Vig­i­lantes kill BJP worker car­ry­ing cows in Karnataka 5 killed in hor­rific car crash on WEH

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In­dia’s PV Sindhu on Thurs­day swept aside Ja­pan’s No­zomi Okuhara 21-19, 21-10 in the women’s sin­gles bad­minton semi­fi­nals at the Rio Olympics on Thurs­day, as­sur­ing the coun­try of a sec­ond medal — at least a sil­ver — af­ter wrestler Sak­shi Ma­lik’s bronze.

With this, Sindhu has be­come the first In­dian shut­tler to en­ter an Olympic fi­nal. Ear­lier, grap­pler Sak­shi came through the repechage rounds in the 58kg class be­fore ral­ly­ing bril­liantly from 0-5 down in the bronze medal bout, up­stag­ing Aisu­luu Tyny­bekova of Kyr­gyzs­tan 8-5.

In the bat­tle of the 21-year-old shut­tlers, Sindhu first wore down Okuhara be­fore seal­ing her fate in the sec­ond game to get In­dia its sec­ond Olympic bad­minton medal af­ter Saina Ne­hwal’s bronze at the 2012 Lon­don Olympics. The world No 10 will take on Spa­niard Carolina Marin — the world No 1 — in Fri­day’s fi­nal.

The Hy­der­abad girl ex­e­cuted the strat­egy de­vised by her coach, for­mer All-Eng­land cham­pion P Gopic­hand, against Okuhara — the world No 6 — to per­fec­tion. She stayed ahead in the closely fought first game, us­ing her reach to push the shorter Okuhara to the back court and then ex­e­cut­ing drop and cross-court shots to score points. Sindhu proved

A BJP worker was killed by mem­bers of a right-wing vig­i­lante group here on Wed­nes­day night, the first such at­tack on a mem­ber of the saf­fron party by so-called cow pro­tec­tors.

Praveen Poo­jary, 28 and 20-year-old Ak­shay De­vadiga were sur­rounded by more than 17 peo­ple who stopped their ve­hi­cle car­ry­ing cat­tle near He­bri town.

“Hindu Ja­garana Vedike mem­bers ac­cused them of tak­ing the calves to a slaugh­ter house... Poo­jary suc­cumbed to in­juries at a hos­pi­tal in Brah­mavara,” Udupi district su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice KT Balakr­ishna said, ac­cord­ing to PTI.

Pro­tec­tion of cow, re­garded by Hin­dus as a holy an­i­mal, has be­come a po­lit­i­cal is­sue af­ter vig­i­lantes — sev­eral of them linked to Sangh Pari­var or­gan­i­sa­tions — have at­tacked and killed peo­ple on sus­pi­cion of killing the an­i­mal or con­sum­ing its meet.

On Thurs­day, a town in West­ern Ut­tar Pradesh’s Bagh­pat district turned tense af­ter nearly 150kg of sus­pected cow meat was seized and two Mus­lims, in­clud­ing a 60-yearold woman, were ar­rested.

The Union gov­ern­ment has be­gun a crack­down on cow pro­tec­tion vig­i­lante groups af­ter the Prime Min­is­ter broke his si­lence on the string of at­tacks and said ear­lier this month that “those in the busi­ness of gau rak­sha (cow pro­tec­tion) anger me”. un­stop­pable in the sec­ond game as she ran her op­po­nent ragged. In the end, there was lit­tle fight left in Okuhara, and Sindhu — who held 10 match points — ex­e­cuted an easy smash to seal her vic­tory.

If the In­dian shut­tler beats Marin in the fi­nal, it will get the coun­try only its sec­ond in­di­vid­ual Olympic gold af­ter shooter Ab­hi­nav Bin­dra won the 10m air ri­fle in Bei­jing eight years ago.

The bril­liant dis­play of the two-time world bronze medal­list, who up­staged Chi­nese world No 2 Wang Yi­han in the quar­ter­fi­nals, also sig­nalled In­dia’s com­ing of age in a sport. Sindhu’s mother, P Vi­jaya, was op­ti­mistic about her chances in the fi­nal. “We have been go­ing to the tem­ple ev­ery day, and we will do so even to­mor­row. She will win by God's grace,” she said.

Five friends in their early 20s, out on a late night drive, were killed when their speed­ing car crashed into a tree on the West­ern Ex­press High­way near Vile Parle on Thurs­day.

The ac­ci­dent took place some­time be­fore 5am near Cen­taur bridge on the south­bound stretch of the high­way. The vic­tims were iden­ti­fied as Muza­m­mil Makhno­jia, 22, who was driv­ing the car, Dilip Solanki,21, Ju­naid Soni,22, Rashida Shaikh,25 and Af­sar Ali Khan, 22.

The speed made the im­pact of the crash enor­mous and the fire bri­gade had to pull the bod­ies out of the man­gled re­mains of the ve­hi­cle.

An ini­tial probe showed no other ve­hi­cle was in­volved in the crash. Po­lice sources said Makhno­jia may have dozed off at the wheel as they were driv­ing late at night. Makhno­jia has been booked for rash driv­ing and the po­lice took the vic­tims’ blood sam­ples to check for al­co­hol. “They were speed­ing, the driver lost con­trol and the car hit the foot­path. SE­VERE IM­PACT The car then skid for 20 me­tres and crashed into the tree,” said a po­lice of­fi­cial who was at the spot.


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