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Woman rescued from locked room after 15 years in Goa



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Panaji, July 12: In a shocking case, a woman remained locked in a room for 15 years in her maternal house in North Goa’s Candolim village.

The middle-aged woman believed to be in her late forties, was rescued on Tuesday by the Police.

Superintendent of Police (Crime) Karthik Kashyap while briefing media said that the woman, identified as Sunita Verlekar, was rescued with the help of activists from a women’s right’s NGO Bailancho Saad.

“She was in a closed room was for 15 years. We were informed about it by the NGO, following which a Women’s Police Station team rescued her late this (Tuesday) evening,” Kashyap said.

The rescued woman was sent for medical examination to a local government hospital, before being admitted to the Panaji-based Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour.

According to the Police sources, the victim lived in a locked room of the house, which is occupied by her brother Mohandas’ family.

“The brother occupied the rest of the house with his family and used to provide her with food. We found her without clothes in a room, which had no electricity. There was urine all over the place and she was being given food through a slit in the door,” a police constable involved in the rescue operation said.

A case has been registered under Section 342 (wrongful confinement) of the Indian Penal Code, police said.

Speaking to IANS, Bailancho Saad Convener Sabina Martins said that Sunita’s health had deteriorated with time and giving her medical treatment was a priority.

“What next, should be probed. Right now, she needs hospitalisation. Her health has deteriorated,” Martins said.

Mohandas, however, told reporters that Sunita was mentally unsound and had, therefore, been kept in one room.

“Sunita would insist on not wearing any clothes. She was under treatment for some time, but later on, it was discontinued. We used to provide her food and look after her,” Mohandas told reporters.

  Wefornews Bureau


Six dead in road accidents in Odisha



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Bhubaneswar, Jan 22: At least six persons were killed and four others injured in two separate road accidents in Odisha on Monday.

A deadly head-on collision between a truck and an auto-rickshaw on new Jagannath Sadak in Satyabadi area of Puri district claimed five lives and left three others injured on Sunday night, said police on Monday.

Satyabadi Inspector-in-Charge Krushna Chandra Sethy said the deceased and the injured have been identified as the residents of Andalsingha village.

Eight persons were returning after attending a funeral at Swargadwar in Puri when the auto they were travelling in was hit by a truck, said police.

While four died on the spot, one succumbed to his injury at Puri District Headquarters Hospital (DHH).

The condition of the injured was stated to be critical.

In another road accident, a person died and his wife sustained critical injuries after being hit by an unidentified vehicle at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

The deceased was identified as Dambarudhar Behera, 50. His wife has been admitted to Capital Hospital here.


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Uttar Pradesh: Dense fog causes bus-truck collision, 36 injured



Lucknow, Jan 22: Three dozen passengers, travelling on a Uttar Pradesh roadways bus, were injured on Monday after the vehicle was hit by a speeding truck due to low visibility, police said.

The head-on collision took place near the Charpaan turn near Belipaar on the Gorakhpur-Varanasi highway.

The impact was so severe that the bus was badly damaged. A police officer said fog and poor visibility led to the accident.

The injured included 33 passengers from the bus, the bus driver, truck driver and a cleaner of the truck. Condition of two persons were serious.

The injured were admitted to the district hospital while the serious ones were rushed to the the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur.

The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) bus belonged to the Allahabad Depot. It was on its way to Gorakhpur when the accident occurred.

While the weather has cleared in most parts, fog and poor visibility continues in eastern parts of the state, especially on the national highways leading to such accidents.


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CISF recovers 20 live cartridges from woman at Adarsh ​​Nagar Metro Station



New Delhi, Jan 22: Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel on Monday seized twenty  live cartridges from a woman at Adarsh Nagar metro station in the national capital during security checking.

The Adarsh Nagar metro station is located on the Yellow Line stretch of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), runs from Samaypur Badli to Huda city centre in Gurugram.

More details awaited.


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