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Vijay Rupani begins second inning as Gujarat CM; PM Modi, Amit Shah attend grand ceremony: 10 updates

Vijay Rupani will begin his second inning as Gujarat Chief Minister at a grand swearing-in ceremony in capital city Gandhinagar on Tuesday.The lavish event, which is being organised at Gandhinagar Sachivalaya Ground, will see host of VVIP guests including 18 BJP Chief Ministers, party president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Here are 10 major updates from this big political story:1: Ahead of the swearing-in ceremony, Rupani visited Gandhinagar’s Panchdev temple and Akshardham temple in morning.2: According to sources, Rupani has dropped three ministers from his previous cabinet. They are: Babu Bokhiria, former water supplies and animal husbandry minister; Vallabh Kakadia, former minister of state for transport and Rajendra Trivedi, former minister of state for youth services and cultural affairs.3: Officials said that a huge 2,500 square metres dome — which can accommodate 10,000 people — has been booked and prepared for the ceremony.4: Union Ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh and Ram Vilas Paswan and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar are also attending the ceremony.5: Security has been tightened at Ahmedabad Airport, which will see a lot of VVIP movement, as well as in Gandhinagar.6: Entry of private vehicles has been restricted in the Sachivalaya due to the swearing-in ceremony.7: Before leaving for Delhi, PM Modi is scheduled for a lunch with the new council of ministers and visiting dignitaries at Mahatma Mandir in the afternoon.8: A Cabinet meeting is also slated in the afternoon, where newly-inducted ministers will be allocated portfolios.9: This is the sixth consecutive time that BJP is forming government in Gujarat, but this time with the lowest seat tally.10: The party won 99 seats in the just concluded assembly elections, just seven more than the half-way mark of 92. On the other hand, Congress increased its tally to 77 seats, its best performance since 1990.

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Visiting temple is natural Dharma for BJP, electoral Karma for Rahul, says Bhupendra Yadav

Congress is experimenting on different issues. Initially, they challenged development, then GST, now they changed again, says Yadav <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP lashed out at Rahul Gandhi’s temple visits and held it as an act to cash in on elections in Gujarat. The national general secretary and Gujarat BJP in-charge Bhupendra Yadav lashed out at Rahul Gandhi on the issue during a press conference he addressed in Ahmedabad on Monday.Yadav said, “Visiting a temple is swabhavik dharm (natural course) for BJP leaders as we do it in our routine course too, while it is chunavi karm (cause of elections) for the Congress. Akshardham temple in Delhi is hardly six kilometres from Rahul Gandhi’s residence and he never happened to be there. Their ancestral farm house is in Mehrauli area of Delhi and Katyayani, Kalkaji Shaktipeeth are very close to that, but the entire Gandhi family never went there.””What Rahul is doing is an eyewash and just for the sake of Gujarat polls. I would invite Rahul Gandhi for an open debate on the issue of OBC commission, triple talaq and public issues. The Congress is experimenting on different issues. Initially, they challenged development in Gujarat, then they switched to GST and when success could not be achieved, they changed issues to raise against BJP.,” added Yadav.Yadav also said that Rahul Gandhi should make it clear who would be their CM face if Congress wins the polls. Gandhi should reveal the name, whether it should be Congress chief Bharatsinh Solanki or Shaktisinh Gohil, added Yadav.

Rahul Gandhi shouldn’t visit religious places only during elections: BJP

Updated: Nov 13, 2017, 03:09 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National General Secretary, Bhupender Yadav on Monday took a jibe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in wake of him visiting shrines and temples in poll-bound states and said that offering prayers is a part of Indian culture but it must come naturally to a person and not only during elections.Speaking at a press conference, Yadav said “Star campaigner of Congress Rahul Gandhi is visiting temples and offering prayers which is good as it is a part of Indian culture. However, this must come naturally to a person and not only during elections”.On November 11, Rahul began his campaign for Assembly polls in north Gujarat with a visit to the famous Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar. He offered prayers to Lord Swaminarayan at the temple and began his three-day tour which will cover six districts.Assembly election here will be held in two phases on December 9 and December 14.

Rahul Gandhi begins campaign in North Gujarat; start worrying about Amethi, says Smriti Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi today began his campaign for Assembly polls in north Gujarat with a visit to the famous Akshardham temple here.Akshardham temple belongs to the Swaminarayan sect, which has a huge following among the Patel community, and the Congress is trying to woo the community ahead of the Assembly election to be held in two phases on December 9 and December 14. Gandhi arrived here this morning and went to the Akshardham temple. He offered prayers to Lord Swaminarayan at the temple and began his three-day tour which will cover six districts. The BJP criticised the move, saying Gandhi was visiting Hindu temples just ahead of elections to get votes.”Why Rahul Gandhi is only visiting temple ahead of elections. People know their intentions that they want to get votes by such gimmicks. They have no inclination of devotion as during Rahul Gandhi’s earlier trip he never visited any temple,” Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said. “We wish that Congress sheds its pseudo-secularism and respect mainstream Hindutva, but their gimmicks to get votes will not work in Gujarat,” Patel said.However, the Congress hit back, saying people will teach the BJP a lesson as it is opposing a visit to temple. “Does anybody have patent on devotion? They are opposing a visit to the temple. People of Gujarat will teach them a lesson,” Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil said.”Rahul Gandhiji has visited Jain temple and Gurudwaras apart from Hindu temples. We believe in secularism,” he said. Gandhi is going to visit the famous Ambaji temple in Banaskantha district in north Gujarat this evening. He had started his campaign in the western state with a visit to the renowned Dwarkadheesh temple. Union Minister Smriti Irani on Saturday launched a scathing attack on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi saying he should give up the hope of winning the Gujarat Assembly polls. The Union Minister had hit back at Rahul for criticising the Goods and Services tax (GST) implemented by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) at the Centre.”Rahul is an MP from Amethi Lok Sabha Constituency for the last 13 years and Gandhi-Nehru has ruled the Amethi Constituency for 50 years. He should be worried about the fact that in the Uttar Pradesh elections last year, the Congress could not win a single seat out of his five Vidhan Sabha seats,” she said. Irani added,”So someone who could not win his five Vidhan Sabha seats, should stop dreaming about winning Gujarat elections. We and the people of Gujarat will not let this dream come true.? Taking a jibe at the Congress leader for his statement on development in Gujarat, she said, “When Rahul talks of development, he should know that we went to lay the foundation stone of the collector’s office of his constituency.” “He was not even able to build the collector’s office, provide roads, education, health to his constituency. So on what basis is he talking about development in Gujarat?? she questioned.The Congress has been critical of GST ever since it was implemented.”In GST Council meeting, the Congress was also included. All the decisions have been taken till now on the basis of consensus. During the Congress rule, the GST was not passed as the state governments did not have faith in the party. In GST, someone whose annual income is below Rs 20 lakh is already exempted and that means poor are exempted from GST,” Irani opined. The Congress vice-president had called for structural changes in the uniform tax regime and termed GST as Gabbar Singh Tax.Speaking at a rally in Gandhinagar, Gandhi said, “It’s a good thing that the BJP government has slashed the tax rate from 28 percent to 18 percent for many products due to the pressure made by the Congress party and the people of India. He further said, “We are still not happy and won’t stop here. India doesn’t want five different types of taxes, we want one. There’s a need to make structural changes in the Goods and Services Tax (GST).”Earlier on Wednesday, while interacting with traders in Gujarat’s Surat, Rahul said that Congress will reassess and restructure the GST, if they come to power at the Centre in the 2019 general elections.(

Accused in Akshardham case held after 15 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At 3.45 am on Saturday, crime branch officers arrested Abdul Rashid Ajmeri, a key accused in the Akshardham temple terror attack case, from Ahmedabad’s Sardar Vallabhai Patel International terminal.Abdul was flying in from Saudi Arabia, and is accused of being the prime conspirator in the terror attack in Gandhinagar that left 34 people dead and 84 injured in 2002. According to a crime branch officer, Abdul is supposed to have planned the attack and helped the two terrorists who stormed the temple. “The accused has links with the banned terrorist organizations such as Jaish-e-Mohammad and Lashkar-e-Toiba,” said ACP Rajdeep Zala of Crime branch.His brother, Adam Ajmeri, once an accused, was acquitted by the Supreme Court in 2014. He now lives with his family in Ahmedabad.According to a senior police official, they had received specific information about Abdul and three others involved in the case arriving at Ahmedabad, and had been on the lookout for six months. They had staked out at the airport four times in the past six months. This time, they believe that the three other accused found out that the team was waiting for them and canceled their plans to come to Ahmedabad at the last minute.A senior Crime branch officer says ill-health and sentimentality brought Abdul back, who had been living in Saudi Arabia for two decades. “He has grown old and suffers from several illnesses, and wanted to spend the rest of his life with his family in Ahmedabad, even at the risk of being caught” said the officer. He had informed his brother Adam, who was supposed to receive him at the airport.On September 24, 2002, two terrorists entered Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar with automatic weapons and hand grenades and fired indiscriminately, killing 34 people including devotees and police personals, while injuring 84 others. National Security Guard commandos ended the 14-hour seige by killing both terrorists.Of the 34 people named in the attack, Abdul is the ninth accused to be arrested. In 2003, an FIR was lodged against Ajmeri and others at the Sector 21 police station in Gandhinagar under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy, waging war against the government, sedition, murder, attempt to murder among others. They were also booked under relevant sections of the POTA Act, the Explosive Substance Act and the Gujarat Police Act. In May 2014, the Supreme Court acquitted all six convicts convicted earlier, including three facing death sentence. (With agency inputs)

Prime conspirator in Akshardham temple terror attack case held in Ahmedabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The alleged prime conspirator in the 2002 terror attack on Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar, Abdul Rashid Ajmeri, was arrested at the city airport after he arrived from Riyadh, a senior official said.The arrest was made late last night.”Ajmeri is one of the prime conspirators behind the Akshardham temple terror attack. He was arrested from the airport after he landed here late last night. We had inputs that he is travelling to Ahmedabad from Riyadh to meet his brother,” the DCP of Ahmadabad Crime Branch, Deepan Bhadran, said.It was alleged that he had planned the terror attack and helped Lashkar-e-Taiba in carrying it out.Ajmeri, an Ahmedabad resident, “had absconded to Riyadh before the terror act was committed,” Bhadran said, adding that more names may come out during his interrogation.Two militants, allegedly with links to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, had attacked the temple in Gandhinagar on September 24, 2002, killing 32 and injuring over 80 people.The attackers were were killed by the National Security Guard (NSG) commandos.The Supreme Court had, in May 2014, acquitted all six convicts arrested earlier, including three facing death sentence, in the case.

Choose Gods to defeat Evil: PM Narendra Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday mounted a scathing attack on the Congress at his two rallies in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh, calling the party a ‘laughter club’ and comparing it to demons in a veiled attack.”Himachal Pradesh is a ‘dev bhoomi’ (land of the gods), and everyone knows that when the ‘rakshasas’ (demons) descended here to create trouble, it was the ‘devs’ (gods) who defeated them. People know that the devs will overpower the ‘danavs’ (demons), and that the time has come to choose the ‘devs’ so that evil can be overpowered,” said Modi during his rally at Kangra.Meanwhile in poll-bound Gujarat’s Gandhinagar, the head priest of Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), Mahant Swami, blessed PM Modi at the silver jubilee celebration of the inauguration of Akshardham Temple.”Akshardham temples stand out for their magnificence, exceptional management and the way they have used latest technology,” the PM said. He said the Swaminarayan family has distinguished itself through its impeccable service and care for humanity.

Narendra Modi’s Akshardham visit can work as pacifier for Patel fury

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of Assembly polls and with the reservation agitation, the Patel fury is at its peak in Gujarat, and Hardik Patel’s anti-BJP inclination has been working against the ruling party. Amidst this, PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar on Thursday could work as a pacifier.To that end, the PM is going to participate in the silver jubilee celebration of the temple in Gandhinagar, which was, 25 years ago, inaugurated by Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Sansthan(BAPS)’s former head priest Pramukh Swami Maharaj. Modi had been always close to the Maharaj and had also attended his cremation ceremony held in Sarangpur in 2016. When Modi had given a speech at the time, he had said, “I feel that I have lost my father.” Interestingly, out of the around 25 lakh followers of the sect, more than 80 per cent are from the Patel community and would thus help as soothing balm with the Patel community.The priest of BAPS, Akshar Vatsal Swami said, “Narendra Modi has been very close to Pramukh Swami Maharaj and BAPS. We do not see this occasion as a political event and when he is coming here, it is not because of his political position, but because he has been very close to BAPS and Pramukh Swami Maharaj. This is purely a religious event and should not be seen from a political perspective.”Even the BJP has clarified that it does not see this event as one with political motivation. Party spokesperson Bharat Pandya said, “This should not be seen as a political move as Modi and BAPS, especially Pramukh Swami Maharaj, shared an emotional and religious relation. When he took an oath as PM and assumed charge, he had signed with the pen that was gifted by Maharaj. The PM always considered Maharaj as a father figure and their relations are of different dimension. Even the PM would not make any political statement from the platform of this occasion.”

Will develop Pushkar temple like Akshardham’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the second day of her visit to Ajmer, chief minister Vasundhara Raje reached Pushkar for ‘CM Jan Samwad’ program while holding dialogues with the representations of various castes and heard their grievances and issues. Like Kishangarh, she doled out many sops to the region including the development of Pushkar temple on the line of Akshardham temple.“Pushkar will be developed on the like of Akshardham temple. Our government is also working to beautify Pushkar Lake’s Ghats (series of steps towards the lake) and get rid of the drainage water,” said a statement released on the behalf of Raje.As by-election in Ajmer parliamentary is due after the death of Sanwar Lal Jat, the CM is leaving no stone unturned to reconcile with the communities which are reportedly unhappy with the government. A day after holding talks with Rajput community leaders in Kishangarh, the CM held one to one interaction with the selected representatives of Dalit community which plays an important role to decide the very parliamentary seat.Addressing to the community leaders, Raje spoke that her government is committed to the welfare of Dalits. “Dalit made the nation proud. Today the nation’s highest post, the president is occupied by Ramnath Kovind while in the state, Kailash Meghwal heads the state assembly as speaker. This is a proud moment for Dalit,” said the statement quoting Raje.Along with holding talks with community leaders, the CM was also seen disposing of public related issues which came into light during the trip. For instance, in Ararka village of Srinagar Panchayat Samiti, the CM, when told by the people of the water problem, has instructed to make a water tank sanctioning Rs 80 lakh on the spot.Two top cops promotedGood news came for the two IPS officers of Rajasthan on the eve of October 6. IPS Kapil Garg of batch-83 and IPS Nand Kishor of batch-84 were promoted to DG from ADG rank. The circular was issued on late Friday evening by Department of Personnel. IPS Garg was earlier serving as ADG, SCRB and IPS Nand Kishore was serving as ADG, training. After promotions of the rank, the profile will remain same.

Woman files rape plaint, withdraws it hours later

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two incidents of rape were reported within hours from the national Capital, police said on Saturday. In the first case, a 25-year-old nurse was raped near the Raj Nagar Extension in Ghaziabad, while she was returning home on Friday night.Two men dragged her into a roadside bush near NH-58 and took turns to rape her. They also snatched her mobile phone and filmed the assault. Police said the woman was admitted to a private hospital, with injuries on her face and other body parts.”She saw the two men following her on the isolated road. She tried calling up her family but the call did not go through,” said RS Khoda, Station House Officer of the Sihani Gate police station.The incident took place at around 10 pm, barely 200 mts from the locality where the woman lives. It was raining heavily when the assault took place, police added.”She told us that initially she thought that the two accused, 22-23 years old, were trying to snatch her mobile. She handed over her phone but they slapped and punched her multiple times. She said both were drunk at the time,” an officer said.In the second incident, two men allegedly abducted and raped a 25-year-old woman in a moving car for hours on Friday evening. The woman, however, refused to undergo a medical examination and later withdrew the case.According to the police, two men pulled the woman inside an SUV from outside the Noida Golf Course Metro station at around 6 pm. They raped her for hours before dumping her near Delhi’s Akshardham at 2 am the next morning. The woman then called up the police, who took her to the police station and registered a case.While narrating her ordeal to DNA, the traumatised woman said she was waiting for an autorickshaw at the Metro station when the two men approached her in a Mahindra Scorpio and asked for the way to Sector 18. While she was explaining the route to them, one of them dragged her inside the SUV and drove away, she said.The woman was taken to various areas in Noida and Delhi, while the accused took turns to rape her. “I was scared. They threw me on the road. I immediately dialled 100. A Delhi Police team reached the spot and brought me to Noida Sector 39 police station,” she told DNA.

Delhi Metro on the verge of automation, removes token counters from stations

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a latest development, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has removed the token selling counters from 70 of the 164 operational Metro stations in the citySoon, ticket counters will be removed from more metro stations and will only have Token Vending Machines (TVMs) to dispense tickets, officials said, according to a Hindustan Times report.Officials said the main agenda is to promote the use of machines installed at Metro Stations and to reduce human interferance.The move have also comes after passengers complained of being cheated by the ticket counter operators by not returning exact change often. Delhi Metro has 216 token vending machines and are in the process of adding 215 more. According to sources, each ticket vending machine costs around Rs 15 lakh.The stations where token counters have already been removed are Udyog Bhawan, Lok Kalyan Marg, Mandi House, Barakhamba Road, Jor Bagh, Akshardham and Mayur Vihar I.The staff, mostly hired by contractors, are being removed in phases as TVMs installations are in order.

Man held for trying to film woman on board Metro train

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly trying to film a woman on his mobile phone on board a Metro train here, the police said today. The incident was reported yesterday by a 25-year-old woman to the Yamuna Bank Depot Metro police station. In her complaint, the woman, who works in an MNC in Noida, alleged that the accused was trying to make a video of her on his mobile phone while she was travelling from Noida Sector-16 to Akshardham, the police said. The woman alleged that when she noticed him in the act and took away his mobile phone, the accused snatched it back and tried to manhandle her but other passengers came to her help, they said. On the basis of the information, a case was registered and the accused Kumar, who is from Begusarai in Bihar, was arrested, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Metro) Pankaj Kumar Singh. During interrogation, it was revealed that the accused was in an inebriated state at the time of the incident. He sells tobacco products for a living in his hometown and was here to meet his relatives, the police officers said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Paharganj hotel manager held for hoax bomb call

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The security forces in the Capital were thrown into a tizzy late on Saturday evening after a person informed the police that an unknown man called him and said he was from Pakistan, and that he had planted bombs inside the Red Fort and a Connaught Place (CP) hotel. Immediately, bomb disposal squads and dog squads were sent to the monument and CP.Meanwhile, the police tracked the caller through technical surveillance. He was identified as Mehroof Raza, a native of Bihar and manager at a hotel in Paharganj. During joint interrogation by the police and the intelligence sleuths, Raza revealed that he was playing a prank.The matter came to light when one Nitin Kumar informed the police that he got a call from an unidentified number around 7 pm on Saturday.”Kumar said he was attending a digital marketing class when he received the call. He immediately alerted the police and his statement was recorded at the Prashant Vihar police station. Cops noticed that the call was made from a Delhi-based number and technical surveillance was used to track the caller’s location. A police team then raided the identified premises and Raza was apprehended from a hotel where he works. He was immediately taken into custody,” the police said.The officer added that Raza disclosed he had called other people as well telling them the same thing. “He said he was playing a prank and didn’t realise that the issue will become so huge. He was booked under relevant sections and a case was registered,” the police said.Cops further said the security around the monument was stepped up following the incident. The Capital is already on a high alert after Amarnath pilgrims were targeted by terrorists in Kashmir last week. The Delhi Police have also stepped up the vigil at the inter-state bus terminals, railway stations, shopping malls, airport, and religious installations.Delhi Police fleet gets 15 ‘Parakram’ vansThe Delhi Police have decided to add 15 ‘Parakram’ vans, manned by National Security Guard (NSG)-trained drivers and commandos, to its existing fleet of 10 such vans that are already deployed at strategic locations in the city. The measure has followed the terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir. Mandated for anti-terror operations, the Parakram vans are loaded with commandos for immediate armed response, whenever required. The vans are also GPRS-enabled and fitted with pan-Delhi wireless communication. Senior officers said these vans will be deployed in trans-Yamuna areas and in parts of west, north, and northwest Delhi. At present, such vans are deployed at Vijay Chowk, Palika Bazar, Jhandewalan , IP Marg, Vasant Kunj Mall, Select Citywalk in Saket, Pacific Mall in Subhash Nagar, Netaji Subhash Place market, Lotus Temple, and Akshardham Temple.

Australian PM Turnbull, Modi take Metro to Akshardham

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, accompanied by his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, today travelled by the Metro Rail to get a feel of the rapid transport system of Delhi. The two leaders travelled from Mandi House to Akshardham station, a distance of about 6.7 kms which takes around 15 minutes. At times standing, and at times sitting, the two leaders clicked selfies during the journey. “With @narendramodi on the Delhi Metro Blue Line – 212 kms & 159 stations since 2002,” tweeted the Australian Prime Minister while travelling. “On board the Delhi Metro with PM @TurnbullMalcolm. We are heading to the Akshardham Temple,” Modi tweeted with a picture where Turnbull is seen taking a selfie with him. Prior to their journey, the two leaders held wide-ranging talks here.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi takes the Delhi Metro with Malcolm Turnbull to Akshardham temple

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull on Monday took the Delhi Metro from Mandi House station to Akshardham station.Turnbull also tweeted about the trip:The Australian prime minister arrived on Sunday on a four-day India visit.Watch their visit to the temple:

Two teens killed after photo shoot on rail tracks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A desire to get pictures clicked against a moving train as a thrilling act ended in two young lives being lost.Yash Chandelia (15) and Shubham Saini (16) along with five other friends reached the railway tracks in East Delhi’s Akshardham area and were crushed under the wheels of the train as the duo decided to jump on either side while the videographer captured their daring stunt. All of them are students of Aster Public School in Mayur Vihar. The incident took place on Saturday.”Please prepare my favourite sweet dish (Gajar-ka-halwa) when I come back home after tuitions. I never thought it would be the last time that I will see him. The sweet dish still awaits him,” said an inconsolable Kamlesh Kumar, mother of Yash. She is yet to come to terms with the loss of her only son.According to the police, the incident took place on Saturday evening when the fivesome—Rohit Kumar (16), Tushar Anshul Yadav (15), Bhaveet Tomar (13), Rohit Singh (10), Aman (14), Yash Chandelia (15) and Shubham Saini (16)—reached the railway tracks for a photography session post their tuitions in Shashi garden. All of them had even rented a DSLR camera from Neelam Studio in the area for clicking better pictures and the stunt video.They all wanted to upload it over the social media to get likes and comments.”All of them went to click pictures with train appearing in the background. Suddenly, they saw trains coming from New Delhi and Anand Vihar on both the tracks in opposite directions. While five of their friends managed to save themselves, Yash and Shubham, who had gone to the tracks for the first time, got confused and were hit by the train coming from New Delhi. His five friends were lying down in the space between the two separate tracks,” said a senior police officer.Minutes before the incident, the caretaker of a rain basera scolded them for clicking pictures on the railway track. “I saw the kids clicking pictures on the railway track so I scolded them and asked them to get away from it. I even informed the officer I knew on the phone. The children were not seen there for some minutes and later on I saw an ambulance taking their bodies,” said Poonam Devi, care-taker of the rain basera.Yash’s family started searching for him around 3pm as he did not return home. There was a test at the tuition centre from 12 pm to 2 pm. “He usually returned home within 15-20 minutes after his tuition. He kept his phone at home always, then I took out his sim card and put it in mine. After a few minutes I got a call from Anand Vihar Railway Police station about the incident,” said Rajesh Kumar, Yash’s father.The two were very sincere and never misbehaved in class and it never seemed that the two possessed any interest in photography.”Kumar had been studying here for the last one and a half years and Saini started coming here six months ago. The two were best friends and always sat together in class. Although they were average students they never misbehaved and were very sincere also. Phones are not allowed in classes so it never seemed they had interest in clicking pictures.” he added.However, Saini’s family has moved back to their native place in Himachal Pradesh. All the kids are students of Aster Public School.

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