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Salman Rushdie attacker surprised over author’s survival after multiple stabbing: Report

Salman Rushdie is not a very good person, Hadi Matar, the New Jersey man accused of stabbing the globally famous author in New York

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Days after the onstage attack on Salman Rushdie in New York, Hadi Matar, the 24-year-old attacker from New Jersey, said he was surprised that Rushdie survived. When he heard that Rushdie survived, he was surprised, the attacker told the New York Post.

Speaking to the New York Post from jail, Hadi Matar said he decided to see Rushdie at the Chautauqua Institution after he saw a tweet last winter about the writer’s planned appearance.

Rushdi is not a very good person. He’s someone who attacked Islam. He attacked their beliefs, the belief systems, Matar told the newspaper. He also told that he had read a couple of pages of Rushdie’s novel The Satanic Verses.

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He had learned that Rushdie would speak at the Chautauqua Institution’s literary series via a tweet earlier this year. Then he had taken a bus to Buffalo one day prior to the attack, before taking a Lyft to Chautauqua, Rushdie’s attacker said.

The suspected assailant, who has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges, said he considered late Iranian leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini a great person but wouldn’t say whether he was following a fatwa, or edict, issued by Khomeini in Iran in 1989 that called for Rushdie’s death after the author published The Satanic Verses.

Speaking about his planning before attacking Rushdie, he was hanging around pretty much. Not doing anything in particular, just walking around, Matar told the newspaper.

Last Friday, Rushdie was attacked by 24-year-old man moments before his speech in summertime lecture series at Chautauqua Institution in western New York. The attack was happened around 11 am local time (8.30 pm IST) as Rushdie was being introduced before he was to speak.

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Mulayam Singh Yadav admitted to Medanta Hospital

Mulayam Singh Yadav has been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). His son Akhilesh Yadav and brother Shiv Pal Singh Yadav have left for Gurugram from Lucknow.

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Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav has been shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the Medanta Hospital in Gurugram after a deterioration in his health condition. He was admitted to the hospital on Sunday afternoon. Hospital sources said that his condition was very critical.

His son Akhilesh Yadav and brother Shiv Pal Singh Yadav have left for Gurugram from Lucknow.

Earlier, the 82-year-old leader was being treated for stomach-related difficulties. In August 2020, he was admitted to the Medanta Hospital in Lucknow.

In July 2022, his wife Sadhna Gupta passed away due to a fever and lung infection. She was also admitted to a hospital in Gurugram. She was the second wife of Mulayam Singh Yadav and the mother-in-law of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Aparna Yadav and the mother of Prateek Yadav. In 2003, Malti Devi, the first wife of Mulayam Singh and mother of Akhilesh Yadav also passed away. Singh then got married to Sadhna Gupta who was 20 years younger than him.

In October 2020, Mulayam Singh Yadav also tested positive for coronavirus and was admitted to Gurugram’s Medanta Hospital. His son Akhilesh Yadav said that his father had complained of difficulty in breathing, following which he was taken to the Gurgaon hospital where he tested positive.

Mulayam Singh Yadav is one of the senior leaders in Uttar Pradesh politics. He has served as chief minister of the state thrice (1989 to 1991, 1993 to 1995, and 2003 to 2007). He has also served as Defence Minister in the HD Devegowda government.

Akhilesh Yadav has been elected as Samajwadi Party president for the third time and would lead the party in the 2024 Lok Sabha election. He urged the Samajwadi (SP) Party workers that the SP should become a national party.

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Sidhu Moose Wala murder accused escapes from Punjab police custody, search underway

Deepak Tinu, a close aide of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi and another accused into Sidhu Moosewala murder case, is among 24 accused who have been charge-sheeted in the murder case.

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Gangster Deepak Tinu, a close aide of jailed gangster Lawrence Bishnoi and one of the accused in Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala’s murder case, on Sunday escaped from the Mansa Police’s Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) unit’s custody in Punjab.

Tinu, a close aide of gangster Lawrence Bishnoi and another accused in the Sidhu Moosewala murder case, is among 24 accused who have been charge-sheeted in the murder case.

A senior Punjab police officer confirmed that Bishnoi’s aide, Deepak Tinu, who was chargesheeted in the Moosewala murder case, has escaped from the Punjab police custody. He escaped the CIA custody around 11 pm on Saturday when he was brought on a production warrant from Goindwal Sahib jail in another case by the police, the sources said.

Talking to the reporters, Mukhwinder Singh Chhina, Inspector General of Bathinda range, said the police is working on it. The police team are on the job and will catch him soon, he also told the reporters.

Anti-gangster Task Force led by AIG Gurmeet Chauhan has been rushed to Mansa to nab him. The Police of neighbouring states, including Rajasthan and Haryana, have been alerted. A possible hide-out was raided by police in Sirsa, Haryana, on Sunday, the DGP Gaurav Yadav said.

Punjab police had brought him on transit remand from the Tihar jail in Delhi on July 4 in the Moose Wala murder case.

The popular Punjabi singer Sidhu Moosewala was shot dead in Punjab’s Mansa district on May 29. He was killed when he was on his way to Mansa village in a jeep with his friend and cousin.

After the killing, Goldy Brar, a member of the Lawrence Bishnoi gang, had claimed responsibility for the popular Punjabi singer’s murder.

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Over 3000 Shiv Sena members join Eknath Shinde faction

The Maharashtra CM said that Balasaheb used to do straight talking and used to be blunt. People knew Balasaheb well and hence did not accept the Sena’s alliance with Congress and NCP under the Maha Vikas Aghadi.

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Amid a political crisis in Maharashtra after regime change, over 3000 Shiv Sena members from Mumbai’s Worli area today joined Chief Minister Eknath Shinde’s camp. Earlier, Shinde appointed the executive committee members of the Yuva Sena from the kin of the rebel Shiv Sena MLAs. Samadhan Sarvankar, Raj Kulkarni, Raj Surve and Prayag Lande were appointed as the in charge of the Mumbai unit of Yuva Sena.

On September 26, Bala Saheb Thackar’s close aides Champa Singh Thapa and Moreshwar Raje joined Eknath Shinde’s camp of the party. Both served at Bal Thakarey’s Matoshree for around three decades.

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde said that Shiv Sena’s former office bearers of Goa state and many office bearers of Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi met today and announced their support to the coalition government.

A Shinde camp MLA said that on this auspicious occasion of Navaratri, everyone was happy that restrictions on festivals have been lifted. There was huge enthusiasm which was the need of the hour.

On this occasion, Eknath Shinde said that Champasinh Thapa, who was considered the shadow of Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray and Moreshwar Raje, who served for a long time on Matoshree, announced their decision to support them in the arrival procession of Durgeshwari Mata of Jai Ambe Charitable Trustee in Tembhinaka.

The Maharashtra CM said that Balasaheb used to do straight talking and used to be blunt. People knew Balasaheb well and hence did not accept the Sena’s alliance with Congress and NCP under the Maha Vikas Aghadi.

He also claimed that Balasaheb’s aides decide to join his party as they were representing the real Shiv Sena and were talking forward the teaching of the Sena founder and Hindutva.

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