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Letter petition to Allahabad High Court in Unnao case




A letter petition has been sent to the Chief Justice of the Allahabad High Court urging him to take cognizance of the murder of two minor Dalit girls and the critical condition of the third in mysterious circumstances at the Babuhra village in Unnao.

The HC is yet to take cognizance of the petition.

In the letter petition, sent by one Nilim Dutta, who is chairman of Unified People’s Movement, it has been stated that it does not inspire any confidence that the Unnao police would do justice in this present case.

Dutta was booked by Unnao Police on Sunday for ‘spreading misinformation’ about the case through his tweets.

In this backdrop of the situation, the petitioner has requested the court to take cognizance of the matter and bring under its supervision, the investigation of the case and to hand it over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

Besides, the petitioner has also requested the court to direct the Uttar Pradesh government to shift the lone minor survivor, who is in critical condition, by air-ambulance to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi.

Three Dalit girls, aged 13, 15 and 17 years, were found unconscious at a field in Baburha village on February 17, 2021.

The three had gone to the family fields to collect fodder, according to their family members.

Two of them died while being taken to hospital while the third was admitted to a Kanpur hospital.

Two days later, the Unnao police arrested two youths for allegedly poisoning them over a failed love fair.


Maharashtra police bust illegal arms factory of Maoists in Gadchiroli




In a significant achievement, the commandos of Gadchiroli Police bust an illegal arms manufacturing factory deep in the forests of Aheri, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said on Friday.

A 70-strong force of commandoes battled Maoists’ gunfire as they charged into “the remote and virtually inaccessible core areas” of the rebels for over 48 hours before notching the stunning success, Deshmukh said.

The operation was carried out under the police’s Tactical Counter Offensive Campaign to weed out the strongholds of the rebels in this Maoist-infested district.

“One commando has received bullet injury on his leg and has been rushed to the headquarters in a helicopter for treatment. His condition is stable,” Deshmukh said.

The minister congratulated the Gadchiroli Police for their courage and dedication that resulted in this big victory over the Maoists.

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Maharashtra panel moots ’10-point’ agenda to end farmers’ suicides




A farm-panel on Friday submitted a ’10-point programme’ intended to arrest the agrarian crises in Maharashtra and end the saga of farmers’ suicides in the state, a top official said here.

The Vasantrao Naik Shet Swavlamban Mission (VNSSM) President Kishore Tiwari, accorded a Minister of State status, formally submitted the 10-point charter to Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte.

On his part, Kunte directed the Agriculture Department to initiate the necessary measures in the matter on priority, Tiwari told IANS after the meeting.

The parched Vidarbha, Marathwada and Khandesh regions of the state have been under the grip of a severe agro-crisis since the past nearly 25 years, forcing thousands of woeful farmers to end their lives and the trend continues even now.

“Despite measures, relief packages or loan-waivers worth over Rs five-lakh crore given by successive governments, the core issues remain untouched and need to be addressed on top priority to bring succour to the peasantry,” Tiwari told Kunte.

The 10-point programme includes: state to address input cost reduction and output cost intervention; shifting to crop pattern as per demand of the local and global market; to stop frequent failure of the credit-cycle in new farm credit policy; secondary livelihood management income activity; core issues of irrigation, water conservation, soil health revival; proper risk management with effective crop insurance and climate change issue.

Besides, Tiwari called for proper incentive for agroforestry, promotion of pulses and oilseed crops; professional quality health and education rural infrastructure; food security; and improvement in the quality of local governance.

The VNSSM chief contended that the rural agrarian distress also remained unresolved owing to a hostile administration, non-cooperation of the bankers, ill-intended interventions and complex issues pertaining to social-engineering, besides the economic crises in the country, especially in the past seven years.

Tiwari assured Kunte that the VNSSM has a detailed ready plan to tackle all these issues which can eliminate ‘directionless relief or loan waivers packages’ and end the cycle of farmers suicides on a permanent basis.

In the past 25 years or so, Tiwari said an estimated 35,000-plus farmers, including several women, have resorted to the extreme step of suicide as they could not bear the burden of pending loans, leaving behind a large number of destitute widows and orphans across the state.

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22-year-old woman hangs herself, two children




A 22-year-old woman committed suicide by hanging herself along with her two children following an argument with her husband in Subhash Place area of Delhi, the police said.

According to the police, on Thursday the woman had sought permission for going to her native place Madhubani in Bihar for the Mundan ceremony of their child. But this turned into an argument. Thereafter, the husband left for work. After he left the woman hanged herself along with the two children.

“The husband of the woman was on his job. After coming back from work he saw them hanging from the window. The door of the room was closed from inside and he broke it open with the help of neighbours,” said Usha Rangnani, DCP North West.

They were married about five years ago, Rangnani said, adding that the bodies have been sent to a hospital for postmortem.

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