NEW DELHI: A bomb blast near India’s biggest nuclear power plant killed six people, police said Wednesday, sparking a probe into whether the explosion was linked to protests against the facility.
Interrogation of terrorist leader finds Jewish establishments in Mumbai scoped out by Muslim group for possible terrorist attacks
Amid a terror threat, Jewish establishments in India have been instructed by police to tighten security in and around their businesses.
The call came following the interrogation of Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal by the National Investigation Agency in New Delhi, as well as in the wake of the Islamist attack on an upscale mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
NEW DELHI — A high-speed train plowed into a crowd of Hindu pilgrims who were crossing the tracks at a remote station in east India on Monday, killing dozens of people and leaving a scene of carnage.
An enraged crowd dragged out the driver and began beating him, and set parts of the train on fire, sending up a pillar of thick black smoke that could be seen miles away.
The crowd remained so furious that hours passed before firefighters and rescue workers were able to approach the site of the accident, officials said. A train sent to help the wounded was forced to halt on the tracks a mile away.
The disaster stood out even in a season of terrible accidents.
NEW DELHI – A police official says nine schoolchildren have been killed and 20 others injured when a school bus collided with a truck in northern India.
Police officer Vishnu Khatri says the crash happened early Tuesday as the bus carrying around 30 children collided head-on with a truck in Hanumangarh in Rajasthan state.
At least seven children died instantly, while two others died in a nearby hospital, Khatri said.
Police have launched a search for the drivers of both vehicles who fled after the accident.
Local residents said the bus driver was trying to overtake another vehicle when the bus crashed into the truck coming from the opposite side.
Hanumangarh is about 350 kilometers (220 miles) northwest of New Delhi.
NEW DELHI (AP) — An Oman Air plane made an emergency landing in India on Saturday because of a bomb scare during the flight, an airport official said.
The plane landed without incident at the Mumbai airport, and the passengers disembarked safely.
The official said the flight was headed to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from Muscat. The official was speaking on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.
The pilot requested an emergency landing, and the aircraft was diverted to an isolated bay at the airport upon landing.
No other details were immediately available.
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Days after floods killed more than 100 people — possibly many Rakesh Sharma, a state official, said the death toll could be much higher, running into thousands, but the exact number would be known only after a survey of the entire region.
A joint army and air force operation has so far evacuated nearly 14,000 people stranded in the area but nearly 61,000 people remained cut off, officials said.
By Agence France-Presse
Friday, April 19, 2013
A five-year-old Indian girl was battling for her life on Friday after being kidnapped and brutally raped in the latest incident of sexual violence which has triggered nationwide protests.
The girl was attacked inside a locked room over a 48-hour period, police said, after being abducted as she played outside on Monday in a lower-middle class area of the capital New Delhi.
“We initially registered a case of kidnapping. We have now launched a preliminary inquiry into rape and attempted murder,” Rajan Bhagat told AFP, adding a hunt was on to catch a family neighbour who is the main accused.
The child was admitted to the intensive care unit of a city hospital on Wednesday and doctors said her condition was “critical” as news channels provided wall-to-wall coverage.
“The girl was traumatised when she was brought to us. There were injuries to her lips, cheeks and chest wall. There were bruises on her neck,” R.N. Bansal, medical superintendent of a local government hospital, told NDTV news channel.
Doctors said the girl’s genital area had been mutilated and that objects had been inserted inside her, causing serious internal injuries and infection.
“We are keeping her under constant observation. The next few hours are going to be very critical,” Bansal said.
She was found after a passerby heard her crying and alerted the police.
The incident comes just months after India was shaken by the horrific gang-rape of a student in Delhi on a bus last year that triggered countrywide demonstrations and debate over the status of women and girls and their safety.
The woman succumbed to her injuries 13 days after the assault in which her attackers drove an iron rod inside her, damaging her internal organs.
The parents of the five-year-old girl, who was later moved to a better-equipped government hospital in the city, accused the police of being insensitive in their investigation.
“They were reluctant to register our complaint (that she was missing) when we approached them the first time. Then the police asked us to be content with the fact she was at least found alive,” the father of the girl said.
Scores of protesters gathered outside the hospital Friday where the child was admitted and shouted abuse at police for failing to investigate her disappearance properly.
Women’s rights activists condemned the incident, saying the injuries inflicted on the girl were shocking.
“This incident shows what kind of brutes do we have in society. Society is also responsible for this. It has become full of perverts,” said Ranjana Kumari of the Delhi-based Centre for Social Research.
April 5, 2013 – People gather around a heap of debris at the site of a building collapsed as a rescue operation continues on the outskirts of Mumbai, India. (AP)
MUMBAI, India – A residential building being constructed illegally on forest land in a suburb of India’s financial capital collapsed into a mound of steel and concrete, killing at least 45 people and injuring more than 50 others, authorities said Friday.
The eight-story building in the Mumbai suburb of Thane caved in Thursday evening, police said. Rescue workers with sledgehammers, gasoline-powered saws and hydraulic jacks struggled Friday to break through the tower of rubble in their search for possible survivors. Six bulldozers were brought to the scene.
“There may be (a) possibility people have been trapped inside right now,” local police commissioner K.P. Raghuvanshi said Friday.
At the time of the collapse, between 100 and 150 people were in the building. Many were residents or construction workers, who were living at the site as they worked on it, said Sandeep Malvi, a spokesman for the Thane government.
More than 20 people remained missing Friday afternoon and three floors of the building remained to be searched, said R.S. Rajesh, an official with the National Disaster Response Force who was at the scene.
`’All the three floors are sandwiched … so it’s very difficult for us,” he said.
The dead included 12 children, police said.
A nearby hospital was filled with the injured, many of whom had head wounds, fractures and spinal injuries. Hospital officials searched in vain for the parents of an injured 10-month-old girl who had been rescued.
At least four floors of the building had been completed and were occupied. Workers had finished three more floors and were adding the eighth when it collapsed, police Inspector Digamber Jangale said.
It was not immediately clear what caused the structure to collapse, but Raghuvanshi said it was weakly built. Police were searching for the builders to arrest them, he said.
`’The inquiry is ongoing. We are all busy with the rescue operation; our priority now is to rescue as many as possible,” he said.
Police with rescue dogs were searching the building, which appeared to have buckled and collapsed upon itself. Rescuers and nearby residents stood on the remains of the roof trying to get to people trapped inside. Residents carried the injured to ambulances and one man carried a small child caked white with dust from the wreckage.
Raghuvanshi said rescue workers had saved 15 people from the wreckage.
Building collapses are common in India as builders try to cut corners by using poor quality materials, and multi-storied structures are built with inadequate supervision. The massive demand for housing around India’s cities and pervasive corruption allow builders to add unauthorized floors or build entirely illegal buildings.
The neighborhood where the building collapsed was part of a belt of more than 2,000 illegal structures that had sprung up in the area in recent years, said Malvi, the town spokesman.
`’Notices have been served several times for such illegal construction, sometimes notices are sent 10 times for the same building,” he said.
G.R. Khairnar, a former top Mumbai official, said government officials who allowed the illegal construction should be tried along with the builders.
`’There are a lot of people involved (in illegal construction) — builders, government machinery, police, municipal corporation — everybody is involved in this process,” he told CNN-IBN television.
The building that collapsed was illegally constructed on forest land, and the city informed forestry officials twice about it, Malvi said.
A local resident, who did not give his name, said the site was meant to hold a smaller structure and accused officials of turning a blind eye to the problem.
“They made an eight-story building of what was supposed to be a four-story building. People from the municipality used to visit the building but the builder still continued to add floors,” he said.
In one of the worst recent collapses, nearly 70 people were killed in November 2010 when an apartment building in a congested New Delhi neighborhood crumpled. That building was two floors higher than legally allowed and its foundation appeared to have been weakened by water damage.