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Three held for Surat rape, murder

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Three persons, including the alleged main perpetrator, involved in the rape and murder of a nine-year-old girl in Surat have been arrested, the Gujarat government said on Friday.
 
Minister of State for Home Pradeepsinh Jadeja told the media here that Gujarat Police arrested the alleged key perpetrator from a village in Ganganagar district of Rajasthan, who will be brought to Gujarat.
 
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that Surat Police had arrested three persons in the case. All accused are believed to be originally from Rajasthan. 
 
Police had found the body of the girl with over 86 injuries dumped in the bushes near Jeeav Road in Pandesara area of Surat on April 6. An autopsy revealed that she was brutally raped and tortured for days before her murder.
 
A case of rape was registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
 
The Minister said that over 400 personnel of Surat police and Ahmedabad Crime Branch worked on the case. 
 
Police analysed the mobile data and CCTV footage from a 3-km radius of the spot from where the body was found. The case was finally cracked after police zeroed in on CCTV footage of a black car moving suspiciously in the area. 
 
Earlier, police suspected that the girl hailed from either Odisha, West Bengal or Jharkhand. An Andhra Pradesh man had come forward to claim the girl was his daughter. Surat police even carried out a DNA test to verify his claim.
 
"On April 9, a woman's decomposed body was found lying a few km from the spot where the girl was found dead. We believe she is the girl's mother. We will carry out a DNA test," Jadeja said.
 
"We will appoint a special public prosecutor to pursue the case in a fast-track court," Jadeja said.
 
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11 children killed, 23 hurt in road mishap in Rajasthan

Rajasthan: School bus collides with truck, almost 10 children dead
 
At least 11 children were killed and 23 others suffered injuries when their school bus collided head on with a truck on the national highway in Hanumangarh district of Rajasthan this morning, official sources said.
 
District collector Purna Chandra Kishan told NetIndian over the telephone that six of the children -- all aged between 9 and 16 -- died on the spot while the others succumbed to their injuries in hospital. He said four of those killed were girls.
 
The mishap occurred at around 7 am this morning when the bus was carrying about 45 children to school and collided with the truck at a spot about six km from Goluwala.
 
The injured were rushed to various hospitals nearby, where the condition of five was stated to be serious.
 
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We have to improve our death bowling: Dhoni

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed the importance of death bowling after Chennai Super Kings stole a thriller against Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.

"The performance was great, we need to improve our death bowling drastically. We didn't get off to a good start, the pressure was there on the middle order. You can't really afford to play too many dot balls, you have to be there till the 15th or 16th over to cash in," said Dhoni.
 
Man of the Match Ravindra Jadeja, who nowadays is ridiculed as Sir Jadeja on the social media, said he was not trying to play silly shots.
 
"(With reference to Sir) they are just making fun in a lighter way, not a serious way. I was confident about my batting, I scored two triple-hundreds this season. I was not trying to play any silly shots, it was a good wicket," he said.
 
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team lost the match in the last six over.
 
"It was our game to lose in the last six overs. We are relying on big partnership as of now, a few small partnerships will do good for us. RP, T20 is a game like that, I'm still proud of him," he said.
 
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14 killed, 38 injured as bus collides with truck in Rajasthan

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At least 14 people were killed and 38 others suffered injuries when a private bus they were travelling in collided with a truck in Churu district of Rajasthan in the early hours of today.

Churu district collector Rohit Gupta told NetIndian over the telephone that two of those killed were women.
 
He said the injured were taken to hospitals in Bikaner, Ganganagar and Sikar for treatment.
 
Superintendent of Police Om Prakash said the condition of two of the injured was stated to be critical.
 
He said the bus was on its way from Jaipur, the state capital, to Karanpur town, near Ganganagar, when the mishap occurred around 0230 hours today.
 
Mr Gupta said the state government had announced an ex gratia payment of Rs 20,000 to the next of kin of those killed in the accident.
 
Apart from this, the state government had made arrangements, with the help of local people, for an amount of Rs 1 lakh to be paid to five young children - four girls and a boy - who were orphaned after both their parents were killed in the mishap.
 
The government will also make arrangements to ensure that the children complete their studies, Mr Gupta added.
 
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Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.

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Rs 8.5 crore undeclared income detected during IT raids in Rajasthan


Income Tax Department sleuths have detected undeclared assets and income of around Rs 8.5 crore during raids at the premises of a ebible oil firm and a doctor in Ganganagar and Jaipur, respectively.


The department's action, which began on Thursday, concluded today, a department spokesman said adding that oil manufacturing group surrendered Rs 4.09 crore while the medical professional surrendered Rs 4.44 crores as undisclosed income and agreed to pay tax for the same.


Besides this, unaccounted cash of Rs 90 lakh and jewellery worth Rs 25 lacs was also seized during the search, the spokesman said.


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Rajasthan: Bikaner at -2 colder than Mount Abu

The desert town of Bikaner at minus 2.0 degrees Celsius turned out to be the coldest place with south-westerly winds in lower level restricting the impact of the cold wave in northern Rajasthan and some smaller pockets.

The northern town, where the mercury stayed at zero degrees last morning, recorded a further fall of two degrees today to turn colder than Mount Abu which recorded minus 1.0 degrees, Meteorology office sources said.


The weather conditions in the Pilani town of Jhunjhunu district also remained grim with the mercury touching the mark of 0.4 degrees, almost the same level of 0.5 degrees that it was at yesterday.


Jaisalmer also remained affected with icy winds as the famous tourist resort shivered at 1.2 degrees.


Elsewhere in the state, Churu recorded a minimum temperature of 2.5 degrees, followed by Ganganagar 3.7 degrees, Udaipur-Dabok 4.7 and Jaipur recorded five degrees.


Several stations including Ajmer, Jaipur, Udaipur, Churu and Kota recorded rise in night temperatures under the impact of the south-westerly winds, sources said, adding the change in wind pattern might ease further the cold wave conditions in a day or two.


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Rajasthan reels under cold wave, Bikaner records 0 deg


The cold wave continued to sweep Rajasthan today as the desert town of Bikaner recorded a minimum temperature of zero degree Celsius, followed by Pilani(0.5) and Jaisalmer(1.1).


In Mount Abu, though the minimum temperature recorded a marginal rise of one degree, the mercury settled at 2 degrees below the freezing point, weather office sources said.


In Jaipur, the mercury rose from 1.4 to 4 degrees but foggy conditions affected road and air traffic. Dense fog till late this morning brought visibility level to 50 metres, causing delay in morning flights at the Sanganer airport here. No flights could take off till around 0900 hrs and and half a dozen of them were delayed, airport sources said.


Besides Jaipur, foggy weather also prevailed in Bikaner, Ganganagar, Jaisalmer and Churu, affecting vehicular movement.


The cold wave conditions were likely to continue unabated for a day or two, the weather office said.


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Rajasthan reels under cold wave, Mt Abu freezes at -4

Villagers warm themselves near a small bonfire in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, on Monday. UNI PHOTO
Villagers warm themselves near a small bonfire in Jodhpur, Rajasthan, on Monday. UNI PHOTO

Rajasthan is reeling under severe cold wave conditions with Mount Abu at -4.0 degrees Celsius minimum temperature and the desert town of Bikaner at 1.2 degrees being the worst affected.

Icy winds sweeping the state for the several days continued unabated and most towns including the state capital of Jaipur recorded temperatures in the range of 1 to 3 degrees Celsius this morning, the Meteorology office said.

The mercury in Pilani town in Jhunjhunu district touched 1.5 degrees today whereas it stayed at 2.2 degrees and 2.4 degrees in nearby Churu and Ganganagar towns respectively. Sikar, another major city in this region, shivered at 2.5 degrees.

In Jaipur, the minimum temperature was recorded at 2.6 degrees. Likewise, Phalodi (3 degrees), Udaipur-Dabok(3.7 degrees) and Dholpur (4.5 degrees) were also in the grip of cold wave conditions.

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