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TMC Claims Request For Special Train Denied, Rls Says Received No Application From Party

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Last Updated: September 29, 2023, 23:39 IST

The railways, however, said it received the application from IRCTC and not from the party.(Image: PTI/File)

A senior Eastern Railway official said no official request was received from any political party. “We had received a request from the IRCTC and we had informed that such a rake is not available”.

The TMC on Friday alleged that its request for a special train to transport MGNREGA job card holders from West Bengal to New Delhi for a protest against the Centre for “withholding funds” was declined by railway authorities.

The railways, however, said it received the application from IRCTC and not from the party.

The Eastern Railways said the request could not be met due to unavailability of trains.

According to the TMC sources, around 4,000 MGNREGA workers are slated to leave for New Delhi on a special train on September 30 booked by the party.

The TMC claimed that the denial of the special train is “another pitiful attempt” by the BJP to stop MGNREGA beneficiaries from reaching New Delhi.

“Yet another piteous attempt to stop us! The Eastern Railway authorities have denied our request for a special train to take the deprived MGNREGA and Awas Yojana beneficiaries to Delhi. However, their devious tactics won’t deter our commitment to secure Bengal’s rightful dues! Our fight for justice shall reach Delhi under any circumstances. Jitna bhi rokne ki koshish karlo, hum datte rahenge, jhukenge nahi ! (Try how much you can, we will not change and not bow to you)” the party posted on ‘X’.

It also shared an image of the reported letter from Eastern Railways to IRCTC stating that the request for a special train has been examined and that coaches as per the desired rake composition are not available.

TMC general secretary Abhishek Banerjee called it a “testament to BJP’s fear” of the party.

“Shocking display of deceit : The BJP government shamelessly denied to provide a special train after accepting the deposit. This blatant obstruction of WB’s right to protest for rightful dues is a glaring testament to its fear. Love seeing them cower before the people of West Bengal,” he posted on “X”.

A senior Eastern Railway official said no official request was received from any political party. “We had received a request from the IRCTC and we had informed that such a rake is not available”.

The West Bengal BJP unit dubbed TMC allegation against it as “baseless”.

“The BJP has nothing to do with it. The TMC should talk to Railways and stop trying to make a political issue out of everything,” Samik Bhattacharya the spokesman of the state unit of the saffron party said.

“The MGNREGA beneficiaries have come from different districts via road and train. The party (TMC) has arranged their stay at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata. Around 4,000 of them were scheduled to travel to New Delhi on a special train booked by the party on September 30. We have also made arrangements for their stay in Delhi,” a TMC leader said.

Banerjee, TMC MPs, MLAs and district-level leaders are slated to pay their respects to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat in the national capital on October 2 on his birth anniversary.

Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, who is supposed to attend the programme, may not go as she has been advised ten days’ rest by doctors for an injury she suffered on her left knee during a recent trip to Spain and Dubai.

A TMC delegation will meet Union Rural Development Minister Giriraj Singh on October 3 and place before him a memorandum on the non-release of dues under MGNREGA.

(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed – PTI)



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NCP MLA’s Letter Requesting Maharashtra Minister To Appoint Arrested Doctor In Pune Porsche Case Goes Viral

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The 17-year-old boy driving Porsche car, who the police claim was drunk at the time after consuming liquor at a bar, knocked down two motorbike riders in Pune’s Kalyani Nagar.

Dr Taware of Sassoon Hospital has been arrested for allegedly manipulating the blood report of the 17-year-old teen driver

A letter allegedly from NCP MLA Sunil Tingre, who has been accused of trying to influence the Pune Porsche case, surfaced on social media wherein had requested a Maharashtra minister to appoint Dr Ajay Taware the medical superintendent of the Sassoon Hospital. Dr Taware of Sassoon Hospital has been arrested for allegedly manipulating the blood report of the 17-year-old teen driver.

Sharing a letter posted by a user on microblogging site X, Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi said, “When corrupt party MLAs elected to serve the people end up serving murderous VIPs. These are MLAs who are part of the (illegal) government. Whether Tingre or Mushrif or Taware… all have only misused their positions.”

The teen accused, who was involved in a car crash in the city’s Kalyani Nagar that killed two motorbike-borne software engineers on May 19, was taken to Sassoon Hospital for a medical check-up after the accident.

According to Pune Police Commissioner Amitesh Kumar, the juvenile’s blood sample was thrown away and was replaced with another person’s sample.

Both Dr Tawre and Dr Halnor, who were arrested by cops today, along with another employee of Sassoon Hospital Atul Ghatakmalbe, have been sent to police custody till May 30.

“On 19th May, at around 11 am the blood sample which was taken at Sassoon Hospital was thrown in a dustbin of the hospital and the blood sample of another person was taken and sent to the forensic lab…Chief Medical Officer Srihari Halnor replaced this blood sample. During the investigation, we found Srihari Halnor replaced this on the instructions of the Head of the Forensic Medicine Department of Sassoon, Ajay Tawre,” the Police Commissioner said.

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Former Hyderabad DCP Confesses To Phone Tapping During Telangana BRS Govt: Report

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Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) president and former Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao. (PTI file photo)

As per police sources, Radhakishan Rao confessed to surveilling politicians and others under the instructions of then Telangana’s Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) T Prabhakar Rao

Former Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of Hyderabad Police Task Force, P Radhakishan Rao, admitted to being part of phone tapping by some officers in the Telangana Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) during the BRS government in the state.

As per police sources, Radhakishan Rao confessed to surveilling politicians and others under the instructions of then Telangana’s Special Intelligence Bureau (SIB) T Prabhakar Rao.

T Prabhakar Rao was identified as the main suspect in a phone tapping scandal in the state. He allegedly failed to “draw the line” when executing orders from the ruling party.

The Hyderabad Police, investigating claims of phone tapping of politicians, officials, activists, and others during the BRS regime, attached Radhakishan Rao’s confession statement to other documents submitted to the Nampally Criminal Court, according to The Indian Express report.

As reported by the publication, Radhakishan Rao informed investigators that those who criticised the K Chandrashekar Rao-led government or were seen as a threat to the party were extensively monitored electronically.

It’s said that instructions regarding political leaders, both from BRS and the opposition, who needed surveillance, were given to former SIB Deputy Superintendent of Police D Praneeth Rao, who was arrested in March in the case.

Praneeth Rao allegedly profiled them and led operations to tap their phones for constant monitoring, the source added.

Among those under surveillance were former IPS officer RS Praveen Kumar, who had joined political parties like BSP and more recently BRS; former BRS leader and MLA Kadiam Srihari, now in Congress; former BRS minister T Rajaiah; former Tandur MLA Patnam Mahender Reddy, now a critic of BRS and recently joined Congress; Congress leader K Jana Reddy and his sons; and several district-level Congress leaders.

Additionally, sources further revealed movements of industrialists, builders, businessmen, journalists, and bureaucrats were monitored to track their communications. When it was found that many were using encrypted platforms like WhatsApp or Snapchat, then SIB chief Prabhakar Rao allegedly ordered the team to track calls using Internet Protocol Data Records.

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‘Told Him Not To Succumb To Political Pressure’: What Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar Told Pune Top Cop After Porsche Crash

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The deputy CM said he has instructed officials to take strict action in the “Pune, Jalgaon and Nagpur incidents”. (File image: X)

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, also the guardian minister of Pune district, was speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Monday blamed the parents of the teenager allegedly involved in the Pune car crash saying they ignored his behaviour which resulted in the death of two young professionals.

Pawar, also the guardian minister of Pune district, was speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

“The minor’s conduct in the Pune accident is highly irresponsible. It happened because the teenager’s parents ignored his behaviour. The son is in an observation home and his father and grandfather have been arrested,” he said.

The deputy CM said he has instructed officials to take strict action in the “Pune, Jalgaon and Nagpur incidents”.

A day before a Porsche allegedly driven by the Pune teenager, son of builder Vishal Agarwal, hit a motorcycle, leaving two techies dead in the city on May 19, one woman and three children were killed in Jalgaon after a car carrying four young men dashed a two-wheeler.

On May 24, an intoxicated person driving a car crashed into pedestrians and two-wheelers in Nagpur, injuring seven persons, including a three-month-old baby.

Anjali Damania, a social activist, had claimed that Ajit Pawar had called the Pune police commissioner after the Porsche accident.

Asked about her claim, Pawar said, “As a people’s representative, we receive calls regarding such accidents. I police commissioner and told him that the accused boy was from a wealthy family and there was a chance police might be pressured. I told him not to succumb to any political pressure.” Pawar said CM Eknath Shinde and his peer Devendra Fadnavis have already clarified their positions in this matter.

About the opposition alleging political pressure in the Pune case, Pawar said when someone is in opposition they allege political pressure behind every probe.

He said, “A ‘responsible’ MLA has accused the Pune police commissioner of accepting bribes from bar operators in the city. He should give proof…if proof is given the state will definitely probe into it.” Asked about his party MLA Sunil Tingare, who had visited Pune’s Yerawada police station hours after the accident in the Kalyani Nagar area, Pawar said, “Tingare himself has clarified his stand. He later met me in Pune and presented his version. I have asked top police officials to take strict action against cops or doctors who tried to dilute the probe.” Meanwhile, Deputy CM Fadnavis said in Nagpur that the police won’t stop until they get to the bottom of the Pune car crash case.

The police on Monday arrested two doctors and an employee of Sassoon General Hospital over alleged manipulation of blood samples and destruction of evidence in the case.

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