Internet services have been suspended in Assam for another 48 hours, from 12 noon today. Train and air services to Assam and Tripura have been cancelled, following the intense protests against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. CAB was passed by the Rajya Sabha on December 11 (yesterday).
Assam’s additional general of police (Law and Order) Mukesh Agarwal has been transferred as ADGP (CID), and GP Singh has been appointed in his place.
An indefinite curfew was imposed in Guwahati from yesterday. People defied curfew and took to the streets in Guwahati earlier today, even as protests turned violent in various parts of Assam. Vehicles were set on fire – the houses of the BJP and AGP leaders were attacked in various parts of the state.
Police opened fire to disperse protesters at Lalungaonn area in Assam, in which some people were reportedly injured.
Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal appealed to the people of Assam to not get misled by the bill, and maintain peace. “I sincerely appeal to all sections of people of Assam to maintain peace & tranquility. It’s our cultural, social&spiritual tradition. I’ve firm belief that people of Assam, as usual, will maintain peace for all time to come,” he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the people of Assam have nothing to worry about after the CAB became an Act.
I want to assure my brothers and sisters of Assam that they have nothing to worry after the passing of #CAB.
I want to assure them- no one can take away your rights, unique identity and beautiful culture. It will continue to flourish and grow.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 12, 2019
Army personnel have been deployed in both the states. The army conducted a flag march in Guwahati today morning.
Thousands of anti-CAB protesters clashed with the police in Assam on December 11, pushing the state into utter chaos.
The Citizenship Amendment Bill, which seeks to give Indian citizenship status to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan was passed in Rajya Sabha on December 11.
Woman delivers twins on highway due to lack of ambulance in Odisha’s Bolangir
A woman in Odisha’s Bolangir delivered twins on the side of a highway due to lack of an ambulace in the city.
A woman in Odisha’s Bolangir delivered twins on the side of a highway due to the lack of an ambulance in the city.
According to reports, the incident took place in Kumuda village when the woman went for labour.
The pregnant woman has been identified as Bindiya Sabar. Her family members without any delay, called an ambulance but even after so many calls and requests for assistance, no one turned up.
However, they managed to hire an auto-rickshaw to rush the woman to the hospital.
As they were travelling, Bindiya’s labour pain became more intense, causing the family to set up a temporary tent on the highway where she delivered her twins.
According to Bindiya, she attempted to call an ambulance, but no one came. Additionally, we attempted to contact the ASHA worker, however, she did not join us, Bindiya said.
Despite everything, Bindiya and her newborn twins are in stable health.
Ujjain rape shocker: Teen left home in Satna in search of better life
The police officials quoted the girl telling the investigators that she was upset with her life in Satna.
The harrowing CCTV footage of an injured and semi-clad 12-year-old girl running from pillar to post in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain has sent shockwaves across the country. The girl arrived in the city on Sunday after fleeing away from her village in Satna in search for a better life a day earlier, according to the police.
Reportedly, the girl’s family lodged a complaint in Satna when she went missing. The police officials quoted the girl telling the investigators that she was upset with her life in Satna. She added that therefore she took a bus to Ujjain, where she was raped.
The assault left her unconscious. Later, she began walking seeking help but no one seemed to be ready to assist her. The girl had been walking for three hours when Rahul Sharma, the priest, helped her.
The priest expressed that it was heart-wrenching to see the girl semi-clad and bleeding. She was trembling and crying, he continued. Rahul Sharma said that he found the girl at the main gate of his ashram and informed the police immediately.
He shared that the girl was incoherent and thus it was difficult to understand what she was saying. He added that in sign language, he asked her whether she wanted to eat and she nodded. Following, he offered her food which she ate as if she had not eaten for days. He further narrated that the girl was terrified and kept hiding behind while he assured her that she was safe.
Meanwhile, reports stated that a new CCTV footage has emerged during the police investigation that shows the girl walking near Ujjain. In one set of footage, timed at around 3 am, the 12-year-old girl appears to be dressed in school uniform. Hours later she was spotted semi-naked and bleeding, suggesting that the crime took place on Monday morning.
Mathura train accident: Video shows railway staffer entering engine cabin, carelessly puts his bag on throttle
Five railway staff including a loco pilot and four technical staff have been suspended. One person was injured in the incident. Mathura Railway Station Director Sanjeev Srivastava said the five staff members were in an intoxicated state.
In the Mathura train accident a train derailed and climbed onto a platform at Mathura Junction. A video is circulating on social media which shows the operator entering the engine cabin. He carelessly puts his bag on the throttle. Afterwards he gets busy on his mobile phone.
Five railway staff including a loco pilot and four technical staff have been suspended. One person was injured in the incident. Mathura Railway Station Director Sanjeev Srivastava said the five staff members were in an intoxicated state. He added they were found using their mobile phones while on duty.
Divisional Tej Prakash Agrawal confirmed the suspention of the five staff members. He added further investigation was taking place in the incident. According to Sachin’s statement in the joint investigation report the train started moving on its own. He said he applied the brake, but by the time the train had already climbed on the platform. The passengers had already de-boarded the train before the accident. When the railway staffer began to park the train, it picked up speed, broke the stopper and climbed over the platform
On further investigation he found the throttle was in the forward position and the key was also in place. He immediately informed his in charge about the incident. Sachin blamed the loco pilot for keeping the train functions in switched on position. But the loco pilot in his statement said he had given the keys to Sachin at the time of handover before he left. Sachin’s Breath analyser test suggests he was drunk.
The incident has caused great damage to the platform and an overhead electricity pole. The incident caused disruption to the schedules of other trains including the Dakshin Express, Amritsar-Bandra and Malwa superfast. The trains were later rerouted to different platforms. Kuljeet, Brajesh Kumar and Harbhajan Singh are the technical staff. Govind Hari Sharma is the loco pilot.