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13 more Rohingyas from Myanmar held in Assam

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With the arrest of 13 more Myanmar Rohingya Muslims in Assam a total of 35 Myanmarese, including women and children, have been detained in the past one month for illegally entering northeast India, officials said on Thursday.

An Assam Police official in Karimganj said that acting on information, 13 Rohingyas, suspected to be refugees fleeing from their camps in southeast Bangladesh, were held on Wednesday from Churaibari in southern Assam.

According to the police, the foreign nationals including six children and three women, were detained from a Guwahati-bound night bus from Agartala.

The adult men and women detainees are aged between 20 and 33 years.

“The Rohingyas might have entered Tripura from Bangladesh before moving for Guwahati by bus in search of jobs,” the police official said.

“During the initial questioning, the Rohingyas admitted that they were trying to go to Hyderabad or Jammu in search of work,” the official said.

In the latter part of November, the Assam police, Railway Protection Force (RPF) and Government Railway Police (GRP) troopers arrested 22 Rohingyas, including children and a woman, in two separate incidents. They are now in jail.

Rohingyas from refugee camps in Bangladesh often enter the northeastern states of India illegally in search of jobs or get trapped in human trafficking. Over 738,000 Rohingyas from Rakhine in western Myanmar have taken shelter in camps in Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh since the beginning of the ethnic troubles in August, 2017, in Myanmar following a wave of violence and persecution, which has been described by the United Nations as attempted ethnic cleansing.

Four northeastern states – Arunachal Pradesh (520 km), Manipur (398 km), Nagaland (215 km) and Mizoram (510 km) – share 1,643 km long unfenced borders with Myanmar while Tripura (856 km), Meghalaya (443 km), Mizoram (318 km) and Assam (263 km) share 1,880 km long borders with Bangladesh.

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Mumbai Police probing ‘fraud’ in private society vaccination drive

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Fraud. (IANS Infographics)

The Mumbai Police have launched investigations into an alleged fraud in a posh Kandivali housing complex where a private vaccination drive was undertaken two weeks ago, an official said.

“We are probing the matter after the society’s complaint, but so far, there is no FIR lodged nor any detentions or arrests,” a police official said.

According to the residents of the Hiranandani Heritage Society (435 flats in three towers) in Kandivali west, a fraudster allegedly carried out the vaccination drive for 390 people comprising society members and their families, in-house staff like security guards, drivers or domestic helpers on May 30.

It was conducted through a couple of facilitators, Rajesh Pandey and Sanjay Gupta, who claimed to represent leading private institutions like the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital (KDAH) and the Nanavati Hospital- and agreed to provide 400 vaccine doses for around Rs 1,260 each, for which the society paid around Rs 5 lakh.

However, top authorities of the KDAH and the Nanavati Hospital have stated that they had nothing to do with the entire drive as claimed by the agents, they were not approached by the society and they did not contemplate any further steps in the matter like lodging a police complaint.

The doubts started after the inoculation drive was over, as none of the beneficiaries were given the vaccination certificates, and many of the residents noticed that the vials bore a red stamp ‘Not For Sale’.

Gupta assured that the certificates would be given after 3-4 days, and when many of them finally got them after June 8, they were found to be generated from different hospitals in the city, without the date of May 30, when the inoculation was carried out.

Many of the residents checked their status on CoWin and were shocked to learn that they were yet to get their first vaccine dose, which set alarm bells ringing.

“We have approached the Kandivali police in the matter. We are very worried. We don’t know what was administered to us in the name of the Covid vaccine. We also did not develop the normal side-effects post-inoculation, adding to our doubts,” one of the residents said.

Local BJP leaders like Yogesh Sagar alleged that there could be a nexus between the BMC and unscrupulous elements in such private drives and the beneficiaries must make full enquiries before getting lured by such offers.

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Farmer commits suicide at protest site in Haryana

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Poison

Perturbed over the fate of the agitation of farmers against three contentious farm laws, a 55-year-old marginal farmer on Wednesday allegedly committed suicide by consuming poisonous substance at a protest site in Jind district of Haryana.

The victim, Zile Singh, had been actively involved in serving food to farmers at the protest site on the Khatkar toll plaza for several months.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

Farmers at the protest site told the police that Zile Singh was under depression for the past few days over the fate of the agitation.

District BKU leader Azad Singh said Zile Singh was alone at the protest site when he committed the suicide at night.

In the morning when farmers arrived at the protest site they found him lying on the bed in an unconscious condition. A bottle of poison was recovered from there, he added.

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Tamil Nadu police arrests self-styled Guru from Delhi on POCSO charges

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The Tamil Nadu CBCID police, the elite wing of the state police force, has arrested controversial Guru, Shiv Shankar Baba from New Delhi. Baba was absconding from Tamil Nadu after a few former students of his residential school, including a minor, complained that he had molested them.

Shiv Shankar Baba runs a residential school in the outskirts of Chennai, Sushil Hari International Residential School and students of this school and former students had complained against him.

The Mahabalipuram All Women’s Police Station (AWPS) has registered three cases against Shiv Shankar Baba under various sections of the IPC, POCSO Act, and Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act.

A senior police officer told IANS, “Cases were filed based on three complaints against him and one of them is a minor and they have alleged that Shiv Shankar Baba had sexually harassed them a few years ago while they were studying in the school.”

After Baba failed to appear before the police stating that he was under medication, the police raided his premises and found that he was absconding. After a few days of search, CBCID, the elite squad of the Tamil Nadu police, arrested the self-styled Guru on Wednesday in New Delhi.

Police sources said that he will be produced before a court in New Delhi and will be brought to Chennai on Wednesday itself.

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