Mumbai: A 45-year-old Congress worker was allegedly murdered at Asalfa in Ghatkopar on Monday morning. While the Congress has called it a political murder and an attack on democracy, the Saki Naka police believe the victim was killed in a road rage incident. Manoj Dubey used to stay with his family in Shivaji Nagar of Asalfa. Dubey, the police said, was found in a severely injured condition near Asalfa Metro station around 1.30 a.m., and was rushed to Rajawadi Hospital, where he died during treatment. After Dubey was identified based on some documents on his person, the police contacted his family.“Dubey’s family told us that he had got into an argument on Facebook after he put up a status saying the next government would be formed by the Congress, which attracted the ire of some local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers. On Sunday evening, Dubey and a BJP functionary came to the police station and Dubey registered a non-cognisable complaint against the people threatening him. To the best of our knowledge, the matter ended there,” an officer at Saki Naka police station said. Inquiries established that Dubey left his residence after midnight on Sunday to meet someone, and got involved in an accident. “We have found eyewitnesses who saw Dubey drive on the wrong side of the road and hit another car, after which an argument ensued between Dubey and the car owner. Dubey’s murder seems to have occurred during this argument, although we are verifying whether the people threatening him could be behind it,” the officer said. Meanwhile, calling it a murder of democracy, Maharashtra Congress president Ashok Chavan said the BJP has brought in a new tactic of eliminating political rivals by murdering them. “This is not only the murder of a Congress worker but that of democracy. Our nation follows the tradition of discussion over differing views. Goons of the BJP murdered Dubey over his Facebook post,” Mr. Chavan said. Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam slammed the BJP and demanded action against its party workers involved in the crime. Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil said the murder of the Congress activist merely over a Facebook post is absolutely shameful. “Is this State run by the law or goons?” he asked. BJP denies allegationReacting to the allegation, Mumbai BJP president Ashish Shelar said the government is doing its duty and an FIR has been filed against the accused. “None of them are BJP office-bearers. Above all, the police are investigating. Merely an allegation by the Congress does not prove anything. The law will take its own course,” Mr. Shelar said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone X) N.D. Reddy said, “An FIR of murder against unknown persons under the IPC has been registered, and several suspects are being questioned.”
CPI(M) candidate Amiya Kumar Handique, 65, received only 2.05% of the votes in the 2016 by-election to the Lakhimpur Lok Sabha constituency. Pradan Baruah of the BJP won the bypoll after Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal had vacated the seat.The CPI(M) has fielded Mr. Handique again, hoping the Leftist past of the constituency — its eastern half in particular — would catch up with the Rightist present. This half comprising Dhemaji district is almost always the worst hit by annual floods in Assam.Former ULFA bastionThe rest of the constituency is divided among Lakhimpur district, “island” district Majuli, and a part of Tinsukia district that houses Jerai Chokolibhoria, the village of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom’s military chief Paresh Baruah as well as the outfit’s general secretary Anup Chetia.Much of the areas under Lakhimpur constituency sustained the Maoism-inspired ULFA for a long time. The constituency was also responsible for its slide, beginning with the killing of rural development activist Sanjoy Ghose in Majuli in July 1997. The outfit still enjoyed local support until it set off a bomb in Dhemaji town and killed 13 people, including 10 schoolchildren, during the Independence Day function in 2004.The initial resistance to the ULFA, though, was from the United Reservation Movement Council of Assam in the late 1980s. Backed by the CPI(ML), it was led by Ranoj Pegu, a doctor who later formed the Ganashakti party before becoming a BJP legislator two years ago.Several other leaders with a communist past joined the BJP over the last three years.“Communication problems and farm losses due to floods were the main reasons why communism flourished in these parts,” said Manoj Pegu, a tea planter whose shopping complex in Dhemaji town is named after his son Lenin.The BJP has been showcasing two bridges — the 9.76 km Dhola-Sadiya, India’s longest, and the 4.94 km Bogibeel, India’s longest rail-road bridge — completed during “Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tenure” as an example of connecting remote, backward parts of the constituency to the country’s development grid. The two bridges are located within the constituency.Claims, counter-claims“Much of these projects were completed during the Congress tenure,” Anil Borgohain, Lakhimpur’s Congress candidate said, accusing the BJP and its right-wing affiliates of intimidating and attacking him and party workers during the campaign that ended on Tuesday.The BJP’s sitting MP is confident of retaining his seat because of the party’s focus on improved communication. “We have also been addressing the issue of floods,” said Mr. Pradan Baruah.But at Dighiri Chapori, barely 10 km east of Dhemaji town, the likes of 49-year-old farmer Jarman Doley know it would take a lot more than promises to undo the damage done by the Jiadhol, a tributary of the Brahmaputra. Sand deposited by the river over the years has buried paddy fields and houses in six villages in the area. The sand-induced barrenness led to Dighiri Chapori and several other patches in the district.“About 100 of some 240 families have built new chang-ghars (houses on stilts) that are 20-25 ft above the original level. This happened in the last three years. The BJP has promised the rest of us more houses as well as roads,” he said.The other candidates — 11 apart from the BJP’s — too have assured a solution to their perennial problem. They include Hem Kanta Miri of Socialist Unity Centre of India (Communist) and Arup Kalita of CPI, underlining the Left Front’s bid to regain lost ground.
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(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Marc Gasol was a winner in his first home game with the Toronto Raptors — thanks to a sweet shot by Kawhi Leonard.Leonard banked home the tiebreaking basket with 4.2 seconds remaining and the Raptors edged the Brooklyn Nets 127-125 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting NBA looking into 76ers’ Ben Simmons talk with Lakers D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points and had a career-high 14 assists for Brooklyn. 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It’s a great feeling to have.”Harris made five of six from 3-point range in the first quarter and Brooklyn led 29-21 after one. The five 3-pointers are the most Harris has made in a single quarter, and matched his season high for an entire game.The Nets led 60-56 at halftime.TIP-INS Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments