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Aligarh: Vehicles transporting stray cows to shelters attacked over WhatsApp rumours

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Aligarh, Dec 27: The vehicles transporting stray cows to the shelter homes were attacked in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh on Wednesday.

The development comes amid Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s direction to the officials to make immediate arrangements for proper care of stray cows.

Around 700-800 stray cows were kept locked inside a government school and primary health centre in Aligarh by farmers on December 24 and 25, as the animals have been destroying their crops and farms.

“These animals are destroying crops. Neither the administration nor the state government have taken any action on the matter,” a farmer told news agency ANI.

“Many of us are awake at night guarding the farms. We are also falling sick because of this. So we chose to lock the stray animals together in a health centre,” said Shyam Bihari, a resident of the village.

“The administration was transporting the stray cows to shelters when few people attacked the vehicles as rumours were spread through WhatsApp that cows were being taken to be slaughtered,” said Aligarh SSP AK Sahni.

He further added that two cases have been filed in this regard and four people have been arrested. Further investigation is underway in the matter.

According to District Magistrate CB Singh, the administration has been directed to meet the village heads who will be entrusted to solve the issue. Cow shelters will be constructed in several villages, added Singh.

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BJP accuses TMC of vandalising posters ahead of Shah’s rally

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Malda (West Bengal), Jan 22 (IANS) The West Bengal unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday accused the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers of vandalising posters and decorative gates ahead of party chief Amit Shah’s rally here.

“Gates, welcome arches, posters, cut-outs, festoons have been vandalised ahead of our national president’s rally. Gates have set on fire. Vehicles carrying our supporters are being stopped in many places,” state BJP President Dilip Ghosh said.

BJP supporters and activists were threatened and harassed so that they could not attend the programme, he alleged.

“Despite all these, our supporters are active and the process of ‘paribartan’ (change) has been started,” he added.

After high drama over denial of permission for facilitating the landing of Shah’s chopper in Malda, the state’s BJP leadership said that they finally received the clearance at two places in the district.

The BJP received permission to land the chopper at the helipads in Golden Park Hotel here and the one used by the Border Security Force in Malda district.

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Himachal Pradesh: 26 injured after tourist bus skids off road in Bilaspur

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Himachal Pradesh, Jan 22: At least 26 people were injured after a tourist bus skidded off the road near Swarghat area in Himachal Pradesh’s Bilaspur district on Monday.

The 18 injured people have been shifted to the hospital in Nalaghar in Solan district.

Other 8 people who were seriously injured were shifted to PGIMER at Chandigarh.

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Heavy rain, snow lash Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 22: Incessant rain in Jammu division and light to moderate fresh snowfall in the Kashmir Valley occurred on Tuesday as the Met forecast improvement from Wednesday onwards.

“The western disturbance active over Jammu and Kashmir has resulted in rains in the Jammu division and the snowfall in the valley over the past 24 hours, since Monday.

“The system is likely to weaken from Tuesday evening and we are expecting gradual improvement from tomorrow onwards,” a Met official said.

The Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed following landslides and snowfall and reports of an avalanche hitting the highway in the Jawahar Tunnel area.

Srinagar recorded minus 0.2 degrees Celsius while Pahalgam and Gulmarg recorded minus 0.2 and minus 4 degrees, respectively.

Kargil was coldest at minus 12.2, Drass town of Ladakh recorded minus 6.8, while Leh was warmer at 2.8 degrees Celsius.

Jammu city was at 8.7, Katra 6, Batote minus 2.1, Bannihal minus 0.1 and Bhaderwah was at minus 0.2.

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