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Munawar Rana’s son gets bail in fake shootout case

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Tabrez Rana, son of renowned poet Munawar Rana has been granted bail by the chief judicial magistrate’s court.

He was released from jail, late on Thursday night. Tabrez Rana was granted bail on furnishing two sureties of Rs 20,000.

Tabrez Rana had been arrested from Lucknow by the Rae Bareli police on Wednesday evening for allegedly having staged a shootout against himself in June in order to frame his uncle and cousin. This was purportedly done in view of a property dispute.

He was arrested under sections 211 and 120B of the IPC and was sent to jail the same day.

In June, Tabrez Rana claimed to have survived a murder attempt on Lucknow-Prayagraj highway. He said four bikers shot at his SUV. He lodged a complaint at the Rae Bareli police station and named his uncle and cousin as the accused.

According to the police, Tabrez Rana has now been spotted in CCTV footage with his alleged shooters.

Apart from incriminating CCTV footage, interrogation of the four gunmen who were arrested in the first week of July has also led the police to believe that the shootout was staged.

Tabrez Rana staged the shootout because he had had a dispute with his uncle over an ancestral property which he had sold in February 2021.

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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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