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Ram Vilas Paswan cremated in Patna, leaders pay tributes, PM Modi says he’s lost a friend

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Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan was given a state funeral and cremated at Patna’s Janardhan Ghat on Saturday. His son and Lok Janshakti Party chief Chirag Paswan performed the last rites. Paswan died on Thursday night at the age of 74 in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences where he had been admitted for several days. Paswan had undergone heart surgery last weekend. Earlier on Friday morning, national flags at the Rashtrapati Bhavan and Parliament were flown at half-mast to condole the death of the minister.

A massive crowd had gathered at the cremation site on Saturday for paying tributes to the veteran political figure. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi were among those present. Describing Paswan as the voice of the neglected, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said he was not just a leader from Bihar but a national leader.  He came from an ordinary family and became a Lok Sabha MP nine times and Rajya Sabha MP twice, said, adding he and the party was extremely pained by the death of Paswan.

Paying tribute to his father, Chirag Paswan shared a throwback photograph on twitter, in which Paswan as a young boy is in his father’s arms.

President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress MP Rahul Gandhi were among the many that paid rich tributes to Paswan. PM Modi said in his tweet that Ram Vilas Paswan’s demise was a personal loss. He said he had lost a friend, a valued colleague and someone who was extremely passionate to ensure every poor person leads a life of dignity.  Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also praised Paswan as a strong voice for the poor and downtrodden.

Ram Vilas Paswan was among those leaders who were inspired and nurtured by the JP movement in the 1970s. Now powerful leaders Lalu Yadav and Nitish Kumar were also part of the JP movement. Paswan was a minister in almost every Central government formed since 1989 and served six Prime Ministers, starting with VP Singh. He was in charge of the Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution portfolios in PM Modi’s cabinet.

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Bihar man electrocuted while hoisting tricolor on Republic Day

A man was electrocuted while trying to hoist the national flag on Thursday in Ramnagar area of Bihar’s Sitamarhi district.

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Bihar man electrocuted while hoisting tricolor

A man was electrocuted while trying to hoist the national flag on Thursday in Ramnagar area of Bihar’s Sitamarhi district.

According to reports, the deceased identified as Abhishek Jha, sustained a high-voltage electric shock while trying to hoist the tricolor on the nation’s Republic Day.

Jha, who ran a private tuition centre, used to hoist the Indian flag every year on Republic Day, however, on this fateful day, an electric current passed through the iron mast and he came in with an 11’000-volt wire.

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Abhiskek Jha died on the spot, while four other persons who tried to save him, sustained grievous injuries, the police said.

The injured have been shifted to Sadar hospital where one of them is reportedly critical.

Last year, a child was killed, while several others sustained severe burns after being electrocuted by coming in contact with a flagpole during a Republic Day function at a local primary school in Bihar’s Buxar district.

The incident took place at Nathpur Primary School on January 26, 2022 during the flag hoisting ceremony. Reports at the time said that the flag pole had a current running through it and the children received an electric shock when they came in contact.

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Two dead after consuming bootleg liquor in Bihar’s Siwan

Two people died while dozens reportedly fell ill after consuming toxic liquor in the Lakari Nabiganj area of Bihar’s Siwan district on Sunday.

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Two people died while dozens reportedly fell ill after consuming toxic liquor in the Lakari Nabiganj area of Bihar’s Siwan district on Sunday.

Reports quoting local police officials said the duo were brought to Siwan hospital where they were declared “brought dead”. They had complained of stomach pain and blurred vision due to consumption of spurious liquor.

They said that five others are hospitalized at the medical facility and cause of death of the two deceased can only be ascertained after post-mortem reports.

The deceased, identified as Janak Bean alias Janak Prasad and Naresh Bean, both residents of Bala village in Siwan’s Nabiganj, complained of stomach pain and blurred vision overnight, following which they were brought to the Siwan Sadar Hospital where the doctors declared them ‘brought dead’.

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The local district administration has started running awareness camps in the village after multiple deaths due to toxic liquor came to the fore.

A local district official said that dozens of people fell ill, while two persons lost their lives after consuming spurious liquor, adding that police and administration have set up camps in the village.

Reports say that the number of deaths due to toxic liquor is likely to increase.

The incident comes a little over a month after the Bihar Police recovered toxic liquor bottles hidden in a gutter in Danapur on December 21, 2022.

The Nitish Kumar regime has banned sale and consumption of alcohol in Bihar since April 2016.

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Patna Police arrest couple allegedly posing as medical students and creating ruckus inside Nalanda Medical College

According to the reports, a couple was sitting inside the campus late at night when the security guard approached them and asked them to leave.

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Patna Police arrest couple allegedly posing as medical students and creating ruckus inside Nalanda Medical College

A couple was arrested on Wednesday by the Patna Police for allegedly posing as medical students of Bihar’s Nalanda Medical College (NMC). The couple, who were faking as students of the college, even created a ruckus when they were caught by the security guard.

According to the reports, a couple was sitting inside the campus late at night when the security guard approached them and asked them to leave. However, the couple began fighting with the security guard and refused to leave, claiming that they were medical students at the same college.

Following this incident, the security guard called the senior students to verify their identities. The seniors then claimed that the couple was not enrolled in their college, which led to a massive fight between them.

Prem Shankar Pandey, a security supervisor at the Nalanda Medical College, said when the seniors asked the couple to leave, the girl called some of her friends in their defense. The reports state that the girl’s friends reached the college premises with sharp weapons and pistols.

Soon after, the authorities informed the police about the incident. The police then intervened and stopped the fight. Panday said that on seeing the police, the men, who had arrived with some weapons, fled the spot.

According to the reports, the police have detained the couple and taken them into custody for interrogation. The police said that the girl is constantly changing her statements. Initially, she claimed to be a medical student, but during interrogation, she said she was a counseling student at a medical college.

The police said they are investigating the matter and will take action further.

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