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Need strict action against cow vigilante hooliganism: Viewers tell APN show



[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Most of the callers were against the increasing violence perpetrated by cow vigilantes

For the record, the police also catch cow vigilantes. On Thursday (May 4), two farmers, Bhoop Singh and Jabar Singh, were attacked by a group for allegedly smuggling a cow in Greater Noida. The vigilantes beat them up even when the victims said they were Hindu farmers from Sirsa Khadar village who were transporting a cow they had got as a gift from Mehndipur. They were abused kicked in their faces and their stomachs by the vigilantes.

Police verified the facts from the two villages and booked the assailants under Sections 147, 323 and 504 of the Indian Penal Code. The four accused cow vigilantes, Mahesh Kumar, Ashok, Gaurav and Om Prakash, tried to escape the law by saying they were BJP workers and claimed to be catching cattle smugglers red-handed. But that didn’t work.

This is in line with increasing cow vigilante attacks on people carrying cows or even buffaloes in different parts of the country. APN tried to check the people’s pulse on the ongoing hooliganism in the name of cow vigilantism in its ‘aap ki rai’ (your opinion) 30-minute live show on May 6. It was titled as ‘Gau rakshak ya gunde ?’

Several callers from different states called the studio to share their views on as to how they see the attacks and what action government should take to control the situation.

Most of the callers from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat were identical in their opinion, that the acts of cow vigilantes was pure hooliganism and  suggested stern action against violent cow vigilantism.

The largest number of participants came from Uttar Pradesh: Ajay and Ramatra Bharti  from Mau, Shailendra from Bhadoi, Manish from Ghazipur, Arshad from Ghaziabad, Mohammad Inam from Ghazipur and Akbar from Azamgarh called the APN studio for sharing their views. Satnam from Jind, Haryana, Dilip from Ahmedabad, Gujarat and Habib from Kota, Rajasthan also shared their views in the show.

Ajay from Mau, Satnam from Jind and Ramatri Bharti were of the opinion that if they are real cow vigilantes, they should properly make enquiry about the purpose of transporting the cows before taking any step. If they find any foul intention, they should inform local police for legal action against the culprits.

Shailendra from Bhadoi and Arshad from Ghaziabad suggested that number of cows in the villages has been rising in villages and is becoming a problem for the farmers. Government should take certain initiatives for protecting their lives and arrange for their fodder.

Habib from Kota suggested that if cow vigilantes were so powerful and nationalists, they should go to Pakistan border to fight the enemy. Akbar from Azamgarh alleged the cow vigilantes were feeling more powerful with the Yogi Adityanath government. He suggested that government should take appropriate action to control the menace.

Mohammad Inam from Ghazipur was more vocal in his opinion. He said that violent vigilantes were in fact spoiling the image of cow protectionists. Inam claimed to be a gau rakshak himself.

Anoop from Haryana said maybe cow vigilantes might be facing certain pressure to turn violent against cattle smugglers.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Bus carrying injured passengers from Odisha train accident collides with van in Bengal town



A bus loaded with injured passengers from the Balasore train accident had to face another unfortunate accident in Medinipur, Bengal on Saturday, June 3. These passengers had sustained injuries in the triple-train crash that occurred in Odisha’s Balasore on June 2, adding to the already tragic series of events.

The bus carrying injured passengers to various districts in Bengal to provide victims with essential medical care, collided head-on with a pick-up van, leading to traffic disruptions on the National Highway in Medinipur. The collision resulted in a momentary halt as emergency responders swiftly sprung into action.

Fortunately, preliminary reports indicate that the injuries sustained by several passengers were minor in nature. The local authorities, displaying commendable efficiency, wasted no time in launching rescue operations. They coordinated the immediate transportation of the injured to different healthcare facilities across West Bengal, making sure they receive all required treatments.

The passengers who had gotten away with injuries from the earlier train accident in Balasore must have been shaken at the second incident within 24 hours. The Friday collision involved three trains: the Coromandel Express ( Kolkata-Chennai), the Yeswanthpur-Howrah Superfast Express, and a goods train. The result left a devastating toll, with at least 280 reported deaths and over 900 injuries.

Unfortunately, the collision involving the bus carrying the injured passengers and the pick-up van has further complicated the ongoing rescue efforts. However, the authorities are working tirelessly to provide the necessary assistance and care to the victims, as well as to assess the overall situation and mitigate further risks.

As the nation mourns, during these difficult times, the authorities prioritize the safety and well-being of those affected, extending their support to the victims and their families. 

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PM Modi visits Odisha train accident site, promises tough punishment for people responsible for collision

The Prime Minister met the injured passengers and assured them all the help and asked the Cabinet Secretary to provide special care so that the bereaved families are not put to inconvenience.



PM Modi with Railway minister Ashwini

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the site of the train accident in Odisha’s Balasore where almost 300 died and some 700 injured. Speaking to the media, he said those guilty of the lapse that led to the accident will be punished.

PM Modi said he shared the anguish of those who have lost their near and dear. He assured the people that all possible help will be provided to the accident-hit families. He said the government will not forgive the culprits and dole out the strictest punishment to them. The Railways are working hard to restore the track, he added.

The Prime Minister met the injured passengers and assured them all the help and asked the Cabinet Secretary to provide special care so that the bereaved families are not put to inconvenience, and those who are affected should keep getting assistance from the government.

He also took stock of the relief and restoration operation on Saturday. PM Modi reached the site with Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw and Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan with other senior officials. He interacted with the disaster relief team and other railways officials as well.

Apart from the announcement by Vaishnaw of Central assistance, PM Modi announced an additional ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund on Friday. On the day of incident, he spoke to Vaishnaw on phone and took stock of the situation. PM Modi had been scheduled to flag off Goa’s first Vande Bharat Express but after the Odisha accident happened, he had the event postponed.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge visited the site to provide all possible relief. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, a former Railway Minister herself, also visited the site in Balasore. In Vaishnaw’s presence, she said the incident could have been avoided if the Railways had installed the anti-collision system. She announced a separate Rs 5 lakh compensation for families of those who died in the crash and Rs 1 lakh for those seriously injured, and Rs 50,000 for victims with minor injuries. She also said that West Bengal officers and doctors are on the ground for the relief work.

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Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw trolled over missing Kavach after Odisha train accident

Railway minister Ashwini Vaishnav said a high-level probe panel has been set up to look into what happened exactly before the two passenger trains on different lines derailed and collided. There is another question arising on the Coromandel Express’ wrong track.



Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav

The Odisha train accident has claimed over 280 lives leaving hundreds injured. The Railways have become targets for trolls given the number of deaths in Odisha.

The trolls have been very specific in getting after Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw since he had posted a video on the Kavach anti-collision system n which he explained in detail how the system would work to prevent collisions. Social media users asked the minister why was Kavach not installed on the stretch which saw the horrific accident. Some even demanded Vaishnaw resign. Railway spokesperson Amitabh Sharma confirmed there was no Kavach deployed on the incident route. The Kavach just might have saved so many lives.

Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said a high-level probe panel has been set up to look into what happened exactly before the two passenger trains on different lines derailed and collided. There are other theories for the accident with some saying the Coromandel Express was on the wrong track.

The Indian Railways had announced to implement Kavach protection system over 2000 km during 2022-23. Around 34,000 km network was planned to be brought under Kavach. With Vaishnaw’s video explaining Kavach getting viral, Trinamool Congress s leader Saket Gokhale said only 2% of the total Railway routes have been brought under Kavach.

Gokhale claimed it was mere repackaging of the anti-collision device proposed by Mamata Banerjee when she was railway minister. In 2011-12, Indian Railways under Banerjee had developed the Train Collision Avoidance System system. The Narendra Modi government typically renamed the system to Kavach only to take credit, Gokhale said.

There was no progress on deploying this crucial rail safety technology until 2019 when three companies were approved for manufacturing and installing Kavach on railway tracks, the Trinamool leader said.

On Twitter, a journalist said similar accidents have happened in the past but the then Railway Ministers like Nitish Kumar and Lal Bahadur Shastri have taken moral responsibility and resigned from the position.

The accident has drawn condolences and outrage from India and abroad. Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif tweeted that he was deeply saddened by the loss of hundreds of lives in the accident. Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau said he was broken at seeing the images from the train accident and extended his condolences to the people who lost their close ones, he said Canadians are with the people of India in this difficult time. The European Commission and Turkey have also expressed their condolences at the loss of lives in the tragedy.   

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