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Stampede in Mayawati’s rally: Rajnath speaks to UP DGP, expresses condolences to family of deceased

Sun, 9 Oct 2016-09:25pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing concern over the death of two persons in a stampede, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Uttar Pradesh DGP Javeed Ahmed on Sunday and took stock of the situation in Lucknow. During the telephonic conversation, the Director General of Police apprised the Home Minister of steps taken to help those injured in the incident that took place on Sunday after a massive rally by BSP chief Mayawati.Singh, who represents Lucknow in the Lok Sabha, expressed his condolences to those who lost their loved ones and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured. “Deeply saddened to know about the loss of precious lives in the stampede during a rally in Lucknow,” he said in a statement.At least two persons died and 12 others were injured in the stampede at the Kanshi Ram Smarak Maidan in Lucknow. Singh will visit the Uttar Pradesh capital on Monday and will attend a Ram Leela function there on Tuesday where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be the chief guest.

Atrocities committed by BJP in name of Goraksha and religious conversion, says Mayawati at Lucknow rally

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSP will not forge any pre-poll alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Punjab, party supremo Mayawati said at a rally held in Lucknow on the tenth death anniversary of party founder Kanshi Ram on Sunday.At the rally, Mayawati asserted that the BJP-rule was biased against minorities and said, “Atrocities have been committed in the name of Goraksha and religious conversion.”Mayawati told Muslim voters to not waste their votes on Samajwadi Party as it will benefit BJP.She also called out the BJP for politicising the surgical strikes and said, “Natakbazi on surgical strikes by BJP is to divert attention of people from failure to perform on the promises made by it during the run-up to 2014 polls.”In the wake of the recent defections from the party, some 13 sitting MLAs planned to showcase the BSP’s strength through the event.According to a Northern Railway release, an advisory had been issued to passengers travelling on October 9 to avoid the rush. A minimum of 10,000 supporters were expected to attend the rally.The BSP leaders have been holding meetings in all the areas of the state to mobilise their supporters.

Pakistani national nabbed from Indo-Pak border in Punjab

A Pakistani national was nabbed by BSF while he was allegedly trying to cross-over to the Indian side along Indo-Pak border near Kanshi Barwan Border Outpost (BOP) in Pathankot district.The man, who was apprehended yesterday close to the Bamial Sector BOP, has been identified as Mohammad Shah, a resident of Manyal in Pakistan’s Punjab province, said R K Bhatian, Commandant of 132 BSF Battalion.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A live cartridge of 9 MM pistol, Rs 2,349 in Pakistani currency, a passbook of a Pakistani bank, an AC remote and a watch were found from his possession, the BSF official said.During preliminary investigation, Shah said he crossed the border inadvertently, according to Bhatian.A probe is on, he added.On January 2, this year, four heavily armed Pakistani terrorists had attacked the Pathankot Air Force Station, killing eight people, including seven security personnel. The terrorists were killed in an 80-hour gun battle.

Mathura: Cholera looms large, around 100 sufferers identified

Two days after two children died following consuming milk as part of mid-day meal at a school in Kansi Ram colony in Mathura, the area is facing another crisis – with over 100 people suffering from cholera which “virtually has taken an epidemic form”.”Anganwadi Assistant Usha Devi, who was also taken ill after consuming the milk, died last evening. The number of children and adults suffering from vomiting and loose motion has swelled from 48 by Thursday evening to 118 today,” officiating Chief Medical Officer Dr Sajjan Kumar said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Since only 29 children had consumed milk on Wednesday as part of mid-day meal and a majority are of different age groups, it has been established that cholera has spread in the area, District Magistrate Rajesh Kumar said. “There was no casualty today. On the basis of stool test it has been established that most of the patients are suffering from cholera which virtually has taken an epidemic form,” he said, adding the other cause appears to be mixing of drain water with drinking water.”Over 100 patients have been discharged after treatment and 79 are still admitted at different hospitals but they are out of danger,” the district magistrate said.Since nothing wrong was found in the overhead water tank of Kanshi Ram Colony, underground pipeline leading to different houses, was checked. “At a few places the pipeline was found damaged with some portion in contact with drains. It may be another reason of cholera,” he said.A temporary 20-bed hospital, lead by two doctors, has been set up in the primary school adjacent to Kanshi Ram Colony. Also two teams of experts will arrive here from Lucknow, Kumar said. Since cases from adjacent Baad, Aurangabad and Sarai Azmabad villages have also been reported, 50 beds have been added in Swarn Jayanti Hospital and District Hospitals each, he said.”Cleanliness drive with 250 Safai Karmi has started in the area. Since it is an infectious disease, people are advised not to consume stale food or cut fruits and wash hand before eating,” Kumar added. The officiating CMO said though he is not in a position to give the exact break up of the patients, a majority of them are children and asserted that cholera may be another reason of the casualties and people falling ill.

No more memorials, will focus on development if voted to office again: Mayawati

BSP supremo Mayawati, who faced opposition attack during her last stint as UP Chief Minister over building memorials to dalit icons, including her mentor Kanshi Ram and herself, on Thursday promised she would not construct new monuments and focus on development if voted to office again.Mayawati, who was accused of squandering public money running into thousands of crore of rupees on memorials which also had giant replicas of elephant, her party’s election symbol, said all such monuments that needed to be built in the honour of dalit icons have already been built.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”When I come to power, I’ll not build memorials, because my work is over. Now I’ll focus only on development,” she said.Referring to opposition’s criticism over building those memorials, museums, and parks, Mayawati said, “They (her rivals) said the government money is being wasted. But now they are earning money from tickets on them. Now the criticism is that Mayawati had installed these statues so that she could put her own next to them.”She claimed her statues were installed next to Kanshi Ram’s because of his “modern thinking, written will and verbal instructions”.”My statue was installed next to his (Ram’s) as his successor and for dedicating my life to realising Ambedkar’s dreams and welfare of dalits,” she said.”When this memorial was being built, Kanshi Ram said had Ambedkar been alive he’d have been very happy,” she claimed.On statues of elephants at these memorials, she said those were installed as a “symbol of welcome” and not because the animal is her party’s election symbol.