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Munger Firing Incident: DM, SP Suspended Over Clash Amid Durga Idol Immersion

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Munger Firing Incident: Violence Protest Demanding SP Lipi Singh Suspension Over Clash Durga Idol Immersion

Bihar has concluded its first phase voting, and the political fervour is in full pace. The recent Munger incident and the following controversies, the blame game shows how all parties, national and local, are leaving no stone unturned in the first political battle amidst the novel coronavirus.

What happened at Munger?

In the recent Munger incident, a clash broke out in Loharpatti area in Munger between the devotees and the police over a delay in the immersion of idols in the Ganga, a day before the State went into its first phase of the Assembly election.

The clash led to lathi-charge, stone-pelting and firing at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya (DDU) Chowk. The festivities of Durga Visarjan soon turned into violent bloodshed as an 18-year old was killed in the firing, and twenty-seven others were reportedly injured.

Prakash Bhagat, a member of Durga Idol Immersion committee, said more than 53 Durga idols were installed in Munger out of which 15 were taken by revellers for immersion in the Ganga at Deendayal Chowk. Traditionally, the idols are immersed after three days of Vijayadashami, but at the wake of the first phase of the Assembly election, the administration insisted on the immersion by 5 am.

Durga puja organizers allegedly took out a procession at midnight with loud DJs for the immersion. The festive mood turned sombre around 11.50 pm when police officials allegedly beat four persons who were carrying idols on their shoulders which sparked off a protest with the processionists and puja organizers demanding action against the policemen.

‘The mob started pelting stones on the police, which prompted a lathi charge. Eyewitnesses said the police also used tear gas shells and fired 15 rounds in the air to disperse the violent mob,’ reported the Hindustan Times.

The police said that the clash broke out due to stone pelting by anti-social elements in the processions.

Current Situation: 

Angry over inaction against police officials who had attacked Durga Puja Immersion procession, locals attack SP Lipi Singh’s office, burn police vehicles, today. Hundreds of angry locals have now allegedly plundered SP Lipi Singh’s office and set fire to police vehicles as their fury over the police excesses escalated.

Aggrieved by the insensitive approach shown by the Munger authorities to act against the police officials who had indiscriminately attacked the devotes during Durga immersion have caused outrage in the region. Hundreds of the locals reportedly reached the East Sarai police station and have vandalised, pelted stones at the police station and set fire to two police vehicle parked outside. The board next to the police office was also uprooted. The group of angry youths also vandalized the secret branch office of the SDO.

The angry mob took to the streets to protest against the police administration and demanded that the police officer who shot the young devotee should be charged with murder. They also demanded immediate suspension of Lipi Singh, the superintendent of police (SP) of Munger, Bihar.

The situation remains tensed. To control the exacerbations, additional police forces have been deployed in the area.

Election Commission due to the tense situation had ordered the immediate removal Munger SP and District Magistrate. As per reports a new DM and SP will be posted in Munger today itself. Election Commission also ordered a probe into the firing case.

Blame game over Munger Firing Incident amid election:

A video showed a cavalcade breaking up, a section running away and police storming with their lathis towards devotees seated around the idol. Already in charged up politics, the incident turned out to be of interest to all the political leaders, and soon the blame game kicked off, followed by comparisons, clarification, and condemnation.

Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala tweeted sharing the video of the violence, “Will the BJP-JDU government thrash Durga worshippers like animals? Will the BJP-JDU government kill people for immersing Durga idols? Yes, these images are from Munger in Bihar. First, they lathi-charged the disciples and then police fired on them.”

Already pointed out for the inefficiency to maintain law and order in the State, chief minister Nitish Kumar was again called out for the inability to handle law and order by the opposition Grand Alliance (GA) comprising RJD-Congress and Left.

Calling it brutal and reflective of the State Government’s total failure to handle law and order, the GA leaders asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to dismiss the Nitish Kumar government. The demand by the grand opposition alliance is perfectly timed with the ongoing BJP campaign rallies by PM Modi at Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur and Patna for the second phase for the assembly election.

“We want the Prime Minister to immediately dismiss this government as there is a complete failure of law and order in the state,” said the GA leaders.

Furthermore, RJD leader Tejaswi Yadav equated Nitish Kumar with General Dyer.

“Who gave you the order to become General Dyer? What was the Bihar chief minister and Deputy Chief Minister doing when this incident happened? Did not have information about this incident. They have a role to play in this case”, Tejaswi said.

Lok Janshakti Party(LJP) MP Chirag Paswan has also attacked Nitish demanding a murder case to be registered against Munger SP Lipi Singh for mishandling the situation on the ground. Lipi Singh is the daughter of Janata Dal-United(JDU) MP and close aide of Nitish Kumar, Ramchandra Prasad Singh.

How it BJP reacted to blame?

As Bihar is in full political swing, the Munger firing ahead of the election has turned out to be a major controversy, shouldering the chief minister Nitish Kumar into damage control mode.

Testing the waters, caught on the back foot, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi urged the Election Commission to take cognizance of the matter and act against the accused.

“What happened during the Durga idol immersion procession in Munger is very unfortunate. Election Commission should take cognizance of this case and crackdown on the accused”, said Sushil Kumar Modi, Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.

The incident led to a low voter turnout in Munger town, especially in the Lohapatti area.

Such is the fervour of politics that the blame game is on the paradigm of law and order, record unemployment, inflation, the migrant crisis, and crumbling health infrastructure by the political parties running on the high-end Bihar polls.

With allegations and jibes hovering high amid frenzied campaigning, the parties are assuring a utopic Bihar with promises unfulfilled for so long in the State and at the Centre. The solemn promises will soon fade away into nothingness, and the State will be under the covers of the same long-standing issues which are addressed at every election and soon gets lost into oblivion.

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Nine-Year-Old Girl Raped And Murdered In Nangal; Family Asks For Capital Punishment

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The nine-year-old girl was cremated on Aug.1, 2021, without seeking her parents’ permission. The parent’s suspects’ it was rape as her mother was kept away while the priest performed the cremation. The Chief of Bhim Army, Chandrasekhar Azad, has reached their parents and offered legal and financial help.

The villagers have been protesting against the incident and blocked the Containment Roads’ towards the Janakpuri. They are demanding the accused to be hanged to death. The Senior police officer, Joint Commissioner Jaspal Singh, and DCP Ingit Pratap Singh visited the protesting site. They assured the villagers’ justice for the girl and her family. 

While speaking with villagers, Singh said, “All the four accused Radhey Shyam (55), the priest, Kuldeep Kumar (63), Laxmi Narain (48) and Mohammad Salim (49) are in prison. Also, A medical team of 3 members have been set up to carry out of the Autopsy of remaining’s of the girl. And an ACP ranked Officer will investigate the case”. He also requested villagers to give written grievances to Police officers.

The victim’s mother doubts that her daughter had been raped, and thus she was cremated without their permission. The rape charges were not added in the case in the Initial stage. But the rape charges were added after the SC/ST committee visited and spoke with the parents, the Officer leading the case. The Victim identity is kept hidden as per the guidelines of the supreme court and to give privacy to family and avoid media trials. 

“As per current details found by CCTV footage, the girl was seen entering the cremation location around 5 PM and the accused went looking for mother around 6 PM. The properties from the locations are taken for forensic tests and autopsy reports are in process,”. Said the officer-in-charge.

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Flood Wreaked Havoc On Madhya Pradesh.

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Many districts in Madhya Pradesh were hit by heavy flooding on August 3, 2021, due to an unparalleled 800mm rainfall in the past 24 hours. One thousand seven hundred and seventy-one villages are affected due to heavy floods. 

Heavy flooding in Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh, has affected more than a lack of people who have been stuck in the local river. There was a complete power cut, and the mobile network had been cut off since August 2, 2021. The everyday life of people living in the Niwadi and Tikamgarh districts has stopped due to heavy rainfall. The severe rain has been in Guna, Shivpuri, Sheopur, Morena, Datia, Gwalior and Chambal regions. The rivers like Chambal, Kwari, Sindh, Kuno, and Seep have overflowed above the danger mark. The bridge collapsed on river Sindh, near Ratanpur village as the water released from Harsi and Manikheda dams. Double-storey buildings of some areas submerged. 

According to locals, the mobile phones of all the authorities, newspaper offices and local TV channels had ceased. There was a power cut in the city. Rail services in the areas like Shivpuri and Gwalior are affected too. A 50-year-old Nurse, identified as Sumanlata Joshi, was electrocuted in Shivpuri town as an electric current ran into her flooded house in the Kamlaganj area. 

As per officials, three advanced light helicopters and a Russian-made Mi-17 chopper have been sent for rescue operations from the Indian Air Force station. Seven teams of the SDRF are posted in the Shivpuri district for rescue operations. The SDRF has deployed five and two of its units in the communities like Sheopur and Datia. One thousand six hundred people were saved by NDRF and SDRF teams, yet 200 villages are still stuck in the flooded areas.

The chief minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, said the speed of rain has reduced and there will be no terrible rains. They are trying to provide relief and evacuate the people in the affected areas as soon as possible.

The chief minister chaired an emergency meeting in Bhopal on the flood situation of the Gwalior-Chambal region. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan tweeted about Prime Minister Narendra Modi, assuring that the Centre will be providing all the help to Madhya Pradesh. The Chief Minister also said that he is very grateful to the Prime Minister for all the cooperation.

The Chief Minister said he held a meeting where he discussed the flood situation in Madhya Pradesh with the prime minister. The Chief Minister, too, discussed help from the Indian Army in the flood-hit areas. Also, they are informing Prime Minister Modi about the rescue operation in those areas. Mr Chouhan said they had shifted four troops of the Army in most flood-affected areas to evacuate more flood-affected people. The SDRF team is handling the situation very well. Ministers are monitoring the status of the problem. 

Union Minister Amit Shah Tweeted discussed the situation of Madhya Pradesh with CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The central government will provide all the help to the state. In this challenging situation, their government is standing with the people of the state.

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Dhanbad Judge Death, Spurs Concern About Threats Faced By Members Of Judiciary

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On July 28, 2021, Dhanbad Additional Sessions Judge Uttam Anand died preceding an alleged hit and run accident. The incident took place near his house when Mr Anand was out for his morning walk, and an auto-rickshaw hit him from behind, following which it drove away. Mr Anand was hospitalized by a passer-by, where he succumbed to his injuries. 

The accident is suspecting to be a case of hit and run until the CCTV footage of the accident was recovered, leading to a murder investigation. The video footage shows that the three-wheeler swerved in the Judge’s direction and drove away after knocking him down. A Special Investigations Team [SIT] is formed by the Jharkhand Chief Minister, Hemant Soren, to investigate the death of the Additional Session District judge. 

On July 31, 2021, Jharkhand’s Chief Minister Hemant Soren even took to Twitter to announce his decision to order a CBI probe into the matter. 

An officer-in-charge of Jharkhand’s Pathardih Police Station, Umesh Manjhi, is also suspended for not registering the concerned FIR on time. Sanjeev Kumar, Dhanbad SSP, has confirmed the same. The alleged murder of the Judge is a massive concern over the threats faced by the members of the Judiciary, especially by the trial judges across the country. 

The Supreme Court has taken up a Suo moto cognizance of Mr Anand’s demise, titled ‘In Re: Safeguarding courts and protecting [death of Additional Session Judge, Dhanbad]. Also, the bench led by the Chief Justice of India has expressed its concern over the stressful working conditions and threats amidst which the trial judges have to function.

“The Dhanbad case has wider ramifications. We are getting reports that judicial officers are under attack across the country. We want to examine this issue and may seek reports from the state.” Said the Chief Justice of India. 

The Jharkhand Government and the Director-General of Police are asked to submit the required documents and affidavits by the Supreme Court within the week. Also, the Supreme Court has declared the Suo moto would not interfere or hamper with the probe issued by the Jharkhand High Court into the Judge’s death. 

According to a source in Special Investigations Team [SIT], the three-wheeler drivers were under the influence of a sedative, Nitrosun 10 — a drug prescribed for patients suffering from anxiety disorders and illicit alcohol. 

As per police sources, four men were arrested, including the vehicle driver, the shopkeeper who sold them the drug, and the vehicle owner.

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