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Mumbai, May 24 (PTI) Following are the top stories from the Western Region at 1700 HRS.

BOM5 CYCLONE-NAVY-LD RESCUE INS Makar locates tugboat Varaprada, divers looking for bodies: Navy Mumbai: Navy ship INS Makar on Monday located tugboat Varaprada seven days after it went adrift in the Arabian Sea during Cyclone Tauktae fury, an official said.

BOM8 GJ-CYCLONE-BODIES Cyclone: 2 more bodies washed ashore Gujarat, Daman coast Valsad: Two more bodies, suspected to be of victims a barge and a tugboat that sank due to cyclone Tauktae, have been found at the Valsad coast in Gujarat and the neighbouring Union Territory of Daman, police said on Monday.

BOM4 MP-CURBS-RELAXATION MP: 'Restricted relaxations' in corona curfew in 5 districts Bhopal: With the COVID-19 positivity rate coming down to less than five per cent in five districts of Madhya Pradesh, the state government has allowed 'restricted relaxations' in the corona curfew in those districts from Monday, a senior official said.

BOM9 MH-HC-MUCORMYCOSIS-TREATMENT Mucormycosis patients to be treated free of cost: Maha to HC Mumbai: The Maharashtra government told the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court on Monday that fungal ailment mucormycosis was now covered under the Mahatma Jotiba Phule Jan Aarogya Yojana and the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.

BOM6 MH-HC-PARAM BIR-FIR Won't arrest ex-CP till June 9: Maha Govt to HC Mumbai: The Maharashtra government on Monday said it would not arrest former Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh in a case registered against him under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act till June 9 provided he cooperates with the investigation into the case.

BOM11 MP-VACCINATION-ATTACK MP: Medical team attacked during vaccination drive Ujjain: A group of people allegedly attacked a team of health workers when they tried to persuade residents of a village to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in Madhya Pradesh's Ujjain district on Monday, police said.

BOM2 GJ-CLASH-FIR Guj communal clash: FIR registered against over 2,000 people Gir Somnath: Police have registered an FIR against nearly 2,000 unidentified people on charges of attempt to murder and rioting after members of two communities clashed with each other here in Gujarat, leaving six policemen and around a dozen other people injured, an official said on Monday.

BOM7 MH-VIRUS-JUMBO CENTRES Mumbai: 3 jumbo COVID-19 centres stop new admissions Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has stopped new admissions of COVID-19 patients at three jumbo facilities in the city till June 1 due to pre-monsoon repair work, the BMC said on Monday.

BOM10 GJ-POLICE-ATTACK Guj: Mob attacks policemen in Arvalli; 30 people arrested Bhiloda (Guj): Police have arrested 30 people for allegedly hurling stones at policemen while they were trying to enforce social distancing norms at a locality in Bhiloda town of Gujarat's Arvalli district, an official said on Monday.

BES7 CG-TOOLKIT-STATEMENT Toolkit case: C'garh cops record Raman Singh's statement Raipur: The Raipur police on Monday recorded the statement of senior BJP leader and former Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh in connection with an FIR lodged on a complaint that he, party colleague Sambit Patra and some others had allegedly circulated a fake toolkit, officials said.

BES4 CG-NAXAL-ENCOUNTER-PROBE C'garh: Magisterial probe ordered into Sukma 'encounter' Raipur: A magisterial probe has been ordered into the May 17 exchange of fire between security forces and alleged Naxals in Silger in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district in which three villagers were killed and several injured, officials said on Monday. PTI RSY RSY