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Massive fire engulfs over 250 hectares of forest in Ambazari Biodiversity Park

A massive fire broke out at Nagpur’s Ambazari Biodiversity Park, on Wednesday afternoon, engulfing over 250 hectares of forest land in the area.

The fire reportedly broke out at around 1 pm, from adjoining Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur Universitys (RTMNU) administrative building.

 

The fire started from north-east side and had spread across the south-west stretch of the land.

 

At least ten fire engines and over 25 forest staff with blowers were rushed to the incident spot. It took around six-and-a-half hours to get the fire under control.

 

Deputy Conservator of Forest Prabhunath Shukla informed that plastic bags and discarded garbage were the major reasons behind the fire breakout, that destroyed vegetation in the Ambazari Biodiversity Park.

 

 

There has been no injuries or loss of animal life reported during the incident, he added

 

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Miscreants vandalise property at Nagpur’s Bishop Cotton School, throw liquor bottles in classrooms

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Some unknown miscreants in Nagpur vandalised Bishop Cotton School situated on VIP in Dharampeth during the weekend. Apart from the broken plant pots and damaged earthing wires, empty alcohol bottles could also be seen thrown on the floor of the classrooms.


Prima facie it seems some drunkards might have used the school as their hang out place to consume alcohol as it was a weekend and the school was closed. However, nothing could be ascertained as of now; the investigation on the same is on. 


When Nation Next spoke to Sonia Singh, Principal at Bishop Cotton School, she told us, What kind of a mentality is this Such people should at least spare kids. It’s so disheartening to see something like this. Class 10 students had their board exams today; unfortunately, we couldn’t indulge them much.”

Singh added, “All the pots have been broken, the earthing wires for the newly installed water cooler for kids has also been damaged.”

However, Singh, who filed an FIR at Sitabuld Police Station today, said, this wasn’t the first such incident; even during lockdown, some miscreants had stolen printers and other property of the school. 

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ED arrests Nagpur advocate Satish Ukey who filed petition against Fadnavis

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Radhika Dhawad | Nagpur

Satish Ukey

Satish Ukey

Enforcement Directorate (ED) took the custody of RTI activist advocate Satish Ukey and his brother Pradeep Ukey after raiding the former’s residence at Parvati Nagar in Nagpur on Thursday morning at 7 am. Satish, who is also the lawyer of  MPCC President Nana Patole, had filed an election petition against former Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Devendra Fadnavis.


Ukey had alleged that Fadnavis hadn’t disclosed pending criminal cases against him while filing his nomination papers for the 2009 and 2014 Assembly elections, and thus violated the Representation of People’s Act, 1951. For the past few years, Ukey had also been filing petitions in court against several BJP leaders.

 

During the raid, an army of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel was also deployed under his house. The crime branch had issued a notice to Ukey regarding a land transaction in Nagpur. 

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ED raids house of Nagpur advocate Satish Ukey, who had filed RTI petition against Devendra Fadnavis

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L to R: Devendra Fadnavis, Satish Ukey

L to R: Devendra Fadnavis, Satish Ukey

Enforcement Directorate (ED) raided the house of Congress President for Maharashtra Nana Patole’s lawyer and RTI activist advocate Satish Ukey’s since Thursday early morning. An army of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel has also been deployed under his house as the raids are underway.
 

 

Ukey grabbed headlines after he filed an election petition against former Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition (LoP) Devendra Fadnavis. Ukey had alleged that Fadnavis did not disclose pending criminal cases against him while filing his nomination papers for the 2009 and 2014 Assembly elections, and thus violated the Representation of People’s Act, 1951. For the past few years, Ukey had also been filing petitions in court against several BJP leaders.

 

 

The reason behind the ED raid against the remains unclear as of now. However, the crime branch had issued a notice to Ukey regarding a land transaction in Nagpur. There are likely to be raids related to this case.

 

 

At around 7 am on Thursday, ED’s Mumbai squad including women officers reached Ukey’s residence at Parvati Nagar. For the past two hours, ED has been searching Ukey’s house and interrogating him.

 

Satish Ukey's house at Parvati Nagar in Nagpur

Satish Ukey’s house at Parvati Nagar in Nagpur

 

More details are awaited.
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