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Toddler falls into a manhole at Goregaon, BMC claims it was covered 




On Wednesday a two-year-old boy has gone missing after falling in an open manhole. The child is identified as Divyanshu and has been missing since Wednesday night. It’s been Thirty-four hours after the child slipped into the manhole.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), NDRF, Mumbai police and the locals of the area are in the search of the toddler. The locals of the areas says that drains in the area have not been covered for four years, on that BMC says that’s not true.

BMC commissioner Ashwini Joshi said, “We have photos as recent as June 29 showing that drain covered with cement lids. One of the lids seems to have been taken off by someone… It’s an unfortunate incident and our priority is to look for the child.”

The drainage department is taking help from drainage line maps which is available with them. Also the JCB machines are being used to bring down several walls along with the drainage lines in order to search for the toddler.

According to report, till now over ten kilometres of drainage line has been searched twice by the officials. Not only this, the officers are now opening all the man holes in the drainage lines and are trying to locate the child with the help of a ladder.

Drone was also brought by the officials but couldn’t be launched due to heavy flow of water and narrow drainage.

According to BMC the enquiry reports revealed that the cover of the drain was removed by some individuals. The CCTV footage is being checked and investigated to trace the concerned people.

On Friday BMC tweeted, “In a very unfortunate incident,a child has fallen in a drain at Goregaon.50 people from our team are a part of the ongoing rescue operation with the NDRF & we request residents to immediately report to us if they spot such open drains on 1916, ward control room numbers or twitter”


Charge sheet read out to ‘rape’ accused Kerala Catholic bishop Franco Mulakkal




A court here on Thursday read out the charge sheet to rape accused former Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal and set the date for commencement of trial on September 16.

It was last week that Kottayam Additional Sessions Court ordered him not to leave the city till the charge sheet is read out, after the Supreme Court dismissed the petition filed by him seeking to discharge him in the Kerala nun rape case.

The important points in the charge sheet that runs over a thousand pages was read out to him, which he flatly denied.

Mulakkal was arrested on September 21, 2018 on rape charges, and he secured bail on October 16, 2018.

The charge sheet names 83 witnesses, including the Cardinal of the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, Mar George Alencherry, three bishops, 11 priests and 22 nuns.

After the case came to light, Mulakkal was removed as head of the Jalandhar diocese.

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Jammu and Kashmir Police examining evidence in alleged fake encounter case




Police said on Thursday it has deputed a team headed by a Deputy Superintendent of Police to complete all legal and technical formalities into the disappearance of three persons belonging to Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district.

Vijay Kumar, IGP (Kashmir) told reporters that a team headed by a DSP rank officer has been deputed to Rajouri to complete all legal and technical formalities with regard to the disappearance of three persons belonging to Rajouri district.

Families of the three persons have lodged a missing report, which says the three missing persons have been killed in a fake encounter in the Amshipora village of Shopian district.

The family members have said three of their kin had come to Shopian to work as manual labourers and after their mobile phones were found switched off for several days, the anxious family members came to Shopian to find the whereabouts of the three missing persons.

“The Rajouri families filed a missing report and since then we are trying to evaluate the case through all technical evidences.

“We have taken the DNA samples of three terrorists’ killed in Shopian encounter which will be sent to the central lab to ascertain facts.

“Besides matching the DNA samples it is being investigated whether these three persons who had come from Rajouri were in contact with local militants are not. We will examine all the technical evidence that we have”, the IGP said.

The missing report filed by the families has identified the three missing persons as Abrar Ahmad Khan, 18, Imtiyaz Hussain, 26 and another Abrar Ahmad, 21 belonging to Rajouri district.

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Odisha records highest 1-day spike of 1,981 corona cases




Odisha registered the highest single-day spike of 1,981 Covid-19 positive cases in last 24 hours, taking the state’s tally to 52,653, said the health department on Thursday.

The state also recorded nine more Covid-19 deaths, pushing the death toll to 314 in the last 24 hours.

Three patients died in Ganjam, two deaths each were reported from Cuttack and Mayurbhanj while Kandhamal and Sundargarh registered one each.

Out of the fresh positive cases, 1,225 were reported in quarantine centres while 756 were local contacts.

Contact tracing and follow up action are underway, said the department.

Fresh cases have been reported from all 30 districts with Khordha registering highest 274 cases followed by Ganjam (267), Kandhamal (179) and Sundargarh (145).

The number of active cases in the state rose to 15,808 while 36,478 patients have recovered so far.

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