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50-year-old Anganwadi worker gang raped, killed by Priest in U.P

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Budaun, Jan 07: A 50-year-old anganwadi worker was gang-raped and murdered allegedly by a priest and his two accomplices in Budaun district of Uttar Pradesh, triggering an opposition’s outcry and a comparison with Delhi’s 2012 Nirbhaya case.


While the priest is on the run, his two accomplices were arrested on Tuesday night after the post-mortem report confirmed rape, police said Wednesday, adding the woman’s leg and a rib bone too were found fractured and there were injuries in her private parts.

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The incident, which triggered an uproar in political circles, took place on Sunday and the matter came to light that night when the priest and his accomplices took the body to the victim’s home, saying it was found in a dry well in the temple premises.
The FIR was registered two days later after the autopsy confirmed rape and the two accomplices of the priest were nabbed, the police added.


Taking cognisance of the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered ‘strongest possible action’ in the case even as opposition parties attacked his government, terming the incident ‘horrific’ and ‘shameful’, with the Congress comparing it to the Nirbhaya incident of 2012.


The National Commission for Women too took note of the incident and decided to send a team of its members to probe the incident.

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About the incident, Badaun’s Senior Superintendent of Police Sankalp Sharma said, ‘The post-mortem report confirms rape and there are injuries in her private parts and a fracture in the leg.’


She suffered a rib fracture too, he added, citing the autopsy report.


The SSP said the station house officer (SHO) of Ughaiti police station has been suspended for ‘delay in informing higher authorities, laxity in taking action, dereliction of duty and failure in taking speedy action’.

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‘The 50-year-old woman, who had gone to a temple on Sunday, was found dead under mysterious circumstances. Family members of the woman have accused the temple mahant (priest) and his accomplices of raping and murdering her. Based on this, a case was registered against the accused. Two of the accused persons were arrested on Tuesday night while the mahant is still absconding,’ he said.


Four teams have been formed to nab the priest, the SSP said.
Following the incident, Bareilly ADG Avinash Chandra too visited the crime spot and announced a reward of Rs 50,000 on the arrest of the absconding priest.


The case was registered on Tuesday after the post-mortem report came.

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‘Based on complaints of the family members and the post-mortem report, a case has been registered under section 376D (gang-rape) and 302 (punishment for murder) of IPC,’ the SSP said.


He said a second opinion on the post-mortem report is being sought from medical experts and only after that, any conclusion can be reached.


Asked if the incident resembles the 2012 horrific Nirbhaya gang-rape case, the SSP said, ‘It will be wrong to link this incident to any previous incident. Let’s wait for the medical examination report.’

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Budaun chief medical officer, Dr Yashpal Singh said the woman died of trauma and excessive bleeding.


Endorsing CMO’s opinion, Budaun District Magistrate Kumar Prashant said, ‘Whatever help can be given from the department, it will be given. She was an anganwadi sahayika (helper). We are also paying attention to the security of the family.’


The victim’s son said his mother had gone to offer prayers at the temple on Sunday but she did not return home within the expected time.

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It was only around 11 pm that the temple priest and his two aides came to their house and handed over her body, he added.
Before the family members could ask how she died, the accused left the house saying she had fallen in a dry well and her body was pulled out and brought to her home.


The victim’s son said the police was informed on Monday.

Amid the opposition’s uproar, the Chief Minister’s Officer said in a tweet, The UP CM @myogiadityanath has taken cognizance of the Badaun incident and instructed to take strongest legal action against the accused.

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The Chief Minister has also instructed the ADG Bareilly zone to submit a detailed report regarding the incident. The CM has directed the UPSTF to provide assistance in the investigation in the incident, it said.


Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, who is also in charge of the party’s affairs in Uttar Pradesh, hit out at the Yogi Adityanath government, alleging that there was something wrong in the intention of the state administration on the issue of women’s security.


Party spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala termed the incident ‘horrific’ and ‘shameful for humanity’.

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‘How many more Nirbhayas? How much more of this monstrosity? When will the Adityanath government wake up? Where are our awakened journalists,’ he said in a tweet in Hindi.


Taking to Twitter, Samajwadi Party said, ‘Fifty-year-old anganwadi assistant, who had gone to offer prayers at a temple in Budaun, was gang-raped and subsequently murdered. Those in power, who only make false claims of women security, should drown themselves. The guilty should be punished at the earliest and justice should prevail.’

Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati termed the incident ‘extremely saddening’ and ‘highly condemnable’.

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In a tweet in Hindi, she said, ‘The state government should take the incident seriously and ensure stringent punishment to the guilty so that such cases are not repeated. This is the demand of the BSP.’


The Budaun incident comes months after a Dalit woman from Hathras was allegedly raped by four men on September 14 and died on September 29 at Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital. (Agency)

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Railways spent INR 69.5 lakh to ‘catch rats’ in Lucknow reveals RTI

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RTI Query revealed that Lucknow division of Northern Indian Railways spent INR 69.5 Lakh for catching 168 rats, India Today reported.

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In a startling revelation, the Lucknow division of Northern Railways in India has spent an unbelievable INR 69.5 lakh (approximately $93,000) between 2020 and 2022 to catch a mere 168 rats. This translates to a staggering INR 23.2 lakh (around $31,000) per year or over INR 41,000 (around $550) for every rodent. The extravagant expenditure on pest control has come to light as a result of an RTI query which had been filed by activist Chandrashekhar Gaur.

According to India Today, the response to Gaur’s RTI application has raised eyebrows and left taxpayers hacing doubts about the effectiveness of resource utilization within the Indian Railways. While pest and rodent control typically fall under the category of primary maintenance, it is extremely essential to dissect the exorbitant expenses which have been incurred by the Lucknow division of Northern Railways.

The information provided in the answer to the RTI inquiry indicates that the Lucknow division spent INR 69.5 lakh between the years 2020 and 2022, yet only 168 rats were actually seized. When these figures are broken down further, they become significantly more baffling. Rats were trapped in numbers ranging from 83 in 2020 to 45 in 2021 to 40 in 2022. The decreasing numbers, in spite of continued spending, highlight the ineffectiveness of the pest control strategy.

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The controversy arose after the RTI query which revealed that the division had spent a staggering INR 69.5 lakh. The division’s statement sheds light on the nature of their rat control efforts as well as tries to put the expenses, which appear enormous, into perspective.

According to Railways statement cited by India Today, the Indian Railways went on to provide additional context, highlighting that the expenditure needs to be viewed in the context of the enormous number of coaches they have the responsibility to maintain. With an average of 25,000 coaches addressed every year, the approximate cost for rodent control per coach comes to a just INR 94.

The statement further mentions that this is a “very minimal cost considering the damage and destruction which can be caused by rodents.”

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However, it is important to note that the Railways declined to respond to Chandrashekhar Gaur’s question about the cost of damage that was caused by rats, citing that no damage assessment had been carried out. The claim that trapping one rat costs INR 41,000, as was previously reported, is flatly refuted by the Indian Railways division in Lucknow. The information provided has been dismissed as a misrepresentation of reality as well as distortion of facts intended to harm the credibility of Indian Railways, according to the Railways statement.

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Thief fails to rob bank, leaves note praising ‘good’ security system

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After failing to open the lockers, a criminal recently applauded a bank for its security. On Thursday, August 31, the burglar attempted to break into a bank in Telangana. But he was unable to open the lockers, therefore he was unable to obtain even a single rupee. The robber left a message stating that he was impressed with the security system, “My fingerprints will not be there. Great bank. Please don’t catch me because I couldn’t get a single rupee.

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According to reports, the incident occurred on Thursday night at a Telangana branch of Grameen Bank. The staff of the bank found the note when they arrived on Friday morning and realised that there was an attempt to rob the bank. The burglar’s movements were captured on CCTV surveillance cameras, but the thief was cautious enough to cover his face, said police. The police suspect the thief to be a local and not a banker.

The employees of the bank confirmed that all the valuables present in the bank were intact.

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Woman’s head crushed by vehicle after she sticks her head out of bus to vomit

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In Delhi’s Alipur neighborhood, a 20-year-old lady trying to vomit out of a bus window was killed when her head was crushed by an approaching vehicle while she was traveling to meet her brother in Punjab for Raksha Bandhan, according to police as reported by ANI.

According to the police, the victim was identified as Babli, a resident of Pratapgarh district in Uttar Pradesh.

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Police on Wednesday received the information about the incident from the Satyawadi Raja Harish Chandra Hospital (SRHC) hospital in Narela where the victim had been taken in an injured state.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (outer north) Ravi Kumar Singh said that by the time police reached the hospital, the 20-year-old was pronounced dead.

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During the investigation, it was revealed that Babli was travelling from Pratapgarh to meet her brother in Ludhiana, Punjab. She had taken a Haryana Roadways bus from Kashmere Gate ISBT and was accompanied by her sister Poonam and brother-in-law Santosh, and their three children.

According to the police, the deceased felt sick near the Alipur area and stuck her head out of the bus window to vomit when an oncoming vehicle crushed her head from the driver’s side.

“A legal action is being taken in the matter. The CCTV footage is also being checked to identify the offending vehicle and its driver,” said the police.

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