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Officials, staff booked in Uttar Pradesh PCS officer’s suicide case

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A day after PCS officer Manimanjari Rai, 30, was found hanging in her house in Ballia, the Maniyar Nagar Panchayat (MNP) Chairman Bhim Gupta, tax clerk Vinod Singh, computer operator Akhilesh, executive officer Sikandarpur Sanjay Rao, a driver and some unidentified persons have been booked in a case of abetment of suicide at the Kotwali police station.

Manimanjari Rai was found hanging at her residence on Tuesday and her family suspected foul play.

Kotwali Inspector Vipin Singh said Vijayanand Rai, brother of the deceased officer, had filed a complaint after which FIR was lodged under Section 306 of IPC.

In his complaint, Rai alleged that MNP chairman Bhim Gupta, some contractors and office employees were pressuring Manimanjari Rai to adopt unfair means in allotting contracts of development works and payments.

“As my sister opposed them, these people were unhappy with her. Feeling the pressure, Manimanjari met the District Magistrate and requested him to attach her with the district headquarters. However, when she resumed the charge after three months, she came to know that many payments had been made by forging her signature,” alleged Rai.

“Tenders had to be floated for development work of Rs two crores, but the MNP board did not pass a proposal in this regard and the tender process could not be initiated. However, the chairman prepared proposals for 35 works and started pressuring her to issue orders for their execution without following tender process. Of these, 18 were given to one contractor,” he stated.

When she complained to the District Magistrate Hari Pratap Shahi in this regard, Executive Officer Sikandarpur Sanjay Rao also started pressurising her in the favour of the chairman.

The officer’s brother further alleged that Manmanjri’s driver was also hand in glove with the chairman and his men. Many anonymous calls were made to Manmanjari to pressurise her.

“The chairman and his accomplices put intense pressure on her. She was subjected to excessive harassment that compelled her to commit suicide,” he alleged.

He has demanded action against those responsible for compelling her to end her life.

Manmanjari was posted as executive officer of the MNP in 2018. It was her first posting.

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Dominica High Court denies bail to Mehul Choksi citing him as flight risk

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Indian fugitive businessman Mehul Choksi was on Friday denied bail by the High Court in Dominica, citing him to be a flight risk, local media reported.

According to Antigua News Room, a news outlet in the Caribbean island, it said, “Choksi’s application was denied on the basis that he is a flight risk, he has no ties to Dominica and the court cannot impose any conditions that will assure it that he wouldn’t abscond.”

Choksi was represented by Cara Shillingford-Marsh, Wayne Benjamin Marsh, Wayne Norde and Julien Prevost.

The 62-year-old, who is wanted in India in connection with a massive bank fraud, will appear before court again on Monday on a charge of illegal entry into Dominica.

Choksi denies the charge, and claims he was kidnapped and taken there by force.

The Indian diamantaire had gone missing from Antigua and Barbuda on May 23 sparking a massive manhunt. He was reportedly captured on May 26 in Dominica.

He is being probed in India by the CBI and the ED in the Rs 13,500 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case.

He has got interim relief from immediate repatriation to India by the Dominican court.

According to investigative agency sources, the Indian government has filed two affidavits in the Dominica high court establishing Choksi as Indian citizen and the serious nature of the fraud he committed on PNB.

India has also submitted detailed evidences in the affidavits.

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Karnataka police arrests 38 illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka

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In a major crackdown on human trafficking, the city crime branch police have arrested 38 Sri Lankans who had migrated illegally to India.

The arrests were made on Friday, following raids on several locations in Mangaluru and its surrounding localities.

According to Mangaluru police commissioner N. Shashi Kumar, the illegal immigrants had allegedly been promised jobs in Canada, before being trafficked to India. After shipping them from Sri Lanka to Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu on March 17, the traffickers had shifted the immigrants to Karnataka, to evade heightened scrutiny during the Tamil Nadu assembly polls.

In Mangaluru, the illegal immigrants had been claiming to be daily wage workers and fishermen from Tamil Nadu. The police commissioner said that a tip off from Tamil Nadu police, had led to the raids.

Six local persons have also been arrested on charges of sheltering the illegal immigrants.

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Massive fire breaks out in Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar Market

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A massive fire broke out in a showroom in Lajpat Nagar market in Delhi on Saturday, a fire official said.

More than 15 fire tenders have been rushed to the spot to douse the blaze.

Officials said they received an alert from Lajpat Nagar market regarding a massive fire that broke out at Block-1, Central Market, Lajpat Nagar.

“Fire is in a showroom. Thirty fire brigades have been rushed to the spot. Details are awaited,” said a fire official.

The incident took place after the market reopened after over a month of lockdown.

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