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Salman Khan case: 2 shooters nabbed from Pakistan-bordering Kachchh, sent to 10-day police custody (Lead)

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Mumbai, April 16 (IANS) The two shooters, who allegedly opened fire at Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s home on Sunday, were apprehended from Gujarat’s border Kachchh district early on Tuesday and brought to Mumbai, where a court sent them to police custody till April 25, officials said on Tuesday.

The duo, identified as Vicky Gupta, 24, and Sagar Pal, 23, were nabbed from Bhuj town in Kachchh district of Gujarat, bordering Pakistan, in a swift joint operation of the Mumbai Police and Gujarat Police, and brought to Mumbai this morning.

Joint Police Commissioner, Crime, Lakhmi Gautam told media persons that a total of five rounds were fired at Salman Khan’s residence in the sea-facing Galaxy Apartments in Bandra West.

“Later that day, Anmol Bishnoi wrote a Facebook post on the incident. We have arrested both accused. They had carried out a recce of Salman Khan’s house at least thrice,” said Gautam, on the sensational shootout that was solved in less than 36 hours, with a dozen special teams working on it.

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Earlier, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kachchh, A. R. Zankat told the media that in the preliminary questioning of the accused, it emerged that they were in touch with the notorious Lawrence Bishnoi gang members.

Bhuj town is barely 325 km from the India-Pakistan border that runs via the Great Rann of Kachchh.

After conducting a recce of Salman Khan’s home over the past few days, as also his sprawling country house, Arpita Farms in Panvel (Raigad district), the duo zoomed towards Galaxy Apartments around 5 am on April 14 and fired the shots. Without hitting any specific target, they effectively conveyed the “message” of their intentions, and later that day, Anmol Bishnoi termed it as ‘the first and last warning’ to the Khans.

According to official sources, after firing, they sped off towards the Mehboob Studios and asked an autorickshaw driver how to reach Vasai (Palghar), dumped the bike near the Mount Mary Church and took another autorickshaw to Bandra station. They again commuted to Santacruz, Vakola and then towards Navi Mumbai, from where they are believed to have sneaked to Gujarat.

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Almost all their movements were recorded on CCTVs installed at various locations in the city which were scanned by the police teams, which deployed tech intelligence and took the help of informers to finally zero in on the duo in Bhuj.

Meanwhile, another team managed to track the motorcycle and its registration to Raigad, and the Navi Mumbai Police helped detain the duo who claimed they had sold it to the shooter duo.

The police also learnt that the two accused had rented a flat in Navi Mumbai, Panvel and lived there for 25 days before committing the daring shootout outside Khan’s home. The house owner was also grilled along with the motorbike sellers.

So far it’s not clear whether they used the rented house as their ‘base’ while using the second-hand motorcycle to move around for their nefarious intentions under the guise of ‘some business’ but actually conducting the recce, as well as who financed the operation, from where they acquired the weapon, etc.

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During those recon trips, they reportedly attempted to get details on Salman Khan’s movements, his daily timetable, and the vehicles he preferred, and tried to find out the number of police around the actor from one of the security persons.

In the initial questioning, the duo confessed to the firing, the police recovered a pistol and other items of the crime from them.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde who visited the Khans home in Bandra, assured the family that “you have nothing to fear”, the government and the police are responsible for their safety and security, and vowed that the incident will be thoroughly investigated and the culprits punished.

(Quaid Najmi can be contacted at q.najmi@ians.in)

–IANS

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People's resentment will ensure BJP's defeat, says Akhilesh

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Lucknow, May 21 (IANS) Samajwadi Party (SP) National President Akhilesh Yadav said on Tuesday that the growing resentment against BJP’s politics of hate coupled with PDA’s resolve to protect the Constitution will spell defeat for the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

The poll plank of SP — PDA, stands for ‘Pichhade’ (Backward classes), Dalits, and ‘Alpsankhyak’ (Minorities).

“People are breaking all barriers of caste and religion to vote against the BJP because of growing anger against the party’s politics of hate and negativity. If people spread negativity and hatred, it comes back to haunt them,” he said in a statement.

Akhilesh added that people were so peeved with the BJP that 140 crore people in the country would not even spare 140 seats for the BJP.

He said the BJP govt at the Centre will change and so will the Cabinet of Ministers.

The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister also said those who take pride in using bulldozers against the poor, have not used it against anyone involved in the paper leak.

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“Question papers of 10 recruitment exams have been leaked till now. This shows that these papers are being leaked as a part of a design because the government does not want to give jobs to the youth,” he added.

“The BJP wants to change the Constitution of India because it gives us the right to vote. It gives us the right to reservation. It provides for a right to equality which in turn provides equal opportunity to grow and prosper,” he said.

“The BJP has sidelined the PDA constituents, women and poor, and deprived them of their rights. SP and PDA have come forward to protect the Constitution and democracy in India,” Akhilesh said, adding that this urge to safeguard the Constitution will result in BJP’s defeat in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

The SP National President said the BJP government held massive events to claim that investment was pouring into the state but nothing has emerged on the ground.

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No industry or factory came up anywhere in the state, he added.

“They promised to double the income of farmers by 2022, their loans have doubled instead and their incomes have been halved owing to rise in prices of fertilisers and logistics,” he said.

“The prevailing rural distress coupled with rising joblessness has left every section of the society depressed and angry. It is this anger that people are venting out against the BJP in the form of voting in favour of the INDIA bloc in large numbers,” Akhilesh added.

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PM Modi to address women in Varanasi today

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Varanasi, May 21 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with 25,000 women at Kashi’s Sampurnanand Sanskrit University ground on Tuesday.

He will address an election rally in Prayagraj too.

Kashi region BJP Spokesperson Navaratan Rathi said: “There are 1,909 booths in Varanasi Lok Sabha and 10 women from each booth have been invited for Prime Minister Modi’s interaction with women. All preparations for the event have been completed.”

Doctors, engineers, lawyers, professors, chartered accountants, and teachers have also been invited to the programme that will start around 4 p.m. on Tuesday, he added.

BJP’s state unit secretary and Mahila Morcha in-charge Archana Mishra said: “Our enthusiastic participation at his Kashi roadshow on May 13 made the Prime Minister very happy and that is why he is coming here again to share his happiness with us.”

She said BJP’s women wing members have gone door-to-door in Varanasi to invite women for the Tuesday event.

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Lok Sabha coordinator and MLC Ashwini Tyagi said: “Prime Minister has done many things for the upliftment of women during his 10 years in office. It was because of him that 33 per cent reservation to women in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies under the Nari Shakti Vandan Act could become possible.”

After the event, Prime Minister Modi will spend the night at the BLW guest house in Varanasi.

The Prime Minister will address a meeting at the Government Polytechnic Ground on Wednesday (May 22), said Basti Superintendent of Police, Gopal Krishna Chowdhury.

He said that members of SPG security had already reached Basti and inspected the rally venue and added that no flying zone had been declared in nearby areas.

He said from May 20 to May 22, flying drones or balloons in the region have been banned due to security reasons.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister Anupriya Patel, too, would share the stage with Prime Minister Modi.

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65 more refugees from Bangladesh take shelter in Mizoram

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Aizawl, May 20 (IANS) At least 65 more refugees, including 27 women and 24 children, entered Mizoram’s southern Lawngtlai district from Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) during the past two days, officials said on Monday.

Officials said that the fresh refugees came to Mizoram after troubles following the conflict between the Bangladesh Army and armed ethnic outfits in the mountainous areas of the southeast region of the neighbouring country.

The refugees have taken shelter at Vathuampui village and the villagers are providing them with food.

With this, the number of refugees from CHT in the state has risen to 1,433.

On May 10, 127 refugees from CHT entered Mizoram and took shelter in 6 villages.

The newcomers belong to the Bawm and Pang communities of tribals who called themselves the Kuki-Chin.

Refugees from CHT first fled to Mizoram in November 2022 after an armed confrontation started between the Bangladesh Army and the ethnic armed outfits, who are fighting for a separate state for the tribal people in the CHT.

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Meanwhile, after the military coup in Myanmar in February 2021, over 34,350 people from the Chin state of the neighbouring country fled to Mizoram and are now staying in all 11 districts of the state.

Mizoram shares a 510 km and 318 km unfenced border with Myanmar and Bangladesh, respectively

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Three persons rescued after fire breaks out at showroom in Karol Bagh

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New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Three men were rescued after a fire broke out at a garment store in Delhi’s Karol Bagh area on Monday evening, a fire department official said.

Director of Delhi Fire Service (DFS), Atul Garg, said that a call regarding the blaze at a clothing showroom on Ajmal Khan Road in Karol Bagh was received at 5:28 p.m.

Initially, three occupants were seen stuck on the top floor of the building.

“They were taken out of the building with the help of the public using a ladder,” said a senior official.

“Around 15 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. While no one is reportedly stuck inside, a search is being carried out to ensure the safety of the occupants,” a police officer said.

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TN health officials directed to prepare for medical emergencies amid forecast of heavy rain

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Chennai, May 20 (IANS) The Directorate of Public Health and Preventive Medicine (DPH) in Tamil Nadu on Monday issued a circular to the district health officials to stay prepared for any medical emergencies after the weather department warned of continuous rain in the state and the arrival of southwest monsoon in Kerala on May 31.

The DPH directed the district medical officials that the southwest monsoon would bring moderate to heavy rain in various parts of Tamil Nadu due to a cyclonic circulation.

The circular also instructed the concerned authorities to make available an adequate number of health officials round the clock in view of the weather department’s forecast.

Rapid Medical Response Teams (RMRT) should also be made available in the vulnerable areas, which must consist of doctors, staff nurses, village health nurses, and health inspectors.

The state health department has also directed the district medical officers to store adequate quantities of medicines required for any emergency situation.

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The department urged the officials to provide on-the-spot medical care for minor ailments like fever, minor injuries, and skin diseases.

The circular also called upon the district medical officials to make available ambulance fleets with adequate fuel for any emergency situation.

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