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Everyone in the industry knows Alok Nath harassed women: ‘Sonu Ke Titu ki Sweety’ actor

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Deepika Amin said, “Everyone in the industry knows that Alok Nath is an obnoxious drunkard who harasses women.”

Mumbai | Actor Deepika Amin has claimed Alok Nath’s reputation of an alcoholic and a harasser was common knowledge in the Hindi film and television industry.

Amin, who recently worked with Nath in “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”, said several years ago the actor tried to “barge into her room” when they were shooting outdoors for a telefilm.

“Everyone in the industry knows that #AlokNath is an obnoxious drunkard who harasses women. Years ago on a telefilm outdoor shoot, he tried to barge into my room. He slobbered over women, drunk and created a scene.

“The unit rallied around me and made sure I was safe. I was quite young but I still remember vividly how horrible he was,” she wrote on Facebook Tuesday.

Amin, however, added that Nath came across “quiet and subdued” while filming “Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety”.

“Maybe he has changed? Maybe because the director Luv Ranjan made it clear he wouldn’t tolerate bad behaviour.”

The actor said after “Tara” writer-producer Vinta Nanda came forward with her story, she was motivated to stand up for her.

“But after reading Vinta Nanda’s heartbreaking account I felt I had to support her. BELIEVE WOMEN. They have everything to lose by speaking out,” Amin wrote.

Actor Sandhya Mridul on Wednesday opened up about her alleged sexual harassment at the hands of Alok Nath during the shooting of a telefilm.

She accused Alok Nath of trying to barge in her room in a drunken state.

“I instinctively tried to shut the door but he pushed it and lunged at me, I stepped aside he went flying past me into the room… I fell back toward the bathroom door he lunged at me again screaming I want you you’re mine…”

“I dodged again he went into the bathroom and I think I latched the loo door and ran out of my room down the corridor into the lobby.”

Mridul said she got rid of Alok Nath through the help of the crew but he continued to call her room every night.

She said despite being the victim of Nath‘s overtures, it was she who suffered because he spread lies about her being a difficult person to work within Mumbai, where he wielded influence in the ’90s.

Nath’s lawyer termed the allegations “false” and called it an attempt to “purposely to malign his image”.

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Eight cattle smugglers arrested in Uttar Pradesh

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Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh) | Eight suspected cattle smugglers were arrested here when they were trying to move the livestock to Nepal, police said on Saturday.

Superintendent of Police Gaurav Grover said the police were tipped off about the smuggling in Rupaidiha and Nanpare area of the district which is close to the India-Nepal border.

On Friday, eight cattle smugglers, four of them history-sheeters, were arrested, while they were trying to flee to Nepal, he said. The members of the smugglers’ gang had also unsuccessfully tried to attack the policemen, the SP said.

He said four animals cows, unlicensed pistol, ammunition and a transportation vehicle have been recovered from the arrested accused.

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7 civilians among 11 killed in encounter, protests in J&K’s Pulwama

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Srinagar | Seven civilians died in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district Saturday when security forces allegedly opened fire at an unruly crowd that tried to storm the site of an encounter in which three militants and Army man were killed, police said.

The incident took place at Sirnoo village in the morning when the security forces laid siege to a locality based on intelligence reports about the presence of three militants, including an Army deserter – Zahoor Ahmad Thoker, in the area, police officials said.

As soon as the news about Thoker being trapped in an encounter spread, people started thronging the encounter site as the army deserter belonged to the same village, they said. Though the encounter ended in 25 minutes with the killing of the three militants, the security forces had a tough time as people started climbing onto Army vehicles, the officials said.

They said warning shots were fired but that did not deter the mob, forcing the security forces to open fire at the civilians. Seven civilians were killed and dozens of others injured, including a youth who’s condition was stated to be critical. Thoker had gone missing from an Army unit in the Gantmulla area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district in July last year.

He had decamped with his service rifle and three magazines and had joined the militant ranks. The security forces said Thoker was involved in several killings in Pullman district. The identities of two other militants were being ascertained.

The officials said an army jawan lost his life in the gunfight, while two other soldiers were critical. Authorities have snapped mobile internet facility in entire south Kashmir comprising four districts.

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President Kovind visits Statue of Unity, to lay foundation for railway station

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Kevadiya (Gujarat) |President Ram Nath Kovind Saturday visited the Statue of Unity, the world’s tallest statue, in Narmada district of Gujarat on the death anniversary of India’s first home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai
Patel.

Kovind, accompanied by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and state chief secretary J N Singh, began his visit in the morning by taking a stroll at the ‘Valley of Flowers’ developed near the 182-metre tall statue here. After planting a tree in memory of Patel, the president attended a prayer meeting at the statue complex.

The world’s tallest statue dedicated to Patel was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in October. After offering tributes to Patel, Kovind visited the museum and exhibition area beneath the statue. He also visited the viewing gallery located at a height of 132 metres inside the statue.

Kovind then left the statue premises and headed to Kevadiya village, around 5 kms from the statue, to lay the
foundation stone for a railway station. The state-of-the-art railway station proposed to be built at a cost of Rs 20 crore, is aimed at providing direct rail connectivity to tourists visiting the Statue of Unity.

To connect Kevadiya with the main broad-gauge line, the Railways has sanctioned the work to convert 18-km
Dabhoi-Chandod narrow gauge into broad gauge and extension from Chandod to Kevadia by constructing a new 32-km line.

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