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Bird flu confirmed in 7 states, test reports from elsewhere awaited

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Bird flu has been confirmed in seven states of the country so far, namely Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, while test reports of unsual death of birds received from Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra and Delhi are awaited, the Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying said on Saturday.

As per a statement issued by the ministry, after confirmation of avian influenza (AI) positive samples by the ICAR-NIHSAD from two poultry farms in Panchkula district in Haryana, positive cases of bird flu in migratory birds were reported in Shivpuri, Rajgarh, Shajapur, Agar and Vidisha district in Madhya Pradesh, the zoological park in Kanpur, and Pratapgarh and Dausa districts of Rajasthan.

The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying (DAH&D) has issued an advisory to the affected states so as to avoid further spread of the disease.

Reports of unusual mortality of birds in the past two days have also been received from Balod district in Chhattisgarh. The state has constituted RRT teams for emergency situation and has also sent the samples for testing to the designated laboratory.

Further, reports of unusual mortality in ducks have been received from Sanjay Lake in Delhi. The samples have been sent to the designated laboratory for testing. Samples of dead crows have also been sent to NIHSAD from Mumbai, Thane, Dapoli, Parbhani and Beed districts of Maharashtra for confirmation of AI.

Meanwhile culling operations have been completed in both the affected districts of Kerala and post-operational surveillance programme guidelines have been issued to the state.

Central teams deployed to visit the affected states in Kerala, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh for monitoring and for epidemiological investigation have reached their destinations, the DAH&D said.

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ISIS leader Zahran Hashim’s videos used to radicalise Tamil Nadu jihadi gang: NIA

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Videos and speeches of Sri Lankan Islamic State leader Zahran Hashim were used by ‘jihadi’ gang ‘Shahadat is our Goal’ to radicalise youths in Tamil Nadu during 2017-2018 calling for violent jihad to liberate their associates lodged in prisons.

Various social media groups, especially on WhatsApp, were created by the gang which later started disseminating materials advocating violent jihad in the region. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) revealed these facts in its charge sheet filed against 10 arrested members of the gang in a special court in Chennai on Saturday.

Sri Lankan cleric Moulvi Hashim was the alleged mastermind behind the bomb attacks that hit the country’s capital Colombo as well as the towns of Negombo and Batticaloa on Easter Sunday in 2019. Over 250 people, including 45 children and 40 foreign nationals, were killed in the deadly explosions.

Sheik Dawood, 33, Mohamed Rifas,37, Muparish Ahamed, 23, Abubakar Siddiq, 24, Ahamed Imithiyas, 31, Mohamed Rashid, 25, Hameed Asfar, 23, Liyakath Ali, 30, Sajith Ahamed, 23, and Rizwan Mohammed, 26 – all from different districts in Tamil Nadu – are the 10 arrested accused against whom the NIA framed charges under the Unlawful (Activities) Prevention Act and Arms Act.

The case was originally registered on April 2, 2018 at Keelakarai Police Station in Ramnathapuram district of Tamil Nadu after the arrest of Mohamed Rifas, Muparish Ahamed and Abupakkar Sithik from Keelakarai. Lethal weapons including swords along with pamphlets pertaining to the terrorist gang ‘Shahadat is our Goal’ were seized from their possession and the NIA re-registered the case on January 10, 2019.

Investigation in the case has established that the charge-sheeted accused persons were radicalised by violent jihadi ideology, said the NIA.

“Prime accused Sheik Dawood and Mohamed Rifas had conspired with co-accused and organised meetings at various places in Tamil Nadu, since Ramadan, 2017, with the intention of radicalising and recruiting the co-accused and others for ‘shahadat’ (martyrdom) to establish Islamic rule in India,” NIA said.

“The accused had created various social media groups, especially on WhatsApp and were disseminating materials advocating violent jihad, including the videos and speeches of the Sri Lankan ISIS leader Zahran Hashim.”

The accused had also prepared pamphlets titled “Shahadat is our Goal” calling for violent jihad to liberate their associates lodged in prisons, said the anti-terror agency, adding Sheik Dawood and Mohammed Rifas had also attempted to carry out terrorist acts by procuring illegal firearms in order to liberate their jailed associates.

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Youth injured as neighbour shoots at him following fight over dog

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A youth was critically injured when a neighbour fired at him following a fight over his (the youth’s) dog in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district in the Kanti police station area. Four bullets hit 20-year-old Keshav Kumar’s leg.

On Friday, Keshav was taking away his dog sitting outside his house in Madhu Chhapra village in Kanti police station area when it ran inside his neighbour Mithilesh Mishra’s house. When Mishra drove the dog out of his house, Keshav was standing outside with a stick in his hand due to which the dog again barged into Mithilesh’s house, leading to a fight between Kumar and Mishra.

It is alleged that later when Keshav was going out from his home, Mithilesh and his son Rishabh Mishra shot at Keshav and also hit him with the pistol’s butt.

Keshav was rushed to the local hospital from where he was shifted to Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital.

Muzaffarpur (west) Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Syed Imran Masood said the police is investigating the matter. The accused father-son duo are absconding and the police is conducting raids to arrest them.

Sources said there was a dispute between the two families over some land.

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Terror hideout busted, ammunition recovered in Jammu and Kashmir

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A large quantity of arms and ammunition was recovered after a terrorist hideout was busted by the security forces in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, officials said.

According to details, the security forces received specific input about the presence of a terrorist hideout in a forested area in Mandi.

A joint team of the Border Security Force, police and army carried out the operation.

The hideout was busted and a large quantum of arms and ammunition was recovered including one AK-47 rifle, three AK-magazines, 82 AK rounds, three Chinese pistols, five pistol magazines, 33 rounds of pistol ammunition, four hand grenades and one Under Barrel Grenade Launcher (UBGL).

Searches were undergoing in the area.

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