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Leave Raj Bhavan or we will blow it up with dynamite, UP Governor gets threat letter

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Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh Raj Bhawan has received a letter threatening to blow up the building if Governor Anandiben Patel does not vacate it in 10 days.

The letter, according to Raj Bhawan sources was sent by “TSPC Jharkhand”, an apparent reference to the Maoist group Tritya Sammelan Prastuti Committee.

An FIR under the charges of criminal intimidation and threatening Governor/President under IPC Section 124 has been lodged with Hazratganj police station.

According to Hemant Rao, Additional Chief Secretary to Governor, the letter has been sent to the state home department for further action.

Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Avanish Awasthi said late on Tuesday night that the home department has taken the matter very seriously and written to DGP and DG Intelligence and ADG Security to investigate immediately and submit report by Wednesday after a full assessment of the situation.

Police sources said TSPC is suspected to be an offshoot of a Naxal group active in Jharkhand.

“The police are trying to find out the place from where the letter was sent. Meanwhile, security of the Governor and the Raj Bhawan is being beefed up further,” said a government spokesman.

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Nirbhaya convicts to be hanged on March 3 at 6 a.m.

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New Delhi: The four death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case will now be hanged on March 3 at 6 a.m., a local court announced here on Monday.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana pronounced the order on a petition seeking issuance of fresh date for the execution of death warrants in the case pertaining to the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in the national capital in December 2012.

Expressing satisfaction over the latest court order, Nirbhaya’s mother said, “I’m satisfied and happy. I hope the convicts will finally be hanged on March 3,” Asha Devi told mediapersons.

The case pertains to the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old girl in the national capital in December 2012.

On January 31, a trial court had stayed “till further order” the execution of the four convicts — Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar (31).

Of the four convicts, Pawan has not yet availed the remedy of either curative petition or mercy plea.

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