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After deadly protests, Indian Punjab and Haryana in lockdown for ‘godman’s’ rape sentencing

NEW DELHI: India is deploying thousands of riot police and shutting down internet services in two northern states, as it prepares for the sentencing on Monday of a self-styled ’godman’ whose followers went on the rampage after he was convicted of rape on Friday. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s cult Dera Sacha Sauda has a vast rural following in Punjab and Haryana states, where frenzied mobs burned down gas stations and train stations and torched vehicles after a local court found him guilty of raping two women in a 2002 case.…

India clips wings of alleged Pakistani ‘spy pigeon’ to stop it flying back

Indian police clipped the wings of a 'spy pigeon' taken into custody earlier this month, citing an Indian Punjab police official an Indian media report said. The ‘spy’ pigeon was found carrying what officials said was a warning note to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi near the heavily-militarised border as Pak-India tensions simmered following the Uri attack, subsequent ceasefire violations and an Indian ‘surgical strike’ ─ a claim Pakistan has rejected. The note in Urdu reportedly read, “‘Modi, we’re not the same…