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UP govt disallows Congress march for justice to law student who accused Chinmayanand of rape

Congress leaders Jitin Prasada was detained ahead of a Nyay Yatra in support of the law student who had accused BJP leader Chinmayanand of raping her.




[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Congress leaders Jitin Prasada and Kaushal Mishra said they were put under house arrest when they were about to take out a ‘Nyay Yatra’ (march for justice) today – Monday, Sep 30 – in support of the law student jailed on charge of extorting after she had accused BJP leader and former union minister Chinmayanand of raping her.

The 5-day 180-km rally was planned from Shahjahanpur to Lucknow. Senior leaders of the party were expected to take part in the march.

Besides former Union minister Prasada and district Congress president Mishra, Ajay Kumar Lallu, leader of Congress Legislative Party in the UP Assembly, and senior party leader Dheeraj Gurjar were arrested and kept at the Police Lines, police sources said, news agency PTI reported

“SDM Sadar and CO City told me that I and Jitin Prasada have been put under house arrest. When they were asked as to why a heavy police force was deployed outside the residence of Prasada, we were told that no one will be taking out any padyatra,” Mishra told PTI.

“UP is no Kashmir yet today I am in preventive custody for simply wanting to highlight the plight of the Shahjahnpur rape victim. This BJP govt has no qualms in quashing an individual’s fundamental rights,” tweeted Jitin Prasada soon after he was taken into custody.

Defending the government, City Magistrate, Shahjahanpur Vineeta Singh said permission was denied in writing to them (Congress leaders) yesterday. “To maintain the law and order during festival season, permission was denied,” she said.

Earlier, on Sep 27 as well, UP government had refused permission to Samajwadi Party (SP) workers to meet the jailed law student. On being denied permission to meet the woman, the delegation and party workers sat on dharna for hours and raised slogans against the government. They later visited her residence to meet her family members.

A local SP leader was reported to have alleged: Chinmayanand gets pictures clicked with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. He was the union minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. This is the reason why BJP is saving him.” 

The Congress has accused the BJP government of helping Chinmayanad in “every way possible”.  

“The Congress demands that the hearing of the rape case against Chinmayanand be taken up in a fast-track court,” said Aradhana Mishra, deputy leader of the Congress Legislative Party (CLP) in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, on Sunday. 

She told reporters “The BJP government is helping Swami Chinmayanand in every possible way. It has slapped extortion charges on the woman and arrested her, so as to weaken the case against Chinmayanand.” 

 “This fight will be fought by the party from the streets to the state Assembly. In order to ensure delivery of justice to the woman, the Congress will take out a 180-kilometre-long march from Shahjahanpur to Lucknow on Monday,” she had said, announcing the rally.

On Sunday, a Congress delegation met the family of the jailed Shahjahanpur woman. Her father had written a letter to Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi requesting help. The party had decided to launch a ‘padayatra’ from Shahjahanpur to Lucknow on Monday.

In the letter addressed to Priyanka, the woman’s father said, “My daughter is being falsely implicated by the investigation agency due to the political clout of Chinmayanand. I request you to make the police book Chinmayanand for rape.”

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The Shahjahanpur court will hear the law student’s bail plea later today.

Chinmayanand, who was arrested by the SIT on September 20, is undergoing treatment at Lucknow’s Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences. He has not yet been charged for rape.

A spokesperson of the BJP’s Uttar Pradesh unit had said on Wednesday that Chinmayanand was not in the party anymore.

Stepping up attack on the BJP, Priyanka Gandhi, in a tweet, said, “The arrest of accused BJP leader was deliberately delayed by the police. Arrested after public pressure. The accused has not even been charged with rape so far. Wah re BJP ka nyay.”

Chinamayanand, booked under IPC sections 354 D (stalking), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation), was arrested last week. He was reported to have confessed to taking massage from her and expressed shame at the act, but has not admitted to rape. 

Chinmayanand has, however, been charged not with rape but only with molestation, criminal intimidation and sexual exploitation through the use of his authority as law college head. He has been in hospital since Sunday after two days in prison. 

The complainant, a 23-year-old student at a law college Chinmayanand operates from his Shahjahanpur ashram, alleged the monk filmed her bathing in her hostel and blackmailed her into submitting to rape for over a year. She says he threatened to kill her when she decided to resist.

She has been charged with blackmailing the monk with sex videos, allegedly threatening to circulate them if he did not pay up Rs 5 crore. She was last week sent to 14 days judicial custody on charges of extortion. Three of her male college mates too have been arrested on the same charge.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Three days after the tragic accident, another train derails in Odisha’s Bargarh

Police have already arrived and are conducting an investigation. As of yet, no loss of life has been reported.



Goods Train Odisha

Exactly three days after the Balasore tragedy, where at least 275 people lost their lives and over 1000 are injured today, goods train from Dunguri, Odisha, for Bargarh derailed. According to reports, a goods train was carrying limestones.

Police have already arrived and are conducting an investigation. As of yet, no loss of life has been reported.

The good train is operated by a private cement firm, which maintains all the infrastructure, including the narrow gauge train tracks, rolling stock, engines, and wagons, according to the East Coast Railway, and it is unconnected to the Indian railway network.

Meanwhile, after the tracks, which had been severely damaged by the three-train accident, the Shalimar Chennai Cormandal Express- Howrah Bengaluru Superfast Express and the goods train, were rebuilt, passenger train service at the Baganaga railway station was resumed today. On both tracks of the main line, services started up about 51 hours after the severe collision.

On Sunday, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, the Railway Board had proposed handing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) control of the Odisha train tragedy case. This comes after he made the announcement that the root cause of the tragedy and those accountable for it had been found. He said that the accident happened due to an electronic interlocking intersystem.

However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also visited the site of the train tragedy in Balasore and promised that those found guilty will be severely punished. He added the government is supporting people who lost loved ones in the tragic mishap.

He also visited the local hospital at Balasore to meet the injured patients who were admitted there. Along with fellow cabinet members Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, the PM was spotted visiting the location.

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Viral Video: Sikh group protest against Rahul Gandhi in New York; watch

Another person said that he hope that Rahul Gandhi can bring change in India and he wants to involve with Rahul Gandhi in Bharat Jodo Yatra.



Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is on a 10-day trip to the United States of America receiving a mixed reaction from the people. A video going viral on social media showed members of a Sikh group asking the Congress leader to “go back” while others welcomed him delightfully. The incident reportedly happened in New York ahead of Rahul Gandhi’s address to the Indian diaspora.

In the viral video, some people from the Sikh community are holding Khalistani flags and posters written “Never forget June 1984”, and “Go back”.

Whereas a person can be seen saying that Rahul Gandhi is committed to constitutional values and hence he is there to welcome him.

Another person said that he hope that Rahul Gandhi can bring change in India and he wants to involve with Rahul Gandhi in Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Rahul Gandhi began his 10-day trip to the USA on Tuesday, May 30. On his first day, he interacted with the Indian diaspora and discussed issues like data safety, politics, the state of democracy in India, and his disqualification as a member of Parliament. On Wednesday during his first interaction with the NRIs in San Francisco, pro-khalistani slogans were raised.   

Rahul Gandhi’s first interaction however become controversial when he said that Guru Nanak ji had gone all the way to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, he had gone to Thailand, he had gone to Sri Lanka. Continuing with his statement Rahul Gandhi compared his Bharat Jodo Yatra with Guru Nanak Dev’s Udasis.

Countering Gandhi’s statement BJP leader Manjinder Singh Sirsa asked Rahul Gandhi that where his information come from.

He also advised Rahul Gandhi to talk sensibly regarding religion.

On June 1984, the Indian Government launched Operation Bluestar, to flush out militants who were holed up in the Golden Temple. This operation was carried out by the order of then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.

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Dire situation in violence hit Manipur as lack of  medicines supply, essential commodities price rises

These issues are compounded by the curfew that is relaxed only for a few hours every day, which is when people rush to buy all essential items and medicines.



Manipur violence

The situation in Manipur has been dire since violence broke out between Kuki and Mieti communities a month ago. The prices of essential commodities have shot up significantly, and there is a lack of life-saving drugs. Additionally, banks and ATMs have run out of cash. It all happened after civil bodies blocked National Highway Number 2 and obstructed good trucks from entering Imphal.

Since petrol pumps are running low on fuel, Manipur people are paying Rs 200 for a litre of petrol on the black market.

Prices of other essential commodities are also showing a steep rise. Prices of rice have risen to Rs. 60 per kg from Rs. 30 earlier. The cost of potatoes is now Rs. 40 instead of Rs. 15, and eggs are as costly as Rs. 10 per piece, up from the earlier Rs. 6.

This severe situation of high prices and shortages of essentials has reached such a state that people are panic-buying and hoarding.

Even the relief camps where people from both communities have taken shelter do not have enough food. People who have fallen ill in these camps are not getting medical aid.

These issues are compounded by the curfew that is relaxed only for a few hours every day, which is when people rush to buy all essential items and medicines.

The people of Manipur are battling multiple issues, including no internet, ATMs running out of cash, and the Reserve Bank of India’s announcement to withdraw Rs. 2000 from circulation. During the initial days of the curfew, banks operated for limited hours, causing a rush of people attempting to complete their essential transactions before the curfew relaxation expired. However, due to a fresh outbreak of violence, the banks were subsequently closed.

During his recent visit to Manipur, Home Minister Amit Shah announced the preparation of a relief and rehabilitation package for those affected by the conflict. Additionally, a peace committee comprising members of civil society, led by the Manipur Governor, will be established.

The central government has dispatched eight teams of medical experts, including 20 doctors, to aid the victims of the violence in Manipur.

To assist stranded individuals and regulate the prices of essential items, a temporary platform is being constructed at Khongsang railway station.

Following a ‘Tribal Solidarity March’ to oppose the Meitei community’s demand for Scheduled Tribe (ST) designation, the conflict between the Meitei and Kuki groups erupted last month.

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