Gardener sent to jail for disobeying Gorakhpur SDM

A gardener employed at the state-run Pandit Govind Ballabh Pant park in Gorakhpur has claimed that he had to go jail for 'disobeying' SDM (Sadar) Neha Prakash when she asked him to stop cutting grass at the park as she was allergic to it. Neha, on her part, said that she had complained to the police against Yadav.

Vishwanath Yadav, who was arrested Tuesday and booked under Section 151 of the Indian Penal Code (disturbing public peace), was released by city magistrate Satish Pal on Wednesday on two sureties of Rs 1 lakh each.

Speaking to media persons after walking out of the jail, Yadav said the incident took place early morning on Tuesday when he was cutting grass and the SDM was taking a walk in the park. "She asked me not to cut the grass as she was allergic to it. Once she was a good distance away, I started cutting the grass again. This angered her and she threatened me."

Neha, on her part, claimed that she had played no role in Yadav's arrest.

"Everyday, I go to the park for yoga. On Tuesday too, I was practising yoga when the gardener started cutting the grass. I asked him to stop as it was spewing dust, but he didn't listen."

She added that other women in the park had told her that Yadav misbehaved with them and made obscene gestures. Neha, however, reiterated that she had not complained to the the police against Yadav.

Following Yadav's release, Gorakhpur Commissioner Rakesh Kumar Ojha said, "Whatever the matter was has now been resolved."

Yogi Adityanath plans to reconstruct  temples in Nepal

BJP MP from Gorakhpur, Yogi Adityanath have planned a trip with his team of right wing organisations to Nepal for the reconstruction of the temples that were damaged in the earthquake.

Adityanath, who is the head priest of the Gorakhnath Mutt in Gorakhpur, visited Sonauli town, which is on the border, on Saturday to oversee relief work done by his Gorakhnath temple trust. "Two teams sent by the Gorakhnath temple trust are carrying out relief and rehabilitation works in Kathmandu valley as well as the Gorkha district that was the  epicentre of the earthquake. I visited some villages and assured all assistance to the quake victims. The inclement weather is playing villain in the relief work", he said.

The MP said that India has a cultural and religious bond with Nepal. "The temples and pagodas in the Bhaktapur area have been badly damaged. The Gorakhnath temple trust has a long association with Nepal and has built some of the temples as well. Once the situation turns normal we will hold talks with the Nepalese government for the reconstruction of the temples", he said.

Adityanath said he had met officers of security agencies on the border and held discussions regarding measures being taken to check infiltration of the anti-national and anti-social elements into India after the earthquake.  "The central intelligence agencies have already sounded an alert that anti-national elements might take advantage of the chaos in Nepal to enter India and engage in disruptive activities", he said.

Cabinet approves revival of Barauni, Gorakhpur fertilizer units

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, gave its approval for the revival of the closed unit of the Barauni of the Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation (HFCL) and Gorakhpur Fertilizer Unit of Fertilizers Corporation India.

These units were lying defunct and were not in operation since 2004. Therefore, the units and other facilities were lying unutilized. It is important to mention here that there is no indigenous urea units in the Eastern part of the country except a small unit at Namrup - Assam. There has been no Greenfield or Brownfield urea unit in last 19 years. The total requirement of urea in the country is around 300 Lakh MetricTonne (LMT) out of which 220-230 LMT of urea is produced annually from the indigenous urea units and balance is being met from the international market at Western and Eastern Ports. The demand of urea of the Eastern region, at present is being met either from the Western ports or from the units located in Western and Central India involving long distance transportation. Long distance transportation of urea riddled with high expenditure in terms of high freight subsidy as well as logistics problems. The revival of these units will ensure timely availability of urea from these units to the eastern region. Apart from growth of the regional economy of the country, each unit will be revived through bidding route with an approximate investment of Rs. 5000 - 6000 crore, and create employment opportunity for 500 direct and 2500 indirect workers.

This decision along with the CCEA's decision today on gas pooling for the urea sector will enable these units to get gas at pooled price on their revival, making them globally competitive.

Controversial Bharatiya Janata Party lawmaker Yogi Adityanath has demanded that non-Hindus should be banned from entering Har Ki Pauri, a famous ghat on the banks of Ganga in Haridwar, as they might pose threat to the city.

At a ceremony here at Gorakhnath Akhara on Tuesday, the MP from Gorakhpur said, “Non-Hindus might be a big threat to the security of the holy place hence they must not be allowed to enter the Har Ki Pauri area".

The controversial MP also said he would not allow anything else but Ram temple in Ayodhya. He alleged that Muslims were not interested in resolving the issues pertaining to construction of the temple.

The ruling Congress has objected to Yogi’s statement. State Congress president Kishor Upadhyay said if non-Hindus were a threat to the holy city then Yogi Adityanth himself was a bigger threat than Pakistan.

“Yogi must apologise for his statement since it is an insult to the Devbhoomi,” Upadhyay said.

This is not the first time in recent years that Adityanath has sparked off controversies with his comments.

Last year, he had threatened to go ahead with proposed reconversions or Ghar Wapsi in Uttar Pradesh, triggering a row with political parties seeking his dismissal and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement on the issue.

Earlier this month, the Gorakhpur BJP MP had also launched a call subscription campaign for declaring cow as 'Rashtra Mata', claiming his demand "embodies the sentiment of every Indian".

Women's bodies found in pieces in Gorakhpur and Raebareli

Two separate incidents witnessed dead bodies of two women found cut into pieces in the Gorakhpur and Raebareli districts in Uttar Pradesh.

On Monday, a woman's body was recovered in a bag from a train in Gorakhpur.

"We found pieces of a woman's body in the bag. It appears that the deceased was in her late 20s and the body was two-three days old. The head was missing from the body", GRP sub inspector Girija Shankar Tiwari told mediapersons.

Another butchered body of a woman in her 30s was found from a dump yard in Rae Bareli district on Monday.

The body was hacked into over a dozen pieces and was found from a waste disposal plant in the Parsadepur locality of the district.