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Rioters from Meerut, Ghaziabad created mayhem in Delhi, says police

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police, which is investigating the recent riots in northeast Delhi, on Friday (March 6, 2020) suggested that rioters from bordering Western districts of Uttar Pradesh were involved in the communal violence in the national capital which took place in February. During an inter-state police meet, which was attended by top officials of…

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NEW DELHI: Delhi Police, which is investigating the recent riots in northeast Delhi, on Friday (March 6, 2020) suggested that rioters from bordering Western districts of Uttar Pradesh were involved in the communal violence in the national capital which took place in February.

During an inter-state police meet, which was attended by top officials of Delhi Police and Uttar Pradesh, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) officials suggested that miscreants from western UP districts like Meerut, Ghaziabad and Baghpat created mayhem in northeast Delhi and then fled back home.

The investigators have gathered inputs suggesting that guns and goons from UP’s Meerut, Ghaziabad and Baghpat might have been involved in the recent Delhi violence.

During the inter-state police meet, which was held at the office of the DCP, Northeast, the strategy to identify rioters who took part in Delhi violence was discussed at length.

The crucial inter-state meeting was attended by Joint Commissioner Alok Kumar, DCP Northeast Ved Prakash Surya, IG (Meerut) Praveen Kumar, SSP Ghaziabad and other top police officials.

During the meeting, Delhi Police urged the Uttar Pradesh Police to cooperate in the ongoing probe and asked for providing the video footage of the CCTVs installed on Meerut-Ghaziabad border, which it claimed will help in identifying the rioters.

After the meeting, Joint Commissioner Alok Kumar said that a large number of rioters have been identified and arrests will be made soon.

It may be noted that the Delhi Police had recently transferred the case to the Crime Branch and formed two Special Investigation Teams (SITs). 

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia on Friday said that the government is initiating several measures to help the violence-affected in north-east Delhi to rebuild their lives.

“Rs 5 lakh compensation will be given to the people whose houses were completely burnt- Rs 4 lakh for the structure and Rs 1 lakh for their belongings. Similarly, Rs 2.5 lakhs in compensation will be provided to people whose houses were suffered substantially burnt – Rs 2 lakhs for the structure and Rs 50,000 for the belongings,” Sisodia said while addressing a press conference here.

He emphasised that the government wants to ensure that people are able to resume their lives as soon as possible.”We wish to complete the verification process as soon as possible so compensation can be given to the victims. We have received 1700 forms, we are sorting them out. And the process will be completed soon,” he said.

“I would like to convey to the people, SDMs will be on the ground tomorrow and day after tomorrow for the verification process. Police will also be present, so I would request people who lost their houses that they must get it done,” he added.

He also said that steps were being taken to instil a sense of confidence in people as people were afraid of even stepping out after the violence. 

“We organised a parent-teacher meet in schools recently. It was meant to help people come out of the mental trauma they have been through. And the attendance rate of parents was 55%, they shared their experiences and fears with the teachers,” he said. 

“Schools affected in violence that have up to 1000 student enrollment will be given Rs 5 lakh as financial assistance and schools with more than 1000 students enrollment will be given Rs 10 lakhs in compensation,” he added.

At least 47 people were killed and around 200 sustained serious injuries in the recent violence that affected north-east Delhi. 

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Tamil Nadu govt issues new testing guidelines for all incoming travellers, amid spike in coronavirus COVID-19 cases

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In view of the rising coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu, considering the risk of increased transmission given the high number of inter-state, inter-district travellers (based on government-issued E-passes) and ongoing repatriation of Indian nationals from foreign countries, the state government has issued a new set of guidelines for testing incoming travellers.

So far, nine persons who had landed in Chennai via Vande Bharat repatriation flights had tested positive for the coronavirus. While there is a sharp spike in cases over the last week, the state government has permitted a gradual return to normalcy. This has meant that private companies and most standalone shops are open in all non-containment zones of the state, as per stipulated timings and social distancing norms.

Persons from other countries: All persons to be tested on arrival and if tested positive the individual(s) would be admitted in a hospital. In case of a negative result, they will be kept in government-provided institutional quarantine/hotels (on a paid basis). A follow-up test would be taken after the initial 7-day quarantine, and if that result is also found negative the person/s can be sent for home quarantine for the next 14 days. 

Persons from other States/Union Territories: 

Tests will be conducted on all persons coming into Tamil Nadu from all states and Union territories. In case of a positive result, they would be admitted to hospitals. In case of a negative result, the passengers would have to be under government-provided institutional quarantine facility for 7 days (for persons coming from hotspot states such as Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi). After 7 days if they display no symptoms, they can be sent for home quarantine for 7 days, or they can continue in government quarantine if they do not have facilities at home to be under quarantine. 

Persons from non-hotspot states who test negative may be sent into a 14-day home quarantine or institutional quarantine (in case of facilities are not available at home).

Persons travelling between Tamil Nadu’s districts: Testing to be done only for those coming with symptoms, all individuals to undergo home quarantine for 14 days.

Exemptions: 


* Terminally ill patients, individuals requiring immediate medical attention in a hospital 


* Persons who are due to attend the funeral and ritual associated with the death of an immediate family member


* Pregnant women 


* Elderly persons over the age of 75 years and requiring assistance 

All the above categories claiming medical emergency will be subjected to check up by a medical team to confirm the emergency. Relaxation will not be given for any other category. Persons who seek an exemption in the above categories must submit full detail along with their representation in advance to concerned authorities. 

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Avalanche hits Indian Army post in north Sikkim, soldier missing

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  A soldier went missing after an Indian Army post was hit by an avalanche in North Sikkim on Thursday.

SIKKIM:  A soldier went missing after an Indian Army post was hit by an avalanche in North Sikkim on Thursday.

According to reports, am Army patrolling-cum-snow clearance party of 17-18 personnel was hit by snow slide in the Lugnak La area of Sikkim on Thursday.

Except for one soldier, all others trapped under snow had been rescued, the Army said.

“A patrolling-cum-snow clearance party, comprising 17-18 soldiers, came under snow slide. All recovered except one soldier. Intense search is in progress,” the army said.

In a similar incident earlier, Lance Naik Sanjeeva Reddy, who was operating a dozer in the snowbound high-altitude areas of Sikkim, was hit by an avalanche on April 11.

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Maharashtra government likely to extend lockdown till May 31 amid rising cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in state

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In view of the increasing cases of coronavirus COVID-19 in Maharashtra, the state government has decided to extend the lockdown till May 31, said sources on Thursday. However, the government’s decision will be officially announced within a couple of days.

A two-day meeting of the ministers of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress reviewed the situation arising out of the deadly virus in the state. Simultaneously, there was a discussion on extending the lockdown and bringing the economy back on track in a phased manner in the state.

According to sources, in the meeting, it was agreed to extend the lockdown. Also, it was decided to relax the areas which are not in the containment zones, but the areas which are in the red zones will not be given any exemption. 

Extending the lockdown doesn’t harm the state’s economy, so business establishments and industry businesses may be given a conditional exemption to start their operations in areas where coronavirus has little impact.

It is worth noting that the first lockdown in Maharashtra began on March 25, just like the entire country. The second lockdown began on April 14. The third lockdown began on May 3, ending on May 17. After this, the fourth phase in Maharashtra can be from May 18-31.

Significantly, Maharashtra is the most coronavirus infected state in the country. On May 13, the number of coronavirus positive patients in Maharashtra increased to 25,922. By evening, the death toll from coronavirus in Maharashtra had risen to 975. As far as Mumbai is concerned, by the number of coronavirus positive patients stands at 15,747. At the same time, a total of 596 people have lost their lives from coronavirus in Mumbai.

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