The police have arrested a Group D staffer of the Tripura Raj Bhavan on the charge of raping a minor girl. An officer of the West Agartala women police station said they had arrested Dilip Kumar Das, 50, on the basis of a complaint lodged by a woman, who alleged that Das had raped her 8-year-old daughter.
Ten people died after consuming spurious liquor in Uttar Pradesh’s Barabanki district on Tuesday, a spokesperson for Ajay Sahani, Superintendent of Police, said.A dozen officials of the Excise and the Police Departments have been suspended for the incident, officials said.The tragedy was reported from the Raniganj area under the Ramnagar police station of the district.Excise Minister J.P. Singh said six deaths had been confirmed so far. In the Home Department briefing held in the evening, IG Law and Order Praveen Kumar put the figure at 10 and said four others were critical.Among the victims were four members of one family. Several others had been admitted to the trauma centre in Lucknow.The district Excise officer and the superintendent along with the local Inspector, an SI and two police constables have been suspended, while the suspension of the circle officer was under process, said Mr. Kumar.The victims purchased the liquor from a local registered shop run by one Danvir Singh. A case has been lodged against him and two associates. While a salesman has been arrested, Singh is absconding.Minister J.P. Singh said it was a “lapse” on the part of the local officials that spurious liquor was sold at a licensed shop. “Somewhere it is a lapse of our officials and staff because there is a standing order that stock in every shop must be checked,” he said.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath instructed the Principal Secretary, Excise Department, to probe the incident and take strict action against the culprits. The CM has directed a three-member committee led by the Excise commissioner to submit a report within 48 hours.The team would probe the source of the liquor, the accountability of the local Excise, police officials and any “conspiracy” angle, said Chief Secretary Anup Chandra Pandey.Rajeev Krishna, ADG Lucknow, said they were investigating at what stage the liquor was adulterated, whether at the factory or at the store. The shop did not have the licence to sell open liquor or serve it like a bar but could only sell closed bottles, he said.Mr. Adityanath announced an ex-gratia of ₹2 lakh each to the kin of the dead.
Nationalist Congress Party MP from Satara Udayanraje Bhosale on Monday voiced support for the ballot paper voting system as against the Electronic Voting Machine, which has been mired in controversy following multiple allegations of rigging. Mr. Bhosale’s statement comes days after Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi president Prakash Ambedkar announced he would be taking the issue to court. Saying that the EVM process was ‘manipulative’, Mr. Bhosale said that a difference of 672 votes was observed between the votes cast and votes counted in constituencies like Wai, Koregaon, Karad, Patan and Satara. “The statistics are there for everyone to see. It is clear that something was wrong with the entire election process. I don’t know why they call the EVMs fool-proof,” Mr. Bhosale said. While he accepted that securing fewer seats than expected in the recent Lok Sabha elections is a factor behind the issue of EVMs being raised, he also added that the difference between votes cast and votes counted still remains unexplained. Calling EVMs a “threat to India”, Mr. Bhosale demanded a re-election through ballot papers and also demanded that the EVM system be abolished permanently. “I challenge the Election Commission to see the results after re-elections are conducted using ballot papers. I am not going to rebel nor I am going to approach the courts. I can speak for myself and I want the people to raise their voice as well to save the future of India.” he said.On Saturday last week, Mr. Ambedkar, in a press conference in Dadar, had declared that his party would be taking up the issue of EVMs with the Election Commission of India and would also be filing petitions in regional high courts over the matter.