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1. Bihar Villagers Abandon Village Due to Fear of Encephalitis

At least 152 children who have died in Bihar so far due to encephalitis in just a matter of a couple of weeks. As the Supreme Court issued notices to the Bihar government and the Centre today seeking explanation, here's a ground report by our reporter Shadab from a village in Bihar that people have abandoned out of fear of encephalitis.

2. Govt Hospital Doctors Are Waiting For Basic Facilities in Hostels

Dirty beds, inadequate facilities, unhygienic surroundings, these problems are not just being faced by patients in government hospitals but also the doctors in government hostels.

The Quint's Vikrant Dubey speaks to a few such doctors who narrate their side of the story.


3. Jharkhand Man Beaten By Mob, Forced To Say ‘Jai Shri Ram’, Dies

A man accused of stealing a motorcycle died in Jharkhand on Saturday, 22 June, days after being beaten up by a mob and forced to chant ‘Jai Sri Ram’ and ‘Jai Hanuman’.

The victim, Shams Tabrez (24), was caught by a mob on 18 June, tied to a pole and was beaten for several hours, before being handed over to the police.

The video of the incident, which took place in Seraikela, is being widely circulated on social media.

A relative of Tabrez, Maqsood Alam, told news agency ANI that he was beaten because he had a Muslim name.

Read the full story here.


4. Mayawati Ditches Akhilesh: ‘BSP to Contest Future Elections Alone’

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati announced on Monday, 24 June, that her party will contest all future elections alone, making a clean break with the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP), with whom BSP had fought the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Taking to Twitter to make the announcement, Mayawati wrote that the decision was being taken in view of SP’s behaviour after the general elections.

“So, in the interest of the party and the movement, the BSP will now fight all future minor-major elections on its own,” Mayawati wrote on the social media platform.

Read the full story here.


5. ‘If IPS Doesn’t Unite Now, When?’ Sanjiv Bhatt’s Wife Shweta Asks

“To prove a man guilty under IPC 302 is a huge responsibility. You are not only playing with someone’s life but also with the lives of that person’s family too. All I can say is justice was not served,” says Shweta Bhatt, wife of ex-IPS officer (Gujarat Cadre) Sanjiv Bhatt, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in a 30-year-old custodial torture-death case by a local court in Jamnagar, Gujarat.

Bhatt had testified to the Nanavati Commission in 2011 against the Gujarat government, particularly the then chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi. Since then, he has been arrested twice, and suspended from the department on charges of unauthorised leave, which led to his dismissal in 2015.

Watch the full interview here.

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