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37 killed, over 270 injured in two train accidents in UP, Assam

At least 37 people were killed and over 270 injured today when over a dozen coaches of two superfast Express trains got derailed in Uttar Pradesh and Assam.

A TV grab of Kalka mail, which derailed at Fatehpur-Kanpur (UP) on July 10, 2011. UNI PHOTO
A TV grab of Kalka mail, which derailed at Fatehpur-Kanpur (UP) on July 10, 2011. UNI PHOTO
At least 37 people were killed and over 270 injured today when over a dozen coaches of two superfast Express trains got derailed in Uttar Pradesh and Assam.

At least 37 people were killed and over 200 injured when 12 coaches of the 12311 Up Howrah-Kalka Mail derailed near Malwan railway station on the Howrah-Delhi route of the North-Central railway in Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh.

In another mishap, at least 70 people were injured, 30 of them critically, when a suspected blast derailed four coaches and overturned four others of the Guwahati-Puri Express in lower Assam's Nalbari district this evening.

Police sources here said 37 passengers have been killed in Kalka Mail accident and the death toll could rise as many passengers were still trapped inside two derailed coaches.  However, unconfirmed report put the death toll at over 50.

More than 250 injured are undergoing treatment in different hospitals. As many as 190 of them were admitted to the district hospital here and 54 were admitted to private nursing homes in Kanpur and Fatehpur.

Four helicopters of the Indian Air Force (IAF) were deployed to help in the rescue operations. Several seriously injured passengers were rushed to hospital by army jawans.

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Passengers of the ill-fated train complained of delay in the rescue and relief efforts by the Railways.

A special train has been made available from Kanpur for the passengers of the Kalka Mail for their onward journey. Besides, food packets and water bottles have been provided to the passengers, railway officials said.

NCR spokesman Sandeep Mathur told UNI from Allahabad that the derailed coaches included two AC three-tier, one AC two-tier, two general, five sleeper, one pantry and an SLR coach.

He said 11 coaches had been totally damaged and gas cutters were being used to bring out the passengers from the derailed coaches. The train was running at a speed of 108 kms per hour when the accident occurred.

"A medical relief train with seven doctors and medical equipment has reached from Allahabad. A similar train from Kanpur has also reached the spot," Mr Mathur said.

All the derailed coaches either had overturned or climbed onto other coaches, he said.

Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal, along with some of the members of the Board and the Director General of Railway Protection Force (RPF), has rushed to the spot.

The Railways announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh for the next of kin of those killed in the mishap, Rs 1 lakh for the critically injured and Rs 25,000 for those with minor injuries.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has expressed her grief over the accident and announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 1 lakh for the kin of the deceased, Rs 50,000 for the critically injured and Rs 25,000 for victims with minor injuries.

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State Cooperative Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party state president Swami Prasad Maurya, along with UP Chief Secretary Anoop Mishra, have reached the spot and were supervising the relief and rescue operations.

Rescue efforts had picked up with Army jawans taking full control of the operation. A 150-member team from National Disaster Response Force had also reached the scene. Railway officials said the rescue work would continue overnight. Official said the restoration of the route would take at least 48 hours.

The railway officials were yet to establish the cause of the derailment.

In the district hospital, there was a shortage of beds and many of the injured were forced to lie on the floor. Most of the deceased were yet to be identified except for one Kallo Devi (35) of Kanpur. A woman died with her infant child on her lap.

The railways have asked Commissioner Railway Safety P K Vajpayee to inquire into the accident.

Regarding the second incident, Northeast Frontier Railway sources said it occurred at Bhatkuchi, between Rangiya and Ghograpar railway stations.

The train had left Guwahati railway station at 1915 hours on its way to Puri and the accident occurred at about 2020 hours, the sources said.

Four coaches of the train derailed and fell into a paddy field, while four more overturned. All the coaches involved were those immediately behind the engine.

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The sources said preliminary findings pointed towards a blast on the tracks, though confirmation is yet to be received. Passengers of the ill-fated train as well as people of nearby villages also claimed that they had heard a loud explosion just before the accident.

The injured were being rushed to Rangiya and Guwahati, where the state government has issued orders for treatment of the victims on a priority basis. The condition of at least 30 injured was stated to be critical.

Rescue and relief teams have reached the spot and were trying to ensure that no person was trapped in the coaches as well as providing medical aid to those injured.

The main railway line through the section has been blocked following the incident and trains were being diverted via Goalpara, the sources said.

The NFR has set up following helpline numbers after the accident: 0361-2737154/2737155/2731621/622/623 and 9957554804.

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DRDO transfers technology for bullet proof jacket

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Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has transferred the technology for bullet proof jacket (BPJ) to MKU Limited, Kanpur for manufacturing these for Indian Army and para-military forces personnel.
 
Dr. S. Christopher, Chairman DRDO and Secretary, Department of Defence R&D, Dr S Christopher handed over the technology at a function held here yesterday when documents and related licence agreement between DRDO and MKU Limited were exchanged. 
 
The Indian Army General Staff Qualitative Requirement (GSQR) No. - 1438 BPJ technology has been developed by Defence Materials & Stores Research & Development Establishment (DMSRDE), a Kanpur-based premier laboratory of DRDO. This technology is challenging and one of the most significant matured personal protection systems developed by DRDO among the various GSQRs of Indian Army meeting NIJ III+ Standard, an official press release said.
 
Dr. Christopher urged MKU, Kanpur to maintain a strict vigil on the quality of the Bullet Proof Jackets and to collaborate with DRDO to absorb the DRDO developed technologies. 
 
The function was attended by Director General, Naval System & Materials Cluster of DRDO, Dr S V Kamat; Director of DMSRDE Kanpur, Dr N Eswara Prasad; Managing Director of MKU Limited, Neeraj Gupta besides various corporate Directors of DRDO headquarters. 
 
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Kovind launches ‘Swachhta hi Seva’ campaign from Ishwariganj village of UP

President Ram Nath Kovind launching a nationwide sanitation campaign, ‘Swachhta hi Sewa’, at Ishwariganj village in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on September 15, 2017.
President Ram Nath Kovind launching a nationwide sanitation campaign, ‘Swachhta hi Sewa’, at Ishwariganj village in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on September 15, 2017.
President Ram Nath Kovind  launched a nationwide sanitation campaign, ‘Swachhta hi Seva’, from Ishwariganj village in this district of Uttar Pradesh yesterday.
 
On the occasion, Mr Kovind also administered the ‘Swachhta hi Seva’ pledge to create a clean, healthy and new India. He honoured village-level champions who contributed to making Ishwariganj village ‘Open Defecation Free’. 
 
Addressing the gathering, the President said India is fighting a decisive battle for cleanliness and hygiene. Today, all have taken an oath committing themselves to ensure public, personal and environmental hygiene, he said.
 
He stressed that cleanliness is not the responsibility of only sanitation personnel and government departments. It is a multi-stakeholder national movement. "Together, we should make the effort to clean our houses, public places, villages and cities. The aim is cleanliness and hygiene everywhere, with implications for health and sanitation and overall prosperity of our people," he said.
 
Achieving the goals of the Swachh Bharat Mission expeditiously will be an appropriate tribute to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, he added.
 
 Among the dignitaries present on the occasion were Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath,  Union Minister of Drinking Water & Sanitation Uma Bharati and Dr Murli Manohar Joshi, Lok Sabha MP from Kanpur.
 
Earlier in the day, the President visited the Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Smriti Vatika in Lucknow and paid his respects at the statue of the late social thinker and political leader Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has named the nationwide sanitation campaign from September 15 to October 2 as “Swachhta Hi Seva”. The third anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission falls on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
 
The drive is being coordinated by the Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, the convening Ministry for the Swachh Bharat Mission.
 
Swachhta Hi Seva campaign will see a large-scale mobilisation of people from all walks of life to undertake ‘shramdaan’ for cleanliness and construction of toilets and to make their environments free from open defecation.
 
It also involves targeted cleaning of public and tourist places. The participation will involve everyone from the common citizen to Union Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers, legislators, celebrities and top officials.
 
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Reaching out to the poor and marginalised and providing them with sustainable sanitation services would be the hallmark of this campaign.
 
The Ministry has identified special dates during the campaign period. It includes three Sundays, 17th, 24th September and 1st October when people will be mobilised for large-scale shramdaan for toilet construction, cleaning of public places, bus stands, school and colleges, statues, hospitals and ponds in rural and urban areas. A special cleanliness drive is planned in 15 identified tourist places on October 1.
 
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, is scheduled to visit a village in Karnataka on September 17, which is being celebrated as “Seva Diwas” and offer shramdaan for toilet construction and general cleanliness.
 
On Seva Diwas, September 17, Doordarshan has organised a World TV Premiere of “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha”, a film that has an overwhelming message about access and usage of toilets at 11 am.
 
At the culminating event of the fortnight on October 2 Gandhi Jayanti, which is also the Swachh Bharat Diwas, national awards for essays, films and paintings, and other Swachh Bharat awards will be presented to Swachhta champions from across the country and all walks of life.
 
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Kovind to visit Uttar Pradesh on September 14-15

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President Ram Nath Kovind will pay a two-day visit to Uttar Pradesh from tomorrow, an official press release said here today.
 
Tomorrow, the President will attend a civic reception in Lucknow. On September 15, he will launch the ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’ Programme at Ishwariganj village in Kanpur, the release added.
 
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43 injured as 12 coaches of Kaifiyat Express derail in Auraiya district of UP

 
43 injured as Kaifiyat Express derails in UP
At least 43 passengers suffered injuries when 12 coaches and the engine of the 12225 Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh after a dumper collided with the train at an unauthorised crossing in the early hours of today.
 
The dumper was attempting to cross the tracks at a place where crossings are not allowed when it stalled and was hit by the engine of the train, resulting in the derailment, between Pata and Achalda stations on the Kanpur-Tundla section of Allahabad Division of North Central Railway, official sources said.
 
Today's accident has occurred just four days after 21 passengers died and 97 others suffered injuries when 14 of the 23 coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, last Saturday evening.
 
North Central Railway spokesman Gaurav Krishna Bansal told NetIndian over the telephone that 43 passengers had suffered injuries and were taken to nearby hospitals. Of them, four had serious injuries while 39 had received "simple injuries", he said.
 
Railway officials from nearby stations, including Allahabad, Kanpur and Etawah, have rushed to the scene of the mishap to oversee relief operations.
 
Among others, the General Manager of North Central Railway and the Divisional Railway Manager, Allahabad have left for the scene, the sources said.
 
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Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu is monitoring the rescue and relief efforts and has directed senior officers to reach the site immediately, they said.
 
Mr. Bansal said work on restoration of normal rail traffic on the affected section was in progress and was expected to be completed soon.
 
Apart from railway officials and staff, district administration officials, police and other emergency services personnel rushed to the scene. A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also sent to the spot.
 
Following the accident, the Railways have cancelled or diverted some trains, the sources said.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines for the benefit of passengers and their relatives:
 
New Delhi: 011-23342954, 23341074
Delhi: 011-23962389, 23967332
Nizamuddin: 011-24359748
Anand Vihar 09717648382
Ghaziabad 09412715210
Allahabad: 0532-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
Etawah-05688-1072, 266382, 266383
Lucknow-0522-2237677, 9794830975
Faizabad-05278-222603
Kanpur-0512-1072, 2323015, 2323016, 2323018
Aligarh-0571-1072, 2403458, 2403055
Tundla-05612-1072, 220337, 220338, 220339
Shahganj-9794839010
Allahabad-0532-1072, 2408149, 2408128, 2407353
Fatehpur-05180-1072, 222025, 222026, 222436
Hathras: 05722-107200, 242741, 242742, 242803
Khurja: 05738-1072, 253084, 253085, 253308
Chuna: 05443-1072, 222487, 222137, 290049
Mirzapur: 05442-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
 
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21 injured as 12 coaches of Kaifiyat Express derail in Auraiya district of UP

At least 21 passengers suffered minor injuries when 12 coaches and the engine of the 12225 Azamgarh-Delhi Kaifiyat Express derailed in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh after a dumper collided with the train at an unauthorised crossing in the early hours of today.
 
The dumper was attempting to cross the tracks at a place where crossings are not allowed when it stalled and was hit by the engine of the train, resulting in the derailment, between Pata and Achalda stations on the Kanpur-Tundla section of Allahabad Division of North Central Railway, official sources said.
 
Today's accident has occurred just four days after 21 passengers died and 97 others suffered injuries when 14 of the 23 coaches of the 18477 Utkal Express, from Puri in Odisha to Haridwar in Uttarakhand, derailed at Khatauli, about 25 km from Muzzafarnagar, in Uttar Pradesh, last Saturday evening.
 
North Central Railway spokesman Gaurav Krishna Bansal told NetIndian over the telephone that 21 passengers had suffered "simple injuries" in today's accident and had been taken to nearby hospitals.
 
Railway officials from nearby stations, including Allahabad, Kanpur and Etawah, have rushed to the scene of the mishap to oversee relief operations.
 
Among others, the General Manager of North Central Railway and the Divisional Railway Manager, Allahabad have left for the scene, the sources said.
 
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu is monitoring the rescue and relief efforts and has directed senior officers to reach the site immediately, they said.
 
Mr. Bansal said work on restoration of normal rail traffic on the affected section was in progress and was expected to be completed soon.
 
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Apart from railway officials and staff, district administration officials, police and other emergency services personnel rushed to the scene. A team from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was also sent to the spot.
 
Following the accident, the Railways have cancelled or diverted some trains, the sources said.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines for the benefit of passengers and their relatives:
 
New Delhi: 011-23342954, 23341074
Delhi: 011-23962389, 23967332
Nizamuddin: 011-24359748
Anand Vihar 09717648382
Ghaziabad 09412715210
Allahabad: 0532-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
Etawah-05688-1072, 266382, 266383
Lucknow-0522-2237677, 9794830975
Faizabad-05278-222603
Kanpur-0512-1072, 2323015, 2323016, 2323018
Aligarh-0571-1072, 2403458, 2403055
Tundla-05612-1072, 220337, 220338, 220339
Shahganj-9794839010
Allahabad-0532-1072, 2408149, 2408128, 2407353
Fatehpur-05180-1072, 222025, 222026, 222436
Hathras: 05722-107200, 242741, 242742, 242803
Khurja: 05738-1072, 253084, 253085, 253308
Chuna: 05443-1072, 222487, 222137, 290049
Mirzapur: 05442-1072, 220095, 220096, 220097
 
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Eleven coaches of Mumbai-Lucknow AC Superfast Express derail in UP, no one injured

 
11 coaches of Lucknow-bound Superfast Express derail at Unnao
Eleven coaches of the Lucknow Air-conditioned Superfast Express from Mumbai derailed at Unnao railway station, about 20 km from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, today but none of the passengers suffered any serious injuries, official sources said.
 
Passengers of the affected coaches were cleared to their destinations in a relief train as well as in buses and cars, official sources said.
 
Senior railway officials, incuding the General Manager of Northern Railway and the Divisional Railway Manager, Lucknow, rushed to the spot to oversee relief efforts, they said.
 
The Up line was not affected by the mishap and normal train movement was restored on it soon, the sources said.
 
The Railways set up helplines on telephone numbers 0522-2234607, 9794830973 and 9794830975.
 
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Cabinet okays transfer of Defence land in Kanpur to KVS for school building

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The Union Cabinet yesterday approved the transfer on lease of 6.5628 acres of Defence land to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) at Air Force Station Kanpur (AFS Kanpur). 
 
It will be used for construction of school building and other associated infrastructure in partial modification of its earlier decision on 16.06.2011 wherein it had approved transfer 8.90 acres of defence land to KVS at AFS, Kanpur, an official press release said.
 
The defence land is being transferred on lease basis at a nominal rent of Rs. 1 per annum without any premium in terms of existing Government policy on the subject. The infrastructure for the school will be built by the KVS as per their norms and with their own funds, the release said.
 
Kendriya Vidyalaya at AFS Kanpur is functioning since August 1985 from a temporary barrack-type accommodation which does not fully meet the requirements of a school as per laid down specifications. The existing accommodation has become inadequate to accommodate the increased number of students and required facilities. 
 
The transfer of land would enable KVS to construct its own school building with all the required facilities and amenities for both students and teachers, the release said.
 
The formalities relating to transfer of land to KVS would be completed within a period of two months. KVS will thereupon construct school buildings etc. on the leased land as per their own specifications and at their own cost, it added.
 
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Five dead, several more feared trapped as under-construction building collapses in Kanpur

 
5 dead, several feared trapped as building collapses in Kanpur
At least five people died and several more are still feared trapped under the debris after an under-construction six-storeyed building collapsed in the Jajmau area of Kanpur city in Uttar Pradesh yesterday.
 
Rescue teams managed to extricate a three-year-old girl alive in the early hours of today after she lay buried under the rubble for about twelve hours, official sources said.
 
In all, about 15 people have been brought out alive from the debris but the authorities feared that about 30 people might still be trapped.
 
The rescue teams, using gas cutters and earthmovers, searched through the night for survivors, the sources said. Sniffer dogs and special cameras were being used to look for signs of life under the rubble, they said.
 
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and personnel of the Army have joined the search and rescue operations.
 
Most of the victims were said to be workers and members of their families, mainly from Chhattisgarh.
 
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61 injured as Sealdah-Ajmer express derails near Kanpur

At least 61 passengers suffered injuries when 15 coaches of the 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh early Wednesday morning, official sources said.

 
61 injured as Sealdah-Ajmer express derails near Kanpur
At least 61 passengers suffered injuries when as many as 15 coaches of the 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh early this morning, official sources said.
 
The mishap occurred around 0520 hours close to Rura station on the Kanpur-Tundla section of the Allahabad Division of North Central Railway (NCR), about 50 km from Kanpur, blocking both the up and down lines on the busy Kanpur-New Delhi route for several hours, railway officials said.
 
According to them, the affected coaches were the sixth to the 20th from the engine and included 13 sleeper coaches (S1-S13) and two general coaches.
 
The sources said the injured were admitted to nearby hospitals for  treatment, where the condition of two was said to be serious.
 
Senior officials of the Railways, the district administration and the police as well as personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) rushed to the scene to help in the rescue and relief efforts.
 
An accident relief train and medical vans were also rushed to the spot.
 
Railway Board Chairman A K Mittal was among those who rushed to the scene of the mishap.
 
Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu announced an enhanced ex-gratia payment of Rs. 50,000 for those who suffered grievous injuries and Rs. 25,000 for those with simple injuries.
 
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A statutory inquiry will be conducted into the accident by the Commissioner of Railway Safety (CRS), Northern Circle, under the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
 
Stranded passengers of the affected trains were later cleared towards their respective destinations. They were also provided with drinking water and snacks at Kanpur station by the Railway Administration.  
 
Due to this accident, the traffic on Kanpur – Etawah section has been affected and Railways had to divert, short-terminate and cancel certain trains passing through this section which are being notified by the respective Zonal Railways.
 
Earlier, Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu said earlier in the day that he was monitoring the situation and had directed senior officials to rush to the site immediately.
 
"Immediate medical help being provided to the injured. Mobilized resources,directed all concerned to ensure rescue and relief," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"Thorough investigation will be carried out to ascertain the cause," he added.
 
The Railways have set up the following helpline numbers for passengers and their relatives: 
 
Kanpur 0512-1072, 2323015, 2323016, 2323018
Allahabad 0532-1072, 2408149, 2408128,
Etawah 05688-259376 
Tundla 05612-220337, 220338
 
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Several injured as Sealdah-Ajmer Express derails near Kanpur

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Several passengers suffered injuries when 15 coaches of the 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh early this morning.
 
The mishap occurred around 0520 hours between Rura and Metha stations of North Central Railway, about 50 km from Kanpur, official sources said.
 
An accident relief train and medical teams have reached the scene of the accident, they said.
 
District administration and police officials had also reached the scene and were supervising the rescue and relief efforts.
 
Rail traffic on the busy route has been disrupted and efforts were being made to restore normal movement of trains at the earliest.
 
Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu said he was monitoring the situation and had directed senior officials to rush to the site immediately.
 
"Immediate medical help being provided to the injured. Mobilized resources,directed all concerned to ensure rescue and relief," he said on micro-blogging site Twitter.
 
"Thorough investigation will be carried out to ascertain the cause," he added.
 
Mr. Prabhu said he had directed the Chairman of the Railway Board and all senior officials to ensure the best possible help to the victims.
 
"Ex gratia will be paid to injured . All passengers are being provided with necessary assistance to ensure least inconvenience.Doing our best," he said.
 
He said the the Railways were working with hospitals and the Kanpur Dehat district administration to offer the best possible care for the victims.
 
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126 dead, 110 others injured as Indore-Patna Express derails near Kanpur

At least 126 others died and more than 110 others suffered injuries when 14 coaches of the 19321 Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of Sunday in one of the worst rail disasters in the country in recent years, official sources said.

 
126 dead, 110 hurt as Indore-Patna Express derails near Kanpur
At least 126 others died and more than 110 others suffered injuries when 14 coaches of the 19321 Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of today in one of the worst rail disasters in the country in recent years, official sources said.
 
Senior railway and police officials said the injured had been taken to hospitals in Kanpur.
 
They said the death toll could rise further as rescue teams cut through the mangled and twisted steel of the remaining one of the two worst affected coach.
 
Rescue and relief personnel had evacuated all the other affected coaches of the train, they said.
 
The two coaches had turned turtle and telescoped into each other and a crane and gas cutters had to be used to reach the victims trapped inside them. One of the coaches had climbed onto the other, crushing the coach below, they said.
 
The mishap occurred around 3.10 am between Pokhrayan and Malasa stations on the Jhansi-Kanpur section of North-Central Railway, about 60 km from here, at a time when most passengers were fast asleep, official sources said.
 
Accident relief trains and medical teams rushed to the spot and scores of ambulances were deployed to rush the injured to hospitals, the sources said.
 
Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and the Army also reached the scene to help in the rescue and relief efforts, in which scores of local people joined.
 
Senior district administration, police and railway officials rushed to the scene to oversee the rescue and relief efforts. 
 
Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu and senior Railway officials also left for the spot.
 
"All rescue relief work on to deal with unfortunate accident. All medical and other help rushed. Enquiry ordered. Situation monitored closely," Mr. Prabhu said on micro-blogging Twitter said.
 
"Strictest possible action will be taken against those who could be responsible for accident. All possible mobilisation for relief initiated," He said.
 
"Enquiry team will start investigation for cause of accident immediately All necessary assistance provided to the  affected, We r taking care," he said.
 
The stranded passengers were moved in buses from the site to Malasa station and then to Kanpur, from where a special train with 20 coaches left in the afternoon with 794 passengers of the affected trains.
 
 The Ministry of Railways has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 3.5 lakh to the next-of-kin of those who died in the accident, Rs. 50,000 to those with grievous injuries and Rs. 25,000 for those with simple injuries.
 
This is in addition to the compensation which will be available through the Railway Claims Tribunal.
 
In addition, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced ex-gratia payment of Rs. 2 lakh for the next-of-kin of each of those killed, and Rs. 50,000 for those seriously injured from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF).
 
The Uttar Pradesh Government has also announced ex-gratia payment of Rs. 5 lakh for the next-of-kin of those killed, Rs. 50,000 for the seriously injured and Rs. 25,000 for those who suffered minor injuries.
 
The Railways have also promised to provide the best possible medical treatment for the injured.
 
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Mr. Modi expressed his shock and grief over the loss of lives in the acident. "Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families," he said on Twitter.
 
"Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident. I've spoken to @sureshpprabhu, who is personally monitoring the situation closely," he added.
 
Traffic on the section, which has only a single line, has been affected and several trains have been cancelled or diverted. Efforts are being made to restore normal traffic at the earliest, sources said.
 
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the Director General of NDRF and instructed him to rush NDRF teams to the scene of the tragedy.
 
An official press release said five search and rescue teams of NDRF had been mobilized to Kanpur. One team, comprising 35 responders, rushed to the spot from the Regional Response Centre (RRC) of NDRF at Lucknow, reached the spot at 0810 hours. Two more teams, comprising 79 responders left the NDRF Base at Varanasi and two additional teams of 75 responders were airlifted from HIndan Airbase at Ghaziabad, near Delhi.
 
NDRF teams comprise trained responders equipped with state-of-the-art disaster management gadgets and medical components.
 
NDRF DG R. K. Pachnnda also left for the site from Delhi, the release said.
 
Mr. Prabhu reached the scene of the accident and also met the injured in the hospitals. He also visited the mortuary where the bodies of the deceased passengers are kept and urged officials to facilitate early identifications of the victims.
 
The Railways made arrangements to supply food packets, tea and water bottles to the injured passengers and their relatives at the hospitals.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines for the benefit of passengers and their relatives:
 
Indore- 0731 1072, Ujjain 0734 2560906, Ratlam 07412 1072, Jhansi 0510-1072, Orai 05162-1072, Kanpur 0512-1072, Pokhrayan 05113-270239, Patna 0612-220 2290, 220 2291, 2202292
 
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63 dead, 150 injured as Indore-Patna Express derails near Kanpur

At least 63 people died and more than 150 others suffered injuries when 14 coaches of the 19321 Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of Sunday in one of the worst rail disasters in the country in recent years, official sources said.

 
63 dead as Indore-Patna Express derails near Kanpur
At least 63 people died and more than 150 others suffered injuries when 14 coaches of the 19321 Indore-Patna Express derailed near Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of today in one of the worst rail disasters in the country in recent years, official sources said.
 
Additional Director General of Police Daljit Singh Chawdhary told journalists that at least 63 bodies had been extricated from the mangled coaches, and that the death toll could rise further.
 
He also said that more than 150 people with injuries had been rushed to hospitals in Kanpur.
 
Two coaches, which capsized and telescoped into each other, were the worst affected and cranes and gas cutters were used to cut through the twisted and mangled steel to reach victims trapped inside. One of the coaches had climbed onto the other, crushing the coach below, he said.
 
The mishap occurred around 3.10 am between Pokhraya and Malasa stations on the Jhansi-Kanpur section of North-Central Railway at a time when most passengers were fast asleep, official sources said.
 
Accident relief trains and medical teams have rushed to the spot and scores of ambulances were deployed to rush the injured to hospitals, the sources said.
 
Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) were on their way to scene of the accident and the district administration has also sought the help of the Army for the rescue efforts.
 
Senior district administration, police and railway officials have rushed to the scene to oversee the rescue and relief efforts. The Minister of State for Railways is also on his way to the spot.
 
"All rescue relief work on to deal with unfortunate accident. All medical and other help rushed. Enquiry ordered. Situation monitored closely," Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said on micro-blogging Twitter said.
 
"Strictest possible action will be taken against those who could be responsible for accident. All possible mobilisation for relief initiated," He said.
 
"Enquiry team will start investigation for cause of accident immediately All necessary assistance provided to the  affected, We r taking care," he said.
 
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The stranded passengers were being moved in buses from the site to Malasa station, from where a special train was being arranged to take them to their destinations.
 
The Ministry of Railways has announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 3.5 lakh to the next-of-kin of those who died in the accident, Rs. 50,000 to those with grievous injuries and Rs. 25,000 for those with simple injuries.
 
This is in addition to the compensation which will be available through the Railway Claims Tribunal.
 
The Railways have also promised to provide the best possible medical treatment for the injured.
 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his shock and grief over the loss of lives in the acident. "Anguished beyond words on the loss of lives due to the derailing of the Patna-Indore express. My thoughts are with the bereaved families," he said on Twitter.
 
"Prayers with those injured in the tragic train accident. I've spoken to @sureshpprabhu, who is personally monitoring the situation closely," he added.
 
Traffic on the section, which has only a single line, has been affected and several trains have been cancelled or diverted. Efforts are being made to restore normal traffic at the earliest, sources said.
 
The Railways have set up the following helplines for the benefit of passengers and their relatives:
 
Indore- 0731 1072, Ujjain 0734 2560906, Ratlam 07412 1072, Jhansi 0510-1072, Orai 05162-1072, Kanpur 0512-1072, Pokhrayan 05113-270239, Patna 0612-220 2290, 220 2291, 2202292
 
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7 dead, 7 injured after being run over by truck in Ayodhya

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Seven pilgrims died and an equal number suffered injuries when a speeding container truck ran over them in the early hours of today while they were sleeping on a pavement in the town of Ayodhya in Uttar Pradesh.
 
Official sources said those killed in the incident included four women and three men who hailed from Kanpur.
 
They were among pilgrims who had come to take part in the month-long "Saawan Mela" on the banks of the Saryu river in the town.
 
According to sources, the pilgrims were sleeping on the pavement on the Ayodhya-Basti bypass road when the mishap occurred. 
 
Police said efforts were on to trace the truck and its driver. The bodies of the victims would be handed over to their relatives after post-mortem examination, the sources added.
 
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Delhi-Lucknow train searched after bomb scare

 
Bomb scare on Delhi-Lucknow train
 
The Delhi-Lucknow Shatabdi Express was today evacuated and searched at Ghaziabad station near here, following a bomb scare that turned out to be a hoax.
 
Security at the New Delhi and other railway stations was tightened and some trains were consequently delayed, official sources said.
 
The measures were taken after the Delhi Police got an e-mail message from its counterparts in Mumbai about a bomb being planted on a Kanpur-bound train, on the basis of informationit had received.
 
The Lucknow-bound Shatabdi, which passes through Kanpur, had already left Delhi at 6.10 am and was stopped at Ghaziabad, where all passengers were evacuated from the train and a search was conducted by teams from the local police and the Railway Protection Force (RPF).
 
Sniffer dogs and the bomb disposal squad were also pressed into service.
 
The security agencies gave the train the all-clear signal after an hour-long search yielded nothing. The train resumed its journey at 7.52 am, Northern Railay spokesperson Neeraj Sharma said.
 
The Neelanchal Express, which was to pass through Kanpur, was also searched at the New Delhi Railway Station.
 
There was heightened security at the station, with the help of the Delhi Police and the Government Railway Police, following yesterday's terror attack on an Air Force base at Pathankot in Punjab, and all passengers and pieces of baggage were being checked, he added.
 
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PNC Infratech commences toll operations on Kanpur-Kabrai section of NH-86

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Infrastructure company PNC Kanpur Highways Limited today said it had commenced toll operations with effect from May 7 on the Kanpur-Kabrai section of National Highway (NH) - 86. 
 
PNC Infratech was awarded the project for two-laning with paved shoulder from 7.430 km to 130.100 km in the state of Uttar Pradesh by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on DBFOT basis. 
 
The total project cost was Rs. 458.5 crore, including a grant of Rs. 123.0 Crore. The concession period for the project is 12 years from the appointed date, including 18 months construction period. The stretch has two toll collection points at Aliayapur and Khanna at 43.500 km and 105.500 km respectively.
 
PNC Kanpur Highways Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of PNC Infratech Limited.
 
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Bye-election to be held to UP Legislative Council from Kanpur Graduates' Constituency on Jan 19

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The Election Commission has said that it will hold a bye-election on January 19 to fill a casual vacancy in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council from the Kanpur Division Graduates’ Constituency.
 
The vacancy was caused by the death of sitting member Jagendra Swaroop on July 30, an official press release said. In the normal course, Mr Swaroop's term of office would have ended on November 16, 2016.
 
Notification for the bye-election would be issued on December 26 and the last date for making nominations is January 2, 2015. Counting of votes will be taken up on January 22.
 
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Ashutosh Sharma of IITK appointed Secretary, Department of Science & Technology

Ashutosh Sharma
Ashutosh Sharma
Prof Ashutosh Sharma of the Department of Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kanpur has been appointed as the Secretary, Department of Science & Technology (DST).
 
An official press release said the appointment would be for a period of five years from the date of assumption of charge or until further orders, whichever is earlier.
 
Prof Sharma is the Institute Chair Professor & C . V. Seshadri Chair Professor at the prestigious institute. He is also Coordinator, DST Unit on Nanoscience & Center for Environmental Science and Engineering at the institute.
 
Prof Sharma did his B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from IIT, Kanpur and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Pensylvania State University. He completed his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1987. 
 
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CBI arrests absconding MD of Kanpur firm in Rs 3.72 crore fraud case

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested from Pune the absconding managing director of a Kanpur firm in a case relating to the alleged withdrawal of rs 3.72 crore from the public sector Punjab National Bank (PNB) on the basis of a forged court order.
 
A press release from the agency said the absconder, a resident of Kanpur, was staying in Pune with his family and had been abconding since investigation began in the case.
 
A chargesheet was filed against him and the other accused, the then manager of PNB, Nayaganj, Kanpur for withdrawing Rs.3,72,55,084 from the bank on forged court order.
 
After taking transit remand, he was taken to Lucknow from Pune and produced before a magistrate at Lucknow. The court sent him to judicial custody, the release said.
 
The CBI had registered two cases on January 18, 2005 in the matter. It was alleged that an amount of Rs. 3,72,55,084 was attached and transferred to the Punjab National Bank, Nayaganj, Kanpur from Punjab National Bank, High Value Branch, Lucknow as per the orders of the Additional District Judge-VI, Kanpur Nagar in Izrawad (Execution case) which was pending in the said court. 
 
The said amount was deposited in the joint current account at PNB Nayaganj Kanpur in the names of Kanpur-based private firm and UP Awas Evam Vikas Parishad. Subsequently the accused withdrew the entire amount by opening a current account on the basis of a forged court order purported to have been passed by the court of ADJ-VI, Kanpur Nagar.
 
After investigation of both the cases, a combined charge sheet was filed on 30.11.2006 against the managing director of the firm and the then Chief Manager, Punjab National Bank (PNB), Nayaganj, Kanpur, UP (now compulsorily retired).
 
The trial of the case is under progress against then Chief Manager of Bank whereas, the managing director of the private firm had absconded during investigation/trial. Subsequently, he was declared a proclaimed offender by the Court of Special Judicial Magistrate, CBI Cases, Lucknow on 05.09.2006 and a permanent warrant of arrest was issued against him.
 
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Mukherjee presents standard to 112 HU, colours to 4 BRD of IAF

President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Standard to 112 Helicopter Unit (HU) of Indian Air Force, at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh on March 11, 2014.
President Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Standard to 112 Helicopter Unit (HU) of Indian Air Force, at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh on March 11, 2014.
President Pranab Mukherjee today presented the President's Standard to 112 Helicopter Unit (HU) and Colours to No. 4 Base Repair Depot (BRD) of the Indian Air Force at Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh today.
 
"Ever since their inception, these premier establishments have displayed a rich tradition of professional excellence and have rendered distinguished service to the nation. In recognition of their dedication and devotion to service, the nation honours them this day," Mr Mukherjee, who is also the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said on the occasion.
 
4 BRD undertakes repair and overhaul of turbo-jet aero engines and their aggregates. 
 
Mr Mukherjee said IAF had been commendably executing its mandate of protecting the Indian skies and safeguarding the sovereignty of the nation.
 
"It has also remained at the forefront of providing relief and aid to our citizens during various natural calamities. The resilience and tenacity displayed by the Air Warriors both while undertaking operational commitments as well as during disaster relief contingencies is a great source of strength and also a matter of immense pride for the nation," he said.
 
The President said that, as the country progressed, it was essential to preserve peace for which it needed a strong defence force.
 
"As a nation, we stand firmly committed to peace, stability and prosperity. But should a contingency arise, I am confident that our Armed Forces will valiantly rise to the occasion to meet all the security challenges," he said.
 
Mr Mukherjee noted that 112 HU had an enviable operational history to its credit.
 
"As one of the first helicopter units of IAF raised in the Eastern Sector, it has served with distinction. Not only did it provide exceptional air support to our ground forces during the 1971 operations but its brave Air Warriors have also consistently executed daring high altitude rescue as well as air maintenance missions in the eastern Himalayan Sector. As a part of IPKF operations the unit’s personnel flew several daring missions which firmly established their professional credentials and earned them rich accolades. 
 
"The unit is presently handling the important task of training the next generation of our helicopter crews who will handle the future security challenges to our nation," he said.
 
He said the No. 4 Base Repair Depot has been handling the important task of providing quality aeroengine maintenance support to many operational fleets of the IAF. 
 
Upon its inception, the depot was tasked to repair and overhaul aeroengines for Vampire, Mystere and Toofani aircraft which represented the backbone of our fighter fleet at that time. Over the years the unit has significantly upgraded its capabilities by absorbing contemporary technologies and best technical practices. Today, the depot is handling the aeroengine maintenance support requirements for the Kiran trainer, MiG-27 and the Mirage aircraft fleet. 
 
"The fact that the depot has till date overhauled over 7650 aeroengines while maintaining an enviable safety record reflects the professional ethos of its Air Warriors," he said.
 
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Mukherjee to present standard to 112 HU, colours to 4 BRD of IAF

 
President Pranab Mukherjee will visit Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh tomorrow, where he will present the Standard to 112 Helicopter Unit (HU) and Colours to No. 4 Base Repair Depot (BRD) of the Indian Air Force (IAF).
 
4 BRD undertakes repair and overhaul of turbo-jet aero engines and their aggregates, an official press release added.
 
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AAI signs MoU with UP Govt for development of seven airports in state

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The Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Uttar Pradesh here today for the development of seven airports and civil enclaves in the state.
 
These are the airports at Meerut, Moradabad and Faizabad and new civil enclaves in Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly and Kanpur, an official press release said.
 
The MoU was signed in the presence of Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh.
 
The Government of Uttar Pradesh has handed over three airports -- Meerut, Moradabad and Faizabad -- to AAI. Further, the State Government has also agreed to provide land and other logistical support for establishing new civil enclaves at Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly and Kanpur, the release added.
 
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EIS Electronics begins production of aviation grade cable, harness

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EIS Electronics (India) Pvt Ltd, a joint venture between MKU of India and EIS Electronics of Germany to manufacture aviation grade cable and harness, has started production at its facility here in January this year and is expected to operate to its full capacity by the end of September.

MKU is India's leading manufacturer and supplier of ballistic protection and surveillance equipment for armed forces, paramilitary forces and police worldwide.
 
The MoU was signed between both the companies during Defexpo in February 2012, a press release from the company said.
 
Mr. Sumit Khandelwal, Director, E.I.S. Electronics India, said, "The facility is the only one of its kind in the region to manufacture aviation grade cable and harness and has received a very warm welcome from aviation industry and OEMs. As the product is largely hand crafted, once the facility starts operating full swing it shall generate substantial job opportunities for the locals, especially females seeking employment." 
 
"The quality systems, procedures and technology are 100% German. Entire staff of E.I.S. Electronics India has been trained by German counterpart, supervised and monitored by the German entity to ensure consistent quality for which it has been known," he added.
 
Mr. Thomas Hauschild, MD, E.I.S. Electronics GmbH said, "I am confident that this joint venture will result in producing quality cable harness products further increasing our market share globally, not to mention the huge number of opportunities that we see coming in the next few years in India itself and with number of foreign companies bidding for the defence projects in India, EIS certainly shall serve as a prominent resource partner for foreign manufacturers to effectively discharge their offset obligations in India."
 
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Lakshmi Sehgal suffers heart attack, in critical condition

 
Lakshmi Sehgal in critical condition

Captain Lakshmi Sehgal, who was part of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army (INA), is in a critical condition in a Kanpur hospital today after suffering a cardiac arrest this morning, her family said.

Ms Sehgal, 97, who has been ill for some time, suffered a heart attack this morning at her residence in the Civil Lines area in Kanpur, her daughter and political activist Subashini Ali told journalists outside the hospital.
 
She said doctors were doing their best, but her mother's condition, was not very good. She said her mother, who had also suffered a brain haemorrhage, was conscious and breathing normally.
 
A medical doctor by profession, Capt Sehgal was  honoured by the Government with the Padma Vibhushan in 1998.
 
Born on October 24, 1914 as Lakshmi Swaminathan, she is the daughter of Dr S Swaminathan, a lawyer at the Madras High Court and A V Ammukutty, a social worker and freedom fighter from the well-known Vadakkath family of Anakkara in Palghat, Kerala.
 
She took her MBBS degree from the Madras Medical College in 1938 and then completed a diploma in gynaecology and obstetrics. In 1940, she went to Singapore, where she set up a clinic for the poor, mostly migrant workers from India. 
 
In the mid-1940s, she responded to Netaji's call for raising a women's regiment to fight for Indian independence and joined the newly set-up Rani of Jhansi regiment.
 
In 1971, Capt Sehgal joined the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and was elected to the Rajya Sabha. In 2002, the Left parties nominated her as a candidate in the Presidential elections and was the sole opponent of Mr A P J Abdul Kalam, who won the contest.
 
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CBI arrests four IT officials, two others in bribery case in Kanpur

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today said it had arrested four senior officials of the Income Tax (IT) department, the managing director of a private real estate firm and a chartered accountant from Kanpur in connection with an alleged bribery case.

Those arrested included the Director (Investigation), Additional Director (Investigation), an Assistant Commissioner and an inspector of the IT department, a CBI press release said.
 
The agency had earlier registered a case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act against the IT officials, functionaries of the real estate firm and the chartered accountant. The real estate company has large-scale residential projects in various cities of North India.
 
The release said that it was alleged that the Investigation Wing of the IT Department at Kanpur conducted a survey following reports of suspected tax evasion by the company. Following this, senior officials of the company, along with the chartered accountant, contacted various officials of the IT department at Kanpur to settle the matter illegally and allegedly paid huge amounts of bribe to the four officials.
 
Further, it was alleged that, when the bank lockers of the private company were opened, the IT officials allowed the MD of the company and his family to illegally take away a major portion of the huge amounts of cash and gold stored in it.
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The release said the chartered accountant was working as a middleman between the IT officials and the officials of the private company.
 
The agency conducted searches at the house of the Director (Investigation) in Delhi and recovered Rs 30 allegedly received as bribe by him. Thereafter, searches wre conducted at various places in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Lucknow and Kanpur, which led to the recovery of huge amounts of cash, valuables and incriminating documents, the release said.
 
The arrested accused were produced today before the Special Judge, Patiala House Courts, New Delhi and were remanded to seven days in CBI custody. Further investigation is in progress, the release added.
 
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