Two murders rocked the state capital Lucknow on Saturday after the wife and son of a senior official with the Indian Railways were shot dead by unknown miscreants. The house where the murders took place is located in the Gautampalli area, a high-security zone. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s official residence is also located nearby.
The murder of the 49-year-old woman and her 20-year-old son took place amid the lockdown since the state has imposed weekend restrictions to contain the coronavirus spread.
The railway official, identified as RD Vajpayee, is currently posted in Delhi.
Lucknow Police Commissioner Sujeet Pandey and Director General of Police HC Awasthi rushed to the spot soon after the murders. A dog squad was also deployed to the crime scene.
“The bodies of the wife and son of senior railways officer RD Bajpayee have been found in their Railway Colony house today,” said Pandey. “Prime facie, it does not appear to be an incident of robbery. An investigation, in this case, is underway.”
Meanwhile, sources said the daughter of the Railways official was also present in the house and she had informed the servant about the murders. The servant had then alerted the police.
Attacking the BJP government over the deteriorating law and order situation in UP, Congress leader Akhilesh Pratap Singh said, “The incident took place in the VIP area, which is considered the safest zone in Lucknow. Even with the CM’s House nearby and all roads equipped with CCTV, such incidents are happening. The crime graph is soaring in the state since this government came to power.”
“The area where the chief minister lives is considered a VVIP zone and even when a strict lockdown is in place criminals have the courage to shoot the wife and son of a senior railway official,” said Samajwadi Party MLC Sunil Singh Sajan. “This says it all about the current law and order situation in the state. People of the state are living in fear and criminals are having a free run.”
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Earthquake in Nalanda, Patna – Bihar with 3.5 Magnitude
An earthquake of magnitude 3.5 was reported near Nalanda in Bihar on Monday night, according to India’s National Center for Seismology.
The epicenter of the earthquake was 20 km northwest (NW) of Nalanda, Bihar, India, the agency said. The earthquake struck at 9:23 PM IST at a depth of 5 km from the surface. Tremors were also felt in Gaya, Bhagalpur, Nalanda, Patna.
Uttarakhand Power Plant Damaged After The Glacier Burst
Uttarakhand: A glacial burst in Chamoli district, Uttarakhand triggered an avalanche and massive flooding of the Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers on Sunday morning, forcing the emergency evacuation of thousands from surrounding areas, and damaging houses and the nearby Rishiganga power project.
Disaster response and management teams have been deployed to conduct search-and-rescue and relief operations. Around 100 to 150 people may have been killed, Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash told news agency ANI. Authorities fear hundreds more may still be stuck. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Assam to campaign for Assembly polls, tweeted: “India stands with Uttarakhand and the nation prays for everyone’s safety.”
Disaster management teams have been mobilized and hundreds of ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) have been rushed for rescue operations.
SN Pradhan, chief of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), said that teams from the relief force have been moved for search-and-rescue and relief operations in Uttarakhand where a glacial burst has triggered an avalanche. “The glacial burst has taken out a bridge constructed by the Border Road Organisation. Also in the higher reaches, the Rishiganga hydel project also has been damaged,” he said.