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Yogi Adityanath Govt to withdraw 131 cases related to Muzaffarnagar riots

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New Delhi, March 22: The Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has begun the process of withdrawal of 131 cases related to the 2013 communal violence that erupted in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, claiming lives of several people.

Among the 131 cases lodged, thirteen are murder and eleven are an attempt to murder cases.

The documents examined by The Indian Express revealed these cases include charges under IPC sections related to “heinous” crimes with a minimum punishment of seven years in jail. Apart from this, there are 16 cases under section 153 A on charges of promoting enmity on religious grounds, and two under section 295 A for deliberate and malicious acts intended to insult a religion or religious beliefs.

At least 62 persons lost their lives and several were displaced from their homes in the communal clash.

The then ruling Samajwadi Party had registered 503 cases involving 1,400 people.

On February 5, the Khap leaders from Muzaffarnagar and Shamli, including BJP MP Sanjiv Balyan and the party’s Budhana MLA Umesh Malik, met the chief minister with a list of 179 cases, as reported by Indian Express. After the meeting, the decision to commence withdrawal process was taken.

Talking to the Indian Express, Balyan stated that in the list presented to the Chief Minister, all the accused were Hindus.

Last month, the law department of Uttar Pradesh asked the district magistrates Muzaffarnagar and Shamli,  for the report of all the mentioned cases in the list and their current status.

The DMs were also directed to clarify several points in the status report, and one of them was their opinion on the withdrawal of cases.

The letter has been forwarded by district magistrates to the SP and the prosecuting officer for the required details.

Following this, Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal targetted Yogi government saying State to protect murderers not victims of violence. That is the message in Yogi’s decision to withdraw 131 riot cases.

He questioned that “is it Wither rule of law?”

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9 terror suspects arrested in Maharashtra

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Mumbai, Jan 23: Ahead of Republic Day, the Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Wednesday arrested nine youths suspected of terror links and plans to create disruptions in the state.

On receipt of reliable input about a group aligned with proscribed international terrorist organisation ISIS, ATS Maharashtra conducted searches and seizures at 5 different locations in Mumbra, Thane Dist and Aurangabad on the intervening night of Sunday and Monday.

Following the searches, the suspects were detained and
brought to Mumbai since for questioning.

Four were held up from Mumbra, the rest were caught from Aurangabad and have been brought to Mumbai since for questioning.

The ATS sleuths claimed they have found certain objectionable material on the social media accounts of one of the detenus and now the investigators were scanning the phones, laptops, emails, social network sites and other details of all those suspects.

Certain chemicals, powder, mobile phones, hard drives SIM cards, acid bottle, sharp knives etc seized during raids.

In this regard, a case has been registered under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act 1967 and further investigation underway.

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PM Modi inaugurates Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose museum at Red Fort

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New Delhi, Jan 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated three new museums inside the Red Fort compound including one on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his Indian National Army (INA).

The first museum shows artefacts related to Bose and the INA, including a wooden chair and sword used by Netaji, medals, badges, uniforms and more. The INA trials were held in the Red Fort.

Modi also unveiled the ‘Yaad-e-Jallian’ museum on Jallianwala Bagh
massacre in 1919.

It will also showcase the heroism, valour and sacrifices made by Indian soldiers during World War-1.

The third museum is dedicated to the historical narrative of the 1857 War of Independence, which highlights the valour and sacrifices made by Indians in the first war of independence against the British.

The museums have been designed to provide a glimpse to visitors with photographs, paintings, newspaper clippings, ancient public records, audio and video clips, animation and multimedia

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India shares Kartarpur Corridor crossing point coordinates with Pakistan

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New Delhi, Jan 22 : India on Tuesday shared with Pakistan the coordinates of the Kartarpur Corridor crossing point along the International Border with Pakistan to enable Sikh pilgrims to visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan.

“Pursuant to the decision taken by the government of India on November 22, 2018, to expeditiously realise the long pending proposal to establish Kartarpur Corridor, India has today (Tuesday) shared the coordinates of the zero point (crossing point) of the corridor along the International Border with Pakistan,” said an External Affairs Ministry statement.

“India has also proposed two set of dates, February 26 and March 7, 2019, for the visit of Pakistan delegation to New Delhi to discuss and finalise the modalities so that Indian pilgrims can visit the holy Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib using the corridor at the earliest,” it stated.

The Union Cabinet in November last year decided to develop the Kartarpur Corridor from Gurdaspur in Punjab to the International Border to facilitate pilgrims’ passage to Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib in Pakistan as part of the 550th birth year celebrations of the founder of Sikhism, Guru Nanak Dev, later this year year.

Later that month, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan performed the ground-breaking ceremony to develop the corridor in the presence of Indian Ministers.

According to reports, in December, Pakistan issued 14 key recommendations to India on the Kartarpur Corridor to facilitate visa-free pilgrimage by Indian Sikhs to the holy gurdwara.

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