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Over 96K Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

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With a massive spike of 96,424 new cases and 1,172 deaths in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 tally on Friday crossed the 52-lakh mark.

Out of the total 52,14,677 cases, 10,17,754 are active while 41,12,551 have recovered from the deadly virus and 84,372 succumbed to the disease, the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed.

Maharashtra remains the worst hit state followed by Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi.

According to the data released by the MoHFW, the fatality rate has reached to 1.63 per cent while the recovery rate is at 78.64 per cent.

As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 6,15,72,343 samples were tested up to September 17 of which 10,06,615 were tested in the past 24 hours.

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Narco terror: NIA to file charge sheet against 10

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is all set to file a charge sheet against 10 accused in connection with its probe into the Hizabul Mujahideen (HM) narco terror case, alleging that the Pakistan-based commanders of the terror organisation conspired to raise money from India for the banned group, officials said.

“Today NIA is filing charge sheet against 10 accused in HM Narco terror case in NIA Special Court at Mohali,” an NIA official privy to the investigation requesting anonymity told IANS.

The official said that arrest of Hilal Ahmed Wagay along with Rs 29 lakh on April 25, 2020 helped bust the Hizbul Mujahideen narco-funding module.

“It has been established that terrorist gang in this case was smuggling, selling and channelising the proceeds to Pakistan through hawala and to Hizabul Mujahideen terrorists in Kashmir via their overground workers and other associates,” the official said.

The official said that the conspiracy between Hizabul commanders based in Pakistan and terrorist gang in India was to “raise money” for the banned terror organisation.

Of the 10 accused being charge sheeted on Tuesday, seven have been arrested and two are absconding.

One accused Riyaz Naikoo, Hizabul Mujahideen commander, was killed in an encounter with security forces on May 6 this year in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to top NIA officials, on July 30 this year, the anti-terror probe agency’s sleuths raided the residence of Wagay, a truck driver, who was arrested by Punjab Police on April 25 with over Rs 29 lakh in cash.

“This money was being transported to the Kashmir Valley to be handed over to Naikoo, chief operational commander of Hizbul Mujahideen. The case has been re-registered and taken over on May 8,” the NIA had said.

Ranjit Singh and his accomplice Iqbal Singh alias Shera are the prime accused in a case registered in connection with 532 kg heroin seizure at the Attari border in June last year by the Customs Department. The narcotic was found hidden in a consignment of rock salt imported from Pakistan.

Ranjit is the key accused in the case that led to the arrest of Halil Ahmed Wagay, a close aide of slain terrorist Naikoo. It said Ranjit and his five brothers were involved in smuggling and peddling drugs for years.

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Mumbai BEST driver suffers heart attack at wheels, no casualties

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In a freak incident, a BEST bus driver suffered a heart attack while at the wheel and the vehicle rammed into a traffic signal in Chembur, here on Tuesday morning, officials said.

The incident happened when the BEST bus on Route No. 381 was being driven from Ghatkopar Depot to Chembur around 11.15 a.m.

“When the bus arrived near the Basant Park signal, the driver, Haridas Patil, suffered a heart attack and lost control of the vehicle… It rammed into the signal there,” said BEST spokesperson.

There were 9 commuters, including a policeman, in the bus owing to the Covid-19 restrictions, but nobody sustained any injuries in the accident.

Seeing Patil’s precarious condition, he was rushed in a police vehicle to Rajawadi Hospital. His condition was reported to be stable.

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2 militants killed in Shopian encounter

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Two terrorist have been killed in an ongoing encounter with security forces in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, police said on Tuesday.

The gunfight started on Monday after security forces cordoned off an area in Melhora and launched a search operation on the basis of a specific information about militant presence.

As the security forces zeroed in on the spot where terrorists were hiding they came under a heavy volume of fire that triggered the encounter. One militant was killed on Monday evening, the other early Tuesday following overnight stand-off.

“Two unidentified terrorists have been killed in the Shopian encounter. Searches are underway,” the police said.

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