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24 held for brutally assaulting doctor in Assam




At least 24 people, including a woman were arrested by the police after a doctor at a government hospital in Assam’s Hojai district, was brutally beaten up.

Seuj Kumar Senapati, posted in Udali Covid Care Centre in Hojai, around 140 km from Guwahati, was kicked and pounded with metal trash and bricks by relatives of a Covid patient who had died, allegedly due to oxygen shortage, police said on Wednesday.

Police and health officials said that the young injured doctor was being treated at another hospital in Nagaon and his condition is stated to be stable after the Tuesday evening incident

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in a series of tweets said: “24 culprits involved in this barbaric attack have been arrested and the charge sheet will be filed at the earliest.

“I am personally monitoring this investigation and I promise that justice will be served.”

Sarma, who is now in Delhi, also in his tweets mentioned the names of 22 of the 24 people and said: “Culprits have been identified.”

Police said that Giyazuddin, a resident of Pipal Pukhuri village, who had tested positive for Covid, died on Tuesday due to Covid-linked and kidney-related related complications.

Injured doctor Senapati told the media that around 40 people beat him up.

The mob also ransacked the hospital and tried to assault other doctors, nurses and health staffs.

“I entered into a room and tried to hide, but they found me and assaulted me. They snatched my gold chain, my ring and mobile phone,” the doctor said.

The Indian Medical Association, Assam chapter, and Assam Medical Services Association (AMSA) strongly condemning the incident, have demanded strictest action against the culprits.

The members of the AMSA have also boycotted the Out Patient Department services on Wednesday in all government medical facilities to protest the incident.

However, emergency services and Covid-related duties would continue. Doctors are performing their duties after wearing black badges as a mark of protest.

Additional Director General of Police G.P. Singh said the case was registered and a Deputy Inspector General of Police and Hojai District Superintendent of Police are leading the probe.


Brown sugar worth Rs 1 Cr seized in Odisha, 1 held




A team of Special Task Force (STF) of the Odisha Police on Friday seized brown sugar worth over Rs 1 crore in Puri district and arrested one person in this connection, officials said.

The arrested person has been identified as Imataj Khan of the Pipili area. On the basis of an intelligence input, the STF team raided near Pipili-Nimapara over bridge and recovered 1.48 kg of brown sugar worth over Rs 1 crore from his possession, the police said.

The accused person could not produce any valid authority in support of possession of such contraband material, for which the accused person was arrested and will be presented before the court of District & Sessions Judge, Puri, they said.

The STF has registered a case under section 21(c) 29 of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985 and further investigation is on.

Since 2020, the STF has seized more than 35 kg of brown sugar/heroin and more than 67 quintals 52 kg (6752 kg) of ganja /Marijuana and arrested more than 100 drug dealers/peddlers, sources said.

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Uttar Pradesh girl paralysed after failed suicide attempt




In a tragic incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad, a young girl was paralysed after an alleged failed suicide attempt.

The girl allegedly jumped off a bridge on Tuesday evening after being blackmailed by her boyfriend and his friends.

Yusuf Tyagi, an orthopaedic doctor at a private hospital where the girl is being treated, said, “Her upper lumbar vertebrae has collapsed. Because she jumped off a height of nearly 40 feet, the lower level of her spinal cord was also compressed. Her legs have turned lifeless. She is paraplegic.”

The girl in her statement to the police said she was in a relationship with a man Shadab since the past four months and both met at his cousin’s house.

“Then suddenly he started blackmailing me. He had taken objectionable photos and videos and shared them with three of his friends. He asked me to either have sex with his friends or pay Rs 50,000 else he would upload her videos on the internet,” she added.

Moradabad Superintendent of Police (rural), Vidya Sagar Mishra said after the girl’s statement and her family’s complaint, an FIR has been registered against four accused — Shadab and his three friends Saddam, Rashid and Arif — for abetment to suicide.

The police have set up teams to arrest the four accused who are absconding after the incident.

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To clear debts, Axis Bank manager loots ICICI branch, kills officer




In a shocking incident, an Axis Bank Branch Manager allegedly committed an unsuccessful heist on the ICICI Bank and stabbed a deputy branch head there to death, police said here on Friday.

The incident happened late on Thursday around 8.00 p.m., after the close of banking hours at the ICICI Bank’s Virar East Branch.

According to Virar Police Station Senior Police Inspector Suresh Warade, the accused Anil Dubey — the Naigaon Axis Bank Branch Manager, who was a former longtime employee of ICICI Bank, has been arrested.

In the scuffle that ensued between Dubey and the ICICI Bank Deputy Manager Yogita Nishant Choudhary, and her cashier colleague Shraddha Devrukhkar, he allegedly stabbed them both before attempting to flee with the bag full of the looted booty, but was caught outside by the locals.

While Vartak, 36, succumbed to her injuries later, Devrukhkar, 32, is undergoing treatment at a local hospital and further probe is on in the sensational case, said Warade.

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