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BHU students gherao Smriti Irani in Varanasi

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Lucknow: Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Smriti Irani faced the ire of students at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi Saturday. In the city, also the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the union minister was booed and gheraoed by angry students who blamed her for the delay in inauguration of a trauama center.

Construction of the multi-crore rupee trauma center was completed almost a year ago but it is yet to be inaugurated, apparently because the HRD minister has not been able to find time for it.

While Irani had so far maintained that she did not get the invitation, when confronted with a letter by the BHU authorities to this effect, the minister said that the inauguration was getting delayed since there was no vice-chancellor in the varsity.

She assured the angry students that very soon the impasse will be sorted out and the trauma center inaugurated. Irani, a close aide of Narendra Modi was in the city to attend a function.

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Elderly couple murdered for dollars, jewelry: SSP Kalanidhi Naithani

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Lucknow: Lucknow police cracked Chowk’s double murder-loot case on Friday night. Two men, including the son of the victim’s friend, were arrested for allegedly looting and murdering an elderly couple at their residence in Sahadatganj police station area of Lucknow earlier this week.

The couple was found dead at their residence on December 12 and following a probe in the incident, police have ascertained robbery as the motive behind the incident.

Superintendent of Police, Kalanidhi Naithani on Friday said, “Two accused, 21-year-old Usman and 23-year old Akib have been arrested. On interrogation, we came to know that Usman is the son of victim’s friend”.

The couple was earlier found dead in a pool of blood on Thursday following which district police begin a probe and identified the accused using surveillance camera.

“We received information about a couple lying in a pool of blood inside their house. Immediately, the police reached the spot. Around 10 police teams actively started working to solve this case. We identified the accused based on the CCTV footage,” he added.

According to the police, Usman had hatched the plan to carry out loot at the deceased couple’s house.

“The accused looted the currency and jewelry from the couple’s residence and committed the murder,” said Naithani.

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