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Mukhtar Ansari says he may be poisoned in jail

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Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MLA and mafia don Mukhtar Ansari, has expressed apprehension of threat to his life inside the Banda jail where he is presently lodged.

Mukhtar expressed his fear during a virtual appearance in the MP MLA Special Court in Barabanki on Thursday.

Mukhtar’s lawyer Randhir Singh Suman told reporters that Ansari told the special court that he could be killed by poisoning.

It may be recalled that in 2018, when Mukhtar Ansari was lodged in the Banda jail, he and his wife had fallen sick after consuming tea served to them. Both were hospitalised.

Mukhtar was appearing in a case registered in connection with forged documentation related to registration of an ambulance that he used in Ropar, Punjab.

After investigation, the Barabanki police had named Mukhtar along with Alka Rai and 12 others in the case. The next date of hearing is October 7.

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45% Covid cases in Gurugram reported from high-rise societies

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 As many as 45 per cent of Covid-19 cases have been reported from high-rise societies in Gurugram, according to health department officials.

During the festive season, Covid-19 cases have started increasing again in the district especially in October as compared to September.

Only 150 infected patients were identified in September while in October till date, 151 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the district.

Health officials said Covid norms must be followed during the festive season. However, no case of death of any patient has been reported in October.

According to health officials, lesser space in flats is one of the prime reasons behind the surging Covid cases.

According to a report by the department, of the 139 patients reported till October 21, 63 patients have been identified from high-rise societies. According to officials, it is still necessary to strictly follow the Covid norms during home quarantine and while travelling.

“Tigra and Chandralok areas remain hot spots of Covid-19 in the district. Most high-rise societies are situated in these areas. Of the 139 cases reported till 21st October, 21 cases were reported from Tigra and 22 from Chandralok area,” said a health official.

While issuing an advisory, the health department has appealed to the people to use masks and strictly follow social distancing norms. Those persons who have received the vaccine have also been asked to follow the Covid norms. People have been instructed to avoid entry in crowded areas.

Five new Covid patients were reported in Gurugram in the last 24 hours taking the total number of infected patients to 1,81,359. There are now 45 active Covid-19 patients identified in the district. Of these, 43 patients are in home quarantine and two are being treated at hospitals. The number of people who have recovered increased to 1,80,391.

“It is necessary to take precautions to prevent Covid-19. The danger is not completely over yet. These days most of the infected cases are reported from high-rise societies. Even after receiving the vaccine, people must follow Covid guidelines. The use of masks and social distancing norms are important measures to prevent the infection,” said Jai Prakash, District Surveillance Officer and Deputy Civil Surgeon.

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Delhi High Court denies bail to CBI officer, Deshmukh’s lawyer in ‘document leak’ case

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 The Delhi High Court on Saturday refused to grant bail to former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh’s lawyer Anand Daga and CBI investigating officer Sub-Inspector Abhishek Tiwari in connection with a case alleging leaking of confidential documents to divert the probe against Deshmukh in a corruption case.

In the order, Justice Yogesh Khanna stated that the allegation in the present FIR is based on “tampering of the evidence”.

“Thus, considering the initial stage of investigation, I am not inclined to grant bail to the petitioners herein, at this stage,” he said.

As per the FIR, Abhishek Tiwari, who was assisting the Enquiry Officer in the preparation of the probe report, was in possession of sensitive documents.

On June 28, he visited Pune for investigation and met the co-accused Daga to pass on details regarding the inquiry and the investigation, the FIR stated.

He allegedly shared copies of different documents like memorandum of proceedings, sealing-unsealing memorandum, statements, seizure memos etc. related to the investigation of the case with Daga and also an unknown person through Whatsapp on many occasions.

The CBI had arrested Daga from Mumbai and Tiwari from Delhi. Later, Daga was shifted to a Delhi court on transit remand.

The lawyers of the duo argued that only four days of remand was given to the accused and the trial court refused to extend it.

The petitioners are in custody for 40 days and the CBI did not even file an application for interviewing them, the counsels said in their plea to grant bail.

However, the probe agency submitted that the offences committed by the petitioners are serious in nature and no investigation can proceed if the lawyer of the accused and the Investigating Officer join hands to benefit someone.

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Priyanka Gandhi to flag-off 3 ‘Pratigya yatras’ in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday

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 Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will flag off three ‘Pratigya yatras’ in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday aimed at garnering support for the party from every part of the state ahead of the crucial 2022 Assembly polls.

For these yantras, a route has been prepared to divide the state into three parts.

The first route has been prepared from Awadh in Barabanki joining the districts of Bundelkhand till Jhansi, while the second route has been prepared for different districts of western Uttar Pradesh and the Brij region.

Similarly, the third route has been earmarked for the Purvanchal region.

Apart from Barabanki, the yatra will cover the two other cities of Saharanpur and Varanasi.

The second yatra passing through nine districts will start from Barabanki and ends at Jhansi in Bundelkhand. The third yatra will start from the Saharanpur district in western Uttar Pradesh and will conclude at Mathura passing through 11 districts.

All these yantras will end on November 1.

Former Congress MP and Chhattisgarh party in-charge, P.L Punia said after flagging off the yantras, the General Secretary will speak in detail about the seven resolutions prepared by the party.

As the first resolution, she has announced to give 40 percent tickets to women candidates from the Congress during the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections and give smartphones to class 10 pass girl students and e-scooters to graduate girl students if the party comes to power in the state.

Anshu Awasthi, Congress’s digital media convener and party spokesperson, said: “In order to politically empower and honor the women of the state, regarding the atrocities committed by the BJP government against Dalits, backward castes and Brahmins, providing employment to youth, to restore the respect and rights of the farmers as well as for development, on the instructions of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the party has started the ‘Pratigya Yatra’.

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