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Mumbai shuts down to mourn demise of Bal Thackeray


Trade associations in Mumbai and Maharashtra called for a voluntary shutdown Monday as a mark of respect for Shiv Sena patriarch Bal Thackeray, who passed away Saturday afternoon.

A statement by the Federation of Associations of Maharashtra (FAM) called upon the trading community to observe the shutdown and observe ‘Shraddhanjali Day’ Monday. The retails and wholesale jewellery market – Zaveri Bazar – and all other jewellery units will also remain shut Monday. All educational institutions, including schools and colleges, were also closed on Monday owing to the call given by various bus owners’ associations of the city and state.

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Police detained 15 in Ponty Chadha’s death case


Fifteen people have been detained by Delhi Police in connection with the gun-battle that left liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his estranged brother dead at a farmhouse.
Police is trying to find out why only the warring brothers — Ponty Chadha and Hardeep Chadha — were killed, when the shootout was between their groups at a farmhouse in Chattarpur on Saturday. The postmortem report of the bodies is yet to come.

The liquor king and his younger brother Hardeep Chadha were shot dead in a half-hour gunbattle over family property in a Mehrauli farmhouse in south Delhi Saturday.According to police sources, the clash took place on Saturday morning 11 a.m. when Gurpreet Singh Chadha alias Ponty Chadha along with security men and other people allegedly barged into the farm house at 42, Central Lane, DLF, Chattarpur farms, Mali village in Mehrauli, and started beating servants and security staff who were present in the house.

Though police initially said Hardeep had invited his brother Ponty to the farm house to talk over property dispute, the investigators later said the property belonged to their father Kulwant Singh Chadha and both were claiming its ownership.

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Stampede in Patna during Chhath Puja


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At least 14 people died in the tragic incident when a makeshift bridge collapsed during the Chhath festivities in Patna. Most of those killed were women and children. Scores others were injured as the brigde caved in triggering a stampede at Adalatganj ghat on the bank of river Ganges, a police official said. The bridge made of bamboo collapsed due to heavy rush. Fear-stricken people trampled on each other after the bridge collapsed.
The bodies of those killed in the stampede have been sent for post mortem at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) at Patna.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced Rs. 2 lakh compensation to the next of kin of the victims, an official spokesman said.

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