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Chhattisgarh Police Give Clean Chit To Delhi University Professor Nandini Sundar And Six Others

New Delhi: The Chhattisgarh police have given a clean chit to Delhi University professor Nandini Sundar, Jawaharlal Nehru University professor Archana Prasad and five others in a 2016 murder case, registered at Tongpal police station of Sukma district.

In a chargesheet filed in a local court on Monday, the police said that during investigation no evidence was found against Sundar, JNU professor Archana Prasad, Vineet Tiwari, who is with Delhi’s Joshi Adhikar Sansthan, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sanjay Parata, local sarpanch Manju Kawasi and a villager, Mangla Ram Verma, in connection with the murder of Shamnat Baghel, a resident of Nama village in Sukma district.

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Jammu And Kashmir Government Seeks Adjournment Of Hearing On The Contentious Article 35A Case

New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir government sought adjournment of hearing on the contentious Article 35A case, which was expected to be taken up by the Supreme Court this week. M Shoeb Alam, the standing counsel of the Jammu and Kashmir government in the Supreme Court, filed a note before the top court’s secretary general, requesting postponement of the hearing. The matter was listed for February 12.

In the letter, Alam submitted that the state “will be seeking adjournment in the matter because there is presently no elected government in Jammu and Kashmir and the State is under President’s Rule”.

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Two Arrested As Parties Indulge In Blame Game On Hooch Tragedy

New Delhi: Two people were arrested Sunday in connection with the hooch tragedy that claimed over 70 lives in two adjoining districts in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, police said. The death toll in Uttarakhand rose to 36 on Sunday, with 11 more people succumbing after consuming the spurious liquor in a village in Haridwar district.

According to an Uttar Pradesh government statement released Saturday evening in Lucknow, 36 died in Saharanpur district which adjoins Uttarakhand.

According to the police, the arrested father-son duo, Fakira and Sonu, told investigators that they had procured the spurious liquor from Uttar Pradesh and sold it in Balupur and its neighbouring villages in Uttarakhand's Haridwar district. The two are residents of Balupur village, Haridwar SSP Janmejay Khanduri and Saharanpur SSP Dinesh Kumar, who held a joint press conference in Roorkee, said.

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Two Arrested In Trinamool MLA Murder Case In West Bengal

New Delhi: Two persons have been arrested and another detained in connection with the murder of sitting Trinamool Congress MLA Satyajit Biswas. Biswas was killed by unidentified miscreants when he had gone to attend a function in connection with Saraswati Puja at Krishnagunj on Saturday evening, where the assailants shot him from a point blank range.

An FIR has been lodged against four persons including BJP leader Mukul Roy. Those arrested have been identified as Kartik Mondol and Sujit Mondol. The gun that had been used to kill the MLA has been recovered and sent for examination.

Anindya Basu, officer in-charge of Hanskhali police station, has been removed and the bodyguard of the slain MLA has been suspended. Judicial inquiry has been started against Basu. A high-level investigation team led by Ajay Kumar, Inspector General (IG), CID, reached the spot on Saturday night. They collected samples and talked to the people. They have also collected the footage recorded by locals on their phones.

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Trains Cancelled As Gujjar Agitation In Rajasthan Turns Violent

New Delhi: The Gujjar community agitation demanding five per cent quota in jobs and education turned violent Sunday with shots being fired and police vehicles torched in Dholpur district and protesters blocking road and rail traffic in many areas in Rajasthan.

As a precautionary measure, authorities have imposed prohibitory orders under CrPc section 144 in Dholpur and neighbouring Karauli districts, police said. At least 20 trains were cancelled and seven diverted during the day as the protesters, led by the Gujjar Arakshan Sangharsh Samiti chief Kirori Singh Bainsla, continued their sit-in on railway tracks in Sawai Madhopur district for the third day on Sunday, officials said.