FRIDAY www.thestatesman.com 02 OCTOBER 2020 FIND US ONLINE Scan this with your smartphone twitter.com/TheStatesmanLtd facebook.com/thestatesman1875 Pages 12 |` 5|LC KOLKATA | NEW DELHI | SILIGURI | BHUBANESWAR RIFT IN AIADMK WIDENS REPLACE UP CM OR IMPOSE PRESIDENT’S RULE: MAYAWATI P4 Another gangrape victim dies in UP’s Balrampur; 2 held PRESS TRUST OF INDIA NOIDA, 1 OCTOBER Min: 35% TEMPERATURE Min: 21.9°C (-1) SUN SETS 18:06 hrs MOON SETS 07:16 hrs BALRAMPUR (UP), 1 OCTOBER C THUMBNAILS Workers clean a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Marina Beach in Chennai ahead of Gandhi's 151st birth anniversary celebrations AFP on Friday. India-China talks: The Indian and Chinese miliC taries are working to schedule their seventh round of talks to take steps towards “early and complete” disengagement of troops along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh in accordance with the existing bilateral agreement and protocols, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday, a day after the two countries held another round of diplomatic talks to resolve the five-monthlong military standoff in eastern Ladakh. Rohtang tunnel: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the strategically important allweather Atal Tunnel, which reduces the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 km and the travel time by four to five hours, at Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday. After the inauguration function, Modi will also attend public functions at Sissu in Lahaul Spiti and at Solang Valley, the PMO said. The 9.02 km long Atal Tunnel is the longest highway tunnel in the world, and connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti throughout the year, the PMO said. ongress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra were on Thursday detained by the Uttar Pradesh police after they were stopped on the Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida while walking towards Hathras to meet the rape victim's family. Sources said they were taken away in a police jeep and kept in a guest house for some time after which they were released. Rahul Gandhi also fell down in the scuffle after police tried to stop him and his supporters from proceeding on the Yamuna Expressway near the Jewar toll plaza. Pictures of the incident (photograph) were shared by the party. The Congress had said that the Gandhis were arrested by the police. “Shri Rahul Gandhi, Smt Priyanka Gandhi and senior Congress leaders have been arrested by the UP police,” the Congress said on Twitter, using the hashtag “JusticeForIndiasDaughters”. Priyanka Gandhi also alleged that the police used lathis on the Congress workers and many of them were India's coronavirus tally on Thursday mounted to 63,12,584 cases. after 86,821 fresh cases and 1,181 deaths were reported in the 24 hours, according to Ministry of Health data. Out of the total cases, 9,40,705 are currently active, 52,73,201 have been discharged, while 98,678 have succumbed to the viral disease. Though cases are increasing by the day, the recovery rate stands at 83.53 per cent and the fatality rate has come down to 1.56 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed. Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 13,84,446 cases, including 36,662 deaths. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, India conducted 14,23,052 sample tests in a single day on Wednesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 7,56,19,781. In the eight months since the first case of coronavirus infection was detected on January 30, September alone recorded 26,21,418 infections, accounting for 41.53 per cent of the over 63 lakh COVID-19 cases reported in the country so far. The past month also saw 33,390 deaths due to the disease, which is around 33.84 per cent of the total 98,678 deaths recorded so far. injured. Rahul Gandhi earlier questioned senior UP police offiers under which law he was being stopped as all he wanted was to walk alone towards Hathras to meet the rape victim's family. “I want to go alone to Hathras and on what basis can you arrest me,” he added, to which the cops told him that he had violated Section 188 of the IPC of disobeying orders promulgated by the government during the pandemic. Rahul Gandhi also alleged that in India today only RSS people and Prime Minister Narendra Modi can move around. The 19-year-old Dalit woman was allegedly raped at a village in Hathras by four men on September 14. After her condition deteriorated, she was referred to the Delhi's Safdarjung hospital where she breathed her last on Tuesday. She was cremated in the early hours of Wednesday, with her family alleging the local police forced them to conduct the last rites in the dead of the night. Priyanka Gandhi said they were repeatedly stopped from going to Hathras. “When we all started our march on foot with Rahul ji, we were repeatedly stopped and lathis were rained on us in a barbaric manner. Many workers were injured. But our intention is clear. “The sticks of an egotistical government cannot stop us. I wish these lathis were used by this police while standing in defence of Hathras's Dalit daughter,” she said in a tweet in Hindi. Hathras woman not raped, claim cops; HC issues summons PRESS TRUST OF INDIA LUCKNOW, 1 OCTOBER A senior Uttar Pradesh police officer said on Thursday the forensic report has revealed that the 19-yearold Hathras woman who succumbed to her injuries at a Delhi hospital was not raped. Citing a forensic science laboratory report, ADG (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said the cause of her death is an injury on the neck and trauma result- India’s Covid-19 tally now over 63 lakh; Sept accounted for 41.53 pc of all cases NEW DELHI, 1 OCTOBER P12 PRESS TRUST OF INDIA RAINFALL: Nil RELATIVE HUMIDITY STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE ARTHUR IS LEFT DISCOMFITED BY INACTION Congress leaders were planning to meet rape victim’s family; claim they were lathi-charged Mainly clear sky. The maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 37 and 22 degrees Celsius respectively. Max: 36.7°C (+2) SUN RISES 06:15 hrs MOON RISES 18:39 hrs P10 P5 Rahul, Priyanka detained by cops on way to Hathras WEATHER Max: 86% NAVALNY ALLEGES PUTIN BEHIND HIS POISONING Delhi cases: Delhi today recorded 40 fresh deaths due to novel coronavirus infection (Covid19), which pushed its Covid toll to 5,401. The city recorded 3,037 fresh Covid cases when 55,423 tests were conducted. This increased the city's Covid caseload to 2,82,752. The positivity rate dipped to 5.48 per cent. There were 2,50,613 recovered cases of coronavirus infection, including 3,167 recoveries (SEE during the last 24 hours. P3) 63,12,584 9,40,705 86,821 85,376 98,678 UNION HEALTH MINISTRY FIGURES AS OF 8.00 A.M. THURSDAY 01 OCTOBER 2020 At a protest outside Delhi University on Thursday. ing due to it. “The report... says clearly that samples did not have sperm. It makes AFP clear that there was no rape or gang rape,” he said. “Even the woman in her statement to police did not mention about rape but talked about 'marpeet' (beating) only, he said. “For disturbing social harmony and create caste violence, some persons wrongly presented facts,” the officer said. “Police took immediate action in the case and now we will identify those who tried to disturb social harmony and create caste violence.” Upset over the alleged gang-rape and murder of the woman and her forcible cremation, a Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court on Thursday issued summons to the Uttar Pradesh additional chief secretary, director general of police and additional director general of police, asking them to appear before the court on October 12 to explain the case. The family of the victim, meanwhile, alleged they were being pressured by the district administration, and demanded a CBI probe into the entire incident. A 2 2 - y e a r- o l d D a l i t woman died after allegedly being raped by two men in Uttar Pradesh's Balrampur district, succumbing to critical injuries on the same day as the teen from Hathras in the state who breathed her last in a Delhi hospital two weeks after she was gangraped. Both the women died on Tuesday and were cremated on Wednesday. The two men accused of assaulting the woman from Balrampur have been arrested, police said amid outrage over the death of the 19-year-old Dalit woman from Hathras. The Balrampur victim's mother told reporters on Wednesday night that the rapists broke her daughter's legs and back, a charge denied by the police. “My daughter had gone to take admission in a college on Tuesday. On her way back, threefour persons abducted her, took her to their room, gave her an injection and raped her. They later sent her back on an e-rickshaw, which dumped her outside our house. They broke her legs and back. She could not stand or talk,” the woman said. Quoting the victim's family members, Balrampur Superintendent of Police (SP) Dev Ranj a n Ve r m a s a i d t h e woman worked in a private firm and returned home on Tuesday in a serious condition. She looked dazed and had a cannula, medically known as Vigo and used for administering an injection or other fluids in the body, inserted in Another minor raped in UP STATESMAN NEWS SERVICE MEERUT, 1 OCTOBER A minor girl was allegedly raped by her teenaged neighbour in a village in Kakod police station area in UP's Bulandshahr district last Tuesday night, even as the outrages of gangrapeand-murder in Hathras and Balrampur in the state have convulsed the nation. In the Bulandshahr rape case, the accused identified as Rizwan,19, has been arrested by the police on the complaint of the victim girl's fam(SEE P 5) ily members. h e r h a n d s. Sh e w a s rushed to a nearby hospital but died on the way, the SP said. When the matter was reported to the police by the hospital, her parents alleged she was gangraped, he added. Acting on the family's complaint, police identified the accused as Shahid and Sahil and arrested them. About the mother's allegation that the woman's legs and back were broken, Verma said, “It was not confirmed in the post-mortem. We contradict this news.” She was cremated on Wednesday after the postmortem in the presence of her family members, the police said.
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