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Poisoned twice, ‘mysterious men’ causing deaths of scientists: Top scientist at ISRO

Tapan Mishra

Tapan Mishra

Top Scientist and Senior Advisor at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Tapan Mishra, on Tuesday, claimed that he was poisoned with deadly arsenic trioxide in May 23, 2017, during a promotion interview at ISRO headquarters, Bengaluru.

 

Sharing images of his shredded skin, burns and a medical report claiming that he was diagnosed with Arsenic toxication by AIIMS, Mishra posted a message on Facebook titled Long Kept Secret.

 

Long Kept Secret

We, in ISRO, occasionally heard about highly suspicious death of Prof. Vikram Sarabhai in 1971. Also…

Posted by Tapan Misra on Tuesday, 5 January 2021

 

We, in ISRO, occasionally heard about highly suspicious death of Prof. Vikram Sarabhai in 1971. Also heard occasional doubts about sudden death of Dr. S Srinivasan, Director of VSSC in 1999. Case of Shri Nambinarayanan in 1994 is well known. But I never thought that I will be at the receiving end of such mystery, his post read. 

 

Further in his post, Mishra also revealed that he was bombarded with hundreds of threatening emails and poisoned by Hydrogen Cyanide again on July 12, 2019.

 

?Enough is enough. I have faith in our security apparatus and men. But these mysterious men are much more equipped, trained, lethal and determined to snuff out living witness of the most shameful incident of Indian science.

 

I put forward to Government, intellectuals and fellow scientists and my classmates and teachers, spread across the world, that all efforts should be made to keep me and my family safe and punish these mysterious men. I am convinced that these are the men, embedded in our system, are leading to mysterious deaths of scientists and destruction of our institutions.”

 

“These incidents should be wake up call to prevent such nefarious happening to many of our bright minds in future. The nation, which cannot protect their own people who made contributions in building it in the first place, is destined to suffer, his post read.

 

The motive appears to be espionage attack; to remove a scientist with critical contribution of very large military and commercial significance, like expertise in building Synthetic Aperture Radar. I want the Government of India to investigate upon it, Mishra alleged.

 

Someone definitely wanted to do some harm to ISRO. The only solution is to catch the culprit and punish them. Not provide security to 2,000 scientists, he told ANI.

 

Mishra is a Senior Advisor at ISRO and would be retiring on January 31. Earlier, he has also served as Director of Ahmedabad-based Space Application Centre of ISRO.

 

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SHOCKER: 4 gang rape monitor lizard in Maharashtra, record act on phone; get arrested

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Radhika Dhawad | Ratnagiri

Monitor Lizard (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

In the most unbelievable incident ever, four men were arrested for allegedly raping a Bengal monitor lizard in Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR). The reserve is spread over four districts of Satara, Sangli, Kolhapur and Ratnagiri in Maharashtra.

The gruesome incident took place at Gothane village in Ratnagiri district on March 31 when the four accused illegally entered Chandoli National Park (part of the reserve). One of the four was also carrying a gun for hunting.

The Maharashtra Forest Department checked the mobile phone of one of the accused and that’s when he learnt about the incident. The officials found the recording of the act, which showed the accused allegedly gang-raping the monitor lizard.

A forest official said the four accused were identified as Sandeep Tukaram Pawar, Mangesh Kamtekar, Akshay Kamtekar and Ramesh Ghag.

The official said, “During the investigation, the forest officials found that the accused had allegedly raped a Bengal monitor lizard. Their act was also recorded in a mobile phone of one of the accused persons. We have recovered all the related evidence from the accused and they were granted forest department custody initially, but are out on bail now. They have been asked to mark their presence before the forest officer, who is probing the case, every Monday.”
“The four accused have been booked under various sections of the Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972,” said field director of Sahyadri Tiger Reserve (STR), Nanasaheb Ladkat.

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ED attaches Sanjay Raut’s properties in ₹1034 crore Patra Chawl land scam case; Raut tweets ‘Asatyamev Jayate’

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Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

Sanjay Raut

Sanjay Raut

 

Enforcement Directorate (ED), on Tuesday, under Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), attached Shiv Sena leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut’s property in ₹1034 crore Patra Chawl land scam case. The ED, in February, had also arrested his close friend Pravin Raut.

The ED attached Raut’s plot in Alibaug and one flat in Mumbai’s Dadar area.

After ED attached Raut’s properties, the latter tweeted, “Asatyamev Jayate (the lies win)”

 

The attachment is linked to a money laundering probe linked to an alleged scam related to the re-development of a chawl in Mumbai.

More details are awaited. 

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Wheelchair-bound Anil Deshmukh hospitalised at JJ Hospital after suffering shoulder injury

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Anil Deshmukh

Anil Deshmukh

 

Wheelchair-bound former Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh, who is currently lodged at Arthur Road Jail, was hospitalised at JJ Hospital in Mumbai on Saturday after suffering a shoulder injury. The senior leader would undergo a surgery according to ANI.

 
Meanwhile, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), today, reached Arthur Road jail to take custody of Deshmukh, his personal secretary Sanjeev Palande and personal assistant Kundan Shinde in connection with an alleged money laundering case. 
 
Also, another team of CBI reached Taloja jail today to take custody of dismissed Mumbai Police officer Sachin Vaze vis-à-vis the same case. 
 
Amid opposition from Maharashtra government, the Supreme Court, on Thursday, transferred the investigation against former Mumbai Police Commissioner Param Bir Singh to the CBI. 
 
Param Bir Singh

Param Bir Singh

 
Singh is currently facing cases of extortion, corruption and misconduct. He was removed as Mumbai Police Chief owing to his alleged mishandling of the Antilia (Mukesh Ambanis residence) bomb scare case. 
 
There are as many as five alleged corruption and extortion cases against Singh. On May 4 last year, he went missing to avoid probe against him. 
 
Later, he appeared before the Mumbai Crime Branch to record his statement after the Supreme Court granted him relief on the grounds that he wouldn’t be arrested.
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