Dubey Surrenderd Or Arrested? SP Raises Questions

After reports that Vikas Dubey, the main accused in Kanpur encounter case, was apprehended by the Madhya Pradesh Police from Ujjain, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav has raised questions regarding his detention and asked the government to clarify on whether it was an arrest or a surrender.

“We hear that the main accused of the Kanpur case is now in police custody. If true, then the government should clarify whether this was surrender or arrest. Also, his call records should be made public so the real nexus can be exposed,” Yadav tweeted (translated from Hindi).

Kanpur encounter main accused Vikas Dubey was arrested by the police from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh today morning.

Dubey is the main accused in the encounter that took place in Kanpur last week, in which a group of assailants allegedly opened fire on a police team, which had gone to arrest him.

Eight police personnel were killed in the encounter.

Earlier today, Bahua Dubey and Prabhat Mishra, close aides of the main accused, were killed in separate encounters in Etawah and Kanpur respectively. (ANI)

India, China Disengage In Hot Springs Area At LAC

The disengagement process between armies of India and China at three friction points along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in Eastern Ladakh has been completed as on Thursday, the Chinese troops moved back by around 2 kilometres in the Hot Springs area.

Disengagement between India and China completed at Patrolling Point 17 (Hot Springs) today. With this, disengagement complete at PP-14, PP-15 and PP-17. Chinese Army thinning out in Finger area, Indian Army sources said.

The Chinese troops moved back under the mutual disengagement agreement by two kilometres from the friction points at the PP-14, PP-15 and PP-17 and PP-17A areas.

The Indian Army has also moved back from these areas by almost equal distance from areas which were its patrolling points till May first week when the Chinese started building up along the LAC.

The disengagement has been done by both sides as they want to avoid any further clash like the one on June 15. After the disengagement process is completed, the two armies are likely to hold further talks to take the process further.

India and China have agreed that it was necessary to ensure at the earliest the complete disengagement of the troops along the LAC and de-escalation from India-China border areas for full restoration of peace and tranquillity.

Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question — National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi — had a “frank and in-depth exchange” telephone conversation on Sunday during which they agreed that both sides should complete the ongoing disengagement process along the LAC expeditiously, according to a statement by Ministry of External Affairs released on Monday.

They re-affirmed that both sides should strictly respect and observe the LAC and should not take any unilateral action to alter the status quo and work together to avoid any incident in the future that could disturb peace and tranquillity in border areas.

The Chinese Army has moved back tents, vehicles and troops by 1-2 kilometres from locations where disengagement was agreed upon at Corps Commander-level talks, Indian Army sources said on Monday.India has also moved 1-2 km from the location.

However, Chinese heavy armoured vehicles are still present in the depth areas in the Galwan river area.The Indian Army is continuously monitoring the situation with caution, Army sources informed. (ANI)

No Community Spread Of Covid-19 In India: Centre

The Union Health Ministry on Thursday said there is no community transmission of COVID-19 in India yet.

While speaking in a press conference, Rajesh Bhushan, Officer on Special Duty (OSD), Ministry of Health said, “There is no community transmission yet, there are localised outbreaks. A total of 49 districts of the country account for 80 per cent COVID-19 cases,”

Bhushan said the World Health Organization (WHO) has also not provided any standard definition of the localised outbreak and community transmission.

“World Health Organization (WHO) has also not provided any standard definition of the localised outbreak and community transmission. They have given its member states the right to report after assessing the local conditions,” he said.

Speaking about the “the virus may be airborne” he said, “It is a dynamic and evolving situation; we are keeping abreast with the information coming from WHO headquarters on this aspect.”

Meanwhile he said, “In near future, ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) is planning a follow-up seroprevalence study pan India to the earlier sero-surveillance that they had done for mid-April infections.” (ANI)

MHA Panel To Probe 3 Trusts Linked To Gandhi Family

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday announced that it has set up an inter-ministerial committee to probe various violations by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

“MHA sets up inter-ministerial committee to coordinate investigations into violation of various legal provisions of PMLA, Income Tax Act, FCRA etc by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust & Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust. Spl. Dir of ED will head the committee,” Home Ministry said.

Recently, BJP President JP Nadda had alleged that Rajiv Gandhi Foundation received fund from various government PSUs.

On June 27, Nadda alleged that the money received in PM National Relief Fund (PMNRF) between 2005-2008 was diverted to Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF).

Addressing a press conference, he launched a scathing attack on Congress party and alleged that under the UPA regime, many Central Ministries, and PSUs were forced to give money to the RGF.

“During the UPA regime, various central ministries and PSUs like SAIL, GAIL, SBI, others were pressurized to give money to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation. RGF took hefty donations from major Indian corporates, but their rhetoric was for the poor people. Wasn’t this quid pro quo of the purest form?” said Nadda.

“Why did the PMNRF money, which is meant to serve the people and provide relief to them, went to the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation between 2005-2008? The people of our country want to know the answer,” he added.

(ANI)

Congress Decries Probe Into Trusts, Calls It Witch-hunt

Congress leader and former union minister Renuka Chowdhury has hit out at the BJP-led government over the decision to constitute an inter-ministerial committee to coordinate investigations into “violation of various legal provisions” by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

Expressing shock at the decision, Chowdhury said “witch-hunt” against the Gandhi family appears to be the priority of the government.

“I am a little baffled and disturbed that country does not count the people who are dying because of COVID, their deaths do not matter but witch-hunting Gandhis is the national priority. Just imagine,” Chowdhury told ANI.

“I do not understand what national priorities are. On one side, the nation is reeling with COVID-19, dead bodies are piling up, diagnosis is not known, the real number is not known. The country is erupting with both fear and insecurity,” she said.

Chowdhury said the country was facing several other problems including unemployment.

“There are floods in certain areas, the cyclone has severely affected some other areas of the nation. China is getting aggressive and snapping at us, but national priority is constituting an inter-ministerial committee to look into the trust matters,” she said.

The Home Ministry has set up an inter-ministerial committee “to coordinate investigations into violation of various legal provisions of PMLA, Income Tax Act, FCRA etc” by Rajiv Gandhi Foundation, Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust.

Special director of Enforcement Directorate will head the committee. (ANI)

Pak Claims Jadhav Wants To File Mercy Plea, Not Review

Pakistan has claimed that Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav has refused to file a review petition and wants to go ahead with his pending mercy plea.

“He (Kulbhushan Jadhav) preferred to follow up on his pending mercy petition…Pakistan has offered second consular access to him,” said Additional Attorney General Ahmed Irfan while addressing a media conference along with DG South Asia in Islamabad.

On June 17, 2020, Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav was invited to file a petition for review and reconsideration of his sentence and conviction. Exercising his legal right he refused to file a petition for review and reconsideration of his sentence and conviction, the Additional Attorney General added.

India is in contact with Pakistan through diplomatic channels on implementation of International Court of Justice (ICJ) decision in Kulbhushan Jadhav case, informed sources over the matter had told ANI in May.

“Last year the ICJ gave a decision in favour of India. We are in touch with Pakistan through diplomatic channels on implementation of ICJ decision,” sources had said.

On September 2 last year, India’s Deputy High Commissioner to Pakistan Gaurav Ahluwalia met Jadhav in Islamabad after Pakistan had granted consular access to the Indian national.

In July, the ICJ, by a vote of 15-1, had upheld India’s claim that Pakistan has committed an egregious violation of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations on several counts.

The world court had ordered Islamabad to carry out an effective “review and reconsideration” of his conviction.

Jadhav was purportedly “arrested” from Balochistan by Pakistani security forces on March 3, 2016, after he allegedly entered the country from Iran as claimed by Islamabad.

India has rejected Pakistan’s allegations about Jadhav’s involvement in spying and subversive activities and said he was kidnapped from the Iranian port of Chabahar where he was running a business. (ANI)

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ED Attaches Nirav Modi’s Assets Worth Rs 329 Crore

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has attached properties of fugitive Nirav Modi worth Rs 329.66 crores under the Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, 2018 (FEOA).

“The confiscated properties are in form of four flats at the iconic building Samudra Mahal in Worli Mumbai, one seaside farmhouse and land in Alibaug, windmill in Jaisalmer, flat in London and residential flats in UAE, shares and bank deposits,” said the ED.

The Enforcement Directorate had filed an application on July 10 before the FEOA Special Court seeking a declaration of Nirav Modi as a Fugitive Economic Offender and confiscate his properties and the entities directly or indirectly belonging to him.

After giving the order to confiscate his properties, the FEOA Special Court directed the consortium to approach PMLA Special Court under Section 8(8) to claim the mortgaged/hypothecated and secured properties, which were attached by ED. On examination of the properties attached, it was found that properties worth Rs 1000 crore are prima facie covered under the mortgage. (ANI)

India, China Disengagement Continues On Friction Points

The disengagement process between armies of India and China at friction points Hot Springs and Gogra began on Monday and is expected to be completed at both locations in next few days, said Indian Army sources.

The Chinese Army had started dismantling its structures since yesterday, the sources said.

The Army sources further added, under the mutual disengagement, both sides will disengage and move back by 1-1.5 km from the friction points.

After the disengagement process is completed, the two Armies are likely to hold further talks to take the process further.

India and China have agreed that it was necessary to ensure at the earliest the complete disengagement of the troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and de-escalation from India-China border areas for full restoration of peace and tranquility.

Special Representatives of India and China on the Boundary Question–National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Chinese State Councillor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi— had a “frank and in-depth exchange” telephone conversation on Sunday during which they agreed that both sides should complete the ongoing disengagement process along the LAC expeditiously, according to a statement by Ministry of External Affairs released on Monday.

They re-affirmed that both sides should strictly respect and observe the LAC and should not take any unilateral action to alter the status quo and work together to avoid any incident in the future that could disturb peace and tranquility in border areas.

The Chinese Army has moved back tents, vehicles and troops by 1-2 kilometres from locations where disengagement was agreed upon at Corps Commander-level talks, Indian Army sources said on Monday.

India has also moved 1-2 Km from the location. Chinese heavy armoured vehicles are still present in the depth areas in the Galwan river area.

The Indian Army is monitoring the situation with caution, Army sources informed. (ANI)

IAF Conducts Night Operations In Eastern Ladakh

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Amid tensions with China, the Indian Air Force (IAF) is carrying out night time combat air patrols over the Eastern Ladakh sector.

Team ANI reached a forward airbase near China border from where the Indian Air Force is carrying out intensive night operations involving its fighter aircraft including the MiG-29 and Sukhoi-30MKI along with its Apache attack helicopters and the Chinook heavy-lift helicopters.

Notwithstanding the strong winds and the chilling weather, the ground crew and pilots are flying using even very small windows when the wind speed is low.

Explaining the significance of night time operations, senior fighter pilot Group Captain A Rathi deployed at the forward base told ANI, “Night operations have an inherent element of surprise. Indian Air Force is fully trained and ready to undertake an entire spectrum of operations in any environment with the help of modern platforms and highly motivated personnel.”

At the forward airbase near China border where team ANI spent more than six hours till late in the night, the first to take off were the lethal Apache attack helicopters.

The pilots of the Apache choppers could be seen flying with their night vision goggles which allows them to navigate through the mountains around the airbase and the dark night.

The strong late evening winds at the airbase and the weather warning almost led to calling off the night sorties but around 10 PM everyone was back to their respective aircraft as the wind speed receded.

Soon after, the mighty Chinook choppers came out on the runway and hovered for some time adjusting to the wind speeds before taking off towards the eastern parts of Ladakh.

The Chinook with its high tech gadgets and navigation aids is fully ready for 24×7 operations and played a big role in transferring troops to the Line of Actual Control from rear locations.

Around 2300 hours, the late-night fighter aircraft operations started with the thundering noise of take-off of MiG-29 fighters which have been at the forefront of high-tempo operations after the hostilities broke out on the LAC.

With its after-burners employed, the high-speed take-off roared over the high mountains around the airbase.

Around the same time when the MiG-29s were taking off from the forward airbase, multiple air bases in the northern sector were activated from where fighter including the Mirage-2000, Su-30MKI and Jaguars took off towards different locations along the Line of Actual Control from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh.

Team ANI had shown the day time operations two days ago and the night time operational tempo was nothing less as well beyond midnight, the air warriors were active on the base.

“The motivation level of troops at the airbase is very high. The morale is very high like our motto Nabha Sparsham Deeptam (Touch the Sky with Glory),” Warrant Officer P Sharma told ANI.

The entire base with its flurry of activities is playing a crucial role in enhancing the combat preparedness of the country along the China border.

“This base plays a very important role in undertaking operations in this area. It is cleared for all contingencies and all combat and support operations to be undertaken in this area,” a Flight Lieutenant had told ANI on importance of the forward airfield.

The officer had stated that in view of the operations along the borders with China after the clash in Galwan valley and the tensions at the border, “Air Power will play an important role in this area in both combat and support roles. We have all the resources in terms of men and equipment to meet all the challenges.”

“The Indian Air Force is ready in all aspects to undertake all operational talks and providing the requisite support for all military operations,” the Wing Commander had added.

Air activities in the Ladakh area and other places along the China border had gone up extensively soon after the Chinese started building up and went up further after the Galwan valley clash on June 15 in which 20 Indian Army men lost their lives. (ANI)

Kanpur Encounter: UP Govt Transfers 10 Constables

Ten police constables have been transferred from police line to Chaubepur police station, according to an official order.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kanpur Mohit Agarwal has informed that all personnel of the Chaubepur police station are under the scope of investigation in connection with Kanpur encounter, in which history-sheeter Vikas Dubey, along with his men allegedly opened fire on the police team.

Eight policemen were killed in the incident.

Last week, three Uttar Pradesh police personnel were suspended on suspicion that they were involved in passing on information to Vikas Dubey.

Earlier Vinay Tiwari, Station House Officer (SHO) of Chaubeypur Police Station in Kanpur district was suspended for fleeing from the spot during a raid to arrest the gangster Dubey in Bikru village.

Kanpur IG has said that 25 teams from 40 police stations have been formed to investigate the details of the case. (ANI)