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Nitin Gadkari pays last respects to Parrikar

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Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday offered his last respects to the mortal remains of late Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar at the state’s BJP headquarters here.

Gadkari arrived in the coastal state late Sunday night to negotiate with regional parties and independent MLAs for the formation of a new coalition government following Parrikar’s death earlier on Sunday due to advance pancreatic cancer.

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But party sources said that no breakthrough was in sight yet, despite the meeting continuing until 4.30 a.m.

After a brief stop at the Bharatiya Janata Party headquarters, Parrikar’s body will be moved to a state-run arts and culture complex to allow members of the public to pay their last respects.

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It will be later moved to Panaji’s Miramar beach for the final rites.

BJP state President Vinay Tendulkar said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to arrive in Goa later on Monday, to offer his last respects to the former Defence Minister who served in Modi’s cabinet from 2014-17.

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Groom shot dead at wedding venue in UP district

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Azamgarh (Uttar Pradesh): A groom was shot dead by unidentified assailants just before he reached the ‘mandap’ for the wedding ceremony.

The incident took place on Tuesday night in Masirpur bazaar locality in Devgaon police circle.

According to reports, the ‘baraat’ had come from Singhpur and just as the groom was walking towards the ‘mandap, two bike-borne assailants came and sprayed him with bullets.

The groom was taken to a nearby medical facility where he was declared brought dead.

Angry family members created a ruckus at the hospital after which the police came and sent the body for post mortem.

A number of family members, both from the groom and the bride side, have been detained for interrogation to ascertain the motive behind the crime.

The police said that the killers were probably following the groom from a distance and attacked him when the ceremony was about to begin.

There were no CCTV cameras in the area.

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