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SC to hear pleas seeking removal of anti-CAA protesters from Shaheen Bagh


Supreme Court, on Wednesday, will hear pleas seeking removal of anti-Citizenship Amendment Act protesters from Delhi's Shaheen Bagh area.

Earlier, Supreme Court-appointed interlocutors filed their report in a sealed cover in the apex court on Monday following their talks with protestors at Shaheen Bagh, the epicentre of agitation against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) for over two months.

The court had on February 17 asked senior advocate Sanjay Hegde to "play a constructive role as an interlocutor" and talk to the protestors to move to an alternative site where no public place would be blocked.

It had said that Hegde along with advocate Sadhana Ramachandran or any other person of his choice may talk to the protestors.

The interlocutors placed the report before a bench of justices S K Kaul and K M Joseph which said it would peruse the report and hear the matter on February 26.

The bench made it clear that the report will not be shared with the petitioners or the lawyers representing the Centre and Delhi Police at this stage.

When the counsel representing one of the petitioners requested the court that report be shared with them, the bench said: "We are here. Everyone is here. Let us have the benefit of the report first. The copy of the report is for the court only."

 
 
 



'Stepped out to buy food': Story of the man who was beaten up by mobs in Northeast Delhi


Accosted and brutally beaten up by mobs with sticks and iron rods, Mohammed Zubair who was severely injured in the Delhi violence had just stepped out of his house to buy halwa and paratha for his children on Monday. A resident of Chand Bagh, Zubair was returning home when a group of people attacked him with wooden sticks and iron rods.

Narrating his story to the Indian Express, he said that he begged the mobs to stop beating him before he fell unconscious.

Videos and photos of Zubair being beaten up also went viral within few minutes on social media.

 
 
 
Zubaie says that looking at the pictures and videos of the attack brings back the painful memoriesReuters
 

Well, Zubair who fell unconscious says he only remembers waking up at GTB hospital. He said that looking at the pictures and videos of the attack brings back the painful memories. Remembering bits and pieces from the incident, he says, while he begged them to leave him, the mob took Kapil Mishra's name and chanted communal slogans.

Eye witnesses who spoke to the Indian Express also said that the mob beat him up untill he fell unconscious and he also sustained injuries to his head, shoulders, arms and legs which can also be seen in the video. Zubair has now been discharged after receiving medical aid from GTB hospial and is being taken care by his cousins in Inderpuri.

He said that he was supposed to pick up his wife from a wedding but was attacked by the mobs instead. Zubair, a father of three, fearing his children's safety immediately shifted to his village in UP.

Zubair, who is now advised to take rest by the doctors, says that he is a class 9 passout and works as a labourer to earn a livelihood. He earns Rs 15,000 per month, he said.

He said that the situation in Delhi is such that his younger brother locked him and his entire family inside their house and has refrained from stepping out to avoid meeting a similar fate like him.

He said that he has not been able to meet his family ever since he has been attacked by the mobs. He says that he fears their safety. According to the Indian Express, his brothers lashed out at people who asked the family to file a police against the mob. Zubair's brother, who does not wish to be named, said "File a complaint against who? A mob? We are small people..." He also said that they had nothing to do with the protests and were still dragged into it. "We have to fight for our survival,' he said.




Delhi violence: Entry, exit gates at 5 metro stations in North-East district opened


New Delhi: Entry and exit gates at all five metro stations in North-East Delhi, which were closed in view of violence in the area have been opened, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) said on Wednesday.

"Entry and exit gates at all stations have been opened. Normal services have resumed in all stations," DMRC tweeted.

Five Delhi Metro stations in the North-East district -- Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar were shut down in view of the violent clashes over Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).


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Entry & exit gates at all stations have been opened. 

Normal services have resumed in all stations.

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Delhi Police Special Commissioner, Crime, Satish Golcha, said that protestors have left sites of protest in Jaffrabad and Maujpur and the situation is under control.

On Tuesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with Delhi Police and his ministry officials in the wake of violence that has been raging in the national capital for the past two days.


Shah had also chaired a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and other political leaders regarding the violence and the prevailing situation in Delhi. At least 13 people lost their lives and around 190 have been injured in the violence.




Delhi violence: Police disperse protestors gathered outside CM Arvind Kejriwal's residence


New Delhi: Delhi Police on Wednesday dispersed the crowd of people, who had gathered outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence, on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday demanding action against perpetrators of Delhi violence and seeking restoration of peace.

Police personnel were seen dispersing protestors who gathered outside Kejriwal's residence on Tuesday midnight.

Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia (AAJMI) and Jamia Coordination Committee (JCC) had organised a demonstration outside Kejriwal's residence. They all gheraoed Kejriwal's residence.

 
 

Look- Appealing to Kejriwal to take action against the violence in affected areas in North-East Delhi, protestors who called themselves concerned citizens, asked the chief minister to personally visit affected areas with local MLAs and organise peace marches to de-escalate tensions.

They also urged the chief minister to inform citizens about steps taken by the Delhi government and allow all rescue operations to reach hospitals from the affected areas.

They further appealed to identify perpetrators of violence and take action against them.


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Delhi: Alumni Association of Jamia Millia Islamia (AAJMI) and Jamia Coordination Committee organise a demonstration outside Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's residence. People have gathered here demanding action against #DelhiViolence and seeking restoration of peace.

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Late on Tuesday Kejriwal called an urgent meeting at his residence, of MLAs and officials of the violence-hit areas of North East Delhi, to take stock of the situation and issued instructions to take all necessary steps to restore peace.

National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval late on Tuesday reached Seelampur area to take stock of the situation and visited violence-hit areas.

At least 13 persons have died so far and around 190 are injured in the violence that has been raging in North-East Delhi from Monday.




Internet services to remain suspended in Aligarh till today midnight: Manoj Rajput on Delhi violence


Aligarh: Internet services will remain suspended in Aligarh till midnight on Wednesday following recent clashes between police and anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protestors, authorities said.

"The internet service in Aligarh will remain suspended till midnight of February 26," Manoj Rajput, District Manager, told ANI on Tuesday.

On Sunday, people protesting against the CAA pelted stones at the police following which security personnel fired tear gas shells, said District Magistrate (DM), Chandrabhushan Singh.

 
 

"Protestors pelted stones at police vehicles so the police had to resort to teargas to disperse them," Singh told ANI here.

PV Ramasastry, ADG Law and Order said that the stone pelting started after a rumour that the police were arresting protesters.

Following the clash between police and protestors, internet services were suspended in the city.

 
 
 



Elections for 55 Rajya Sabha seats from 17 states to be held on March 26


The Election commission on Tuesday announced elections of 55 members of Rajya Sabha from 17 states. The election will be held on March 26 and counting of votes will also take place on the same day.

"The term of office of 55 members of the Rajya Sabha elected from 17 States is due to expire on their retirement in April, 2020," Election Commission said in a statement. The states include Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur Rajasthan and Meghalaya.

Elections for 55 Rajya Sabha seats from 17 states to be held on March 26

According to the schedule for the elections, the notification would be issued on March 6, the last date of filing of nominations would be March 13 and polling would be on March 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The votes would be counted at 5 p.m. on the same day.

 
 
Elections for 55 Rajya Sabha seats from 17 states to be held on March 26

Prominent among those retiring are NCP leader Sharad Pawar, Union minister Ramdas Athawale (RPI-Athawale), Congress veteran Motilal Vora and former union minister Vijay Goel (BJP).

(Inputs from Sanjay Jog)

 
 
 
 
 
 



Rape convict and former BJP MLA Kuldeep Sengar loses UP Assembly membership


Former BJP leader Kuldeep Sengar has lost his Assembly Membership from Bangarmau of Unnao district in Uttar Pradesh after being convicted in the rape case last year.


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Former BJP leader Kuldeep Sengar loses his Assembly Membership from Bangamau in Unnao after being convicted in the minor’s rape case last year.

That means the seat will go for bypoll now

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The Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly Secretariat has said that the seat from where MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was elected from - Bangarmau of Unnao district, is declared vacant from 20th December 2019 onward, reported news agency ANI.


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Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly Secretariat: The seat from where MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar was elected from - Bangarmau of Unnao district, is declared vacant from 20th December 2019 onward. 

Expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar is a convict in 2018 Unnao rape case.(file pic)

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Sengar, a four-time MLA from UP's Bangermau, was expelled from the party in August 2019. Kuldeep Singh Sengar was on December 16, 2019, held guilty by a Delhi court for kidnapping and rape of a minor girl in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district in 2017.

The case has come as a major embarrassment for the BJP after the victim was left critically injured and two of her had aunts died in a suspicious road accident at Rae Bareli in July last year. The trial was shifted to Delhi on order by the Supreme Court.

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Delhi Violence: On the day of Donald Trump's visit, schools in North East Delhi to stay shut


Amid violent clashes, all government and private schools in violence-affected North East Delhi will be closed on Tuesday.

The announcement was made yesterday evening by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia. "There will be no internal examinations in violence- affected North East district and all private and government schools will be closed. Have spoken to HRD minister requesting him to postpone the board exams in the district," Sisodia tweeted.


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दिल्ली में हिंसा प्रभावित नोर्थईस्ट ज़िले में कल स्कूलों की गृह परीक्षाएँ नहीं होंगी और सभी सरकारी एवं प्राइवेट स्कूल बंद रहेंगे. बोर्ड परीक्षाओं के सम्बंध में मैंने HRD Minister @DrRPNishank जी से बात की है कि इस ज़िले में कल की बोर्ड परीक्षा भी स्थगित कर दी जाए.

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on Monday clarified that there are no centres in North-East Delhi for tomorrow's class 12th board examination. Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE has confirmed that there is no change in the schedule. "Exams tomorrow only in western Delhi at 18 centres. No change in CBSE exams scheduled for tomorrow as there are no centres in rest of Delhi", CBSE tweeted.


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# examtime: exams tomorrow only in western Delhi at 18 centres. No change in CBSE exams scheduled for tomorrow  as there are no centres in rest of Delhi.

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A head constable was among four people killed and at least 50 others, including several paramilitary and Delhi Police personnel, were injured as violence spiralled over the amended citizenship law in northeast Delhi, turning it into a battlefield on Monday with frenzied protesters torching houses, shops, vehicles and a petrol pump, and hurling stones.

Police fired tear gas shells and also resorted to lathicharge as clashes broke out between pro and anti CAA groups at Jaffrabad, Maujpur, Chandbagh, Khureji Khas and Bhajanpura. Security personnel conducted flag marches and prohibitory orders were clamped to bring the situation under control. However, sporadic clashes continued late into the night in Maujpur and other areas.

Five Delhi Metro stations in the North East district where violence broke out on Monday to remain closed on Tuesday. Jaffrabad, Maujpur-Babarpur, Gokulpuri, Johri Enclave and Shiv Vihar stations on the Pink Line Metro will remain closed and trains are being terminated at Welcome Metro Station.

(Inputs from Agencies)




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