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One inmate killed, another badly injured as clash breaks out in Tihar prison

New Delhi: An undertrial inmate in Tihar prison was killed while another grievously injured in a clash that broke out between two groups of prisoners in the high-security jail in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Undertrial Anil, who had received injuries during the clash, was taken to the jail hospital where he was detected with internal injuries. He was rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospital where he succumbed to the injuries this evening, said Mukesh Prasad, Additional Inspector General of Tihar.

The other prisoner, Ishwar, who sustained serious injuries too was rushed to the DDU hospital where he is undergoing operation, the officer said.

The three inmates of high security ward of Jail number 1 of Tihar, Ishwar, Vijay and Shadab were brought to jail dispensary for medical treatment and they were being taken back to their ward at about 2 pm, when they were attacked by a group of other prisoners, Prasad said.

The trio escorted by Tamil Nadu Special Police and Tihar personnel reached near the RO Plant of the jail they were attacked by three other prisoners Anil, Vasu and Sandeep.

The attackers came from behind the RO Plant and pounced upon undertrial Ishwar and started assaulting him with hand made sharp-edged weapons. Ishwar and his two associates retaliated with stones and bricks during the clash, he said.

To save himself from the attackers, Ishwar ran towards ward number 4. The three assailants chased him and overpowered him and kept on attacking him.

The jail staff finally managed to overpower them and separate them. The injured were brought to the OPD of the jail hospital where Ishwar and Anil were rushed to DDU Hospital due to serious injuries.

Anil later succumbed to his injuries while Ishwar is undergoing operation, he said.

The prisoners involved in the clash are having multiple criminal cases against them. The exact reason of the clash will be known after inquiry by the jail authorities, he added.


Nearly 50 people arrested for Varanasi violence, security intensified

Varanasi: Nearly 50 persons have been arrested and authorities were maintaining a tight vigil in Varanasi a day after violence and arson broke out during a march by seers and other local leaders against police action on protesters who were opposing ban on immersion of Ganesha idols in Ganga.

Representational image. Agencies

Representational image. Agencies

Schools and colleges remained closed on Tuesday following a direction by Varanasi District Magistrate Rajmani Yadav, traffic was thin and only few tourists were visible in Godowlia area hit by the violence in Lok Sabha constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

A large contingent of security forces has been deployed in the affected areas. The situation is “under control and peaceful”, said an official in Varanasi.

Curfew imposed in four police station areas of Varanasi following outbreak of violence on Monday was lifted at around 9 pm on Monday night.

Security forces are combing the affected ares since Monday night. The number of arrested has risen from 29 to around 50 on Tuesday morning.

They have been arrested for alleged involvement in arson and brick batting incident, the official said.

25 people, including eight policemen, were injured as protesters went on a rampage, pelting stones and setting afire at least four police vehicles, booths, nearly half-a-dozen motorcycles and some shops. They also hurled crude bomb.

Police had resorted to lathichage and tear gas shelling to disperse the mobs and bring the situation under control.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday night spoke to Varanasi SSP Akash Kulhari to take stock of the situation and asked him to ensure peace.

Godowlia crossing in the violence-hit area is the main entrance road leading to the ancient Dashashwamedh ghat, and a large number of domestic and foreign tourist visit the area.

However, very few tourists visited the ghats today apparently due to Monday’s violence. Even the boatmen were conspicuous by their absence with only a small number of boats ferrying people from the ghat in Varanasi.

Most shops remained shut following the violent incident on Monday.

Lawyers in local district court also boycotted work for the second consecutive day against the police lathicharge on seers and locals on 22 September night when they were staging a dharna at Godowlia crossing here over idol immersion issue.

Violence broke out on Monday as thousands of people, including seers, Congress MLA Ajay Rai along with some other leaders from his party and those from BJP took out the march from Townhall to Dashashwamedh Ghat to protest against the incident of lathicharge.


Clashes between youth and security forces mar Eid celebrations in Kashmir

Srinagar: Clashes broke out between youths and security forces in several areas of Srinagar and Anantnag districts after Eid prayers on Friday even as separatist leaders including Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were put under house arrest as a precautionary measure.

The youth in groups started pelting stones at police and paramilitary forces in many areas of the city after Eid prayers, police said, adding they were chased away by the security forces.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Clashes were reported from Eidgah, Rajouri, Kadal and some other areas of downtown Srinagar and at a few places in Anantnag district, a police officer said.

He said the forces used tear smoke shells to disperse the protesting youths.

Two journalists were injured in clashes at Eidgah, the officer said, adding the rest of the Kashmir valley witnessed peaceful Eid prayers.

Flags of Pakistan and militant group Al-Jehad were also waved by some youths in some areas of downtown Srinagar, he said.

The authorities have placed most of the separatist leaders, including the heads of both factions of Hurriyat conference, under house arrest.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yasin Malik, Sabhir Shah and many other separatist leaders were put under house arrest, the officer said, adding the decision to impose restriction on their movement was taken in view of the apprehension of law and order problem.

The authorities have snapped Internet services across Kashmir Valley fearing misuse by anti-social elements.

The directive by police to all service providers, on the eve of Eid, came amid fear of communal tensions in the backdrop of a high court order for implementation of an old law that bans slaughter and selling of beef.

Some separatist groups had said they would defy the court order.


Uttar Pradesh: 20 people, including four cops injured in clash

The clash took place at Sambhalhera village in the Muzaffarnagar district, police said.

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At least 20 people including four policemen were injured in a clash between two groups at Sambhalhera village in the Muzaffarnagar district, police said on Sunday.The tension started after the bike of Arif hit Nasimuddin, following which the duo clashed with each other at Sambhalhera village on Saturday, they said. The clash turned into a violent one in which firearms and stones were freely used by groups led by the youths, police said.Police reached the spot and the situation was brought to control. We have arrested 18 people in the case, police said, adding that the security has been tightened in the area.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>