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Two Delhi hospitals get bomb threats through email; searches underway

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New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) Two hospitals in the national capital — Burari Government Hospital and Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in Mangolpuri — received bomb threats through email on Sunday, an official said, adding the police promptly carried out searches on the premises of both hospitals.

Police personnel along with bomb disposal teams and sniffer dogs rushed to the hospitals.

“An email was received at the Burari government hospital regarding a bomb threat. Nothing suspicious has been found yet,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (North) Manoj Kumar Meena.

“The Fire Department and other relevant departments were also informed about the emails to the hospitals,” said another police officer, adding that searches are going on.

The fresh threats have come days after over 100 schools received bomb threats via email in the national capital.

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Man abducts, rapes, murders girl of neighbour's family in Delhi, dumps body in drain (Lead)

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New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) A three-and-a-half-year-old girl was abducted, raped and murdered by her neighbour in Delhi’s Kapashera area and her body dumped in a drain, police said on Friday.

Police said that at 8.51 p.m. on Wednesday, a police control room (PCR) call was received about the abduction of a minor girl in street No. 9, Kapashera and a team was dispatched to the spot.

The victim’s mother told police that around 6 p.m., her daughter was kidnapped by a neighbour named Anil.

“A massive search operation was launched to trace the girl and the accused. The team obtained CCTV footage from the cameras in the vicinity, and in one camera, at 7.05 p.m., the accused was seen with the girl going towards Ganda Nala. In the same camera, he was caught returning alone without the girl at around 7.25 p.m.,” Deputy Commissioner of Police, Southwest, Rohit Meena said.

Accused Anil, 34, was traced and apprehended at about 11.55 p.m. the same day from a bus heading towards Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur. According to the official, he was interrogated and initially denied having played any role whatsoever in the kidnapping. But during sustained interrogation, he broke down and admitted to having killed and dumped the little girl in a marshy drain located at the border of Gurugram and Kapashera, he added.

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“Anil then led the police team to the said drain, where the search for the girl’s body was conducted in a vast expanse of marshy terrain, dense bushes, and heaps of garbage. After a long search operation lasting more than an hour in the dark, the girl’s body was finally found dumped in the drain,” the DCP said.

At that moment, the accused sensed an opportunity to escape. “He grabbed the loaded service revolver of a police officer, as he tried to escape from custody, and fired at the police team. The police fired in self-defence, hitting the accused. He was immediately rushed to the Indira Gandhi Hospital,” he said.

The crime and FSL teams were summoned to the spot.

“The dead body was examined by the FSL and crime team. The accused was arrested and is now in judicial custody,” the DCP said,

A post-mortem examination of the victim is being conducted by a medical board, the DCP said, adding that police have added Section 376 (Rape) of the Indian Penal Code in the FIR.

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Amid reports of hardships, police launch efforts to bring back home 3 Mizo women from Syria

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Aizawl, May 24 (IANS) The Mizoram Police have begun efforts to bring back home three women of the state from Syria, where they were sent in November 2022 and engaged as housemaids but are now facing serious hardships, officials said on Friday.

A Mizoram Police official said that the Indian Embassy in Syria had informed the state government that a meeting of officials of the Embassy and the Syrian’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs was held on May 19 and that a legal notice had been served to the employers of the Mizo housemaids.

“Due to the volatile political situation in Syria, the progress of the rescue is being hampered. However, necessary procedures to repatriate the Mizo housemaids from Syria are at an advanced stage,” the official told the media.

Initially, the Syrian placement agency demanded a payment of $2,500 per housemaid for their early repatriation of Mizo housemaids as per the terms of the contract agreement. However, due to the intervention from the Indian Embassy and Syrian authorities, the placement agency has agreed to arrange replacements.

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The official said that the issues and hardships faced by three Mizo housemaids working aboard have been recently highlighted on several social media platforms.

Mizoram Chief Minister Lalduhoma and Home Minister K. Sapdanga have taken this matter very seriously and are monitoring the cases.

“Under the guidance of the Chief Minister and Home Minister, Miss Lalkhumtiri, who had faced issues in Dubai, had also been brought home from that country on May 9. The state government would continue monitoring the situation and maintain communication with all relevant parties and committed to safe repatriation of the three Mizo girls back to Mizoram at the earliest possible time,” a Mizoram Police statement said.

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Monks take to streets in Kolkata to protest against Mamata's remarks on spiritual bodies

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Kolkata, May 24 (IANS) Hundreds of monks on Friday joined the ‘Sant Swaviman Yatra’ organised by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) to protest against the recent remarks by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee targeting certain prominent spiritual institutions.

At a public meeting earlier this month, Mamata Banerjee accused a section of the monks attached to the Ramakrishna Mission, Bharat Sevashram Sangha, and ISKCON of working on BJP’s behalf to influence the electorate to vote in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Kartik Maharaj, a monk associated with the Bharat Sevashram Sangha who was specifically targeted by the Chief Minister, was at the forefront of the protest march on Friday.

Speaking to mediapersons, Kartik Maharaj challenged the Chief Minister to prove her allegation that he did not allow Trinamool Congress polling agents to be present at the polling booths in Baharampur.

“You are the Chief Minister. You get reports from the police. So prove that I went to polling booths and asked the Trinamool agents to leave the premises,” Kartik Maharaj said.

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Besides sending a legal notice to the Chief Minister for her comments, Kartik Maharaj has also approached the Calcutta High Court seeking protection against a possible attack on his Ashram in Baharampur.

Kartik Maharaj also said that the monks have been forced to take to the streets since the ‘religion is at stake’ in West Bengal.

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NIA arrests ex-terror convict in Bengaluru cafe blast case

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Bengaluru, May 24 (IANS) Three days after a massive crackdown was launched across four states in the Rameshwaram Cafe blast case in Bengaluru, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday arrested one more accused who is an ex-convict in a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror conspiracy case.

According to an official statement issued by the NIA, the arrested person has been identified as Shoaib Ahmed Mirza (35) alias Chhotu, a resident of Hubbali, Karnataka.

Mirza is the fifth accused to be arrested in connection with the low-intensity blast that rocked the Rameshwaram Cafe in Bengaluru on March 1, injuring at least 10 persons.

The NIA investigation has revealed that Mirza was convicted earlier in a LeT terror conspiracy case, and was released from jail later. In 2018, he befriended and introduced accused Abdul Matheen Taha to an online handler suspected to be living abroad.

Mirza also provided an e-mail ID for encrypted communication between the handler and Taha, who was arrested on April 12 from his hideout in Kolkata along with co-accused Mussavir Hussain Shazib.

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The NIA has so far conducted extensive searches at 29 locations across India in connection with the case.

The suspected terrorists reportedly aimed to target techies and instill fear among software professionals in Bengaluru. They also believed that such an incident would harm India’s global image.

The probe revealed that Mussavir Shazid visited the cafe in Bengaluru on March 1 and planted a low-intensity improvised explosive device (IED) on its premises.

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Developing internal strength key to tackling external issues: PM Modi

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New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) Emphasising that a country which remains strong internally can handle external threats with full confidence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that today’s India is not really bothered about what is happening inside Pakistan.

“Controlling terrorism is not all about how you handle Pakistan… India has to be strong. And, it does not just mean having an army, guns, etc. It means all-round development, in every sphere. After reaching that level, you are capable of handling everything. However, one would easily be affected if internally weak, just like a human body,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi told NDTV in an exclusive interview.

Targeting Congress leaders Mani Shankar Aiyar and Sam Pitroda for their remarks, Prime Minister Modi said that it could well be part of the party’s election strategy.

“I don’t think we need to give much attention to this issue. His party also does not take him seriously. Though, at times, I think it is all planned at a much higher level. I don’t think he does it as per his own will,” PM Modi said on Aiyar’s comment on giving respect to Pakistan as it has an atom bomb.

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“They are thrown out of the party when there is a backlash and return after some time. Just as it happens with their ‘guru’ in America… it all seems like a well-planned strategy, of creating such issues, dominating headlines and forcing the opposition to react to it… they try to play these tricks but voters are not influenced at all,” said PM Modi.

Asked about India’s relations with China and Pakistan, PM Modi made it clear that India wants to develop relations with the entire world and not just a few selected countries.

“India has always believed in being a ‘Vishwa Bandhu’ (a global friend). We will remain connected with the entire world,” he said

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