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Goa DGP, on official visit to Delhi, dies of cardiac arrest

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New Delhi: Goa DGP Pranab Nanda died of cardiac arrest in the early on Saturday, Inspector General of Police Jaspal Singh said. The 57-year-old officer was on an official visit to the national capital when the incident happened.

Nanda, a 1988 batch Indian Police Service officer, belonged to the Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and other Union Territories (AGMUT) cadre, and had taken charge as Goa Director General of Police in March.

“It is too shocking,” Singh said, commenting on the DGP”s sudden demise.

Both Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat have condoled the death of the top cop.

“Shocked and saddened by the untimely demise of Shri Pranab Nanda (IPS), DGP, Goa. My deepest sympathies to his family members. May God comfort them in this hour of grief,” Sawant tweeted.

Nanda, whose wife Sundari, has also served as Director General of Police of Puducherry, was attached to the Intelligence Bureau for nearly two decades, before he was posted as DGP of the coastal state earlier this year.

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Interpol issues notice against fugitive godman Nithyananda

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New Delhi: The Interpol has issued a Blue Corner notice against fugitive self-styled godman Nithyananda, wanted in India for alleged rape and abduction, officials said on Wednesday.

Officials told IANS that the notice was issued much before on the request of Gujarat Police to locate the controversial godman. A Blue Corner notice makes it mandatory for member countries to share whereabouts of a person involved in a crime.

Nithyananda had allegedly fled India without a passport to save himself from a rape case registered against him in Karnataka.

The Ministry of External Affairs had last year cancelled Nithyananda’s passport, and also “sensitised” all its foreign missions and posts to keep track of his movements.

The MEA said Nithyananda had a passport issued in 2008 with a 10-year validity but it was cancelled before 2018. Nithyananda had applied for a fresh passport, but was denied police clearance.

Recently, Ecuador denied Nithyananda’s presence and said it had rejected his request for asylum.

Nithyananda’s real name is Rajashekharan and he is a native of Tamil Nadu. He opened an ashram near Bengaluru in the early 2000s. His teachings were said to be based on those of Osho Rajneesh.

In 2010 a video of him in a compromising position with an actress emerged online and he was later arrested on charges of rape. He was also arrested and charge-sheeted in a separate case of rape later.

According to reports, Nithyananda is now being investigated by French authorities for alleged fraud involving $4,00,000.

Last month, an FIR was registered against Nithyananda after two girls went missing from his ashram in Ahmedabad — Yogini Sarvagyapeetham. He was charged with kidnapping and wrongful confinement of children to make them collect donations from followers to run his ashram.

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