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Sentry’s death in President home

New Delhi (PTI): A Central Industrial Security Force constable, on guard at Rashtrapati Bhavan, was found dead early on Wednesday.

Krishna Kumar, 29, had a single gunshot wound in the chest, police said. His colleagues rushed him to a nearby hospital, but the constable died on the way.

Kumar, of the 81st battalion of the CISF, was from Chhattisgarh. He had resumed duty on Tuesday after a leave.

Deputy commissioner of police (New Delhi district) Anita Roy said while prima facie it appeared to be a case of suicide, the possibility of an accidental firing could not be ruled out.

“We cannot say anything for certain until we receive the forensic report,” Roy said. The shot was apparently fired from Kumar’s service revolver.

Gutka baron gets travel nod

Mumbai (PTI): A special court hearing the case of alleged nexus between gutka barons with the underworld on Wednesday allowed Rasiklal Dhariwal, owner of the Manikchand brand, to travel abroad.

The court, however, restrained Dhariwal, a suspect in the case, from going to Abu Dhabi and Karachi. He was asked to submit a personal bond of Rs 1 crore.

The court also asked Dhariwal to provide all details regarding his travel to the investigation officer.

Bombay High Court had earlier granted an interim stay on a special court’s order seeking to make Dhariwal an accused in the case. The court had held that there was prima facie evidence to show that Dhariwal and J.M. Joshi, Goa Gutka owner, had links with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.

Beggar elected

Muzaffarnagar (PTI): A beggar, who contested elections to the Khai Kheri village panchayat in Uttar Pradesh, has been elected gram pradhan (village headman).

Villagers collected money for 35-year-old Dharamvir to contest the polls. “I will try to get more funds (for the village) by begging from the government,” he said.

Flight grounded

Chennai (PTI): A passenger went into labour mid-air, forcing a London-bound Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur make an emergency landing at Chennai airport early on Wednesday morning. Kalavani, who was travelling with her husband, was taken to a nursing home in the city.

Taj Mahotsav

Lucknow (PTI): The yearlong Taj Mahotsav in Uttar Pradesh will come to an end with a three-day grand finale in Agra beginning September 25. The function will be held on the Madhavgarh lawns near the Agra Fort from where Mughal emperor Shah Jahan used to view the Taj.


In the run-up to the EU-India summit next week, the European Union is hosting a cultural festival in New Delhi in which 21 countries will take part. It will also be held in Mumbai and Chennai.

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