Posts tagged ‘Uttar Pradesh’

July 18, 2011

Meerut man offered Rs 2 crore to plant bombs?

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Police has ordered a probe by the Special Task Force into the mysterious call from Iran to a meat trader in Meerut offering him money to engineer riots and blasts in the city, a senior police officer said.

Hashim Ilahi, a meat trader in Ismail Nagar of Meerut, approached the police claiming that he received three calls from Iran on the night of July 13, special director general of police Brij Lal told reporters.

He said Ilahi had alleged that the caller offered him Rs two crore to carry out blasts and engineer riots in the city.

“The investigation into the case is being handed over to the STF… Initial investigation has revealed that the call originated from Iran and landed at India gateway through US and the subscriber got it through a private operator,” the SDG said.


July 7, 2011

Rahul’s padyatra: Man with revolver detained

Tappal, Uttar Pradesh: A young man carrying a revolver was detained Thursday while trying to move close to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during his ‘padayatra’ to Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh.

The man with a 0.32 bore revolver was nabbed by the Special Protection Group (SPG) personnel in this village in Aligarh district when he was found going near the second ring of the Congress leader’s security cordon.

Hari Mohan Sharma was nabbed by the SPG personnel at around 8.30 am and was immediately handed over to the Uttar Pradesh Police. Locals said he belongs to Tappal village and claimed that he is a Congress worker.

The incident took place two hours after Gandhi resumed his footmarch to Aligarh to make common cause with farmers in the state over land acqusition. Today’s is Gandhi’s third day of ‘padayatra’.


July 7, 2011

At least 37 killed in train-bus collision in UP

New Delhi: At least 37 people were killed and 17 injured when a train rammed into a bus at an unmanned crossing in Etah in Uttar Pradesh in the wee hours Thursday.

According to reports, the tragedy occurred at around 1.47 am when the Chhapra-Mathura Express train collided with a bus carrying members of a marriage party at an unmanned railway crossing in Thanagaon near Kanshiram Nagar district.

“Till now 37 dead bodies have been recovered and more are feared to be dead. We have learnt that the accident took place at around 1.47 am,” Kanshiram Nagar District Magistrate Selva Kumari J informed reporters.

Relief and rescue operation has started in full swing and top railway and city administration officials have already reached the spot to stock of the situation.

Most of the injured have been admitted to hospitals and community health centres of Kanshiram Nagar and Etah districts. Although majority of those injured are said to be out of danger, ten people are still reported to be in critical condition.

A team of railway doctors is also assisting the local medical staff in treating the injured,” Selva Kumari J said. For further inquiry about the accident, the railway officials have issued helpline number 9893566517.

According to officials, there were around 100 passengers in the bus at the time of the accident.

Meanwhile, expressing shock and profound grief at the loss of life, Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakhs for the kin of each person killed, Rs 50,000 each for seriously injured and Rs 10,000 each for those with simple injuries. Separately, the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has also announced compensation of Rs One lakh for the kin of the deceased persons.

The Prime Minister has also ordered an inquiry by Railway Safety Commissioner into the accident.

Confirming the development, a Railways spokesman said the inquiry has been initiated by the Ministry of Railways and it will be carried out by the Commissioner of Rail Safety.

The spokesman said the inquiry will go into the causes of the accident.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Railways K H Muniyappa and Railway Board Chairman Vinay Mittal have rushed to the mishap site.