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Bombay HC allows shifting Varavara Rao to Nanavati Hospital

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday allowed the shifting of jailed 80-year-old Telugu poet-activist Varavara Rao to Nanavati Hospital for 15 days.

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The Bombay High Court on Wednesday allowed the shifting of jailed 80-year-old Telugu poet-activist Varavara Rao to Nanavati Hospital for 15 days. This was in response to Rao’s wife’s plea, the court didn’t grant bail to the activist.

Appearing for Varavara Rao, senior lawyer Indira Jaising said the octogenarian activist has no medical attendant and is completely bed-ridden. Moreover, there is reasonable apprehension that he may die in custody as he had sustained head injuries at the JJ Hospital, Jaising said.

She said Varavara Rao is in adult diapers and has a catheter and there was no one to change it in jail. Alleging negligence by the State, she said if the State was unable to look after him, then he needed to be shifted to Nanavati Hospital.

The Telugu poet was arrested in the Elgar Parishad case and accused of inciting violence against Dalits at Bhima Koregaon on January 1, 2018. He has been in jail since June 2018. The police claim that he along with 10 others have Maoist links. In December 2019 after the change of government in Maharashtra, the case was taken away from the local police and handed over to the central NIA.

Several appeals have been made earlier for Rao’s release, arguing that given his frail health, it is unethical to keep the 80-year-old in jail in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, which he tested positive for in July this year. A group of 146 scholars called on the Indian government to release Varavara Rao from prison.

So far, 16 people have been arrested in the Bhima Koregaon and Elgaar Parishad cases including Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Sagar Tatyaram Gorkhe, Gautam Navlakha, Hany Babu, Father Stan Swamy, Anand Teltumbde, Jyoti Raghoba Jagtap, Sudha Bharadwaj, Ramesh Murlidhar Gaichor, Sudhir Dhawale, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Shoma Sen, Rona Wilson and Arun Ferreira.

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On January 1, 2018, violence broke out between Maratha groups and Dalits , who were commemorating the battle of Bhima Koregaon some 200 years ago where Mahar soldiers then aligned with the British defeated Maratha forces. The spot also has the Vijay Sthamb, which is a monument for Ambedkarites.

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Uttar Pradesh: 19-year-old girl strangled to death after being raped in Mainpuri

It is being speculated that fearing that the girl student would complain, the accused raped, murdered the 19 year old and fled from the spot.

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The shocking news of rape has come to light from Bhogaon in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri. After raping the girl student on Wednesday, she was strangled to death and the body was later hanged.

On receiving information about the incident, the police-administration reached the spot and started the investigation in search of the accuse. Currently, the police has sent the body for post-mortem.

While interacting with the media and giving out information about this incident of rape and murder, Mainpuri SP Kamlesh Dixit said that, the police had received information about the rape and murder of the girl in Nagla Sheesham village. The police reached the spot and took immediate action in the matter. He also assured that the culprits will be arrested soon.

According to the information received to the police, a 19-year-old student of B.Sc. second year and resident of Nagla Sheesham village of Bhogaon police station area, was present at home along with her fifteen year old sister. Their parents had gone out for some work an around 3 o’clock in the evening, Pushpendra Lodhi (25), from the same village entered the house and forcibly raped the girl.

And the accused did not stop there he strangled the girl to death and later hanged the body on the noose. It is being speculated that fearing that the girl student would complain, the accused raped, murdered the 19 year old and fled from the spot.

However, the younger sister present in the house made noise and opened the door of the house, telling the people of the neighborhood about the whole incident. There was a stir in the village as soon as the information about the incident got spread. As soon as the information was received, the parents also hurriedly left for home. At present, the police is looking for the accused.

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Kullu Dussehra swing accident: 3 people, including 1 woman, sustained injuries after tyre falls on their head | WATCH

During the incident, two people from Delhi and a woman from Kullu sustained major injuries.

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Kullu Dussehra swing accident: 3 people, including 1 woman, sustained injuries after tyre falls on their head | WATCH

Dussehra is celebrated with great pomp and zeal in India. From having good food to enjoying swings, people visit Dussehra fairs to mark this festival. But a horrific incident happened during International Kullu Dussehra Festival in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu when three people sustained injuries after a swing tyre fell on them on Wednesday at around 9 pm.

The video of the same is going viral on social media in which it can be seen that, as and when the woman stepped outside the swing, its tyre suddenly broke and fell on another woman standing nearby. During the incident, two people from Delhi and a woman from Kullu sustained major injuries.

The good part was that the swing was not moving at that time, otherwise, a serious accident might have occurred if it had continued to swing. At the time of the incident, people were getting off the swing. When the girl left the swing, the tyre touched her head and landed on another girl who was standing close by, and she fainted.

The police rushed to the spot immediately after receiving the information about the incident. After reaching, the authorities sealed the swing. The police are conducting research thoroughly to find the reason behind the mishap.

Speaking about the incident, Additional Superintendent of Police Kullu Sagar Chandra said that the swing was sealed as soon as the information was received. The girl is undergoing treatment in the hospital as she has suffered a neck injury, while information about where the two tourists from Delhi went for treatment is not available.

A similar incident took place a few days ago in Punjab’s Mohali after a swing fell to the ground at the Dussehra fair, injuring around 20 people.

In another incident, an 80-foot effigy of Ravana fell on the ground in Haryana’s Yamunanagar during Ravana Dahan. The video of the incident is doing rounds on the internet in which it can be seen that people were standing close to the nearly-burnt effigy of Ravana when it started falling.

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West Bengal: 8 people died by drowning in Mal river during visarjan | Watch

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the floods.

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At least eight people drowned and several others are missing in flash floods that occurred during the immersion of idols of Goddess Durga in Mal river in Jalpaiguri district on the occasion of Vijayadashami.

A senior official said that at the time of the incident, hundreds of people had gathered on the banks of the Mal river for the visargan when the incident took place. Jalpaiguri District Magistrate Moumita Godara gave media update and said that people were washed away due to sudden intensification of water in the river. So far eight bodies have been recovered and 50 people have been rescued.

He further added that that 13 people with minor injuries have been admitted to a nearby hospital. And the search and rescue operation is being carried out by NDRF (National Disaster Response Force), SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) with the help of police and local administration.

State Backward Classes Welfare Minister Bulu Chik Baraik expressed his apprehension that the death toll will increase further. Baraik Mal is the MLA of the assembly constituency. He said that he was present at the spot when the accident happened. Several got washed away and the river’s current was very fast.

He said that hundreds of people were present there at the time of the incident and many are still missing. Baraik and several senior Trinamool Congress leaders reached the spot to take stock of the relief and rescue operations.

Leader of Opposition in West Bengal Legislative Assembly Shubhendu Adhikari expressed grief over the incident and requested the state administration to expedite the rescue work.

On the other hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the floods. PM Modi tweeted, “Saddened by the accident that happened during Durga Puja festival in Jalpaiguri, West Bengal. Condolences to those who lost their loved ones.”

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