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Karnataka government bans Popular Front of India’s protests

The PFI workers called a hartal to protest against the raids in the offices and residences of its leaders across the country.

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The Karnataka government today banned the Islamic outfit Popular Front of India’s (PFI) protests across the state. The ban was processed after a Kerala High Court direction in this matter. The court today initiated a suo moto case against PFI for illegal one-day hartal in Kerla. It had rdered that nobody can call for a bandh in the state without prior notice for seven days.

Following the court order, Karnataka’s Home Minister Araga Jnanendra today said that they have started the process to ban the PFI. He also confirmed that the state police searched 18 places yesterday and 15 people were picked up for questioning and seven people were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).

He said that an FIR has been registered in this matter and further investigation was going on.

Reports said that more than 50 PFI workers were detained in Hubli. The workers today gathered at Dakkappa circle and raised slogans against NIA and BJP government. They also tried to block the local road.

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The PFI workers called a hartal to protest against the raids in the offices and residences of its leaders across the country.

The Muslim organisations have criticized the NIA raids on PFI leaders. Indian American Muslim Council wrote on Twitter that its organisation strongly condemned the arbitrary arrest of more than 100 Muslim leaders — mostly associated with the Popular Front of India (PFI) — in post-midnight raids across various Indian states. This was a massive crackdown on India’s Muslim leadership.

However, All India Pasmanda Muslim Mahaz has criticized the PFI activities in the country. It said that PFI was trying to mislead the country by acting as the saviour of Islam. Requesting a ban on the PFI, it said that they have protested against their policies.

Senior Congress leader Pawan Kheda also said that there should be zero tolerance toward communalism.

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Uttar Pradesh: 5 including 3 children dead after Durga Puja Pandal catches fire

A stampede-like situation was created when the fire flames engulfed the Pandal after a short circuit.

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In a dreadful fire incident, at least five people including three children died and more than 66 people sustained burn injuries as a Durga Puja Pandal in Uttar Pradesh’s Bhadohi district caught fire on Sunday night.

It was a stampede-like situation for at least three hours as the fire engulfed the Pandal. On receiving information, firefighters also reached the spot and began rushing the injured children and women from the Pandal to the hospitals.

After the incident, the UP Police and administrative staffers including District Magistrate (DM), Bhadohi, Gaurang Rathi, and Superintendent of Police (SP) Dr Anil Kumar reached the spot to inspect the scene.

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Negligence of organising committee cropped

The Narthua Durga Pandal in Aurai Tehsil of Bhadohi district is a centre of attraction. Religious programmes are screened through projectors inside the Pandal. To watch them, women and children of more than a dozen villages reached here on Sunday. More than 150 women and children were present at the said Pandal.

The negligence of the organising committee has come to the fore in the incident. A stampede-like situation was created when the fire flames engulfed the Pandal after a short circuit. Children and women fell inside the Pandal owing to a single entry gate. As the Pandal was made from fibre and plastic foil, within a few moments, the whole Pandal caught fire. The people present there did not get a chance to apprehend the situation and many of them sustained burn injuries.

The President of the Organising Committee, Baccha Yadav was booked by the Bhadohi Police, reports said.

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West Bengal’s Hindu Mahasabha depicts Mahatma Gandhi as Mahishasura on Durga Puja, draws criticism from across the party line

Chandrachur Goswami initially cited that the depiction of Mahishasura as Mahatma Gandhi was merely co-incidental and added that they abided by the police’s instruction and have added changes to the idol.

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Former congress student wing leader, Soumyadipta Roy, on Twitter, uploaded a picture of the goddess Durga idol in which Mahishasura’s statue is replaced with an alleged Mahatma Gandhi statue. The Congress leader wrote that the Durga Puja which was organized by the Hindu Mahasabha in Kolkata’s Ruby Park had a goddess Durga idol in which demon Mahishasura’s representation was done with Mahatma Gandhi.

The leader also sought the Police to take stringent actions and arrest the organizers and charge them under the Sedition act, implying how portraying the demon Mahishasura as Mahatama Gandhi is a treacherous act in itself as Mahatma Gandhi was one of the pivotal leaders in the fight for freedom against the British monarch.

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The president of West Bengal’s All India Hindu Mahasabha, Chandrachur Goswami, who organized the event, while talking to the press opined that the organization sees Gandhi as the demon Mahishasura, and hence the organization made the idol like that. Mahishasura was killed by goddess Durga and is a mythological representation of good triumph over evil.

Goswami also remarked in his statement that the Central government is promoting Mahatma Gandhi and that’s why the organization was strong-handed in removing the idol which depicts Gandhi in a bad light. He further added that he wants to remove Mahatama Gandhi from everywhere and promote leaders like Netaji Subash Chandra Bose and others to the front.

Before Soumyadipta Roy’s tweet, journalist Indradeep Bhattacharya had uploaded the Tweet informing about the Mahatma Gandhi depiction as mahishasura idol of goddess Durga installed at the Durga Puja. However, he had to take the Tweet down as he was asked by the administration due to the Tweet causing tension during the festivities.

The action by West Bengal’s Hindu Mahasabha faced ramifications as the police filed a complaint against the organization and also asked the organizers to remove the idol. Chandrachur Goswami initially cited that the depiction of Mahishasura as Mahatma Gandhi was merely co-incidental and added that they abided by the police’s instruction and have added changes to the idol.

The move by Hindu Mahasabha came under scrutiny as many across Party lines including BJP condemned the incident. The ruling party of West Bengal, Trinamool Congress, also added to the condemnation as the spokesperson of the party stated that this is an insult to the father of the nation and further remarked that everyone knows the assassin of Mahatma Gandhi was affiliated to which ideology, insinuating and targeting the BJP.

However, the BJP has separated itself from the incident as Sukanta Majumdar, BJP state president, came forward and said clarified that the party condemns such moves and added that the representation of Mahatma Gandhi is distasteful.

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Building collapses in Gurugram during demolition, 1 dead, 3 injured

According to the officials, the two floors of the factory were already razed and the workers were demolishing the last floor when the mishap occurred.

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Building collapses in Gurugram during demolition, 1 dead, 3 injured

One dead and three others were injured after an old factory, which was being demolished in Haryana’s Gurugram, collapsed on Monday. The incident took place at Udyog Vihar Phase 1 at around 8 am.

The three-storey building has been under demolition since September 26. According to the officials, the two floors of the factory were already razed and the workers were demolishing the last floor when the mishap occurred.

Lalit Kumar, a fire official told the media that as per preliminary information, two to three labourers were feared trapped after a building being demolished, collapsed. Rescue operation on.

The police, along with the fire brigade and civil defense team, reached the spot as soon as they received information about the incident and soon started the evacuation process. The officials evacuated four labourers trapped under the debris.

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Deepak Saharan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (west), said that a rescue operation is on and the team of NDRF, Ghaziabad, was also informed.

Further investigations are underway.

On Sunday, a 31-year-old man was killed after a portion of a residential building collapsed in Bonkode locality in the Koparkhairne area in Navi Mumbai. According to the reports, when the building was leaning, the residents started vacating the building but the man was in the washroom.

The police and fire brigade team reached the spot and started the evacuation process. However, the man’s body was recovered from the debris. Reportedly, the Chavhan building was constructed in 2007 and 35 families lived there. No other casualty is reported in the incident.

Earlier, a four-storey building that was under construction collapsed in North Delhi’s Azad market. Four people were injured in the mishap. Deputy Commissioner of Police (north) Sagar Singh Kalsi said the building may have collapsed due to overloading.

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