Delhi wakes up to stepped up security, traffic diversions
The national capital woke up to tightened security arrangements and traffic diversions on Friday in view of the celebrations in New Delhi to mark the 150th anniversary of the 1857 uprising.
Several layers of barricades were seen on roads leading to the historic Red Fort, where President APJ Abdul Kalam, his deputy Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh attended the main function on Friday morning.
Hundreds of armed Delhi Police and paramilitary personnel were deployed at and around the venue while elite commandos and snipers maintained a hawk-like vigil on the roof tops in the vicinity of the Red Fort in Old Delhi.
All those entering the venue were frisked and their belongings checked even as several close-circuit television cameras installed at all vantage points kept a watch on the activities of the visitors.
Police had intensified its vigil in the capital as it believes that some Lashker-e-Toiba terrorists could be here to carry out a strike, especially to disrupt the celebrations to mark the first war of independence.
The function and a commemorative march taken out by the volunteers of Nehru Yuva Kendra also led to traffic diversions in the morning, causing hardships to commuters especially those entering the city from east Delhi.
Thousands of youth volunteers from all over the country, who arrived in the Capital on Thursday after completing a 60-km march from Meerut in UP, walked down from their camp in Yamuna Pushta to the Red Fort.
The alleged mastermind of a cyber fraud gang managed to flee after firing at a Telangana Police team when it raided his residence in Bihar's Nawada late on Saturday even as four of his accomplices were arrested and Rs 1.22 crore in cash, five smartphones, three luxury cars, and liquor bottles were recovered. Later three more accused Bhutali Ram, Mahesh Kumar Mahto, and Jitendra Kumar were arrested.
The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation has introduced 300 electric buses, which have been dedicated to the "citizens of the city" by the state government. Five bus routes have been identified to run these newly introduced electric buses. These electric buses will run between Kempegowda Bus Station to Vidyaranyapura, Shivajinagar to Yelahanka, Yelahanka to Kengeri, Kempegowda Bus Station to Yelahanka Satellite town and Hebbal to Central Silk Board.
The Capital has over 18,000 parks and gardens, but most of them are concentrated in just five districts, a new analysis has found, with the fewest such spaces in the congested north-east Delhi region, throwing up concerns over the inequitable spread of green patches in the rapidly expanding margins of the city. West Delhi is second, with such spots spread over 6.6% of the district and East Delhi third with 6.3%.
A year has passed since the day a 9-year-old Dalit girl was allegedly raped and murdered inside a crematorium in west Delhi's Delhi Cantonment area. The girl's mother has still kept her clothes. She says that she will immerse them in the Ganga, but only after the court decides on the fate of four men who raped and murdered her daughter. The four accused are lodged in Tihar Jail.
The death toll in the Banda boat tragedy rose to 12 on Sunday after one more body was recovered three days after the fateful mishap in the Yamuna river on August 11. Three more bodies are still missing and search operations were going on, Banda superintendent of police Abhinandan said. “Three bodies are missing. The search operation by the NDRF, SDRF and PAC divers are underway,” he said.