May 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India
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2 die in police firing at Godhra
Ahmedabad, May 25
At least two persons were killed and seven injured when the police opened fire to contain violence which erupted in a locality in Godhra late last night prompting the authorities to clamp an indefinite curfew. Describing the situation in Juhurpura as “under control”, Panchmahal SP Raju Bhargava said over the phone “things are under control now... curfew has been clamped in the walled city area and preventive arrests are being made”. So far 12 persons, from both communities, have been taken into custody as “preventive arrests” to check recurrence of any such incidents, Mr Bhargava said. The police said while six persons received bullet injuries, a woman was injured when she was assaulted by a mob.
A relative of passengers aboard a Boeing 747-200 jet that crashed in the ocean en route to Hong Kong from Taiwan's main airport cry in Taipei airport
— Reuters photo
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Beijing, May 25
All 225 passengers of a China Airlines flight were killed after the jumbo jet crashed into a sea near Taiwan’s western coast today. The Boeing 747 of the Taiwanese flag, carrying 206 passengers, including three children, and 19 crew members plunged into the sea off Taiwan’s western coast soon after take off from Taipei international airport, Xinhua news agency reported. According to TV from Teipei, rescue efforts were on and there is no report of any survivor.
Remand for CEO
Mumbai, May 25
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Home Trade Ltd Sanjay Agarwal was brought from Nagpur and produced here today before a special court which remanded him in CBI custody till May 31 in connection with the probe into the Rs 92.78 crore Seamen’s provident fund scam. He was brought by CBI sleuths by train and produced before sessions judge Kashalkar at his residence here.
60 burnt alive
Bahriach (UP), May 25
Sixty members of a marriage party were burnt alive when the bus they were travelling in turned into a ball of fire after hitting a 11,000-volt electric pole here this evening. Only two passengers survived as they fell out of the bus, the police said. The police said the accident occurred near the Kodva crossing under the Motipur police station area when the marriage party was returning with the bride.
Agra fire probe
Agra, May 25
Bodies of two more workers were today recovered from the debris of the gutted shoe factory here taking the toll in the fire to 41, the police said. Clarifying the discrepancy in the toll given as 42 last night, Superintendent of Police V.K. Dohre said the figure was incorrect as a recount of the bodies in the hospital mortuary showed that only 39 workers had died in the fire. Meanwhile, District Magistrate M.C. Gupta has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the fire. Additional District Magistrate S.K. Singh will be conducting the probe.
Forum on AIDS
New Delhi, May 25
The Chief Minister of Karnataka has launched a state legislative forum on HIV/AIDS. The forum aims to play an active role in increasing access to information on HIV/AIDS and reducing the stigma and discrimination that currently is associated with HIV, a press note said.