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JeM chief Masood Azhar’s nephew and Pulwama attacker’s trainer killed in encounter, army calls it closure to the terror attack

In a major development, the nephew of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar, Mohammed Ismail Alvi alias Saifullah alias Lamboo was gunned down by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on July 31 (Saturday). After escaping seven encounters, Saifullah on Saturday ran out of his luck and was neutralised by the Indian Army and police. 

The encounter holds special significance as he was one of the last remaining terrorists who was operating in Kashmir.

Lieutenant General DP Pandey, Chinar Corps Commander, on Saturday said that Lamboo was one of the masterminds of the Pulwama attack. He had trained Adil, who blew himself in an improvised explosive device (IED) attack in 2019. 

It may be recalled that Adil Ahmad Dar is the Jaish terrorist and the Pulwama’s suicide bomber who led a deadly attack leading to the killing of 40 CRPF men by ramming his car loaded with 100 kg of explosives into a CRPF bus on 14 February 2019.

Kin of JeM chief Masood Azhar trained Pulwama suicide-bomber Adil Ahmad Dhar

The Lt General explained how the killing of the dreaded terrorist has a 2-fold significance. “It brings closure to February 2019 Pulwama attacks in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed by Islamic terrorists. He was one of the masterminds for having trained a local, Adil, who blew himself up in an IED attack,” said Lt General Pandey in a joint briefing by Jammu and Kashmir Police and security forces.

DP Pandey also informed that Saifullah was tasked with the responsibility of brainwashing and recruiting youths into the terrorist outfit. Saifullah used to carry out selective identification and radicalise them before handing them weapons, confirmed the Lt General.

Meanwhile, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar said: “Saifullah alias Lambu (killed today) was involved in many incidents. He had infiltrated into Kashmir valley in Jan 2017 and was active in South Kashmir. 14 FIRs against him. He was the main accused of the Pulwama attack of Feb 2019.”

“He was involved in conspiracy and planning of Lethpora Pulwama attack and figured in a charge sheet produced by the National Investigation Agency (NIA),” Kumar said.

Abu Saifullah is the seventh out of the 19 terrorists accused in the Pulwama blast, who have been neutralised by the Indian armed forces. Pertinently, seven other JeM terrorists, accused in the 2019 Pulwama attack have been arrested, while 5 still remain on the run, informed Kumar, adding that Lamboo was an IED expert and his elimination will reduce the IED threat in the valley.

Meanwhile, Indian Army Major General Rashim Bali called today’s encounter one of the biggest operations of the year. He said that a Chinese pistol and an AK-47 was recovered from Saifullah.

Canadian women’s football team player Quinn becomes first trans athlete in Olympics

The Canadian female soccer team has a non-binary and ‘transgender’ player, who is representing her country in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Identified as Rebecca Quinn (now only Quinn), she plays as a midfielder for the Canada women’s national soccer team.

Although she is biologically female, she identifies herself as ‘male.’ Her first match against Japan at Sapporo made her the first ‘openly transgender’ to participate in an Olympic event. She was a member of the Canadian soccer team at the 2016 Rio Olympics as well, which saw the country win a bronze medal. At that time, she participated in soccer events as a female player.

In an Instagram post on July 22, Quinn wrote, “First openly trans Olympian to compete. I don’t know how to feel. I feel proud seeing “Quinn” upon the lineup and on my accreditation. I feel sad knowing there were Olympians before me unable to live their truth because of the world. I feel optimistic for change. Change in legislature. Changes in rules, structures, and mindsets. Mostly, I feel aware of the realities. Trans girls being banned from sports. Trans women facing discrimination and bias while trying to pursue their Olympic dreams. The fight isn’t close to over… and I’ll celebrate when we’re all here.”

Quinn came out as a male in 2020 and has openly professed her ‘new identity’ on social media. Besides her national team, she has also played for Washington Spirit and US team OL Reign. According to NBC News, at least 163 LGBTQ athletes are participating in this edition of the Olympic games. It reported, “The Games will also mark the first Olympics at which a Pride House has received official recognition from the International Olympic Committee.”

Although the International Olympic Association (IOA) had allowed participation of transgender athletes in the Olympics since 2004, it is the first time that so many are coming forward to participate. As per current rules, transgender women can compete in women’s sports if they demonstrate low testosterone levels for a year (12 months) prior to competing in an event. At the same time, athletes can only participate in Olympics after 4 years of transitioning to the new gender.

KK Shailaja, dropped as health minister after assembly election, criticises the Kerala govt over relief measures to the unorganised sector

In a major embarrassment to the Pinarayi Vijayan-led Kerala government, former Health Minister KK Shailaja slammed the state government in the Kerala Assembly over its failure to provide sufficient relief to the unorganised sector in the state, reports Times of India.

While moving the “calling attention” motion of the Minister for Industries and Coir P Rajeeve, controversial former Health Minister KK Shailaja stressed that Covid-19 relief measures declared by the Pinarayi Vijayan-led government were insufficient and demanded the government to provide a special revitalisation package to the unorganised labour sector.

The former Health Minister, who was dropped by Pinarayi Vijayan from the cabinet after his re-election as the chief minister this year, embarrassed the Communist-led LDF government, saying the present support provided by the government to the unorganised sector is insufficient, and hence the government should give more care to this sector.

“The present announced packages are only temporary relief for this sector. The salary arrears in the handloom sector has not been disbursed yet. Hence steps should be taken to disburse these arrears at the earliest,” KK Shailaja said, leaving the LDF members red-faced.

KK Shailaja, the MLA from Mattanur constituency, said the people in this sector have availed huge loans and are also facing severe crises to afford the daily needs due to the present situation. She also demanded the government to increase the Onam rebate by 10% for handloom products.

“The welfare fund announced for this sector are insufficient. They need a special package, and the government should also provide interest-free loans to this sector,” the Communist leader criticised the Kerala government on the floor of the assembly.

Meanwhile, Minister Rajeeve ignored the demand raised by the former Health Minister as he did not give any commitment to any of the demands made by her.

Shailaja ‘Teacher’ – the face of Covid-19 crisis in Kerala

Former Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja, also fondly known as Shailaja Teacher in the “liberal-secular” media coterie, is the face of the Kerala Covid-19 crisis.

Shailaja, a retired teacher, gained popularity as the health minister for the “Kerala model” of battling the pandemic. She was lauded by national and international media lauded for her handling of the Covid-19 virus. KK Shailaja was at the helm of the “Kerala model” of tackling Covid-19 which was celebrated by the “liberal-secular” press, however, it did not translate on the ground as Kerala has become one of the worst affected states in the country during both the waves of Covid-19 pandemic.

Under KK Shailaja’s leadership, the Kerala model of Covid-19 management failed spectacularly. During the first wave, Kerala turned out to be an epicentre of Covid-19 cases with higher caseloads, even affecting neighbouring states such as Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Instead of tackling the pandemic, KK Shailaja and her team indulged in a PR game to boost her image and sell the success of the so-called Kerala model.

In fact, the Kerala Health Ministry was accused of covering up the Covid-19 deaths in the state by underreporting the deaths. A group of researchers had exposed the Kerala government’s shameful act of deliberately hiding the number of people who have succumbed to the pandemic to keep their image intact. During the second wave of the pandemic, the state consistently reported more than 25,000 cases a day.

The greatness of KK Shailaja was so much that she was thrown out of the Health Ministry by Pinarayi Vijayan-led government in the newly formed government. Despite all that PR campaign, KK Shailaja, aka Shailaja teacher, could not become Health Minister again.

Here’s why some Americans want the US women’s football team to lose at Tokyo Olympics


There’s something you normally don’t witness during the Olympics: people wishing and passionately cheering for the defeat of their own football team.

Usually, people go out on a limb to support their national team, even if the chances of their winning are bleak. However, this time around, American fans were so thoroughly repulsed by their own women soccer team that they prayed with all their might for their defeat and elimination from the Olympics.

A large number of US citizens do not want to see their women soccer team win at the Olympics. Their reason being that the team is too woke to a fault, which they claim is unduly affecting their performance. They want their team to lose so that the players realise the perils of warming up to the evil of wokeism. And their discontent with the US women soccer team was manifest in their social media posts when they suffered an unexpected defeat against Sweden in the opening match at the Olympics.

The fans instantly chalked up the embarrassing defeat to their obsession with wokeism rather than focusing on improving their skills as footballers. Social media platforms were rife with posts where Americans excoriated the soccer team for its loss and its misplaced priority of upholding woke beliefs.

US netizens wish defeat for their women soccer team at Tokyo Olympics

A raft of social media users in the United States has uploaded posts wishing their team embarrassing drubbings during the Olympics. And the humiliating defeat against Sweden only served to cement their belief that the US women soccer team was more concerned with upholding their woke principles than their football performance.

Many could not hide their glee after the US soccer team endured a humiliating defeat against Sweden in their opening match of the Olympics.

Donald Trump says wokeism responsible for the dip in performance of US soccer team

Before long, the former President of the United States, Donald Trump, also jumped in the fray, linking the defeat of the US women’s soccer team to the “wokeism” embodied by them. Shortly after the defeat, the former US president spoke at the “Rally to Protect Our Elections” in Phoenix and blamed the team’s loss on “wokeism”.

“Wokeism makes you lose, ruins your mind, and ruins you as a person. You become warped. You become demented. The US women’s soccer team is a very good example of what’s going on,” Trump said. “Earlier this week they unexpectedly lost to Sweden, 3-0, and Americans were happy about it.”

The US women’s soccer team, however, made a comeback in their following matches, handing out a pasting to New Zealand with 6-1 and drawing with the Aussies. Yesterday, the team won a nail-biting match against the Netherlands in the quarterfinals. But the US netizens are not pleased with the team’s performance, owing to their allegiance to the woke culture. They believe their antics of taking a knee during the match against Sweden has brought shame to the country.

US soccer team’s woke antics prompts people to cheer for its ouster from the Olympics

For some time now, the US women soccer team has come to personify the left-liberal wokeism. It was most evident in their opening match against Sweden at the Olympics when they took a knee in a stadium devoid of fans to protest against racial inequities back home. However, they suffered an unexpected but humiliating 3-0 defeat at the hands of Sweden, ending their 44-match undefeated streak.

Taking a knee has become a symbolic gesture to mark the support for the Black Lives Matter movement following the unfortunate demise of George Floyd that sparked a racial reckoning in the United States. But of late, its unwarranted use by a host of sportspersons, actors and celebrities, purely for theatrical purposes, has resulted in its diminishing significance and reduced it to no more than just woke fashion statement.

Trump’s endorsement that the team lost due to its fetish for woke beliefs only served to intensify the feelings among the US citizens, who view it as a malady that is gnawing at the American society. Many in the United States and around the world believe that woke ideals and principles have deepened societal fissures and reduced the levels of tolerance within the society.

It has also given rise to “cancel culture”, a contemporary form of ostracism in which someone is banished out of social or professional circles – whether it be online, on social media, or in person, just because they choose to hew a different ideology and not conform to the woke dogmas.

The current social churning within American society could be attributed to the malaise of wokeism. As the woke culture tries to take over America, a sizeable section of its citizens are increasingly wary of the implications it will have on the country at large. This section of the population is desperately fighting wokes to salvage their country from sliding into cultural and social decadence that normally accompanies wokeism.

With their past few antics, the US women’s soccer team have cut themselves the figure of being amongst the foremost proponents of American wokeism. Naturally, this did not sit well with the section of citizens who believe their on-field success would only lead to a greater acceptance and rationalisation of woke ideals. As a consequence, they have taken to cheering for their own football team at the Olympics.

Uttar Pradesh women teachers association demands 3-day ‘period leave’ every month citing poor condition of toilets in schools

A group of women teachers in Uttar Pradesh has begun a campaign demanding three-day “period leave” every month for the female teaching staff working in the state.

According to the reports, Uttar Pradesh Mahila Shikshak Sangh – a newly formed organisation of women teachers’ in Uttar Pradesh – has sought three-day “period day” leaves from work every month, citing the bad condition of toilets in government schools of the state.

On Saturday, Sulochana Maurya, the president of the association, underlined the need for such a campaign, saying that some women-specific problems can be raised effectively only by women, and the association is working on them. Maurya said that though there is a representation of women in various associations, men continue to dominate the proceedings of such organisations.

“We formed this association on February 8 to work for the cause of women teachers who constitute almost 60 per cent of the total strength of teachers in primary schools. The association already has its units in 50 of the 75 districts of the state,” Sulochana Maurya said to the media.

She also added that they needed to form a women teachers union because their issues are not given priority in the general teachers union. “Over 60 to 70 per cent of primary school teachers are women. While we may be given token posts in teacher associations, these are usually dominated by men and they don’t take up these issues (of menstrual leave). But for us women, this is a major concern,” she said.

Maurya said that former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad had announced a similar special period leave for two days in the past, however, Maurya said they want three-day leave as they feel this is the need of women.

“A five-member delegation of the association met Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Minister Satish Chandra Dwivedi regarding the issue. He assured that he would discuss the issue with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. We have also met deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Labour Minister Swami Prasad Maurya,” Maurya said.

Another teacher said that women teachers do not feel free to share their problems and added that their male counterparts sometimes do not consider these issues as important. She said the association has already apprised ministers and handed over memoranda to the government seeking “period leave” for female teaching staff.

A few days back, the organisation had also trended the “#Periodleave” hashtag on Twitter to create awareness among the masses. “We will also meet Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel and later the chief minister over our demand,” Maurya added.

Pak Minister Fawad Chaudhry blames India for Covid pandemic, says world is suffering from ‘Indian coronavirus’

Fawad Chaudhry, Federal Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting in Pakistan, has blamed India for the spread of Covid-19 in his country and the world. He claims that the world was on the verge of securing a victory over the Coronavirua pandemic but lax policies of the NDA Government has put the world in jeopardy.

“There is no doubt that Coronavirus has spread again quickly in Pakistan and it is the misfortune of this region that the measures the Narendra Modi Government should have taken to prepare for Covid-19 were not taken due to which India has become a source in the whole world and the fourth wave of the Coronavirus has come from India,” said Fawad Chaudhry.

He added, “The big reason for this is that the government of India unfortunately could not take adequate measures to curb it. The time when we were close to victory, that time due to the irresponsible policies of the Indian government, the world is in the grasp of the Delta Virus, which is essentially the Indian Coronavirus, and the world is suffering again.”

It is interesting to note that Pakistan has so far shown no inclination to hold China responsible for the spread of Covid-19 despite suspicions that the virus leaked from a lab in Wuhan and the first cases were reported in China. And yet, it seeks to blame India for the spread of the virus.

It is also to be noted that western countries have fared much worse than India during the pandemic and yet, Fawad Chaudhry wishes to pin the blame on India. The Pakistani minister has a penchant for blaming everything on India.

He recently claimed that Indians spied on Imran Khan using Pegasus. Earlier, he had admitted to Pakistan’s role behind the Pulwama terror attack. He had said that Pakistan gave a befitting reply to India by entering Indian territory and attacking Indian soldiers in Pulwama.

After being dropped from Modi’s new cabinet, Babul Supriyo says he is quitting politics: Here is what he said

On Saturday (July 31), BJP leader Babul Supriyo took to Facebook to announce his premature retirement from electoral politics. He said that he is leaving politics, and also resigning from parliament. He is the Member of Parliament (MP) from the Asansol constituency and was the Minister of State for Environment, Forest, and Climate Change before he was dropped from the union ministry earlier this month.

In his Facebook post, he wrote, “Goodbye. I have stayed (in politics) for some time… In this process, I have made some happy and left others disappointed. You are free to evaluate me now. After having answered all my inner queries, I am wishing you goodbye. I have understood that social work can also be done without being active in politics. Let me organise myself a little. I am also resigning from my post of Member of Parliament. I had notified Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President JP Nadda about the same. But, they have again and again asked me to reconsider the decision. I am grateful to them for having inspired me in many ways.”

Babul Supriyo clarified that he did not want to give a false impression about his decision to quit politics. He urged everyone to not mistake his decision as a bargaining chip for a new Ministerial position. The Asansol MP, however, conceded that the loss of Ministership had influenced his decision but to a very small extent. “There is a big difference between 2014 and 2019. At that time, I was the only BJP candidate but today the party is the main Opposition in the West Bengal assembly. Today, BJP has both young and old faces who will lead the party to new heights in the State. I have also realised that it is no more an individual-centric party,” he said.

“I had some issues with the State leadership prior to elections. However, the internal disagreements became public. I am partly responsible for it as I made a Facebook post that created chaos within the party line. Several senior leaders are also responsible for the same, although I don’t want to discuss the extent of it,” he emphasised. Babul Supriyo claimed that the infighting with the BJP Bengal unit not only weakened the party at the ‘ground zero’ but also demoralised the party workers. In his Facebook post, he also vowed to quit his official government accommodation at the earliest.

He recounted his conversation with Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev on a flight and how that paved his way into the political arena. Supriyo said that it was surprising that Bengal did not vote for BJP when the whole of India had chosen Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister in 2014. Despite deep admiration for Shyamaprasad Mukherjee, Atal Bihari Vajpayee among Bengalis, the BJP did not win a single seat. He said that he took it upon as a challenge to turn the party’s fortunes in West Bengal and had worked for the party with utmost dedication. In his concluding note, he said, “I left my job as a banker at Standard Chartered bank to become a singer in Mumbai. Today, I am off to a new beginning. “

Babul Supriyo was dissatisfied after his ouster from Ministership

On July 7, Babul Suprio had expressed disappointment after he was excluded from Ministership following a Cabinet reshuffle. He had tweeted, “Yes, when there is smoke there must be a fire somewhere 😊 Not being able to take phone calls of my friends in the media who care for me hence let me spell it out myself. Yes, I have resigned from the Council Of Ministers (As I had framed it earlier, “Asked to resign” may not be the right way to put it). I thank Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving me the privilege to serve my country as a Member of his Council of Ministers.”

Supriyo failed to emerge as a leader at the time of crisis

At the height of the post-poll violence in West Bengal, Asansol MP Babul Supriyo snubbed BJP supporters on Twitter by reinforcing his ‘clean record’ in the constituency. When BJP workers were attacked by Trinamool Congress-sponsored-goons, the BJP MP failed to emerge as a true leader and stand by people at the time of crisis.

Screengrab of the tweets by Babul Supriyo

On being asked by a BJP Karyakarta to help the foot soldiers of the party, he refused to aid them at ground zero. Citing threats to his life, he stayed at home while his party workers were slaughtered.

In a tweet, he had claimed, “We are all doing everything that’s possible. Please understand one thing that I won’t be able to reach a karyakarta’s place because my car will be attacked immediately. TMC goons are out in the open rioting and police have tucked themselves inside safely. But trying everything sincerely.” With his formal announcement, Babul Supriyo’s 7-year long career in politics comes to an end.

Jai Bhim instead of Chhota Bheem: How an eight year old child is being used as a prop for his parents’ caste agenda

There’s a new trend underway, of which Greta Thunberg was a pioneer. The climate activist, as a child, ushered in an era of children activism. It usually involves parents pursuing their personal agenda using their children as a prop. Unfortunately, the trend has come to India as well. After Licypriya Kangujam, we have an eight year old child in our hands in the arena of caste activism. He is Samantha Meshram.

Samantha Meshram appears to be an ordinary boy and there is very little that we know of him. What we do know, however, is that he is in third grade and reads the works of Babasaheb Ambedkar and wishes to destroy caste, at least that is what his social media account claims.

Source: Twitter

A post on his Twitter account recently said, “After school hours, I am also reading Babasaheb Dr. Ambedkar’s books everyday. We will destroy caste in coming few years.” The account was created in January 2020, when he was 7 years old.

The pinned tweet on his account says that he has launched the Annihilation of Caste Foundation and asks others to join his project.

Source: Twitter

All of it is quite self-explanatory. In the world we live in, 8 year old kids are in no position to head a foundation. They are eight year old, they don’t know anything about most things around them. The greatest concern in the life of an eight year old from an ordinary family is their toys and their cartoons.

It is quite difficult to make them interested in any other thing. We have all been through that age. And it is with good reason that civilized societies operate under the assumption that minor children have no agency of their own. The responsibility for their well-being lies solely in the hands of their guardian. And with good reason.

But here we have Samantha Meshram wondering about matters that do not ordinarily concern any eight year old. Yes, there are child prodigies who excel in games or studies or any particular area at a very young age but even they are not assumed to be particularly wise in matters of politics. Wisdom, after all, is very often a function of experience and experience most times only comes with age.

Meshram, at least his account on Twitter, is not bothered about Doraemon or other cartoons, instead he focuses on existential questions such as why Brahmins cannot be called Shudras. His parents, it seems, have handed him the baton of Jai Bhim instead of Chhota Bheem.

Source: Twitter

There is, of course, the irony of a child sitting in front of a Macbook in what appears to be a well furnished room. Nevertheless, the retweets on his account make it abundantly clear that he is being used a prop by adults with a motivated agenda.

One tweet that the account has retweeted claims that an Ambedkarite child is being ‘trolled’ by ‘Manu ki Aulad’. The tweet also says that all Ambedkarites ought to encourage the child.

Source: Twitter

Another tweet that was retweeted is a report by a self-proclaimed “Ambedkarite media venture” and foments hatred against ‘Manuvadis’. At this point, the objective is quite clear here. People with their personal caste agenda are seeking to create propaganda using the child.

The psychological toll that exposure to negative social media attention could have on the child is surely a bit too much for an eight year old to bear. And the only reason he is being exposed to such is because of his guardians.

It is necessary to add the caveat that it is not clear whether the child is even aware that he has a social media account. It is very possible that his guardians run the account using his photographs.

Source: Twitter

It is similar to Licypriya Kangujam. Her Twitter account is run by a bunch of social media managers. Meshram’s case does not appear to be too different. It is somewhat unbelievable that a child could tweet why Brahmins are not called Shudras.

This in indeed a dangerous development. Children should not be turned into tools for the agenda of their parents, whatever it may be. We could all agree that children ought to be shielded from the vagaries of the world at least until they are mature enough to evaluate things on their own.

It is far too much of a burden for them to carry. But such are the times we are living in. In Licypriya’s case, it is even more tragic as her father is a certified conman who took a lot of people for a ride. As a consequence of her father’s actions, the child has herself become an object of ridicule and derision on social media. She is found protesting over pretty much anything and everything under the Sun.

One can only hope that Meshram does not have to tread the same path. None of this is his fault, he is a child after all. But when guardians abandon the sacred responsibility of their wards, tragedy often unfolds.

Maharashtra drug regulator issues notice to Amazon and Flipkart for selling pregnancy termination pills without prescription

The Maharashtra Food and Drug Authority (FDA) on Thursday issued notice to E-commerce platforms Amazon and Flipkart after it allegedly found that pregnancy termination kits and pills are available for sale on these platforms without prescription.

The Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 prohibits the online distribution of such medicines without any prescription, FDA said in a statement.

After the Maharashtra Food and Drug Authority (FDA) learnt that these aforementioned E-commerce companies were allowing the sale of such products through their websites, it placed orders for “medical termination of pregnancy” kits on Amazon, and the order was accepted by some suppliers based in Uttar Pradesh and Odisha, the authority alleged.

The same process was followed for Flipkart, only to find out that Flipkart too was indulging in the unscrupulous act.

“The MTP kit drugs were delivered by Gurunanak Enterprises, Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) and Choudhary Pharmaceuticals/Piramal Ltd. Korapur (Orissa) against the order. Online sale of MTP kit without doctor’s prescription leads to violation of provisions of Drug & Cosmetics Act, 1940”, the FDA statement stated. 

Following this, the drug regulator issued notices to both E-commerce companies. The regulator also said that 34 e-commerce portals were “checked” to find out if they sold medications without requiring prescriptions. The step was taken after the FDA received a complaint from a drug dealer from Pune. The complaint said that e-commerce companies were selling abortion kits and pills illegally and that the online sale of abortion kits was happening without any restrictions. 

In what appears, both Amazon and Flipkart have removed the pregnancy termination kits and pills from their respective platforms after the FDA’s notice.

Delhi police arrests gangster Kala Jathedi, reveals was operating with gangsters who have links with politicians in Punjab: What we know so far

Kala Jathedi alias Sandeep, Delhi’s most wanted criminal carrying a reward of Rs 7 lakhs on his head, was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police on Jul 30 (Friday) from Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh. According to the recent revelations in the probe into Kala Jathedi, the dreaded gangster was a part of the nexus of gangsters, who, because of their clout and terror, have been openly operating from inside the jail.

India Today has quoted sources as saying, that the gang with which Kala Jathedi was associated, operated in and around Delhi on the instructions of the leaders of their gangs who are lodged in jail.

According to sources, Lawrance Bishnoi is another key member of Kala Jathedi’s gang, who had reportedly threatened Bollywood superstar Salman Khan in the past. Meanwhile, another member of this gang named Jaggu Bhagwanpuria, believed to be the richest gangster in India, has apparent links with politicians in Punjab.

Sources say that these gangsters were carrying out extortions and murders with the help of 700 shooters working for them. Their targets were believed to be top-notch celebrities, singers, actors, specifically those in Punjab and businessmen in Rajasthan.

Sources have learnt from members of probe agencies that these notorious gangsters also have links with underworld gangsters operating from foreign countries, reports India Today.

Following Jathedi’s arrest, the deputy commissioner of police (counter intelligence, special cell) Manishi Chandra said: “We have arrested Kala Jatheri from Saharanpur and legal procedure is being followed. More details related to his arrest will be shared on Saturday.”

Earlier, Delhi police believed that Jathedi had fled the country and was operating from Dubai. However, he was found hiding in Haryana. Delhi Police had also invoked the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) against Kala Jathedi.

Who is Sandeep aka Kala Jathedi?

Sandeep alias Kala Jathedi is an alleged gangster from Haryana’s Sonepat. Jathedi had escaped from the custody of the Haryana Police in Faridabad after his seven accomplices waylaid the prison van in which Jathedi was being escorted from Faridabad court to Bhondsi jail on February 1, 2020. Jathedi had recently orchestrated the shootout at GTB Hospital to free his associate, Kuldeep Fajja, who was later killed in a police encounter.

According to reports, the notorious gangster Kala Jathedi, apart from being in the hit list of the Delhi police was also wanted by Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab police for his alleged involvement in several cases of murder, extortion and other heinous crimes. His name also emerged in the killing of youth Congress leader Gurlal Singh Bhalwan in Punjab’s Faridkot in February 2021. His involvement is suspected in nearly 300 such cases.

Connection between Kala Jathedi and murder accused Olympian medalist wrestler Sushil Kumar

Recently, Jathedi’s name resurfaced following the arrest of Olympian medalist wrestler Sushil Kumar in connection with the Chhatrasal Stadium brawl that led to the death of a wrestler named Sagar Rana or Sagar Dhankad (as named by few media houses).

While reporting about the controversies surrounding the murky life of wrestler Sushil Kumar, OpIndia had also written about his connection with Sandeep aka Kala Jathedi.

It may be recalled that Jathedi’s nephew Sonu Mahal was beaten up by wrestler Sushil Kumar in connection with the murder of wrestler Sagar Rana. After this incident, Sandeep alias Kala Jathedi had threatened to kill Sushil Kumar.

Reports had suggested that wrestler Sushil Kumar, who was on the run after the killing of the 23-year-old Sagar Rana, was not only trying to escape the police but was also trying to run away from Sandeep aka Kala Jathedi.

Earlier, Sushil and Sandeep were friends. Sushil had reportedly attended the wedding of Sandeep’s brother. The wrestler is believed to have also given shelter to the history-sheeter in a flat which was in the name of his wife. The duo, however, fell out later, after the former established proximity with Jathedi’s rival gangs.

Sagar Rana’s death prompted Jathedi to declare a full-fledged open war against Kumar and his aide with a threat to eliminate them. According to reports, until his arrest, Jathedi’s men were still in the lookout for Kumar and his associates, to seek revenge for Sagar’s killing. This fear had compelled Kumar to plead with the police to save him from Jathedi’s men in jail.

Jathedi and his gang carried out 25 murders in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan in the last 10 months

Meanwhile, the Delhi police informed following Jathedi’s arrest that in the last ten months, his gang had carried out 25 murders in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan. Now, it is suspected that Kala Jathedi’s partner, Virendra Pratap alias Kala Rana, is in Thailand, while another partner Goldie Brar is running a gang in Canada.

Moreover, hours after Kala Jathedi’s arrest, the Delhi Police Special Cell also arrested his crime partner who operates in Rajasthan.

Identified as Anuradha Chaudhari, the gangster, a computer application graduate, is involved in several cases of murder, extortion and kidnapping in Rajasthan. She is the partner of deceased gangster Anandpal Singh, said the police. Singh was killed in a police encounter in 2017 in Churi district.

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