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New Delhi: A court here on Thursday sent serial killer and rapist Ravinder Kumar to Tihar Jail till August 5, declining the police plea for four days custody.

Additional Sessions Judge Vinod Yadav remanded Kumar in 14 days judicial custody after he was presented before him, observing the accused was in police custody from last seven days and investigation in the particular case has been completed.

“Investigating officer is directed to inform the concerned police station about the cases, in which, the accused has made disclosure statements and thereafter it would be the job of the investigating officer of the concerned police station to seek custody of the accused, if required,” the court said while denying police plea for custody.

The accused told the court that he feared for his life in jail, upon which the judge told him to inform the jail superintendent.

Meanwhile, one man tried to assault Kumar as he was being taken to the lock up from the court room, but police stopped him midway.

Kumar, who hails from Kasganj in Uttar Pradesh but lives in Delhi, has admitted to raping and murdering more than 30 children in and around the city. He said he used to lure children with candies.

Police has sought four days custody on the grounds that on Wednesday the accused has made disclosure statement about 16 more similar crimes, in respect of the area adjoining police station Begamapura. Police added the accused had disclosed his involvement in another similar crime in Bahadurgarh which had to be identified.

(IANS)

 

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A man rides a motorcycle on a morning thick with smog on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Jan. 5, 2019. A Sunday morning rain improved the air quality to "very poor." VOA

A rainy spell early Sunday brought better air to residents of New Delhi, giving them a brief respite from thick gray smog that has shrouded the Indian capital for the last two months, although air quality continued to be “very poor.”

A measure of tiny, hazardous breathable particles known as PM 2.5 reached an average of 182 by 12 p.m., the Central Pollution Control Board said, its lowest since Nov. 4.

But the pollution level was still five times more than a U.S. government recommended level of 35 to stand at “unhealthy” levels, according to the U.S. embassy.

Problem not solved

“Change in weather conditions by rain or higher wind speed helps dissipate peak pollution, but we continue to need strong emergency actions such as shutting power plants,” said Anumita Roychowdhury of the Center for Science and Environment think-tank.

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People take early morning walk amid smog in New Delhi, Dec. 26, 2018. In the Indian capital, the air quality hovered between severe and very poor this week posing a serious health hazard for millions of people. VOA

The federal government air quality index rated Delhi’s air quality “very poor” Sunday and had a similar forecast for Monday, urging people with respiratory and cardiac problems to avoid polluted areas and limit outdoor movement.

A sharp drop in temperatures and wind speed over the last two weeks, combined with vehicle and industrial emissions, dust from building sites and smoke from garbage burning has stoked pollution over much of north India.

Dangerous particles

Levels of PM 2.5, or particles smaller than 2.5 microns in diameter, hit their highest last year at 450Dec. 23.

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Despite the pollution, there is little sign Delhi’s 20 million residents are taking steps to protect themselves.

Activists say the apparent lack of concern gives politicians the cover they need for not tackling the issue adequately. (VOA)