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NIA files chargesheet against 2 LeT terrorists




The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday filed a supplementary chargesheet against two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists, who had actively participated in conspiracy meetings for targeted killings of important personalities belonging to the Hindu community in Bengaluru, Hubli and Nanded.

An NIA spokesperson said here that the agency has named Sabeel Ahmed aka Motu Doctor and Asadulla Khan aka Abu Sufiyan under several sections of the Indian Penal Code and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA).

The official said that NIA’s investigation has established that the accused persons are members of the proscribed terrorist organisation LeT.

Both Ahmed and Khan were involved in criminal conspiracy along with other accused persons in supporting and furthering the cause of LeT in Damam and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

“They had actively participated in conspiracy meetings in which terrorist activities like targeted killings of important personalities belonging to the Hindu community in Bangalore and Hubli in Karnataka and Nanded in Maharashtra were planned,” the official said.

A case was registered in Bengaluru on August 29, 2012 pertaining to a conspiracy hatched by the members of LeT and Harkat-ul-Jehad-e-Islami (HuJI) to commit subversive activities and wage war against the Indian government.

According to the NIA, the terrorists had procured illegal arms and ammunition for targeted killings of important personalities belonging to the Hindu community in Bangalore, Hubli, Nanded and Hyderabad to disturb communal harmony and strike terror in the society.

The NIA had earlier filed a chargesheet against 17 accused persons in connection with the case.

An NIA special court in Bengaluru had earlier convicted 13 accused persons on September 16, 2016 with five years imprisonment and fine for their involvement in offences under several sections of the IPC, UAPA, Arms Act and Official Secrets Act.

The official said that the trial is continuing against three accused persons chargesheeted earlier and further investigation against six absconding accused persons is going on.


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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