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Indian American shelters 70 George Floyd protesters

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By Reena Bhardwaj

Washington D.C., June 6 — protestors were protesting peacefully in Washington, D.C., earlier this week, over George Floyds death, many suddenly found themselves “trapped” by police officers on either end of a street in northwest Washington DC. And on that very street, an Indian American man opened his door to let demonstrators in.

Forty-four-year-old Rahul Dubey not just welcomed but also sheltered more than 70 protesters for over eight hours inside his home, spread across three floors, to avoid peaceful protestors from being arrested by DC Metropolitan Police Department officers.

Born and raised in the United States, Dubey’s parents hail from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh. Even though Rahul has not visited India for the last 20 years, this first-generation Indian American is overwhelmed by the love and appreciation he has received from the people in India, movie stars and even an appreciation tweet from his namesake- Rahul Gandhi.

“Thank you Rahul Dubey for opening your heart and your home to the weak and the oppressed,” Gandhi wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.

Under self-quarantine for the next 14 days, Dubey agreed to do a virtual interview with ANI. He said that he acted on instinct after seeing protesters absolutely decimated and beaten on the steps of his house. “It was like a human tsunami coming all the way to my steps, I heard a bang first, some pepper spray, shields crunching people and the worst screeches that I’ve ever heard,” Dubey recalled.

That’s when Dubey flung open his door and said: “Get in the house.” As he hung on to the railing of the door, everyone at the stoop started running into the house.

Dubey said the people in his house ranged from 18 to 50 in age and called them “100 per cent, peaceful and respectful towards each other.”

Scenes inside Rahul Dubey’s home were chaotic. After law enforcement had pushed the protestors down the street, firing chemicals at them, protestors came coughing up the stairs and for the next hour and a half, there was pure pandemonium. Police pepper-sprayed into the windows making the first, second floor and the basement completely smoke-filled with pepper spray and people gasping. “People were treating each other pouring milk, water and baking soda on each other’s faces to subside the burning and holding onto each other,” Dubey told ANI.

As the chaos subsided, most protesters stayed at Dubey’s home until the city’s curfew ended at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. “I saw humanity across eight hours… There wasn’t a single argument, no one raised their voice, no one got in a fight. Now tell me is that the behaviour of looters and rioters absolutely not!” Dubey said.

Asked if at any point he was worried about contracting coronavirus – since he welcomed dozens of people home. “I just throw the question back to the probability of getting COVID or witnessing a guaranteed genocide, it was a very simple decision. I didn’t even think about COVID until about six hours into it,” Dubey told ANI.

Dubey says it’s overwhelming to see the love India has shown to him. “I haven’t been back in 20 years and I’m embarrassed by that to be a hero to a country that’s a stranger to me.. but I look forward to coming back and really seeing a lot of India thank you very much for the love and support,” he said.For any query with respect to this article or any other content requirement, please contact Editor at contentservices@htlive.com
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Vikas Dubey Encounter: Vikas Dubey Reportedly Killed In Encounter With Police

Vikas Dubey Encounter: Vikas Dubey, on the run since he organized the massacre of eight policemen in Kanpur last Friday, was arrested yesterday at a temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.

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Has Vikas Dubey been killed in an encounter with UP police? The twitter is trending and the news is flashing that one of the three police cars taking criminal Vikas Dubey to Uttar Pradesh, overturned early this morning on the highway.

According to India Today: Vikas Dubey has been killed in an encounter in Kanpur. The encounter broke out between Dubey and the Uttar Pradesh STF (Special Task Force) when the gangster tried to escape. Vikas suffered a few bullets shots and he later dies of his injuries. His death is yet to be confirmed by the officials.

Earlier Reports on Vikas Dubey

Unconfirmed reports suggest the car that overturned had Vikas Dubey in it. Vikas Dubey, on the run since he organized the slaughter of eight cops in Kanpur last Friday, was arrested yesterday at a temple in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.

A per Times of India – One of the vehicles of the convoy of Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) that was bringing back gangster Vikas Dubey to Kanpur overturned on Friday morning. The accident happened at around 7 am. There are reports that Vikas has been injured along with an STF sub-inspector and two constables. However, an official confirmation is awaited.

Questions were raised on the manner in which he was caught and whether it was an arrest or the gangster turned himself in at a time and place of his choosing. Senior UP police officer Mohit Agarwal said: “We had caught many of his associates and a few were killed. So definitely he was trying to save his life and on the run.”

 

 

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BJP Leader, Father, Brother Shot Dead in Kashmir; All Guards Were Missing

The killing of Wasim and his family comes a month after militants killed Ajay Pandita Bharti, a sarpanch in LukBhawan Larkipora area of Anantnag in Southern Kashmir. Bharti, a Kashmiri Pandit had returned to the valley only a few years ago. 

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The safety of political workers has once again come under the scanner after the killing of BJP leader Sheikh Wasim and his family. The death of Wasim and his family comes a month after militants killed another political worker from the Indian National Congress in Anantnag.

A ruling BJP leader, his father and brother were shot dead in Kashmir on Wednesday. The murder took place in Bandipora district yesterday evening after suspected militants gunned down the trio at their shop. The latest killings depict a grim picture of Kashmir and raise concern over the safety of political workers.

The deceased included Sheikh Wasim, a BJP leader, his father Basheer Ahmad and brother Umar. According to police reports, the family was attacked as they stood outside their shop, just metres away from a local police station.

A media report states that Wasim and his family were shot in the head and the succumbed to their injuries en route to the hospital. The culprits were armed with a revolver (fitted with a silencer) and rode motorcycles.

Although Wasim had been granted security detail, none of the eight guards deployed were present when the terrorists attacked. Sources say the guards have been arrested for dereliction of duty and an investigation has been started.

“We are taking a tough (stand) against them for dereliction of duty and failure to protect the life,” Vijay Kumar, Inspector General of Police Kashmir, said.

The killing of Wasim and his family comes a month after militants killed Ajay Pandita Bharti, a sarpanch in LukBhawan Larkipora area of Anantnag in Southern Kashmir. Bharti, a Kashmiri Pandit had returned to the valley only a few years ago.

The killing of political workers has exposed the grim reality of the current situation in Kashmir. The Narendra Modi led BJP government had made it a priority to wipe out militancy from the region and restore peace and tranquillity. However, the killings indicate that the government has a difficult at hand.

Tributes Pour-In

The cold-blooded murder of Wasim and his family led to politicians and ministers offering their condolences. Prime Minister Narendra Modi personally sought details and extended his condolences to Mr Wasim’s family in a telephonic conversation with Union Minister Jitendra Singh.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to express his grief and extended condolence to the family of the victims.

Senior BJP leader Ram Madhav and BJP President JP Nadda also expressed their shock anger of the killing. Both extended condolences to the family and notes that Wasim’s death was a big loss to the party

Kashmir has seen an uptick in militancy in recent months. However, Indian armed forces have enjoyed the upper hand so far thanks to their alertness and combat superiority. According to data collected by South Asian Terrorism Portal, 138 militants have been killed in 2020 so far. Meanwhile, 14 civilians and 33 members of the armed forces have also lost their lives during the same period.

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Global Coronavirus Death Toll Crosses 400,000

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Maryland, June 7 — : More than 4,00,000 people have died globally due to coronavirus and 69,16,233 people have been infected with the virus till now.

As per the latest Johns Hopkins University’s tally, 4,00,135 people have succumbed to the disease so far.

Till now, the US has reported the maximum number of coronavirus cases and deaths. As many as 1,920,061 COVID-19 cases and 1,09,802 deaths have been reported in the US.

Brazil has confirmed that 6,72,846 people have tested positive and 35,930 people have died due to COVID-19.

Similarly, Russia and the UK have reported 4,67,073 and 2,86,295 cases until now. With 40,548, the United Kingdon has reported the second-highest deaths due to coronavirus.

Meanwhile, India has surpassed the COVID tally of Spain and Italy. With 2,47,678 cases, India has become the fifth country in the list of coronavirus affected countries.

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