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Rape victim kills her baby before committing suicide in Bihar

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Repeatedly raped allegedly by her father, a 28-year-old woman killed her 8-month-old daughter before committing suicide in Bihar’s Gaya district on Saturday.

The incident occurred in the Lakhibagh area under the Mufassil police station. The victim had also filed a complaint before the SSP of Gaya and at the women’s police station a week ago, but no action was taken on it.

The husband of the victim also tried to commit suicide when he saw her wife hanging from a ceiling fan with their infant daughter lying dead on the bed. But he was saved by his neighbours.

“My wife’s father was continuously raping her. As no one helped her, she went to the SSP office and the women’s police station a week ago, but the police thought it to be a domestic matter and sent her home,” the victim’s husband said.

“Her father raped her again after she returned from the police station. The cops did not understand the gravity of the crime and showed callous attitude. She became helpless and hence took the extreme step,” he added.

The accused father is absconding.

“We have registered an FIR on the basis of the statement given by the victim’s husband. Efforts are on to nab the accused,” said K.K. Singh, investigating officer of Mufassil police station.

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Aryan Khan denies links with Sail, Gosavi as NCB opposes bail plea

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 The Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) on Tuesday filed its reply and strongly opposed the bail plea of Aryan Khan, son of Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan, before the Bombay High Court.

However, in his reply Aryan said he had no links with the goings-on outside pertaining to allegations and counter-allegations between the NCB and a political leader.

Contending that the bail plea is devoid of merit and must be dismissed, the NCB said that investigations have revealed Khan’s international links which show that he is not a mere consumer as claimed by him, prima facie point towards illegal drug procurements.

Referring to the affidavit of a ‘Panch-Witness’ Prabhakar Sail, the NCB termed it as “clear instances of tampering, influencing witnesses in the midst of an ongoing investigation” and Khan’s bail plea should be rejected on this ground alone.

It stated that Shah Rukh Khan’s manager Pooja Dadlani appears to have influenced the Panch-Witness and as soon as this glaring fact came to light, the NCB immediately moved the Special NDPS Court on Monday (October 25).

In their brief 2-pager response to the NCB’s 35-page reply, Khan’s legal team said he had nothing to do with the allegations and counter-allegations currently on in public/social media between (Sameer Wankhede) and some political personalities (Nawab Malik).

They said that Khan is not making any allegations against anybody in the NCB and has no links with the ‘Panch-Witness’ Sail or his purported employer and another ‘Panch-Witness’ Kiran Gosavi.

Accordingly, Khan sought bails on grounds of merits uninfluenced by the developments in the case raging outside.

The NCB reply and the bail plea are now slated to be argued by Khan’s lawyers, former Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi, along with senior advocates like Amit Desai and Satish Maneshinde.

Simultaneously, besides Aryan Khan, the bail pleas of two other accused, Arbaaz Merchant and Munmun Dhamecha are also expected to come up for hearing today, as all have been sent to judicial custody till October 30 by the Special NDPS Court.

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Lakhimpur Kheri violence: Supreme Court seeks Uttar Pradesh govt reply in lynching FIR, directs protection of witnesses

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday sought a separate report from the Uttar Pradesh Police on investigation in the second FIR in Lakhimpur Kheri violence in which four persons, including a journalist, were killed. The top court also ordered protection of witnesses in the case.

The widow of an accused-deceased told the top court that her husband’s killers were roaming free, and no action has been taken against them.

Senior advocate Arun Bhardwaj, representing Ruby Devi, widow of Shyam Sundar, submitted before a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana that there are three accused who are allegedly responsible for her husband’s death and the police have not taken any action against them.

Bhardwaj said ‘killers are roaming free and threatening his client’.

Another advocate representing the journalist, who was killed in the incident, also urged the court to direct the police to apprehend the accused involved.

The bench directed separate replies must be filed by Uttar Pradesh with respect to the counter-case of lynching of a person named Shyam Sundar, who was allegedly attacked after the car ploughed into farmers’ protest, and also killing of journalist Raman Kashyap.

In Sundar’s matter, Senior advocate Harish Salve, representing the Uttar Pradesh government, submitted he was an accused who was also killed in the incident and the police are also probing it along with the death of the journalist, who was in the car.

Chief Justice told Salve to file a separate reply in the matter. The bench noted there are two complainants before the court — one by Ruby Devi and the other in connection with the death of a journalist. “State is directed to file separate replies in the case,” said the bench, fixing the matter for further hearing on November 8.

The bench also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli also sought forensic labs, examining the digital evidence in the matter, to expedite the process of submitting evidence in the case.

The bench expressed surprise that out of a gathering of 4,000-5,000 people, only 23 people are eyewitnesses to the incident, where a car ploughed into the farmers’ protest.

Salve, at the outset submitted that out of 68, thirty witnesses have recorded their statements under 164 CrPC. Of these, 23 are eyewitnesses. Chief Justice queried that in a case where there were hundreds of farmers in a rally, only 23 people were there?

Salve replied that the government gave an advertisement and the people who saw the accused in the car are already there. “Digital media (large numbers) has been recovered. There are overlapping videos”, he added.

Salve further contended that there was also a person who was conducting videography of the event, and the digital evidence would be sent to labs so that they can be admitted as evidence in the case.

On the aspect of few eyewitnesses in the matter, Justice Kant pointed out that mostly local people were there at the spot and after the incident most of them have been agitating for an inquiry. He told Salve that accessibility and identification of such persons in the vehicle should not be a major issue.

Salve replied 164 statements can be submitted to the top court in a sealed cover and added that 16 accused have been identified. The bench, in its order, said: “Regarding witness protection, we direct the witnesses to be provided protection by the state. We further direct that 164 statements… to be recorded expeditiously.”

The top court had registered a petition based on a letter by two lawyers seeking a probe by the CBI in the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

A total of eight people, including four farmers and a local journalist, apart from the two BJP men and their driver, were killed in the incident. Farmers were allegedly mowed down by a car of Ashish Misra, son of Union Minister of State Ajay Misra Teni.

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Aryan Khan drug case: Sameer Wankhede in Delhi to meet NCB chief

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 Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Mumbai zonal director Sameer Wankhede, who is heading the probe into Mumbai’s high profile drugs case, on Tuesday reached the head office here to meet chief S.N. Pradhan.

Mumbai NCB arrested Aryan Khan, son of actor Shah Rukh Khan in the cruise drug case investigation on October 2.

The official reached Delhi Monday night to meet the Director General of NCB in connection with bribery allegations.

According to reports, he may be questioned on the bribery allegations. When Wankhede reached the NCB office from second gate, some people had gathered there in his support.

However, while interacting with the media after reaching Delhi late on Monday night, Wankhede refuted the allegations against him as “baseless.”

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