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CBI raids 2 places in Bengal related to Trinamool youth leader

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In a massive search operation launched against Trinamool Congress youth wing leader Vinay Mishra, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday carried out searches at two locations in Kolkata in connection to a cattle smuggling case, sources said.

The agency has issued a look out circular (LOC) against Mishra, sources said, as the TMC Youth Congress General Secretary is missing.

The probe agency has been on a massive search spree for the last few weeks in the eastern state in connection with the alleged cross-border cattle smuggling and illegal coal mining cases.

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Supreme Court: Porn content on OTT platforms, ‘need screening’

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The Supreme Court on Thursday expressed displeasure on streaming of films on web platforms without any prior screening of the content and also cited some films having pornographic content.

The observation was made by the top court during the hearing of a plea by Amazon Prime Video India head Aparna Purohit against Allahabad High Court order, which declined to entertain her anticipatory bail in connection with the FIRs lodged against her over the web series ‘Tandav’.

A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said: “There should be some screening (of content on web platforms). There is pornography in some films.”

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Uttar Pradesh government, said some programs have filthy abuses.

Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Purohit, contended this “as a matter of free speech” and cited that his client is not the producer of the show, instead an employee of the company which is streaming the web series Tandav.

Justice Bhushan replied that a balance needs to be struck in such matters and reiterated there should be some screening by somebody.

The top court indicated that there should be a body like censor board which screens the films.

A counsel in the matter informed the top court that the government has recently notified OTT guidelines. The top court scheduled the matter for further hearing on Friday.

In January, the top court refused to grant interim protection to Tandav crew from any coercive action and had asked them to move the concerned courts to seek bail in the matter.

Purohit has been accused of inappropriate depiction of Hindu deities, Uttar Pradesh Police personnel and for adverse portrayal of a character in the role of prime minister in the web series.

On February 25, the Allahabad High Court declined to grant her anticipatory bail in the matter. The high court had observed, “Western filmmakers have refrained from ridiculing Lord Jesus or the Prophet but Hindi filmmakers have done this repeatedly and are still doing this most unabashedly with Hindu gods and goddesses”.

One Balbir Azad lodged an FIR on January 19, 2021, at Rabupura police station of Greater Noida.

Azad had alleged that the web series had deliberately denigrated Hindu gods and goddesses and depicted Uttar Pradesh and its police in a poor light.

Several other FIRs have also been lodged in states like Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Bihar and Delhi against the web series. ‘Tandav’, a nine-episode political thriller starring Bollywood A-listers Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia and Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, started streaming recently on Amazon.

The top court on Friday saying will see the new OTT guidelines issued by the Centre.

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Armed robbers strike in 3 Bihar districts, loot Rs 21L

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Armed robbers looted over Rs 21 lakh in three separate incidents in Bihar’s Champaran, Samastipur and Begusarai districts, within a span of 48 hours.

Around four masked men looted over Rs 10 lakh at gunpoint from a microfinancing firm in Motihari town of East Champaran district on Wednesday.

N.C. Jha, SP of East Champaran, said: “The robbers executed the crime at gunpoint and took away Rs 10,95,975 from the counter of the finance company after it was opened at 8:30 am.”

“We are examining the CCTV footage of the company to gather evidence about the identity of the accused. We have also raided multiple possible hideouts,” Jha said.

In another incident in Samastipur district, three unidentified men struck at the Jitwapur’s SBI branch and decamped with Rs 5 lakh cash.

On Tuesday, four assailants looted Rs 6 lakh from UCO bank branch in Begusarai district.

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Men involved in UP jailer’s murder killed

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The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) has shot dead in an encounter in Prayagraj district two criminals allegedly involved in the 2013 murder of a then deputy jailer.

Both were members of the Munna Bajrangi gang and notorious sharpshooter Dilip Mishra gang. They killed in the encounter on Wednesday night in Arail locality of Naini neighbourhood.

A 30mm and a 9mm pistol, live cartridge and a motorcycle have been recovered from the spot where the encounter took place.

Deputy Jailer Anil Kumar Tyagi was killed in 2013 allegedly at the behest of gangsters Munna Bajrangi and Mukhtar Ansari, police said.

The two criminals have been identified as Vakeel Pandey a.k.a Rajeev Pandey and H.S. Amjad a.k.a Pintu.

Navendu Singh, Circle Officer, STF, said, “Two criminals died in an encounter at Arail in Prayagraj. Both the criminals hailed from the Bhadohi district of Uttar Pradesh.

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