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Round Two of NIA Raids: 60 Members of Popular Front of India Picked Up in Karnataka

Round Two of NIA Raids: 60 Members of Popular Front of India Picked Up in Karnataka

As part of the second phase of NIA raids, several members of the Islamic organisation Popular Front of India (PFI) were picked up in 8 states. The National Investigation Agency’s crackdown that started this morning is still underway. As per reports, in Karnataka, as many as 60 PFI members have been picked up under preventive custody as part of NIA raids. The detained members would be produced before a local tehsildar, where NIA would seek their judicial custody, and if granted, they would be sent to prison. All the PFI members have been arrested under PAR (Preventive Action Report), so they need to give bond surety in front of the local tehsildar, and no FIR has been registered against them as well. NIA raids have been underway in Delhi, including Shaheen Bagh and Jamia, since late night Monday. Around 12 people have been detained by the central agency. Earlier on September 22, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), along with Enforcement Directorate (ED), carried out raids against the radical organisation Popular Front of India (PFI) in more than 90 locations in 15 states, including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Assam, Delhi, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh among others. The members of PFI had said that the central government is misusing central agencies to silence voices.

Also Read: Massive NIA Crackdown on Popular Front of India; Over 100 Arrested 

Rajasthan Political Crisis: CM Ashok Gehlot’s Name Ruled Out As Party President After Rebellion

After 90 Rajasthan MLAs who are loyal to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot staged a rebellion against making Congress leader Sachin Pilot as the next Rajasthan PM, the Congress top leadership is furious with Ashok Gehlot. Hence, his name has been ruled out for Congress presidential poll. Sources said that the Congress party is unhappy and disappointed with Gehlot for plotting a rebellion that has embarrassed the political party in the middle of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra. Ashok Gehlot’s refusal to give up the post of Rajasthan Chief Minister has annoyed the top leadership, revealed sources. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had made it clear to Gehlot that he would have to resign from the post of CM before his elevation as Congress president, given the party’s one person, one post policy. As per reports, Ashok Gehlot had agreed, and the transition was to be formally announced at a meeting on Sunday. However, only about 20-25 MLAs showed up at Gehlot’s residence. Over 90 MLAs took a special bus to Rajasthan Speaker’s home and threatened to resign if Gehlot was replaced as Rajasthan Chief Minister by his rival Sachin Pilot. Meanwhile, the rebel MLAs also openly defied Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s order. Although Ashok Gehlot has apologised, Congress has taken a serious view of the indiscipline by one of its most senior leaders.

I&B Ministry Asks YouTube To Down 45 Videos Under Controversial IT Rules 2021

The Information & Broadcasting Ministry has directed YouTube to take down 456 videos posted by 10 different channels on the platform. The I&B officials said: “The orders to block the videos were issued on September 23, 2022, under the provisions of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021,” The videos that have been asked to remove include 13 from The Live TV, 9 from Hind Voice, 6 from Inqilab Live and Desh India Live, 4 from Mr Reaction Wala, 2 each from GetSetFlyFACT and 4PM and 1 each from National Adda, Dhruv Rathee and Vijay Pratap Singh Bhopar. All the videos have a cumulative views of over 1.30 crore. The I&B officials said that the content in the videos includes fake news and morphed videos aimed at spreading hate among different religious communities. Examples include false claims like the Indian government has taken away the religious rights of certain communities or a declaration of civil war in the country. “These channels were found to have been involved in the conspiracy to spread hatred in the country, and the content is detrimental to India’s friendly relation with foreign states. This is a continuous process, and action will be taken against all such sites and channels in the future as well,” said Union I&B Minister Anurag Singh Thakur. “Some of the videos even depicted parts of J&K and Ladakh outside the Indian territory. Such cartographic misrepresentation was found to be detrimental to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India,” said I&B officials. 

Covid-Bulletin: India Registers 3,000+ Cases, Recovery Rate At 98.72%

According to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 3,230 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The active caseload of the country currently stands at 42,358. Meanwhile, daily recoveries continue to outnumber active covid-19 cases, with logging 4,255 recoveries in the previous 24 hours. The total recoveries have reached 4,40,04,553. The daily and weekly positivity rate currently stands at 1.18% and 1.58%, respectively. As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, the country has conducted 89.41 crore covid-19 tests so far. On the vaccination front, India has administered 217.82 crore covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.

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