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Mumbai BMW crash: Mihir Shah admits he was at the wheel, sent to police custody till July 16

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Mumbai BMW crash: Mihir Shah admits he was at the wheel, sent to police custody till July 16

Mumbai, July 10 (IANS) BMW crash prime accused Mihir R. Shah, the son of former Shiv Sena Deputy Leader Rajesh Shah, on Wednesday confessed that he was driving the car when it hit a two-wheeler, killing fisherwoman Kaveri P. Nakhwa on July 7.

Mihir, 24, who was absconding for nearly 60 hours after the accident before he was tracked down and arrested, was produced by the Worli police before a Sewri court and after a brief hearing, he was sent to police custody for a week till the next Tuesday.

Earlier, his father Rajesh Shah, who was abruptly removed from his Shiv Sena post on Wednesday morning, was arrested and sent to 15 days judicial custody on Monday, but then released on bail.

Family driver Rajrishi Bidawat has been sent to police custody till Thursday (July 11), in the sensational case that created a political storm with the opposition Maha Vikas Aghadi slamming the MahaYuti government.

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‘There is a possibility of rejig in Trinamool after Martyrs Day programme’

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Kolkata, July 20 (IANS) There is a possibility of rejig in the Trinammol after the Martyrs Day programme on July 21 even after the party won the Lok Sabha and bypolls handsomely.

“There is a possibility of an organisation rejig after the Martyrs Day programme this year. We are expecting Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to throw some light in her speech on Sunday,” a senior Trinamool Congress leader said.

Trinamool organises the Martyrs Day programme every year as a tribute to the 13 people who were killed during a demonstration held by the West Bengal Youth Congress then led by Banerjee on July 21, 1993.

Party insiders said that in the backdrop of the party’s electoral successes both in the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls as well as the following bypolls, the Chief Minister is also expected to set the tone for preparations for the 2026 state Assembly polls.

The Chief Minister is expected to give a specific message on how the organisational structure of the party will operate in making an early beginning of the mass outreach programmes ahead of the Assembly polls.

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She is also expected to highlight the party’s strategy over national politics and its coordination with the other allies in the opposition INDIA bloc.

“We are also expecting her to throw some light on the party’s strategy to organise mass movement on various issues against the Union government and BJP, especially with regard to the non-payment of Central dues under different Centrally-sponsored schemes to the state government,” the party leader added.

Political observers feel that the issue Trinamool Congress now faces is the frequent eruption of factionalism within the party which is often leading to clashes and involvement of party leaders in mob violence and ‘kangaroo courts’.

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Army chief in Jammu today, to review security situation

Jammu, July 20 (IANS) The Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Upendra Dwivedi will visit Jammu on Saturday and will chair a joint security review meeting to take stock of the security situation on the Line of Control (LoC) and the hinterland.

“He will chair a joint security review meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Police and other forces at the police headquarters in Jammu,” an official said.

He said that the Army chief’s visit would focus on the recent terror incidents in the Jammu region and the infiltration of foreign terrorists.

“Discussions will revolve around operational flaws, infiltration issues, intensification of operations against terrorists and other related issues,” the official said.

This is General Upendra Dwivedi’s second visit to J&K as the COAS.

He has earlier served as the head of the Army’s northern command. He has vast experience of handling counterterrorist operations and security issues on the LoC and in the hinterland of J&K.

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Patna, July 20 (IANS) The Mahagathbandhan led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) will organise a protest march called the ‘Aakrosh March’ in Patna on Saturday against Nitish Kumar-led NDA government over poor law and order situation in the state.

The march will commence from the RJD’s head office located on Veerchand Patel Path, proceed to the Income Tax roundabout, Dak Bangalow Chowk, and finally culminate at the district magistrate’s office in Patna.

The protest is in response to a significant rise in crime incidents across several districts of Bihar.

Tejashwi Yadav, Leader of the Opposition (LoP), has been highlighting the deteriorating law and order situation by regularly releasing crime bulletins.

The recent murder of Jitan Sahani in Darbhanga district has provided the opposition leaders another opportunity to criticise Nitish Kumar’s government.

Jitan Sahani was the father of Mukesh Sahani, the National President of the Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP). The incident has further intensified the scrutiny of the government’s handling of law and order in the state.

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The escalating crime incidents have become a significant concern for the state government. In response, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar convened a high-level meeting with police and civil administrative officers in Patna on Friday.

During the meeting, he directed the officers to control crime and stressed that any negligence in crime prevention would lead to strong departmental action against the responsible officers. Additionally, Nitish Kumar asked officials to address and resolve land dispute issues effectively.

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New Delhi, July 20 (IANS) Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) International President Alok Kumar’s mobile phone was stolen on Saturday while he was boarding Vande Bharat Express from Delhi’s Anand Vihar Railway Station. Kumar was en route to Ayodhya.

He recounted the incident, explaining that his phone was stolen while he was boarding the train. He took to social media to report the theft, and the police promptly contacted him after identifying a suspect on CCTV footage.

“I posted on the social media platform, and the police contacted me to inform me that a boy was seen stealing my mobile in the CCTV footage. I hope that the thief will be caught soon and my mobile will be recovered,” Alok Kumar said while speaking to IANS.

Earlier, taking to Instagram, the VHP President said: “Important information. Today I left Anand Vihar Railway Station at 5.45 a.m. to go to Ayodhya Dham by train no. 22426 Vande Bharat. While I was boarding the train, my mobile phone was stolen.”

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“I hope that Delhi Police and Railway Police will find my phone and the culprit soon and take appropriate action,” the post read.

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Around 3.75 lakh devotees have ‘Darshan’ in 21 days of Amaranth Yatra

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Around 3.75 lakh devotees have ‘Darshan’ in 21 days of Amaranth Yatra

Jammu, July 20 (IANS) Around 3.75 lakh devotees have performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra so far as another batch of 3,471 pilgrims left for the Valley on Saturday.

Officials said that since it began this year on June 29, around 3.75 lakh devotees have performed the Amarnath Yatra during the last 21 days.

Over 11,000 devotees had ‘Darshan’ inside the cave shrine on Friday despite intermittent rain and thundershowers in the area.

“Another batch of 3,471 Yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu for the Valley on Saturday in two escorted convoys,” an official said.

He said that the first escorted convoy left at 3 am carrying 1,073 Yatris in 35 vehicles for the Baltal base camp while the second escorted convoy left at 3.45 am carrying 2398 pilgrims in 79 vehicles for the south Kashmir Nunwan (Pahalgam) base camp.

The cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that wanes and waxes with the phases of the moon. Devotees believe that this ice stalagmite structure symbolises the mythical powers of Lord Shiva.

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The cave is situated at an altitude of 3,888 metres above sea level in the Kashmir Himalayas. Devotees approach the cave shrine either from the traditional south Kashmir Pahalgam route or the Baltal route.

The Pahalgam-Cave shrine axis is 48 km long and it takes the Yatris four to five days to reach the shrine. The Baltal cave shrine axis is 14 km long and it takes one day for the pilgrims to have ‘Darshan’ and reach back to the base camp.

This year’s Yatra will conclude after 52 days on August 29 coinciding with Shravan Purnima and Raksha Bandhan festivals.

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