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Police fire to quell Vadodara flare-up

Vadodara (PTI): Police fired in the air and lobbed several teargas shells on Wednesday night to disperse members of two communities pelting stones at each other following a murder on Tuesday.

Additional police commissioner P.C. Thakur said tension gripped Panjarigar area when rival groups indulged in stone pelting, forcing police to open one round of fire.

“The situation in both the areas is under control and peaceful,” he added.

He said one person was stabbed to death and two were injured on Tuesday night in Navapura area. Twenty-two people were arrested.

The injured are stated to be out of danger, the police said.

Two vehicles were also set ablaze in Tuesday night’s incident.

Vadodara has been witnessing sporadic communal flare-ups since December 15, the day the results of the Gujarat polls were declared.

Statue bar push to conversion

Meerut (PTI): As many as 125 Dalits, including 15 women and five children, converted to Christianity on Wednesday during a special Christmas prayer at a church, the priest who held the prayer and a Dalit leader said.

The conversion of the Dalits from Sikhara village, led by one Dharam Pal Saini, was held at St Joseph Cathedral.

Saini told newsmen that they decided to convert after the upper caste people did not allow them to instal a statue of B.R. Ambedkar in the village.

Father Mathew, who conducted the prayer, said the Dalits were converted as they were keen to become Christians.

PWG blasts train engines

Hyderabad (PTI): Naxalites of the People’s War Group blasted the engines of a goods train at Pandurangapuram station in Khammam district, police said.

Twenty armed Naxalites, including three women, stormed the station in a forest area on Tuesday night. They disconnected its communication system and asked the railway staff and others to evacuate the place as they wanted to blast the station.

But they had to withdraw the plan when people resisted the attempt. They then stopped a goods train on its way to the Muddanut thermal power station, blasted its first engine and burnt the second one.

Rail dacoity

Kanpur (PTI): Armed miscreants looted cash and valuables from passengers on the Shram Shakti Express. The four dacoits had boarded the train at New Delhi. They threatened passengers with pistols, looting cash and valuables worth Rs 86,000.

Picnic mishap

Deogarh (PTI): Four picnickers were killed and 10 injured when their jeep plunged into a nullah near Chhuriabahal village, about 13 km from here. The injured were admitted to the district headquarters hospital. Six of the seriously hurt were shifted to V.S.S. Medical College and Hospital. About 14 youths from Keonjhar were on their way to Chiplima in Sambalpur for a picnic when the mishap occurred.

5-year-old raped

Coimbatore (PTI): A man was arrested for allegedly raping a five-year-old girl, police said. The girl was playing in a field when the 43-year-old civil engineer allegedly took her into his house on Tuesday and raped her, police said. Passers-by noticed the girl screaming and bleeding profusely. She was admitted to a hospital. The man was arrested on Tuesday.

Burial urns found

Madurai (PTI): Three burial urns, at least 2,500 year-old, were unearthed while workmen were digging the ground to lay water supply pipelines at Mamsapuram, near Thirumangalam, an official of Madurai museum said. He said the urns, known as “mudhumakkal thali” (old people’s urn), were used to bury the ashes of the dead.

An online bibliography on bee research has been created by a scientist in Jodhpur. The website run by Rajiv K. Gupta, an associate professor of zoology, Jai Narain Vyas University, presents the history of research on bees through 12,110 research references.


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