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Legal adviser of finance company shot dead in Bihar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A legal adviser of a private finance company has been shot dead allegedly by unidentified miscreants at Rambhadra locality in Vaishali district, police said on Saturday.Superintendent of Police Rakesh Kumar said the incident occurred late Friday night when one Pankaj Kumar, a legal adviser with Kotak Mahindra Finance Company, was returning to his residence in Hajipur after completing his duty in Patna.The deceased was the resident of Baghmali colony which is adjacent to Rambhadra locality under town police station. He was employed with the finance company’s office in Patna, the SP said. The reason behind the killing is still unknown, the SP said, adding that police is investigating the matter from all angles.On the basis of the statements of the deceased’s family, the process of lodging an FIR is currently underway, he said. The body would be handed over to the deceased’s family after the post-mortem, the SP said.

Chennai: Monitor lizards tortured to death for their blood

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an extremely disturbing video of animal cruelty going viral all across Chennai as well as other places since Tuesday, some people are seen drinking blood dripping from a monitor lizards throat that has been slit open.The 1.18 minutes video that has animal activists shocked and up in arms has Forest department officials from Chennai initiating a search for the offenders. The monitor lizard is protected under Schedule I of the wildlife Protection Act, however it is regularly killed for its meat, blood and oil as its said to contain aphrodisiac properties as well as cure to several ailments, which has been rubbished by medical professionals.”I received the clip from social media on Monday that also specified the location of the incident as KK Nagar in Chennai where these gypsies were selling the blood. One can see that the red colour liquid is nothing but blood of a helpless monitor lizard whose neck has been slit,” shared animal activist Anthony Rubin from Chennai.”Since a lot of faces can be easily identified from the video we are hopeful that forest department who is already chasing the offenders will be able to nab them as well as those consuming the blood,” said Rubin.Another activist said the footage that has gone viral has the forest rangers looking for these people who belong to a tribe and are known to hunt monitor lizards and sell its meat and blood. “The practise is extremely cruel as the neck of a live monitor lizard is first slit and the blood is gradually collected as its also believed that drinking fresh blood has even more effects,” said the activist. According to wildlife experts, consuming the cooked flesh of the lizard or drinking its blood cures arthritis, muscular pains and is also considered an aphrodisiac.Dr Vaishali Lokhande of Apollo Hospital claimed that, “The blood being consumed raw may lead to GI tract infection and of course the medicinal values of the flesh and blood was questionable,” adding that people consuming it could also be affected by toxins in case some gland is cut and mixed with blood.

Digvijay Singh gets bail in 2012 case of derogatory remarks against Baba Ramdev

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Vaishali district court on Wednesday granted bail to Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh in a four-year-old case of making alleged derogatory remarks against yoga guru Ramdev. Chief Judicial Magistrate 14 of Fast Track Court in Vaishali Sanjay Kumar granted bail to Singh in the case filed in 2012.BJP district leader Ajit Kumar, dealing in Ramdev’s ‘Patanjali’ products, had registered the complaint against Singh for making alleged derogatory remarks against the yoga guru. The Congress General Secretary was present in the court on Wednesday.After hearing both sides, the court granted bail to Singh on condition of two sureties of Rs 5,000 each.Emerging out of the court, the Congress leader made a scathing attack on the yoga guru accusing him of being a man of “criminal mentality”. He told reporters that the CBI was conducting probe against him in several cases.

Kanpur: Armed robbers loot passengers in three trains

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Armed robbers struck three trains passing through the district, looting at least 12 passengers and assaulting those who resisted them in the wee hours on Wednesday.Government Railway Police said the robbers first barged into the Mumbai-bound Lucknow-LTT Express and started looting passengers. When one of the passengers Ramashankar Pandey resisted the robbery bid, he was thrashed by the robbers, a GRP spokesperson said.The accused then boarded the Vaishali Express and robbed passengers travelling in the sleeper class. They also attacked and injured Devi Singh, who was going to Gorakhpur, when he protested their act, he said.Later, they robbed passengers of Lucknow-Kanpur passenger train and beat up Unnao-resident Lala, the spokesperson said.The robbers escaped after looting the passengers.As the incident took place between Unnao and Kanpur districts, GRP officials were busy deciding the jurisdiction.Later, Kanpur GRP sent the three injured to railways’ Kamla Nehru Hospital.At least 12 passengers in the three trains were robbed, Kanpur GRP in-charge Shyamvrat Yadav said. Out of the three injured, two were sent home after first aid while one of them is admitted to the hospital, he said.An FIR has been registered in the matter by Government Railway Police, he said, adding the number of passengers robbed and booty taken away is yet to be ascertained.

dna Morning Must Reads: India, Syria to intensify security consultations; Govt mulls advancing Union Budget by a month; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Islamic State threat: India, Syria to intensify security consultationsUpgradation of security consultations, tighter traveller screening on anvil. Read more.2. Government mulls advancing Union Budget by a month to 31 JanuaryThe government is mulling advancing Union Budget to January end so as to complete the budget exercise before the beginning of the new fiscal. Read more.3. Bihar: Enormous discharge of water into Sone, Ganga, leads to worst flood since 1975Nine deaths have been reported from Bhojpur, while two each were reported from Bhagalpur and Vaishali. Read more.4. 28-year-old JNU student allegedly raped by AISA activist in hostelThe incident is said to have taken place inside the campus on August 20. Read more.5. Akshay Kumar ‘owns’ Independence DayAfter back-to-back releases on two ID weekends, he will return next year with ‘Crack’. Read more.

Heavy rainfall triggers floods in parts of MP, UP, Bihar; NDRF, Army deployed for relief work

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Madhya Pradesh4,215 people were rescued from Satna and 1,550 rescued from Rewa in Madhya Pradesh after heavy rainfall caused a flood-like situation in several parts of the state on Saturday.An army column was deployed in Rewa along with a task force for flood relief operations in the state.ANI reported that 15 people died due to incidents arising after heavy rainfall in Madhya Pradesh in the past 24 hours. One person died in the collapse of a three-storey building in Maihar. Seven others died after a house collapsed in Sagar’s Rahatgarh area. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced Rs.4 lakh as ex-gratia for the kin of the victims.Earlier in the day, the CM had called an emergency meeting to review the situation in the state. Incessant rains have badly affected normal life in Vindhya and Bundelkhand regions. Major rivers and streams including Son, Ken and Tamas are in spate in the regions. Rewa, Satna, Sidhi, Chattarpur, Panna, Katni, Damoh and some other districts are facing flood like situation. Excessive water is being released from most of the dams in these areas.The army is assisting in relief and rescue operations in rural areas of Rewa district where several villages have been inundated.The road connectivity has been badly disturbed in several districts as major rivers and streams are overflowing.The Met Department has predicted heavy showers in the next 24 hours at several places in northern and western Madhya Pradesh. Uttar PradeshIn UP, there was flood-like situation in Varanasi as the water level of Ganga rose the above the danger level. In Allahabad, several areas flooded as water enters residential areas of the region.Several districts are reeling under flood as incessant rain has wreaked havoc, crippling normal life and obstructing road transportation. Here, River Mandakini has flooded dozens of villages of Chitrakoot district where flood has also washed away roads at several places between Allahabad and Chitrakoot for the last four days. The people are compelled to use boats in the Chitrakoot town streets which remained filled with flood water. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are continuously engaged in the relief and rescue work. On the other hand, the flood threat is also looming large in Mirzapur, Ghazipur, Ballia and other districts due to continuous rise of river Ganga which has swelled to the dangerous levels at many places. The administration evacuated villagers in view of imminent flood threat.BiharRiver Ganga wreaked havoc in Patna as well with water entering residential areas. Near Sonpur, Saran, three children drown in the river.The districts of Bihar situated on the banks of the Ganga were put on alert as the Central Water Commission warned Ganga basin districts that it may witness a rise in water level for next one to five days.Due to the increase in the water level of the Ganga, waters have reportedly entered into the riverine areas of the districts like Buxar, Bhojpur, Munger, Saran, Vaishali, Bhagalpur and Samastipur, a Disaster Management Department statement said.National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams, already pre-positioned in Patna, Vaishali and Gopalganj, have been put on alert while State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) have been put on alert in Patna and Bhagalpur.Chattisgarh Heavy rains over last two days lashed northern parts Chhattisgarh affecting communication and causing heavy damage to properties. The northern Sarguja division of Chhattisgarh had witnessed insufficient rains till the last week but now it is facing a flood like situation due to heavy downpour from the last two days. The road communication with remote villages of Ambikapur, Jashpur, Surajpur and Belrampur has been affected. Over 150 animals also got drowned in the flood waters and over 60 houses have been destroyed in this region. The Met department has forecasted heavy rains to continue over the next two days as well. All inputs from ANI.

‘Priceless moments with young Vaishali’: PM Modi meets girl he helped with heart surgery

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the 6-year-old girl here who had written to him seeking help for her heart surgery owing to poor financial condition of her family. The PMO responded promptly and arranged help for Vaishali Yadav, who needed surgery for a hole in her heart, through the Pune district administration. She was operated upon successfully early this month at a city hospital.Vaishali got the opportunity to meet Modi, who was in the city to launch projects under the Smart City mission. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pratap Yadav, her uncle, later told reporters that the PM offered her a chocolate and spoke to her a few sentences in Marathi. The Prime Minister tweeted a photograph of his meeting with the little girl later.”Priceless moments with young Vaishali”, he said on Twitter. “After her surgery, Vaishali wrote a touching letter to me, which will remain etched in my memory…glad we were able to help this little girl,” the Prime Minister said.

Bihar merit list scam: Arts topper Ruby Rai arrested

Patna: Bihar’s Class 12 “topper” in Arts Ruby Rai, who had said political science is all about cooking, was arrested on Saturday when she appeared for a re-test at the Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) office, police said.

“Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Bihar police probing into the Bihar toppers scam has arrested Ruby Rai when she finally appeared for a re-test at BSEB office,” a police official said.

File image of Ruby Rai and . CNN-News18

File image of Ruby Rai and Saurabh Shreshtha. CNN-News18

Rai will be produced in the local court on Sunday, the official added.

Before Saturday, Rai failed to appear in the re-test twice on 3 June and 17 June. She reportedly informed the board that she is not well and unable to appear for the re-test.

The results of Rai and other toppers were put on hold after the scam came to light in May.

A total of 14 students were called for a re-test by the BSEB after a news channel broadcast a sting in which Rai said, “Prodikal (read political) science is about cooking”, and Saurabh Shreshtha, a Science topper, said: “Most reactive element in the periodic table is aluminium”.

Rai had scored 444 out of 500 marks in the Arts stream and Saurabh Shreshtha 485 out of 500 in Science. Both studied in VR College in Vaishali district.

According to police officials, the Patna civil court has issued a non-bailable warrant of arrest against four toppers including Rai.

The VR college director-cum-principal Bachcha Rai was arrested early this month and was lodged in Beur jail in Patna.

The former board chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad and his wife, and former Janata Dal United (JDU) MLA Usha Sinha were also arrested in connection with the scam.

“Police have taken them on remand for interrogation,” officials said.

So far, nearly 20 people have been arrested by the SIT.

Bihar toppers scam: Accused Bachha Rai booked under Arms Act

A day after arms and ammunition were seized from his office, Bachha Rai, principal of Bishun Rai Intermediate college in Vaishali district which is in the eye of a storm over the 10+2 toppers scam in Bihar was booked under Arms Act.A case has been filed against him at Bhagwanpur police station under section 25 (1)(B) and section 26 of the Arms Act for illegal possession of weapon and ammunition at his office, Bhagwanpur police station in-charge Vikram Acharya said. The Vaishali police will soon seek his remand for interrogation in connection with registration of the case against him under the Arms Act, he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the scam had carried out raids at the college premises on Sunday and recovered a country-made pistol and five cartridges from an almirah in the principal’s office, Acharya said.Rai was arrested from near the college premise on June 11 in connection with the scam involving several students of his college, including Arts and Science topper Ruby Rai and and Saurabh Shrestha respectively. The scandal surfaced following a video featuring the toppers went viral in which Ruby and Saurabh were seen giving ridiculous answers to questions on their subjects.

Heart warming: 6-year-old writes to PM Modi, gets prompt help for cardiac surgery

A six-year-old Pune girl suffering from a heart disease wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking financial help which was promptly granted following which she underwent surgery and is now recovering.Vaishali Yadav, hailing from a poor family, suffered from a hole in her heart. Her father, a small-time painter, was unable to afford an expensive heart surgery and had even sold her toys and bicycle to purchase medicines. Vaishali, a Class II student, then wrote a letter to PM Modi, requesting him to help her by explaining her health condition and her family’s financial inability to meet the huge medical expenses. Within a week, the Prime Minister’s Office alerted the Pune district administration, prompting them to help the girl.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The district authorities traced the family’s address and rushed the girl to city-based Ruby Hall Clinic where she was successfully operated free of charge on June 2. “Vaishali had a hole in the heart and after consulting various hospitals, we came to know that the surgery expenses were above Rs three lakh. However, due to our poor economical background and lack of below poverty line (BPL) documents, the surgery was not possible,” said Vaishali’s uncle Pratap Yadav, who is also a painter.”A month back, Vaishali was watching TV where she saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi and upon seeing him, she decided to write a letter to him, explaining the financial condition and about her ailment.”She wrote the letter and attached her school ID card with it and asked me to post it, which I did with an assumption that we would not get any reply. However, within a week, few people from the school, along with some district administration staff, came looking for us and later a meeting was called with Collector,” Yadav said.District Collector Sourabh Rao told PTI that they received the correspondence from PMO on May 24 and immediately the family was traced. “Dr Shrikar Pardeshi, IAS officer and Director in the PMO, personally called me to inform about the letter and asked to help the girl accordingly,” he said. “After coming to know that the girl required medical help, she was admitted to the Ruby Hall Clinic hospital and was operated free of cost,” said Rao.Dr Sanjay Pathare, Medical Director of Ruby Hall Clinic, said the girl was admitted to the hospital on June 2 and was operated on June 4.”The girl is fine and healthy now and was discharged yesterday,” he said. Rao said a report of her surgery has been sent to the PMO by his office after she was discharged from the hospital.

Mass copying scandal – Free and fair matric exam is govt’s priority: Bihar Education Minister

In view of photographs showing mass scale copying in last year’s matriculation examination, the Bihar government on Wednesday resolved to conduct the test in a “free and fair” manner this year. “Our government has taken a resolve to conduct free and fair examination for intermediate and matriculation. We will ensure no unfair means are used in the examination. We have successfully conducted intermediate examination in a free and fair manner recently,” Bihar education minister Ashok Choudhary said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Choudhary was replying to a debate on the education department’s budgetary demand of Rs 21,897.02 crore for 2016-17. Intermediate examination concluded recently in the state, while the matric examination was scheduled to be held between March 12 to 18.It may be noted that a photograph of a government school in Vaishali showed people perched on window shades of a multi-storey building handing over answer chits to students appearing for the exam inside. The picture had gone viral.On the steps and measures taken to ensure free and fair examination during the recently held intermediate exam, Choudhary said the government took stern action against Centre Superintendents and other staff from where the department got reports of mass scale copying.The government also decided not to hold examination at centres from where the department got complaints of mass scale copying in the past three years, besides introducing CCTVs and ensuring deployment of adequate security forces, Choudhary said.

West Bengal Polls 2016: Mamata Banerjee gives ticket to host of sportstars; scam tainted Madan Mitra too makes the cut

The Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee announced minutes after the elections were declared that jailed leader Madan Mitra would contest from the Kamarhati assembly constituency in the upcoming state polls. “Madan Mitra will contest polls from Kamarhati seat. He was once an MLA, will remain the MLA,” said Banerjee, while announcing the candidates list for the assembly polls. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mitra had resigned as the MLA of the party after he was denied bail on several occasions under charges of conspiracy and money siphoning in connection with the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam, currently probed by the CBI. Once he was granted bail by the lower court, but CBI had challenged the bail and moved High Court. Later, the bail was cancelled and he was sent back to judicial custody. Banerjee herself, will contest polls from the Bhabanipur assembly constituency. The party supremo announced that former cricketer Lakshmi Ratan Shukla will be fielded from Howrah North constituency and former footballer Bhaichung Bhutia from Siliguri. Jagmohan Dalmiya’s daughter Vaishali Dalmiya will also make her political career debut by contesting polls from the Bally seat. While announcing the candidate’s list, she expressed her displeasure over the Election Commission of India’s decision of carrying out polls in six phases in West Bengal.“Assam witnesses communal violence yet has 2-phase polls. Tamil Nadu’s 234 seats will go for the polls in a single day. Yet, Bengal has 6-phase polls. No matter how many phases polls are held in Bengal, Trinamool will win,” said Banerjee. Expelled Left Front leader Rezzak Mollah, who recently joined the Trinamool Congress will contest polls from the Bhangor constituency. Meanwhile, Banerjee announced that the party’s election manifesto will be unveiled on Friday.

Missing Noida-based fashion designer Shipra Malik found in Gurgaon

A 29-year-old Noida-based woman fashion designer who had gone missing from Delhi under mysterious circumstances on Monday, was found in a village near Gurgaon on Friday.According to media reports, she was alone when the police found her in a village on Jhajjar road. “Shipra Malik who had gone missing has been found in Gurgaon,” reported ANI quoting Meerut IG Sujit Pandey.She is being interrogated by a senior police official, said report. The police have CCTV foootage of her entering an ING Vyasa bank. According to reports she has operated her locker there, however no details have been revealed. The police is also looking in her personal life and recent events. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shipra, who runs a boutique in Chandani Chowk, had left her home in Sector 37 Noida on Monday afternoon and was untraceable since then.
ALSO READ Missing Snapdeal employee Dipti Sarna returns homeHer last location was Lajpat Nagar (South Delhi) from where she had called police helpline 100. Her Maruti Swift car was found abandoned 500 metres away from her Noida home.Chetan Malik, her husband who is a local builder, had filed a missing complaint with the Noida police. The family had not received any ransom call.Last month, a 25-year-old Snapdeal employee went missing after taking an autorickshaw from the metro station in Vaishali area in Ghaziabad. She returned home after 40 hours, saying her abductors had released her without harming her.

Angry farmers take on Modi, refuse to harvest crops early so PM can hold function on farmland

Patna: Around three dozen farmers in Bihar’s Vaishali district have refused to reap their standing wheat crops to make space available for Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s function on 12 March, officials said on Thursday.

Farmers of Sultanpur near Hajipur, the district headquarters of Vaishali and about 30 km from Patna, have been protesting against attempts by local authorities to cut their unripened crops for Modi’s function.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTIPrime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PTI

“These farmers are adamant not to cut their crops and threatened to protest if forced to do so,” a district official told IANS from Hajipur.

According to officials, the farmers have made it clear that they would not go for early harvest of standing crops since these would fetch low prices in the market. “Farmers have also rejected the offer of adequate compensation.”

The land on which Modi’s function is proposed to be held belongs to nearly 40 farmers.

“We will not allow the administration to harvest our unripe crops at any cost. Even if they offer us five-fold compensation, we will not go for early harvest; it is our (final) decision,” an angry farmer, who did not want to be named, said.

A team of local officials, during their visit to the area two days ago, said that the farmers should cooperate to clear their farmland for the prime minister’s function.

But the farmers said they would harvest only the fully ripened crops by March-end.


Bihar Baord exams: 426 students expelled for cheating on Day 1

At least 426 students, including girls, were expelled after being caught cheating during the Intermediate Examination that started on Wednesday.The control room set up in Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) said a total of 426 students were expelled across the state on the first day of the examination.Maximum 49 students were expelled in Munger district, followed by 48 in Aurangabad for using unfair means in the examination, the control room said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BSEB has been making elaborate preparation to conduct a cheating-free examination this year to erase the bad name the state had earned after photographs of parents and friends supplying chits to examinees at a centre in Vaishali district had gone viral last year.New Education minister Ashok Choudhary had on several occasions talked about stringent arrangements to check copying in the board exam.A total of 11.57 lakh examinees are writing the Intermediate examination in Bihar at 1,109 centres.Despite putting elaborate arrangements, reports of cheating came from examination centres in many districts.Media reports highlighted that people vandalised a school in Chhapra after they were not allowed to copy.People were shown climbing a school building in Vaishali district to provide chits to examinees at a centre.

CPI-M leader, Jagmohan Dalmiya’s daughter join Trinamool

Kolkata: West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress on Friday got a shot in the arm with former state minister and one-time frontline CPI-M leader Abdur Rezzak Mollah, ex-Indian cricketer Laxmi Ratan Shukla and deceased cricket administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya’s daughter Vaishali Dalmiya joining its fold.

Mamata Banerjee. File photo. PTIMamata Banerjee. File photo. PTI

Mamata Banerjee. File photo. PTI

The troika joined Trinamool in the presence of its supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a party general council meeting here.

Mollah, a former land reforms minister, was expelled by the CPI-M in 2014 after he floated an outfit Social Justice Forum.

The veteran politician – who has won all assembly polls starting from 1972 – during his ministerial tenure in the Left Front regime openly protested against the land acquisition procedure followed in Singur in Hooghly district for the Nano car plant of Tata Motors.

In 2014, Mollah was attacked and injured in an attack, said to have been orchestrated by Trinamool leader Arabul Islam.

Welcoming Mollah to the party, Banerjee refered to him as a peasant leader. “He is for long been a leader in the left movement. He is a veteran peasant leader. We are happy that he has come to our party.”

Replying to queries from media persons, Mollah seemed distinctly uncomfortable at having sided with a leader (Banerjee) he had vehemently criticised over decades.

“Why should I tell you the reason for joining this party? If I divulge everything to you, what will I tell the people?”

Asked what he would tell the masses, Mollah snaped back: “I will tell the people myself what I feel. You don’t have to take responsibility.”

It is believed that Mollah wlll be the Trinamool candidate from Bhangar in South 24 Parganas district in the coming assembly elections.

Shukla, who played three One Day International matches for India in 1999, has also captained the Bengal Ranji Trophy team.

The grapevine has it that both Shukla and Dalmiya will fight the polls on Trinamool tickets.


Kidnap at knifepoint: Snapdeal employee Dipti Sarna was allegedly abducted by four ‘beginners’

In the 36 hours for which Dipti Sarna went missing, there was no clue where she stayed. The 24-year-old who works with Snapdeal in Gurgaon, was travelling in a shared auto on Wednesday at around 8.30 pm.

But now, details are beginning to emerge about Dipti’s ordeal that finally ended at 7 am when she called her father Narendra Sarna and asked him to pick her up.

Narendra told NDTV that while his daughter did not wish to press charges, she was abducted by four men at knife-point. “They blindfolded her and dropped her at some railway station at 3 or 4 am… (they) didn’t harm her in anyway and they even gave her food on time,” he said.

Opining that the kidnappers were “beginners”, who allegedly even left a gun with Dipti at some point, Narendra postulated, “They got afraid that is why they left her.”

On Wednesday night, she had hired an auto from outside Vaishali Metro Station. According to police, Dipti was on her way from Vaishali metro station to the old bus stand of Ghaziabad where her Narendra Sarna, a resident of Kavi Nagar, was waiting to pick her up when he received a frantic call from her friend.

“Dipti’s friend said that something had happened to her. They were talking on the phone when he heard her scream and the call got disconnected. He asked me to look for her,” said Narendra. He was supposed to pick up Dipti from the spot he was waiting at, like he did every evening, after she returned from her office in Gurgaon.

“Everyday, she would call us twice on her way back home. Once when she reached the metro station and then again when she was near the Hindon bridge. Her father would then pick her up,” said her mother Vandana.

Narendra said that sometimes, he would pick Dipti up from Vaishali metro station. “Why did I not do that yesterday,” he had said lamenting before her return. The family was afraid that Dipti had been abducted.

However, the family received good news on Friday morning. Dipti’s father said that she called him up in the morning and told him that she was in train in Panipat and coming to Vaishali. “She told me that she will come to Vaishali, but I asked her not to come to Vaishali and said I will come to New Delhi Railway Station to pick her.

Dipti Sarna with her family. Image courtesy: ANI @twitterDipti Sarna with her family. Image courtesy: ANI @twitter

Dipti Sarna with her family. Image courtesy: ANI @twitter

“I don’t know how she came (managed to escape). She was calling me up from the phone of her co-passenger in the train. She was found sitting in the train. I don’t know whether she was in trauma,” he told reporters here.

Sensing danger, Dipti called her father again and said the auto-rickshaw was taking her in a wrong direction. Her mobile phone has been switched off since then. Superintendent of Police (City) Salman Taj Patil had registered a case and police launched a combing operation in the area, but nothing was found.

Ghaziabad residents on Thursday evening blocked traffic on national highway-24, and also staged a sit-in at the office of the senior superintendent of police.

Dipti’s mother said that her father picked her up at the New Delhi Railway Station. “She had called up her father in the morning and told him to pick her up,” she further said. After she went missing, her father had told the police that when the auto crossed the Hindon river bridge on Wednesday’s evening, Deepti called him and gave him the location.

She was also heard shouting at the auto driver for taking a wrong route, he had said, adding thereafter her phone was switched off. Police had soon swung into action and launched a manhunt to search the girl.

The police had traced the GPS location of her phone to Nandgram village, a few kilometres from the spot, where raids have been conducted.

UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s office had tweeted that he had asked the Ghaziabad Senior Superintendent of Police to “personally head the search operation”, and that several teams had been formed.

Meanwhile, Snapdeal launched #HelpFindDipti to locate her and has asked for any information that could help locate her to be shared via Direct Message on Twitter.

“We are extremely disturbed with the reported abduction of our team member. Her security and safety is our topmost priority. We are doing everything to support and work with the authorities in their investigation. The entire Snapdeal family is united in their support and prayer for her safe return,” a Snapdeal spokesperson told The Hindustan Times.

With inputs from agencies

Woman engineer at Snapdeal kidnapped from Ghaziabad office

Ghaziabad: A 23-year-old woman engineer, working in the IT department at shopping website Snapdeal, has been abducted, police said on Thursday. Residents protested the crime, blocking roads and holding a sit-in.

Deepti Sharma, who works at the company’s Gurgaon office, failed to return home in Kavi Nagar area of Ghaziabad on Wednesday night.

She usually took the Delhi Metro up to Vaishali station in Ghaziabad, and from there, she took an auto-rickshaw to her house, located around eight km from the station.

On Wednesday night, she left the Metro station around 8.30 p.m. and took a ‘shared’ auto-rickshaw along with three other passengers, including a woman.

After getting into the vehicle, she telephoned her father Narendra Sharma.

After travelling a distance of around 3-4 km, the woman co-passenger was reportedly forced to get down.

Sensing danger, Deepti called her father again and said the auto-rickshaw was taking her in a wrong direction. Her mobile phone was then switched off.

Her father along with some political leaders contacted police and filed a complaint.

Superintendent of Police (City) Salman Taj Patil said a case was registered and police launched a combing operation in the area, but nothing was found.

Ghaziabad residents on Thursday evening blocked traffic on national highway-24, and also staged a sit-in at the office of the senior superintendent of police.


BJP ‘s Shatrughan Sinha disagrees with his party’s ‘jungle raj’ barb at Nitish govt

Dismissing BJP’s charge of return of ‘Jungle Raj’ in Bihar over killing of engineers for extortion in the state, disgruntled party leader Shatrughan Sinha said performance of a government could not be judged in a short period of time.When asked about BJP and its allies’ ‘jungle raj’ barb on the ruling coalition, the Patna Sahib MP on Friday said it was “no way to judge performance of a government in such a short period of time.” “Even the honeymoon period of the new government in Bihar is not yet over,” Sinha said about the JD(U), RJD and Congress alliance government in the state which is less than two months old. “What is happening in Delhi or for that matter Maharashtra (where BJP-Shiv Sena coalition government is in power),” asked Sinha, who had kept himself off from recent Bihar elections campaign to protest “conspiracy” of a few state leaders against him.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Negative politics never work. I do not appreciate practice of negative politics,” Sinha said.Earlier, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and others citing Darbhanga murder of two engineers and a few other cases of crime in Vaishali and elsewhere had raised the slogan of “jungle raj-2”. Union Minister and LJP President Ram Vilas Paswan had also sharpened attack on law and order situation in Bihar.The Hindustani Awam Morcha chief Jitan Ram Manjhi has even threatened to launch an agitation against the alleged spiralling crime graph. The actor-turned BJP leader, whose comment on many occasions left the party embarrassed during the recent Bihar poll, regretted that “a serious introspection of the defeat has not yet been made. Without diagnosis of the problem, how can we move ahead with strength,” said Sinha, second term Lok Sabha MP who earlier served as cabinet minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

Bihar firmly in grip of ‘jungle raj-2’, alleges Ram Vilas Paswan

The LJP supremo did not spare Lalu Prasad’s two minister sons – Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav, alleging that two siblings were unable to provide safety and security to their constituents in Vaishali districts.
It may be mentioned that Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav, who is the deputy chief minister in the Nitish Kumar government, represent Mahua and Raghopur assembly seats in Vaishali district.


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