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Four held for Bulandshahr violence, police mum on killers' links

Four people have been arrested in connection with the killing of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a young man in violence in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh after cow vigilantes went on a rampage, police said on Tuesday.

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh who was attacked and shot dead by a mob protesting against alleged cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr on December 3, 2018. (File Photo: IANS)
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh who was attacked and shot dead by a mob protesting against alleged cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr on December 3, 2018. (File Photo: IANS)
Four people have been arrested in connection with the killing of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a young man in violence in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh after cow vigilantes went on a rampage, police said on Tuesday.
 
The police, however, maintained it would be too early to conclude about the involvement of any organisation in the violence although local officials linked the mayhem to right-wing Hindu groups.
 
The police said the main conspirator behind Monday's mob violence was Yogesh Raj, who is on the run and is said to be a Bajrang Dal activist. 
 
Additional Director General (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said those arrested were Chaman, Devendra, Ashish Chouhan and Satish, who have been named in the FIR, while the prime suspect was Yogesh Raj.
 
"Those arrested have been found to be leading the crowd after being identified in a video. About 40-50 others who are unidentified were involved in the incident and police is confident of identifying them with the video evidence," he said.
 
The official parried questions about the political links of the three key accused who are also said to include an activist each from the BJP and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
 
"Yes, Yogesh Raj is the main conspirator," he said, adding that he was yet to be arrested. 
 
He said six teams have been formed to probe the incident and an SIT has been constituted to investigate the matter.
 
On allegations that policemen fled the spot leaving the slain Inspector alone, Kumar said the circumstances in which police personnel left the place would be analysed and till then no action would be taken against anyone.
 
He said the Inspector was first injured by a stone.
 
"He fell unconscious and was taken in a vehicle which was attacked by a mob with stones and gunfire," he added. Videos which went viral showed the Inspector dead with a bullet wound near the vehicle and several activists running around in circles.
 
A .32 bore bullet was found lodged in the head of Subodh Kumar Singh.
 
Earlier reports said the Inspector was killed when he tried to reason with the Hindutva activists blocking a busy road with carcasses of animals they claimed were of cows.
 
About the death of the youth, Sumeet, only a probe can reveal whether he was killed in cross-firing or police firing, Kumar said.
 
A view of vehicles that were damaged after violence erupted on Monday in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr in violence by a mob protesting against alleged cow slaughter, on December 3, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
A view of vehicles that were damaged after violence erupted on Monday in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr in violence by a mob protesting against alleged cow slaughter, on December 3, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
He said a bullet had been recovered from the body of Sumit. 
 
The officer said the dead officer was being treated as a "martyr" and full state honour was given to him in Meerut in the presence of the police brass.
 
The body was taken to his village in Etah where he would be cremated with full honours.
 
In his village, his family broke down on seeing the mortal remains. His wife rued that he had sought leave but it was not granted. If he had been given leave, he would have been alive, she said.
 
His two teenage sons paid glowing tributes to their father, saying he never discriminated people on the basis of religion.
 
The officer's elder son Shreya is studying MBA while his younger son Abhishek is a student of engineering.
 
The uncle of the dead Inspector said the family won't accept the compensation of Rs 40 lakh announced by the government and instead wanted the presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the village. 
 
The government has formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the violence, the circumstances leading to it and to identify the people and groups involved. 
 
Meanwhile, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati blamed the state government for the violence in Bulandshahr, saying the "lawlessness" in the state was a result of its "faulty and wrong policies".
 
In a statement, the four-time Chief Minister said that government was now faced with the same mobocracy it inculcated to make political gains over the past many years.
 
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Dust storm on Sunday night leaves 23 dead in Uttar Pradesh

Dust storms, hail and lightning have claimed as many as 23 lives in the last 12 hours in Uttar Pradesh, an official said on Monday.

A dust storm lashing Mathura in Uttar Pradesh on May 13, 2018.(Photo: IANS)
A dust storm lashing Mathura in Uttar Pradesh on May 13, 2018.(Photo: IANS)
Dust storms, hail and lightning have claimed as many as 23 lives in the last 12 hours in Uttar Pradesh, an official said on Monday.
 
The storm hit Etawah, Banda, Auriyya, Meerut, Kanpur rural, Kannauj, Farukkhabad and Orai districts.
 
Late on Sunday, gusty winds, followed by dust storm, had brought life to a standstill in many parts of the state. Many houses were razed to the ground, hoardings and trees uprooted and power outages reported from various cities and towns.
 
The relief commissioner's office, although, has confirmed only 18 deaths besides two dozen injuries in Sunday's dust storm. 
 
District officials have been asked by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to ensure prompt relief, a government spokesman said. 
 
Due to the uprooting of trees, vehicular traffic on the busy G.T. road near Orai was disrupted for more than four hours. 
 
A woman standing under a tree in Kannauj was killed as it fell on her while two persons have been reported dead from Barabanki. 
 
Three deaths, including a child have been reported from Bulandshahr due to a wall collapse.
 
Five persons have been reported dead in Kasganj and one in the temple town of Vrindavan. Two persons died in Saharanpur after being struck with lightning. 
 
One person died in Muzaffarnagar as he was hit by a tree branch when he was driving a bike. 
 
One person was killed in Ghaziabad's Lalkuan area after a tree fell on a car and a six-year-old died in Hapur after falling in a tube well tank due to the squall. 
 
A passerby was hit by a hoarding brought down by winds near the Stellar Jeevan Society in Noida and died while one woman was killed in Aligarh.
 
While one died in Sambhal, two persons were killed in Banjariya village when two minarets of a mosque were ripped off by high velocity winds and they fell on a house. One person was killed in Budayun.
 
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Modi says Defence Industrial Corridor will be set up in UP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that one of the two Defence Industrial Corridors announced in this year's Budget would be established in Uttar Pradesh with likely investments of up to Rs. 20,000 crore which would help in the development of the state, especially the Bundelkhand region.

 
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said one of the two Defence Industrial Corridors announced in this year's Budget would be established in Uttar Pradesh with likely investments of up to Rs. 20,000 crore which would help in the development of the state, especially the Bundelkhand region.
 
Delivering the inaugural address at the Uttar Pradesh Investors' Summit 2018 here, he said the corridor -- which will cover Agra, Aligarh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jhansi and Chitrakoot -- would provide jobs to nearly 2.5 lakh people.
 
Mr. Modi said that the organisation of such a major event in Uttar Pradesh, with the participation of so many investors, was indicative of the change that has come about in the state. He congratulated the State and its Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for establishing itself on the path of development and prosperity in such a short timeframe.
 
He said the State is blessed with an abundance of resources and capabilities. He noted its strengths in agriculture. He complimented Yogi Adityanath for changing the negative atmosphere in the State, to one of positivity and hope. He said the State is making appropriate policies for various sectors. He said the State Government is serious about fulfilling the promises made to farmers, women and youth.
 
He said the State is working on a “One District, One Product” scheme. He said the Union Government’s schemes such as Skill India Mission, Stand Up India, Start Up India and Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, will prove useful in implementing the “One District, One Product” scheme.
 
He said the Union Government’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Scheme would help reduce wastage in the agriculture sector. He said the State had immense potential in ethanol production, due to large sugarcane cultivation.
 
The Prime Minister said that the Kumbh Mela to be organized next year at Prayag, would be the largest such event of its kind in the world.
 
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Mr. Modi referred to the many strengths and attractions of Uttar Pradesh -- the chikan work of Lucknow, jari and zardosi of Varanasi, brassware of Moradabad, glassware of Firozabad, pethas of Agra and the perfumes of Kannauj; its places of tourist importance such as Agra, Ayodhya, Mathura; its mighty rivers Ganga and Yamuna; and its educational institutions like IIT Kanpur, IIM Lucknow and Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
 
He pointed out that it was the number one state in production of foodgrains, sugarcane, milk and potatoes; number two in vegetables and number three in fruits; and among the top states in the small scale industries sector.
 
He stressed the need for the state to develop a better work culture and a business culture and introduce investment-friendly policies to take full advantage of its enormous potential.
 
Mr. Modi referred to the many projects under implementation, including plans for two new international airports at Khushinagar and Jhevar in the state, new airports at Agra, Kanpur, Allahabad, Bareily, Jhansi, Chitrakoot, Moradabad, Aligarh and Azamgarh, and so on.
 
He said that when the Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors as well as the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and the Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Industrial corridor, all of which will pass through Uttar Pradesh, are completed, they will give a major boost to the state's economy.
 
Similarly, work was on on the Haldia-Varanasi national waterway and for metro rail projects in Meerut, Kanpur and Varanasi, and all these projects would help create a world class transport infrastructure in the state, he said.
 
Stating that Gujarat was the first state to host investor summits, a trend that has now spread to all the states, he stressed the importance of setting up a monitoring mechanism to ensure that MoUs are translated into projects on the ground.
 
Finland, the Netherlands, Japan, Czech Republic, Thailand, Slovakia and Mauritius are the partner countries at the two-day summit.
 
President Ram Nath Kovind will address the valedictory session of the summit tomorrow.
 
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Two student leaders among four killed in UP accident

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Four young men, including two student leaders, were killed early on Tuesday when their speeding vehicle rammed into a roadside tree in Mau district of Uttar Pradesh, police said.
 
The accident took place near the Pahsa Bazaar in Haldharpur area.
 
The deceased were identified as Ravi Kant Yadav, 23, Uday Yadav, 20, -- both popular student leaders -- Abhinendra Yadav, 22, and Sandeep Singh. 
 
The car was at a high speed and was completely smashed, a police official told IANS. 
 
He added that a selfie of all the four victims, sitting in the car, taken apparently some time before the accident was recovered from one of the mobile phones.
 
The bodies have been sent for autopsy. A large crowd of college students gathered outside the hospital where the post mortem was to take place.
 
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Bulandshahr violence: SSP, two other police officials transferred

Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh who was attacked and shot dead by a mob protesting against alleged cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr on December 3, 2018. (File Photo: IANS)
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh who was attacked and shot dead by a mob protesting against alleged cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr on December 3, 2018. (File Photo: IANS)
The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday transferred Bulandshahr Senior Superintendent of Police Krishna Bahadur Singh and attached him to the office of the Director General of Police here, a Home Department official said on Saturday.
 
The state government has named Prabhakar Chowdhary as the new district police chief of Bulandshahr.
 
Two more police officials have also been transferred in connection with the mob violence in Bulandshahr town on Monday where an inspector and a civilian were killed, authorities said.
 
Circle Officer (CO) Satya Prakash Sharma and Suresh Kumar, the in-charge of Chingravathi police chowki, have been transferred "for their failure in responding in time to the situation arising on Monday in that area".
 
The decision was taken on the basis of a report submitted by the Additional Director General of Police S. B. Shiradkar. 
 
The senior Home Department official said they have been taken to task for not being fast enough in reacting to the situation that arose after some Hindu right-wing activists found some animal carcasses in a field and took them on tractor-trolleys to block a road.
 
Police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and the civilian from Chingravathi village, Sumit Singh, were killed in the mob violence that followed.
 
The action was taken after a high-level meeting was presided over by the Director General of Police (DGP) O. P. Singh, who had handed over the report to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on his arrival from New Delhi.
 
Adityanath, though, has already termed the Bulandshahr incident an "accident".
 
He had earlier said the incident was the result of a "big conspiracy" but at a media event in Delhi on Friday he said that the incident was actually an accident. 
 
"No mob lynching happened in Uttar Pradesh, what happened in Bulandshahr is an accident," he said.
 
The police have arrested nine accused but the main accused Yogesh Raj, the district convener of the Bajrang Dal, continues to be at large.
 
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Bulandshahr mob violence: Two police officials transferred

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Two police officials have been transferred in connection with the mob violence in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr town earlier this week where an inspector and a civilian were killed, authorities said on Saturday.
 
Acting on a report submitted by the Additional Director General of Police S. B. Shiradkar, Circle Officer (CO) Satya Prakash Sharma and Suresh Kumar, the in-charge of Chingravathi police chowki, have been transferred "for their failure in responding in time to the situation arising on Monday in that area".
 
A senior home department official said they have been taken to task for not being fast enough in reacting to the situation that arose after some Hindu right-wing activists found some animal carcasses in the field and took them on tractor trolleys to block a road. 
 
Police inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and the civilian from Chingravathi village, Sumit Singh, were killed in the mob violence thereafter.
 
The action was taken after a high-level meeting was presided over by the Director General of Police (DGP) O. P. Singh, who had handed over the report to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on his arrival from New Delhi. 
 
Meanwhile, Adityanath has termed the Bulandshahr incident an "accident". 
 
He had earlier said the incident was result of a "big conspiracy" but at a media event in Delhi on Friday, he said that the incident was actually an accident.
 
"Uttar Pradesh mein koi mob lynching ki ghatna nahi hui hai... Bulandshahr mein jo hua wo ek durghatna thi (No mob lynching happened in Uttar Pradesh, what happened in Bulandshahr is an accident)," he said. 
 
The police have arrested nine accused but the main accused Yogesh Raj, the district convener of the Bajrang Dal, continues to be at large.
 
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Lok Sabha member Savitri Phule quits BJP, says party dividing society

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In a jolt to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh, Lok Sabha member Savitri Phule resigned from the party on Thursday accusing it of trying to divide the society.
 
"I am a social worker. I work for Dalits. The BJP is doing nothing for Dalit reservation," the saffron-robed politician from Bahraich said on the sidelines of an event to mark the death anniversary of B.R. Amedkar here. 
 
She said that, while she had quit the BJP, she would continue to be a Lok Sabha member till the end of her tenure.
 
The 37-year-old has been working at cross-purposes with her party for the last one year, many a times openly flouting the party line. 
 
Last week, she also took exception to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's remarks that Lord Hanuman was a Dalit and asked if that was the case, why Dalits were not made priests in all Hanuman temples.
 
A leader of Dalits, Phule has demanded that instead of a Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, the BJP should construct a temple of Lord Buddha there.
 
Soon after her resignation was announced, Uttar Pradesh cabinet Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar, leader of a BJP ally, said this was the beginning of a revolt in the BJP.
 
He said: "There are many MPs and MLAs who are not happy with the style of functioning of the state government, Wait and watch... more such events will happen."
 
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Slain UP inspector's family meets Adityanath

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The family of slain Uttar Pradesh Police Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh, who was killed in the Bulandshahr mob violence, met Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath here on Thursday, even as the main conspirator of the mayhem, Bajrang Dal's Yogesh Raj, continues to evade an arrest.
 
The meeting was held at the 5, Kalidas Marg residence of the Chief Minister here, where Sunita, the widow of Subodh Kumar, and her two sons Shreya and Abhishek were present.
 
Adityanath told the bereaved family that his government was with them in their hour of tragedy and would always remain by them, an official told IANS. 
 
It was in Monday's violence that the inspector was killed along with another civilian. 
 
Although the prime accused -- Bajrang Dal's district coordinator Yogesh Raj -- is still at large, the police have arrested four others named by him in an FIR alleging cow slaughter.
 
Sarfuddin, Shajid, Asif and Nanhe -- who were among the seven accused named for cow slaughter in the First Information Report (FIR), have been arrested, the police said.
 
The police also had reportedly picked up two minors but were forced to release them after villagers stormed the police station.
 
There have already been two high-level meetings on the Bulandshahr incident with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. However, there was "no clarity on the line of action" with regards to the arrests of men belonging to the VHP, Bajrang Dal and BJP -- named in another FIR, informed sources said. 
 
Two press notes released by the Chief Minister's Office showed no mention of the lawlessness perpetrated by the Bajrang Dal and their ilk, but speak in detail about how strict action should be taken against people involved in slaughter of cows or running illegal abbatoirs, despite a ban announced on March 17, 2017, days after the Bharatiya Janata Party government was sworn in.
 
"It is now proved beyond doubt that the police is deliberately not taking any action against the Bajrang Dal leader as they have connections with the BJP," Vaibhav Maheshwari, the state spokesman of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) told IANS.
 
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BJP leader murdered in Lucknow

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A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader has been stabbed to death here in Uttar Pradesh, police said on Tuesday.
 
Pratyishmani Tripathi, 34, was in Badshahnagar late on Monday, when some men attacked him with sharp-edged weapons. 
 
Tripathi was discovered bleeding on the roadside by passersby. The assailants remained unidentified as they had managed to flee before anyone else arrived at the scene.
 
The ruling party man was rushed to the trauma centre of the King George's Medical University (KGMU) here.
 
Just before he died at around 3 a.m., his wife claimed that he had named five men who attacked him. Tripathi was involved in a spat with some neighbours a few days back over an eve teasing incident, his family members said.
 
Hundreds of his supporters had gathered outside the hospital raising anti-police slogans. They said the slain leader had petitioned the district police chief sometime back, fearing for his life and demanding security but the request fell on deaf ears.
 
Heavy security deployment has been made in the area. District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma faced stiff agitation as family and public demanded immediate suspension of Lucknow SSP Kalanidhi Naithani. 
 
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Police inspector killed in UP amid violence over cow

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A police inspector was killed in Bulandshahr district in Uttar Pradesh on Monday after violence broke out in the aftermath of an alleged case of cow slaughter, police said.
 
Senior police officials have rushed to the crime scene.
 
According to information here, members of several Hindu groups with an alleged cow carcass gathered on the Bulandshahr-Syana road and pelted stones at the police personnel.
 
The mob also vandalized vehicles and attacked police officials. They torched several passing vehicles.
 
In the violence, Inspector Subodh Singh of Syana police station and four constables were injured. The profusely bleeding inspector was rushed to the Aurangabad community health centre (CHC) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
 
District Magistrate Anuj Jha confirmed the death of the police officer.
 
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Two killed in accident on Agra-Lucknow Expressway

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Two persons were killed on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway on Saturday when a tourist bus rammed into nearby vehicles, including a police gypsy, at a toll plaza. The bus driver has been arrested, police said.
 
The bus was travelling from Muzaffarpur in Bihar to Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. 
 
Police said the driver of the bus lost control while moving in the queue of the toll plaza and hit other nearby vehicles, including a flower cart. 
 
It first hit a florist and then rammed into the railing and jumped into another lane to hit the police Gypsy van. 
 
The deceased have been identified as toll employee Amarkant Pachauri and florist Sonu. Some security guards at the toll plaza were injured in the mishap.
 
The Gypsy belongs to the escort of Shrikant Sharma, Power Minister, Uttar Pradesh. One policeman, who was inside the vehicle, was also injured.
 
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Nine killed in road accident in UP's Lalitpur

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Nine persons, including five children, were killed on Wednesday when their car was hit by a dumper in Lalitpur in Uttar Pradesh, police said.
 
The car was going from Lalitpur to Sagar. Five persons have been admitted to a hospital in serious condition.
 
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14-year-old shot accidentally at religious event in UP

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A minor boy was shot dead in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh around midnight last night during a religious congregation, police said on Monday.
 
The 14-year-old was part of the crowd that had gathered to hear the 'Bhagwad Katha'. He died on the spot after being hit by a bullet that was apparently shot to 'kill' Kans in the act being enacted on the stage.
 
Senior police officials rushed to the scene at the Bhaduiya Math village. 
 
An official told IANS that it had been decided that the dummy of Kans hanging on a tree near the temple -- venue of the congregation -- would be shot and killed. The boy, Pradeep, who was watching the show was however shot in the chest in the firing that ensued.
 
He was rushed to a nearby medical facility where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Sanjay Kumar, additional superintendent of police, said that a probe has been ordered and the body has been sent for post-mortem examination
 
Many people die every year in Uttar Pradesh in celebratory firing during weddings and incidents like this. There is a ban on such firing but the law implementation is poor, an official averred.
 
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BJP's ally in UP slams campaign to rename cities

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The Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), a constituent of the coalition government in Uttar Pradesh led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), on Saturday slammed the BJP's campaign to rename cities as a "drama" aimed at diverting the attention of the people from the real issues.
 
The Uttar Pradesh government recently changed the names of the Mughalsarai railway junction, Allahabad and Faizabad districts.
 
"Whenever serious issues like the rights of the backward classes are raised, the BJP comes up with such ideas to fool the people," SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar said. 
 
Rajbhar, who is the Minister of the Department of Backward Classes Welfare and the Department of Disabled People Development, also questioned the delay in the division of reservation by the Chief Minister despite the report of the Other Backward Castes Social Justice Committee. 
 
"By changing the names of districts and cities, will the poor get rich, the marginalised get justice," Rajbhar asked.
 
He said that the Muslim rulers had played a significant role in the state and indeed the country, and wondered if people should stop using the GT road or stop visiting the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort.
 
The SBSP chief also said that the BJP should first change the names of their Muslim leaders like Shahnawaz Hussain, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Mohsin Raza. 
 
The Uttar Pradesh government recently changed the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj, and Faizabad to Ayodhya. This is being seen as an attempt by the BJP to consolidate the Hindus ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
 
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India hammer West Indies by 71 runs, win series 2-0

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An all-round show guided India to a thumping 71-run victory over the West Indies in the second contest of the three-match T20 international series at the newly inaugurated AB Vajpayee Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
It was a completely one-sided affair as the hosts dominated the visitors in every department of the game and with the thumping win India also took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the rubber.
 
After Rohit Sharma took every West Indian bowler to the cleaners to bring up his fourth T20 ton as India put a mammoth 196-run target before the visitors, the bowlers also rose to the occasion to restrict the opponents to 124/9 in the allotted 20 overs.
 
Chasing the huge target, the visitors were off to a poor start as openers Shai Hope (6) and Shimron Hetmyer (15) were packed back by Khaleel Ahmed as the West Indies' scorecard read 33/2 in 5.2 overs.
 
With the addition of another 15 runs in the visitors' score, Kuldeep Yadav struck twice in his first over to dismiss Darren Bravo (23) and Nicholas Pooran (4) in the eighth over.
 
Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also joined the party to pick up the wicket of Denesh Ramdin (10), leaving West Indies reeling at 81/6 in 13.4 overs. A fine throw by Krunal Pandya in the very next ball saw incoming batsman Fabian Allen failing to make his ground and he departed without any contribution.
 
Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar then scalped one wicket each to dismantle West Indies' lower order before skipper Carlos Brathwaite, who remained unbeaten, and Keemo Paul chipped in with 15 and 20 runs, respectively, as the visitors somehow managed to reach the three-digit mark.
 
West Indies could only manage to reach 124 runs losing nine wickets in 20 overs as the visitors lost the T20I series too, with one match to go.
 
For India, Bhuvneshwar, Bumrah, Khaleel and Kuldeep bagged two wickets each.
 
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Earlier, Rohit became the leading Indian scorer in Twenty20 Internationals (T20I) as he cracked an unbeaten hundred to help the hosts post 195/2.
 
Rohit remained unbeaten after smashing 111 runs off 61 balls, his innings studded with eight fours and seven sixes as the tourists could not find an answer to the Indian stand-in captain's brilliance after opting to bowl first.
 
Rohit, who hit counterpart Brathwaite for a four in the third ball of the last over to bring up his fourth T20 ton -- the most by any batsman -- now has 2108 runs in the shortest format of the game. Regular skipper Virat Kohli is behind him at 2102 runs.
 
The Indian openers had to weather some good fast bowling by West Indies at the start, but from the moment Rohit broke the shackles with a six off the first ball of spin he faced, he looked unstoppable. 
 
Rohit smashed 20 runs off the last over with Lokesh Rahul (26 not out) for company. Rahul hit two fours and a six to further propel the score.
 
Shikhar Dhawan (43 off 41; 3x4) also returned to form and joined hands with Rohit for a 123-run opening wicket stand.
 
For the hapless Windies, Fanian Allen returned best figures of 1/33 as all the bowlers were taken to the cleaners by Rohit.
 
Pacer Oshane Thomas started proceedings with a maiden, clocking 146 kmph in the last ball of the first over.
 
Till the fourth over, there was no boundary hit as Keemo and Thomas restricted the hosts to 11/0.
 
It was only in the fifth over that Rohit and Dhawan changed gears, hitting Thomas for 17 runs to take the score to 49/0 at the end of the powerplay.
 
There was no stopping the pair from there on as India raced to 83/0 at the halfway stage with both batsmen looking good for big scores.
 
Rohit was dropped by Khary Pierre when he was batting on 27 with the bowler claiming he had completed the catch but action replays showing the ball bounced before reaching Pierre.
 
Dhawan was also dropped on 28 by Keemo Paul at the midwicket boundary off Brathwaite.
 
But just when Dhawan was looking good for a half century, Nicholas Pooran took a fine catch at the long leg boundary off Fabian Allen to get rid of the southpaw.
 
Pierre got the back of Risabh Pant who was caught on the midwicket boundary by Hetmyer. 
 
Brief scores: India 195/2 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 111 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 43; Fabian Allen 1/33) beat West Indies 124/9 in 20 overs (Darren Bravo 23, Keemo Paul 20; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2/12)
 
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Rohit cracks magnificent ton to help India post big total

Rohit Sharma (File Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
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Rohit Sharma became the leading Indian scorer in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) as he cracked an unbeaten hundred to help the hosts post 195/2 in their 20 overs against the West Indies in the second T20I at the newly inaugurated AB Vajpayee Cricket Stadium here on Tuesday.
 
Rohit remained unbeaten after smashing 111 runs off 61 balls, his innings studded with eight fours and seven sixes as the tourists, who are trailing the three-match series 0-1, could not find an answer to the Indian stand-in captain's brilliance after opting to bowl first.
 
Rohit, who hit counterpart Carlos Brathwaite for a four in the third ball of the last over to bring up his fourth T20 ton -- the most by any batsman -- now has 2108 runs in the shortest format of the game. Regular skipper Virat Kohli is behind him at 2102 runs.
 
The Indian openers had to weather some good fast bowling by West Indies at the start, but from the moment Rohit broke the shackles with a six off the first ball of spin he faced, he looked unstoppable. 
 
Rohit smashed 20 runs off the last over with Lokesh Rahul (26 not out) for company. Rahul hit two fours and a six to further propel the score.
 
Shikhar Dhawan (43 off 41; 3x4) also returned to form and joined hands with Rohit for a 123-run opening wicket stand.
 
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For the hapless Windies, Fanian Allen returned best figures of 1/33 as all the bowlers were taken to the cleaners by Rohit.
 
Pacer Oshane Thomas started proceedings with a maiden, clocking 146 kmph in the last ball of the first over.
 
Till the fourth over, there was no boundary hit as Keemo Paul and Thomas restricted the hosts to 11/0.
 
It was only in the fifth over that Rohit and Dhawan changed gears, hitting Thomas for 17 runs to take the score to 49/0 at the end of the powerplay.
 
There was no stopping the pair from there on as India raced to 83/0 at the halfway stage with both batsmen looking good for big scores.
 
Rohit was dropped by Khary Pierre when he was batting on 27 with the bowler claiming he had completed the catch but action replays showing the ball bounced before reaching Pierre.
 
Dhawan was also dropped on 28 by Keemo Paul at the midwicket boundary off Brathwaite.
 
But just when Dhawan was looking good for a half century, Nicholas Pooran took a fine catch at the long leg boundary off Fabian Allen to get rid of the southpaw.
 
Pierre got the back of Risabh Pant who was caught on the midwicket boundary by Shimron Hetmyer. 
 
Brief scores: 
 
India 195/2 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 111 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 43; Fabian Allen 1/33) vs West Indies.
 

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Four railway gangmen mowed down by train while repairing track

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Four railway gangmen were killed on Monday in Uttar Pradesh's Hardoi district when a train ran over them, police said. The men were working on the tracks between Sandila and Umartalai when the incident took place.
 
The deceased have been identified as Kaushal (30), Rajendra (28), Rajesh (32) and Ram Swaroop (59). 
 
Railway officials say a probe has been ordered as to why adequate precautions were not taken when repairs were under way by the gangmen. They were run over by Akal Takht Express.
 
Superintendent of Police (SP) Hardoi Alok Priyadarshi along with senior railway officials pacified the irate families who refused to leave the tracks and allow the bodies to be taken for post-mortem. 
 
Officials said prima facie the fault seems to be of the permanent way inspector Ram Sanjeevan who was sitting far off from where the repair work was under way.
 
He neither blocked the tracks nor put red flags to alert coming drivers of trains, an official said, adding that a full probe would fix the responsibility. 
 
The gangmen had reportedly tightened four bolts on the tracks and had they not done so, the train could have derailed, causing major damage.
 
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IIM-Lucknow Director Ajit Prasad passes away

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Professor Ajit Prasad, Director of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM)-Lucknow passed away on Wednesday after a brief illness, T.R. Girijavallabhan, administrative officer of the institute said. He was 61.
 
Prasad was admitted to the Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) two weeks back and had been on life support since then.
 
Prasad joined IIM-Lucknow as its Director on November 2, 2015.
 
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Blast in UP firecracker unit kills eight

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Eight persons were killed and six critically injured on Friday when a stockpile of crackers exploded at a firecracker factory in Budayun district of Uttar Pradesh, police said.
 
The tragedy took place at Rasoolpur in a house where the firecrackers were being manufactured ahead of Diwali. The explosion led to many neighbouring houses developing cracks on the walls. 
 
Police and the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) were pressed into service to rescue those believed to be buried under the rubble. One body was found in the debris. 
 
District Magistrate Dinesh Kumar Singh said a probe was on.
 
The state government announced ex-gratia payment of Rs 2 lakh each to the families of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to the injured. 
 
The deceased were identified as Sanju (25), Sher Singh (45), Ramesh (30), Yameen (40), Pannalal (40), Guddu Sharma (23), Satish (25) and Shyam Lal (55).
 
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Airports alerted, police hunt for ex-BSP MP's son

 
Man brandishes gun during argument outside 5-star hotel in Delhi
Authorities alerted airports and a Delhi Police team reached Lucknow on Tuesday in search of a former BSP MP's son who whipped out a pistol during a scuffle with a man at a luxury hotel in the national capital, officials said.
 
The three-member squad, led by Inspector Harish Chandra, went to Ashish Pandey's residence and the houses of his relatives but could not find him, an officer said. 
 
Pandey, son of former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA and MP Rakesh Pandey, pulled out the weapon during an argument with a man at the porch of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in south Delhi on Sunday around 3.40 a.m., police said.
 
In a video of the incident, Ashish Pandey and his friends can be heard abusing the man who used the ladies' washroom, police said.
 
Delhi's Joint Commissioner of Police Ajay Chaudhry said: "We are afraid he (Pandey) might leave the country. So, a look-out circular has been issued at airports across the country. 
 
"He doesn't live in Delhi. He has his residence in Lucknow... We are in coordination with the Uttar Pradesh Police and will be able to arrest him soon," Chaudhry said.
 
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju took to Twitter to say that "strong and appropriate action will be taken" against the culprits including the friends of Ashish Pandey. 
 
Police took suo motu cognizance of the incident, which Chaudhry said wasn't reported by the hotel authorities or by the people involved in the fight but was recorded in a video that went viral on the social media.
 
"It happened during a party at the hotel. Ashish had an argument with someone who used a ladies' washroom and the video showed him brandishing a pistol went viral," he said. 
 
The Uttar Pradesh Police is assisting the Delhi Police in the hunt for Ashish Pandey.
 
When the police team reached Pandey's house in Vaibhav Khand in Lucknow's Gomti Nagar area, a domestic help said that Pandey visited the place once or twice a month. 
 
A case under the Arms Act and the Indian Penal Code has been registered against the accused. 
 
Chaudhry said the hotel was yet to respond as to why the incident wasn't reported to the police. 
 
Meanwhile, Hyatt Hotel issued a statement saying the safety of their guests was their primary concern and that they were working with the police in this direction.
 
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Five dead, several injured as New Farakka Express derails near Rae Bareli

A  view of the scene near Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, where seven people died when nine coaches and the engine of the New Farakka Express derailed, on October 10, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
A view of the scene near Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, where seven people died when nine coaches and the engine of the New Farakka Express derailed, on October 10, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
At least five people died and several others suffered injuries when the engine and nine coaches of the 14003 Malda-New Delhi New Farakka Express derailed near Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh this morning, official sources said.
 
Northern Railway officials told NetIndian from the scene of the accident that about 38 passengers had suffered injuries and they had been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Four of them had grievous injuries, they said.
 
Railway officials had earlier in the day put the number of deaths in the accident at seven, but corrected the figure later after cross-checking information with various hospitals.
 
Minister for Railways announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 5 lakh for the next-of-kin of the deceased passengers, Rs. 1 lakh for those who suffered grievous injuries and Rs. 50,000 for those with minor injuries.
 
The mishap occurred at around 0605 hours close to Harchandpur station, about 15 km from Rae Bareli and about 60 km from state capital Lucknow.
 
The sources said senior railway officials of the Lucknow Division as well as district administration and police officials rushed to the spot to oversee the rescue and relief efforts.
 
Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) also reached the scene, they said.
 
Efforts were being made to restore traffic on the affected section at the earliest, they said, adding that the cause of the derailment was yet to be ascertained.
 
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The Northern Railway identified the deceased passengers as Shambhu (25), s/o Mohan, Munger, Bihar; Sunita (52), w/o Mohan, Munger, Bihar; Rita (1), d/o Munger, Bihar; Ajay Kumri (45), s/o Ghutkha Nand Kumari, Kishanganj, Bihar; and Dinesh S/o Rasiklal Manjhi (7), Munger, Bihar.
 
Those who were grievously injured were: Anita Devi (25), w/o Radha Mohan; Rinku (20) s/o Nadim Sheikh; Rajiv (32), s/o Ram Laghu; Sujan (12), s/o Ram Bilasi.
 
The Railways set up the following helpline numbers for passengers and their relatives:
Malda -           03512-266000, 269055, 9002074480
Bhagalpur-      0641 2422433, 2421232
Sahibganj-      06436-222061, 225384
Jamalpur-       06344-243101
New Farakka- 7595046555
Moradabad-    1072, Railway- 2101
Bareilly-           0581 2558162, Railway- 3101
New Delhi-      011 23341074, 01123342954  Railway- 22280
Varanasi-        Railway- 63733, 0542 2503814
Lucknow-        Railway-25606, 9794830975, 9794830974
Rae Bareli-     0535 2213154
Pratapgarh-    0532 220492
 
Several trains were cancelled or diverted due to the derailment, railway sources added.
 
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Seven dead as New Farakka Express derails near Rae Bareli

A  view of the scene near Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, where seven people died when nine coaches and the engine of the New Farakka Express derailed, on October 10, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
A view of the scene near Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh, where seven people died when nine coaches and the engine of the New Farakka Express derailed, on October 10, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
At least seven people died and several others were injured when nine coaches of the 14003 Malda-New Delhi New Farakka Express derailed near Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh this morning, official sources said.
 
Northern Railway officials told NetIndian from the scene of the accident that about 30 passengers had suffered injuries and they had been taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
 
The mishap occurred at around 0605 hours close to Harchandpur station, about 15 km from Rae Bareli and about 60 km from state capital Lucknow.
 
The sources said senior railway officials of the Lucknow Division as well as district administration and police officials had reached the spot to oversee the rescue and relief efforts.
 
Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have also reached the scene, they said.
 
Efforts were being made to restore traffic on the affected section at the earliest, they said, adding that the cause of the derailment was yet to be ascertained.
 
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BrahMos scientist held on spying charge, 2 others raided in UP

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A young scientist working with the BrahMos Aerospace Pvt Ltd (BAPL)'s missile research centre in Nagpur was arrested on Monday on alleged charges of spying for Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI and other countries, informed sources said.
 
Scientist Nishant Pradeep Agrawal has been working for the last four years in the BAPL, an Indo-Russian Joint Venture, and was nabbed in a joint operation of Uttar Pradesh Police and Maharashtra Police.
 
The UP-Anti Terrorist Squad (UP-ATS) has also raided two other unidentified persons in Agra and Kanpur in the north India state and seized their laptops, an official statement of the Uttar Pradesh Police said on Monday.
 
Following a tip-off, he was placed under surveillance for the past few days by the Military Intelligence as well as Uttar Pradesh Police and Maharashtra Police.
 
The BAPL officer has been booked under the Official Secrets Act (OSA), the sources said.
 
The UP Police statement said the UP-ATS had monitored fake Facebook accounts originating from Pakistan in the name of women to "honey-trap" key officials working in sensitive defence-related set-ups in India.
 
The information came to light after the Border Security Force (BSF) recently nabbed a person in Noida, Uttar Pradesh, and two fake Facebook IDs of women created in Pakistan were put under observation after they were found to be chatting with Agrawal.
 
Accordingly, the UP-ATS acquired a search warrant from a court and along with Maharashtra ATS, swooped on Agrawal's residence at Ujjwal Nagar in Nagpur.
 
"We have found certain secret and ultra-sensitive information on his personal computer. It should not been there on his personal laptop. It violates the provisions of the OSA, and hence he has been arrested," the statement added.
 
The joint ATS teams of the two states also searched his BMAL office and from another location recovered an old laptop which is being examined to see if it contains anything objectionable.
 
The UP-ATS has moved a local court in Nagpur seeking a transit remand to take Agrawal to Lucknow for further investigations.
 
They said that after the investigations, they would be able to know what kind of chats he was having with the fake women's accounts on Facebook.
 
Depending on the outcome, the accused may be slapped with additional charges, the UP-ATS said.
 
As per preliminary information, Agrawal was reportedly passing on certain highly classified information, including "technological and other details", to the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan as well as the USA.
 
However, official circles are not aware of what kind of access to sensitive information or the security clearance levels Agrawal enjoyed in the company.
 
Hailing from Roorkee in Uttarakhand, Agarwal had been recently awarded the "Young Scientist Award" for the year 2017-18. 
 
He had got married earlier this year and had been living in a rented house in Nagpur's Ujjwala Nagar.
 
Among other things, the BrahMos centre is involved in manufacturing certain critical components for the BrahMos missile, considered the world's fastest cruise missile that can be launched from land, ships, aircraft or submarines.
 
The Indo-Russian joint venture's recent development of the latest version of the BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile has elicited keen interest in global defence circles and several major political powers in the world.
 
The missile -- successfully test-fired on July 16 from the Integrated Test Range at Balasore in Odisha -- is an outcome of a joint venture of India's Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) and Russia's NPO Mashinostroyenia Corp (NPOM), since 2011.
 
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Kovind to visit Kanpur, Lucknow on Saturday

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President Ram Nath Kovind will pay an official visit to Kanpur and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh tomorrow.
 
In Kanpur, the President will attend the International Conference on Women’s Health, Wellness and Empowerment organised by the Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India and the Kanpur Obstetric and Gynaecological Society.
 
He will also address a seminar organised by the Talent Development Council, Kanpur, and unveil the statue of late freedom fighter Shyamlal Parshad.
 
On the same day in Lucknow, Mr. Kovind will inaugurate the 4th International Science Festival organised by the Ministry of Science & Technology, the Ministry of Earth Sciences and the Vijnana Bharati, an official press release said.
 
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IAF microlight crashes in UP, pilots safe

 
IAF's microlight aircraft crashes in Baghpat, pilots safe
 
 
A two-seater Indian Air Force (IAF) plane crashed in a field in Uttar Pradesh's Bagpat district on Friday, police said. However, the two pilots were safe.
 
The ML-130 microlight plane had taken off from the Hindon airbase in Ghaziabad and was reportedly participating in a drill for Air Force Day. 
 
The incident occurred at around 10 am in the thickets of Ranchad in Binauli area. 
 
Rishirendra Kumar, the District Magistrate of Bagpat told IANS, that barring the nose of the aircraft there were no other damages. 
 
"The plane nosedived and is hanging upside down in between the trees. IAF officials are on the spot along with me and they are doing the needful," he added.
 
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