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Two more arrested for raising ‘goli maaro’ slogan in Kolkata

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The total number of arrests in connection with the incendiary “goli maaro” slogan raised by a group of people going to Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s rally here has risen to six with two more taken into custody from the city and an adjoining district, police said on Wednesday.

“BJP worker Sandeep Sonkar was nabbed from Chetla in South Kolkata on Tuesday evening. Another person was arrested on Tuesday night from Ghola in North 24 Parganas district,” a police official said.

Both of them were seen shouting the provocative slogan calling for shooting the traitors while going in a procession towards the rally venue in central Kolkata on Sunday.

“They were arrested after examining the video footage of the incident,” the official said.

While three people were arrested from the city’s New Market police station area on Monday morning, later another person was rounded up from Ghola in 24 Parganas (North) district in the night.

Cases under Sections 153 (Promoting enmity between different groups), 34 (common intent), 505 (public mischief) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code have been slapped against the accused.

The three arrested from the city are Surendra Kumar Tiwary, Pankaj Prashad and Dhruba Basu. BJP leader Sujit Barua was nabbed during a joint operation by personnel of New Market and Ghola police stations.

However, Basu was bailed out considering his advanced age.

Kolkata Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma in a statement on Monday said the arrests were made following a complaint lodged at the New Market police station that “some persons allegedly shouted provocative slogans having potential to disturb public tranquility from a procession while going to attend a political rally”.

The city police chief has instructed officers-in-charge of all police stations to initiate strong legal action against anybody trying to incite people.

The slogan was first chanted at a public rally addressed by Union Minister and BJP leader Anurag Thakur on January 27 in Delhi’s Rithala area. Thakur had allegedly egged on his audience to respond to the slogan.

Thakur was then barred from campaigning by the Election Commission for 72 hours in the run-up to the February 8 Delhi Assembly polls

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Farmers’ tractor rally turns violent near ITO, police resort to lathi charge

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Dramatic scenes were witnessed on Tuesday after the agitating farmers clashed with the Delhi Police near ITO intersection in central Delhi, with the police firing the tear gas shells and resorting to lathi charge to disperse the farmers.

The farmers, who started their ‘Kisan Gantantra parade’ much ahead of their scheduled timing entered the national capital defying the agreement of the scheduled time of tractor rally and creating multiple fronts at Karnal Bypass, Mukarba Chowk, Transport Nagar, Akshardham, Gazipur and Tikri border and some farmers armed with swords were also seen clashing with the police.

As soon as the farmers reached ITO intersection and tried to move towards the Red Fort, many of the farmers clashed with the police personnel and attacked them with sticks and iron rods. The farmers also damaged several vehicles with their tractors.

Following the violence from the farmers, the police fired tear gas shells on the farmers and also resorted to lathi charge multiple times.

After the lathi charge from the police, the farmers left their tractors and rushed to take cover.

Meanwhile, some farmers tried to crush the policemen with their tractors. Several tractors were seen charging towards the police personnel deployed at the ITO one after another. The farmers also pelted stones of the police personnel.

Many of the farmers and the police personnel were left injured in the clashes.

Earlier in the day, farmers comprising mostly youths entered the national capital from the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh Ghazipur border after breaking the barricades and clashed with the police near Akshardham intersection of east Delhi.

Some farmers armed with swords were also seen clashing with the police after damaging the trucks and DTC buses that were parked to stop them to enter towards central Delhi.

Police fired tear gas shells on the farmers after they entered Sanjay Gandhi Transport Nagar from Delhi-Haryana Singhu border.

The visuals of the men riding horses were seen at the Karnal Bypass while the protesters were also seen breaking barricades at Singhu and Mukarba Chowk.

On Sunday, Delhi Police had allowed the tractor rally after the annual Republic Day parade.

Earlier, during the talks with the police, the protesters were told they could not disrupt the celebrations at Rajpath even as the farmers insisted their parade would be “peaceful”.

However, going back on their promise, the farmers broke barricades and started the rally much before the scheduled time.

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Gurugram police on high alert amid farmer’s agitation, Republic Day

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In the view of the farmers’ protest and the Republic Day celebrations, the Gurugram police have stepped up security arrangements and special instructions have been given to the police force to keep a vigil on suspicious elements, senior Gurugram police official said.

“Around 40 police checkpoints have been erected across the district and along with border areas. Apart from this, the police personnel, a unit of the ITBP and Harayana police commandos have been deployed at the key locations. Also, duty of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) rank officers have been ensured on rotation basis,” said a senior police official.

Also, ACPs and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCPs) will continue patrolling in their respective areas on a rotational basis. The farmers and other social organisations in Gurugram will not be allowed to go the national capital on tractors, the officer said.

Several farmers’ outfits are agitating in Delhi from last 61 days against the three agricultural laws. They have also planned a tractor parade on January 26 in Delhi. In view of this, the police have to keep an eye on both the farmers’ movement and Republic Day celebrations simultaneously.

However, the district police have already deployed 4,000 police personnel across the district and a three-layer security has been placed around Tau Devilal Stadium Sector-38 in Gurugram where the Republic Day celebrations will be organised.

Moreover, a number of policemen have been deployed in the Manesar near NSG campus and Panchgaon Chowk on the Delhi-Jaipur expressway so that the farmers coming from Rewari to Gurugram do not proceed beyond these security points.

ACP (Traffic) Sanjeev Balhara has been pressed into service in the Manesar NSG campus Similarly, the responsibility of other ACPs has also been fixed. At these points, a unit of the ITBP along with the Gurugram police personnel have been stationed. Also, officials from the intelligence and crime branch units have been placed in civil dress to keep an eye on anti-social elements.

Apart from this, policemen have also been deployed in uniform and plain clothes in all the crowded areas including Sadar Bazar. The police strength has been increased around metro stations, railway stations, bus stands and crowded places.

“In view of the Republic Day celebrations, the entry of heavy vehicles from Gurugram border in Delhi has been banned from 3 p.m. on Sunday till 4 p.m. on January 26. Transporters have been appealed not to take heavy vehicles to Delhi. Traffic policemen have been deployed at the Delhi-Gurugram border on the Delhi-Jaipur expressway, who will bar heavy vehicles no to enter the national capital. The suspects are being specially monitored. Hotels and guest houses are being searched,” said Preet Pal Sangwan, ACP (crime).

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3 killed in separate road accidents in Gurugram

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At least three persons including an employee of the fertilisers department have been killed in separate road accidents at different stretches of the city, the police said on Monday.

All three accidents took place on Sunday.

In the first accident, Ankur Kumar, 29, who worked in the Gurugram fertilisers department and lived with his family here was killed when he was heading to Jhajjar from Gurugram in his Swift Dzire car.

“On the Gurugram-Farrukhnagar road, a truck came from the opposite direction and allegedly collided with Ankur’s car. He was rushed to the Civil Hospital at Gurugram Sector-10 where he was declared brought dead,” a police officer said.

A case has been filed under relevant sections of the IPC against the truck driver who is absconding since the incident.

In the second accident, a youth identified as Nitin lost his life on Sunday evening when his motorcycle was allegedly hit from behind by a crane near Basai village in Gurugram.

Nitin died in the hospital during treatment while the critically injured pillion rider Sahil received serious injuries and is undergoing treatment at a private hospital.

A case of negligent driving against the crane driver was registered at Sector-10A police station.

The third accident claimed the life of a truck driver identified as Rajbir.

According to the police, Rajbir was transporting industrial materials from Bahadurgarh. Near the Farrukhnagar toll plaza on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway, another truck ahead of his vehicle applied emergency brakes which led to a collision between the two trucks following which Rajbir sustained serious injuries and later, died at a private hospital.

A case of negligent driving was registered against the accused truck driver at Farrukhnagar police station in Gurugram.

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