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2 more Bikru massacre accused booked under NSA




The Kanpur police have invoked the National Security Act (NSA) against two accused — Jaikant Bajpai and his aide, Prashant Dubey alias Dabbu — in the Bikru massacre case.

Jaikant was the alleged financier of slain gangster Vikas Dubey, who masterminded the Bikru massacre in which eight policemen were killed on July 3, 2020.

Bajpai is accused of providing 25 cartridges of .32 bore revolvers and cash worth Rs 2 lakh to Vikas on July 2 prior to the Bikru ambush.

He had also attempted to help the gangster flee soon after the massacre. All this came to fore during investigation and subsequently, the police had included his name in the Bikru case.

For invoking the NSA, the police had presented the report before the district magistrate (Kanpur).

Superintendent of Police Ashtbhuja Singh told reporters that “After the approval of the district magistrate, a notice of NSA action was served on both of them in jail.”

The police had also stated in its report that Jaikant was aware that Vikas was hatching a big conspiracy against the police but he did not inform the police about it.

The report was prepared by the Chaubeypur police station of Kanpur (Outer) and produced before the district magistrate.

Earlier, NSA action has been taken against three persons in the Bikru case.

The police, on July 1, this year, had invoked NSA against two accused, Bablu Muslim and Ramesh Chandra.

Prior to that, the police had invoked NSA against one Shivam Dubey, an aide and cousin of Vikas who, along with the gangster, was also allegedly involved in gunning down eight policemen.

Under the NSA, a person can be detained without a charge for up to 12 months if the authorities feel he or she is a threat to national security or law and order.

Eight policemen were ambushed by Vikas and his aides in the Bikru village in Chaubeypur area of Kanpur when they were going to arrest him on July 3.

Dubey was killed in an encounter in the morning of July 10 when a police vehicle carrying him from Ujjain to Kanpur met with an accident and he tried to escape from the spot.

Prior to his encounter, five of his alleged associates were killed in separate encounters, while 45 including two policemen and four women were arrested and sent to jail.


Centre clarifies on 3rd wave possibility after Omicron detection




Omicron cases are increasingly being reported from countries outside of South Africa. India has also reported two cases of Omicron Covid variant and is likely to spread to more countries.

“Given the fast pace of vaccination in India and high exposure to Delta variant as evidenced by high seropositivity, the severity of the disease is anticipated to be low. However, scientific evidence is still evolving,” said the Health Ministry on Friday. It added further that the scale and magnitude of rise in cases and most importantly the severity of disease that will be caused is still not clear.

On the question of existing vaccine efficacy against this variant, the health ministry has said that there is no evidence to suggest that existing vaccines do not work on Omicron, some of the mutations reported on Spike gene may decrease the efficacy of existing vaccines. However, vaccine protection is also by antibodies as well as by cellular immunity, which is expected to be relatively better preserved.

“Hence vaccines are expected to still offer protection against severe disease, and vaccination with the available vaccines is crucial. If eligible, but not vaccinated, one should get vaccinated,” it added.

The response measures for all variants of concern, including Omicron, is the same as that for SARs CoV2. The ministry has said that the precautions and steps to be taken remain the same as before. “It is essential to mask yourself properly, take both doses of vaccines (if not yet vaccinated), maintain social distancing and maintain good ventilation to the maximum possible”, said the ministry in a statement.

The government is monitoring the situation closely and is issuing suitable guidelines, said the ministry, adding that the scientific and medical community is geared up for developing and deploying diagnostics, carrying out genomic surveillance, generating evidence about viral and epidemiologic characteristics, and development of therapeutics.

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Trouble looms for Balakrishnan as Mumbai HC to hear son’s DNA case





The Mumbai High Court has posted for January 4 the case of a DNA test result of Binoy Kodiyeri, the elder son of CPI-M politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan who was all set to return as Kerala CPI-M state secretary.

A woman from Bihar has alleged that Binoy had a relationship with her while she was working at a dance bar in Dubai in 2008 and till 2015, he used to send her money every month. They also have an eight-year-old child.

The woman had first filed a petition in 2019 and in July 2019 Binoy approached the Mumbai High Court seeking dismissal of the rape case filed by the woman. The court asked all the three to go for a DNA test and Binoy appeared for it on July 30, 2019.

Following which the case went into a limbo. In December 2020 the DNA result was filed before the court in a sealed cover and on Thursday the woman approached the court wanting to know the result. The court has now posted this case for January 4.

Incidentally Balakrishnan who is a cancer patient, was given medical leave by the party soon after his younger son Bineesh Kodiyeri was arrested in October 2020 by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

However Balakrishnan breathed easy when Bineesh got bail from the Karnataka High Court after being in a jail in Bengaluru in October this year. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan strongly backed Balakrishnan to return to the post and the green signal was to have come from the state secretariat on Friday, when came the news about Binoy.

The news about Binoy has come at a time when the CPI-M, ahead of the party state conference scheduled for early next year, wanted Balakrishnan to take over. Sources in the know of things say Balakrishnan will be asked to take over after the national leadership of the party last month asked the state leadership to take a call on it.

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Five dead, one injured in road accident in Gurugram




 Five people were killed after a car crashed into a roadside wall and overturned on Sadhrana road near Gadhi village here on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

According to police, the deceased have been identified as Sagar, Jibech, Niaz Khan, Prince and Jagbir.

One person, identified as Hardik Tiwari, was injured in the incident.

The victims were returning to Gurugram city from Sadhrana village after attending a marriage.

“All of them were coming from a wedding ceremony in Sadhrana village. The mishap was a result of speeding and a damaged road. All the victims used to work in a city-based private hospital. Police are taking necessary action,” Gurugram police spokesperson Subhash Boken said.

“The injured man has been shifted to a hospital in critical condition. While the bodies have been sent for post-mortem. Further probe is on,” he added.

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