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Man who threw acid on Delhi nurse convicted for murder

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New Delhi : More than three years after a Delhinurse, Preeti Rathi, died following an acid attack, a Special Women’s Courton Tuesday convicted her obsessed neighbour Ankur Narayanlal Panwar for murder. Additional Sessions Judge A.S. Shende found Panwar, 27, guilty of Murderand causing grievous hurt by throwing acid under the Indian Penal Code.
“The convict had a one-sided love for the victim. He even asked her not to travel to Mumbai and the girl had rejected his marriage proposal,” Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam told the media after the verdict. “Out of jealousy, the convict attacked her with acid, which he purchased from New Delhi,” Nikam said. The arguments on the quantum of the sentence will be taken up on Wednesday.

A resident of Narela in New Delhi, Rathi, 23, was attacked by acid thrown at her by Panwar shortly after she alighted from the Garib Rath Express train at Bandra terminus on the morning of May 2, 2013. She succumbed to multiple organ failure on June 1 that year on account of the severe acid burns.

Panwar had covered his face with a handkerchief and it became practically impossible for the investigators to identity him though Rathi had named him as one of the possible suspects. Both the victim and the accused – who was nabbed eight months after the crime was committed – were neighbours and family friends in Bhakra Beas Management Board Colony. He was nabbed on January 17, 2014 by the Mumbai Crime Branch from his New Delhihome after discarding all other suspects.

The needle of suspicion pointed at Panwar only very late as his family and the victim’s family were close friends. He later confessed to jealousy as the motive behind his attack since she had got a good, well-paying job but he remained unemployed. Rathi had secured a job as a lieutenant with the Indian Navy’s INS Ashvini Hospital in Colaba and had come to Mumbai to join duty.

Panwar claimed he was taunted and insulted by his own family members and neighbours for his inability to get work while Rathi managed to secure a prestigious assignment with the Indian Navy.

Though he eluded investigators for eight months, Nikam said that call data records of Panwar, when tallied with the railway time tables, showed that he had travelled on the same train as the victim. It proved he was present at the spot at the time of the crime in Mumbai though his (Panwar’s) family had earlier claimed he had gone to Haridwar and the Rathi family said they had not seen him on the train. During the hearings, Nikam brought forth how just days before the brutal acid attack, Rathi had confided to a friend about the death threats she got from Panwar.

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Delhi records season’s worst air day, AQI mounts to 304

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New Delhi, 13 Oct : The air quality index of the national capital turned foul and mounted to ‘very poor’ category at 304 on Tuesday morning, with northwest district recording the most polluted air, according to the Central pollution Board’s data.

Tuesday was the season’s worst air day so far.

The air pollution reaches a crescendo in Delhi-NCR every winter, when pollution from stubble burning combines with the suspended water droplets in the lower atmosphere to form a thick blanket of noxious smog, thus creating health hazards for the residents.

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Situation in Delhi under control after COVID-19 lockdown 4 : Arvind Kejriwal

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New Delhi, 25 May : Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday (May 25, 2020) said that the situation in the national capital is under control and his government is ready to deal with any kind of situation that comes in front of them.

Kejriwal, also stressed that even after several relaxations given in the fourth phase of COVID-19-induced lockdown the number of cases didn’t see any unusual rise.

Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal informed that around 3,500 COVID-19 cases were reported since the fourth-phase of the lockdown began.

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Cleared Shaheen Bagh, booked violators: Delhi Police

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New Delhi, 24 March : In view of the complete lockdown in the national capital to thwart the COVID-19 spread, Delhi Police cleared the protest site in Shaheen Bagh on Tuesday and detained some protesters.

Deputy Commissioner of Police R. P. Meena said, “Police requested them to vacate the place but they refused. So, police cleared the area and detained a few protesters.”

The Delhi Police also said, “All protest sites have been cleared — Jaffrabad, Jamia and Turkman Gate. Some persons detained in all these places as well.”

Sources in Delhi Police said, “A team of senior police officers reached the site at 6.45 a.m. First, they tried to pacify the protesters. At that time around a dozen persons were present. Usually, very few women protesters remain there during the mornings. And because of the lockdown, their number already was very less.”

The police arrived with trucks and JCB machines and dismantled all the structures and seized the tents.

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