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Another in-charge DGP, Pramod Kumar, takes over

Pramod Kumar, the senior-most serving IPS officer in the state, has been given additional charge as the state’s Director General of Police (DGP). He replaces Geetha Johari, the first woman to occupy the post in the state, who superannuated a day earlier.In a notification issued on Friday, the state Home Department said Pramod Kumar, Director General of Civil Defence, has been given the additional charge of Director General and Inspector General of Police, Gandhinagar. Incidentally, the notification spelled the new DGP’s name as Promod.The notification said that the order has been issued as per the instruction of the Election Commission. The state government had proposed the names of three senior-most serving IPS officers for the top post — the other two were Shivanand Jha and Tirth Raj. However, EC approved Pramod Kumar’s name.Speaking with reporters after taking over, Pramod Kumar said his priority would be to ensure the peaceful conduct of Gujarat elections.Pramod Kumar, who belongs to the 1983 batch of IPS, will superannuate in February, which means he will serve as DGP only for three months.This will, however, be his second stint as the state’s top cop, having held the charge for a few months in 2013, after then DGP Amitabh Pathak’s death following a heart attack.Pramod Kumar joins a long list of officers to have served as DGP in the past few years without being given regular appointment to the post. His predecessor Geetha Johari, and before her PP Pandey, also held additional charge of the top post. Prior to that, Chitranjan Singh was the in-charge DGP for close to two years between 2010 and 2012.Former IPS officer Rahul Sharma has filed a Public Interest Litigation in Gujarat High Court seeking a full-time DGP in Gujarat. A number of hearings have been held so far in connection to the PIL.THE NEW CHIEFPramod Kumar will serve for three months and will superannuate in February. This is his second stint as state’s top cop, as he had held the post for a few months in 2013
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Bank ATM with Rs 4-5 lakh stolen in Bundi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dodging the police, unidentified miscreants, on intervening Tuesday night plucked an ATM machine containing about Rs 4-5 lakh installed at Central Bank of India branch on Nainwa road in Bundi and fled away by a loading transport vehicle which was also lifted from about 100 meters in the same area. Around four to five youths with covered faces were visible on the CCTV camera.On the report by the bank manager, a case has been lodged.According to Police officials, no night watchman was deployed at the ATM kiosk and the ATM was open to any kind of risk, theft or robbery like incident.The unidentified youths first disconnected the electric supply of the kiosk and plucked out the machine within minutes and fled away by a loading transport vehicle, DSP said and added a loading transport vehicle was last night also lifted (stolen) by unidentified miscreants from about 100 meters away on the same road and police is moving on the investigation with interlinking both the incidents. An employee of the bank, while on the morning walk today morning, noticed the ATM machine missing from the kiosk following which he informed the senior bank branch officials and the police, told CBI bank branch manager Pramod Kumar Ghatiya. The ATM machine, at the time of the incident, is likely to be containing about 4 to 5 lakhs as the ATM was loaded with currency notes two to three days ago, the manager said.

After NTPC, two injured in Anpara plant blast

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In less than 24 hour after the boiler blast in Unchahaar, two labours sustained serious burn injuries when a coal firing pipe exploded in Anpara Thermal Power Plant in Sonebhadra district in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday afternoon.The injured have been identified as Pramod and Pervez. They were working near the coal firing pipe when the blast occurred. Both of them have sustained serious burn injuries. They have been admitted in the hospital.It is the second case of explosion in any Thermal Power Plant in Uttar Pradesh in less than 24 hour after the boiler blast at NTPC’s Unchahaar Thrrmal Power plant in which over 30 people were killed and over 100 injured.An inquiry has been ordered by Anpara Thermal Power Plant authorities to ascertain reasons behind the bast in the coal firing pipe. Authorities have also issued directions to review and step up safety measures at the plant.

3 days on, parents wary of sending kids to school

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three days after the murder of a seven-year-old student in the premises of Gurugram’s Ryan International School, fear continued to grip parents of children studying in other branches of the school.While several parents have decided against sending their kids to school on Monday, others are thinking of personally dropping and picking them up, instead of letting them use the school vehicles.”My 8-year-old son studies in Class III at Ryan’s Vasant Kunj branch. We are really scared of sending him to the school after this incident. I don’t want to put my son in any danger,” said Kanishk Mehta, an engineer.Mehta, however, wasn’t sure what could be done to ensure the safety of his child. “School is considered as one of the safest places for a kid. Working parents leave their little ones there, trusting the school authorities with their safety. But after this incident, my wife and I are considering homeschooling our son,” he said.And Mehta is not alone. Several hundreds of parents are in a fix after a Class II student was found with his neck slit in a school toilet on Friday. Earlier in January, 2016, Devansh Kakora, 6, had died at Ryan’s Vasant Kunj branch, reportedly after falling into a water tank. “If things continue like this, we will have to think about changing our daughter’s school next year,” said Divya Sehgal, another parent.According to the principal of a Ryan school, who did not wish to be named, her phone hasn’t stopped ringing since Friday night. “I’m getting calls and messages from parents, inquiring about the safety measures being taken in my school. There is palpable fear and anxiety among parents,” she said.Meanwhile, the school management has suspended the acting principal of its Gurugram branch. Parents, however, think a stricter action should have been taken against her. “A case of negligence should have been registered against the principal,” said Pramod Kamboj, father of two students at the Ryan International school in Gurugram.

Will Tarun Tejpal face rape trial? Goa court to decide on September 28

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On September 28, a Goa court is going to decide whether former Editor-in-Chief of Tehelka magazine Tarun Tejpal will face trial in connection with the 2013 rape case or not. According to news agency ANI, Goa’s Mapusa court has fixed the hearing for September 28th on the order of framing of charges in the case.However, Tejpal’s lawyer Pramod Dubey said that the final charges are 354 (A), 354 (B), 341,342,376(2)F,376(2)K. He said 376 is not there.

CRPF CO’s daughter, wife to unfurl flag where he fell last

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The six-year-old daughter of slain CRPF Commandant Pramod Kumar and his wife will tomorrow unfurl the tricolour from the same battalion camp in Srinagar, where exactly an year ago he saluted the flag and was killed minutes after in a militant encounter. Kumar was today decorated by the government with the Kirti Chakra, the third highest peacetime gallantry medal, for his dare devil action where he picked up his AK-47 and rushed to the Nowhatta Chowk area after he was told his patrol party was under attack. The Commanding Officer (CO) of the 49th battalion of the CRPF suffered a fatal bullet shot in his head. “I want my 6-year-old daughter Aarna to know what her father stood for and what he did. She should know that what is the importance of earning a Kirti Chakra. Hence, I made it a point to be on the same soil where my husband lost his life to mark his first death anniversary,” Kumar’s wife Neha Tripathy told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two DTC drivers die after mini-truck rams into bus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) drivers were killed and six people were injured early on Friday, after a mini-truck rammed into a stationary bus at the Madhuban Chowk underpass in the Rani Bagh area of northwest Delhi.The truck driver has been arrested.The deceased were identified as Pramod, 37, and Sunil, 32, residents of outer Delhi. The injured were identified as Sukhpreet, 23, Mohan Kumar Mishra, 21, Mohammad Abrar, 25, Anandanandi, 25, Sumit Kumar, 27, and Bhubneshwar Jha, 27.According to the police, the incident took place around 12.15 am. The DTC bus, being driven by Pramod, had broken down near the flyover.”Pramod and conductor Sumit got down. Sumit started diverting the traffic on the road while Pramod was checking the bus’s engine. Suddenly a speeding biker, later identified as Bhubneshwar, crashed into Sumit, dragging him for a few metres. The conductor fractured his hand while the biker was injured as well. Both of them were taken to hospital,” a senior police officer said.Sumit told DNA that afterwards, a call was made to the bus repair workshop and some mechanics were sent to the spot to repair the bus. Meanwhile, another DTC driver, Sunil, reached the spot with some food for Pramod.”Thereafter, Sunil took up the task of diverting the traffic while Pramod was helping the mechanics. Around 12.30 am, a speeding mini-truck rammed into the bus from the rear left side. Sunil and Pramod were crushed between the two vehicles in such a manner that their mangled remains could not be separated from the bus’s engine and truck’s body for hours,” the police said.Four other people passing by were also injured.Naresh, who made the PCR call, told DNA that he was going on a motorcycle to Rohini when he saw a man lying in a pool of blood on the road. “I saw that a truck had hit a bus. A severely injured man was lying on the road while another person was stuck inside the truck,” he said, adding that a PCR van reached the spot in 15 minutes and all the injured were taken to hospital.Deputy Commissioner of Police (northwest) Milan Dumbre said a case of rash driving and for causing death due to negligence has been registered and the truck driver, who was also injured in the incident, has been arrested.”The truck driver was identified as Karan, 54, a resident of Mohalla Vahram in Shahdara. It is yet to be ascertained whether he was drunk at the time of the incident. CCTV footage from the area is being checked to ascertain the sequence of the events,” Dumbre said.Praveen, brother of deceased Pramod, said: “He has two children, both studying in a private school in outer Delhi. He had big dreams for his children. All his dreams are crushed now. The kids are not even aware that their father is no more.”The family members have now demanded that the government take care of the education of the children.Meanwhile, a compensation of Rs 10 lakh has been announced for Pramod’s family while Sunil’s kin will get Rs 8 lakh.The investigationPolice have identified the truck driver as Karan, 54, a resident of Mohalla Vahram in Shahdara. It is yet to be ascertained whether he was drunk at the time of the incident.CCTV footage from the area is being checked to ascertain the sequence of the events.

Police bust auto-lifters gang, arrest six, recover 22 stolen vehicles

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a special crackdown, Delhi Police arrested six auto lifters and recovered 22 vehicles stolen from areas of Shahdra, east Delhi and northeast Delhi.Police have solved 35 cases of auto thefts and also apprehended two juveniles who were part of the gang. Police said that the gang used to lend high speed bikes on rent for regular income while sold the old ones in the NCR to earn money.Senior officers say the recovery is fallout of a special drive launched ahead of the Independence Day. The accused have been identified as auto driver Mohammad Shahzad, 37, Pramod alias Ganja, 30, who is involved in 8 criminal cases, Shahrukh, 20, Mousin, 35, Ankit, 20 and Irshad alias Katta, 25, who also has 13 criminal cases registered against him.DCP Shahadra, Nupur Prasad said that the arrested auto-lifters used to lend the stolen bikes with greater torque and engine power to gangs of snatchers, while old vehicles were taken to Meerut, where they were dismantled and sold as crap. Those vehicles which were new or in good condition were resold in Sambhal (UP) by forging ownership documents after tempering engine and chassis numbers.The gang was busted when the police laid a trap following a tip off and arrested Mohammad Shahzad. His interrogation then revealed hideouts and details of his other aides and they were arrested following repeated raids.

Varsity blatantly imposing Hindi: JNU students

According to the students, the latest directives from the administration said all students will have to transliterate their names, the name of the centre and the topic of dissertation or thesis into Hindi. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Large number of non-Hindi speaking students pursuing Phd and MPhil courses at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) have alleged that the varsity administration was “blatantly” imposing the language on them.According to the students, the latest directives from the administration said all students will have to transliterate their names, the name of the centre and the topic of dissertation or thesis into Hindi. The projects will not be accepted if these things are not done.The Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) General Secretary Satarupa Chakraborty also alleged harassment at the hands of the administration and said that many students wrote their dissertation/thesis titles in their local language script as a mark of protest.”Whatever the government is trying to impose on people of this country, the JNU administration immediately tries to follow it without any discussion,” she said.However, JNU’s Registrar Pramod Kumar said that the students were asked only to translate their names and dissertation/research topics in Hindi.

Parrikar agrees to amend order after opposition ruckus

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bowing to opposition pressure, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today agreed to amend the order which had banned government officers from visiting the residences of the legislators and Members of Parliament. Parrikar, while responding to the calling attention motion moved by leader of opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, told the legislative assembly that “calling a meeting at private residences is not proper but the officials can visit the office of the MLAs and MPs attached to their residences,” he said. The opposition benches had created a ruckus on the floor of the House yesterday after Speaker Pramod Sawant disallowed the adjournment motion moved by Congress to discuss the circular. The circular had banned government officers from visiting the residences or offices of MLAs or MPs. “In view of the difficulties expressed by MLAs, the circular will be modified. There is no need of any fear or anxiety in the minds of anyone,” Parrikar said. Justifying the circular, the chief minister said the work load on the government officers has increased during the last few years. “Until a few years ago, many departments did not exist but today, there are several new departments. The work of the officers should not be disrupted by repeatedly calling them,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Oppn targets govt over agrarian crisis, farmers’ suicide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition members in Rajya Sabha today strongly raised the issue of agrarian crisis in the country, saying farmers were being forced to do distress sale of crops in the face of cheaper zero-duty imports. Several members gave notices under rule 267 that allows adjournment of the proceedings to take up a discussion on an issue. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said a discussion on the matter has been accepted and the members can raise their points during the debate. Raising the issue, Sharad Yadav (JD-U) claimed that 15-20 farmers were committing suicide every day. He said pulses production has been raised by 33 per cent but the government has lowered the import duty on it to zero, resulting in cheaper shipments into the country. Farmers, he said, are being forced to make distress sale. Digvijaya Singh (Cong) said the farmers were getting “bullets instead of price”. Kurien said besides Yadav, Pramod Tiwari (Cong), Naresh Agarwal (SP), Ram Gopal Yadav (SP), Kapil Sibal (Cong) and Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) had given notice under 267 on the issue. A discussion on the subject has been admitted and the members can raise their points then, he said. Ali Anwar Ansari (JD-U) through a Zero Hour mention raised the issue of manual scavenging saying this practice was continuing even after the government has declared it illegal. Four workers, he said, died in the national capital due to toxic gases while cleaning a septic tank. “All four are dalits,” he said, adding over 2,500 dalits have lost their lives in last two-and-half-years due to this practice but no cases have been registered or compensation paid. While the government on the one hand talks of going to Mars, on the other it provides no equipment or apparatus for such cleaning activities, he said. “Our sensitivities are dead,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Iftar on Krishna Mutt premises was positive change: Ktaka Min

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Karnataka government today came to the defence of the head priest of Pejawar Mutt Vishwesha Teertha Swamihad for hosting Muslims in the Mutt premises recently, an issue over which a Hindu group has called for protests on July 2. Karnataka Revenue Minister Kagodu Thimmappa, who was here, said the development at the mutt should be viewed as a positive change in the society. Last week, the head priest had organised Souharda Upahara Koota (harmony breakfast meet) allowing a gathering of Muslims to break fast and hold prayers inside the ancient Krishna Mutt temple. This did not go well with Sena founder Pramod Muthalik who has called for a state-wide protest on July 2 against Iftar. Speaking on the issue, Thimmappa said, “There is nothing wrong in it (hosting iftar by Head priest). It is a positive change and will have positive effect on society.” It is difficult to bring change and if someone is trying to do, one should support, he said and added, “the world has not fallen apart by hosting iftar inside the temple premises”. He also said that the Head priest must have hosted Iftar after much thinking and he has all strength to deal with the current opposition. The state minister was in the national capital to meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the issue of drought relief.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Udupi a place of advancement and progress: President

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Pranab Mukherjee today said the coastal district of Udupi in Karnataka had developed into a region of advancement and progress. Speaking after laying the foundation stone for the super speciality hospital being built by NRI entrepreneur B R Shetty at K M Marg here, Mukherjee said his association with Karnataka dated back to four decades when former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi contested the Lok Sabha by-elections from Chikkamagaluru in 1978. The president symbolically laid the foundation for the state-of-the-art hospital in a formal ceremony organised at Rajangana hall here. He congratulated B R Shetty and his wife for taking the initiative to provide top quality healthcare to the people of the coastal region and for their contribution to society in various sectors. The president also recalled the contributions of Haji Abdullah, who granted the land at K M Marg to establish the government mother and child hospital over 90 years ago, where Shetty s super speciality is coming up under BRS Health and Research Institute Private Limited, based on a Memorandum of Understanding with the state government. State Health Minister Ramesh Kumar, Bengaluru urban development minister K J George, district in charge minister Pramod Madhwaraj were among those present. Earlier, the president was received at the Adi Udupi helipad by district in charge minister Pramod Madhwaraj, Udupi deputy commissioner Priyanka Mary Francis and other officials. Later te President visited the Sri Krishna mutt and offered prayers at the temple. He also met Paryaya Pejawar mutt seer Vishwesha Teertha Swami.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Six killed in car-truck collision in Katni district of MP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Six persons were killed and one injured today when the car carrying them collided head-on with a truck near Devra village, 17 km from the Katni district headquarters in Madhya Pradesh, police said. The deceased included three women and two girls, said the additional superintendent of police Pramod Sonkar. Sanjay Patel, a patwari (revenue official) who was at the wheel of the cab, was also killed. The injured have been admitted to a hospital. Sonkar said the car was heading to Vijayraghavgarh tehsil from Katni town while the truck was coming from the opposite direction, and both were at high speed. The truck driver fled from the spot after the accident. The deceased were all residents of Vijayraghavgarh, Sonkar added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cong flays Goa Shiv Sena chief’s remarks on Karnataka people

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa Congress today criticised state Shiv Sena president Shivprasad Joshi for praising the right wing Sri Ram Sene and stating that many people in neighbouring Karnataka cannot sing complete national anthem. Joshi yesterday said though Goans are patriots, many people in Karnataka do not even know how to sing the national anthem. The Sena leader had also hailed the Sene and its controversial chief Pramod Muthalik for doing a commendable job of protecting women. “Shiv Sena’s praising of Shri Ram Sene displays their mindset though it’s not at all surprising. Moreover, the moral policing hypocrites should introspect first,” Goa Congress spokesman Sunil Kawthankar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Chhota Shakeel’s shooter sent to three-day police custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Patiala House Court on Friday sent gangster Chhota Shakeel’s shooter Junaid Chowdhry to a 3-day police custody. Chowdhry was arrested by the Special cell of the Delhi Police near Gagan Cinema in Delhi on Wednesday night. “Junaid was allegedly hatching a plan to kill Pakistan born Canadian writer and liberal activist Tarek Fateh,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwaha. The police claimed to have recovered a country made pistol and four live cartridges from Junaid’s possession. Earlier, he was apprehended on June 3, along with three other contract killers, identified as Robinson, Yunus and Manish following which they were sent to police remand and interrogated for five days. Later, they were produced in a court which sent them to judicial custody. Their plan was initially to kill Rajan while on transit to or from court before and after hearings, but that was later changed to attack him during his hospital visits. Earlier, the police had found many audio clips of Chhota Shakeel from Junaid’s mobile phone.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two labourers killed as tractor overturns in Bihar village

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A tractor overturned killing two labourers and injuring another labourer at a village in Lakhisarai district of Bihar today. The incident took place at Birupur village when the tractor lost control and overturned trapping the three labourers under it while they were digging earth and loading it in the vehicle, Barahia police station in-charge Pramod Kumar Singh said. While two labourers, identified as Pravesh Mahto (30) and Umesh Sao (40) died on the spot, Indradev Mahto was injured. The injured was taken to a referral hospital, Singh said. Efforts were on to extricate the two bodies trapped under the tractor. Meanwhile, locals were agitating and disrupting rescue work demanding compensation from the district administration for the kin of the victims. The district magistrate has rushed an officer to the spot, Singh said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP: Cong leaders meet Guv, demand arrest of those who

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Congress delegation led by Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar today met Governor Ram Naik and demanded the immediate arrest of culprits who had damaged a statue of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in Mirzapur. The delegation comprising senior party leaders Pramod Tewari, Sanjay Singh , P L Punia, all of whom are MPs, submitted a memorandum to Nail apprising him of the incident in Mirzapur and sought immediate arrest of those responsible. Congress workers had yesterday held protests all over the state and had given an ultimatum to the district police demanding that the culprits be nabbed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Protesting cluster bus staff threaten self-immolation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Drivers and conductors of cluster buses who are on a strike over non-compliance of the new minimum wage rule have threatened self-immolation on Monday. “The government is not paying heed to our demands. So we have decided to immolate ourselves on Monday. “Our union has written to the chief minister, police commissioner, labour minister, transport commissioner and others to allow us to do it,” Pramod Tomar, the president of the Audyogik Kamgar Vikas Union, which is leading the agitation, said. A majority of drivers and conductors of orange cluster buses have been protesting for the last six days against non- payment of their salary as per the new rates of minimum wages. As per the new wage rule, an unskilled worker is to be given a minimum Rs 13,350 per month. For semi-skilled and skilled persons, the minimum wages are Rs 14,698 and Rs 16,182 per month, respectively. The orange bus service, which operates as many as 1,500 vehicles, is run by the Delhi Integrated Multi-Modal Transit System.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maoist leader Kundan Pahan surrenders in Jharkhand

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Maoist leader Kundan Pahan, who was carrying a bounty of Rs. 15 lakh on his head, surrendered before the police in Ranchi. Pahan is an accused in the killing of special branch inspector Francis Indwar in 2008 and loot of Rs. five crore from a cash van of ICICI bank. He was also allegedly involved in Baliba ambush in Saranda and killing of DSP Pramod Kumar in 2008 at Pundigiri near Bundu in Ranchi district.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Pramod Mahajan remembered on 11th death anniversary

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tributes were paid to former Union minister Pramod Mahajan on his 11th death anniversary today, with BJP leaders in Maharashtra lauding his contribution in the party’s growth. “BJP today has emerged as a well-organised and modern party. The credit for this modern outlook of the party goes to a large extent to late Mahajan,” BJP legislator Raj Purohit said. He was speaking at a meeting held at the party’s office here to pay tributes to Mahajan, who died on May 3, 2006. “Mahajan always welcomed new ideas and latest technology and used it for the party’s growth. He has a major role in the growth of BJP,” Purohit, a former Mumbai BJP president, said. Many state BJP leaders took to Twitter to pay their tributes to Mahajan. Born on October 30, 1949, Mahajan was a member of the Atal Behari Vajpayee-led ministry. He was the Defence minister in Vajpayee’s 13-day ministry and after BJP returned to power in 1998, he was appointed as advisor to the Prime Minister. He also handled various ministries including information and broadcasting, parliamentary affairs, water resources and food processing. On the morning of April 22, 2006, Mahajan s estranged brother Pravin shot him in Mumbai following a dispute. Majahan died after struggling for life for 13 days in a Mumbai hospital.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Three car thieves arrested, 19 stolen vehicles recovered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three persons were arrested for their alleged involvement in vehicle lifting and at least 19 stolen vehicles were recovered from them in Odisha’s Sambalpur district today. The vehicles recovered included one truck, two power tillers, six bikes, eight jeeps, one pick-up van and a car. Police identified the accused as Ranjit Prasad (28) of Makhnapara in Sambalpur, Prasanta alias Pramod Nayak (44) of village Talarpasi in Dhenkanal district and Pradeep Kumar Sabar (21) of HAL Township, Sunabeda in Koraput district. The arrest of the trio was made on the basis of information provided by two persons who had been arrested earlier on March 18, police said. “Acting on the information, police arrested the three who revealed their involvement in lifting 19 vehicles,” said Sambalpur Superintendent of Police Akhilesvar Singh. While Ranjit and Pradeep were involved in stealing the vehicles, Prasanta helped them in changing the chasis number of stolen vehicles, said police.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

JNU students protesting seat cut in courses clash with guards

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A group of JNU students clashed with security guards at the university’s main gate during their protest against the decision to reduce the number of seats in MPhil and PhD courses, resulting in minor injuries to persons from both sides. The incident took place yesterday after the protesting students forcibly closed the main entrance to the campus. Police said the injured persons were sent to a hospital for medico legal tests and that the two sides have filed complaints but a case is yet to be registered. The JNU administration in a statement today appealed to the agitating students to immediately end their “forcible closure” of the north gate to the campus, following which it was opened. JNU Registrar Pramod Kumar said the behaviour of the protesters is “condemnable” and claimed that he was “abused” by them. “While verbally abusing me when I went to request them to keep the north gate open, some of them manhandled the security guards who tried to open the gate for commuters,” the statement read. The Registrar said some security guards were injured and were taken to hospital. He alleged that a student even threatened to kill a security guard. The varsity administration also criticised the agitating students for protesting outside the UGC office at ITO and blocking road yesterday. “All such disruptive activities by a small section of students have brought nothing but bad name to JNU,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indefinite hunger strike for Bodoland enters 5th day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The indefinite hunger strike, undertaken by ABSU and other Bodo groups, today entered the fifth day for a separate Bodoland. “We’ll not withdraw the agitation till talk starts at the political level. We need a separate Bodoland state,” All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) President Pramod Boro said. “The government should not treat us like Bangladeshi or Pakistani. They should decide whether they want to talk to us or they want to fight. They don’t need to make attempts to befool us,” Boro said. Stating that the government had sent a “half-hearted” letter yesterday requesting to end the hunger strike with no specific time and date for political dialogue, he said the union government and Assam did not have time to address the issues of the indigenous people. He said “we are warning all the forces working against the interest of the Bodos and other indigenous communities to refrain from such activities.” Led by ABSU, National Democratic Front of Boroland (Progressive) NDFB-P) and People’s Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement (PJACBM), besides a number of Bodo groups started the indefinite hunger strike on March 10. A big rally was organised pressing for the demand this morning in Kokrajhar town.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Member of inter-state gang of firearms suppliers held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 23-year-old member of an inter-state gang dealing in illegal firearms has been arrested here, police said today. Police were tipped off that a Madhya Pradesh-based manufacturer of illegal firearms was trying to supply weapons to Delhi through his gang member, Deputy Commissioner of Police (special cell) Pramod Singh Kushwah said. Acting on the tip off, a team was formed to nab the supplier. The accused, Suresh, was yesterday spotted near Nand Nagri carrying a bag. He was apprehended by the team when he was about to leave the place after no one turned up to collect the consignment, he said. Fifteen 7.65 mm semi-automatic sophisticated pistols were recovered from Suresh’s bag, Kushwah said, adding some of the recovered pistols had ‘Made in China’ engraved on them. During interrogation, Suresh revealed that five of these weapons were to be delivered to a person in Nand Nagri here and remaining 10 to two other persons in Firozabad of Uttar Pradesh, the officer said. Suresh also revealed that he previously also supplied firearms to people in Delhi, NCR and Uttar Pradesh. The arrested accused was working as a helper with a mason and as a tractor driver in agricultural fields too. About six months ago, Suresh came in contact with arms manufacturer Baljith Singh alias Balia, a resident of Burhanpur in Madhya Pradesh, through his brother-in-law and started working as carrier of illegal firearms for him, ” the officer said. Futher investigation is underway in the matter, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

UP Elections 2017: Akhilesh Yadav in Raebareli, changes campaign game

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The clamour for Priyanka Gandhi to campaign in Raebareli and Amethi has increased as incumbent Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav seems to have broken the understanding between the Gandhi and Yadav in the family pocket borough. Akhilesh Yadav campaigned for SP candidate Devendra Pratap Singh against Congress candidate Ashok Singh in Sereni on Wednesday.Sources say that because of friendly fight in four constituencies, the campaigning would only involve party workers. But now with Akhilesh’s visit, the game has changed. Congress Secretary Kishori Lal, who is also a close aid of the Gandhi family, admitted there is tremendous pressure from the candidates to organise rallies for Priyanka Gandhi. He also said that last time around they over exposed Priyanka Gandhi which they would not be doing in the current elections. “It was excess on our part. We don’t want Priyanka Gandhi to do campaign aggressively in the constituency. She is our senior leader,” said Lal. But, he remains hopeful that Priyanka would come to the constituency. Sources confirmed to DNA that a fresh proposal would be sent to Priyanka Gandhi to spare 1 or 2 days in Raebareli where campaign ends on February 22. The proposal will entail that she takes 5 meetings consisting of both committee members ranging between 3,000 to 4,000 people so that the message goes out that Congress has not given up seats like Sereni and Unchahar in Raebareli. As per the schedule prepared by the local Congress unit, Congress MP Raj Babbar and Pramod Tiwari will campaign in Raebareli on February 16. The Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s two rallies are scheduled on February 17, four meetings of Raj Babbar and Pramod Tiwari again are fixed for February 18.Friendly fireCongress is witnessing friendly fight, with SP in two seats each in Raebareli and Amethi. In Unchhar Congress candidate Ajay Pal Singh is pitched against SP candidate Mohit Pandey who wants Mulayam Singh Yadav to campaign in the constituency. In Amethi, Amita Singh is fighting SP’s Gayatri Prajapati, and Gauriganj is witnessing a contest between Mohd Naim and Rakesh Singh.

7-year-old boy kidnapped in Mumbai; police rescue him from Varanasi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Nehru Police have arrested a 20-year old youth for kidnapping the 7-year-old boy from Mumbai’s Sable Nagar Area by luring the victim with ice cream. The Nehru Nagar police rescued the victim from Varanasi and arrested the accused who has been identified as Kishankumar Laccheram who hails from Varanasi and was living in Mumbai near the victim.According to Police, on February 2, the victim who is resident of Kurla (E) was playing with his friends when accused Kishankumar lured him by promising ice cream and kidnapped him.After a thorough search in the locality by parents when the boy was untraceable, the parents approached police and lodged a missing complaint. The same evening the victim’s father got a call on his mobile number informing him that his son was with him, and if he wants him safe, he should cough up Rs 15 lakh after which the police registered a kidnapping case and started investigation.The father got another call the next day when he bargained and brought down the amount to Rs 5.5 Lakh. “The caller would call daily asking about money from various locations and by using different SIM cards. With technical help we finally zeroed in on him at Varanasi and told the father to come with us for the exchange of ransom money and the victim. Then, we laid the trap and arrested Laccheram from Varansi,” said Pramod Khorpade, senior inspector of Nehru Nagar police.

Youth held for kidnapping a 7-year old child from Kurla

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 20-year-old youth was arrested from Varanasi for allegedly kidnapping a child for a ransom of Rs 15 lakh from suburban Kurla here, a senior police official said today. The accused identified as Kishan Kumar Lacheram, who used to work in Mumbai earlier, hails from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, said police. Lacheram allegedly kidnapped the 7-year-old child on February 2 when he was playing near his residence at Nehru Nagar in Kurla under the pretext of giving him ice-cream, said senior police inspector Pramod Khoparde. The child’s parents lodged a complaint following which police launched a manhunt to trace the kid. The accused called the minor’s parents on February 3 and told them that he has kidnapped their child, the officer said. “We then put the entire machinery in action and found that the call was made from a place near Khandwa (Madhya Pradesh). A team led by an officer was sent there to track him down,” Khoparde said. The police was not sure if the child was with the accused as he didn’t reveal any other details and maintained that the minor was sleeping. The accused called again on February 4. He made the child talk to parents and demanded a ransom of Rs 15 lakh, the official said, Lacheram, made another call on Sunday morning and negotiated the ransom amount to Rs 5 lakh, but didn’t tell the place where money was to be handed over, said the official. The next day he told the parents to come to Varanasi with money on Tuesday (February 7), the official said. A police team was sent to Varanasi and the accused was caught near the railway station, he said. He has been for booked under section 363 (punishment for kidnapping) and 364 A (kidnapping for ransom).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nitish Kumar gets Congress’ backing on Uniform Civil Code issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Backing Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s request to hold a debate on the Uniform Civil Code (UCC), the Congress on Friday backed him saying that a discussion can take place on it.”What Nitish Kumar has said is right. If he wants a debate on it, he can get it happen,” Congress leader Pramod Tiwari told ANI.Reiterating his party’s view of not in favour of UCC, Tiwari said is implementation is not possible.”Uniform Civil Code (UCC) is not possible, which is our view. There are many traditions in the Hindu dharma itself, which cannot be governed by the Uniform Civil Code,” he said.Nitish Kumar, earlier today, refused to give his government’s opinion to a questionnaire sent by the Law Commission on the Uniform Civil Code, terming the questions asked as “leading” and framed in a manner to “force the respondent to reply in a specific way.”

Bengaluru molestation: Bring justice or impose curfew on men

As 2016 turned into 2017, Bengaluru witnessed freedom at midnight. At the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world slept, Bengaluru awakened to freedom for molesters and hooligans. With apologies to Jawaharlal Nehru, a moment of depravity comes, which comes but frequently in India’s present, when we step out from the human to the beast, when reasoning ends, and when the soul of a molester, long suppressed, finds utterance.

“We the underbelly of Bengaluru, having solemnly resolved to constitute Bengaluru into an unsafe, depraved, rowdy, city and to un-secure to all its citizens.”

India owes gratitude to that citizen in Kammanahalli in east Bengaluru who had a CCTV installed for the lane leading to his home. If not for him, the horrific footage of a young girl being groped and molested by two beasts on a scooter on the intervening night of 31 December and 1 January would not have shown a mirror to India. The ugly face of cockroaches on the prowl, desperate to get their hands on female form to quench the lust of their manhood.

This incident captured on CCTV happened within a couple of hours after mayhem had broken out on Brigade Road and MG Road, the heart of Bengaluru. ‘Mass molestation’ screamed a newspaper, reporting that despite the cop strength of 1500, the city police could not control the molesters who had descended on the area, in the garb of new year ‘revellers.’

Eyewitnesses at Brigade Road have reported that several women were groped and pawed at by unknown men, who derived confidence from being mere hands in the anonymity of a swollen crowd. Some of the women, crying, stilettos in hand, rushed to the cops for help. A lathicharge that followed, did not quite help control the situation adequately.

New Year's eve celebration in Bengaluru turned into a nightmare for women. Image courtesy: CNN-News18

New Year’s eve celebration in Bengaluru turned into a nightmare for women. Image courtesy: CNN-News18

Talk to any old-time Bengalurean and he or she will tell you that Brigade Road does turn into Grope Street at Cinderella hour on New Year’s eve. Lewd comments, catcalls, inappropriate touching are known to be a routine occurrence, as if bacchus provides the leers with a no-objection certificate.

Only a government blind and deaf to this would transfer the commissioner of police out and make 31 December his last working day at the commissionerate. The new top cop, Praveen Sood, who took over on 1 January insisted that unless a complaint was filed, he won’t file a FIR. The Bengaluru police needs a classroom session to tell them that police stations staffed largely with cops insensitive to gender crimes are the last resort of a complainant.

India’s criminal justice system makes a criminal out of a victim because the woman more often than not, is slut-shamed.

What were you wearing?

Do your parents approve of your attire?

Did you make any suggestion to the accused that may have given him an idea that you were willing?

Couldn’t it have been an accidental brushing past in a crowd?

Do you have a boyfriend?

Why do you live-in with a guy?

Do your parents approve of your relationships?

Why did you go to party till 230am?

Shouldn’t you be careful about your own safety?”

The rotten icing on the spoilt cake are some of India’s politicians, with the “boys will be boys” mindset. Karnataka’s Home minister who blamed it on western influence, almost suggesting that the girls invited it upon themselves, did not cover himself with glory either.

But the politicians are incidental to the issue. The problem is within us. It is to do with inability of families to keep a watch on our sons. It is to do with the inability of parents to teach their sons that if a girl is hugging her partner, it does not mean she is ‘available’. It is to do with the inability of parents to ask probing questions about why they are out of home, zipping around on Bengaluru roads at 2. 40 am, most likely inebriated. It is to do with the inability to pick up warning signs that the son and his friends are plotting to shame their families and the city they live in. A look at the Kammanahalli footage will show you the three accomplices who are keeping watch while the two bikers molest the girl in the deserted lane. It is proof that it was a planned crime.


It is to do with the lathi-wielding approach we have to policing. An intelligent approach would have entailed infiltrating the crowd with a large number of women police in plainclothes and a significant posse of mobile police videographers. In-the-face policing is what Bengaluru needed that night. When the Bengaluru police knew Brigade Road had a reputation for trouble every year the calendar changed, it should have moved away from a typical sarkari approach. What they are doing now is to deny any mass molestation happened, even when some of those who were violated have come forward with their versions.

Admittedly, the cops cannot police every lane but if you are present on every main road, doing drunken driving checks, stopping bikers who are creating a nuisance, stalking women travelling back home in an auto (like the two girls in east Bengaluru locality of Kammanahalli were), ugly situations could have been avoided.

The unfortunate incident in Kammanahalli showed a Bengalurean woman is not safe even at her doorstep. Because the wolves have taken over. And the gloves are off.

And bear in mind that we know only about the Brigade Road and Kammanahalli incidents. How many more women were violated that night, away from CCTV cameras, is anyone’s guess.

It is not about the Congress or the BJP. The opposition BJP politicians can derive cheap thrills, taking potshots at the Congress but they need to be reminded how the likes of Pramod Muthalik and his goons ran riot, assaulting girls in Mangaluru in 2009 when a BJP government was in power in Karnataka. But there is no denying that the buck stops with Siddaramaiah now since he is power. The CM cannot afford to display the typical disdain that he reserves for most uncomfortable questions.

But it is not as if Bengaluru alone is unable to zip up. This is the story of just about any part of India. A CCTV-equipped Bengaluru is able to spot the disease, in other non-monitored cities and towns, the culprits know Big Brother does not even exist.

It is imperative that the Bengaluru police crack these cases of molestation very soon. If it does not, India will have to declare a curfew for men after 8 pm. Or Prime Minister Narendra Modi could consider De-Menetisation.

First Published On : Jan 4, 2017 15:22 IST

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