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Bihar court awards death penalty to two women for murdering four-year-old boy during ‘black magic’ ritual

A sessions court in Bihars Gopalganj sentenced a woman named Sankesha Devi (40) and her mother-in-law Durgawati Devi (60) for murdering a four-year-old boy as sacrifice? while practicing black magic. The duo was held responsible for the crime on July 5 earlier this year. Notably, in the last five years, this is the fourth capital punishment awarded by the Gopalganj court. 

Hindustan Times quoted Gopalganj government counsel Jairam Prasad as saying, Additional district and session judge Lavkush Kumar awarded capital punishment to Durgawati and Sankesha, holding that this was among the rarest of the rare cases and the accused deserved maximum punishment for the inhuman and heinous crime. 

As per reports, the horrific incident took place at Chhitauna village under Vijaypur police station in Gopalganj district on September 5, 2017. On the day, the minor, who was identified as Dev Kumar, was playing outside his home, when he went missing under mysterious circumstances. The following day, the boys mutilated body was found under a pile of grass, in front of the house of the suspected accused in Chhitauna village. 

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After the two suspects were arrested, it came to the fore that Sankesha Devi lured the boy to her house on the pretext of giving him a chocolate bar, informed the prosecution. Then in the name of sacrifice? in order to give birth to a male child, she along with her mother-in-law slit the little boys throat with a knife. The police later recovered the murder weapon used in the crime scene. 

During interrogation, the duo confessed to their involvement in the murder of the four-year-old. Nine witnesses, including the doctor who conducted the autopsy of the little boy, were investigated by the court during the trial. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, both convicts were announced guilty on July 5 via virtual hearing. The government counsel, however, informed that11 out of 13 witnesses supported the prosecutions case and two witnesses never turned up. 

In the last several years, this is probably the first time that women have been awarded capital punishment in Bihar.

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If you’re happy the way things are running in Congress, vote for Mallikarjun Kharge: Shashi Tharoor




Radhika Dhawad | New Delhi


Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Rahul Gandhi, Bharat Jodo yatra, the upcoming elections for Congress President and much more.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in an interaction at Dialogue @ Nation Next, speaks about Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and his Bharat Jodo yatra, the upcoming elections for Congress President against senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge and much more.

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BREAKING: Bombay High Court grants bail to Anil Deshmukh in money laundering case




Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

Anil Deshmukh

Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to former Maharashtra Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh (72) in money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). However, Deshmukh would continue to be lodged in judicial custody in Arthur Road jail as he is also being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in an alleged corruption case.

Justice NJ Jamadar pronounced the order at 2.30 pm on Tuesday afternoon. While senior Advocate Vikram Chaudhari with advocate Aniket Nikam appeared for Deshmukh, a team of Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh with Advocates Aditya Thakker, Shreeram Shirsat and Amandeep Sra appeared for the central agency.

The bail was granted on a surety amount of 1 lakh. The ED has sought a stay on the operation of the order for two weeks. Deshmukh’s lawyers said that considering the former’s health and the fact that he had no criminal antecedents, he should be granted bail.

Deshmukh and his associates have been investigated for alleged corruption between 2019 and 2021. Deshmukh was arrested in November 2021.

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And that’s how a film is made – Kantara shows the way! | Movie review




Nation Next Newsroom | Bengaluru

Kantara poster

Social media is buzzing with one word today and that word is Kantara! Yes, another Kannada film after KGF that has caught the people’s fancy and how. In fact, this one goes a notch higher than KGF – because the film has been released only in Kannada with English subtitles and yet – the movie is capturing the hearts of people across India and the world.

From California, London and Berlin to cities across India, high praise is pouring in for the Rishab Shetty starrer and the actor-director’s Twitter feed is testimony to this. Ordinary cine-goers are putting screenshots of housefull bookings, sharing videos of people clapping and whistling in theatres and then profusely thanking the star for making this film.

So, what’s this film about? Kantara (which means forest in Sanskrit) stands out because it has powerful storytelling at its core. It is rooted in local folklore, has the right amount of action and adventure and comes with a social message too. Man versus nature, native customs and local politics, which spans three timelines and a climax that’s to die for, is what the film’s about. Add to this some superlative performances by the cast, a stellar background score by B Ajaneesh Loknath and mind-blowing cinematography by Arvind S Kashyap that serenades Karnataka’s rustic locales and you have what can be called the perfect recipe for a blockbuster film. Telling you more will just be a spoiler! So, what are you waiting for? Go watch!

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