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Editors Guild condemns arrest of Mohammed Zubair, demands immediate release of Alt News co-founder

Mohammed Zubair’s arrest has been condemned by several political leaders and now Editors Guild of India has demanded immediate release of Alt News co-founder.

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The Editors Guild of India has condemned the arrest of Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair and has also demanded his immediate release. The fact-checker was arrested on Monday evening over a 2018 tweet.

In the press statement, it was mentioned that in a bizarre turn of events, Zubair was called in for questioning by the special cell of Delhi Police in a case from 2020 for which he already had protection against arrest from the Delhi High Court. However, when Zubair responded to the summons, he was arrested in relation to a criminal investigation that was initiated earlier in the month, after an anonymous Twitter handle alleged that Zubair’s 2018 post was hurting religious sentiments.

The statement further reads that Zubair has been arrested under sections 153 and 295 of the Indian Penal Code. It was also mentioned that this is extremely disturbing because Zubair and his website Alt News have done some exemplary work over the past few years in identifying fake news and countering disinformation campaigns in a very objective and factual manner. In fact, it was an exposure of toxic remarks of a ruling party spokesperson on a TV channel that allowed the party to make amends.

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It was further mentioned that it is apparent that Alt News’ alert vigilance was resented by those who use disinformation as a tool to polarise the society and make nationalist sentiments.

The Editors Guild of India concluded by saying that the Delhi Police should immediately release Mohammed Zubair. This is necessary to buttress the commitments made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G7 meeting in Germany to ensure a resilient democracy by protecting online and offline content.
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Fact check: IRCTC to charge full ticket for 1-year-old?

According to the reports, Indian Railways has changed the rule regarding the purchase of tickets for children travelling in trains who are one year old.

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Recent media reports assert that Indian Railways has changed the rule regarding the purchase of tickets for children travelling in trains who are one year old.

According to the reports, there has been a recent change to the IRCTC website’s ticketing policies where passengers with children under the age of five will have to pay the full fare of tickets while booking train tickets.

The new policy of train tickets for children has yet not officially been confirmed and is being rumoured about by many people and news agencies.

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While making tickets for children between the age of five to 11 years, there is an option that has given whether they will take full berth or not. Children in the age group of 5 to 11 years are charged full fare only on taking a berth. Whereas if you do not take a berth, you have to pay only half the rent. Now the news came that railways have started ticket booking for children between the age of one to four years, which is still not confirmed by the IRCTC.

The Passenger Reservation System has not put any option of not taking a berth after filling the names of children between the age of one to four years. Despite the young age, the system does not object. In such a situation, as soon as the name is filled in the application form, the railway is issuing tickets for children between the age of one to four years by charging a full fare.

Disclaimer: The post is being widely circulated on the Internet. APN News doesn’t vouch for the veracity of the claim mentioned in the above post.

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Mass Murder or Suicide? 6 people of the same family found dead in Jammu & Kashmir’s Sidra

Jammu and Kashmir police have appointed a special 4 member Investigation Team (SIT) which will be headed by SP Rural Sanjay Sharma.

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In a shocking incident of Jammu & Kashmir, six people of the same family have been found dead in Sidhra area.

Reports claim that the gates and doors of the house was locked from the inside when police officials arrived at the spot. As per the initial investigation, it does seem to be a case of mass suicide by consuming poison. 

According to the police investigation, the incident took place on Tuesday night, around 10 pm. The Police rushed to the spot after receiving a phone call from the neighbours and they found six dead bodies from two neighbouring houses. The deceased has been identified as Sakina Begum with her two daughter, Nassema Akhter and Rubina Bano, along with a son Zafar Salim and relatives Sajad Ahmed and Noor ul Habib.

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 However, the cause of the death remains ascertained yet but the it is suspected to be a case of suicide as the door of the house was closed from inside.

Moreover, the dead bodies have been now sent for post-mortem. And

Jammu and Kashmir police have appointed a special 4 member Investigation Team (SIT) which will be headed by SP Rural Sanjay Sharma.

As soon as the news got spread in that area, sensation was noticed in Sidra area of J&K, and the two police officials are also asked to stay at the spot.  

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UP’s capital reports theft of chocolate worth 20 lakh from Cadbury godown, FIR filed

The businessman has lodged an FIR in Chinhat police station of Lucknow.

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A unique theft case has come to light from the Devraji Bihar area of Chinhat from the capital of Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow. A theft case of chocolate worth Rs 20 lakhs has been reported this morning.

The thief stole Cadbury’s chocolates of about 20 lakhs stored in the home-made warehouse.

Reportedly, in the absence of Cadbury dealer Rajendra Kumar, the thieves installed a loader outside the house and got into a scuffle after loading chocolates that would cost around Rs 20 lakh.

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Not only this, the thieves also took the DVR of the CCTV camera installed in the warehouse with them so that they could not be identified. The businessman has lodged an FIR in Chinhat police station of Lucknow.

It is being told that businessman Rajendra Singh Sidhu currently lives in Omaxe City, Lucknow with his wife. But he used to live in Chinhat 2 months ago. And now the house has been transformed in a warehouse, and all his consignment was being stored there.

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