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With Covid-19 cases growing in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal hikes penalty for not wearing mask to Rs 2,000 from Rs 500

Kejriwal urged people not to celebrate Chathh Puja outside. He said Covid-19 will spread on a larger scale if people will celebrate or observe festivals outside, in the river or a pond. With a large number of people entering a pond or a river at once will increase the spread of coronavirus, he said.

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that the fine for not wearing a mask to protect oneself and others against Covid-19 has been increased to Rs 2,000 from Rs 500. In a virtual press conference, the Delhi CM made this announcement since the capital is facing the highest spike in coronavirus cases over the past few weeks. He said the mask is the only thing to protect people from Covid-19 but people are taking the virus so lightly and are not wearing masks. He said his government will take strict steps so that people follow Covid-19 protocols seriously.

During the press conference, Kejriwal urged people not to celebrate Chathh Puja outside. He said Covid-19 will spread on a larger scale if people will celebrate or observe festivals outside, in the river or a pond. With a large number of people entering a pond or a river at once will increase the spread of coronavirus, he said.

Kejriwal said his government was doing its best to control the coronavirus. He said private and government hospitals in Delhi have converted into facilities for Covid-19 patients with 80 percent beds reserved for them. Doctors are managing the Covid-19 situation in Delhi very well, he said.

Echoing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement, Kejriwal said developed countries like the US and Spain have been defeated by the coronavirus but India is the only country where the situation is still far better.

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There is no respite from the coronavirus in Delhi and a marked dip in pollution levels after the post-Diwali rain has not helped as expected by government officials. On Wednesday, Delhi recorded 7,486 new Covid-19 cases, with 131 deaths, the highest single-day death count till date.

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AAP shares video of Manish Sisodia being manhandled by cops, Delhi Police issues clarification

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday claimed that former Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia was allegedly “manhandled” by the cops as he tried to address some reporters at the Rose Avenue Court where he was due for a bail hearing.

Sharing a video of the incident which showed the jailed AAP leader being grabbed by the collar by a police official and pulled away from the press, Delhi Education Minister Atishi Singh wrote on Twitter: “Shocking misbehaviour by this policeman with Manish ji in Rouse Avenue Court.”

The AAP minister demanded the immediate suspension of the Delhi policeman seen in the video.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal shared Atishi’s post and asked if the cops have the right to mistreat Sisodia and wondered if they’ve been asked to do this by “higher authorities.”

Responding to the video, the Delhi Police termed the AAP’s allegations as “propaganda” and claimed that the police response as seen in the video was mandated from a security point of view as it is unlawful for an accused in judicial custody to issue statements to the media.

Meanwhile, Delhi’s Rose Avenue Court today extended Manish Sisodia’s judicial custody till June 1 in connection with a money laundering case related to the purported liquor scam case.

Earlier this month, the Delhi High Court had asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to file a response to the bail request by Sisodia who was arrested by the probe agency in connection with the purported liquor policy scam case.

On April 28, Sisodia was denied relief by a trial court which dismissed his bail plea on April 28 while observing that evidence prima facie “speaks volumes of his involvement in commission of the offence.”

The senior AAP leader was arrested by the ED on March 9 in Tihar Jail where he was lodged after being arrested by the CBI in connection with the alleged Delhi liquor policy scam case.

Manish Sisodia was arrested by the CBI on February 26 in connection with its ongoing probe into the purported Delhi excise policy ‘scam’ case.

At an earlier hearing, the ED had told the court that Sisodia was allegedly involved in “large-scale destruction of digital evidence to impede the investigation” and had purportedly changed and destroyed 14 phones.

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Delhi man stabbed to death by teen in scuffle over liquor bottle: Police

A 35-year-old man was allegedly stabbed to death by a 19-year-old teenager following an argument over a bottle of liquor in Shahdara area of national capital Delhi, officials said on Monday.

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A 35-year-old man was allegedly stabbed to death by a 19-year-old teenager following an argument over a bottle of liquor in Shahdara area of national capital Delhi, officials said on Monday.

According to the police, the victim, Rahul (35) was stabbed multiple times by the accused, identified as Karan (19) after an argument over a liquor bottle.

Giving details, a senior police official said that on the night of May 6 in Vishwas Nagar, the accused had tried to snatch a liquor bottle from a man named Suraj, resulting in a scuffle between the two. Soon, Suraj’s brother Rahul joined in the fight and the two brothers slapped the teenager several times.

The official said that later that night, the accused, Karan, eager to get his revenge for the beating, lay in wait and intercepted Rahul when he was returning home, and stabbed him multiple times with a sharp-edged weapon.

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The victim was rushed to a hospital where he succumbed due to blood loss and punctured organs, the official said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Shahdara) Rohit Meena said the accused had fled to Gujarat’s Surat after the incident but the cops were able to track him after he called his father from an unknown known and revealed his plans to flee to Mumbai.

However, before he could jump cities again, a team of Delhi Police, accompanied by the Surat Police Crime Branch, managed to nab him on Saturday from a factory yard in Surat where he was working.

The senior officer said that Karan had dropped out of school after the COVID-19 lockdown and wasn’t on good terms with his family as he had become addicted to alcohol and used to drink daily.

The DCP said that a case of murder under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), has been registered against the accused, adding that further investigation is underway.

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43-year-old peon held for molesting 4-year-old girl in Delhi school: Police

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In a shocking incident, a four-year-old girl was allegedly molested by a 43-year-old peon at her school in Rohini area of national capital Delhi, police said on Thursday, adding that the accused has been arrested.

According to the police, the minor girl’s mother had filed a complaint at the South Rohini police station on Wednesday against the school peon for allegedly molesting her daughter. The incident, as per the complaint, took place on Tuesday (May 10).

A senior police official said that based on the complaint, a case was registered against the accused under section 354B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 10 (punishment for aggravated sexual assault) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).

The official said that the police had only a single clue regarding the identity of the accused that he had a moustache.

The official further said that the child underwent a medical examination and a counseling session at a hospital, adding that the accused, 43-year-old Sunil Kumar– a resident of Sultanpuri, was arrested on Thursday morning after he was identified by the minor victim.

Further investigation is underway, he added.

In a similar incident, a five-year-old girl was allegedly molested by a Pizza delivery boy in southeast Delhi on Sunday.

A senior official of the Delhi Police said the accused, identified as Amit, working as a delivery boy for a multinational Pizza outlet, was arrested for allegedly molesting a five-year-old child while she playing near the stairs inside a residential building in southeast Delhi where the family resides.

The official said the incident came to light when the child told her parents that a pizza delivery boy had touched her inappropriately while she was playing on the staircase. The girl’s family was not home at the time of the incident, he said.

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