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20 years of 9/11 attacks: A look back at the most horrifying terrorist attack in history

On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked 4 commercial passenger airplanes in the United States. Out of 4, 2 planes were barged into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City which led both the towers to collapse.

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September 9, 2021 marks 20 years of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

It’s been two decades since the 9/11 attack. However, the sense of horror is still alive in people who lost their loved ones in one of the scariest terrorist attacks in history.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, 19 Al Qaeda terrorists hijacked 4 commercial passenger airplanes in the United States. Out of 4, 2 planes were barged into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City which led both the towers to collapse. The third plane was flown into the Pentagon, outside Washington, DC. The fourth plane was targeted to hit the White House, however, the crew and passengers prevented it by attacking the terrorists on board.

The horrifying terrorist attacks took the lives of nearly 3,000 people and injured countless.

20 years on, let’s take a look back at at the most horrifying terrorist attack in history:

American Airlines Flight 11 carrying 81 passengers and 11 crew members on board departed from Boston’s Logan International Airport. 5 highjackers also got on board. The plane flown into the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8:46 am and seventeen minutes later, the South Tower was hit by United Airlines Flight 175 with 56 passengers and 9 crew members on board. Within 1 hour and 42 minutes, both the 110-story towers collapsed.

The third flight, American Airlines Flight 77 that took off from Dulles International Airport was hijacked over Ohio. It crashed into the Pentagon, the headquarters of the American Military, at 9:37 am. The fourth flight, United Airlines 93, which was intended to be flown into the White House, crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 am. The passengers in the plane attacked the hijackers and diverted the flight from its target.

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The attack on the World Trade Center severely affected the economy of New York City and created a global economic recession. Several cases of post-traumatic stress came to light among 9/11 survivors and rescue workers. Respiratory issues like asthma, lung inflammation, were reported in those in and around the World Tade Center during the attacks.

It was 2019 when the US Senate passed a bill that ensured a compensation fund to the victims of the September 11 attacks.

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Mumbai horror: Man kills live-in partner, chops body with tree-cutter, boils pieces in pressure cooker, disposes them

The man reportedly chopped his live-in partner’s body with a tree-cutter, boiled them in a pressure cooker and later filled them into plastic bags to throw away.

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Mumbai man chops live-in partner body

In yet another horrifying incident of man killing live-in partner, a 56-year old man in Mumbai allegedly killed his partner and chopped her body into pieces in a rented apartment in Mumbai’s Thane.

The man reportedly chopped his live-in partner’s body with a tree-cutter, boiled them in a pressure cooker and later filled them into plastic bags to throw away.

The accused Manoj Sahni had been in a live-in relationship with the victim Saraswati Vaidya, 36,  for the past three years. The incident is reported from Mira Bhayandar in Thane, Mumbai. Sahni, who owns a shop in Boriwali and Vaidya were living in a rented flat, 704 at Geeta Akash Deep Building in Geeta Nagar Phase 7, Mumbai.

As per the police, Vaidya was killed 3-4 days back.

Sahni was trying to flee but was captured by the police on Wednesday evening.

The Nayanagar police station on Wednesday, recieved a call from the buildingd residents complaining of a foul smell originating from the couple’s flat.

The police upon its arrival on the spot, when entered into the apartment discovered decomposed body parts of Vaidya.

As per the police, around 12-13 pieces of Vaidya’s body was recovered from the flat.

Mumbai DCP Jayant Bajbale said, as per the preliminary investigation, the victim was hacked to death and further investigation is ongoing.

Reports said, the motive behind the murder is still under investigation but the couple had an argument which led to a murder.

The case is similar to the spine-chilling Aaftab Poonawala-Shradha Walkar case. In May, last year Poonawala chopped Walkar’s body into several pieces and stored them in a fridge for weeks at his house in Delhi and later scattered them in different parts of Delhi.

After the Walkar case, several such cases have been reported.

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Wrestlers protest: Minor’s father makes a U-turn says WFI’s chief did not harass his daughter

The father made it clear, they had not dropped the initial allegation but rather had taken new statements.

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In an unexpected turn, the father of the 17-year-old wrestler, whose complaint led to the Delhi Police filing a case against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief  Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the strict laws against child sexual abuse, claimed that he and his daughter had made some false allegations against the chief of WFI.

The girl’s father gave a new statement to the magistrate in New Delhi on June 5 in which he claimed, the WFI’s chief had not sexually assaulted his daughter, his actions had been biased against her.

He added in his statement that he accused Brij Bhushan was for sexual harassment out of anger because her daughter lost the Asian Championship trials final the previous year.

I received threatening calls, but I won’t say who made them. To pay for my daughter’s expenses, I sold my residence. I had re-recorded my statement on my own initiative, the girl’s father added.

The girl’s father also confessed infront of the magistrate that we don’t hold any bitterness towards Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. On June 5, we made certain changes to our earlier statements and recorded new statements. I don’t want to get engaged in this battle.

However, the father made it clear, they had not dropped the initial allegation but rather had taken new statements.

Meanwhile, the protesting wrestlers decided to call off their strike until June 15 after the government promised to file charges against Brij Bhushan by then and organise elections for the sports organisation by the end of the month. Olympic medalists Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik met Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur three days after they spoke with Union Home Minister Amit Shah about their requests. The sports minister invited them to a meeting to discuss their demands.

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Lucknow court shootout: Western UP gangster shot dead by man dressed as lawyer

Maheshwari himself was a dreaded shooter and was booked under several other criminal cases. He was also said to be a close aide of Munna Bajrangi, who was killed while serving time in Baghpat prison in 2018.  

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Security in India’s courtrooms and court complexes were again exposed on Wednesday when gangster Sanjiv Maheshwari, also known as Sanjiv Jeeva, was shot dead by a man dressed as a lawyer right inside a Lucknow court.

Sanjeev Maheshwari had come to the SC/ST court for hearing in a murder case and was entering the courtroom when the shooter opened fire, injuring a young girl and a policeman.

Maheshwari, who led a criminal gang in Western UP, was said to be a close aide of gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari. He was accused in the murder case of BJP MLA Brahmadatt Dwivedi. Ansari is currently serving life imprisonment. The shooter was nabbed by lawyers in court and police and has been identified as Vijay Yadav.

Maheshwari himself was a dreaded shooter and was booked under several other criminal cases. He was also said to be a close aide of Munna Bajrangi, who was killed while serving time in Baghpat prison in 2018.  

The police constable injured in the attack sustained a bullet wound in his right leg and his colleagues helped him out of the court complex. He is undergoing treatment in the Lucknow Civil Hospital. Meanwhile, heavy police deployment has been made in the Lucknow court as well as the city after the shootout.

Commented on the law and order situation in UP, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav said the question is not who is being killed but the question is that one is being killed in the presence of high security.

In his reply to a journalist’s question on the incident, UP Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said the police will not spare anyone who is involved in the killing.

Lucknow DM Surya Pal Gangwar told the media that Maheshwari was shot dead, a girl of 8-10 years has also been injured. He added the shooter has been caught and the investigation into the incident has begun.

In Delhi, gangster Jitender Gogi was killed in a shootout in a Rohini court in 2021. The inter-gang rivalry ended with the knifing murder of Tillu Tajpuriya inside Tihar Jail in May this year.

The security of local courts has been a matter of concern for judges with former Chief Justice of India Justice NV Ramana raising it with the government.

A three-member SIT (Special Investigation Team) including Mohit Agarwal ADG Technical, Joint CP Nilabja Chaudhary, Ayodhya IG Praveen Kumar has been constituted to investigate the incident: UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

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