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Mumbai rains: Landslide in Mahul, Panchsheel Chawl in Vikhroli east kills 22

Mumbai recorded 176.96 mm rain between 8 pm and 8 am, officials said, adding that the eastern suburbs recorded 204.07 mm and the western 195.48 mm, respectively.

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Landslide in Mumbai

As rain lashes Mumbai, 22 people have been killed in two different incidents of landslide and house collapse. The incident took place in New Bharat Nagar in Mahul, Chembur, and Surya Nagar in Panchsheel Chawl in Vikhroli east where house collapses claimed the life of 22 people, leaving six injured.

However, officials said fifteen people have been rescued from Chembur’s Bharat Nagar area and nine people from Vikhroli’s Surya Nagar, adding that those injured have been moved to nearby hospitals for medical attention. Rescue operation is still on in both these areas as more people are feared to be trapped, the official said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed sadness at the loss of lives caused by the incident due to heavy rains. His office tweeted that PM Modi is saddened by the loss of lives due to wall collapses in Chembur and Vikhroli in Mumbai. He paid his condolences saying, in this hour of grief, his thoughts are with the bereaved families. Praying that those who are injured have a speedy recovery, the tweet added.

The PM office also announced that Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who lost their lives due to wall collapses in Mumbai. Rs. 50,000 would be given to those injured.

Expressing his condolences to the bereaved families, President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted that he is deeply saddened by the news of many casualties in incidents following heavy rain in Mumbai’s Chembur and Vikhroli areas. He also wished for successful relief and rescue work.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray reached the site where a wall collapse claimed the lives of 17 people in Mumbai’s Chembur on Sunday.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has also expressed grief over the deaths in accidents due to torrential rains and announced that the government would pay Rs 5 lakh each to the heirs of the deceased and free treatment would be given to the injured.

Mumbai recorded 176.96 mm rain between 8 pm and 8 am, officials said, adding that the eastern suburbs recorded 204.07 mm and the western 195.48 mm, respectively.

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The India India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Mumbai will continue to receive heavy to very heavy rainfall in the next five days.

In other India news, the Uttar Pradesh government has cancelled the Kanwar Yatra citing a decision by groups representing the pilgrims on Saturday.

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Videos show Amritpal Singh’s private militia Anandpur Khalsa Force in weapons training, target practice | WATCH

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As the hunt for fugitive Khalistani leader Amritpal Singh continued for the seventh day today, videos of the ‘Waris Punjab De’ chief private militia christened ‘Anandpur Khalsa Force’ or AKF, have emerged on social media platforms.

Visuals doing the rounds on social media show the members of notorious Khalistan sympathizers private army donning body armor emblazoned with the AKF logo, undergoing weapons training in a forested area, which is reportedly a make-shift shooting range constructed in Amritpal Singh’s native village of Jallupur Khera.

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According to the Punjab Police, Amritpal’s former gunman, Tejinder Singh Gill alias Gorkha Baba, revealed during questioning that the ‘Waris Punjab De’ supremo ran a highly organized network to train recruits in his protection force, with extensive weapons training and target practice.

Tejinder told the police that Amritpal Singh had formed a private militia called the Anandpur Khalsa Force or AKF who underwent extensive arms training at a makeshift shooting range in the Jallupur Khera village.

Singh’s former bodyguard told the cops that AKF recruits underwent rigorous arms training and target practice and were accorded ranked as per their seniority.

Meanwhile, reports today claimed that the fugitive Khalistani may be headed for Delhi, a day after his last known location was traced to Haryana.

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.

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

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Salman Khan death threat email linked to UK number, cops say

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The email ID through which a death threat was sent to Bollywood actor Salman Khan is linked to a UK-based mobile number, the Mumbai Police has said.

According to reports quoting sources in the Mumbai Police, the email ID from which the threat was made revealed that it was linked to a mobile number in the UK and efforts are underway to trace the person under whose name the number was registered.

Mumbai Police probing the threat e-mail case received by actor Salman Khan have found a British link.

Last week, gangsters Lawrence Bishnoi, Goldie Brar and Rohit Garg were booked under sections 506(2),120(b) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in a case registered at the Bandra Police Station for allegedly sending threatening emails superstar Salman Khan’s office.

Salman Khan is currently under a Y+ category security cover provided by the Mumbai Police; a step taken by the Maharashtra government after the superstar had received a similar death threat from Lawrence Bishnoi gang earlier.

A death threat letter was sent to Salman and his father Salim Khan last year, which was discovered by the Khans’ security team near the Bandra Bandstand promenade outside the actor’s Mumbai home where Salim goes for his routine morning run.

In October last year, the Delhi Police revealed that in the purported plan to assassinate Salman Khan, the member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang tried to befriend the staff of the actor’s farmhouse in Mumbai in a bid to ascertain the details about the timings of his entry and exit.

Earlier this week, security was tightened outside Salman Khan’s Galaxy Apartments after he received a death threat via an email from the Lawrence Bishnoi gang.

The email, reportedly sent by Rohit Garg, mentioned that Lawrence Bishnoi wants to meet Salman Khan in person. Bishnoi wants Salman Khan to apologize in public for killing blackbuck in 1998.

The e-mail stated Salman Khan must have seen the interview given recently to a news channel by Lawrence Bishnoi, and if not, he should see it. It further said if Khan wants to close the matter, he should talk face-to-face with Goldy bhai (Goldy Brar), adding there is still time but “agli bar, jhatka dekhne ko milega (next time you’ll have to face the music).”

Lawrence Bishnoi warned the actor that he would crush his ego sooner or later if he doesn’t apologize.

Lawrence Bishnoi is currently behind bars after was he arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on November 23 last year for allegedly hatching a conspiracy to recruit youth for carrying out terror attacks in Delhi and other parts of the country.

The notorious gangster is also suspected to be behind last year’s brutal gangster-style murder of popular Punjabi singer-rapper Sidhu Moosewala. Bishnoi is the prime suspect in Moosewala’s killing.

In a recent controversy, a Punjab-based news channel allegedly aired a live interview of Bishnoi from inside the Bathinda jail, however, the Punjab Prisons administration denied reports that the program was shot inside any prison in the AAP-ruled state.

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Massive fire breaks out on Garib Rath Express at Bihar’s Muzaffarpur junction

The flames were so intense that they spread to the coach as well.

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Massive fire breaks out on Garib Rath Express at Bihar's Muzaffarpur junction

A fire broke out in a Garib Rath Express’s compartment on Friday at the Muzaffarpur Junction in Bihar at around 1:45 pm. According to the reports, the train was supposed to depart for Anand Vihar Terminus at New Delhi at around 3 pm.

The fire emerged in the G-15 compartment of the train. The flames were so intense that they spread to the coach as well.

The fire brigade authorities team along with the fire tenders immediately rushed to the spot and started to douse the fire. Firefighters started the rescue operation and helped the passengers evacuate safely. There was chaos for a while but the fire was controlled in time and a major accident was averted.

Reportedly, train number 12211 Muzaffarpur-Anand Vihar Garib Rath Express had a halt at platform number 2 of the junction. Just when the authorities were planning to open the gate of the bogie, they saw smoke emitting out from the 6-15 bogie.

The vendor present at the station immediately informed the railway personnel. Soon, the firefighters reached the spot and extinguished the fire.

Reports suggest that no casualties due to the fire breakout had come to light. The cause of the fire is said to be a short circuit.

Earlier, a fire broke out in one of the coaches of a train running from Madhya Pradesh’s Betul to Chhindwara. As per initial reports, the fire initially broke out in one coach which later extended to the other two coaches of the train. The fire broke out at a time when the train was parked at the railway yard.

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