Friday saw scores of sadhus from across the country throng to the gathering, primarily to hear “what CM Yogi Adityanath has to say about the Ram temple”. They were left disappointed, as Adityanath — the last speaker — steered cleared of the issue.
“There are 1,500 such prisoners serving years and years of incarceration despite being liable for a premature release if the state frames a policy. UP has not made any (policy) despite repeated court orders."
A water-scarce region, Bundelkhand has been battling drought, debt and poverty for over a decade. In the past three years, “anna pashu (stray cattle)” has been added to the list, now building up to a serious crisis. The cattle have started endangering the Rabi crop.
Narendra Giri had last week told The Indian Express, “No one has the right to change the name of this ancient cultural gathering. Who are we to change its name? We will discuss why the Yogi government took this decision and on what basis. The Ardh Kumbh is a legacy of Prayag, how can one change its very name?”
The head of department, R P Singh, denied that the questions were out of syllabus. “It is the prerogative of the teacher to set the paper according to his area of specialisation. No teacher sets a paper out of his area of expertise and what he has taught,” he said.
According to the complaint, the “tearing and pulling down the poster" has “caused the Dalit and other minority students deep mental and psychological trauma, leaving them with a deep sense of insecurity on campus”. It alleged that anti-Dalit slurs were hurled at SC/ST students
In this case, Adityanath, as the head of the state, had the power to grant or refuse sanction to prosecute himself, which was challenged by the petitioners who highlighted “the imminent bias” involved.
Last week, the department of anaesthesiology in IMS had written to the department of orthopaedic surgery, requesting that elective and routine surgeries in BHU’s hospitals either be deferred or taken up before the conference.
According to police, Ashutosh Singh (21) and Antesh Singh (22) have confessed that they were part of a group that had an altercation with Yadav on October 2 at the university’s Tara Chand hostel shortly before his murder.