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Yogi Adityanath ‘furious’ as 3rd kidnapping victim found dead

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Yogi Adityanath. (File Photo: IANS)

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath is said to be infuriated by the increasing number of kidnapping and murder cases in the state.

According to official sources, the Chief Minister has now asked officers to “show results or face the music”. This comes after another case of kidnapping and murder case was reported from Kanpur Dehat on Tuesday. A string of similar cases have been reported from Kanpur and Gorakhpur as well.

Adityanath has also said that strict actions will be taken against the accused who will be booked under the National Security Act (NSA) that empowers the concerned government to keep a suspect in jail for 12 months without any charge.

State DGP H.C. Awasthi, late on Tuesday night, also issued an advisory for all police personnel and asked them to deal with complaints of kidnappings promptly and with seriousness.

The developments come after another man was allegedly abducted and killed in Kanpur Dehat on Tuesday. His body was found in a well.

The victim Brajesh Pal was allegedly abducted from Bhognipur on July 16 and his body was found in Devrahat area of Kanakheda village on Tuesday evening.

Pal used to work as a manager at a toll plaza on the Kanpur-Jhansi highway. On July 16, he had gone to work at the toll plaza and stayed there till midnight. He later decided to sleep in the toll plaza premises.

In the morning, when the security staff arrived at the toll plaza, they found it locked from inside and a search was launched for Pal. When his cousin dialled his phone, a stranger received the call and demanded Rs 20 lakh in ransom.

Soon after receiving the call from kidnappers, Pal’s family reached the police station with the audio clip.

On Tuesday, police arrested one of Pal’s acquaintances who led the team to the well where the victim’s body was found.

The family has alleged lapses in the investigation done by the police which led to the victim’s death.

SP Anurag Vats said that the police had acted promptly in the matter and had arrested one of the accused who led them to the place where the body had been dumped.

The family alleged that the victim’s cousins were taken to the police station and were allegedly beaten up. One of the cousin’s hand was fractured, the family alleged, and another one also sustained injuries.

The Chief Minister has announced financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to Brajesh Pal’s family.

It is noteworthy that a lab technician, Sanjeet Yadav, from Kanpur was kidnapped on June 22 and his abductors had demanded a ransom of Rs 30 lakh for his release. A FIR was registered at Barra police station.

Sanjeet Yadav’s family alleged that they managed to arrange Rs 30 lakh on the insistence of the Kanpur police and left the bag with the money on the railway track on July 13, as directed by the kidnappers.

The police remained a silent spectator and Sanjeet was not released.

Later, after the arrest of five accused, it was revealed that Sanjeet had been murdered on June 26/27 and his body was thrown in the Pandu river. The body is yet to be recovered.

The state government has suspended four police personnel, including IPS officer Aparna Gupta, for laxity in the probe into the kidnapping and murder of the Kanpur lab technician.

In another such case, a class 6 student in Gorakhpur was kidnapped and killed within hours of his abduction even as the kidnappers demanded a ransom of Rs 1 crore.

The body of the 14-year-old boy was recovered from a jungle area near a canal here on Monday evening.

The 14-year-old boy was the son of a grocery and ‘paan’ shop owner.

Meanwhile, the opposition has been mounting a blistering attack on the Yogi government on its failure to control the crime graph.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, through a series of tweets, said that the law and order situation is deteriorating.

“At this time, it is the responsibility of the police and administration to take action in such matters with promptness and efficiency,” she added.

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav said, “There is no fear of police in minds of criminals and encounter policy of the state government has failed.”

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Protest has gone out of farmer leaders’ control: Manohar Lal Khattar

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Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Wednesday condemned the violent incidents in New Delhi, especially at the Red Fort, and said the farmers’ protest has now gone out of control of their leaders and has deviated from its direction.

He appealed to the farmers to return to their homes after Tuesday’s unfortunate incidents.

The Chief Minister said a special Cabinet meeting convened here on Tuesday evening was unanimous in its view that the people must together foil the nefarious intentions of anti-social elements and cooperate in maintaining peace and harmony.

No Indian could tolerate unfurling of a flag other than the national flag at the Red Fort. Doing so is an insult to those great freedom fighters and martyrs who sacrificed their lives so that the Tricolour could fly high on the ramparts of the Red Fort, Khattar added.

“Our freedom fighters did not earn freedom for us to spread such anarchy,” he said.

The Chief Minister said the farmers’ organisations had given a firm assurance for a peaceful protest in Delhi but Tuesday’s incidents has proved that the leadership of the protest has gone into the hands of those saying something and doing the exact opposite.

Therefore, now the farmers should think about which direction the protest is taking, he said, adding, in a democracy there is enough scope to resolve differences.

All kinds of differences could be resolved through mutual dialogue, the Chief Minister added.

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Won’t contest in Kerala Assembly polls: State Congress chief

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Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee President Mullappally Ramachandran said on Wednesday that he would not contest the Assembly elections slated to be held this year.

The former Union Minister of State for Home said that he would instead continue as state party chief and lead the Congress-led UDF to electoral victory, just as it had done by winning 19 of the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 general elections in the state.

“I will not contest in the coming elections. My sole aim is to bring the Congress and the UDF back to power in Kerala. The misrule and anti-people policies of the Left government has taken a toll on the state’s people. My candidature is not a big issue. As a responsible state Congress President, I am working tirelessly to bring back the party to power,” Ramachandran told IANS on phone.

The seven-term MP has thus put to rest speculations on his candidature from the Kalpetta seat in Wayanad district or Koyilandi in Kozhikode district.

Ramachandran, who enjoys an unblemished political track record, has been a “giant killer”. He had defeated CPI-M’s then sitting MP P Sathidevi by a huge vote margin from the red bastion of Vatakara in Kozhikode district in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

It was after several decades that the Congress had wrested the seat from the CPI-M. Kozhikode is the home town of Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and former CPI-M Secretary and Politburo member Kodiyeri Balakrishnan.

There were rumours that Ramachandran would be projected as a chief ministerial candidate along with Oommen Chandy and Ramesh Chennithala, and that the Congress high command would make Kannur MP K Sudhakaran as the KPCC chief if Ramachandran opted to throw his hat in the electoral ring.

Even Sudhakaran had told the media that he would like to become the KPCC President and that he would do justice to the post.

AICC General Secretary (Organisation) KC Venugopal has also said that he was not a claimant to the CM post and would not contest the state elections.

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Bihar BJP Spokesperson shot at by 3 unidentified assailants in Munger

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Bihar Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Spokesperson Afzar Shamshi was shot at by three unidentified assailants from close range in Bihar’s Munger district on Wednesday.

Munger Superintendent of Police (SP), Manavjit Singh Dhillon, told IANS that Shamshi received a gunshot injury in the lower back side of his head and was referred to Patna for treatment.

“We have arrested one person identified as Lalan Kumar Singh in connection with the case,” Dhillon said.

The incident took place at nearly 12.30 p.m. when Shamshi was on his way to Ramsakha Satyabhama Evening Inter College at Munger. Shamshi is a professor in this college and also has an influential role in its administration.

After reaching the college gate, Shamshi stepped out of his car and entered the college. At the same time three assailants fired three to four times at him and one of the bullets hit him in the lower back side of his head.

Shamshi fell to the ground in an unconscious state. The college’s staff rushed him to the Sadar hospital.

“Shamshi gave a statement and his condition is said to be stable. The Bihar BJP leader alleged that one of the college faculty identified as Lalan Kumar Singh is responsible for the attack. The accused pressured Shamshi to hand over the finance department of the college to him and also wanted other departments as well which led to a dispute between them,” Dhillon told IANS.

“We have arrested Lalan on charges of attempt to murder and criminal conspiracy and efforts are on to nab three other persons who were allegedly hired by him to execute the crime,” he added.

Following the incident, the BJP state President Sanjay Jaiswal, said he would talk to Director General Of Police (DGP) S.K. Singhal for speedy investigation in the matter. “The incident is extremely shocking and painful,” he added.

Maintaining law and order is turning out to be quite a challenge for the Bihar police with Indigo Airlines Bihar Chief Rupesh Kumar Singh being gunned down on January 12, an Agriculture official Ajay Kumar kidnapped and murdered on January 20, a youth killed in Patna city on January 26 and now the latest case of the BJP Spokesperson being shot at in Munger.

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