News Flash – 01 July 2019

National News



Security Guard Dies as IISc Sliding Gate Crashes

FATAL FALL: The 6ft-tall and 15ft-wide sliding gate at the main entrance of IISc on CV Raman Road collapsed on three guards.



Bengaluru: A 24-year-old security guard was killed and two others sustained minor injuries after a sliding gate weighing 500kg collapsed on them at the main entrance of Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at CNR Rao underpass on CV Raman Road on Sunday. Sadashivanagar police said the accident took place at 12.45pm when Gautam Biswal, the security guard from Odisha, was opening the gate to make way for a car to enter the campus. The 6ft-tall and 15ft-wide gate collapsed and Biswas and two other guards, Anil Kumar from Bihar and Vinayak from Odisha, came under it. Biswas sustained severe injuries on his forehead and died instantly. Anil and Vinayak survived with minor bruises. Police said they will register a case of death due to negligence under IPC section 354a. “The matter is under investigation. We are ascertaining what led to the tragedy and whose fault was it,” an officer said. Some security personnel staged an impromptu protest at the scene, alleging the new gate was installed only four months ago, and flaws in erecting it could have resulted in the accident. IISc could not be reached for comments. Biswas had come to Bengaluru three years ago and joined a security agency which deployed him at IISc.



Bombs Explode at Club in Birbhum

BJP booth president Khagapati Mahato was shot at in Jhargram. (Left) The club near Mallarpur station after the explosion.



Birbhum/Jhargram: A bomb explosion in a club, and attacks on local BJP leaders and a Trinamool MLA marked continuing political violence in Bengal on Sunday. In Birbhum, bombs exploded inside three-storeyed Meghdoot Club near Mallarpur railway station, blowing off its roof and iron gate shutters and blasting a portion of the ground-floor wall. The bombs were reportedly stacked inside the building. Residents claimed that buildings nearby too were damaged as glass windowpanes shattered in the impact. Trinamool blamed BJP for storing bombs and arms in the club; BJP denied the charge. The state late on Sunday directed CID to investigate the incident. “BJP was controlling the club and had stored bombs inside. It is a fallout of their efforts to fan violence across the state,” Trinamool’s district president Anubrata Mandal said. Local BJP leader Subhashsis Chowdhury said: “There are BJP supporters in the district. But our members are not connected with the incident at the Mallarpur club”. In Jhargram, 20-year-old BJP booth president Khagapati Mahato was shot at Saturday midnight while attending a ‘kirtan’.



Mahato was rushed to a local hospital and then to Kolkata. His condition remained critical on Sunday. Mahato, who switched to BJP from Trinamool a few months back, was attacked when he stepped out of the ‘kirtan’ in Jamboni’s Baghua. Three bikers accosted him. “He was shot in the chest,” father Rajani Mahato said. Residents alleged Trinamool workers were present during the shooting. On Sunday, Bhanu Mahato, reportedly a Trinamool supporter, was arrested in this connection. Trinamool’s Jhargram president Birbaha Soren denied any party worker was involved in the attack. In Cooch Behar, Trinamool’s Dinhata MLA Udayan Guha came under attack when miscreants stopped his car near Gobrachhara while he was on his way to Nayarhat on Sunday. He was forced to step out and the front windshield was smashed. “We are trying to prevent communal hatred that BJP is spreading in the area,” Guha said. In Purulia, the house of a BJP panchayat samiti member was set ablaze on Sunday. A group of miscreants set fire to BJP leader Malati Rajwad’s house, residents said.



International News



Taliban Bombers Kill 19, including Election Workers, in Afghanistan



Kandahar: Taliban bombers targeting a district centre in southern Afghanistan have killed at least 19 people, including eight election workers, officials said on Sunday. The attack comes as a new round of talks between the US and the Taliban to end the 18-year-long war in Afghanistan entered a second day in Qatar. The militants rammed four armored vehicles packed with explosives into a government compound in Maruf district on Saturday, a police spokesman in Kandahar province said. “Unfortunately 11 policemen were martyred and 27 more injured,” Qasim Afghan said. Eight election workers who were stationed at the centre to register voters ahead of the presidential polls in September were also killed in the attack a spokesman for Afghanistan’s Independent Election Commission said. Afghanistan’s twice-delayed presidential election is now slated for September 28. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani condemned the “barbaric and unforgivable” attacks.

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