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Delhi News Highlights: One of the accused in Jahangirpuri riots is a BJP leader, alleges AAP MLA Atishi

Delhi News Today Highlights 19 Apr, Jahangirpuri Violence Updates, Delhi Weather Today: Delhi Police register FIR against VHP, Bajrang Dal men for organising Shobha Yatra

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 26, 2022 8:49:46 am
Police at the spot where communal violence took place between two communities at Jahangirpuri in New Delhi. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Delhi News Highlights: Alleging that the main accused in the Jahangirpuri riots – Ansar – is a BJP leader,  AAP MLA Atishi said: “He played a major role in getting BJP’s candidate Sangeeta Bajaj to contest and plays an active role in BJP. It is clear that the BJP is behind the Jahangirpuri riots and it should apologise to the people of Delhi. BJP is a party of hooligans.”

The Delhi Police have registered a first information report (FIR) against two men from the Delhi unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal for organising a shobha yatra to mark Hanuman Jayanti in Northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri on April 16.

DCP (north-west) Usha Rangnani said: “A case under IPC Section 188 has been registered against organisers for carrying out a procession on the evening of April 16 in Jahangirpuri area without any permission. One of the accused has joined the investigation. Further investigation is in progress. The other two processions which were carried out in morning and afternoon on April 16 in Jahangirpuri area had due permission.”

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22:34 (IST)19 Apr 2022
Suffering from rare Wilson's disease, girl in coma undergoes lifesaving liver transplant

An 8-year-old girl from Bihar underwent a lifesaving liver transplant procedure here after being diagnosed with a rare disease which has a 100 per cent mortality rate in children who develop coma, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals said on Tuesday.

Wilson's disease is a genetic disorder in which excess copper builds up in the body leading to liver damage. Its treatment includes lifelong medication to bind copper. However, some children develop coma due to liver failure, it said.

Anshika was admitted to Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals on March 25 in a state of coma, the hospital said in a statement, adding that she was being treated at another hospital where her condition had deteriorated. The child was immediately put on a ventilator and advised a liver transplant. (PTI)

22:33 (IST)19 Apr 2022
In picture | Red Fort decked up ahead of PM's programme

The Red Fort all decked up ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's programme in New Delhi, Tuesday. PM Modi will address the nation from Red Fort on April 21 to mark the 400th Parkash Purab of Guru Teg Bahadur.

(PTI Photo)

22:16 (IST)19 Apr 2022
Gurgaon: Day after boy came under school van, family struggles to make sense of the loss

“Papa, main theek hun, ghar jaana hai, thoda paani de do (Papa, I am fine, I want to go home, give me some water).”

As he sat on a bench at the mortuary on Tuesday morning, Gulshan Singh recalled his son’s last words as he was undergoing treatment at a hospital on Monday. “He kept saying he is fine. I did not know I would lose him at the time,” he said.

On Monday, four-year-old Sidharth died after coming under his school’s minibus while being dropped off near his house in the village of Shikohpur. Read more

22:07 (IST)19 Apr 2022
Report on 100% electrification of delivery fleet presented in DDC forum

A report on 100 per cent delivery fleet electrification in the city by 2030 was presented in Delhi Electric Vehicle Forum hosted by the city government's policy think tank DDC on Tuesday.

The report titled ‘Roadmap for 100 percent Delivery Electrification in Delhi: Unlocking Insights from the Deliver Electric Delhi Pilot' provides insights from the implementation of the ‘Deliver Electric Delhi' pilot project - initiated by DDC along with RMI and RMI India in June 2019.

It provides a roadmap that can lead to 100% electrification of last mile delivery service fleets in Delhi by 2030. The Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) of Delhi, in collaboration with RMI India, co-hosted the third Delhi Electric Vehicle (EV) Forum to facilitate constructive dialogue and discussions between the government and various stakeholders of the EV ecosystem. (PTI)

20:49 (IST)19 Apr 2022
Bhutan keen on adopting Delhi's Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum framework: Sisodia

Bhutan has shown keen interest in adopting the Delhi government's Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum (EMC) framework in schools there, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Tuesday.

The aim of this collaboration is to inculcate an entrepreneurship mindset among Bhutanese students and prepare them for future challenges, he said, adding that an orientation meeting with officials from Bhutan's education department was held on Tuesday in the presence of dignitaries from the Himalayan nation.

"It is good to see that a movement to integrate an entrepreneurship mindset among school students is gaining momentum. It is a matter of great pride for the Delhi Government that the Entrepreneurship Mindset Curriculum will now reach students beyond the borders of India," Sisodia said. (PTI)

20:48 (IST)19 Apr 2022
Appointment of special officer, formation of delimitation panel next step for unified MCD: Officials

With President Ram Nath Kovind giving his assent to a bill which seeks to unify the three civic bodies in the city, an exercise to appoint a 'special officer' to run the new body and form a delimitation commission to carry out demarcation of wards will be initiated, officials said.

Experts highlighted that given the current scenario, civic polls are unlikely to take place before early next year due to a delimitation exercise. They added that if the delimitation is carried out based on a fresh census then the election may be delayed by more than a year.

Officials also added that the reduction in number of wards from 272 to 250 in the proposed unified MCD is also likely to affect the composition of several assembly segments in the national capital. (PTI)

20:33 (IST)19 Apr 2022
Delhi logs 632 fresh Covid cases, positivity rate drops to 4.42%

Delhi on Tuesday recorded 632 fresh Covid-19 cases with a marginal drop in the positivity rate from Monday’s 7.72 per cent to 4.42 per cent. No fatalities were reported.

With the fresh addition, the cumulative caseload rose to 18,69,683, while the death toll remained at 26,160. The number of active cases stood at 1,947. Read more

19:55 (IST)19 Apr 2022
Shah holds meeting with other Union Ministers

Union Home Minister Amit Shah Tuesday held a meeting with Power Minister RK Singh, Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi and Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav, amid reports of the ongoing coal and power situation across the country.

19:53 (IST)19 Apr 2022
HC seeks authorities' stand on contempt plea for allowing construction on Karol Bagh pavements

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought the stand of local authorities on a plea seeking contempt action against them for allegedly allowing the construction of permanent structures like kiosks on the pavements in Karol Bagh here.

A bench of Justices Mukta Gupta and Neena Bansal Gupta issued notice on the plea by advocate and social activist Amit Sahni and restrained any further construction in the area.

In the plea, the advocate has said the construction would cause hindrance in pedestrian movement which is in utter violation of the high court's March 2018 order which had directed the municipal corporations to ensure that no permanent or semi-permanent structure causing hindrance to pedestrian movement, exist on any pavement. (PTI)

19:52 (IST)19 Apr 2022
AAP govt launches Delhi's Education Song 'Irada Kar Liya Hai Humne'

The AAP government on Tuesday launched Delhi's Education Song "Irada Kar Liya Hai Humne", with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia saying it reflects the vision of "our education revolution".

The song was released by Sisodia at the Thyagraj Stadium and the event was attended by hundreds of students and teachers from Delhi government schools.

"This song reflects the vision of our education revolution and is dedicated to the journey of the education system of Delhi in the past seven years. With this song, Delhi is the first state in the world to have a song that clearly defines their aspirations and dedication towards the cause of education for all," said Sisodia, who holds the education portfolio. (PTI)

19:51 (IST)19 Apr 2022
Delhi max temp at 42.6 deg C; heatwave likely to abate soon

Delhi reeled under a heatwave on Tuesday with the maximum temperature settling at 42.6 degree Celsius, six notches above the season's average, the India Meteorological Department said.

This is the highest temperature of the season and the city also recorded a maximum of 42.6 degrees Celsius on April 11, it said. The minimum temperature of the national capital settled at 23.7 degrees Celsius, two notches above the season's average. The humidity oscillated between 31 per cent and 17 per cent, it said.

With record seven days of heatwave, it is also considered to be one of the warmest April in Delhi. However, the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted that the heatwave condition is likely to abate due to an approaching western disturbance, wind conditions and cloudiness over the region. (PTI)

19:21 (IST)19 Apr 2022
VHP, Bajrang Dal didn't take permission: Delhi Police register FIR for organising 'Shobha Yatra'

The Delhi Police have registered a first information report (FIR) against two men from the Delhi unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal for organising a shobha yatra to mark Hanuman Jayanti in Northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri on April 16.

19:18 (IST)19 Apr 2022
Multi-layered security cover put in place at Red Fort for PM Modi's event on April 21

A multi-layered security ring, comprising over 1,000 Delhi Police personnel and forces from various agencies, will be put in place at the Red Fort from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on the 400th Parkash Purab of Sikh guru Tegh Bahadur on April 21, officials said on Tuesday.

More than 100 CCTV cameras have already been installed inside the Red Fort premises, including the spot from where the PM Modi will address the nation. Modi will also release a commemorative coin and postage stamp on the occasion.

According to officials, the security ring, including NSG snipers, SWAT commandos, kite catchers, canine units and sharpshooters on high-rise buildings, would be deployed at the Mughal-era fort, and adherence to social distancing norms will be mandatory amid the rising Covid cases in the capital. (PTI)

18:44 (IST)19 Apr 2022
Delhi HC suspends 5-year jail term to ex-NSG official for POCSO offence

The Delhi High Court has directed the release of an ex-NSG official convicted for commission of an offence under the POCSO Act, noting that in view of the workload and pendency of the old appeals before it, the appeal in the present case is unlikely to be heard before the convict's five-year jail term comes to an end.

Justice Talwant Singh suspended the sentence of the appellant on a personal bond of Rs 25,000 and directed him not to contact or visit any of the victims or commit any other offence during the period of suspension.

The appellant, who was convicted for committing aggravated sexual assault on three minor girls and misusing his position, sought his release during the pendency of his appeal against the conviction on the ground that he has already spent over four years out of the five-year sentence in jail. (PTI)

18:09 (IST)19 Apr 2022
Covid: Positivity rate in Delhi saw nearly three-fold surge between April 11-18

After a steady decline in Covid cases, Delhi has been witnessing a spurt in new infections with the positivity rate registering a nearly three-fold rise between April 11-18, according to city health department data.

On April 11, the positivity rate stood at 2.70 percent which jumped to 3.95 percent on April 15 followed by 5.33 percent on April 16 and 7.72 percent on April 18, according to the data.

Last week, Delhi recorded a total of 2,606 positive Covid cases against 67,360 tests conducted during the period while the average positive rate was 4.79 percent, it showed. (PTI)

18:08 (IST)19 Apr 2022
Situation returning to normalcy in Delhi's Jahangirpuri, say cops

The situation in Jahangirpuri of northwest Delhi is heading towards normalcy amid heavy deployment of security personnel in the violence-hit area, police said on Tuesday.

Some of the shops, mainly of grocery, in the streets have opened and the movement of people is becoming normal, they said. Over 500 police personnel and six companies of additional force have been deployed in the area round the clock.

Besides, a total of 80 tear gas gun parties and water cannons have been deployed and drones are also being used in sensitive areas for rooftop surveillance, police said. (PTI)

18:05 (IST)19 Apr 2022
Delhi Police under pressure from ‘secular, Muslim’ leaders: VHP

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) Tuesday accused the Delhi Police of coming under pressure from “secular and Muslim leaders” to book the organisation and its associated Bajrang Dal in connection with the Jahangirpuri clashes.

It also said that Delhi commissioner of police (CP) Rakesh Asthana’s statement that it had not taken permission to take out the shobha yatra through the area was “baseless”.

“The Delhi CP’s statement that the shobha yatra was taken out without permission is baseless. We all know that the Delhi Police never give anyone permission to take out processions. If they feel a certain procession should not be taken out, it writes to the concerned organisation to cancel it. Delhi police had sent such a letter to us to cancel the shobha yatra in Shahdara on April 17 and we complied with it… I urge Delhi CP not to come under pressure from secular and Muslim leaders,” VHP Delhi president Surendra Gupta said in a statement. Read more

17:28 (IST)19 Apr 2022
Jahangirpuri violence main accused a BJP leader, says AAP MLA Atishi

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which has been accusing the BJP for the communal clashes in Jahangirpuri, has come out and named a leader of the saffron party. AAP MLA Atishi said Ansar, who has been named as the main accused in the violence case, is a BJP leader.

This comes after the BJP, too, had alleged that the key accused had links with the Aam Aadmi Party. “The mastermind of the attack… Ansar, has been found to be an AAP worker. There is evidence of this in the form of photos. Tahir Hussain, who was the mastermind of the 2020 Delhi riots, was also an AAP councillor. Is AAP running a riot factory?” alleged BJP MP Manoj Tiwari. Read more

15:29 (IST)19 Apr 2022
App-based taxi drivers' strike to demand CNG subsidy, fare hike enters 2nd day

The strike called by drivers attached to ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Ola demanding subsidy on CNG prices and revision of fare rates entered its second day on Tuesday.

However, auto-rickshaw and yellow-black taxi unions, which were a part of the strike on Monday, have decided to postpone their stir bringing much-needed relief to Delhiites.

As the app-based cabs remained off the roads, several people faced difficulties due to non-availability of rides and surge pricing. (PTI)

15:26 (IST)19 Apr 2022
HC seeks Delhi govt response on plea against withdrawal of DTC buses from schools

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought response from the city government on a public interest litigation against the withdrawal of DTC bus services from schools.

A bench headed by Justice Acting Vipin Sanghi issued notice to the city government and Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) on the petition by social activist Baba Alexander and asked the respondents to place on record the material which led to the decision and noted that private schools had been using DTC buses for decades as means of transport for students.

The bench, also comprising Justice Navin Chawla, further observed that the parents as well as the students were suffering due to the withdrawal of the DTC buses and that the decision is also leading to more traffic on the roads. (PTI)

jahangirpuri violence news Security deployment remained heavy two day after the clashes at Jahangirpuri. (Express Photo by Praveen Khanna)

Jahangirpuri violence: Gunman seen in video held; FIR against yatra organisers

A day after arresting 20 people and apprehending three minors in connection with communal riots at Jahangirpuri, police made a fresh arrest — that of 28-year-old Imam alias Sonu, who was seen in a video purportedly firing a gun during the violence. Police said they had identified him from the video being circulated on social media. “Acting on an input, he was apprehended by Special Staff of Northwest district from Mangal Bazaar road and a sophisticated pistol was recovered from his possession,” police said.

As police went to arrest him, a fresh incident of stone-pelting was reported from Jahangirpuri, police said. Stones and bricks were thrown from a roof, close to the site of Saturday’s clash, and the Police and Rapid Action Force officials blocked the area.

Covid cases up, UP & Haryana make masks must in districts next to Delhi

WITH Covid-19 cases rising again, the Uttar Pradesh and Haryana governments on Monday made masks mandatory in the districts surrounding Delhi. The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) is also likely to discuss the mandatory use of masks in the capital at its meeting on Wednesday.

Delhi, UP and Haryana scrapped the fine for not wearing masks in public in the first week of April.


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