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Indigo Airlines manager shot dead in Patna

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A 40-year-old Indigo Airlines station manager, Rupesh Kumar Singh, was allegedly shot dead by criminals near the Shastri Nagar police station area of state capital Patna. The police has formed a team to nab the killers.

A police official on Wednesday said Singh was entering his Kusumvila apartment in Punaichak on Tuesday night when the criminals fired at him. He was rushed to a hospital for treatment where the doctors declared him brought dead.

According to the state police, the CCTV of the apartment was not working at the time of the incident. Rupesh was hit by six bullets.

Patna Superintendent of Police (SP) Upendra Sharma said the reason behind the murder is not clear yet. A special investigation team has been formed to probe the incident.

No arrests have been made in the case so far. The body of Rupesh has been sent to his native village in Saran district.

Inspector General of Police, Patna region, Sanjay Singh, also said that a special investigation team has been formed to arrest the culprits. The police is also checking the CCTVs installed near the incident site.

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Maharashtra Covid hospital blaze toll climbs to 13

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At least 13 patients including 6 women, perished in a major fire that broke out in a private Covid hospital in Virar in Palghar district of Maharashtra, early on Friday, officials said.

The conflagration was noticed around 3.15 am in the ICU ward located on the second floor of the four-storeyed Vijay Vallabh hospital at Tirupati Nagar in Virar town.

Fire-fighting teams and other agencies from the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation rushed to the spot and battled the blaze, the tentative cause of which is suspected to be a short-circuit.

The fire was brought under control and extinguished after two hours, around 5.50 am.

While 13 in the burning ICU perished, around 4 others there were shifted and rushed to safety before the flames spread further.

Taking serious note, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray ordered a probe into the tragedy and announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to the kin of all decreased, besides Rs 100,000 to all the seriously injured.

Agriculture Minister and Palghar Guardian Minister Dada Bhuse, two local legislators Hitendra Thakur and his son Kshitij Thakur, top police and civic officials also rushed to the site to review the rescue operations.

This is the second major Covid season tragedy coming two days after an oxygen gas leak in a Nashik Municipal Corporation hospital on Wednesday claimed 29 lives so far.

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Oxygen black marketing racket busted in Kanpur

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The crime branch of the Kanpur Police Commissionerate has busted oxygen black-marketing racket and recovered 51 cylinders.

The gas agency owner in Govind Nagar area of the city has been arrested.

According to DCP (crime) Salman Taj Patil, investigations revealed that the agency owner was involved in black marketing of oxygen cylinders.

“Working on the complaints of black marketing of oxygen cylinders, we zeroed in on the gas agency owner near Nad Lal crossing in Govind Nagar area,” said Patil.

The police seized nearly 51 big and small oxygen gas cylinders from godown and took agency owner, Jaswant Singh, into custody for questioning.

“We are seeking ledger details from him regarding sale and purchase of Oxygen cylinder in past few days. He will be booked under relevant sections of the IPC if charges against him are found to be true,” the police officer said.

Following the incident, City Police Commissioner Asim Arun warned against the hoarding, illegal buying or selling of oxygen cylinders.

The Kanpur unit of Special Task Force (STF) had, on Thursday last, arrested three people with 265 Remdesivir injections meant for sale in black market.

“Traders are cashing in on the virus ‘panic’ by jacking up prices of the product,” said an official.

He further said that some of these cylinders were being sold to Covid-19 patients under home quarantine at exorbitant prices.

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Kerala solar scam accused Saritha Nair arrested

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The Kasaba Police officials from Kozhikode district of Kerala on Thursday early morning took into custody Solar scam accused Saritha Nair from the state capital city for failing to appear before the court, despite warrants being issued to her.

The warrant was issued by the Kozhikode Chief Judicial Magistrate Court -3 in a case of cheating committed by her when she took money from a person but failed to deliver solar panels to him.

This court had earlier asked her to appear before them on February 25, but she failed to do so and the police later on Thursday will produce her before the court, as she is now being taken to Kozhikode.

Incidentally Saritha can take the credit for bringing down the 2011-16 Oommen Chandy government on account of the scams involving her and a few office members of the Chandy office, which the Left used widely in their election campaign in 2016.

This case in which she has been arrested was registered during the tenure of the Chandy government and according to reports there are around half a dozen similar cheating cases registered against her starting from 2012 at various police stations in Kerala.

At the fag end of the present Pinarayi Vijayan government she is creating heartbreaks to the present administration in an alleged fake appointment racket case, in which one person has already been arrested.

State Excise Minister T.P. Ramakrishnan on Wednesday flatly denied having any dealings with Solar accused Saritha Nair.

In the fake appointment case, where money was collected from various people promising them a job at the state-run Kerala State Beverages Corporation (Bevco), the police have already arrested a partner of Saritha Nair.

On Wednesday, an audio clip believed to be that of Saritha Nair surfaced wherein she is heard talking about the role of Ramakrishnan and the then MD of Bevco Sparjan Kumar — a top IPS official.

Flatly denying having anything to do with the fake appointment case, Ramakrishnan said, “Never ever have I had anything to do with such people. Strict action will be taken against any foul play if it has happened in the appointments made,” said the Minister.

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