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



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.

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.

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’.

‘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.

‘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.’

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.

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.

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’.

‘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’.

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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43 from J&K among 4,690 people arrested under UAPA from 2018-20: MoS Home



Srinagar, Aug 04: Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai Wednesday said that a total of 4,690 people including 943 from Jammu and Kashmir were arrested under the anti-terror law UAPA between 2018 to 2020.

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The minister, as per the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), however, said that just 149 were convicted under it in the three year period.

Replying to a written question in Rajya Sabha, ge said that in 2019, 1,948 people were arrested under the UAPA and 34 people were convicted in that year and in 2018, 1,421 people were arrested while 35 people were convicted.

“1,321 people were arrested under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act in 2020 while 80 people were convicted in that year,” he said.

He also said the highest number of people arrested under the UAPA between 2018 and 2020 with 1,338 in Uttar Pradesh, 943 in Manipur and 750 in J&K while among all those arrested, 2,488 people belonged to 18-30 years of age group and 1,850 belonged to 30 to 45 years age group.

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Yaseen Malik ends hunger strike



New Delhi, Aug 01: Separatist leader Yaseen Malik who was on hunger strike in Tihar Jail for the last 10 days discontinued his fasting on Monday evening after he was informed that his demands have been conveyed to the authorities concerned, news agency PTI reported quoting prison officials.

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Malik began an indefinite hunger strike on July 22 after the Centre did not respond to his plea that he be allowed to physically appear in a Jammu court hearing the Rubaiya Sayeed abduction case in which he is an accused.

The 56-year-old chief of the banned Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) is serving a life sentence in a terror-funding case.

He has deferred his hunger strike for two months at the request of the Director General (DG) of Delhi Prisons Sandeep Goel, the officials said.

The DG has conveyed to Malik that the demands raised by him have been sent to the authorities concerned and he will be informed of the decision on the same, PTI quoted a senior jail official as saying.

“On my request, convict Yasin Malik, who was on hunger strike in Tihar Jail since July 22 has today (Monday) evening, discontinued his fasting,” Goel said.

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Malik was admitted to the RML hospital here last month following a fluctuation in blood pressure, and after returning to the prison, he refused to eat anything.

The separatist leader, who is kept in solitary confinement in a high-risk cell in Tihar’s prison number 7, was shifted to the prison’s Medical Investigation (MI) room where he was being given IV fluids, the officials said.

Malik had submitted a letter to the doctors at the hospital, saying he did not want to be treated.

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Man kills son-in-law by slitting his throat over harassment of his daughter



Chittoor, Aug 01: In a shocking incident reported from Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district, a father allegedly killed his son-in-law by slitting his throat over harassment of his daughter on Saturday.

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The accused in the case has beein identified as Yousuf Khan and the victim as Sai Baba, Sai tied the knot with Khan’s daughter, identified as Hasina, ten years ago and was an inter-caste marraige.

The horrifying incident happened at Sankaraiah Gunta. Yousuf Khan allegedly slit the victim’s throat for harassing Hasina for the past many years. Hasani had been living at her parents house after Sai assaulted her.

On Saturday, Sai Baba went to get back Hasina from her parent’s house in an inebriated condition and an altercation between the family and Sai flared up. The argument intensified and Khan attacked him.

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A case has been lodged against the accused under relevant sections of the IPC and further investigation into the matter is underway.

In another incident coming in from Hyderabad’s Madhapur area, A man was killed and another was injured in an open fire on Monday. Three unidentified miscreants used a revolver to murder a man named Ismail over a property dispute.

Another man, identified as Jahangir was also injured in the incident and is receiving treatment. In the meantime, Ismail’s dead body was sent to Osmania Hospital for an autopsy.

All three accused ran away from the crime spot after shooting the deceased.

The altercation evidently took place over a property, as maintained by the police. The case is being investigated.

A search team has been set up in order to trace and arrest the accused, identified as Mujahid, Jilani and Bilal.

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