LUCKNOW: Senior BJP leader and Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon passed away in Lucknow on Tuesday.
Tandon, 85, was unwell for weeks and was undergoing treatment in Lucknow. He belonged to the old generation of BJP leaders.
Thrice legislator in UP Assembly, the former BJP leader had served as minister in Uttar Pradesh government too, in different terms, holding important portfolios.
He was also the leader of opposition in UP legislative assembly earlier. Tandon was also elected Member Parliament from Lucknow in 2009. As he was unwell, he was flown from Bhopal to Lucknow, recently. He passed away in Medanta Hospital.
JABALPUR: Over a dozen Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) men have tested positive for Coronavirus in Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.
As more than a dozen Sangh workers have tested positive, the entire area has been declared a containment zone.
All of them have been admitted in Covid Care Centre and have been isolated. Keshav Kuti, the Sangh office in Jabalpur has been sealed as well. The samples from different labs confirmed the infection.
The health department officials also said that the entire area has been designated as containment zone. As many as 22,600 persons have so far contracted Covid 19 in Madhya Pradesh. Around 15,311 persons have recovered. The number of active patients is 6568. Meanwhile, the ifure of deaths has reached 721.
JABALPUR: In one of the most gruesome murders, six members of a family that included two children were hacked to death in Mandla district.
The incident occurred in Maneri town on Wednesday. Two persons armed with swords entered a house, and killed everone in the house. The victim, Rajendra Soni alias Rajjan, a BJP leader, and close to former Union minister FS Kulaste. He and his family was attacked with swords.
Those who died included Vinod Soni, 45, son Om Soni, 10, Karia Soni, 8, Vinod's brother Rajendra Soni, 62, Priya Soni, 25, and Dinesh Soni. Harish Soni and Santosh Soni were the attackers.
One of the attackers too died later, as angry locals lynched him. Police force was deployed, after the incident, in view of the situation. It had taken a huge effort before the police could catch the accused (after he was shot at and injured). The crime shook the state, due to the figure of deaths (seven including one attacker) and the savagery.
Armed with weapons, Harish and Santosh, had entered the home of victims and killed them. The children too were butchered. Police said a land dispute may have led to the guresome killings. Investigation is on to ascertain the circumstances surrounding the massacre.