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“There is a General Atmosphere of Intimidation in India”: Rahul Gandhi

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“There is a very very aggressive and organised attack on the system and on the judiciary,” Rahul Gandhi said.

 

Continuing his attack spree on the ruling BJP and Prime Minister Modi, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the “politics of division” is being played out in India. Rahul Gandhi who is on three days Singapore –Malaysia tour was speaking at the prestigious Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy which is also a part of Singapore University.

Training guns at BJP Gandhi said that there is an atmosphere of intimidation brewing in the country. He said that since the BJP came to power, the institutional structure of India is facing major challenges. He further added that if one were to ask him what he is proud of India, he would say it is the pluralistic idea. “It is the idea that Indian people can say what they want, can eat anything they want and do anything they want to do,” Rahul Gandhi asserted adding that this is being challenged now.

Rahul Gandhi even said that there is general fear in the minds of the businessman as well as media fraternity. “There is a very very aggressive and organised attack on the system and on the judiciary,” Rahul said. Addressing the audience present he also spoke about the unprecedented event when four Supreme Court judges had come in front of media and had said that there is organizational mismanagement in the judiciary.

He also spoke about the case of mysterious death of Judge Loya who was in charge of Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter case in which BJP National president and now a Rajyasabha MP Amit Shah was accused. Rahul said, “I don’t know if you are aware of the nuances but the comments they (judges) were making centred around the case of (BJP president) Amit Shah.”

Pointing out at the growing violence in the country Rahul said, “Not only in India, but even in other places there is politics of division is being played. The people are divided and their anger is used to win the election.” He also said that he considers the growing violence and anger in India as a syndrome.

Lashing out at Prime minister Narendra Modi he said a very nasty politics is being played to win the election. Calling Narendra Modi an autocrat, Rahul Gandhi accused him of controlling the lawmaking, the UP police and the Haryana police as well.

Spelling out Congress’ agenda in next Lok Sabha election, Rahul Gandhi said that his party will fight such politics and win the next election.  Rahul Gandhi promised, “Very soon you will see an India where everybody is loved, respected and taken along.”

Slamming BJP’s Kashmir Policy, he said that BJP destroyed years of efforts by Congress’ to bring peace in the valley. He said, “BJP’s policy is of Kashmir is episodic rather than strategic.”

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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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