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Seven of family die in road accident in Tripura

Agartala: Seven people, including four children of a family died on the spot on Thursday morning in a tragic road mishap at Nalgaria area of Jirania in Agartala on National Highway 44. Police said the accident occurred when a private car skidded off the road and hit a big tree near the road around 0200 hrs. However, driver of the car narrowly survived in the accident with minor injuries. He is undergoing treatment in the Agartala Government Medical College and Hospital. According to police, all the victims belonged to a minority family of Kalabagan area of Jirania. They were returning home after attending a religious function at Indranagar Jama Masjid of Agartala. The driver lost control when the wheels hit a speed-breaker and hit the tree. The villagers came out hearing the cries of passengers and informed the  police. (UNI)
Two NSCN cadres arrested in Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar: Security forces have apprehended to NSCN cadres from Jongrom Village in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh. The members of UG group were arrested on Wednesday by joint operations carried by 14 Assam Rifles and district police. Two pistols and ammunitions were also seized from their possession, official sources informed here on Thursday. A regular criminal case was registered against the cadres. Further police remand is being sought for interrogation.  (UNI)

Two held, maps seized from their possession

Itanagar: Security personnel have apprehended two persons from Naharlagun railway station after they allegedly entered the state without the mandatory inner permit and some maps were seized from them. Two men travelling by the Naharlagun-Guwahati Inter-City Express were apprehended Wednesday for entering the state without obtaining the mandatory inner line permits and train tickets. The two were handed over to the Naharlagun police station. Of the two, one Amarendra Jena, was travelling with a fake ID card and had maps with him “that marked out J&K and the Northeast regions”, officials said. District tourism officer TK Kopak, who is also in-charge of the tourist ILP facilitation centre at the rail station, said that while Jena “claims to be an advocate in the Orissa High Court, he was unable to write any application when asked to do so”. (PTI)

Prisoners move HC to watch World Cup matches

Guwahati:  Prisoners of Guwahati Central Jail on Thursday approached the Gauhati High Court seeking cable connection for televisions in jail to watch the cricket World Cup matches and other programmes. Mohit Hojai, former Chief Executive Member of Dima Hasao Autonomous District Council, and six other inmates filed a writ petition in the High Court praying a direction to the jail authorities so that under-trial prisoners are able to watch the competition. Filing the petition on behalf of the prisoners, advocate Amit Goyal said recreation is a must to keep the minds of the prisoners healthy and watching sports and other entertainment channels would help them. The petition has been admitted. (PTI)

Two minor girls raped in Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar: Two minor girls were allegedly raped by two men on a gunpoint at Seppa of East Kameng district here, police said on Thursday. The accused identified as — Achung Bagang and Yangno Liyak, allegedly raped the girls who have reportedly gone to see off their sister on Wednesday, while they were returning home, the accused trailed them and forced them inside their car, J Netan Officer-in-Charge of Seppa Police station said. The accused then took girls, aged 12 and 13, to a secluded spot at the Hari Tungne-Watti road where they allegedly raped them. Angered over the incident, the parents of the two minors and relatives began a search for the accused. One of the accused was nabbed and taken into police custody. The angry parents also torched the car of the accused, he said. The other accused Yangno Liyak is absconding, he added. (PTI)

Penalty imposed on information officer in Arunachal

Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC) has imposed a penalty of Rs. 25,000 to JDEE Public Information Officer (PIO), Monya Nyori under section 20(1) of the RTI Act 2005. The penalty was imposed for deliberately defying the orders of the Commission to furnish details to one Toko Sera who in an appeal sought information which, was in public’s domain, an official release said here on Thursday. Earlier, the PIO was directed to deposit the said penalty amount in favour of the Registrar, APIC through Treasury Challan on or before April 9 next. The Commission also directed the PIO to appear on the same date along with the deposited copy of the challan including information as sought by appellant. It said that on failure to comply with its order, the Commission would be compelled to invoke section 20(2) of the Right to Information Act, 2005, the release added. (PTI)

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