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Bonhomie in Bihar: Nitish demands full statehood for Kejriwal's Delhi

Patna: The increasing warmth of the ties between Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his counterpart from Bihar Nitish Kumar may heat up the matters in the wake of upcoming assembly polls in the state.

With Kejriwal throwing his weight behind the JD(U) leader, Nitish too has reciprocated the gesture and demanded full statehood for Delhi, besides his old demand that Bihar be accorded a special status, the ANI said.

As Delhi CM Kejriwal arrived in Patna on Thursday to attend a function where he shared the dais with Nitish, he tried his best to woo the voters in favour of Kumar.

“I have got the opportunity to learn a lot from Nitish ji,” Arvind was quoted as saying by the ANI.

Though Kejriwal was shown black flags at the airport, he did not refrain from commenting against what he called the 'gundagardi' of the Centre.

“Anti corruption branch of Delhi Govt, but Central Govt appoints its chief. This is simply 'gundagardi',” Kejriwal said reportedly.

He also exuded confidence in his party's strength, claiming that if there were an election in Delhi now, his party would win 70 out of 70 seats.

In the wake of increasing bonhomie between the two Chief Ministers, Kejriwal's Patna visit ahead of OctSep Bihar polls is being seen as a bid to tilt the Bihari electorate in Nitish's camp.

It is no secret that Kumar and Kejriwal have of late been enjoying an amiable relationship.

Kumar's party JD(U) did not field any candidate in Delhi election against AAP and JD(U) leaders even campaigned for Kejriwal's party.

Maoist camp destroyed in Odisha's Koraput

Koraput: A Maoist camp was destroyed and some materials were seized by security personnel following an exchange of fire with the rebels in a forest in this district, police officials said on Thursday.

Acting on a tip off, a joint team of District Voluntary Force (DVF) and Special Operation Group (SOG) led by Koraput SP Charan Singh Meena busted the Maoist camp yesterday at Jhodiaguda forest, they said.

Some injuries in the rebels were suspected as a gunbattle ensued between the security men and the Maoists.

"There were around 12 naxals at the camp. Spotting our men, the Maoists started firing to which we retaliated. The exchange of fire continued for 25 minutes," the SP said.

While coming across the site, police spotted blood stains which suggests that some Maoists had been injured.

"We have recovered various items, including utensils, medicines, Maoist literature from the camp," he said.

According to the SP, the Maoists belonged to the Boipariguda Area Committee of the MalkangiriKoraput Border Joint Divisional Committee.

Pakistani terrorist Sajjad Ahmed caught alive in Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar: In a major development, Indian security forces captured alive another Pakistani terrorist in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

Another Pakistani terrorist Sajjad Ahmed caught alive in Jammu and Kashmir

As per reports, the terrorist, identified as 22yearold Sajjad Ahmed, was caught during an encounter in Uri sector of North Kashmir along the Line of Control. Four militants were also killed in the encounter.

Sajjad reportedly belongs to Muzaffar Gar Baloch area of Pakistan. He is now being questioned in a forest area and will soon be brought to Srinagar.

The operation was jointly conducted by the Indian Army and the Jammu and Kashmir Police.

The encounter which started yesterday carried on for over 20 hours.

As per sources, five terrorists had infiltrated into India through Uri yesterday. One of the terrorists was killed by security forces yesterday, while the other three were neutralised today.

The Pakistani terrorist captured today is the second to have been caught alive in a month after Mohammad Naved Yakub alias Usman Khan was captured following a terror attack on a BSF convoy in Udhampur earlier this month.

Naveed, a LashkareToiba terrorist, has disclosed crucial details to the National Investigaton Agency, including the fact that he was trained in a LeT terror camp run across the border in Pakistan.

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