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Comatose for nine years, 2006 train blasts victim dies
Nine years after being in coma, Parag Sawant, who was injured in the July 11, 2006 Mumbai suburban train serial blasts, died here early Tuesday, officials said.
 
Then aged 27, Sawant was travelling in a Churchgate-Virar train to his home when a bomb ripped apart a coach of the suburban local near Bhayander.
 
He suffered extensive head injuries and brain trauma and was rushed to the Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mira Road before being shifted to P.D. Hinduja Hospital in south Mumbai.
 
"I am sad to hear the news. In fact last week, I was discussing with his family members my plans to visit Parag (Sawant) at the hospital on the ninth anniversary of the 7/11 blasts next Saturday. His family and Parag took the tragedy bravely," said Kirit Somaiya, Mumbai North-East BJP MP.
 
One of the last survivors of the terror attack, Sawant, 36, is survived by his wife Priti, rehabilitated with a job in Indian Railways, and minor daughter Praniti, eight years old whom he never saw as she was born after he lapsed into a vegetative state.
 
Sawant had become popular among the masses for his will to live, had regained consciousness briefly in 2008, and was visited by personalities like former deputy prime minister L.K. Advani and union Minister Sushma Swaraj.
 
The 7/11 Mumbai suburban trains serial blasts, carried out in a span of just 11 minutes, targeted the crowded suburban services during the evening peak hours as bombs kept in pressure cookers went off in north-bound locals on Western Railway.
 
A total of 209 commuters were killed and another 700-plus injured in the most deadly attack on Mumbai's lifeline at Bhayander, Borivali, Jogeshwari, Khar Road, Bandra, Mahim and Matunga Road, while one unexploded bomb was found by police and defused at Borivali.

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SC notice on PIL seeking curbs on food adulteration
The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the central and state governments and union territories administrations on a PIL seeking stringent steps to curb the adulteration of food products that were seriously endangering health of future generations.
 
A bench headed by Chief Justice H.L.Dattu issued notice on a PIL by lawyer Vineet Dhanda seeking the strict enforcement of laws to curb food adulteration including in the medicines and raising the public awareness to the dangers of adulteration of edibles used every day.
 
Pointing to the increasing menace of food adulteration in the country which is "literally driving the citizens "to various health hazards" resulting in "premature deaths", the PIL has sought the direction for closure of companies marketing of adulterated edible food products.
 
"The government of India and the state governments have failed miserably in controlling the rising food adulteration throughout the country as no strict steps are being taken to prevent and check the food adulteration," the PIL said.
 
Seeking instant response team to deal with the complaints of food adulteration, the PIL sought the raising the awareness level by maximizing the spread of information by government media.

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Absconding postal agent in CBI net after 10 years
An agent of post office saving schemes, wanted in a 10-year-old case of issuing forged Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) certificates of Rs.2.63 crore, was arrested by CBI officials from Badrinath where he was living as a seer on Monday, agency officials said.
 
Central Bureau of Investigation officials, pretending to be devotees, zeroed in on Durjodhan Mishra, who now calls himself Durgesh Maharaj, in the Hindu holy site in Uttarakhand and arrested him. 
 
Mishra, who hails from Bihar's Madhubani, had settled in Kolkata with his wife and kids in sometimes in the 1990s and began working as an agent selling saving instruments like Kisan Vikas Patra etc.
 
CBI sources said Mishra came in contact with a postal assistant in Kolkata and with one more accomplice, he allegedly issued 263 forged Kisan Vikas Patra worth Rs 2.63 crore.
 
The money collected from gullible investors was allegedly pocketed by the trio, CBI said.
 
It was in 2004 that CBI took on the investigations which revealed the nexus between the three. By that time, Mishra had decamped with his family from Kolkata.
 
The agency launched a major campaign to nab the absconders in various cases and traced Mishra's family to Jodhpur in Rajasthan where they had settled but there was no sign of Mishra.
 
CBI sleuths kept a constant surveillance on Mishra's family and found that his wife got regular calls in night from two numbers in Badrinath. Both the numbers were found to be issued in the name of women in Uttarakhand.
 
Tracking the numbers, the agency officials camouflaged as 'bhakts' reached Badrinath and arrested Mishra.
 

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