QAhmedabad: Nithyananda Flees Country; Lioness Found Dead

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Both daughters have uploaded videos on social media claiming that as adults, they choose to remain with the ashram

1. Godman Nithyananda Has Fled the Country: Gujarat Police

Self-styled godman Swami Nithyananda, booked in a criminal case related to his ashram here, has fled the country, with the Gujarat police working to gather concrete evidence against him after taking two of his disciples in remand, officials said on Thursday, 21 November.

An FIR was registered on Wednesday against the controversial guru on the charges of kidnapping and wrongful confinement of children to make them collect donations from followers to run his ashram here, Yogini Sarvagyapeetham.

Ahmedabad (Rural) Superintendent of Police R V Asari said Nithyananda has fled abroad, and if required, the Gujarat police will seek his custody through proper channel.

Nithyananda has fled the country after a rape case was registered against him in Karnataka, and it will be a waste of time searching for him here.

(Source: The Times of India)

2. Lioness That ‘Attacked’ Cattle Herder in Gir 3 Days Ago Found Dead

The Asiatic lioness suspected to have attacked a maldhari (cattle herder) near Dodhi ness in Hadala range in Gir (east) forest division three days ago, was found dead in the same area on Sunday, . However, forest officers said that prima facie, nothing suspicious about the death was observed.

Dushyant Vasavada, Chief Conservator of Forests, Junagadh Wildlife Circle, said that the lioness believed to the nine to 12 years old, was found dead in Bhimchas beat in Jasdhar range during a joint patrolling exercise by the staff of Hadala and Jasdhar ranges in Gir (east).

Vasavada said that the Assistant Conservator of Forests of that area, as well as range forest officers of Hadala and Jasadhar inspected the carcass of the lioness and observed nothing suspicious.

(Source: The Indian Express)


3. DPS Principal Held Over Leasing Land for Nithyananda's Ashram

Police on Thursday, 21 November arrested the principal of Delhi Public School (DPS) near here in Gujarat for violating government norms while leasing out land to controversial self-styled godman Swami Nithyananda for his ashram.

Hitesh Puri, Principal of Delhi Public School (East), located at Hirapur village on Ahmedabad's outskirts, ignored the collectors notification related to the matter, police said.

School authorities failed to produce documents pertaining to informing police after leasing out the land for the ashram of the controversial guru, who has been booked in a criminal case in the city, they said.

(Source: Business Standard)


4. Haren Pandya Murder Case: SC Rejects Review Pleas of 9 Convicts

The Supreme Court has dismissed the pleas filed by nine convicts, who were awarded life term for murdering former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya in 2003, seeking review of its verdict holding them guilty.

The review petitions did not mention any error apparent on the face of record in its 5 July this year judgement, the apex court said.

"We have perused the review petitions and record of the appeals and are convinced that the order, of which review has been sought, does not suffer from any error apparent warranting its reconsideration. The review petitions are, accordingly, dismissed," said a bench of justices Arun Mishra and Vineet Saran.

In its 5 July verdict, the top court had set aside the Gujarat High Court judgement acquitting the nine accused the murder case.

(Source: The Times of India)


5. Three Killed in Mishaps Involving BRTS Buses in Gujarat

Three men, two of them brothers, were killed in two separate accidents involving Bus Rapid Transit buses in Gujarat on Thursday, police said.

While brothers Nayan Ram (27) and Jayesh Ram (24) were run over by a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) bus near Panjrapole in Ahmedabad, 18-year-old Muzammil Ahmed Sheikh was killed in the Pandesara locality of Surat, an official said.

The brothers were run over by the BRTS bus while they were trying to cross the lane meant for such vehicles on their two-wheeler, he said, adding the driver fled the scene after the accident.

Nayan Ram was an employee of a private bank located close to the scene of the mishap, he said. "We are examining CCTV footage from the area to ascertain the sequence of events and are also on a lookout for the absconding driver," the police officer said.

(Source: The Times of India)

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