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Ahead of Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Delhi cops organise peace meets



With a view to maintain peace and harmony during upcoming festivals like Holi as well as Shab-e-Barat, meetings of Aman Committees, comprising of people from different communities are being organised across the capital.

The Northeast police have been organising community outreach programmes in which various respectable residents of the area from both the Hindus and Muslims communities are taking part along with the senior police officers. The idea is to promote communal harmony in the area.

“We have been meeting people from different communities under the ‘Bhaichara committee’ at the district level. This is to ensure support from the residents and a better coordination among the committee members. We will be holding similar gatherings in future too,” said Sanjay Kumar Sain, DCP Northeast Delhi.

In east Delhi too, similar programmes were organised to sensitise the general public to maintain communal harmony during celebration of the forthcoming festivals of Holi and Shab-e-Barat.

DCP East Deepak Yadav asked members of the Aman committee to sensitise the general public to adhere to the guidelines of Covid-19 and avoid any gathering as the number of Covid-19 cases are on increase. All the committee members were also requested to remain present in the area during the festival and assist the police in maintaining law & order and communal harmony.


Car swallowed up by Mumbai well, efforts on to retrieve it



In a freak incident in rain-lashed Mumbai on Sunday morning, a SUV parked in a society compound fell and sank into an old, deep well whose cover got dislodged in the deluge.

The car, along with other vehicles, was parked on the well covered by RCC slabs, which were apparently washed away owing to the heavy rains in Mumbai during the past four days.

The incident happened in the Ramnivas Society on Cama Road in Ghatkopar suburb around 8.30 am.

One of the first to reach the spot was traffic police in-charge Nagraj Majge, said local police even as videos of the incident clicked by locals stunned people.

The video shows the vehicle getting completely sucked into the well where a large sinkhole had developed after the RCC slab broke away and was filled to the brim after the recent rains.

The baffled vehicle owner, Kiran Doshi said in a statement this evening that his car cleaner informed him that the vehicle had tilted dangerously.

“I rushed out to check it and right in front of my eyes, the vehicle was sucked into the well water in barely seconds, before we could do anything,” said Doshi.

The Mumbai Police, BMC teams and others rushed to spot and deployed water pumps to empty the well.

The society has requisitioned a crane to lift the vehicle from the bottom of the well, which is more than a century old and around 40-50 deep.

A composed Doshi said that “whatever was destined to happen has happened”

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Shut briefly over hoax bomb call, Taj Mahal reopens




The Taj Mahal was briefly shut and tourists evacuated on Thursday morning after the Uttar Pradesh Police received a call about a bomb at the monument. It turned out to be a hoax, police said.

The call was made to the police helpline following which the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel got the the 17th-century monument vacated.

Authorities conducted thorough checks following the bomb threat.

Entry for tourists resumed a little after 11 a.m. A senior police officer said no bomb was found.

The hoax call, meanwhile, has been traced to Firozabad, official sources said.

A Satish Ganesh, Inspector General, Agra, said, “This morning, an unknown person called on UP 112 and said there will be a bomb blast at the Taj Mahal. Immediately, as per SOP, our bomb squad and other teams conducted a thorough search of the premises. So far, our field units haven’t given any information of such an item being found.”

The Taj Mahal is conserved by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and protected by armed personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).

The Taj Mahal was reopened for tourists last September with strict coronavirus safety guidelines after being shut for over six months. It had been closed since March 17 last year due to the pandemic.

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Strong earthquake shakes Kashmir as people run out of homes




A strong earthquake rocked Jammu and Kashmir overnight as people ran out of their homes to escape being trapped with reports of several structures developing cracks due to the temblor.

Authorities have so far not reported any casualty due to the strong earthquake that shook the Valley causing fear and panic.

There are reports of widespread panic caused by the earthquake with locals at many places in the Valley spending a sleepless night fearing after shocks.

Officials of the disaster management authority said, “A strong earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale occurred in J&K at 10.34 p.m. on Friday.

“The epicentre of the earthquake was in Tajikistan with its latitude 31.57 degrees north and longitude 75.09 degrees east. It occurred 10 Kilometres inside the earth’s crust.

Earthquakes measuring 6 to 6.9 on the Richter scale are seismologically classified as of ‘strong’ magnitude.

Kashmir has a history of devastations caused by earthquakes because the Valley is situated in a highly earthquake prone region.

Over 80,000 people were killed on two sides of the line of control (LoC) in Kashmir Aby an earthquake that occurred on October 8, 2005 with a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale.

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