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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar vows more human chains, oppn cries foul




The human chain event, organised by the Bihar government to promote the Jal-Jeevan-Hariyali campaign and creating awareness about the prohibition, and social evils, like child marriage and dowry on Sunday, has invited sharp criticism from the opposition.

While the Nitish Kumar-led government claimed millions took part in the event, the opposition led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) termed it a waste of time, money and effort.

Addressing the media, Bihar Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar said 57,76,788 people formed the 18,034 km human chain and made a world record of the longest human chain.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi, environmentalist Rajendra Singh, several Ministers and officials participated in the event.

According to reports, two participants — Mohammad Dawood a teacher in Darbhanga and Reshma a resident of Samastipur — died due to heart attack while taking part in the event.

The Chief Minister said the human chain was formed to send across the message about the importance of environment and create awareness about it. Thanking the people for making the event a grand success, he said, “We will continue to organise such campaigns.”

The Opposition alleged that Kumar misused the official machinery and resources to give a boost to his image ahead of the Assembly elections, likely in the second half of the year.

“The way schoolchildren were asked to form the human chain and stand in the cold weather exposes the Chief Minister’s nervousness. Several school children fell ill during the event,” said RJD leader Tejashvi Yadav.

While the Chief Minister didn’t visit flood-hit areas because of non-availability of helicopter, his government had deployed 15 choppers to film the event, Yadav said.

It was an attempt to divert people’s attention from increasing crime and unemployment in the state, said another opposition leader.

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By giving clean chit to Agra hospital, UP govt did mock drill of inquiry: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra




Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday slammed the Uttar Pradesh government for giving a clean chit to an Agra hospital where 22 patients died after oxygen supply was allegedly cut during a drill.

She said that the government has closed all the doors of justice.

Priyanka, who is also the in-charge of UP Congress, tweeted: “What an irony. According to reports a hospital in Agra conducted mock drill by allegedly cutting the oxygen supply and the BJP government gave clean chit to the hospital doing mock drill of the inquiry. The paths of government and the hospital have been cleared. By not listening to the complaints of the patients families, the government has shut all hope of justice.”

She also attached a news report claiming that a clean chit was given to the Paeas Hospital, which was caught in a controversy after a video surfaced online.

In the video, a man was heard saying to conduct a mock drill on oxygen supply.

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Gurugram: FIR against ex-BJP MLA for forging court records




Following a complaint by the District Town Planner (DTP), the Gurugram police on Friday registered FIRs against three persons, including a former Gurugram BJP MLA for allegedly forging court records and circulating them on social media, the police said on Saturday.

According to the police, on May 16, former BJP MLA Umesh Aggarwal’s associates had filed a plea alleging contempt of court against the officials of the DTP team for carrying out demolition drive in an illegal colony in Sector-77 Kherki Daula, on June 10.

The District Town Planner R.S. Batth in his police complaint alleged that former MLA, Umesh Aggarwal had circulated forged court summons on social media, claiming that a contempt of court proceedings had been initiated against the officials of the DTP department by a court.

Following the complaint, an FIR has been registered against three under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Sector-14 police station.

“Before carrying out the demolition drive, all legal formalities were taken but the trio continue to develop an illegal colony,” Bhatt told IANS.

“In connection with the matter an FIR has been registered. Further probe is underway,” said a police officer.

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BJP demands attempt to murder case against Pinarayi Vijayan




Joining issue in the ongoing war of words between chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and new Congress president K. Sudhakaran, on Saturday, Union Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan demanded that an attempt to murder case against Vijayan be lodged.

On Saturday, at Sudhakaran’s press conference, his party colleague K. Gopi, who hails from Vijayan’s village in Kannur, recalled an old incident, that in 1977 when 26 beedi workers were terminated from a society, they led a protest.

“I was leading the protest and then Vijayan with a sword led a group of people and he brandished his sword and it hit my hand and the injury mark is still there,” said Gopi showing his hand and adding that despite his complaint to the local police then, there was no further action in the case.

Muraleedharan told the media in the state capital that if the Congress party is serious in the allegation, they should register a police complaint.

“There is no time limit to an attempt to murder case and hence, Sudhakaran should ask Gopi to go forward and register a fresh complaint,” said Muraleedharan.

He also pointed out that in the past two days both these leaders have been revisiting their college days at the Government Brennen College and have been saying about their deeds then and it shows that both of them were goons and criminals.

“My appeal to both of them is not to portray a great institution like Brennen College by distorting its greatness, and lowering it as a place of goons,” said Muraleedharan.

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