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Pro-Pak slogan issue: K’taka BJP seeks Cong govt's dismissal, NIA probe

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Bengaluru, Feb 29 (IANS) A delegation of the BJP met the Governor here on Thursday demanding the dismissal of the Congress government in Karnataka and NIA probe in the pro-Pakistan sloganeering in the Assembly premises.

The delegation, led by Leader of opposition in Assembly R. Ashoka and LoP in Council Kota Srinivas Poojari, submitted a memorandum to Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot here .

The leaders took a protest march from the Vidhana Soudha to the Raj Bhavan condemning the Congress government.

“This government failed utterly to comply with the law and order situation and to uphold the Constitutional values,” stated LoP Ashoka.

The state government has proved to be incapable of handling law and order situation in the state and allowed the pro-Pakistan sloganeering in corridors of Vidhana Soudha, he said.

“The act of anti-national slogans by supporters of Naseer Hussain elected MP for Rajya Sabha needs to be thoroughly probed by the NIA or Intelligence Bureau (IB), national agencies, and the culprits should be booked under the law and punished.

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“It is also submitted that this action, pro-Pakistan slogans such as ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ shouted inside the corridors of Vidhana Soudha, the government of Karnataka and Chief Minister of Karnataka are directly responsible for this kind of anti-national act,” Ashoka explained.

“The sitting government of the state seems to be covering mala fides, foul-play and seeking intentional closure reports from state agencies. Your goodself intervention is the need of the hour. Therefore, it requested a detailed probe independently from national agencies, that can find any terror, anti-national groups linkings to the act of pro-Pakistan sloganeering,” he demanded.

The BJP has also urged the Governor to get a reply from the Chief Minister and Home Minister of Karnataka over the pro-Pakistan slogans.

The party has also submitted a separate memorandum alleging misutilization of Rs 11,077 crore reserved for upliftment of SCs and STs. The memorandum also included allegations of anti-constitutional moves and unprecedented criticism of the Government of India.

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Kuwait fire tragedy: Kerala CM urges EAM Jaishankar to ensure adequate relief measures are taken

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Thiruvananthapuram, June 12 (IANS) Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan expressed grief over the fire tragedy in Kuwait, which resulted in the death of dozens of workers including several Indian nationals on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Vijayan wrote to Union External Affairs Minister (EAM) S. Jaishankar urging him to ensure that adequate relief measures are taken.

“It is reported that several Indians including Keralaites have lost their lives. We request that you take adequate steps to bring relief to the affected,” he said in the letter.

Leader of the Opposition V.D.Satheesan urged the state government and the Centre to ensure that there is proper coordination in relief and rescue operations.

The fire broke out in a six-floor building crammed with migrant workers in al-Mangaf area of Kuwait City.

The blaze occurred while the workers were asleep and some residents had to jump from the building in an attempt to survive, Kuwaiti newspaper al-Qabas reported, citing witnesses.

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Local media reported that 49 people have died in the fire tragedy.

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Porsche case: Pune JJB extends minor accused’s detention till June 25 citing his ‘safety’

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Pune, June 12 (IANS) The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) in Pune on Wednesday extended the detention of the 17-year-old accused boy in the Porsche hit-and-run case till June 25 citing his ‘safety’.

The minor boy was produced before the JJB after his detention ended on Wednesday, which sent him back to the juvenile correctional facility for 13 more days, after which the matter will be taken up for further hearing.

Arguing for extending his detention, the police said that if released, the boy could influence the investigation or witnesses with the help of his relatives and others.

Moreover, there is the question of his safety if he is left alone at home since his grandfather, father, and mother are also in custody in connection with the Porsche case, and there is nobody to look after him, the police said.

However, the boy’s legal team argued that the minor accused – under detention for nearly three weeks – should be released and allowed to stay at his residence.

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The police also said that the minor is currently undergoing counselling at the correctional facility which is much-needed, and he could face danger if he is taken away from there.

Accordingly, in the absence of the regular JJB Chief Judge, another judge extended the boy’s detention by 13 more days.

The minor, belonging to an affluent family of realtors, is accused of driving a Porsche in a drunk state on May 19, and killing two techies from Madhya Pradesh — Ashwini Koshtha and Anish Awadhiya, both 24 — sparking a nationwide uproar.

His grandfather Surendrakumar Agarwal, father Vishal Agarwal and mother Shivani Agarwal are also in custody for their alleged involvement in the case.

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Bengal post-poll violence: Calcutta HC extends retention of CAPF personnel by two days

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Kolkata, June 19 (IANS) The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday directed an extension in the period of retention of the 400 companies of central armed police forces (CAPF) in West Bengal, to tackle post-poll violence, by two more days till July 21.

The Election Commission of India had earlier directed the retention of the 400 companies of CAPF till June 19.

A division bench of Chief Justice T.S. Sivagnanam and Justice Hirnmay Bhattacharya passed this order after hearing the petition filed earlier in the week by the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Suvendu Adhikari seeking the court’s intervention in preventing events of post-poll violence in the state.

It has also directed the state government to submit a report to the court by June 14 on the steps taken by the administration to prevent post-poll violence.

The next hearing on the matter will be on June 18.

Welcoming the court order, Adhikari slammed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the ruling Trinamool Congress.

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“The drubbing of Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress continues. The attempt of the ruling party to unleash a reign of terror suffers a severe blow as the Hon’ble High Court at Calcutta orders deployment of Central Armed Paramilitary Forces till at least 21st June, 2024 to put a curb on the evil plans of the TMC to perpetrate Post Poll violence upon the karyakartas of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The ruling dispensation has been cautioned against continuation of such post poll violence which is being done at the behest of the Trinamooli goons since the declaration of the results. Truth and the voice of Bengal wins yet again. The next date is fixed on the 18th of June, 2024 when the Hon’ble Court will once again consider the issue pertaining to retention of CAPF beyond 21st June, 2024,” he said in a post on X.

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8 terror handlers declared proclaimed offenders in J&K

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Srinagar, June 12 (IANS) Eight terror handlers from J&K have been declared proclaimed offenders by a court in Uri following an application moved by the Baramulla Police.

Seven of them have been identified as Mohd Azad, ⁠Naseer Ahmad, Kareem Din, ⁠Mohd Hafeez Mir, ⁠Meer Ahmad, ⁠Showkat Ahmed Paswal, ⁠Ahad Bhat, and Bashir Ahmad.

“The said terror handlers are presently in Pakistan, working with different terrorist outfits,” the police said.

“Proclamation orders under Section 87 of the CrPC have been obtained from the court against these eight terror handlers which have been pasted at their residences, and public places with the directions that they will present themselves before the court of law within one month, failing which process for attachment of property under Section 88 of CrPC shall be initiated against them,” the police added.

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Farooq Abdullah bats for talks with Pak amid terror attacks; gets sharp reply from J&K BJP chief

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New Delhi, June 12 (IANS) National Conference (NC) President and former Jammu and Kashmir CM Farooq Abdullah on Wednesday advocated for talks with Pakistan amidst a series of terror attacks in the Jammu region in the past three days.

“These terrorists are coming from across the border. The problem can’t be solved by military action, the only solution is to engage in talks with the neighbouring nation. Unless that happens, terrorism will keep rearing its ugly head,” Abdullah told reporters in Srinagar.

BJP’s J&K unit president Ravinder Raina took strong exception to Abdullah’s advocacy for talks and said that it is highly regrettable that the NC leader is seeking dialogue with a nation that has bled India multiple times.

“Instead of denouncing Pakistan, showing it the mirror, (and) shaming the country for its cowardly acts of terror, the NC leader is advocating for talks with the terror-sponsoring nation,” Raina said.

“Farooq Abdullah should stop pitching for talks with Pakistan as the latter always worked to infiltrate terrorists in the Indian territory for killing innocent citizens,” he added.

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He further asserted that Pakistan will be taught a lesson in the same language that it understands.

Abdullah also told reporters that unless the government realizes that talks are the only solution to bloodshed and “unless dialogue begins, such tragedies will continue to happen”.

The BJP leader berated the NC chief for “evoking sympathy” towards Pakistan while “belittling” the security forces’ ability to neutralize acts of terror emanating from Pakistan.

He said that Abdullah should first explain to people whether Pakistan was behind the bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Farooq Abdullah, you are a former Chief Minister, have been a Union Minister and you know that Pakistan is propagating terror in the valley by infiltrating terrorists. Rather than speaking for them, you should work to boost the morale of Indian Army, police and paramilitary forces and salute their service to the nation,” Raina said.

Asserting the government’s tough stand on terror, he said, “What type of talks can be held with an enemy nation which has been inflicting terror in J&K. We will respond to Pakistan in the same language it understands.”

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Notably, three terror attacks in the past three days across various regions of Jammu including Reasi, Kathua and Doda have claimed more than 10 lives including a CRPF jawan while two terrorists were killed by security forces in encounters.

The first attack was on a bus in Reasi where Hindu pilgrims on their way to Vaishno Devi shrine were fired upon, resulting in the death of 10 people and leaving about 35 others injured as the bus veered off the road and fell into a gorge. The second was in Kathua when terrorists fired at villagers while looking for a hide-out and the third was in Doda, where the terrorists fired shots at a joint check-post of Army and state police, injuring five security personnel and injuring an SPO on duty.

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