Raipur: Three people were killed when Naxals blew up an oil tanker with an improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district on Tuesday, police said. The incident took place around 10 am between Kosronda and Tumapal villages when the diesel-laden tanker was engaged in rail track laying work in Rowghat area, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Vivekanand Sinha told PTI. The tanker had left from Tumapal camp of the Sashtra Seema Bal (SSB), to provide fuel to the construction vehicles engaged in Dallirajhra-Rowghat railway project work. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh When it reached near Patkalbeda village, located around 200 km from the state capital Raipur, Maoists denoted a powerful IED and blew up the vehicle, killing its three occupants on the spot, another police official said. The deceased were identified as drivers Rakesh Kodopi (24), native of neighbouring Kondagaon district, and Duneshwar Singh (24) (from Madhya Pradesh), and helper Ajay Kumar Salaam (23) (hailing from Rowghat in Kanker), he said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad The tanker belonged to a private firm – K R Infrastructure Construction Company – which is engaged in the rail track laying work, he said. On getting information about the incident, Kanker Superintendent of Police K L Dhruv along with other security personnel rushed to the spot. Besides, teams of the SSB from Tumapal and Kosronda camps also launched search operations in the area to trace the culprits, the official said. Maoists have been opposing the project since its inception and executed several attacks in the past, fearing that construction of the rail route will speed up development works in Bastar, thereby uprooting them from the region, he added. Construction is currently underway for the 235-km-long Dallirajhra-Rowghat-Jagdalpur broad-gauge railway project, that would facilitate transporation of iron-ore extracted from the area, considered to be under the influence of Naxalites in north Bastar region. Besides, it will provide a transportation facility to the people in the Naxal hotbed. Work on the first phase of 95-km-long track from Dallirajhara to Rowghat is in rapid progress. The operation of passenger train on this route has been started upto Kevti village, which is around 42 km away from Dallirajhra station.
Shahjahanpur (UP): The law student who has accused BJP leader Swami Chinmayanand of rape was arrested on Wednesday on charges of extortion and sent to 14-day judicial custody, police said.Hours later, her bail plea was rejected. The 23-year-old woman was arrested around 9.15 am from her home by a special investigation team (SIT) amid massive police deployment. Inspector General Naveen Arora, who heads the SIT of the Uttar Pradesh police, said they arrested her after “enough” digital and forensic evidence was found and statements recorded. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework”We have sufficient evidence that Rs 5-crore extortion money was demanded from Chinmayanand,” he told reporters. He said three men arrested earlier for extortion confessed that they sent messages to Chinmayanand “in panic” on the directions of the woman when the money demanded was not delivered. Another SIT member said they arrested the student after confronting her with the video clips – one of them on an alleged conversation in a car between the three men and the student discussing the extortion plan. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenThe officer claimed that during the questioning Wednesday morning, the student “verified” the contents of the clip, confirming that it had her voice and that of the three other men. Last week, the SIT formed by the Uttar Pradesh police on the instruction of the Supreme Court had arrested Chinayamand based on the woman’s complaint. Simultaneously, they also arrested the three men and booked the student on the extortion charge. Meanwhile, the BJP on Wednesday said former Union minister Swami Chinmayanand, accused of rape by a law student of his college, is no longer a member of the party. “He is not a member of the BJP,” party spokesperson Harishchancdra Srivastava said.