The authorities on Tuesday extended the detention of Dr Kafeel Khan, booked over alleged hate speech under the National Security Act, by another three months.

The Gorakhpur doctor has already spent three months in detention at Mathura Jail under the stringent NSA after allegedly making an inflammatory speech on the Aligarh Muslim University campus during the protests there over the Citizenship Amendment Act.

“The NSA on Dr Kafeel has been extended up to six months as there is apprehension that his release may lead to law and order problems,” a senior official in Aligarh confirmed.

The six months include the three months already spent in detention. The NSA allows preventive detention for up to a year.

Kafeel Khan’s brother Adil Ahmed questioned the extension.

“I am surprised by the NSA extension grounds that Kafeel’s release may lead to unrest,” he said.

“With all train and air services discontinued and the university closed, how is it possible that Dr Kafeel goes to the AMU campus and disturbs the peace?”

“Does the extension make any sense in the situation of a lockdown,” he asked.

Adil Ahmed also expressed concern over his brother’s health, citing reports of coronavirus infection in Agra Jail and the fear of the infection spreading in the “overcrowded” Mathura prison.

Khan was arrested at Mumbai airport on January 29 in connection with a case registered at Aligarh’s Civil Lines police station under section 153-A of the Indian Penal Code.

The section relates to promoting enmity between groups over religion and other differences.

On February 10, Khan was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court but not immediately released by Mathura Jail authorities. His family then moved court in Aligarh, claiming contempt of the HC order.

The court issued a fresh release order on February 13. But before it could be executed, the authorities invoked the NSA against him.

The doctor had earlier faced arrest following the deaths of over 60 children in a week at a government hospital in UP’s Gorakhpur in 2017.

About two years later, a state government probe cleared Khan of all major charges, prompting him to seek an apology from the Yogi Adityanath government.

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At least 10 new cases of coronavirus that were reported in Chittoor on Tuesday were linked to the Chennai market, while nine Covid-19 cases in Nellore has a Koyambedu market connection.

Koyambedu market in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. (PTI file)

The large scale outbreak of cases in Koyambedu vegetable and fruit market in Chennai has led to a sudden spike in the number of coronavirus cases in Nellore and Chittoor districts in Andhra Pradesh.

At least 10 new cases of coronavirus that were reported in Chittoor on Tuesday were linked to the Chennai market, while nine Covid-19 cases in Nellore, which also shares border with Tamil Nadu, has a Koyambedu market connection.

After new coronavirus cases from Chittoor, Nellore, and East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh were found to have a connection with the Koyambedu market of Chennai, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy directed fast and speedy testing of all those returning from the market.

On Tuesday, 33 new cases were reported across the state in the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 2,051. One new death was also reported in the state, taking the death toll to 46.

A total of 1,056 people have received treatment in the government faculty and sent home after they tested negative for coronavirus. Andhra Pradesh, between Monday and Tuesday, tested 10,730 persons and out which, 33 tested positive.

In the state, at 584, Kurnool has the highest number of cases followed by Guntur at 387 and Krishna at 346.

Meanwhile, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy once again stressed on removing the stigma over coronavirus and instill confidence among people to fight the virus. He instructed the officials to bring awareness among the public over Covid-19 in order to control the further spread of the virus.

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GUWAHATI: The Assam police has issued an order to district police chiefs to ensure that action is taken against people abandoning their animal companions over Covid-19 fears and against pet shop owners who left animals unfed in locked shops, a police officer said on Tuesday.
The state police headquarters issued the order to the Guwahati city commissioner of police and all superintendents of police following a letter from the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India to the Assam Director General of Police Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta.
PETA India Emergency Response Team’s associate manager Meet Ashari in a press release on Tuesday said, “We thank the Assam police for directing its officials to ensure that those who treat animals cruelly during the Covid-19 crisis are booked under the stringent provisions of the law.
“Breeders and pet shops sell animals to anyone willing to buy them often on a whim no matter their ability to care for them. And now, there’s concern that both pet shops and the people who buy animals from them are neglecting or abandoning animals in their care.”
According to the Indian Veterinarian Association, the current spread of Covid-19 is a result of human-to-human transmission, Ashari said.
“Till date, there is no evidence that companion animals spread the disease. Therefore, there is no justification in taking measures against companion animals which may compromise their welfare,” the release said.
In its letter, PETA India pointed out that the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) had in its March 11 advisory acknowledged that some people were abandoning their pets on the streets without food and water and urged law-enforcement authorities of the states and union territories to take action against such offences.
In another advisory on March 23, the AWBI requested the law-enforcement authorities to ensure that no animals suffer from hunger during the lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak.
The following day it also advised that district authorities must search pet shops in case animals are locked inside without adequate food, water, and ventilation and rescue such animals when necessary.



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বাস পরিষেবা চালু

করোনা লকডাউনে চতুর্থ দফায় শহরে চালু হতে চলেছে বাস পরিষেবা। সরকারি বাস পরিষেবা চালু হবে কয়েকটি রুটে। হাওড়া নিউটাউন, হাওড়া কামালগাজি, হাওড়া গড়িয়া, বালিগঞ্জ ডানলপ, যাদবপুর করণাময়ী সহ ১২টি রুটে বাস চালানোর অনুমতি দিয়েছে রাজ্য সরকার। তবে ২০ জনের বেশি যাত্রী বাসে তোলা যাবে না বলে কড়া নির্দেশিকা দেওয়া হয়েছে।

বেসরকারি বাসে ছাড়

বেসরকারি বাসে ছাড়

সরকারি বাসের পাশাপাশি বেসরকারি বাস চালানোরও অনুমতি দিয়েছেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী। যাত্রী তোলার ক্ষেত্রে সেই একই নিয়ম বহাল থাকবে। তাতে ভাড়া বাড়াতে তাঁরা বাড়াতে পারেন বলে জানিয়েছে। জেলাগুলিতেও বেশ কিছু জায়গা. বাস চালানো যাবে বলে জানিয়েছেন তিনি।

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বাস ভাড়া বৃদ্ধির ইঙ্গিত

২০ জন যাত্রী নিয়ে বাস চালাতে হলে বিপুল লোকসানের মুখে পড়তে হবে বেসরকারি বাস মালিকদের। সেকারণে তাঁরা নিজেদের মত ভাড়া ঠিক করে নিতে পারেন বলে জানিয়েছেন তিনি। সেক্ষেত্রে ভাড়া নিয়ে রাজ্য সরকার হস্তক্ষেপ করবে না বলে জানিয়েছেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী। অর্থাৎ করোনা আবহে বাসে অতিরিক্ত ভাড়া দিয়ে উঠতে হতে পারে যাত্রীদের।

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জেলার মধ্যেই শুধু নয় এবার জেলার বাইরেও বাস চালানোর অনুমতি দেওয়া হবে বলে জানিয়েছেন মুখ্যমন্ত্রী। পরিবহণ মন্ত্রী শুভেন্দু অধিকারি বৈঠক করে এই নিয়ে চূড়ান্ত সিদ্ধান্ত জানিয়ে দেবেন বলে জানিয়েছেন তিনি। তবে বিধি মেনেই যাত্রী বাসে তোলা হবে।



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