Home secretary holds virtual meeting with West Bengal chief secretary, DGP over law and order
Friday, 18 December 2020 Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla on Friday held a meeting with West Bengal chief secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay and DGP Virendra via video-conferencing during which they discussed the law and order situation in the state including the recent incidents regarding Central protectees. The meeting comes in the wake of last week's attack on the convoy of BJP president J P Nadda, who has 'Z category' security cover manned by CRPF, as he travelled to Diamond Harbour.
Deputy Election Commissioner, Sudeep Jain and West Bengal Chief Election Officer, Arif Aftab held review meeting in Siliguri on December 18. They reviewed the poll preparedness for West Bengal Legislative Assembly elections. The discussion focused on rectification of voter list, name of the people...
While speaking to media in the national capital on March 23, the former chief minister of Maharashtra and Leader of Opposition (LoP) in state Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis said, "I gave all the evidence to Union Home Secretary (Ajay Kumar Bhalla), in a sealed envelope. I have demanded Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry. He assured me he will look into it and the government will take appropriate action." "Why was the matter brushed under carpet? Why did the state government do nothing? Whom did they want to protect?," he added.
Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) celebrated its 52nd Raising Day on March 10 in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad. Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla attended the ceremony. He was accorded the Guard of Honour during the raising day. CISF contingent marched, with Secretary Bhalla saluting them from the dais. The Central Industrial Security Force protects government infrastructure and establishments located across the country.
Strict restrictions will be implemented in Maharashtra from April 14 8pm due to surge in COVID-19 cases. State DGP, Sanjay Pandey in a press conference, informed that if anyone has any emergency, they will be allowed movement. "Shops selling essential items and public transport will remain operational. There is no provision of movement passes this time. We have given instruction to all our units that if anyone has an emergency they should be allowed movement," said Maharashtra DGP.
Despite rising COVID cases, Haridwar is jam-packed with pilgrims for Kumbh Mela on April 12. COVID protocols were flouted as devotees performed the rituals. Appreciating the efforts of police, Uttarakhand DGP Ashok Kumar said that as it was a peak day therefore, it was hard to make people follow it. DGP Ashok Kumar said, "Maha Kumbh has been challenging for the country, Uttarakhand Police is comparatively small in strength but Maha Kumbh takes place on that very scale. It was a challenging day for us. The crowd is a little less due to COVID. We have tried our best that the behaviour is right and COVID protocols are followed. Today is a peak day so it is not possible to make them follow protocols. The footfall is 50% less than what we were expecting this year due to COVID pandemic." Uttarakhand has over 7,000 active cases in the state.
Uttarakhand Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar chaired review meeting with officials over 2021 Haridwar Kumbh Mela at Police HQ in Dehradun on February 19. State DGP discussed crowd control, transportation and police deployment with State officials in the meeting. While speaking to ANI, Kumar said, "Officials from border states and Central agencies met over arrangements related to Haridwar Kumbh Mela 2021 today. Issues of crowd management, law and order, transportation and COVID protocols discussed. No VIP movement will be allowed on main 'Kumbh Snan' Day." The grand Kumbh Mela will start from April 01 to April 30 in Haridwar.
During a public meeting at West Bengal's Purba Bardhaman, BJP chief JP Nadda pointed at CM Mamata Banerjeee for not commenting on 'anti-Dalit' statement by a TMC leader. "Today is Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar's 130th birth anniversary... Just now, a TMC leader used an offending word for Dalit brothers that I can't say here. I am sad by seeing that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has not yet condemned it. This is TMC's anti-Dalit face and we should understand this," said JP Nadda. TMC leader Sujata Mondal Khan made controversial remarks against Dalits as she equated them with beggars.
While speaking to ANI, BJP chief JP Nadda on April 13 said, "She (Mamata Banerjee) can go (to Cooch Behar), it's democracy but she said nothing about Anand Burman, a 22-yr-old youth who was killed. We spoke about everyone, the four people who were killed, Anand Burman, and even the Bihar SHO who was beaten to death in Uttar Dinajpur. She is the CM but she said nothing. She looks at everything through the glasses of politics. We look at society from a development point of view and we speak of taking everyone together."
Over CM Mamata Banerjee's protest against Election Commission's decision of banning her from election campaigning, BJP chief JP Nadda on April 13 took a jibe and said that she thinks that she is alone the truthful one. "EC is an independent body. They might have done it by noticing something. But Mamata ji's stand is that if you listen to her then everything is fine but if you don't then everything is wrong, that she alone is the truthful one. That's not the case," said JP Nadda.
While addressing a public meeting in Andhra Pradesh's Naidupeta on April 12, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief JP Nadda slammed Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy government, alleging the government is deep into corruption, misgovernance and nepotism in the state. "YSRCP govt is deep into corruption, misgovernance and nepotism. The continuous attacks on Hindu temples and no punishment to culprits show it's a govt of misgovernance which doesn't believe in secular ethos, we stand for," he said.
Ahead of the sixth phase of voting in West Bengal, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held massive roadshows. While the BJP leader held a rally in Habra, the Trinamool Congress chief led a roadshow in Kolkata. Many participants at the rallies didn't follow Covid protocol, failing to maintain social distance. Some didn't even wear face masks. Watch the full video for more.
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CRPF jawan Rakeshwar Singh Manhas reached his hometown, Jammu on Friday. Rakeshwar was released last week after being abducted by Naxals in Chhattisgarh. The jawan was warmly welcomed by family, friends who put garlands around his neck. “I am very happy that I am meeting my family today. Our soldiers were brave enough to fight back the Naxals,” Rakeshwar said. Rakeshwar was abducted by Naxals during the Sukma-Bijapur encounter on April 3. Rakeshwar, who was part of security force's elite CoBRA unit, was released on April 8. 22 security personnel were killed and 31 others were injured in the fierce gunbattle.
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A purported video from Sitalkuchi in Bengal's Cooch Behar is doing rounds on social media. Four villagers had died in the area in an altercation with CRPF jawans during the fourth phase of polling. Ruling TMC said video vindicates its position that there was no provocation for CRPF to fire. TMC MP and spokesperson Derek O'Brien went on to dub it as cold-blooded genocide. The video shows many locals gathered in a field, while some are seen wielding sticks. In the viral video, some central force jawans can also be seen. Soon firing can be heard, though it is not clear who fired the shot. Video shows a ruckus erupt in the area after the shots are fired. Earlier, Cooch Behar SP had said there was rumour that police opened fire. Debasish Dhar had added that the rumour led locals to come out in large numbers. The SP had said that this led the Central forces to open fire in self defence.
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Central Reserved Police Force (CRPF) under its Madadgaar project on Aprik 12 organised a 'Day out' picnic for the disabled youths at the famous Tulip garden in Srinagar. About 25 people were taken out for a day of fun, out of which 18 were disabled and 7 were helpers of them. CRPF also provided transport and refreshment to these disabled youths keeping in mind COVID norms. Such initiative was taken for disabled ones to give a change to the disabled usually living inside their homes and it was also an opportunity for them to interact with the normal people.
The voting for West Bengal Assembly elections is underway on April 06. BJP alleged that TMC goons are not allowing people to cast their votes at Dagira Basuldanga. Dipak Haldar, BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour said, "TMC goons are not allowing people to cast their votes at booth no. 180, 143 Dagira Basuldanga. I have complained to the Election Commission officials." Meanwhile, ruckus had also happened between TMC workers and BJP workers in Arambag.
The third phase of Assembly elections is underway in West Bengal. BJP candidate from Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas, Deepak Haldar cast his vote at polling booth at Abdalpur F P Primary School on April 06. West Bengal is conducting elections on 31 seats, today. The counting of votes and the declaration or results will be done on May 02.
Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee visited Birbhum district ahead of state assembly elections on December 30. She interacted with locals while addressing their issues. WB Assembly elections..