A teacher in a government-run school in Odisha’s Ganjam district was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly outraging the modesty of two Class VII girl students.The assistant teacher in Gahangu upper primary school, was arrested on the basis of complaints lodged by the girls, both aged around 12 years, said inspector in charge of Buguda police station, Rama Chandra Biswal.In separate complaints, the girls alleged that the teacher touched them inappropriately on their private parts inside a room in the school on Friday, he said.The students had informed about the incident to their parents after which complaints were lodged with the police.A large number of people, including parents of the students, staged a demonstration outside the school demanding immediate action against the teacher.The teacher, however, denied the allegation and claimed that there was an attempt to tarnish his image.The arrested teacher has been booked under various sections of IPC and Protection of Children from Sexual Offence (POSCO) Act, the IIC said.District Education Officer (DEO), Sanatan Panda has sought a report from the block education officer (BEO) in this regard.We have asked BEO to inquire into the matter. We will take appropriate action against the teacher after getting report, he said.
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Just a couple of days before the election, a priest belonging to the Swaminarayan sect was attacked in Gujarat. The priest claims that he was attacked for his views about nationalism and Hindutva. Two unidentified assailants attacked Bhaktiprasad Swami with iron rods on late Thursday night in Kotda village of Visavdar tehsil in Junagadh district when he was returning after campaigning for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Talking to ANI from hospital bed, Bhaktiprasad said, “The attackers were fumed because I propagate Hindutva and nationalism. We are saints and if we won’t speak on nationalism then will we speak on Pakistan? This attack is not only on me but on whole Hindu Sanatan sect.” He further added that “if being a nationalist is a crime then I would like to commit this crime time and again”.When asked about who was behind the attack on him, he didn’t take the Congress party’s name but said, “This is election time and everybody knows who are against the BJP and Hindutva. But, I want to tell them that such attacks are not going to deter us from propagating Hindutva and nationalism.”Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | A storm is brewing as Congress will win the elections, says Rahul GandhiRecounting the attack on him, he said,”I was returning from conducting an election rally for the BJP. When we were going to Visavadar then all of sudden a car overtook and stopped in front of our car. By the time we could understand anything; the assailants smashed the windshield of our car with iron rod and started abusing us. When the passerby gathered there, the assailants fled the scene leaving behind their car.”Also readGujarat Elections 2017 | BJP campaigns seek to mobilise Muslim women votersHe said the police have taken his statement and promised to take strict action against the culprits.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Andhshraddha Nirmulan Samiti (MANS) and people from various walks of life today held a protest march over the “slow pace of probe” into the killing of the city-based rationalist Narendra Dabholkar, on the occasion of his fourth death anniversary. Noted filmmaker and actor Amol Palekar, actor Sonali Kulkarni, activist Baba Adhav were among the prominent persons who joined the march ‘Jawab do’ (give answers). The march started from Omkareshwar bridge, where Dabholkar, founder of MANS and anti-superstition activist, was shot dead by two bike-borne assailants on August 20, 2013, and culminated at the Sane Guruji Memorial on the Rashtra Seva Dal premises located on Sinhgad Road. “It has been four years, but the real perpetrators behind the murder of Dabholkar are still at large. We would like to question the government and the probe agencies over the slow pace of investigation into the killings of rationalists,” said Hameed, the son of Dabholkar. He said they have been raising the voice against the killing of rationalists for the last four years, but there is “no breakthrough in the investigation”. “Only after MANS brought pressure through a writ petition in the High Court, the investigation in the Dabholkar murder case moved further with the arrest of Virendra Tawde. However, the main accused Sarang Akolkar and Vinay Pawar are still at large,” he said. Hameed said they wanted to know from the government when will Pawar and Akolkar will be arrested. The duo are also accused in the killing of Communist leader Govind Pansare who was shot dead in 2015. “The pace of investigation in all the rationalists’ killings is disheartening and painful and that is why we have been running this ‘Jawab do’ campaign for the last one month and posing questions to the state government over the arrests of real perpetrators,” he said. MANS executive president Avinash Patil said the aim of the campaign was to question the government why the killers of rationalists Dabholkar, Pansare and Kannada scholar M M Kalburgi, who belong to “radical ideologist groups”, are not inquired or arrested. Noted lyricist Javed Akhtar and journalist Rajdeep Sardesai, who took part in the event at the Rashtra Seva Dal premises, addressed the gathering. Akhtar said any place where questioning is not allowed, is a dangerous place. “The system, the government, the society, where questioning is not allowed will not be a good place. Humans solved the biggest riddles of the world just by asking questions,” he said. Meanwhile, Hindu Janjagruti Samiti and Sanatan Sanstha too staged a counter protest ‘jawab do’ alleging financial irregularities in Dabholkar’s MANS. The CBI, probing the killing of Dabholkar, arrested Sanatan Sanstha seeker Virendra Tawde on June 10, 2016. Along with Tawde, CBI named Pawar, who has been missing since 2009, and Akolkar, who is absconding in the October 2009 Goa blast case, as main suspects. According to the agency, Akolkar and Pawar had allegedly shot Dabholkar dead when he was on the morning walk.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Five persons — three women and two minor girls — were killed and three others suffered injuries in an explosion at an ‘illegal’ fire cracker unit near Khurda, police said. The deceased included four members of a family. The blast took place at the house of one Sanatan Sethi, where his family was allegedly manufacturing fire crackers illegally at Siko village under Jankia police station. The asbestos roof of the house was severely damaged under the impact of the explosion, police said. Fire brigade personnel went to the village and doused the fire. The deceased were identified as Babi Sethi (40), Madhabi Sethi (8), Tikili Sethi (4), Dolly Sethi (19) and Dutee Sethi (62).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra government along with the family members of Govind Pansare have moved the Bombay High Court challenging a lower court order granting bail to key accused Sameer Gaikwad in the murder of the rationalist. A Kolhapur sessions court had on June 17 this year had granted bail to Gaikwad, an alleged member of the right wing group Sanatan Sanstha. Pansare and his wife were shot by unidentified persons in Kolhapur during their morning walk on February 16, 2015. While his wife survived, the veteran CPI leader died in a Mumbai hospital four days later. Gaikwad was arrested in September 2015 for his alleged involvement in Pansare’s killing. The state government formed a Special Investigation Team of the CID to probe the murder. The Maharashtra government and Pansare’s daughter and daughter-in-law have filed applications in the high court challenging the lower court’s order granting bail to Gaikwad. Pansare’s family members, in their application, said that the sessions court, while granting bail in matters involving serious crime, must consider several factors like nature and severity of punishment in case of conviction, apprehension of influencing witnesses or threat to the complainant besides possibilities of tampering with the evidence and hampering investigation and the prima facie satisfaction of the court in support of the charge. “The sessions court has failed to appreciate that the conspirator and shooters involved in the killing of Pansare case may also be involved in the murder of activist Narendra Dabholkar,” said the application of Pansare’s family members. The applications, of the government and Pansare’s family members, will come up for hearing before the single judge bench of Justice Revati Mohite-Dere in due course of time.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Sanatan Sanstha activist Samir Gaikwad, who is an accused in the veteran Communist leader and rationalist Govind Pansare murder case, on Saturday got a conditional bail. Gaikwad?s bail application was accepted by the Kolhapur sessions court on the condition that he will cooperate with the probe by the Special Investigations Team (SIT), will not enter Kolhapur district and will surrender his passport. Gaikwad?s lawyer Sanjiv Punalekar hailed the decision, saying the activist was granted the bail on account of insufficient evidence against him. However, family members of Pansare expressed displeasure over the bail and have said that they will knock the doors of the High Court. ?We will appeal against bail given to Gaikwad in the High Court,? Megha Pansare, Govind?s daughter-in-law told ANI. In 2014, Pansare was gunned by two unidentified persons when he was returning home from his morning walk. The SIT in its chargesheet named Gaikwad as co-conspirator and said he along with other Sanatan activists killed Pansare.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The All India Hindu Convention that began in Goa today held the Modi government responsible for “delay” in construction of Ram Temple. “It is because of the narrow minded attitude of the present government that Ram Temple has not been constructed and the ban on cow slaughter has not been imposed,” Abhay Vartak of Sanatan Sanstha, which is part of the organisational team, said addressing the gathering after inauguration of the event. “Under this government, corruption, assassination of devout Hindus and their torture is continuing,” he claimed. “We will continue to raise voice for Hindu welfare, whatever be the extent of opposition. Devout Hindus are going to work for removing the present day corrupt and illegal social system,” said Vartak. The four-day convention that began today is being attended by more than 538 representatives of around 132 Hindu organisations from 21 Indian states, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Hindu Janajagruti Samiti’s national guide Charudatta Pingale claimed that Hindu nation is a remedy for all the problems. “The present day system of governance has miserably failed to protect Hindus and their motherland. Hence, Hindu nation is the only remedy for all the problems. “Establishing the Hindu nation is not merely a thought for us, it is a holy observance and come what may, by using our constitutional rights we are going to accomplish it,” he claimed.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today said the Ganga river, which is a symbol of ‘Sanatan Sanskriti’, is everyone’s mother and insult to it is equal to ‘rashtra droh’ (treason).He claimed that the pollution level in the Ganga river was the highest after the Ganga Action Plan was launched in the 1980s due to non-cooperation of states through which the river passes.Addressing a gathering of heads of villages on the banks of river Ganga in Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath said the Narendra Modi government at the Centre is making efforts to clean and rejuvenate the river through its Namami Gange programme.
ALSO READ Zee Exclusive | Problem identified, now only operation needs to be done: Yogi Adityanath on Saharanpur clashes”The holy river belongs to everyone and is a symbol of ‘Sanatan Sanskriti’. It is everyone’s mother and people need to save it. Any insult to the river can never be tolerated and it is equal to ‘rashtra droh’,” the Chief Minister said.He claimed that non-cooperation of states though which the river passes, led to the failure of the Ganga Action Plan- 1, launched in 1986 by then prime minister Rajeev Gandhi.Several reports suggest that the river’s pollution level turned worse after the scheme was launched and huge amount of money was spent on it for almost 15 years, the chief minister said.If the the Yamuna and the Ganga dries up, Uttar Pradesh will turn into desert, Adityanath said and appealed to people not to throw coins, clothes, flowers and other items into the rivers to save those from getting polluted further.The chief minister was addressing the ‘Swachh Ganga Sammelan’ held at Banaras Hindu University, which was attended by heads of villages from 25 districts in the state.Underscoring the government’s focus on making villages open defecation free, Adityanath said efforts are on make 75 districts open defecation free by next year.Earlier in the day, the chief minister prayed at Kashi Vishwanath and Kaal Bhairav temples and also visited the parliamentary office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Ravindrapuri extension here and heard the grievances of the people.In the evening, he held a review meeting with officials of eastern UP districts to oversee the pace of development works in the region.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special investigation team (SIT) of the Maharashtra CID questioned several members of the Sanatan Sanstha at the organisation’s Goa office in connection with Govind Pansare murder case, a top official said here today. “Our team has been at Sanatan Sanstha’s ashram in Goa for the last two days and have been questioning many people at the ashram,” state CID chief Sanjay Kumar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)