The Allahabad High Court on Thursday ordered a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the violence in the Jawahar Bagh park area in Mathura in which 24 people, including two senior police officers and many squatters belonging to Swadhin Bharat Vidhik Satyagrah, an armed group led by Ram Vriksh Yadav, were killed.Yadav, once a follower of Jai Gurudev, who had been occupying the site since 2014, was also killed in the police operation to evict the huge tract of land in Jawahar Bagh on June 2, 2016.The high court bench headed by Chief Justice D.B. Bhosale and Justice Yashwant Varma also asked the CBI to submit a status report of its probe on May 2 before the court.Justice Bhosle asked the investigating agency to form a special team to probe the violence, which had brought the armed group into the national limelight.The court order for the CBI probe came in response to a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Mathura-based advocate Vijay Pal Singh Tomar and others.Encroachment issueMr Tomar, a former president of the Mathura district bar association, had been consistently raising the issue of encroachment of the public land by the armed groups since 2015.It was Mr Tomar whose PIL in the Allahabad High Court pushed the authorities into taking action against the squatters in June last year.In his petition he alleged that the Uttar Pradesh government was “in the know of the dangerous activities happening inside Jawahar Bagh in Mathura unleashed by the illegal armed group but the government sat on repeated requests of the district magistrate for more force so that an operation could be launched to evict the armed group.”Mr Tomar also alleged in his PIL that “a fair investigation by the UP government could not be expected given that senior members of the Akhilesh Yadav government were seen to be backing the armed group which unleashed the violence.”While talking to The Hindu, Mr. Tomar alleged that “it was a fit case to be handed over to the central investigating agency because a state cabinet minister and senior members of the incumbent party in UP were allegedly involved in the case.”“There are reasons to believe that there was a deeper conspiracy behind the incident because the armed group had allegedly received direct and indirect patronage of the State government, and if the government wanted, the armed groups would not have grown to this extent,” he added.‘Parallel govt’Yadav was allegedly running a parallel government, complete with administration, revenue and armed forces, within the park which he and his followers had encroached upon since 2014.He had assembled deadly weapons and explosives which were used against the police when they started the eviction operation at Jawahar Bagh.
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WILMINGTON, MA — Joe Martiniello, longtime Event Chair of Wilmington’s Relay For Life, was recently recognized by the New England Board of the American Cancer Society with one of its most honored awards — the Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award.The prestigious award recognizes and honors an American Cancer Society volunteer whose actions in service to the fight against cancer best exemplifies the values of compassion, dedication, integrity, and courage.The award was presented to the Martiniello during the Opening Ceremonies of last Friday’s Relay For Life event by Dennis Cataldo, Vice Chair of the New England Board of the American Cancer Society.“For more than 10 years, Joe has been pat of the Relay for Life, raising funds and awareness to support the fight against cancer,” said Cataldo. “He’s served on Relay’s event leadership team and played a critical role in helping bring together the communities of Wilmington, Billerica and Tewksbury under one relay.”“His deep passion and Relay expertise has been essential in helping the Wilmington Relay For Life reach a very impressive milestone — $1 million raised,” continued Cataldo. “The American Cancer Society is very lucky to have volunteers like Joe.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAmerican Cancer Society Honors Wilmington’s Joe Martiniello For Dedication To Relay For Life EventIn “Community”Wilmington’s Wilston Johnston To Participate In American Cancer Society’s Bicycles Batting Cancer On June 9In “Community”$1 MILLION: Wilmington Relay For Life Reaches Fundraising MilestoneIn “Community”
Ferry services on Shimulia-Kathalbari river route resumed on Thursday morning after seven hours of disruption caused by dense fog, reports UNB.Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Corporation (BIWTC) at Shimulia station, assistant general manager Shah Newaz Khaled said the authorities suspended the ferry services on the route from 1:30 am to 8:30 am due to blurred visibility caused by thick fog.Five ferries remained stranded in the mid-river, causing immense sufferings to the passengers amid cold weather.Five hundred vehicles remained stuck in a long queue stretching five kilometers at the both end of the river, said the official.
Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /00:57 Listen Florian MartinWreckers and cleanup crews are working on SH-288 after it got flooded Wednesday morning.It was a traffic nightmare for commuters driving into work on State Highway 288 Wednesday morning.The freeway was shut down for several hours, while a section near MacGregor Boulevard was flooded and then cleaned up after the water receded.Several drivers got stuck in the water and others in the mud.“It’s been a pretty bad morning,” said a man who only identified himself as Jerry and who was waiting by his truck in the grassy freeway median at MacGregor for hours – even after the water was gone.“About 5:30 this morning, I was on my way to work and I ran into a lot of traffic,” he said. “Everything stopped right here. My truck, we were sitting right here, the water started coming up, so a lot of people moved over into the grass to get away from the high water.”He was waiting for a tow truck, but of course he wasn’t the only one.Overall, more than 130 cars were towed from Houston roads.SH-288 opened again about 11 a.m. Wednesday, after all stranded cars were removed and the road cleaned.