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Uttar Pradesh Police team on way to bring back Mukhtar Ansari

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A special police team left for Punjab on Monday to take custody of mafia don and Bahujan Samaj Party MLA Mukhtar Ansari and bring him back from the Ropar jail to Uttar Pradesh’s Banda jail.

Inspector General Chitrakoot K. Satyanarayana said, “After reaching Ropar in Punjab, the team will complete the paper formalities to take his custody and bring him back. Adequate security force is being sent to bring him back to UP safely.”

A medical check-up of Mukhtar Ansari may also be done in Punjab before bringing him back to the Banda Jail.

On reaching the Banda jail, he will go for mandatory RT-PCR test and will be quarantined in a secluded high-security cell in the Banda jail.

The IG said that security in the jail has been beefed up and additional force would be deployed at the main gate of the jail and surrounding areas.

High alert has been sounded in Banda and adjoining districts.

“A watch will be kept on all hotels and guest houses to keep an eye on visitors,” he added.

On March 26, the Supreme Court had ordered the Punjab government to hand over Mukhtar Ansari back to Uttar Pradesh Police within two weeks, ignoring pleas of the Punjab government.

The Department of Home and Justice, Punjab government had finally written to the Additional Chief Secretary Home, Avanish Awasthi, on April 3 to make suitable arrangements for handing over Mukhtar Ansari to Uttar Pradesh Police before April 8.

Meanwhile, a Special Investigation Team (SIT), formed to investigate mafia don’s private bulletproof luxury ambulance case, arrested his henchman Shoaib a.k.a Bobby from Barabanki.

Shoaib’s name had figured in the murder of Lucknow Jail Superintendent R.K. Tiwari in 1999. He was, however, let off by the court for want of evidence.

The SIT suspects that Shoaib might have helped the mafia don to get the ambulance registered in Barabanki. The SIT is also keeping a watch on his other henchmen who used to frequent the Ropar Jail to meet Ansari.

On the other hand, Barabanki police reached Mau and grilled BJP leader and owner of Shyam Sanjeevani Hospital Dr. Alka Rai for two hours. Mafia don’s ambulance is registered in the name of her hospital.

Meanwhile, the ambulance used to ferry gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari to a Mohali court, was found abandoned outside a roadside eatery on the Chandigarh-Nangal highway in Punjab’s Rupnagar district.

The police said they have taken the vehicle in their custody.

Rupnagar Deputy Superintendent of Police T.S. Gill told reporters that, “We have taken the ambulance in our custody.”

The police said they got information that the ambulance bearing a registration number of Uttar Pradesh was lying abandoned on the roadside.

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Mumbai: Minor boy detained for raping 5-year-old girl in Nagpada; victim to get free education till 10th std

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A minor boy was detained for allegedly raping a 5-year-old girl in Nagpada and sent to a juvenile correction centre.

He was detained within six hours of the crime.

Free education till 10th standard for victim

The Nagpada police officials have collected Rs 1.10 lakh for the victim and have made provisions for giving her free education till the 10th standard.

A case has been registered under sections of IPC and POCSO.

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Teachers scam: WhatsApp chat hinting question paper leak recovered

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 The Enforcement Directorate (ED), probing the multi-crore teachers’ recruitment scam, has recovered WhatsApp chats hinting at possible advance leaking of question papers to select candidates who took the written examination for primary teachers’ posts in West Bengal in 2016.

Sources said that the selective leaking of question papers were mainly done by the youth Trinamool Congress leader, Kuntal Ghosh, who was arrested by the ED from his residence on January 21.

The probe agency has also recovered Whatsapp chats indicating that Ghosh enjoyed the patronage of former state education minister and Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee.

From the documents seized from Ghosh’s residence, the central agency officials have also recovered copies of the admit cards of certain candidates who appeared for the recruitment examination for primary teachers in 2016.

The ED sleuths have come across the names of 35 individuals who secured jobs as teachers in state- run schools by paying money to the arrested youth leader and all of them are currently employed with different schools. Each and every one of them will be questioned to take the investigation forward.

“The recruitment scam seems to be in multiple layers, which again have sub-layers involving multiple players and multiple angles. The uncovering of one layer is leading to other layers. That’s why the investigation process is getting prolonged,” said a legal associate of ED.

The fact that question papers were leaked to select candidates was established after the ED sleuths noticed that some extremely below-average candidates, as per their academic records, scored exorbitantly in the recruitment examination.

Sources said that the marks secured in their academic examinations did not justify their scores in their optical mark recognition (OMR) sheets.

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Israeli fighter jets strike Gaza in response to rockets firing

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Israeli fighter jets on Friday carried out a series of airstrikes on facilities belonging to militant groups in the Gaza Strip in response to rockets fired from the coastal enclave, witnesses said.

Israeli army drones and fighter jets were heard buzzing in the air, and several explosions were heard in central Gaza Strip, the witnesses told Xinhua news agency.

They added that more than 14 missiles were fired at a military post that belonged to Gaza militant groups.

Palestinian medical sources said that no injuries were reported during the strikes that mainly targeted posts and facilities that belong to the Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

The airstrikes were in response to the firing of two rockets at southern Israel, said a spokesman from the Jewish state’s army.

No group has claimed responsibility for firing the rockets, which was a response to the killing of nine Palestinians during an Israeli raid in the Jenin refugee camp, deemed to be the most deadly in nearly two decades.

During the Israeli airstrikes on Friday, militants in the Hamas-ruled coastal enclave also fired at least five rockets at southern Israeli communities close to the borders with the Gaza Strip and anti-craft missiles were fired at Israeli fighter jets by Hamas militants, sources close to Hamas security told Xinhua.

Media outlets in Gaza quoted an Egyptian source as saying that Egyptian intelligence is in intensive contact with the Palestinian factions to prevent an escalation in Gaza.

More than 170 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank in 2022, and at least 29 have been killed in January this year, according to figures from the Palestinian Health Ministry.

According to the UN, 2022 was the deadliest year for Palestinians since 2006.

The tensions have been further aggravated since Israel’s most right-wing government, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, took office last month.

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