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Minor girl consumes poison after ‘torture’ during questioning, UP cop suspended

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A police official has been suspended after a minor girl, who was being questioned by him in a case, consumed poison.

The girl’s mother alleged that her 14-year-old daughter attempted suicide after she was subjected to harassment by Vinod Kumar, the Rajpur Station officer.

She also alleged that there were many scratch marks on the girl’s body, which suggested that the police officer had even tortured her physically.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Keshav Kumar Chaudhary said that Vinod Kumar, station house officer, Rajpur, has been suspended with immediate effect.

The probe with regard to the incident has been handed over to a Circle rank officer (CO). There will be a departmental inquiry in the matter after which further action will be taken, police said.

The girl was summoned by the Rajpur police with regard to a complaint lodged by an Army personnel who had accused her of making objectionable pictures of his wife by posting them on social media. The complainant is a distant relative of the girl.

The girl was summoned for questioning earlier this week and told her mother that she was harassed and tortured by the accused police official. Later she consumed poison.

Presently, the girl is being treated at the Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital in Kanpur.

The police have recorded her statement about the incident in hospital.

Apart from this, the women constables who were present on the day in the police station are also being interrogated and the CCTV footage is being scanned.

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Terrorist killed in Kashmir encounter

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One terrorist was killed in an ongoing encounter between the terrorists and security forces at Check Cholan area in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on Wednesday, officials said.

“One unidentified terrorist killed. Operation going on,” police said.

The gunfight took place after a joint team of the police and the army cordoned off the area and launched a search operation on the basis of specific information about the presence of terrorists.

As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where the terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter.

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Bihar lacks facility to test Omicron variant of Covid-19

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While the entire world is scared of Covid-19’s new variant Omicron, Bihar has no facility to conduct genome sequencing at the moment.

A test lab of genome sequencing is available only in Patna’s Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) but it is lacking reagent to conduct a test. Such a situation emerged after some samples of Covid-positive patients who came from foreign countries, were sent to IGIMS for testing.

The Bihar Health department has now given an order to buy the reagent which will take at least 15 days to arrive. This means the testing of genome sequencing in Biahr will start only after 15 days.

Genome sequencing is a process to analyse the nature of all kinds of virus a patient is infected with. Omicron or Delta variant of the coronavirus can be detected only through genome sequencing.

Meanwhile, Mangal Pandey, Bihar Health Minister claimed that there is no case of Omicron in the state.

The claim made by the Minister came at a time when five patients who came from African countries and two from Dubai have been found to be Covid-positive during an RT-PCR test. Their samples were sent to IGIMS for genome sequencing. As the reagent is not available in the lab, the samples are preserved in a cold storage.

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Man returning from Dubai held for carrying liquor in Patna

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An electrical engineer returning from Dubai was arrested on charges of violating liquor ban after a wine bottle was found in his possession here, police said on Wednesday.

He had purchased the wine in Dubai as a gift for his father. After landing at Patna airport on Tuesday, he was to catch a night train for his native place Bokaro in Jharkhand, the police said.

Sujeet Kumar Singh, working as an electrical engineer in US based private firm in Dubai, was on his way home for his marriage when he was arrested.

“He had checked into a hotel in Patna and was waiting to catch a train. We came across him during a regular checking in the hotel where he was staying. When questioned, he accepted that he was carrying wine in his suitcase and had a bill also,” said an official of Kotwali police station.

Singh was not aware about liquor prohibition in Bihar.

“He was not drunk at the time of arrest and the recovered bottle was also sealed,” the official said.

Singh, a native of Bokaro steel City in Jharkhand, was returning after two years.

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