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NEW DELHI: Amid the continuing protests against the alleged gang-rape of 19-year-old Dalit woman in UP’s Hathras, an FIR was registered with the Uttar Pradesh Police against Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad and 400-500 unnamed people under multiple sections of the IPC and Epidemic Diseases Act, for violation of Section 144 Code of Criminal Procedure in Hathras.

Azad, along with supporters, had visited Hathras on Sunday to meet the alleged gang-rape victim’s family members.

Here are the latest developments:

FIR for bid to trigger caste-based conflict

The Hathras Police have lodged an FIR against “unknown” persons for alleged attempt to trigger caste-based conflict and invoked serious charges, including sedition, officials said on Monday.

The FIR was lodged at the Chandpa police station on Sunday afternoon and names “unknown” as accused, according to police officials.

The FIR mentions 19 charges under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The IPC sections include 124A (sedition), 505 (intending to cause public alarm and inducing someone to commit offence against state or public tranquility), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups).

The UP government’s statements and facts related to the Hathras incident are being forged, manipulated and circulated through social media. Misleading content is being shared with forged logos of media houses, a police officer told PTI.

Women from disadvantaged social groups at greater risk of gender-based violence: UN in India

Calling for attention to cases of sexual violence against women and girls in India, the UN in India said the alleged rape and murder in Uttar Pradesh’s Hathras and Balarampur are a reminder that those from disadvantaged social groups are at greater risk of gender-based violence.

In a statement, the UN in India said it is essential that authorities ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice speedily and families are empowered to seek timely justice, social support, counselling, healthcare and rehabilitation.

NCW seeks explanation from UP police over ‘manhandling’ of Priyanka Gandhi

The NCW has sought an explanation from the UP police over the alleged manhandling of Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra while she was on her way to Hathras.

In a tweet, the National Commission for Women said this insensitive behaviour is totally unacceptable.

“@NCWIndia condemns the alleged manhandling of #PriyankaGandhi by police while she was on her way to #Hathras. This insensitive behaviour is totally unacceptable. Considering the sensitivity of the matter, our Chairperson @sharmarekha has sought a reply from @dgpup at the earliest,” the NCW tweeted.

@NCWIndia condemns the alleged manhandling of #PriyankaGandhi by police while she was on her way to #Hathras. This… https://t.co/ln5QVUMt5q

— NCW (@NCWIndia) 1601886426000

Bhim Army chief, others booked for violating Sec 144

Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad and 400-500 unidentified persons have been booked for the violation of law in the wake of their visit to a village in Hathras district, official sources said on Monday.

Azad and others have been booked on the charges of violating Section 144 of the CrPC and the Epidemic Diseases Act at the Sasni police station in Hathras.

Azad and his supporters had visited the family on Sunday, during which they had heated exchanges with police deployed there.

Protest over Hathras case: Guj Cong MLAs, workers detained

Nearly 35 Gujarat Congress workers and two party MLAs were detained after they held a protest without permission over the alleged gang- rape and death of a Dalit woman from Hathras in Uttar Pradesh, police said.

A similar protest was held in Surat where around 20 Congress workers were detained, they said.

The Congress held protests in all major cities of Gujarat as part of the party’s call for ‘satyagraha’ by its leaders and workers at district headquarters of states across the country against the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh to seek justice for the victim and her family.

Adhir questions PM Modi’s “silence”

Senior Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Monday questioned the “silence” of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Hathras incident, and said he should coin a new slogan ‘shut up India, hush up India’ instead of ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Viswas’ as “his hypocrisy has been exposed”.

Chowdhury, the Leader of the Congress party in Lok Sabha, wondered why the prime minister is silent on the killing and alleged gang-rape of a young woman in Hathras in Uttar Pradesh when he is “vocal on every issue from local to global”.

Change your despotic, arrogant behaviour: Mayawati tells UP govt

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati accused the Uttar Pradesh government of “despotic and arrogant” behaviour and asked it to change it in the wake of the flak received for the Hathras gang rape-murder case.

She also condemned as “shameful” the ill-treatment meted out to the media and the lathi-charge on the opposition leaders who supported the 19-year-old victim’s family in the past couple of days.

“A BSP delegation had gone to the victim’s village to meet the family and know the facts of the case on September 28. What report I have received is very painful and forced me to approach the media,” the former Uttar Pradesh CM said.

“The government is advised to change its despotic and arrogant behaviour, or else the roots of democracy will be weakened,” the BSP leader added.

FIR against over 500 Cong workers for Oct 3 ruckus at DND

The Gautam Buddh Nagar Police has filed an FIR against over 500 Congress workers, charging them with unlawful assembly two days ago at the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border in Noida amid the Covid-19 outbreak, officials said.

The FIR has been registered against Congress’ Gautam Buddh Nagar unit president Manoj Chaudhary, Noida unit chief Shahabuddin and 500 unnamed party workers, the police officials said.

Hundreds of Congress workers and leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, were on their way to Hathras on Saturday afternoon to meet the family of a woman who was allegedly gangraped.

Family will not immerse ashes of Hathras victim

The family of the Hathras victim has decided that they will not immerse the ashes of their daughter unless it is confirmed that it was she, who had been cremated in the dead of the night by the police.

“Humko kya pata ki wohi hamari behen thi. We did not even see her face. I collected the ashes on grounds of humanity because it must have been someone’s body if not my sister’s and I did not want the ashes to be trampled upon,” said that victim’s brother. The cremation took place around 3 am on September 30.

The brother further said that they will not submit to a narco-polygraph test as they are not the ones who are lying.

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PM greets Bengal on Durga Puja, calls for Covid caution

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NEW DELHI: Addressing the people of West Bengal on the sixth day of Durga Puja on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people once again to remain vigilant and not lower their guard in the country’s fight against the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“Apnader sakalke janai Durga Puja o Kali Pujar shubhechha (Durga Puja and Deepavali greetings to all),” the PM said in Bengali while appealing to revellers to celebrate Puja with caution.

After recalling several measures towards women empowerment, he appealed to the people to adhere to social distancing norms (“do gaj ki doori”) and wear masks while taking part in festivities. “We are celebrating Durga Puja in times of Covid-19, all devotees have shown exemplary restraint. The number of people might be less but the grandeur and devotion are the same. This is the real Bengal,” he said while sharing his ‘Pujor Shubecha’ (Puja greetings) message.

BJP had made elaborate arrangements for live telecast of the PM’s virtual address from the national capital. It was televised live at over 78,000 polling booths across the state’s 294 assembly constituencies. After decades of limited presence in the state, BJP emerged as the main rival to Trinamool Congress (TMC), winning 18 of the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats in the 2019 general elections.

Modi is the first PM to inaugurate Durga pujas in Kolkata, Howrah, Ranaghat, Barasat, Midnapore, Bankura, Malda and Siliguri that have already figured on the BJP’s political map eight months ahead of assembly polls, which may take place around April-May next year.

Combining the spiritual with present-day reality, Modi also urged people to respect girls and described the Mother Goddess as the source of power and peace. “We should respect girls because woman power has the potential to defeat all forces,” he said.

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Opposition, internet activists slam Kerala ordinance

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala government’s decision to introduce a new section (118A) in the Kerala Police Act to check increasing abuse in social media and cybercrime is “anti-democratic and fascist” as it will enable police to register cases against anyone, including the mainstream media, opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala said on Thursday.

“If the government goes ahead with the ordinance, it will be fought legally as well as politically,” he said.

Allaying fears, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, “The amendment is not intended to curb creative freedom or to intervene in the right to free speech. It is a known fact that there are attempts to defame persons widely and there are demands for an effective legal remedy.”

Internet rights activists said the amendment was more draconian than 66A of the IT Act that was struck down by the Supreme Court.

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UP cop suspended for sporting beard

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MEERUT: A beard grown and kept “despite warnings” has led to the suspension of subinspector Intesar Ali in UP’s Baghpat. While SP Abhishek Singh said Ali did not have authorisation, as rules require, Ali insisted he had sought permission to keep his beard but hadn’t heard back from his seniors.

“I had applied for permission to my circle officer in November 2019. It was forwarded to senior officials,” Ali, posted at Ramala police station, told TOI on Thursday. “This is a matter of faith and a just demand. I will request my superiors to consider my request again.”

The 46-year-old has been serving with the police for the past 25 years and was posted at Ramala this March.

A statement from the local police said Ali had been “warned on several occasions and was served a notice over the dress code.” The Baghpat SP said, “UP police uniform rules are clear… He had been warned several times. A notice was served, but his indiscipline continued. A beard is allowed on a permanent basis only for followers of Sikhism. The armed forces also allow that because the beard is an integral part of their faith. It is not the case with Islam.”

Police uniform rules in India do not allow beard, though moustache is allowed.

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