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Two in custody for causing death of pregnant elephant

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The Kerala Forest department has launched a ‘manhunt’ for those responsible for the death of a 15-year-old pregnant wild elephant, said an official. The elephant had died after being seriously injured by firecrackers hidden in a pineapple. Speaking to IANS Samuel Pachuau, the Wildlife Warden of the Silent Valley National Park, near here said this was a serious crime whosoever was behind it. According to Pachuau, some people had placed firecrackers inside a pineapple and this was eaten by the wild elephant and in the process of chewing the cracker burst and injured the elephant.

A Kerala forest department team probing the killing of a pregnant elephant is leant to have taken two persons into custody.

The forest officials are tight-lipped on the progress of their investigation.

The elephant’s habitat was in the Silent Valley National Park in Palakkad district.

The local Manarakadu police station on Wednesday registered a case in the gruesome incident.

“The forest department and the police are probing the incident and we are confident of finding the villains behind this crime,” said Sub Inspector of Police T.K. Ramachandran.

According to veterinarians who treated the 15-year-old pregnant elephant, some miscreants while chasing away the elephants who occasionally stray into the agricultural land had kept fire crackers inside a pineapple.

When the elephant started eating it, the crackers burst, seriously injuring its upper and lower jaw and tongue.

The injured elephant, according to forest officials, was first spotted by locals near a water source on May 23. Two days later an elephant expert after a medical assessment said things were bad for the animal.

On May 25, the elephant was found dead in slushy water.

“Despite our best efforts to get the elephant out of water, it did not come out and died,” said a local villager.

A post-mortem conducted on the elephant two days later reveled that the elephant was two-month pregnant. Experts pointed out that this was the elephant’s first pregnancy.

On Thursday, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar took to twitter to show his displeasure. “The government has taken a very serious note of the killing of an elephant in Mallapuram, #Kerala. We will not leave any stone unturned to investigate it properly and nab the culprit(s). This is not Indian culture to feed fire crackers and kill,” he wrote.

On Wednesday, the Environment Minister sought a report on the death of the elephant and said stern action would be taken against the culprits.

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Covid: Maharashtra cases cross 2.25 lakh, 219 fresh deaths

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For the second day running, Maharashtra’s new Covid-19 cases continued in the 6,000-plus range, shooting above the 2.25 lakh mark, while fresh deaths again crossed the 200 mark, officials said here on Thursday.

The new Covid cases in the state increased from 6,603 to 6,875 Thursday, but remained lower by 199 from the highest one-day count of 7,074 cases notched on July 4.

The number of fatalities in the state soared in the high ranges – going up from the July-lowest of 125 to 219 – but remained below the previous top toll of 295 notched on July 4.

With Thursday’s 219 fatalities, the state death toll climbed from 9,448 to 9,667 today and the total cases zoomed above the 2.25 lakh mark to touch 230,599 till date, both being the highest in the country.

Presently, Maharashtra’s total Covid cases have exceeded South Africa’s 224,665, which ranks 13 as per the Worldometer data.

With Thursday’s figures, there was one death recorded roughly every 7 minutes and a whopping 286 new cases notched every hour in the state.

The recovery rate in the state improved marginally from 55.06 per cent to 55.19 per cent Thursday, while the mortality (death) rate stood at 4.19 per cent.

The health department said of the total number of cases declared till date, 93,652 are aactive cases (ill) today – and this number is lower (favourable) vis-a-vis the number of patients cured, indicating a positive sign.

On the positive side, 4,067 fully cured patients returned home Thursday – taking the number of those discharged above the 1.25 lakhs mark to touch 127,259 now – considerably higher than the 93,652 active cases currently in the state.

Of the total 219 fatalities in the state, Mumbai alone accounted for 68 deaths, pulling up the city toll from 5,064 to 5,132 now, while the number of Covid-19 positive patients shot up by 1,268 cases to touch 89,124.

Besides Mumbai’s 68 deaths, there 66 fatalities in Thane, 27 in Pune, 17 in Raigad, 8 each in Palghar and Solapur, 7 in Jalgaon, 4 in Nashik, 3 in Satara, 2 each in Ahmednagar, Nandurbar and Nagpur, one each in Latur, Jalna, Amravati, Nanded, and one from another state.

Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray called upon Thane civic bodies to set up Corona Vigilance Committees and after the success in Dharavi, urged Mumbai NGOs to adopt slums and intensify the war against Covid.

Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis who toured several districts in northern Maharashtra urged the people of Aurangabad to adhere to the strict curfew that has been implemented there, besides urging for more efforts to curb the Covid cases in the mofussil areas of the state.

The MMR (Thane Division) continues to be tense as deaths and cases pile up, with a total of 6,918 Covid-19 fatalities and a staggering 4,084 new patients, pushing up the number of cases to 159,662 Thursday.

Thane cases have touched 54,811 with 1,483 fatalities – to emerge as the second worst-hit district after Mumbai in the state.

Pune district continues to surge ahead by notching 33,394 patients and 989 deaths till now.

The Pune Division (comprising Pune, Solapur and Satara districts) – which has recorded 38,466 patients and 1,382 fatalities – remains behind MMR and Thane district.

The next major region of concern is Nashik Division with 683 fatalities and 13,514 positive cases, followed by Aurangabad Division with 354 deaths and 8,755 cases, and finally Akola Division with 153 fatalities and 3,429 cases.

Kolhapur Division has notched 62 deaths and 2,643 patients, Latur Division had 65 fatalities and 1,568 cases, and finally Nagpur Division recorded 23 deaths and 2,396 cases.

Of the eight divisions in the state, only Kolhapur Division did not report any fatalities Thursday, besides Chandrapur and Bhandara remain the only two districts (out of total 36) with zero Covid deaths so far, though all have notched fresh cases.

Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home-quarantine increased from 638,762 to 649,263 Thursday, while those in institutional quarantine went up from 47,072 to 48,191 on Thursday.

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COVID-19: With 4,231 new cases in Tamil Nadu, tally at 1,26,581

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Tamil Nadu saw a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases with 4,231 persons testing positive for the virus in the last 24 hours, according to the State Health Department on Thursday.

For the past couple of days, the new infection numbers were below 4,000 mark.

In a statement issued here, the Department said the state recorded new coronavirus infections of 4,231 persons, taking the total tally to 1,26,581.

The total number of COVID-19 patients who died over the past 24 hours was 65, taking the toll to 1,765.

The good news was, 3,994 COVID-19 patients were cured and discharged from various hospitals in the state. The total number of Covid cured persons in the state rose up to 78,161.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in the state after taking into account the cured and dead stands at 46,652.

The number of infected children in the state in the age group 0-12 went up to 6,277.

Chennai continued to head the COVID-19 infection table with 1,216 persons testing positive for the virus and the total tally stands at 73,728. The active cases in the city stands at 20,271 while the total number of COVID-19 patients discharged in the state capital stood at 2,700.

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Delhi gang sharpshooter nabbed from Siliguri

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Delhi Police’s special cell arrested a notorious criminal Sandeep alias Dhillu from Siliguri in West Bengal on Wednesday evening. According to police, Dhillu is involved in 22 cases of murder, extortion, dacoity, robbery and assault on a police party.

Last time he was arrested in 2013 and he escaped from police custody on February 19, 2018 from Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi where he was taken for check-up. He was on the run for the last 2 years. Sandeep is a sharpshooter of Neeraj Bawana and Sunil Tillu gangs.

Police said in June secret information was received that Sandeep was hiding somewhere in Rajasthan and UP and was frequently changing his hideouts. Acting upon this information a team was sent to Rajasthan. There it was learnt that accused Sandeep had escaped from his hideout in Alwar, Rajasthan and moved to some unknown place.

“Our team came to know that Sandeep Dhillu established his new hideout somewhere in Siliguri, West Bengal. He was spotted in a market in Siliguri on Wednesday and our teams after identifying him arrested him after a minor scuffle,” DCP Special cell, PS Kushwah said.

In Feb 2018, Sandeep Dhillu was brought for his dental check -up at Maulana Azad Medical College , Delhi by 3rd Battalion. After treatment, he was taken to a jail van where his associates threw chilli powder in the eyes of the escorting police party.

Dhillu managed to free himself after a scuffle with the escort party and ran away. Police chased him and his associates but his associate on another motorcycle fired upon the police party and he escaped.

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