Evening brief: New claims in Karni chief killing case; Visa rules eased for Indian ‘Umrah’ pilgrims, and all latest news
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Rajasthan DGP Umesh Mishra has assembled a special investigation team (SIT) to delve into the assassination of Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena president Sukhdev Singh Gogamedi. Two alleged shooters connected to the bold crime have been identified by the police. Rohit Rathore Makrana and Nitin Fauji stand accused by the authorities. A reward of ₹5 lakh each has been announced for their capture. Nitin Fauji's father informed PTI that his son had gone to fix his car on December 9 and has been missing since. "My son went to Mahendragarh to get the car repaired at 11 am on December 9. There has been no contact with him ever since," he said. The news agency also talked to the accused's classmate Deepak, who said he was very good at studies.
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Saudi Arabia has adjusted visa regulations and expanded dedicated flights from India to accommodate more Indians for the Umrah pilgrimage, as mentioned by Saudi Hajj and Umrah minister Tawfig Bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah. Anticipating an increase in Indian Muslims performing Umrah to 1.37 million in 2024 from 1.2 million in 2023, Al-Rabiah highlighted that Indians can now undertake the pilgrimage using work or tourism visas, eliminating the need for a specific Umrah visa. Additionally, he praised the contribution of Indian expatriates to Saudi Arabia's economic and cultural development.
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