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Manipur: Two BSF Personnel Killed in Bomb Blast at Imphal

It is suspected that the bomb might have been planted in front of the shop by underground militants and might have been triggered remotely.

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IMPHAL (Manipur): Within 24 hours of the twin hand grenade blasts in front of IGAR South PRO office complex (Sanjeevani) located near Imphal Hotel last evening (at around 6.40 pm) which injured one Assam Rifles personnel, at least two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and three civilians (including a woman) were critically injured after a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded near Koirengei BSF Sector HQs at around 1.30pm on May 9.

The blast occurred along the Imphal-Dimapur National Highway and around one kilometre away from the private residence of Chief Minister N Biren Singh, under Heingang PS.

According to information received from the spot, the blast occurred in front of a grocery shop located at the side of the road leading towards BSF sector HQs.

It is suspected that the bomb might have been planted in front of the shop by underground militants and might have been triggered remotely.

The powerful explosion tore open the front portion of the grocery shop blowing it away to smithereens and left a big hole in front of the shop.

The owner of the grocery shop, identified as Mangsatabam Premlata Devi (40) w/o (L) Sudhir of Kanto village, two BSF personnel who were on patrol duty near the shop (identified as Ningombam Ningthouba Meitei (39) s/o (L) Shyamkishor of Bashikhong Kittana Panung and Sanjay Tirkey (28) s/o SH Bishnu of Jalpaiguri West Bengal), one Heisnam Mobi (35) s/o Manglem (a van driver of Manipur Public School )_and one Bindya Thakuri (19) D/o Tilak Bahadur of Koirengei BSF entrance gate sustained injuries due to the blast.

The two injured BSF personnel and the civilians were rushed to Raj Medicity and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in serious conditions by a team of BSF and State police.

However, the two injured BSF personnel succumbed to their injuries at RIMS casualty and their bodies were later deposited at JNIMS morgue for post-mortem.

Mangsatabam Premlata Devi, who sustained injuries on her left hand as well as her legs, and the van driver, who sustained an injury on his left leg, were admitted at Raj Medicity.

Premlata is stated to be in a critical condition and is currently undergoing treatment at ICU ward till the time of filing this report.

The 19-year-old girl suffered only minor injury and as such was not treated in a hospital.

Soon after the blast a team of Imphal East district police personnel led by SP K Meghachandra rushed to the spot and investigated the site of the blast.

Senior officers of Assam Rifles, CRPF and BSF also came to the spot.

The blast site and the surrounding areas were cordoned off by the police and paramilitary forces to prevent civilians from entering the blast site.

State Police bomb expert team and paramilitary forces also checked for the presence of any other explosive materials in and around the area using metal detectors and sniffer dogs.

A State forensic expert team also came and conducted inquest of the area.

A case has been registered at Heingang PS regarding the incident.

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PoK Citizens Take Out a Rally Against Pakistan

They were marking the fifth death anniversary of a PoK leader Sardar Arif Shahid.

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RAWALKOT (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir): Marking the fifth death anniversary of a PoK leader Sardar Arif Shahid, anti-Pakistan protest were held in Rawalakot’s Khaigala city.

He was a Kashmiri leader who questioned Pakistan’s illegal occupation of part of Kashmir & was killed by Pakistan Army in 2013.

Protests were also held against Pakistan’s security establishment outside the Pakistani embassy in London. Activists demanded a judicial inquiry into the death of Sardar Arif Shahid.

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24 Bangladeshi Youths Held in Tripura Have Suspected Kashmiri Links

All of the arrested were carrying fake Aadhaar cards; an NIA team from Guwahati would interrogate them tomorrow.

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AGARTALA (Tripura): Twenty four Bangladeshi youths were arrested with suspected terror links from the Agartala railway station on May 10.

Acting on a tip-off, Mobile Task Force (MTF) personnel raided the railway station and arrested the 24 Bangladeshis, who reached here from Delhi in the Tripura Sundari Express.

The MTF, a section of the Tripura State Police, deals with illegal immigration and related cases.

The interrogation of 24 Bangladeshi youths, who were arrested at Agartala railway station here on Thursday, has revealed a Kashmiri connection.

“A Kashmiri connection has been established so far. However, no terror link was found,” a senior officer of Tripura police told media.

All the 24 boys are said to have illegally crossed the Indo-Bangla international border near Petrapole-Benapole in Bengal.

They claimed to be students of a couple of madrasas in Deoband area of Uttar Pradesh, the police officer said.

Three of them had long-expired Bangladeshi passports while the rest did not have any passports when they were arrested.

A two-member NIA team from Guwahati led by Vivekananda Das is interrogating the boys since May 11.

A local court sent the intruders to seven-day police custody on the day. The boys are lodged in three different police stations in Agartala.

However, NIA sleuths have reportedly tracked telephone calls made to them from Jammu and Kashmir.

“They were dressed in long robes and sported beards like the usual madrasa students. They also produced identity cards issued by some madrasas. They owned sophisticated and expensive mobile phones. It was found that calls were made to them from Kashmir,” the official said.

Once the interrogation is over, these youths would be handed over to the Government Railway Police (GRP).

The 850+ KM Tripura-Bangladesh border is largely fenced but there are some open stretches in the eastern frontier of the mountainous state.

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Indore: Man Sentenced to Death for Rape and Murder of Four-Month-Old Girl

This is the first case in Indore where the verdict has been passed in just 21 days.

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INDORE (Madhya Pradesh): A man, who was accused of raping and murdering a four-month-old girl in Rajwada in Madhya Pradesh, was awarded death sentence by Indore district court on Saturday.

The special public prosecutor urged the sessions court judge Varsha Sharma to treat the case as the “rarest of the rare” and award capital punishment to the accused.

Sharma said, “Such a small child who didn’t know anything other than crying was treated inhumanely.”

 

The district court announced life term for rape under the POCSO Act and death sentence for murder.

In the horrific incident that took place on the intervening night of April 18 and 19, the infant was raped and her body was recovered soaked in blood from the basement of a building.

The accused, identified as Naveen Gadge, who is a cousin of the victim’s mother was arrested on April 20 for raping the baby.

The police identified the accused as the uncle of the infant from the CCTV footage. He was the cousin of the victim’s mother.

Earlier in April, after the arrest, Gadge assaulted by people when he was being taken to a magisterial court here, officials said. Superintendent of Police BPS Parihar said the accused did not sustain any injury in the attack.

We had a hard time protecting the accused. When he was being taken to the court, he was attacked and slapped (by people present there). The same thing was repeated when he came out of the court,” Inspector Avinash Singh Senger of Sarafa police station said.

Such was the anger against the sub-human that State Bar Council of Madhya Pradesh (SBCMP) member, Sunil Gupta, has appealed to Indore advocates not to plead for Gadge, Indore District Bar Association President PC Malviya said.

Analysing the public outcry and the brutality of the case, DIG Harinarayanachari Mishra had formed a SIT to investigate the matter.

Sonu Bai, the victim’s mother had demanded that the convict Naveen Gadge be executed at the earliest.

Taking cognizance of such crimes, President Ram Nath Kovind, on April 22, promulgated the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, for effective deterrence against the commission of rape.

The ordinance seeks the death penalty for the rapists of girls below 12 years of age and stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape particularly of girls below 16 years, thereby strengthening the POCSO Act.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan welcomed the court’s decision and said that this is a warning for the criminals that they will not be spared.

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