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Lucknow: After months of stalking and harassment by a serial caller, police finally came to the aid of reporters of women-run news network Khabar Lahariya in Uttar Pradesh.

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photo credit: khabarlahariya.org

In a press conference here, Khabar Lahariya editor Kavita said after orders from senior officials, police in Banda in the state’s Bundelkhand region took action to trace and capture the accused.

Kavita said the action was delayed yet they appreciated police’s prompt and sensitive action.

Meera, the chief of operations, said there was a need for systems of security like the 1090 helpline to be more efficient and accountable as well the as environment to report cases of harassment.

Since January this year, five members of the publication were repeatedly harassed by an unknown caller, who identified himself as Nishu.

Despite a complaint, the matter, according to Kavita, was not taken seriously and brushed off as an ‘ordinary’ case until orders from higher officials.

The accused, Saddam alias Nishu, was arrested on Tuesday, shortly after orders from the state government.

Uttar Pradesh Police chief Jagan Mohan Yadav said changing mindsets in local police stations was the ‘challenge’.

“Many efforts are being done for women’s safety, such as the 1090 helpline. The challenge is in changing mindsets in police stations in the districts,” the director general of police said in a statement.

(with inputs from IANS)

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To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a "Selfie with Green UP"

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Uttar Pradesh Gets Greener On Independence Day
9.26 cr saplings planted in UP on Independence Day. Flickr

Uttar Pradesh surpassed its own target of planting 9 crore saplings in a single day when by end of Wednesday, 9.26 crore saplings were planted, an official said on Wednesday.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, soon after the record was breached, congratulated officials over the feat.

Briefing reporters on the success, Minister of Forests and Environment, Dara Singh Chauhan said at the last count, 9.26 crore saplings had been planted across the state and the number was likely to go up when a final headcount will be done within a day.

Adityanath planted saplings at Kusmahi forest in Gorakhpur while Governor Ram Naik planted a sapling at the Gomti riverfront in the state capital.

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A plantation drive in Ghaziabad.

To encourage the mass plantation drive, the state government had also launched a “Selfie with Green UP”, a campaign which was an instant hit, with many social organisations, schools and even bureaucrats clicking selfie pictures with plants.

MPs, legislators, women, youth, public representatives and NCC cadets also participated in the plantation drive that went on through out the day, officials told IANS.

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Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) S.K. Upadhyaya said that the last date of the ‘selfie with green UP’ campaign would go on till August 20, after which the best selfies would be selected and awarded at district level. (IANS)

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