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Bihar police arrest six for killing RTI journalist

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Bihar’s Madhubani police on Sunday claimed to have arrested six people, including one woman, who were involved in the kidnapping and murder of RTI activist and citizen journalist, 22-year-old Avinash Jha, whose half burnt body was discovered on the evening of 12 November from Benipatti, Madhubani, almost 72 hours after he went missing. Jha’s half-burnt body, packed in a jute sack, was found under a peepal (sacred fig) tree in Uren village near Benipatti-Basaith highway number 52, less than 5 km from his home.

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The last known image of Avinash Jha, from a CCTV grab. PICTURE BY SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT.

Jha, who was also known as Buddinath Jha, was an activist from Benipatti town and was well known for using RTIs to reveal irregularities involved in giving licences to private medical clinics and hospitals in the town, most of which employed “fake” doctors and attendants who had no medical training or experience.

As per the police statement, those who have been arrested include-Roshan Kumar (23), Bittu Kumar (20), Deepak Kumar (24), Pawan Kumar (22), Manish Kumar (21) and Purnakala Devi (24), all residents of Benipatti. As per police, Avinash was kidnapped by these six individuals on the night of 9 November, at 10.15 PM, 15 minutes after he was last seen on a local CCTV footage.

The police statement mentions no motive for this heinous crime. Earlier, local police sources had told the regional reporters that Jha was killed due to a “love affair”, without sharing any proof to substantiate their claim. However, this claim was vehemently denied by relatives and friends of Jha who spoke to The Daily Guardian.

Jha’s name has now been added to the list of at least 20 RTI activists who have been killed in the state in the last 10 years, raising serious questions on the “good governance” claim made by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

According to one of Avinash’s close associates, Mantu, due to his RTI based stories, which Avinash used to share on local news portals and on Facebook, at least four fake clinics were forced to shut down in the recent past and several such clinics had to pay a fine of Rs 50,000.

In a Facebook post on 7 November, Jha had announced that he had collected details of 10 more such clinics and hospitals which he was going to make public on 15 November. However, he was murdered before that.

The Daily Guardian has accessed government documents showing how 19 clinics in the area were ordered to be shut down in February 2021 for functioning illegally. The newspaper has also accessed multiple correspondences that Jha shared with government officials identifying such fake nursing homes in Benipatti.

Another close associate of Jha, Bideshwar Nath Jha, who runs a popular YouTube news channel, BNN news, told The Daily Guardian, that three of the six arrested by the police were from the medical line, including one individual who was practising as a doctor in the area without having an MBBS degree.

In the FIR filed in the case by Avinash’s elder brother, Chandrashekhar Jha at Benipatti police station, on 11 November, two days after Avinash went missing, he had mentioned the names of these 10 nursing homes that Avinash was going to “expose”. Chandrashekhar has further claimed that the people associated with these nursing homes, including doctors, had likely abducted his brother.

“His mobile was last found to be switched on 9 AM, 10 November, about 12 hours after he went missing. His body was identified through his finger, a mark on his feet and the gold chain that he was wearing. When he went missing after riding on his bike towards Benipatti police station, his laptop was found switched on, indicating that he had gone to meet someone for a few minutes, or else if he knew he was going for a long duration, he would have switched off his laptop”, Bikas told this newspaper.

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6 ITBP personnel died in a bus accident, president expresses grief

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On Tuesday, President Droupadi Murmu expressed sorrow over the deaths of six members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), who perished when the bus they were riding in crashed into a riverbed in Pahalgam.

“The tragic loss of precious lives of ITBP personnel in the unfortunate accident at Anantnag, J&K fills me with sadness. My heartfelt condolences for the bereaved families. I pray for speedy recovery of the injured,” the Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted.

A civilian bus carrying 37 ITBP employees and two J-K Police officers was travelling from Chandanwari to Pahalgam when it apparently experienced brake problems and crashed into a steep gorge, injuring 33 people, according to a senior ITBP official.

“Deeply anguished by the bus accident near Chandanwari in which we have lost our brave ITBP personnel. My condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured. All possible assistance is being provided to the injured personnel,” Lt Governor Sinha said.

Amit Shah, the union home minister, also shared his grief over the unfortunate occurrence and wished for the quick recovery of those hurt.

“Anguished to learn about the accident of a bus carrying ITBP and police personnel in Pahalgam, J&K. My prayers and thoughts are with the bereaved families. The injured were rushed to the hospital. May they recover at the earliest,” he tweeted.

According to Dr. Syed Tariq, a physician at the Government Medical College of Anantnag, 30 individuals were injured in the collision.

“Our six jawans have lost their lives, 30 injured. We will provide the best possible treatment to the injured. ITBP Headquarters is keeping a watch on the situation. The jawans were returning from Amarnath Yatra duty. All help will be provided to affected families, Vivek Kumar Pandey, ITBP PRO said.

The incident happened in the Pahalgam region of Frisland.

For the Amarnath Yatra, the jawans were stationed there.

“We are in touch with the local administration and teams of disaster management have been rushed to the site for a rescue operation,” an ITBP official said.

On June 29, the Amarnath Yatra set out from Jammu under the strict security measures put in place by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the army, and the local police.

The pilgrimage to the Amarnath shrine, a 3,880-meter-high cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the higher Himalayas, is conducted from the twin routes of Pahalgam and Baltal.

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Kashmiri Pandit shot dead, 2nd attack in two days

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A Kashmiri Pandit was shot dead in a terror assault in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir, on Tuesday, and another person was hurt, according to a tweet from the J&K Police, who also noted that the injured person was receiving medical assistance at the nearby hospital. The dead have been identified as Sunil Kumar Bhat and his brother Pintu Kumar was hurt, according to the identification.

Police declared that the two were killed in an apple orchard.

“Terrorists fired upon civilians in an apple orchard in the Chotipora area of Shopian. One person died and one was injured. Both belong to the minority community. An injured person has been shifted to hospital. The area had been cordoned off.Further details shall follow,” the police said this afternoon.

Omar Abdullah, the leader of the National Conference and a former chief minister of J&K, strongly denounced the attack and expressed his sympathies. It was the most recent in a horrifying string of targeted killings that began in October of last year.

“Terribly sad news from South Kashmir today. An accident (referring to the death of at least six troops from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police who died after the bus they were in fell into a riverbed) and a militant attack have left a trail of death and suffering. I condemn the militant attack in Shopian unequivocally, in which Sunil Kumar was killed and Pinto Kumar injured. My condolences…”

Altaf Thakur, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s J&K spokesperson, declared that he “seriously condemns” the wicked act of terror.”

He said, “I strongly condemn this dastardly act of terror on innocent majority community members… in which one minority community member, Sunil Kumar, was killed and another injured. Terror has no religion. Killers should be punished.”

In less than 24 hours, Kashmir has experienced a second attack on Pandits who are not migrants.

Terrorists injured Karan Kumar Singh when they tossed a grenade at a home in Budgam on Monday, the day the nation celebrated its 75th Independence Day. Singh was taken to a hospital in Srinagar.

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Bus carrying 39 ITBP personnel falls into riverbed in Pahalgam, rescue teams rushed

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A major accident happened where an Indo-Tibetan-Border Police (ITBP) bus fell into a deep roadside river bed. Reportedly so far six soldiers have been martyred .

The bus carrying 37 ITBP personnel and two J-K Police was on its way from Chandanwari to Pahalgam. This information has been given by ITBP.

Meanwhile, the cause of the accident is said to be the brake failure of the bus. According to the police, six ITBP personnel have been martyred. The injured were rushed to Anantnag district hospital. The identity of the injured has not been disclosed yet.

“We are in touch with locals administration and teams and disaster management have been rushed to the site for the rescue operation,” the officials said.

Moreover, ITBP commandos have been sent to the spot so that the rescue operation can be done expeditiously. All the jawans going by bus were on duty for Amarnath Yatra and were coming back to Pahalgam. About 20 ambulances are engaged in rescue work on the spot.

Earlier on 29 June, the Amarnath Yatra began amid tight security arrangements made by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

However, further details about the incident are awaited.

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The battle without the gun

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5th generation warfare

The 5th Generation Warfare is a covert attempt to paralyse a nation and a battle not on the ground but of strategies to discredit and stymie its growth.The well-described Sun Tzu Strategy is unquestionably proving to be a great approach to debilitate the growth of any country, which lists down five agendas, i.e.,win all without fighting; avoid strength, attack weakness; deception and foreknowledge; speed and preparation; shape your opponent; and character-based leadership.

Daniel Abbot defines the 5th Generation Warfare as the war of “information and perception”  which calls for tactics like social engineering, misinformation and cyber attacks, artificial intelligence and autonomous robots.

The tactic of psychological manipulation in order to decay the intellect, breach privacy, or fleece the people of a country is what can be called social engineering. In recent times, there have been instances where foreign powers have adopted certain methodologies, including baiting, scareware, pretexting, phishing, and spear phishing, to rob the nation.

Deliberately spreading deceptive and misleading information in order to  influence actions and the entire persona in long run is  a commendable tactic to vanquish the enemy nation. Be it fuelling political agenda or be it triggering extremism, misinformation has a vital role to play.

We need to outsmart the strives of the foreign nations to uproot the culture of our country with subtle poisoning of technology along with Cyber attacks and look beyond petty affairs to see the wider picture.

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PM Modi, President Murmu extend greetings on Parsi New Year

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On the occasion of Parsi New Year-Navroz Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended greetings to the people.

“Greetings on Parsi New Year. May the coming year be filled with joy, prosperity, and good health. Navroz Mubarak,” PM Modi said.

Earlier in the morning today, President Droupadi Murmu greeted the citizens and wished them to live together in harmony.

Taking to Twitter President Murmu said, “On the auspicious occasion of Parsi New Year, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens, especially our Parsi brothers and sisters. The Parsi community has significantly contributed to the development of our nation through their hard work, dedication, and entrepreneurship. The inclusive culture of India inspires all the citizens to live together in harmony.”

Meanwhile, the Parsi New Year is also known as Navroz and its the beginning of the new Persian calendar. Followed by Zoroastrians Navroz is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the calendar. In the Persian language meaning of ‘Nav’ is new and ‘Roz’ means for the day, i.e. the ‘new day’.

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Former Bihar Minister Subhash Singh passes away; Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav pays tribute

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Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav expressed condolences on the demise of former Bihar Minister Subhash Singh on Tuesday.

Taking to Twitter Yadav said, “Received the sad news of the demise of former minister cum BJP MLA Shri Subhash Singh Ji from Gopalganj Sadar. Praying to God to give his soul a place at his feet and strength to his family members to bear the loss. Om Shanti.”

Former Bihar minister and BJP leader Subhash Singh passed away on Tuesday morning at AIIMS, Delhi.

Former Bihar Minister Tarkishore Prasad confirmed the news and said, “Heartfelt tributes to the former minister of Bihar government and MLA from Gopalganj, Subhash Singh on his death. May God give peace to his soul and strength to his bereaved family members to bear this loss. His death is an irreparable loss to the politics of Bihar and the BJP. Om Shanti.”

However, in 2015 Subhash Singh was an elected member of the Bihar Legislative Assembly from Gopalganj.

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