As many as six persons were killed and seven others were injured after a car mowed down pilgrims on Friday morning in Gujarat’s Malpur area of Aravalli district. The people were on their way on foot towards the Ambaji temple in Ambaji town in the adjoining Banaskantha district when the mishap took place, police said. According to initial information, driver of the car lost control over his vehicle which crushed several devotees near Krishnapur Patiya near Malpur in the Aravali district.
Reportedly, 6 people were killed and seven were injured. The victims were rushed to Modasa Hospital in an ambulance.
Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel has expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and announced an exgratia grant of Rs 4 lakh for each of the deceased from the CM’s Relief Fund and 50,000 rupees for the injured.
The Chief Minister has asked Aravalli District Collector to ensure the necessary medical treatment for the injured. More details are awaited.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his condolences after a car mowed down pilgrims on Friday morning in Gujarat’s Malpur area of Aravalli district.
“I am deeply pained by the loss of lives due to a mishap in Ambaji, Gujarat. I wish the injured a quick recovery. All possible assistance is being provided to those affected,” PM said in a tweet.
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Gehlot expects to meet Sonia Gandhi today over Rajasthan crisis
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is slated to meet with Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday, in an effort to defuse the crisis that was started in Rajasthan when lawmakers sympathetic to him challenged the appointment of his opponent Sachin Pilot to the position of governor. When it came to selecting Gehlot’s successor, the MPs wanted a say in the decision. They argued against Pilot’s promotion due to his 2020 uprising against the chief minister.
The meeting is anticipated as doubt over next month’s internal party election caused by the uprising in Rajasthan has led to the former chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Digvijaya Singh, emerging as a potential candidate.
On Thursday, Singh was also anticipated to meet Gandhi. The previous front-runner for the position, Gehlot was planning to submit his name for the election on October 17.
It is supposedly expected of Gehlot to explain what happened and distance himself from his followers’ conduct. Additionally, it appears that he apologised to Gandhi.
Rajasthan, one of just two states where the Congress is in sole control, will hold elections in 14 months.
SC: Unmarried women can have abortions up to 24 weeks of pregnancy
The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that an unmarried woman, like married women, can have an abortion up to 24 weeks under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act. According to the Supreme Court, sexual assault by husbands can take the form of rape, and the definition of rape under the MTP Act and Rules for the purposes of abortion must include the definition of marital rape.
The rulings came as the Supreme Court was set to rule today on whether an unmarried woman in a consensual relationship can seek abortion of pregnancy of 20-24 weeks term.
According to Justice DY Chandrachud, the interpretation of the MTP act must reflect social realities. As society changes, social mores change and evolve, and laws must not remain static in order to advance the cause.
“Unsafe abortions are preventable. Our understanding of mental health has to be considered in common parlance. Account must be taken of a pregnant woman’s environment,” the Supreme Court said.
“Married women may also form part of survivors of sexual assault or rape. A woman may become pregnant due to a non-consensual act by her husband. Sex and gender-based violence in all its form have been part of families,” Justice Chandrachud said.
Panrutti Ramachandran expelled from AIADMK
Veteran AIADMK leader and close associate of the late MGR and Jayalalitha, Panrutti S Ramachandran has been expelled from the party.
“Panrutti Ramachandran has been expelled from the party for party unlawful activities”, said, AIADMK Interim General Secretary Edappadi Palaniswami on Tuesday Panrutti Ramachandran is a veteran leader and was a close associate to both MGR and Jayalalitha.
On Tuesday morning, he was appointed as “political advisor to AIADMK” by former Chief Minister O Paneerselvam.
A division bench of Madras High court had on August 17 set aside the single bench judgement in favour of O Paneerselvam (OPS) on party leadership dispute.
In the General council meeting convened on July 11, EPS was elected as the interim General Secretary of the party. Before the meeting, supporters of both the rival factions clashed outside the party headquarters. Following the violent clash, the headquarters was seized by the Revenue Divisional Officer.
The August 17 judgement by a single bench of Justice G Jayachandran had nullified the July 11 meeting and ordered status quo, as prior to July 11.
The EPS camp then challenged the single bench judgement to a division bench of Madras High court which ruled in favour of EPS.
Man held for vandalizing Hanuman idol in Ranchi
Ranchi police said they have arrested a man for allegedly vandalising a Hanuman idol inside a temple on Ranchi’s main road.
The atmosphere became tense in Ranchi after the incident. But police said the situation is under control and adequate force has been deployed at the Hanuman temple and across the city. Kishor Kaushal, SSP Ranchi told ANI, “Police started an investigation into an attempt to vandalise an idol at a Hanuman temple. They swung into action as soon as the incident was reported to the police. One accused has been arrested. The accused was arrested on the basis of CCTV and eyewitness evidence. Further investigation is going on.”
Regarding the current situation in the city, the SSP said, “We have deployed forces at main roads and all sensitive areas. The magistrate is overseeing it. Durga puja is going on. No one will be allowed to foment communal tensions in the city.”
BJP spokesperson Pratul Shahdeo targeted the ruling government and said, “It is disgraceful that one community’s place of worship is targeted. Meat is being sold outside our places of worship. On June 10 also such an incident took place. If the government doesn’t identify the real culprits then we will have to take to the streets.”
Karnataka education department orders probe into essay competition on Prophet Muhammad
The Karnataka education department has ordered an inquiry into the incident in which the headmaster of a government school in Karnataka’s Gadag asked students to write an essay on Prophet Muhammad following which activists of the right wing outfit Sri Rama Sene protested against him.
Block Education officer Virupakshappa Naduvinamani told ANI, “I’ll get the complaint copy from Sri Ram Sene. I’ll also get information from the headmaster of the school and students and provide them to the deputy director.” The state education department has ordered an enquiry. Abdul Munafar Bijapur, headmaster of the Government High School in Nagavi Village, had organised an essay competition on Prophet Mohammed. Subsequently, the right-wing activists barged into the school premises.
The incident took place in the Government High School in Nagavi village.
Punjab police arrests gangster associated with Canada-based Lakhbir Landa Gang
As part of the ongoing war against anti-social elements waged on the directions of Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann, Punjab Police has arrested an operative of Canada-based gangster Lakhbir Singh alias Landa gang from Bihar for his involvement in several heinous crimes pertaining to murder, attempt to murder, assault, robbery and snatching, said Director General of Police (DGP) Punjab Gaurav Yadav here on Wednesday.
The arrested gangster, identified as Karan Malik alias Karan Mann of Amritsar, is said to be a close aide of the main perpetrator in the IED planted under SI’s car case identified as Yuvraj Sabharwal alias Yash, who is an associate of Canada-based gangster Lakhbir Landa. Karan Malik is a history-sheeter and wanted by the Punjab Police.
DGP Gaurav Yadav said that following reliable inputs that gangster Karan Malik has been taking shelter somewhere in District Jamui of Bihar, the team of Anti-Gangster Task Force (AGTF) of Punjab Police in a joint operation with Central agencies and Bihar Police launched the search operation and managed to round up the accused at village Darima in District Jamui of Bihar.
Divulging details, he said that accused Karan Malik along with his associates had killed a person identified as Karan during a fight in July 2021. An FIR No. 184 dated 18.07.21 had been registered under sections 302, 148, and 149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and sections 25/54/59 of the Arms Act at Police Station B-Division Amritsar City.
Further, accused Karan Malik along with his accomplices had looted 530gm gold, 6 kg silver, and Rs 1 lakh cash from Lal Chand Jewellers at Fairland Colony in Amritsar in August 2021. A case FIR No. 149/2021 had been registered at Police Station Majitha Road, Amritsar in this regard.
The DGP said that during the preliminary investigations, it has come to light that the accused Karan Malik used to purchase weapons of .32 bore from an arms smuggler identified as Sahil for an amount of Rs 40,000 per weapon. Pertinently, Sahil along with his accomplice Himmat of Amritsar had been arrested by Punjab Police a few days back, and four weapons were recovered from their possession.
Meanwhile, the Police are conducting raids to nab Karan Malik’s younger brother identified as Arjun Malik alias Arjun, who is also involved in various criminal activities. Further investigation is going on to unravel their network.
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