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Four die unable to get past exit in laundry fire : Delhi

Four employees, including two women, at a laundry unit were killed and one injured after getting stuck at exit door during a fire there.

The incident took place Friday around 12:20 in Beadonpura in Delhi’s Karil Bhag.

The deceased were identified as Bagan Prasahad (55), RM Naresh (40), Aarti (20), and Asha (40).

According to police the victims were transferring a chemical solvent into a container, when it spilled onto the floor and came in contact with a steam iron, triggering the fire.

A heavily built man seated next to the exit, tried to rush out but got stuck at the door, stranding the others behind who eventually fell victims to the fire.

Two fire tenders attended the scene and brought the fire under control in half-an-hour.

 AJeet (25), who survived the fire is being treated at a nearby hospital.

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High Court slams Govt over police action in Sabarimla; Summons IG

Kochi : The Kerala High Court came down heavily on govt today, asking who gave it authority to restrain devotees at Sannidhanam(temple complex). The court asked IG to appear before today itself.

Implementing Supreme Court verdict cannot be used as shield to take devotees captive and prevent pilgrims from staying at Sannidhanam, the bench said.

The Court also directed govt to refrain from interfering with KSRTC bus services to Pampa.

HC asked the govt to submit the list of police officers on duty at Sabarimla and sought clarification on whether the officers were trained to tackle crowds.

Last night police agreed to devotees demand that they be allowed to last at the Sannidhanam till the shrine shuts. However after the closure devotees refused to leave and police  arrested them en masse.


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Union minister was bribed with few crores : Transferred CBI officer claims in petition

A CBI officer who submitted petition about his abrupt transfer claimed that he had papers that could shock the court.

Manish Kumar Sinha
Manish Kumar Sinha

The CBI officer Manish Kumar Sinha, in his petition stated that a union minister accepted “a few crores” in bribe to intervene on behalf of a businessman whose irregularities were caught by the agency.

“Nothing shocks us” said Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, rejecting his request for an urgent hearing.

Sinha who was investigating CBI’s number two officer Rakesh Asthana was moved to Nagpur, as part of a massive, sudden shake-up last month.

Sinha alleged that his transfer was aimed at “changing the course of the investigation” and help Rakesh Asthana.

The Backdrop
Allegations surfaced that CBI Special Director had accepted a few crores to help a Hyderabad-based businessman, Satish Sana, evade summons in an investigation.

Sana is co-accused in multiple cases under investigation against meat exporter Moinn Qureshi, who is accused of money laundering.

Sinha was probing the case. Asthana allegedly received bribes through a middleman named Manoj Prasad, who was arrested by the CBI’s anti-corruption unit on 16 Oct. He has reportedly confessed his crime.

The officer is also in charge of several high-profile cases including bank scam investigations involving celebrity jeweler Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Chokshi.


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3 Dead, 20 Injured in Amritsar blast ; Terror angle suspected

Amritsar : At least three people were killed and 20 injured after two bike-born men hurled grenade into a packed prayer hall in Amritsar.

The incident took place in ‘s Rajasansi village about eight km from Amritsar airport on Sunday

Those injured have been taken to hospital while bodies of two victims have been sent for postmortem.

According to eyewitnesses, two men with faces covered threw the explosive at Nirankari where a religious ritual was underway.The pair fled on their bike after the attack.

Police suspect Kashmir terror hand though they are looking to see if state’s Khalistan outfit might have a bearing on the incident.

Army Chief Bipin Rawat had warned of insurgency in early Nov
Army Chief Bipin Rawat had warned of insurgency in early Nov

Intelligence had alerted police to spotting seven Jaish-e-Mohammed(JeM) terrorists in the state who were  “heading to Delhi”. However police can confirm their involvement only after confirming identities of the attackers, images of whom have been captured on CCTV, officials said.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh has promised sternest action for those responsible.

Chief Minister Amarinder Singh meanwhile hinted that ISI backed Khalistani/Kashmiri terror groups bent on “destroying hard earned peace” could be related to the violence.

Incidentally Army General Bipin Rawat had warned of insurgency in Punjab early this month.


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War Won : Marathas to get reservation in jobs, education

The Maharashtra govt has accepted the State Backward Class Commission’s report and agreed to grant reservation in jobs and educational institutions, to the Martha community.

The chief minister Devendra Fadnavis who made the announcement said, the Marathas will be called “Socially and Educationally Backward Class” (SEBC)  as per the Commission’s recommendation.

On question if the new reservation will cause crossing 50 percent ceiling set by Supreme Court, Fadnavis said the Commission has described the condition of Maratha community as “extraordinary and exceptional”.

“Even though the case of Tamil Nadu, where reservation has crossed 50 per cent mark, is pending in the apex court, it has not been struck down. We are confident of extending reservation to Marathas,” he said.

The community held demonstrations off and on, for its long-standing demand of quota in jobs and education.

The Commission in its findings cited that the Marathas that makes up 30 percent of the state’s population has only a minuscule representation in govt and semi-govt services.

Incidentally, the state does not need Centre’s nod for granting quota.


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KP Sasikala back at Sabarimala; Should leave in 6 hours, orders police

Sabarimala : Hindu Aiya Vedi president KP Sasikala has picked up the pilgrimage she was forced to abandon after her much publicised preventive detention by police on Saturday.

The police have however asked her to return in a timeline of 6 hours maximum from the shrine.

According to sources, Sasikala, who is carrying her grandson reportedly for chorunnu ceremony, has agreed to cooperate.

Meanwhile, BJP’s youth wing, Yuva Morcha, has declared to intensify protests further alleging “police high-handedness” referring to police arresting around 65 people for carrying out protests at Sannidhanam(temple complex) despite Sec 144 looming in the area that bans such congregation.

Tension looms large in Sabarimala where like two times after the controversial Supreme Court verdict, protesting devotees come together in thousands to thwart police attempt to ferry young women to the shrine.

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Woman who lured youths into militancy using Facebook, arrested

In a first-of-its-kind case, a woman has been arrested for luring youths via texts and posts , to join militancy in Kashmir.

Shazia from Naidkhai in Sumbal area of Bandipore was nabbed by security agencies after intelligence monitored and confirmed her urging young men to “pick up weapons” and join Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit.

According to officials, the terror activity went beyond virtual media and Shazia has personally delivered ammunition and magazines to at least two youths from Anantnag, one of who has been taken into custody.

A video featuring Shazia had surfaced on Facebook a few months ago alleging she was a police informer. Based on her complaint, two youths were nabbed and let off with a warning.

However in truth, Shazia extracted information from police and other security agencies pretending to be helpful and passed them on to the militants, an officer, privy to the case, said on condition of anonymity.

Shazia is tight-lipped and has not divulged much except for name of militant commanders so far, sources close to the investigation said.

31-year-old Shazia’s arrest comes after a week of 28-year Aysia Jan for attempting to smuggle 20 grendades en route Lawaypora into the city. She was also in possession of ammunition at time of her arrest. Her two brothers were also detained in connection with militancy.


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Hartal could turn indefinite if demands go unheeded: Hindu Aikya Vedi

Ranni : The Hindu Ayika Vedi that paralysed the state after its flash hartal over arrest of its leader KP Sasikala, has warned of extending the strike, if police paid no heed its demands.

Sasikala, has begun hunger-protest at Ranni police station, where she remains in custody after arrest at 2 am at Sabarimla today, demanding that she be left at the place she was whisked away from in ambulance by cops.

Police refuse to yield saying they could release her on bail with condition that, she will not head for the hill, where situation is tense over govt trying to implement the Supreme Court Verdict.

As talks between police at Ranni and cops go poorly over the issue, Aikya Vedi leaders have warned that the hartal could be extended indefinitely if the police did not heed to its demands of devotee rights and peaceful nama japa protest for  temple sanctity.

BJP state president PS Sreedharan Pillai described Sasikala’s arrest as illegal even as  preventive Detention looms large over several leaders of right-wing outfits.



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Rahul withdraws from Nilakkal after being warned of arrest

Pathanamthitta : Ayyappa Dharma Sena president Rahul Easwar removed himself from NIlakkal after police warned him of likely arrest.

The warning stated that leaders of Sangh Parivar who camp at Sabarimala and premises, will be arrested under Preventive Detention Act.

Rahul however told fellow devotees that he will be back on pilgrimage in two days.

Police arrested Hindi Aikya Vedi leader KP Sasikala from Marakkottam this morning amid speculation that, more leaders from right-wing outfits were likely to be detained.

Rahul is presently on bail after bragging about a “Plan B” where devotees inside the temple complex would bleed themselves to force the Sabarimala temple shut, if young women entered it premises.

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BJP extends support for hartal, KSRTC services stopped

Thiruvananthapuram : The dawn-to-dusk hartal Sabarimala Karma Samithi has now become near-total after BJP extended its support. The upgradation has brought state transporter KSRTC at several places of conflict, KSRTC officials that services were possible only under police protection.

Several passengers who boarded buses have been left stranded owing to KSRTC pulling over at points with aggressive party workers flagging them down. Many commuters learnt of the hratal only after commencing their journeys .

As of now, all KSRTC services except those between Erumeli to Pampa have stopped.

Science fests scheduled to be held in various districts have been postponed. Wayanad district school Arts festival has postponed to Sunday. Similarly the Sugama Hindi examinations conducted by Kerala Hindi Prachar Sabha and all classes scheduled by the distance education department of Kerala university have been postponed.