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Amit Shah arrives in Kolkata for a 2-day Bengal visit



 Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived here on Thursday for a two- day tour to West Bengal. This is Shah’s first tour to the state after the 2021 Assembly polls.

Incidentally, on this day last year, Mamata Banerjee was sworn in as the chief minister of West Bengal for the third consecutive programme.

From Kolkata, Shah will reach Hingalganj in the Indo-Bangladesh border area in North 24 Parganas district. He will inaugurate six modern floating border outposts (BOP) of the Border Security Force (BSF) and also a boat ambulance to provide medical assistance in the inaccessible area of Sundarbans from Saheb Khali to Shamsher Nagar.

The BOPs are named as Sutlej, Narmada, Kaveri, Ganga, Sabarmati and Krishna. The number of floating BOPs has been increased to enhance surveillance in the inaccessible areas of Sunderbans, the BSF said.

After inaugurating the floating BOPs, he will also lay the foundation stone of Maitri Sangrahalaya (museum) located at BOP Haridaspur and will attend Prahari Sammelan. In Haridaspur the Union home minister will also have his lunch along with the BSF personnel and officers.

From there he will head to Siliguri in North Bengal’s Darjeeling district and address a public rally at Railway Institute Ground. There is also a possibility of the Home Minister having a meeting with the representatives of different political and non-political organisations based out of Darjeeling this evening.

All eyes are now on his public rally at Siliguri where he is expected to give a message to the BJP workers in the state in the backdrop of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

On May 6, Union Home Minister will be visiting the Teen Bigha and will interact with the BSF personnel at the BOP Jhikabari at 9.30 a.m. in Cooch Behar district while in the afternoon, he will be meeting the MPs, MLAs and state office-bearers at Hotel Westin in Kolkata.

After meeting with the BJP leaders, Shah will attend the ‘Mukti-Matrika’, a cultural event by the Ministry of Culture to celebrate the inscription of Durga Puja on the UNESCO list of ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ at 6 p.m. at Victoria Memorial, Kolkata.

This will be his first visit to the state after the 2021 West Bengal Assembly poll wherein the party could not defeat the ruling All India Trinamool Congress which eventually came to power again.


Angry mob attack Udaipur murder accused outside court; hurls slippers, bottles




 An angry mob attacked the two main accused in the Udaipur tailor murder case outside the premises of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) court here on Saturday.

The accused were thrashed by the mob as well as lawyears who were waiting outside the court premises when the accused were being escorted by the police.

A heavy police force was deployed outside the NIA court where a large group of people gathered and raised slogans when the accused were being brought out of the court.

Earlier, the NIA court sent all the four accused, including prime accused Mohammad Riyaz and Ghouse Mohammad, to 10-day NIA remand till July 12.

A few lawyers inside the courtroom premises also demanded death punishment for the accused. When the two prime accused were escorted outside the court by the police, an infuriated crowd attacked them with bottles and slippers.

On June 28, a tailor named Kanhaiya Lal was beheaded in broad daylight inside his tailoring shop on a crowded lane in Udaipur for allegedly supporting suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma over her controversial remarks on Prophet Muhammed.

The prime accused — Mohammad Riyaz and Ghouse Mohammad — even filmed act and uploaded it on social media.

While Riyaz and Ghouse Mohammad were arrested that day itself, two more persons, identified as Mohsin and Asif, were arrested on Thursday in connection with Kanhaiya Lal’s murder.

The NIA is probing the matter with support from the Anti-Terrorist Squad and Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Rajasthan Police.

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‘Don’t buy from Muslim vendors’ notice surfaces in Guj village




An alleged gram panchayat notification bearing the name of the Sarpanch directing shopkeepers and residents not to buy anything from Muslim vendors is doing the rounds at a village in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district.

The notification says if anyone is seen buying goods from Muslim vendors, he or she would be fined Rs 5,100, and the fine amount would be used for ‘Gaushalas’.

The letter dated June 30 mentions that the rule has been introduced in the aftermath of the grusome killing of a tailor in Udaipur on June 18.

The letter has a stamp on it along with the Sarpanch’s ‘signature’. Five members have signed the letter including, one name written in Gujarati, Patel Jethabhai.

When the Sarpanch, Patel Mafiben Virabhai, was contacted, her husband Virabhai Patel received the call and told IANS: “My wife is not a Sarpanch anymore since last November.

“I am also a member of the village administration… none of us wrote that letter. We are trying to find out who has written it, signed and put a stamp. There is no one called Patel Jethabhai in our village. Someone is trying to spoil our image.”

Reacting to the notification, Congress MLA Gulabsinh Rajput from Tharad constituency in Banaskantha told IANS: “India is a democratic country and no one can issue such a ‘farman’. This is misuse of power and designation.”

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AAP alleges govt may charge for borewells in housing society in Gujarat




 With Gujarat Assembly polls approaching, the Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday scaled up its attack on the ruling BJP in the state. The party said the BJP has failed to provide the basic necessity like water to the people and will charge Rs 10,000 for digging a bore well for housing society.

AAP’s Gujarat vice president Sagar Rabari said, “The Central Water Authority has made an announcement that people who take water from boreholes and tube wells in Housing Society have to pay Rs 10,000 for registration.”

He said further, “The Gujarat Water Supply and Sewerage Act enacted in 2013 was for villages and agriculture only. According to this, farmers had to register their boreholes, wells and tube wells and get license to build new ones. But as per the new announcement of the Central Water Authority, if the society wants to build a new borewell or tubewell, it will have to get a license.”

“Providing water to residential houses, villages is the responsibility of the municipality, municipal corporation and the government. But the BJP government has failed to provide this. It has not been able to provide water in many residential areas. By drawing water, societies pay electricity bills at their own expense. This is putting an extra burden on them. Not only will Rs 10,000 have to be paid, how much water is extracted from underground will also be metered. They will also have to pay the bill in proportion to the water extracted. If anybody violates the terms, his license will be revoked.”

Sagar Rabari said, “It is clear that voting for the BJP means voting for slavery. All this paints a clear picture of the next election. I appeal to the people of Gujarat to understand the advantages and disadvantages of this rule and vote accordingly.”

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