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Delhi: Taxi unions, auto rickshaw drivers to observe 2-day chakka jam from April 18, here’s why

Amid the surge in petrol and diesel prices, the taxi drivers’ association and auto-rickshaw unions have called for a chakka jam for two days from April 18.



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Amid the surge in petrol and diesel prices, the taxi drivers’ association and auto-rickshaw unions have called for a chakka jam for two days from April 18. Since April 8, taxi and cab unions have been protesting for a cut in fuel prices, and on Monday, the autorickshaw union protested for a Rs 35 subsidy on CNG prices.

The Delhi Taxi Tourist Transporters Association, Sarvodaya Driver Association of Delhi, Expert Driver Solution Association, and Sarvodaya Driver Welfare Association have given the Centre and the Delhi government a six-day deadline to modify the rates, failing which they will go on strike.

Sanjay Samrat, President of the Delhi Tourist and Taxi Transport Association said they held a protest on April 8 against the fuel prices hike and submitted a memorandum to the central and Delhi government, but to no avail. According to the official reports, cab unions have decided to continue the protest till the government fulfills their demands. Samrat said the transport association will go on an indefinite strike from April 18 and no vehicles will ply on roads.

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Cab and taxi drivers, including those hired by private aggregators, have requested a government app with pre-determined fares.
The Delhi government should establish a taxi and cab app similar to Ola and Uber, said Ravi Thakur, President of the Sarvodya Drivers’ Welfare Association. We need either a revision of the fuel price or a fare hike, he added.

Furthermore, the Delhi Auto Sangh will stage a separate protest against rising CNG prices, late fitness fees, and mandatory online driver behaviour training. Rajendra Soni, President of the Delhi Auto Sangh said until the government grants a Rs 35 concession on CNG rates, all 50,000 autorickshaws and 24,000 Gramin Sewa vehicles would not ply on Monday.

The petrol and diesel price have increased by Rs 10 per litre since March 22 bringing the price up to Rs 105.41 and 96.67 per litre respectively. While CNG prices in Delhi have increased by Rs 12.48 per kg taking the per kg price to nearly Rs 69.11 per kg.

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Sex racket busted at Delhi spa, 2 held: Police



A prostitution racket running at a spa in the city’s Nirman Vihar area was busted by the police, officials said on Saturday.

According to a statement issued by the Delhi Police, two people, identified as, 24-year-old Ram Sagar—a resident of Jhilmil Colony and Deepak, 20, a resident of Vishwas Nagar, were arrested during a raid on a spa running a sex racket in Nirman Vihar while the manager of the spa parlor, Ajay Singh is absconding.

An official said that a special staff team of East Delhi and Preet Vihar police station raided a spa parlor following specific information, leading to the uncovering of a flesh trade racket running at the premises under the guise of a spa.

He said that the police received a tip-off on March 24, claiming that a prostitution racket was being operated under the guise of a spa parlor and massage centre at True Bliss Spa in Nirman Vihar’s V3S Mall.

Giving details, the official said that the police sent a decoy customer to the parlor after which the place was raided leading to the unearthing of a sex racket operating there. The decoy customer, who was actually an undercover police officer, was charged Rs 1,000 after bargaining and later was asked to take his pick from among the nine girls who worked at the spa and were paraded in front of him.

The official further said that the spa manager charged the decoy Rs 2,000 extra for sex with his choice of girl at the parlor, following which he signaled the police team by giving a missed call. Soon, a police team arrived and raid the tainted spa and massage centre , leading to the arrest of the two accused men.

He said that spa was being run by a man unidentified as Praveen alias Titu Chaudhary, while the parlor’s manager Ajay Singh is still at large and efforts are underway to arrest him, adding that it was revealed during further investigation that the spa parlor was being run for the last two years.

The parlor had also been under the scanner previously and a case was registered against it in July 2022.

DCP East Amrutha Guguloth said that nine girls were reportedly engaged in the spa.

The senior officer said that a case under the Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act and other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), has been registered into the matter and further investigation is ongoing.

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Delhi woman, 4-year-old son injured in acid attack



An unidentified man hurled a bottle of acid at a 35-year-old woman and her 4-year-old son in Bharat Nagar area of North West Delhi, police said on Thursday.

According to the police, the woman who runs a roadside stall in the area, was setting up shop in Guru Bazar at around 8 am on Thursday morning when the unidentified miscreant came towards her from a nearby park, threw acid at her and fled the scene.

The woman and her minor son sustained minor burn injuries in the attack and were hospitalized, the police said.

An official said the woman filed complaint and gave information about her attacker based on which a case was registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and a hunt launched to nab the suspect.

He said that initial investigations suggest personal animosity as the motive behind the attack, adding that further probe is underway.

In a similar case, a shocking incident was reported on Thursday from Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore where a man allegedly hurled a bottle of acid on his wife and her lawyers at the district court complex.

According to the police, the victim, Kavitha had reached the district court complex in Coimbatore in connection with a hearing of a case when her husband, Sivakumar, brazenly threw a bottle of acid at her face, injuring her and at least three others in the attack.

The victims, Kavitha and her lawyers, sustained burn injuries in the acid attack and were rushed to a nearby government hospital for medical attention.

An official said Sivakumar was overpowered and pinned down by some lawyers who witnessed the incident and later handed over to the police.

Giving details he said that police saved Sivakumar from a mob that gathered after the attack and wanted to thrash him, adding that the accused had carried the acid in a water bottle.

The official further said that the accused has been arrested and a case registered against him under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), adding that further investigation is underway to determine Sivakumar’s motive behind the attack.

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Poster war: BJP posters calling for Kejriwal’s ouster come up in Delhi

The BJP-AAP ‘poster war’ continues in Delhi as the saffron party-sponsored posters calling for the removal of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were seen plastered in parts of the national capital on Thursday, days after similar posters were posted by “anonymous” persons targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.



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The BJP-AAP ‘poster war’ continues in Delhi as the saffron party-sponsored posters calling for the removal of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were seen plastered in parts of the national capital on Thursday, days after similar posters were posted by “anonymous” persons targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The anti-Kejriwal posters with the slogan ‘Arvind Kejriwal ko hatao, Dilli Bachao (Remove Arvind Kejriwal, Save Delhi’ with a header calling the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Corrupt, Dishonest and Dictator—were reported seen pasted in Delhi this morning, two days after the Delhi Police’s crackdown on anti-Modi posters which read ‘Modi hatao, desh bachao (remove Modi, save the country.’

The anti-Kejriwal posters were allegedly put up by BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa.

The posters calling for the removal of PM Modi to “save the country” were removed during a large-scale crackdown by the Police on Tuesday, which also led to the arrest of six accused, including two printing press owners.

The arrested printing press owners allegedly told the police that they had received an order to print 50,000 “Modi hatao, desh bachao” posters.

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Police said the arrests were made for defacing public property and under the law, the posters were required to carry the name of the printing press. They said that only 36 cases out of 138 filed were for the anti-Modi posters.

According to the Delhi Police, they reportedly seized around 2,000 posters that were on their way to being delivered in a van to the AAP office.

However, Delhi CM Kejriwal trashed the police version of the arrests and claimed that the Prime Minister is “scared” and “insecure.”

Later, in a tweet, the Kejriwal-led AAP termed the police action as the “peak of Modi government’s dictatorship” as asked what was objectionable in the posters. AAP has also announced a protest at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar today to demand the removal of PM Modi.

The BJP accused the AAP of violating the law by putting up such posters, notably, however, the former never acknowledged the act.

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