As many as two people died and 10 others are injured after a major fire broke out at Levana hotel in the Hazratganj area of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, said Manoj Agarwal, CMO Lucknow.
“The incident of fire in a hotel was reported this morning, after which the rescue operation is on. A fire incident took place in Levana Hotel in Hazratganj this morning, after which patients are being admitted to the hospital. So far 10 people have been admitted to the Civil Hospital, out of which 2 people are brought dead,” Agarwal said. However, rescue and relief operations are underway at Hotel Levana as several people are feared to be still trapped.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took note of the fire that broke out in a hotel in Lucknow on Monday and announced free treatment for the injured. “The Chief Minister has directed the officials of the district administration to provide proper treatment to the injured. Along with this, the District Magistrate and senior police officers have been instructed to reach the spot immediately and speed up the relief and rescue work,” read a statement by the chief minister’s office. With an aim to douse the fire at the earliest, all the gas cylinders are being taken out from the hotel while flammable items are also being removed from the spot.
Police and firefighters are constantly engaged in rescue operations. “Cause (of the fire) is being ascertained. There’s a possibility that it happened due to a short circuit. 18 of the total 30 rooms were occupied & probably 35-40 people were there. The people who were stuck were evacuated and they have been sent to Civil Hospital,” said District Magistrate, Suryapal Gangwar.
“Rooms are filled with smoke making it difficult to go in. Work is underway to break window panes and grills. No info on any casualties so far, 2 people have been rescued, but there is no response from 1-2 rooms. Attempts are being made to enter those rooms,” said DG Fire, Avinash Chandra.
Three ambulance vehicles arrived at Levana Sweets Hotel after the incident was reported while the injured are being taken to the hospital. The security personnel and firefighters were seen entering the hotel with oxygen masks. An SDRF team also reached the spot.
The Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also took note of the incident. “I came to know about the tragic incident of fire in a hotel in Lucknow. I have inquired about the situation from the local administration. Relief and rescue operations are on. My office is in constant touch with the local administration. I pray to God for the speedy recovery of those injured in the incident,” tweeted Singh. A fire broke out at a hotel in Lucknow’s Hazratganj area in the morning hours of Monday.
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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.
Gangster Abu Salem sentenced to 3-year imprisonment
A special court in Lucknow has sentenced gangster Abu Salem and his associate Mohd Pervez Alam to three years of simple imprisonment in connection with a fake passport case, the CBI said on Wednesday.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had registered a case on October 16, 1997, against Abu Salem Abdul Qayoom Ansari and others. It was alleged that after the Bombay bomb blast in 1993, Abu Salem was absconding and he fraudulently obtained a passport from the Passport office, Lucknow, in the assumed name of Akil Ahmed Azmi, with a view to flee the country.
His wife Samira Jumani also fraudulently obtained a passport in the assumed name of Sabina Azmi. The passport was obtained through a passport agent, Mohd Parvez Alam. Abu Salem and his wife Samira Jumani were absconding, a statement released here said.
According to the release by the CBI, a charge sheet was filed after an investigation on July 1, 1997, in the Court of Special Judicial Magistrate, CBI, Lucknow.
“Abu Salem Abdul Qayoom Ansari was also an absconding accused in another case related to Bombay Bomb Blast. He was declared as Proclaimed Offender by the Trial Court. A Non Bailable Warrant of arrest was also issued against him. The IPSG (Interpol) had also issued a Red Corner Notice Control against Abu Salem,” said the release.
On September 18, 2002, Abu Salem was detained in LISBON (Portugal). After long drawn proceedings in the Court of Appeal, Lisbon and Constitutional Court of Portugal, the extradition of Abu Salem was granted and his custody was handed over to Indian authorities on November 10, 2005.
“Abu Salem was brought to India and produced before the Designated Court, Mumbai on November 11, 2005, and thereafter in the Hon’ble Court of Special Magistrate, CBI, Lucknow.
The Trial Court at Lucknow found both the accused guilty and convicted them,” said the release.
Amit Shah to embark on 3-day visit to J-K
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will embark on a three-day visit to the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir kickstarting on October 3.
Shah will hold a couple of meetings with the leaders of the J-K unit of the BJP on October 3 night. However, he will make a special visit by offering prayers in the Mata Vaishnodevi Temple on October 4 morning, which will be his first visit to the holy shrine after being appointed as the Union Home Minister. This visit will be on the 9th day of the ongoing Navaratri festival. Shah will then hold a public meeting in Rajouri and offer prayers at the Raghunath Temple in Jammu.
He will also inspect various developmental projects in Jammu before proceeding to the Kashmir valley. Later in the evening, the Home Minister will hold a number of crucial meetings including the ones regarding the security situation in the region. On October 5, Shah will address a public meeting in Baramulla. He will again review the developmental projects in the Kashmir region.
Various programmes have been scheduled to take place during his visit to the valley including the ones which will be held by communities like Bakarwal and Gujjars to honour Shah on behalf of the Modi government for working for the welfare of these communities. In a surprising move, the Modi government recently nominated Ghulam Ali to the Rajya Sabha. Ali joined BJP in 2008 and hails from the Gujjar tribe.
Several organisational meetings are on the cards too including the state core group meeting and meeting with party MPs and MLAs.
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