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Lucknow: The tenth and last accused from Dadri lynching case where a Muslim man was beaten to death in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, was arrested, police said on Monday.

The accused Hari Om, was holed up at a relative’s house in Sardhana town of western Uttar Pradesh and was picked up by police late Sunday following a tip-off by an informer.

Dadri Circle Officer (CO) Anurag Singh, while confirming the arrest, said Hari Om was the last of the ten accused in lynching of 50-year-old Mohammad Akhlaq, who was killed by a mob in Bisahada village on September 28.

Police had put his phone on surveillance and after his location was detected, a police team raided the house and arrested him.

Soon after the Dadri lynching, the six accused — Shri Om, Vivek, Gaurav, Saurabh, Sandip and Rupendra had been arrested, and another two — Shivam and Vishal were arrested two days after the incident, police officials told IANS.

Vishal is son of a local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader. The ninth accused, a minor, was arrested from Delhi on October 12 and now, the last accused has also been apprehended.

Akhlaq was beaten to death by an angry mob on September 28, while his son Danish was injured seriously after announcements were made from a nearby temple that the family had consumed beef.

The incident sparked off an outrage across the country.

(IANS)

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400-year-old Ship Wreckage Filled With Indian Spices Found in Portugal

The wreck was found as part of a 10-year-old archaeological project backed by the municipal council of Cascais, the navy, the Portuguese government and Nova University of Lisbon.

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A divers takes photos of some of the items found after the discovery of a centuries-old shipwreck, in Cascais, Portugal. VOA

Archaeologists searching Portugal’s coast have found a 400-year-old shipwreck believed to have sunk near Lisbon after returning from India laden with spices, specialists said on Monday.

“From a heritage perspective, this is the discovery of the decade,” project director Jorge Freire said. “In Portugal, this is the most important find of all time.”

In and around the shipwreck, 40 feet (12 meters) below the surface, divers found spices, nine bronze cannons engraved with the Portuguese coat of arms, Chinese ceramics and cowry shells, a type of currency used to trade slaves during the colonial era.

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One of the nine nine bronze cannons engraved with the Portuguese coat of arms found by divers around a shipwreck near Cascais, Portugal. VOA

Found on Sept. 3 off the coast of Cascais, a resort town on the outskirts of Lisbon, the shipwreck and its objects were “very well-preserved,” said Freire.

Freire and his team believe the ship was wrecked between 1575 and 1625, when Portugal’s spice trade with India was at its peak.

In 1994, Portuguese ship Our Lady of the Martyrs was discovered near Fort of Sao Juliao da Barra, a military defense complex near Cascais.

“For a long time, specialists have considered the mouth of the Tagus river a hotspot for shipwrecks,” said Minister of Culture Luis Mendes. “This discovery came to prove it.”

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The wreck was found as part of a 10-year-old archaeological project backed by the municipal council of Cascais, the navy, the Portuguese government and Nova University of Lisbon. (VOA)

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