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Beginning today’s evening bulletin with the top national news: The Central Bureau of Investigation conducted raids at the residence of Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in connection with a case it has registered against him and several top excise officers in the national capital over alleged corruption in rolling out of the recently withdrawn liquor policy by the Aam Aadmi Party government. CBI sources said Sisodia’s premises were among 21 locations being searched across the country. Among the locations, the CBI also searched premises linked to former Delhi Excise Commissioner Arava Gopi Krishna, and former Deputy Commissioner, Excise, Anand Tiwari. The development comes less than a month after Delhi L-G Vinay Kumar Saxena recommended a CBI probe into the Delhi Excise Policy 2021-22, putting Sisodia directly in the line of fire.
Next up: In a joint operation with the Jammu and Kashmir police, the Delhi police arrested Mohammad Yasin, a 48-year-old Central-Delhi based garment trader, for allegedly working as an agent in hawala transactions related to the funding of terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba and Al Badr. Police said that on August 17, the accused had given Rs 10 lakh to a Jammu and Kashmir terrorist, Abdul Hamid Mir, who was subsequently arrested with the amount from Jammu bus stand. A case had been filed in Jammu under provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. The Delhi police said that they received information from the Jammu and Kashmir police and central agencies that a person involved in terror funding was operating from Meena Bazaar.
A Border Security Force jawan was killed in an ambush by banned insurgents from across the Indo-Bangla border today morning in North Tripura district. The martyred jawan was identified as 53-year old Head Constable Girjesh Kumar Uddey from Madhya Pradesh. Officials suspect the ambush was perpetrated by cadres of the outlawed National Liberation Front of Tripura. The ambush took place in Shimnapur at Damcherra near the remote Khantalang Border Our Post, which is a tri-junction of Tripura, Mizoram and Bangladesh. The official also said the insurgents, who were on Bangladesh soil, didn’t seem to be trying to enter the Indian territory, rather they laid an ambush at a team of security personnel deployed in the area.
In news from South: In an embarrassment to the Congress, four of its workers have been arrested for allegedly damaging a Mahatma Gandhi portrait kept at party MP Rahul Gandhi’s office in Kerala. The incident occurred on June 24, when members of the CPM student wing SFI vandalised the Congress MP’s office in Wayanad. During the mayhem, Mahatma Gandhi’s portrait was found pulled down from the office wall. While Congress alleged that SFI men had damaged the portrait, the CPM always blamed it on Congress workers. The arrested Congress men were identified as V Noushad, K A Mujeeb, S R Rahul and K R Ratheesh Kumar. Kumar is Rahul’s office assistant. The Opposition party termed the arrests as politically motivated.
The Kerala High Court dismissed a petition of Swapna Suresh, the prime accused in the gold smuggling case, seeking to quash the conspiracy cases against her registered by the state police in Thiruvananthapuram and Palakkad. Dismissing the pleas, the high court observed that the investigation in the cases were in a preliminary stage but said the complainant can approach the court after the chargesheets are filed in connection with the cases. The cases were registered on charges of provocation to cause a riot and criminal conspiracy. One of the cases was registered on a complaint by CPM MLA and former Kerala minister K T Jaleel.
The Hyderabad Police has detained BJP MLA T Raja Singh following his repeated threats to not allow stand-up comedian Munawar Faruqui’s show in Hyderabad. After his detention, a video shared on Instagram through Singh’s account said the “TRS government has become a complete anti-Hindu party” and that “now the TRS government and the Telangana police will be responsible for whatever happens on 22nd August.” Confirming the detention, a senior officer told The Indian Express that the MLA was trying to go to the venue of the show Friday morning when he was taken in preventive detention.
Shifting focus to international news: In a possible hate crime, unidentified persons have destroyed a handcrafted statue of Mahatma Gandhi with a sledgehammer at a Hindu temple here after vandalising it earlier this month, media reports said. Surveillance video shows a person thrashing a statue of Gandhi with a sledgehammer on Tuesday, before smashing the head off and toppling it over, according to cbsnews.com. Minutes later, a group of six stomp on it and take turns hammering the statue before taking off, the report said. Maharaj discovered the Gandhi statue was reduced to rubble on Wednesday morning. The word “dog” was spray painted both in front of the temple and down the block, it said.
And finally: The Hindu community in Bangladesh has the same rights as she has, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said, asserting that the number of mandaps in Dhaka during the Durga Puja festivities were much higher than in West Bengal. Hasina interacted with the Hindu community leaders on the occasion of Janmashtami and urged believers of other faiths not to think of themselves as minorities, saying everyone irrespective of their religions will enjoy equal rights in Bangladesh, a Muslim-majority country.
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