India: NCP seeks suspension of internet around EVM strong rooms

Mumbai, Oct 20 (PTI) The NCP on Sunday demanded suspension of internet services within three km radius of every polling booth in Maharashtra as well as the strong rooms where EVMs will be stored, from the day of voting till the votes are counted.

Polling for all the 288 Assembly constituencies in Maharashtra will be held on Monday. The votes will be counted on October 24.

India: Naxal terrorists accuse Maha man of being informer, shoot him dead

Gondia, Oct 21 (PTI) A 50-year-old man was gunned down by Naxals recently in Murkutdoh-I area of Salakesa tehsil in Maharashtra's Gondia district after they accused him of being a police informer, an official said on Monday.

He identified the deceased as Bhagchand Dhurve, and said preliminary probe has revealed that Naxals suspected he was an informer as police in the area often conducted welfare camps for people in front of his residence.

India: Maha polling starts, 5.64 pc voting in Mumbai in first 2 hrs

Mumbai, Oct 21 (PTI) Mumbai suburbs on Monday recorded 5.64 per cent polling in the first two hours as voting got underway for the 288 Assembly seats in Maharashtra, an election official said.

Long queues were observed outside several polling stations, indicating the percentage may go up in subsequent hours, the official said.

Voting began at 7 am and will end at 6 pm.

India: Man gets three years RI for molesting five-year-old girl

Thane, Oct 19 (PTI) A local court has sentenced a man from Bhiwandi to three years of rigorous imprisonment for molesting a five-year-old girl in 2013.

District Judge D G Murumkar on Friday convicted Irfan Iqbal Momim (30) under relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 on him.

India: Six detained with cash worth Rs 2.19 cr

Mumbai, Oct 17 (PTI) Six persons have been detained by a team of police and Election commission officials for allegedly carrying Rs 2.19 crore in cash at Zaveri Bazaar in South Mumbai, the police said on Thursday.

Acting on a tip-off, additional commissioner of police's special squad and a team from the Election Commission laid a trap near Khaugali at Zaveri Bazaar on Wednesday evening, and nabbed the men, an official said.

On searching them, the police found cash to the tune of Rs 2.19 crore, he added.

India: No interim relief for cop accused of raping Uzbek woman

Mumbai, Oct 16 (PTI) A court here on Wednesday refused to provide interim protection from arrest to a police officer who is accused of raping a 35-year-old Uzbekistan national for eight years.

Police inspector Bhanudas alias Anil Jadhav, who has been suspended, has filed an anticipatory or pre-arrest bail application before sessions Judge K S Hore.

India: Savarkar's sanskar basis for nation-building: Modi

Akola, Oct 16 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar's values are the basis for nation-building.

His remarks came a day after the BJP raised the demand for the Bharat Ratna honour for Savarkar, one of the tallest Hindutva icons in the pantheon of Sangh Parivar, in its manifesto for the October 21 Maharashtra polls.

Addressing an election rally in the state's Akola district, Modi rued that Savarkar was denied the Bharat Ratna.

India: Like 'pickpocket', Modi diverts attention to steal: Rahul

Yavatmal/Wardha, Oct 15 (PTI) Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "loudspeaker" of certain industrialists, and said his strategy was like that of a pickpocket who diverts attention to steal.

On campaign trail in Vidarbha for October 21 Maharashtra assembly elections, he also targeted the Modi government for "waiving" corporate tax.

India: Koregaon Bhima case: HC refuses bail to three activists

Mumbai, Oct 15 (PTI) The Bombay High Court on Tuesday refused bail to civil liberties activists Sudha Bharadwaj, Arun Ferriera and Vernon Gonsalves, arrested for allegedly inciting caste-based violence at Koregaon Bhima in Pune and having links with Maoists.

Justice Sarang Kotwal rejected the bail pleas filed by the three activists.

The accused were initially placed under house arrest in August last year by the Pune Police in Maharashtra and were later taken into custody on October 26, after a sessions court in Pune rejected their bail pleas.

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