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UP STF arrests 12 in Ayush scam

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The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) has arrested 12 persons in connection with Ayush admission scam,.

The Uttar Pradesh government had referred the Ayush admission anomalies scam for a CBI probe on November 7.

An STF official confirmed the arrests of S.N. Singh, along with two other officials, Umakant Yadav and Bhaskar, who were also suspended, along with nine other people affiliated to the organising firm.

They were arrested late Thursday night from Hazratganj in Lucknow and booked under the charges of criminal conspiracy (section 120B), dishonesty (420), forgery for purpose of cheating (468), fraudulently or dishonestly uses as genuine any document (471) of the IPC.

The STF said it surfaced during the probe that Singh in connivance with two other officials and the organising private firm, Soft Solution Private Limited, and reportedly fudged the data they obtained from the directorate which led to admission of undeserving candidates.

The probe also revealed that the natural order of the merit was not followed in many cases. Also, in some cases, the selected students had not even appeared for the NEET either.

Meanwhile, the STF has sent a letter to the Agra university vice-chancellor, stating that sitting Kanpur VC Vinay Pathak was influencing the case.

In the letter, the STF has said that Pathak’s close relatives are present in Agra university and are manipulating the documents.

During the investigation in Agra university, some of the office-bearers did not even cooperate with the STF.

When the STF started the investigation, many pieces of evidence were found to be tampered with.

A senior STF officer said that the university VC has been informed about this and asked to stop tampering with the evidence.

The STF is also preparing a list of people influencing the investigation.

Vinay Pathak is a co-accused in the scam for clearing the bill of a private company which conducted pre and post exams in Agra university, in which two persons were also arrested.

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Gujarat rejected those who engage in politics of empty promises and appeasement: Amit Shah

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Reacting to the BJP registering a historic victory in Gujarat, Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted that Gujarat had rejected those who engaged in the politics of empty promises and appeasement.

Shah said that he salutes the people of Gujarat for the historic win.

He tagged Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and state BJP president CR Patil in a tweet and congratulated them and all the BJP workers who worked tirelessly for the victory under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the chairmanship of JP Nadda.

Shah said that Gujarat had given an unprecedented acceptance to Modi’s BJP, which worked for development and public welfare.

The Home Minister said that the massive victory showed that every section of the society, be it women, youth or farmers, was wholeheartedly with the BJP.

He said that Gujarat had always created history, adding that, the party broke the records of development in the state under Modi’s leadership in the last two decades, which is why the people blessed the party.

This is the victory of the people’s unwavering faith in Modi’s Gujarat model, tweeted Shah.

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Fake post on Shraddha Walkar-like case goes viral in Assam; police clarifies

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 With an aim to disturb communal harmony in Assam, a group of unidentified miscreants on Wednesday shared a post on Shraddha Walkar-like case on social media.

Taking swift action, the state police termed it “fake” news and said that it was taken from a Portuguese blog.

The miscreants claimed about a Shraddha-like incident in Assam and termed it ‘Love-Jihad’.

“A girl named Kajal who was in a live-in relationship was first raped by seven Muslim boys and then packed alive in a fridge where she died of hypothermia. Her live-in partner Ghaffar and his companions used to take the body out of the fridge and indulge in necrophilia daily.”

The cyber cell of Assam police quickly jumped into action and found the post to be fake.

In a Twitter post, Assam police wrote, “An image from a Portuguese blog of 2010 is being shared with a completely false context on Social Media. Appropriate action will be taken against those found sharing such messages.”

Meanwhile, a senior police officer urged the netizens for staying extra cautious while reacting to this kind of social media posts.

An investigation is underway.

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EC reviews preparations for counting of votes on Dec 8

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The Election Commission on Wednesday reviewed preparations for the counting of votes across 116 Counting Centres in respect of Assembly polls of Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and by-elections to 6 Assembly constituencies and one Parliamentary constituency.

While the counting of votes will begin from 8 a.m. on Thursday, one Counting Observer per Assembly Constituency has been deputed in Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat and those constituencies where bypolls were held.

Two Special Observers each in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat will be on ground to ensure the smooth counting process.

A senior official said that the Commission from time to time has issued detailed instructions and SoPs related to counting of votes, which shall also be applicable during counting of votes in respect of the above-mentioned constituencies.

Elaborate and foolproof arrangements have been made at all the counting centres.

All strong rooms, where polled EVMs are kept, are under three-layered security with inner cordon manned by Central Armed Forces.

Provision of 24×7 CCTV coverage of strong room arrangements is available.

Besides, political parties or candidates are involved at each stage related to EVM deployment during elections.

At each stage, the serial number of each EVM (including polled) is shared with the political parties/candidates.

The district administration has imposed section 144 CrPC around the counting halls to ensure that peace and tranquility is not disturbed.

As per SoPs, counting of votes shall be taken up for postal ballots at 8 a.m. and shall continue till its completion.

After a gap of 30 minutes from the commencement of counting of postal ballot papers, counting of votes for EVM shall commence at 8.30 a.m.

After each round of counting, tabulation of results in a prescribed format is done.

This is signed by RO and Observer, and a copy will be shared with the candidates.

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