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Tejashwi Yadav urges Modi to free Bihar health minister from Bengal campaign

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Keeping in view the alarming situation in Bihar due to Covid 19, Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP National President J.P. Nadda to release state health minister Mangal Pandey from the West Bengal poll campaign.

Tejashwi’s reaction came after soaring infections and consequent deaths including of two IAS officers in Bihar.

“Humbly request Hon. PM @narendramodi ji & @JPNadda ji to spare Bihar Health Minister from BJP’s #BengalElections duty. His tokenism as Bihar HM has already cost many precious lives. Since last year nothing has been done to ramp up the capacity building of hospitals in Bihar,” Tejashwi tweeted.

“The health infrastructure in Bihar has collapsed after a higher number of cases of Corona have appeared. The preparation of the Bihar government to tackle the pandemic is zero. As a result, a large number of people are getting infected and the state government is unable to provide them beds in the hospitals,” the RLD leader said while interacting with the media.

Mangal Pandey, who was busy in the West Bengal election campaign for the Bharatiya Janata Party, came to Patna on Tuesday and inspected Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH).

While he was inspecting the facilities inside the NMCH, a 60-year-old retired armyman Vinod Kumar Singh died outside the casualty ward of the NMCH. His son Abhimanyu Singh claimed that he had requested the hospital administration several times to at least allow him inside but the doctors refused.

“I requested the doctors to allow him inside the corridor of the hospital. The atmospheric temperature was high and an uncomfortable patient like him who is suffering from Corona infection could not stay there for so long. The doctors said that he would get admission only after the inspection of the health minister was completed. We waited for one and a half hours in an ambulance and he eventually died in it,” Abhimanyu said.

Tejashwi said that hospital beds are not available for the common people. Several ministers, IAS officers, top bureaucrats are currently infected with Corona.

“The principal health secretary has sought help from Indian Army to provide 50 doctors to open a hospital in Bihar having a capacity of 500 beds. It is an admission by the state government that the situation is beyond control of the Bihar government,” Tejashwi said.

“I have repeatedly said that the Bihar government is insensitive on Covid-19. We have requested to set up adequate numbers of isolation centres, quarantine centres, and tests for every person but the health facilities of the state are minimal,” Tejashwi said.

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PFI ban: Vijayan holds high-level meeting with police officials

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 Hours after the Centre banned the Popular Front of India, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday met top state police officials to take stock of the situation and draw elaborate plans to ensure that everything is kept under control.

State police chief Anil Kant told Vijayan that everything is under control and the Superintendents of Police of all the 14 districts have been asked to be on high alert.

In a related development, the RSS office at Aluva in Ernakulam district was provided Central security.

Meanwhile, PFI state General Secretary A. Abdul Sathhar, in a press statement, said that the PFI has been wound up and asked its cadres to stop all political activities and organisation work.

News also came the Kerala Police, acting on the directions of the National Investigation Agency, took Sathar into custody and is now kept at the Kollam Police Club waiting for the NIA officials to arrive to take him away.

In an early morning joint operation last week, the NIA and the Enforcement Directorate took into custody several top level state and national leaders of the PFI from various parts of the state in two cases registered at Delhi and in the state.

Those who were named in the case registered in Delhi were immediately taken to Delhi and produced before a court there and those named in the case in the state before local courts here.

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Maharashtra ATS to enforce further crackdown on PFI after Centre’s ban

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The agency has so far conducted raids in 12 districts in Maharashtra, arresting and detaining scores of people linked to the Islamist organisation
Following the central government’s imposition of a five-year ban on the Popular Front of India (PFI), the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) is planning to enforce a further crackdown on the organisation in the state, a senior officer said on Wednesday.“Relevant action has been initiated against the PFI in Maharashtra in accordance with the Centre’s ban this morning. We are getting details of their offices, members and bank accounts,” the officer said.

The agency has so far conducted raids in 12 districts in Maharashtra, arresting and detaining scores of people linked to the Islamist organisation. Sources said that more arrests are likely to happen in the days to come based on interrogations of the accused arrested so far.
The Union home ministry’s move banning the PFI and its affiliates under Section 3 of the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act will be referred to a tribunal for adjudication, whether or not there is sufficient cause to declare the organisation “unlawful association”, people familiar with the procedure said.

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Why right-wing majoritarian outfits not banned, asks Owaisi

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AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi on Wednesday said that the Centre’s ban on Popular Front of India (PFI) cannot be supported and asked the government why has it not banned right-wing majoritarian organisations.

The Hyderabad MP said while he has always opposed PFI’s approach and supported democratic approach, this ban on PFI cannot be supported.

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president believes that a draconian ban of this kind is dangerous as it is a ban on any Muslim who wishes to speak his mind. “The way India’s electoral autarky is approaching fascism, every Muslim youth will now be arrested with a PFI pamphlet under India’s black law, UAPA,” tweeted Owaisi.

“How come PFI is banned but organisations associated with convicts of Khaja Ajmeri bomb blasts aren’t? Why has govt not banned right wing majoritarian organisations?,” he asked.

He said actions of some individuals who commit crime does not mean that the organisation itself must be banned. He pointed out that the Supreme Court has also held that mere association with an organisation is not enough to convict someone.

“Muslims have spent decades in prison before being acquitted by courts. I have opposed UAPA & will always oppose all actions under UAPA. It runs afoul the principle of liberty, which is part of basic structure of the constitution,” he wrote.

“We should remember that Congress amended UAPA to make it stringent & when BJP amended the law to make it even more draconian, Congress supported it This case will follow timeline of Kappan, where any activist or journalist is randomly arrested & takes 2 years to even get bail,” he added.

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