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Om Prakash Galhotra takes over as new DGP

Ajit Singh, one of the illustrious police officers, ended his career on a high note when he retired on Thursday as the Director General of Police (DGP) after more than three decades of exemplary service.On the last day November, he handed over the reins of the state police to OP Galhotra who took over as the new DGP.Om Prakash Galhotra, 58, till yesterday was serving as the additional director general (ADG) of the armed battalions. Taking over the reins on Thursday evening, Galhotra was given the baton by his predecessor Ajit Singh. Notably, Galhotra was given a promotion on Thursday and made Director General from ADG.Interestingly, Galhotra also started his career from the same place where Ajit Singh had started – Kota. Apart from ASP Kota, Galhotra has served as SP Dholpur, Chittor, Bharatpur, Jodhpur and had a stint in the CBI as SP and later as Deputy Inspector General.Galhotra was later promoted to the rank of Inspector general wherein he served as IG Jaipur-I range and later as IG Jaipur – II range. He has also served as IG railways and as joint director CBI. As additional director general he was posted as director of the Rajasthan Police Academy and later of the armed battalion. It is from this position that the man had been promoted to the director general rank and made the DGP.About Singh: Known for his simple and straight forward approach towards any situation, Singh had mastery on police works. He has been instrumental in several achievement by state police during his illustrious career spanning three and a half decades. It was on 3rd April 1984 when he started his career as additional SP, Kota. For the next seven months he gained experience of police work as he served as a trainee and was moved further to the PHQ for additional training. It was in January 1985 when he got his first posting as CO of Rajgarh.Singh held several positions in 35 years of serving like SP of CID (Security) Kota Zone, Sirohi, CID, Jhalawar, Sawai Madhopur, Jaipur (Rural), Jodhpur, Jaipur (City).Though Singh had established himself as a hard working and thorough police officer, it was his experience gained in his early life while serving as SP Sawai Madhopur which prepared him for future roles. His stance on dacoits and successes in nabbing dacoits of the Chambal area made him a legend with the locals.Later on in the Anti Corruption Bureau, Singh not only took major steps against high-placed officials but also paved way for future ACB officials to easily emulate the same as he left behind a robust infrastructure and work ethics.Officers still swear by Singh’s work for ACB and claim it was his work that gave the bureau its “teeth and claw”.About GalhotraStarted career from Kota Apart from ASP Kota, Galhotra has served as SP Dholpur, Chittor, Bharatpur, Jodhpur and had a stint in the CBI as SP and later as Deputy Inspector General later promoted to the rank of Inspector general wherein he served as IG Jaipur-I range and later as IG Jaipur – II range. He has also served as IG railways and as joint director CBI
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Nahargarh Fort Death: Is it connected to Padmavati? Some unanswered questions

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A dead body was found hanging on the ramparts of Jaipur’s Nahargarh Fort on Friday, with a threat note engraved on the rocks in protest of the movie ‘Padmavati’.The deceased has been identified as Chetan, a resident of Jaipur’s Shastri Nagar from the Aadhaar card found in his pocket. He was working at a jewellery shop.However, questions are being raised over the death. An investigation is on to find out whether it was suicide or murder.There were dozens of messages written in charcoal, however, no charcoal marks were found on the hands of the deceased. ALSO READ Padmavati Controversy: Delhi HC dismisses plea, says such petitions encourage agitatorsInterestingly, each message mentioned Padmavati. One message reads, ‘Chetan Tantrik mara gaya ‘. Another message mention that they (the ones who have hanged the body) do not hang effigies.The film has been in the eye of the storm following protests from conservative groups over alleged tampering with historical facts, a contention which filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has denied repeatedly.With the protest against Padmavati escalating every day, the matter now seems to have taken a communal angle.A few days ago, effigies of stars, including Salman Khan were hanged from Chittorgarh fort and the body of Chetan was hanged in the same way.In these messages, one thing is coincidence — the messages mention ‘Chetan Tantrik’ and the deceased has been identified as a man named Chetan. Chetan Raghav was the tantrik who was thrown out of the Chittor court and who first mentioned the beauty of Padmini (Padmavati) to Khilji.The police are exploring all angles, but it is an issue of serious concern as this is the first protest against those opposing Padmavati release. ALSO READ Revealed: Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ will NOT hit the UK theatres on December 1!On Thursday, Karni Sena had threatened to burn theatres in the UK after the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) cleared Padmavati for the UK audience.The lavishly mounted film, starring Deepika Padukone in the title role, and Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is a joint production by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions.Several politicians have already demanded a ban on the movie, while Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan have already refused to allow a release of the movie in the state. ALSO READ Pahlaj Nihalani reacts to ‘Padmavati’ row and CBFC: Delaying the decision is shying away from job

Karnataka stands with Deepika Padukone, Khattar should take action against those threatening her: Siddaramaiah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today asked his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar to take “stringent action” against those threatening actress Deepika Padukone who is being targeted by fringe groups for her lead role in “Padmavati”.Coming out in support of the actress, the state government said security would be provided to the actress whenever she is in Bengaluru and her family, who hail from Karnataka, in the wake of threats issued to her by several outfits which allege the period film distorted history and hurt sentiments of their community.Deepika is the daughter of badminton icon Prakash Padukone, who lives in Bengaluru.Other crew members, including director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Deepika’s co-star Ranveer Singh, are also facing threats by fringe outfits who claim the film wrongly portrayed the legendary 13th century queen of Chittor Padmavati who is revered by them.”Padmavati” stars Deepika Padukone in the titular role.Shahid Kapoor essays the role of Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh plays Alauddin Khilji.Siddaramaiah’s reaction came following a reported threat by the Haryana BJP media cell in charge, Suraj Pal Amu announcing a bounty of Rs 10 crore on the actress.The reported threat came after a fringe group Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha (ABKM) announced a reward of Rs one crore for those “burning Padukone alive.” Retweeting Karnataka energy minister D K Shivakumar’s tweet, Siddaramaiah commented, “I condemn the culture of intolerance & hate perpetuated by @BJP4India. Karnataka stands with @deepikapadukone.””She is a globally renowned artist from our state. I call upon the CM of Haryana @mlkhattar to take strict action against those holding out threats against her,” he said.Shivakumar tweeted, “It is condemnable that a BJP office bearer is placing a bounty of Rs 10 crore on @deepikapadukone, who is from our state & the daughter of one of India’s most respected sportsman.””Is this BJP’s culture & the way they show respect towards women? Immediate action should be taken.” He said he will write to the chief minister to offer protection to Padukone.He demanded that the BJP apologise and make sure that intimidation doesn’t happen. The minister appealed to all Indians, especially women and artistes, to speak for upholding freedom granted by the Constitution.Karnataka Home minister Ramalinga Reddy told PTI the state will provide security to the actress and her family in the wake of the threats.”Whenever Deepika is here in Karnataka, we will ensure that she gets adequate security. We will also provide security cover to her family staying here,” Reddy said.The makers of ‘Padmavati’ have denied the charge that it distorts history and deferred its release from the slated December 1.They have said the film was a cinematic masterpiece capturing “Rajput valour, dignity and tradition in all its glory.”

Bhansali has gone overboard with artistic licence: Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As protests against Padmavati movie are spreading across the nation, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur has also jumped into the fray.Calling that Sanjay Leela Bhansali has gone “completely overboard” with artistic licence, Shriji said: “In February I had very clearly made my thoughts known in an interview in Mumbai that the film had not attained this kind of notoriety.”However, he called the manhandling Bhansali unfortunate and said: “We cannot condone such acts because they are not right and I said it then also.” “As far as the movie was concerned, as long as the Bollywood producers don’t distort the history of our family it should be alright. I said that I had similar the experience of when the serial Maharana Pratap was filmed. The living conditions in Mewar that whether during Maharana Pratap or Rawal Ratan Simnghji’s times were not depicted faithfully,” said Shriji.He said that Bhansali claims that he has shown great respect to Rajput pride and sensibilities.“I cannot comment without seeing the picture. However, the opulence shown in the trailer shows that the filmmaker is oblivious to the actual conditions that prevailed. Mewar was never a rich state and due to frequent attacks had to maintain a huge army. All the state money went into upkeep of the army, and not into providing Maharanis with huge palaces or wealth,” Shriji said.On the issue of Jauhar shown in the film, Shrijji said: “My feeling is that an issue like Jauhar was far too sensitive to be displayed on a cine screen without total understanding of what a Jauhar is. It’s not a game, it’s not a joke. This movie is a very ‘nindaniya’ (condemnable ) reflection of ‘naari asmita’ (female pride) of Chittor,” he further said.‘Janta Curfew’ on December 1In protest against Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s controversial film Padmavati, the Dharohar Bachao Samiti has announced “Janta Curfew” in Jaipur on December 1. The convener of the committee, Bharat Sharma, told that on December 1, the city of Jaipur will be completely closed. Only medical services will be kept out of the lock. Apart from this, Government-Private Offices, shops, school-college, bus and all other services will be closed. Many Hindu and Social organizations have supported the Band. It will be full successful off.

Rajput Sabha writes to PM, demands ban over Padmavati release

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deepika starrer Padmavati seems to be getting more and more embroiled in controversy with every passing day. A wide range of sections are joining the opposition to the film based on the life of the valiant queen of Chittorgarh.Shri Rajput Sabha, the supreme body of the Rajputs has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded a complete ban on the release of the film Padmavati. Copies of the letter, written by the president of the body, Giriraj Singh Lotawala, have also been sent to Amit Shah, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. The letter says that the film hurts the sentiments of the Rajput community also expressed anguish that Smriti Irani has supported the film.In another development the erstwhile queen-mother of the Jaipur royal family Padmini Devi on Wednesday came out publicly against the film. Sharing the stage with the national president of the Rajput Karni Sena Mahendra Singh Makrana, Padmini Devi accused Bhansali of not honouring the agreement he had made with them, “Bhansali has backed out of his commitment. When he started with the shooting of Padmavati he had agreed to screen the film before us.” “He had also consented that the screening would be before the launch of any song or trailer of the film. He has not honoured his commitment,” added Padmini Devi.BJP MLA and member of the Jaipur royal family Diya Kumari also came out publicly along with her mother Padmini Devi and said, “Maharani Padmavati of Chittor who committed jauhar with thousands of women is a testimony of extreme valour and courage that has rarely been witnessed in history.” She added that the entire country irrespective of caste or religion is proud of the history of Chittor. Any attempt to distort the history or twist the facts will be a collective insult to the women of this country.”National President, Karni Sena Mahipal Singh Makrana warned that the film would never be allowed to be released in Rajasthan if it has a dream sequence of Allauddin Khilji with Rani Padmavati.” He categorically stated that, “There should be no scene having Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji together. We will consider permitting the release of the film only if Bhansali agress to make the changes in the film and most importantly screens it for us before the release,” said an emphatic Makrana.Youth members of the Rajput Karni Sena are visiting cinema halls and asking cinema hall owners not to screen the film. They have also said owners would be responsible for the consequences. This has caused panic among the distributors who are considering pulling back from picking up the film that is scheduled to release on December 1.The prospects of Padmavati look gloomy in Rajasthan, and it could follow the fate of Jodha Akbar, unless Bhansali agrees to keep up the promises he made in Rajasthan.WARNINGYouth members of the Rajput Karni Sena are visiting cinema halls and asking cinema hall owners not to screen the film.
They have also said owners would be responsible for the consequences. This has caused panic among the distributors.

BSP seeks disqualification of Naseemuddin from UP Council

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) today sought disqualification of expelled party leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui from the membership of Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council. In an application to the Council chairman, the party also demanded that Siddiqui should not be given any facility or allowances that he used to enjoy as a legislator. “BSP leader in UP Legislative Council Sunil Kumar Chittor has sent an application to the chairman citing various rules that Siddiqui be disqualified from membership with effect from May 27,” party general secretary S C Mishra said in a statement. It was on May 27 that Siddiqui had floated a new outfit, the Rashtriya Bahujan Morcha, after he was expelled from BSP. Mishra said that Siddiqui had been elected on a BSP ticket and since he was no longer associated with the party, he should be disqualified from the membership of the Council.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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