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Mob lynches rape accused in Nagaland, Government orders probe

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

The Nagaland government on Friday ordered a judicial probe into the murder of a rape accused. The state`s Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang assured Assam Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi that the culprits will be dealt with severely.

The state administration has already suspended the deputy commissioner and superintendent of police.

In a blood curdling event in Nagaland, a mob stripped naked and lynched a man accused of multiple rapes to death. The eye for an eye sort of an event took place on Thursday. The angry locals dragged Sayed Farid Khan, a second hand car mechanic from Assam, out of his prison cell, defying all authority, or the notion, innocent till proven guilty.

The accused was under judicial custody under the charge of multiple rape against a Naga woman on February 23 and 24. He was arrested on February 25.

The situation is under control in the state as Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code has been imposed, preventing unlawful assembly.

One of the members of the mob has also died in the incident when the police opened fire to disperse the mob.

 

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7 Beautiful Places To Visit In North East India

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Places to visit in North East India.
Places to visit in North East India. Pixabay

North Eastern India, the home to the ‘Seven Sisters’ is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions, yet the most unexplored part of the country. From Shillong’s rainfall to Assam’s beautiful tea gardens, the region is indeed the home to exotic beauty. However, the tourism of the region has gained pace in the recent years. The picturesque views of the streams, hills and farms are breathtaking.

Here is the list of 7 beautiful places to visit in North East India:

1. Kaziranga National Park

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Kaziranga National Park. Pixabay.

Kaziranga national park in Assam is famous for its one-horned rhinoceros. It is the most famous tourist spot & one of the beautiful places to visit in North East India. The place has been declared a UNESCO heritage site and attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world. Hundreds of migratory birds and around 35 species of mammals fly down every season to the national park. The incredible fauna cannot be found anywhere else in India.

2. Nathula Pass

Places to visit in North East India.
Nathula Pass. Wikimedia.

A trek on the Nathula Pass in Sikkim will give you a memory completely irreplaceable. The beautiful scenic views which you will observe through your trek journey can be found nowhere else in India & makes if one of the beautiful places to visit in North East India. A vacation to this place with your family during the summers is a must. Also the fact that a bearable temperature in the summer season will let you enjoy your trek more. A trek in the Nathula pass should right away be added to your bucket list.

3. Cherrapunji

Places to visit in North East India.
Cherrapunji. Wikimedia.

Cherrapunji in Meghalaya is the world’s wettest place. The place is known for receiving the maximum rainfall in the world. And, the weather of the place adds to its beauty. It is definitely one of the beautiful places to visit in North East India.

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4. Phodong Monastery

Places to visit in North East India.
Phodong Monastery. Wikimedia.

According to reports, the Phodong monastery in Sikkim is built in the 18th century. It situated 28 kms from Gangtok. It is known to be one of the most religious places for a sect of Buddhists. The place is a residence to around 260 monks. The place is full of positive energy. The people around the monastery are amicable and have some interesting stories in their pockets to tell you. The architecture of the monastery depicts a unique culture and beauty. These characteristics make this monastery, one of the beutiful places to visit in North East India. So grab your tickets soon!

5. Dampa Tiger Reserve

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A bird in the Dampa Tiger Reserve. Wikimedia.

Dampa Tiger Reserve in Mizoram is the largest wildlife sanctuary in Mizoram & a must visit place in north east india. The Tiger Reserve is a home to leopards, barking deer, sloth bear, langurs, Indian Python and a variety of birds. The fauna and flora of the place will leave you stunned.

6. Majuli Islands

Places to visit in North East India.
Majuli Island. Wikimedia.

A river island situated along the Brahmaputra is a home to many tribes. A variety of birds can be found on the island. The size of the island has been reduced due to river erosion by the Brahmaputra.

7. Shilloi lake

Places to visit in North East India.
Shilloi Lake. Wikimedia.

Shilloi lake, the largest natural lake in Nagaland situated in the state’s Phek district is covered by picturesque views including beautiful mountain peaks and trees. The best time to visit this lake is in the summer season. The beauty of the lake makes it one of the most beautiful places to visit in North East India.

-by Megha Acharya of NewsGram.

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Over 3,000 Followers Vacate Dera Sacha Sauda Headquarters at Sirsa Ahead of Ram Rahim Singh’s Sentencing

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A heavy blanket of security forces have been put in place around the Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters at Sirsa as followers vacate the premises. (representative image) Wikimedia
  • Efforts continue to vacate Dera Sacha Sauda followers from the sect’s headquarters at Sirsa
  • Security arrangements tightened at Sirsa ahead of the rape-case verdict against Dera chief.
  • Special CBI court to announce quantum of sentence against Ram Rahim Singh today

Sirsa, Haryana, August 28, 2017 : For the states that witnessed transport and property getting burnt as the mob turned violent and attacked security forces and media persons alike, an uneasy calm prevails in parts of Haryana and Punjab, and especially Sirsa. With the district administration providing buses for safe transportation, the exodus of the Dera Sacha Sauda followers from the sect’s headquarters at Sirsa, which began on Saturday (Aug 26), continues even after two days.

Haryana roadways deployed over 50 buses on Sunday for transporting the followers a day before the verdict in the rape case against the Dera chief Ram Rahim Singh was to be announced.

According to a report by The Tribune, as many as 3,000 followers have already left the Dera in the provided buses which included women and children in large numbers. Several others are also believed to have left in their private vehicles.

The Dera Sacha Saudha headquarters at Sira, Haryana comprise a township on its own. Spread over 1,000 acres, the campus has schools, sports village, cinema hall and hospital inside it.

The process of the sanitization of the Dera headquarters has continued for over two days now, as the Army and the paramilitary forces have appealed to the followers to vacate the premises. However, according to the authorities, over 5,000 followers are still believed to be inside the Sirsa headquarters, as per a report by PTI.

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The deployed police forces and the Dera administration have been making regular announcements requesting the followers of the convicted religious-guru to vacate the premises.

The authorities also attempted to vacate the Shah Satnam Schools that are situated on campus. According to a report by PTI, over 100 students have been taken off the premises by their parents following government orders.

Additionally, the authorities also attempted to vacate the two shelters currently operational at the Dera Sacha Saudha campus called Shahi Betiya Basera and Shahi Asra Basera. However, as per reports, the children refused to leave the Dera and rebuked the forces’ requests.

To avoid any discrepancy, the police are maintaining detailed records of the names, phone numbers and addresses of the followers who are cooperating and vacating the premises, or are willing to leave.

Sirsa Under Vigilance Ahead of the Case Verdict

Haryana DGP B S Sandhu at a press conference on Sunday asserted that peace in now prevailing in Haryana and efforts are underway to keep all possible security arrangements in place.

“As many as 552 persons have been arrested and further investigation is underway” he said on Sunday, adding that action will be taken against every body found guilty.

It was also revealed that out of the 36 people killed during the violence, as many as 6 out of them were killed in Sirsa alone, with the tally of people injured in Sirsa reaching up to 60. The officer further revealed that 19 people have been identified by the police that include seven from Punjab. Additionally, they have also detained over a dozen Dera followers associated with the violence following the conviction of the Dera chief on Friday.

While there haven’t been reports of any fresh violence in Haryana since yesterday, district authorities are hopeful that no inconvenient action should take place after the pronouncement of the quantum of punishment in the rape case against the Dera chief Ram Rahim Singh.

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However, security arrangements have been beefed up to curb any possible outbreak. Authorities have established a barricade covering 6 kms between the Dera and the town, and no person is allowed to move beyond that point.

Previously on Sunday, the district administration had relaxed the curfew in and around the Dera headquarters in Sirsa, allowing people to move around for shopping and other necessary chores. However, it was asserted that no such relaxation would be given till Tuesday morning.

The special CBI court is to pronounce the quantum of the sentence today in the rape case against Dera Sacha Saudha chief Ram Rahim Singh. For the same, strict security arrangements have been put in place in and around Sunaria jail in Rohtak.


 

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Rape Charges against Jawaharlal Nehru University’s AISA leader Anmol Ratan

A local court on Monday framed charges against Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Anmol Ratan, who allegedly raped a 28-year-old Ph.D student

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New Delhi, October 18, 2016: A local court on Monday framed charges against Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) student Anmol Ratan, who allegedly raped a 28-year-old Ph.D student.

Additional Sessions Judge Devendra Kumar Sharma framed rape and criminal intimidation charges against accused Ratan.

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“It is clear that there was threat given by the accused, causing alarm to the prosecutrix (victim) that the accused would kill any person who would come in his way and that he had beaten a lot of persons earlier also,” the court observed.

“Therefore,” it further said, “this court is of the opinion that this statement in the complaint itself is sufficient to make a prima facie case for the offence punishable under Section 506 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for criminal intimidation.”

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“Further, from the statement of the prosecutrix and other materials available on record, there is sufficient grounds to frame charges against the accused for the offences under section 376 (rape)/ 506 of IPC,” the court said.

After the accused pleaded not guilty, the court fixed November 7 for recording the statement of the complainant as well as the admission and denial of documents of the case.

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Ratan, who is in judicial custody, had surrendered himself before police on August 24. Ratan had allegedly raped the girl after luring her to his hostel room on the pretext of giving her the copy of a movie she wanted and then giving her a drink spiked with a sedative.

An activist of the All India Student Association (AISA), Ratan was expelled from the leftist student outfit after the incident. (IANS)