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Delhi: Rs 22 lakh fine collected from over 4,500 people in 12 days

Last month, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in a meeting decided to re-impose the mask mandate with a fine of Rs 500 for any sort of covid19 violation.



As the coronavirus cases are increasing, the mask mandates are back too. According to reports, more than 4,500 people were fined Rs 22 lakh in total in Delhi for not wearing masks since the mask mandate returned amid a spike in coronavirus cases.

Last month, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in a meeting decided to re-impose the mask mandate with a fine of Rs 500 for any sort of covid19 violation. It was on April 22, that the mandate of wearing masks in public places returned again.

From April 23-May 4, a total of 4,504 people were fined for not wearing masks, with the maximum fines (Rs 1,133) imposed in the East district, followed by New Delhi (705), South West (588), North East (562), and South East (553). In the West district, it was reported that there were 65 such violations, while north with 221, south with 414, New Delhi with 216, and northwest with 263 fines reported less than 500 such violations.

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Notably, there were zero mask prosecutions in Shahdara and Central districts.

So far, the government has imposed fines of Rs 22,05,500 in all for mask violations and has collected Rs 7,66,500 of it till now.

An official from the southeast district said that they are averaging around 100 challans per day and targeting those areas which see mass assemblage like markets, mandis, etc. There are eight teams involved in the exercise. The numbers might be higher on weekends since more people are stepping out.

He also noted that the numbers are lower than before since the focus is now more on educating the people.

He also said that those who are travelling together in a private four-wheeler are out of the purview of the rules. This could be one of the reasons for the lesser number of challans. Now the focus is more on educating more and more people about wearing masks.

Another official said that the government offices running at full capacity and their staff withdrawn from COVID-19 duties, there is a shortage of staff involved in issuing fines.

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Amritpal Singh may be headed to Delhi: Reports



Fugitive Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh may be headed for Delhi, a day after his last known location was traced to Haryana, reports quoting sources have claimed.

An NDTV report quoting sources said the security has been heightened across the national capital as its suspected that the notorious ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief may be headed to Delhi after last being spotted in Shahabad in Haryana’s Kurukshetra.

On Sunday, Amritpal Singh and his associate Papalpreet Singh, had stayed at Shahabad home of a woman identified as Baljeet Kaur, who was arrested yesterday, Punjab Police said.

A video with a time stamp of Monday, doing the rounds on the internet yesterday showed the fugitive Sikh preacher dressed in a white shirt and blue jeans, trying to hide his face with an umbrella as he was departing from the Baljeet Kaur’s house in Shahabad.

On Thursday, the Punjab Police arrested Amritpal Singh’s former gunman and notorious associate, Tejinder Singh aka Gorkha Baba.

A report quoted DSP Payal Harsimrat Singh of the Punjab Police as saying that Tejinder Singh, a resident of Punjab’s Mangewal village, was nabbed by the Khanna police.

DSP Harsimrat said Tejinder, who was a gunman for Amritpal Singh for a long period and often lived with the Waris Punjab De chief, is also involved in the Ajnala case. The officer said that Tejinder, also known as Gorkha Baba, was very active on social media and often posts pictures of himself brandishing different weapons due to which he’s wanted in a separate case registered against him at Malaud police station.

The official further said that Tejinder has been booked under sections 107/151 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and two other aides who accompanied him, have also been taken into custody and are being questioned.

A nation-wide crackdown was launched to nab Amritpal Singh after last month, the dreaded Khalistani leader and his supporters armed with swords and guns, stormed a police station in Ajnala on the outskirts of Amritsar city and clashed with police for the release of one of his aides Lovepreet Singh.

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Woman gang-raped, boyfriend assaulted in Virar near Mumbai



Two men allegedly gang-raped a woman and thrashed her boyfriend near a temple in Virar area, near Mumbai, in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, officials said on Thursday.

According to the police, the incident happened at around 5 pm on Wednesday in the forest area near the Jivdani temple in Virar East where the 20-year-old victim and her boyfriend were chatting and sitting alone.

The two accused, identified as 25-year-old Dheeraj Soni and 24-year-old Yash Shinde—both residents of Sainath Nagar locality of Virar, a distant Mumbai suburb—spotted the couple sitting on a hillock near Jivdani temple and tried to extort money from the young lovers after they saw them hugging, said an official.

The official said that the victim’s boyfriend told them he didn’t have any cash on him and instead transferred Rs 500 to the accused men via internet banking, however the men demanded more money and started to beat up the man, adding they also smashed an empty beer bottle on his head.

The accused then stripped the boyfriend naked, tied him to a tree and raped the girl in front of him who could do nothing but helplessly watch the horrific ordeal unfold in front of his eyes.

An official from the Virar police station said the injured boyfriend could not stand up to the attackers as he watched the accused duo take turns raping his girlfriend.

He said that after the brutal rape, the accused men fled the scene with man’s clothes and his mobile father while the petrified rape survivor also fled the spot after she saw her violators departing, leaving her unconscious boyfriend behind.

The injured boyfriend was spotted by locals after he regained consciousness around 6.30 pm and came out of the secluded forest looking for something to cover his naked body. The residents informed the police, who arrived at the spot and took him to a hospital for treatment after which his statement was recorded.

Police team then arrived at his girlfriend’s home where she narrated the horrific ordeal and based on her statement, a case of gang rape, unnatural sex, assault, extortion, threatening against the two accused under sections 376(d), 324, 377, 384, 504, 506 and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), was registered against the accused who were then arrested within two hours of the incident, an official said.

Further investigation is underway, he added.

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Minor boy, pilot injured after glider plane crashes into house in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad

The video of the incident is now going viral on social media which shows the cockpit of the glider smashing into a concrete pillar of the house.



Minor boy, pilot injured after glider plane crashes into house in Jharkhand's Dhanbad

A 14-year-old boy and a pilot got seriously injured after a glider plane crashed into a residential house in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad on Thursday. The mishap happened at around 4:50 pm shortly after the takeoff from the Barwadda airstrip.

The injured were rushed to the hospital and are undergoing treatment at the Asarfi Hospital. According to the authorities, both of them are critically injured.

The video of the incident is now going viral on social media which shows the cockpit of the glider smashing into a concrete pillar of the house.

Reportedly, the joyride glider, which can carry only 2 people, took off from the Barwadda airstrip, however, it crashed into a home after 500 meters. The mishap tends to be caused due to a technical glitch.

Kush Singh, the injured passenger, is from Patna and had come to his maternal uncle Pawan Singh’s home in Dhanbad. The youngster had taken a joyride in a glider operated by a private company from the Barwadda airstrip. The joyride glider fell on the house of Nilesh Kumar near Birsa Munda Park in Dhanbdad soon after taking off.

Speaking on the incident, ASI SK Mandal of Barwada Police Station said police teams reached the spot as soon as they received the information that a glider crash had happened near Birsa Munda. Two people were injured and said they are further investigating the matter.

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