Indian police have shot dead the four men accused of the brutal gang rape of a young vet in Hyderabad, in circumstances that have been described as “suspicious”. The four had become high-profile objects of hatred within the country, following their alleged premeditated attack on a 27-year-old veterinary doctor last Wednesday. The lack of clarity around the incident have led many to suspect this was an extrajudicial killing by the police.
A tiger has embarked on the ‘longest walk ever’ in India after it traveled 807 miles in search of prey or a mate, surviving by killing wild pigs and cattle along the way. The two-and-a-half year-old male left its home in June after being fitted with a radio collar just months before. The tiger, named C1, had been kept at a wildlife sanctuary in the western state of Maharashtra.
Outrage is mounting in India after the alleged rape and murder of a 27-year-old vet in the city of Hyderabad. Thousands protested outside a police station in the city, demanding accountability. Police have suspended three officers. Meanwhile family members have turned away visiting politicians and police officials, demanding action instead. The victim’s charred remains were discovered after she disappeared on Wednesday.
Delhi restricted many private vehicles from the roads on Monday to try to lessen pollution as India grapples with a public health crisis over its toxic smog. It was begun days after authorities in the Indian capital began emergency control measures and ordered the closure of schools as pollution levels reached a three-year high. The state-run Central Pollution Control Board’s air quality index for Delhi was “severe” at 436, about nine times the recommended maximum.
India will formally split up disputed Jammu and Kashmir state into two federal territories on Thursday, aiming to tighten its grip on the restive region that has been in the grip of a harsh security clampdown for nearly three months. Street protests against the measures have erupted sporadically, while militants have killed about a dozen people from outside the state in recent weeks.
A two-year-old boy, who had fallen down a well in southern India on Friday, has been found dead. Early on Tuesday officials in Tamil Nadu said Sujith Wilson’s body had been retrieved in a decomposed state, following an 82-hour rescue operation lasting four days. Sujith had fallen into the abandoned borewell while playing with friends.
A major rescue operation to save a toddler stuck in a narrow well in India has gone into a fourth day. Sujith Wilson, 2, was initially stuck at about 10m (30ft) but has since fallen further into the 180m-deep well in the state of Tamil Nadu. Rescuers are pumping oxygen to the boy but layers of mud mean they cannot assess the child’s condition.
A London court has ruled that £35m ($42m) held in a UK bank account must go to the descendants of an Indian royal, and not to Pakistan. The dispute began in 1948 when the last Nizam (king) of Hyderabad deposited £1m in the UK account, held by the then Pakistan high commissioner. With interest, the sum has grown to £35m. The origins of the dispute go back to the 1947 partitioning of British India.
The Indian government announced Wednesday a sweeping ban on electronic cigarette products. The decision was made with the intention of protecting young people from becoming addicted to nicotine. The Cabinet approved the ordinance, which prohibits the manufacture, sale, storage and advertisement of all e-cigarette products. Penalties include fines and jail terms of up to three years for repeat offenders.
An explosion at a fireworks factory in northern India has killed at least 22 people and caused the building to catch fire and collapse, officials have said. Residents complained that authorities had failed to take any action against the factory. Fireworks manufacturing is a big business in India, with firecrackers often used in festivals and weddings. Many illegal factories produce firecrackers that are cheaper to buy than legally made ones.