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Delhi News Highlights: Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi mastermind behind Sidhu Moosewala murder, says Delhi Police

Delhi News Highlights: Meanwhile, Delhi recorded 564 new Covid cases, the highest since May 15, and one more fatality on Wednesday, while the positivity rate rose to 2.84 per cent.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: June 8, 2022 10:42:36 pm
Lawrence Bishnoi and Sidhu Moosewala. (File)

Delhi News Highlights: Gangster Lawrence Bishnoi, who is currently in the Delhi Police’s custody, is the mastermind in the Sidhu Moosewala murder case, Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) H S Dhaliwal said on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference, Dhaliwal said the police have arrested Siddhesh Hiraman Kamle, a close associate of the main shooter in the killing of the popular singer and Congress leader. The police said Kamle has been arrested from Pune and added that five more suspects have been identified in connection with the murder case. Moosewala was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Punjab’s Mansa district on May 29.

Delhi recorded 564 new Covid cases, the highest since May 15, and one more fatality on Wednesday, while the positivity rate rose to 2.84 per cent, according to data shared by the health department here. With this, the national capital’s Covid-19 case tally increased to 19,09,991, while the death toll rose to 26,214. Wednesday’s cases are highest since May 15 when Delhi logged 613 Covid cases with a positivity rate of 2.74 per cent and three deaths. On Tuesday, the national capital logged 450 fresh Covid cases and one more death, while the positivity rate stood at 1.92 per cent.

A Delhi court on Wednesday upheld a trial court’s order which discharged Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and nine others in a case of alleged assault on former chief secretary Anshu Prakash, a lawyer abreast with the case said. The case pertains to the alleged assault on Anshu Prakash during a meeting at Kejriwal’s official residence on February 19, 2018. Prakash had alleged that he was called for a meeting at the CM’s residence on the intervening night of February 19 and 20, 2018, and was allegedly assaulted by AAP MLAs when they questioned him over delay in publishing TV advertisements.

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21:45 (IST)08 Jun 2022
5-year-old girl tied, left under scorching sun ‘for not doing homework’

A five-year-old girl was tied and left on the roof of her house, allegedly by her mother, in Northeast Delhi Wednesday morning. A video purportedly shows the girl’s hands and legs tied with a rope, and her struggling under the beating sun. The Delhi Police said they have traced the family and initiated an enquiry against the parents.

In the video shot by a local, the girl is seen writhing as she tries to free herself and is also heard crying for help.

An initial probe has revealed that the girl was tied and put on the terrace as part of a punishment for not doing her school homework, an officer said, adding that she studies at a nearby school. Read More

21:44 (IST)08 Jun 2022
Take measures to prevent waterlogging during monsoon: Delhi LG, CM to officials

Delhi Lt Governor V K Saxena and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday directed officials to take steps to prevent waterlogging and caving in of roads and footpaths during monsoon, asserting that they are on the same page on anything aimed at the well-being of Delhiites.

In a high-level meeting, which was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Saxena and Kejriwal directed the officials to build concrete cemented roads instead of bitumen ones at sites prone to waterlogging and flooding, according to a statement issued by the LG's office.

"Underlining that the crux of the meeting was that the people of the city should not be inconvenienced, the LG and the CM conveyed it in no uncertain terms that they did not differ on anything aimed at the well-being of the people of Delhi," the statement said. (PTI)

20:14 (IST)08 Jun 2022
Lawrence Bishnoi, held in connection with Moosewala's murder, denies involvement in threat letter to Salman Khan

Lawrence Bishnoi, who is in custody of the Delhi Police in connection with Sidhu Moosewala's murder, has denied any involvement in the threat letter to actor Salman Khan and his father. Bishnoi was on Tuesday questioned by the Mumbai Police regarding the case.

16:30 (IST)08 Jun 2022
Entire country stands shoulder to shoulder with you: Kejriwal to Kashmiri Pandits

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday greeted Kashmiri Pandits on the occasion of 'Jyeshtha Ashtami' and said the entire country stands shoulder to shoulder with them in their happiness and sorrow. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor's remarks came in the backdrop of the spate of targeted killings of Kashmiri Pandits in Kashmir.

'Today is the holy day of Jyeshtha Ashtami. (I extend my) warm wishes to all Kashmiri Pandit brothers and sisters on this auspicious day. May the blessings of Maa Kheer Bhavani always be with you all,' Kejriwal said in a tweet in Hindi.

'I want to assure the Kashmiri Pandit community that the entire country is standing shoulder to shoulder with you in your every happiness and sorrow,' he said.

15:40 (IST)08 Jun 2022
Taking note of settlement, Delhi HC quashes FIR subject to parties planting 400 trees

Taking note of the settlement reached between parties, the Delhi High Court has quashed an FIR registered for cheating, fraud, and misappropriation of money to the tune of Rs 90 lakh subject to both the accused and the complainant planting 400 trees before the monsoon season.

Further, the high court noted that the petitioner accused would pay the complainant a sum of Rs two crore in full and final settlement of all her claims.

Justice Jasmeet Singh said that the complainant was an old lady who wished to put a quietus to the matter in view of a settlement and asked her as well as the alleged offender to plant 200 trees each having a nursery life of three years and to look after their respective allotted trees for five years. (PTI)

14:50 (IST)08 Jun 2022
Noida authority demolishes illegal farmhouses built on Yamuna floodplains
14:29 (IST)08 Jun 2022
Delhi: Much delayed B J Marg Underpass ready, PWD moves file for approval and date for inauguration

After several missed deadlines, the Public Works Department (PWD) in Delhi has completed the construction of the Benito Juarez Marg Underpass for public use. The file has been moved to the office of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia for fixing a date for the inauguration, said officials.

Officials also said that the construction of the skywalk from South Campus to Jesus and Mary and Maitreyi Colleges has also been completed for pedestrian use. “The construction work is completely finished. We have forwarded the file seeking to open the corridor for public use. We are expecting a reply in a few days. If the date is fixed, the stretch may be opened by this week only,” said a senior PWD official. Read more

14:04 (IST)08 Jun 2022
WATCH: CCTV footage shows stone pelting between two groups in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri, vehicles damaged

Two groups in northwest Delhi’s Jahangirpuri allegedly got into a fight and pelted stones at each other late Tuesday night, said the police, adding that no casualties were reported but 3-5 vehicles were damaged in the process. The police, however, said that unlike the clashes that broke out in the area in April, this one did not have any communal angle to it.

Around 10.45 pm, locals made PCR calls to complain about the stone-pelting, said the police. CCTV footage from the area shows a group of men pelting stones at a house and running afterwards, added the police. Read more

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13:46 (IST)08 Jun 2022
Four kill minor over refusing to give Rs 10 for cigarette in Delhi, arrested

Four men were arrested for allegedly killing a minor after he refused to give them Rs 10 for buying a cigarette in central Delhi’s Anand Parbat area, police said on Tuesday. The accused have been identified as Praveen (20), Ajay (23), and Jatin (24), all residents of Baba Faridpuri, and Sonu Kumar (20), a resident of Anand Parbat, they said.

On Monday, police found the minor’s body lying on the roadside with a stab injury to the upper abdomen near Ramjas School, Anand Parbat, a senior police officer said. Read more

13:27 (IST)08 Jun 2022
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12:40 (IST)08 Jun 2022
Delhi: Blaze at e-motor parking lot at Jamia Nagar

Several vehicles were gutted after a massive fire broke out at an electric motor parking space in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar on Wednesday morning. Officers said over 80 vehicles were damaged in the fire. No casualties were reported. The Delhi Fire Services (DFS) received a call about the fire at 5 am. A total of 11 fire-tenders were rushed to douse the fire which had spread across the parking space. Read more

12:10 (IST)08 Jun 2022
Explained: Delhi HC ruling on liquor shops and public sentiments

The Delhi High Court in a ruling has said that the public opposition to a liquor vend’s location cannot be the sole ground for cancellation of an excise licence. Public opinion or sentiment is not a factor relevant under the Delhi Excise Act for locating a liquor vend, said Justice Yashwant Varma while upholding the Financial Commissioner’s order on restoring licence to a restaurant in June 2019.

Soon after the new liquor policy came into force in November last year, a number of petitions both by residents and licence holders reached the court in connection with the disputes over location of liquor vends. People also held protests against the location of liquor vends. Sofi Ahsan explains

11:55 (IST)08 Jun 2022
In Pictures | 10 cars, 30 e-rickshaws gutted as fire breaks out at Jamia Nagar metro's parking lot

A total of 10 cars, 1 motorcycle, 2 scooty, 30 new e-rickshaws, and 50 old e-rickshaws were gutted as a massive fire broke out at the electric motor parking in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar early Wednesday morning. A call was received at 5.02am about fire in the parking at Main Tikona Part in Jamia Nagar, Delhi Fire Services said. A total of 11 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, ANI reported.

(Picture courtesy: ANI/Twitter)

11:39 (IST)08 Jun 2022
Massive fire breaks out at Jamia Nagar metro's parking lot

Another massive fire broke out at the electric motor parking in Delhi’s Jamia Nagar early Wednesday morning, gutting dozens of e-rickshaws along with other vehicles. A call was received at 5.02am about fire in the parking at Main Tikona Part in Jamia Nagar, Delhi Fire Services said. A total of 11 fire tenders were rushed to the spot, ANI reported.

11:15 (IST)08 Jun 2022
Fire breaks out at Okhla Vihar police station's parking area

A fire broke out at the parking space of Okhla Vihar police station Wednesday morning. The Delhi Fire Services said that as many as 10 cars, 30 e-rickshaws and 50 damaged e-rickshaws were gutted in the fire. The incident took place around 5 am and 11 fire tenders were rushed to the spot.

10:59 (IST)08 Jun 2022
Supertech’s twin towers demolition fixed for August 21, says Noida Authority

 Supertech’s twin towers in Noida will be demolished on August 21, with a cushion period that ends on August 28 the last date for completion of the demolition process keeping in mind the extension order granted by the Supreme Court on May 17, said Noida Authority officials. Noida Authority held a meeting Tuesday with all stakeholders to finalise the demolition process of Supertech’s twin towers situated in Sector 93A.

10:40 (IST)08 Jun 2022
Editorial | Addressing learning deficits calls for pedagogical changes, making school a centre of healing

As students return to schools after the lifting of the pandemic-enforced curbs, it’s increasingly becoming evident that classrooms will have to be re-imagined to address the disruption caused by the public health emergency. Survey after survey has confirmed the worst fears of educationists — the switch to online classes in the past two years has had negative impacts on children’s ability to read, comprehend texts and do simple sums. In the last week of May, the National Achievement Survey (NAS), shone a light on the worrying regression in the learning capabilities of students across subjects and grades. Now a series of reports in this paper shows that each child returning to a Delhi government school poses a unique challenge to the teacher — the students not only have varying levels of competencies and learning, but almost every one of them has been scarred differently by the pandemic. Read here

10:30 (IST)08 Jun 2022
Pace of vaccination in children slows down in Delhi, older age groups overtake

The pace of Covid-19 vaccination in children between the ages of 12 and 14 years in Delhi has slowed down further, with shots given to those between the ages of 45 and 60 overtaking the numbers among children in June. The numbers have remained the highest in the 18- to 44-year-old category, the gap widening after the precaution dose was opened to them and uptake in the rest of the group declined.

There was a sharp increase in the number of younger children getting the Covid-19 vaccine in the month of March, when the drive was first opened for them, with the numbers gradually going down over the next month. However, the response to the second dose of the vaccine wasn’t so enthusiastic. With schools re-opening in April and vaccination sites in them winding down, district officials were faced with another challenge. Read more

10:06 (IST)08 Jun 2022
Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurates National Tribal Research Institute

Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah Tuesday inaugurated the National Tribal Research Institute (NTRI) in Delhi, which he said will have a role in nation-building.

The NTRI will be the premier national institute for the promotion and preservation of tribal heritage and culture and the nerve centre of tribal research issues and matters in academic, executive and legislative fields. “It is an important day today. As per the vision of PM Modi, National Tribal Research Institute is finally coming into existence. We may think it is just another institution, but such institutions have a role in nation-building,” Shah said while addressing the inaugural ceremony. Read more

10:02 (IST)08 Jun 2022
To check surging ozone levels, experts suggest tackling traffic in capital

Controlling vehicular pollution could be key to reducing the surge in ozone levels in the city that comes with the rise in temperature, experts say. Over the past week, the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has identified ozone as a prominent pollutant in Delhi on June 2 and June 6.

Data from the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) for May also indicates that ozone levels were well above the 8-hour standard of 100 µg/m3 and hourly standard of 180 µg/m3 according to the National Ambient Air Quality Standards at different monitoring stations on multiple days. At 12 pm on May 20 at Anand Vihar, for instance, the ozone level was as high as 309.8 µg/m3, while it was around 235.9 µg/m3 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on May 19 at 1 pm. It was even higher at Anand Vihar at 7 pm on May 18, at 345.7 µg/m3. Read more

Nearly weeks after at least 27 people died in a massive fire at a commercial building in Outer Delhi’s Mundka, the Delhi Police and forensic teams said they have managed to identify 10 of the deceased persons, and other bodies are still being processed for DNA profiling tests.

On Tuesday, police said three more victims have been identified, namely Madhu Devi, Narender Lal and Muskaan. Earlier, four women and three men were identified — Tania Chauhan, Mohini, Kailash Jyani, his son Amit, Yashoda Devi, Vishal Sinha and Drishti Ram.

READ | Mundka blaze: DNA test helps identify 10

Upholding a June 2019 order of the Financial Commissioner wherein the excise licence of a restaurant was restored, the Delhi High Court has said a licence under the Delhi Excise Act, 2009 cannot be cancelled merely because ‘public sentiment’ is against the location of a liquor vend.

Justice Yashwant Varma, while dismissing the appeal filed by the Department of Excise against the Financial Commissioner’s order, noted that the solitary ground on which the authorities had cancelled the licence of the restaurant was ‘public sentiment’ and ‘apprehension of disturbance of law and order’. However, the court ruled that the grant of licence under the act and rules framed under it are not subject to ‘public sentiment’.

READ | Can’t cancel liquor vend licence over public sentiment, rules HC

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First published on: 07-06-2022 at 10:04:32 am