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Mumbai Police Arrest Music Baron Gulshan Kumar’s Murder Accused Abdul Rauf Merchant

While a prisoner in Aurangabad jail, Merchant absconded when he was released on parole on 2009

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Mumbai, November 11, 2016: Abdul Rauf Merchant, a convict in the murder of the music baron Gulshan Kumar who had absconded after jumping parol in the year 2009, was sent to the Arthur Road jail in Mumbai by a Sessions court today, following his re-arrest from the border of India and Bangladesh.

Merchant who is known to be an aide of the fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim, was released on Monday from a prison of Bangladesh.

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He was arrested by the Border Security Force from the border in Meghalaya and informed Mumbai Police the reason that brought him here.

According to PTI report, Merchant was produced before the high court at first, and on the direction of the high court, he was then produced before a sessions court in Mumbai, reported a Mumbai Crime Branch official.

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The sessions court gave an order to send Merchant to the Arthur Road jail of Mumbai.

He was arrested in the murder case of Gulshan Kumar and was sentenced to life imprisonment in the year 1997.

Gulshan Kumar. Youtube
Gulshan Kumar. Youtube

While he was a prisoner in Aurangabad jail, Merchant absconded when he was released on parole on 2009.

A resident of the Mumbra Township in Thane, Merchant had fled to Bangladesh. But he got arrested there because of carrying fake travel-documents and also for an illegal entry.

Joint Commissioner of Police, (Crime) Sanjay Saxena stated “BSF officials had contacted us regarding Merchant. We sent our team and arrested him. On court’s order, we have sent him to Arthur Road jail today. Now the jail authorities will decide which jail he should be kept in for completion of his sentence.”

– prepared by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC