi sold her a plot which also comprised a house for Rs 33.72 lakh for which registration was done in her name.

Gopi had demanded an additional Rs 50 lakh “in view of rise in land rates in the area,” police stated.

As per the police, s0 far, he had not handed over the property and had been threatening her.

Following this on Sunday,  the woman along with her relatives, went to Gopi’s house to demand that the property be handed over. Later, a heated argument broke out after which the woman allegedly hit him with her footwear.

Reacting to this, Gopi then allegedly kicked the woman, police said.

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