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Man shot dead, friend injured after fight between friends

A 30-year-old man was shot dead while his friend was injured after a fight broke out between them and their friends owing to financial disputes in Outer Delhi’s Khanjawala area late on Thursday night. The accused men have been identified and police teams have been formed to nab them.According to the police, the incident took place around 10:30 pm at the residence of a person identified as Kuldeep, who is the friend of the deceased and injured, in Ladpur area. The police were informed about two persons having gunshot wounds being admitted at the Savitri Hospital.When the police reached the hospital, they were informed that one of them was declared dead on arrival, whereas the other was injured.”The deceased was identified as Nitin (30) while the injured as Himanshu (33). The deceased and the accused were known to each other,” said MN Tiwari, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Outer.Kuldeep and Sandeep, both friends of Nitin and Himanshu were sitting at home when another friend Sandeep alias Sonu and Virender also came to his house to enquire about Nitin and Himanshu.”Kuldeep and Sandeep sensing the conflict between friends tried to pacify Sonu and Virender and asked them to go back home and not create an uncomfortable situation since all of them were friends. After this Sonu and Virender left the house,” added Tiwari.Later on, Nitin and Himanshu came to Kuldeep’s house. There is a possibility that Virender knew that Himanshu and Nitin had come to Kuldeep’s house and hence they also reached his residence again after which an altercation took place and they fired at Nitin and Himanshu. The accused persons, Sonu and Virender are absconding.A case under sections of murder, attempt to murder and arms act has been registered at Khanjawala Police Station. Further investigations are underway.

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LHMC nurses go on hunger strike after 28-day protest

After 28 days of indefinite strike by 266 contractual nurses at the Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), some of the nursing staff went on a hunger strike on Monday. On November 20, the central government institute handed over termination letters to 36 of its contractual nursing staff without any prior warning, causing anger among other staff. The indefinite strike has reduced the total nursing strength to half as there are only 270 permanent nurses, thus affecting patient care at the hospital.”I brought my daughter here for treatment but was sent outside as the doctors told me that there is no nursing staff,” said Samima Afroz, who had to stand outside the hospital holding an IV bottle as her daughter sat on the ground.None of the contract staff have received salaries for the last four months. On November 20, 36 of them were terminated on the basis that an equal number of permanent candidates had joined. After continued protests and letters to ministers, the staff members received salaries but their jobs are still at risk.”Our agreement letters clearly stated that the hospital cannot terminate us without a month’s notice. This action was really unexpected,” said Sandeep Yadav, 28, one of the contractual nursing officers.”We will continue this hunger strike until our death if they do not reinstate the terminated employees,” he added.

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24-yr-old raped by colleague, friend in Noida

A 24-year-old woman was allegedly gangraped by her colleague and his friend at his residence in Noida’s Sector 58 area in the intervening night on Thursday.According to the police, the woman and one of the accused worked in the same office. The victim had sought financial assistance from him as she had to pay her rent following which he told her that she could collect the cash from his residence in Sector 58 area.The duo then left for his residence on his two-wheeler. Investigating officials revealed that the woman had asked for around Rs 15,000-20,000 as her landlord had called her demanding the rent amount, and she was in urgent need of the money. When they reached his residence the woman was told that his friend would also join them. The two men then allegedly forced themselves on her and took turns to rape her.The duo then fled after the incident leaving the victim stranded.”The incident occurred in the intervening night of December 14 and 15. The victim left the office along with her colleague post midnight. They then reached the residence at around 1 am following which the incident occurred. She informed the police who reached the location but the accused had fled by then. A medical examination of the victim confirmed rape. A case of gang-rape has been registered. We have dedicated teams working on leads to arrest the two accused,” said Arun Kumar, Superintendent of Police (City), Gautam Buddha Nagar.In another incident, a 24- year-old man was arrested on charges of attempting to rape an eight-year-old girl in the Barola area of Noida on Friday evening.According to the police, the accused has been identified as Sandeep, a labourer by profession. He took the girl to an isolated area, on the pretext of giving her chocolates, and then tried to rape her. When she resisted, the accused slapped her.On hearing the girl’s cry, the neighbours reached the spot and thrashed him. Later, a call was made and he was handed over to the police.SEQUENCE OF EVENTSThe victim sought financial assistance from her colleague and went to his home to get the money At the accused’s residence, the man and his friend allegedly gang-raped the woman and fled after the incident Police have registered a case of gangrape

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23 yrs after conviction, man acquitted

Almost 23 years after he was convicted for demanding dowry and abetting the suicide of his wife, a mother of two children, the Bombay High Court, holding that the prosecution failed to prove its case against him, acquitted the accused. Justice Sandeep K Shinde acquitted Borivali resident Sameer Joshi, who was sentenced to five years imprisonment for abetting the suicide of his wife Jyoti, in the year 1994. The court said, “I hold that, the prosecution having failed to prove cruelty had equally failed to prove the charge of abatement of suicide as framed against the accused herein.”As per the prosecution’s case, the couple got married in the year 1990 and had two children. It is alleged that the accused had demanded Rs 10,000 from his wife, for starting a business. When her brothers and parents refused to give him the amount, he is alleged to have harassed the deceased by assaulting her regularly. Following, which, on July 16, 1994, she jumped from the seventh floor of their building and committed suicide.During the trial, the prosecution examined several witnesses to bring home the guilt of the accused. However, in the appeal before the high court, it was brought to the notice that there were several discrepancies in the evidence of the witnesses and it was not clear, that Jyoti committed suicide because of the harassment meted out to her.

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Hyderabad: Software employee held for ‘cyber stalking’ ex-woman colleague

The Hyberabad Police on Tuesday arrested a software employee here on charge of harassing his former woman colleague online after she spurned him and got married to another person.The accused, Sandeep Kumar Gupta P, was arrested on charge of harassing the woman by creating a fake account on her name in a social networking site and uploading abusive messages as well as her phone number in an online classifieds network to project her as a call girl, an official release said.”The accused also sent her emails with an intention to defame her as she rejected his love and got married to another person,” it said.On Monday, the woman lodged a complaint with the Cyber Cell stating that there are some abusive emails sent on her name to all her relatives, friends and colleagues with fake email IDs.Police registered a case and during probe traced Gupta through call data and the IP address.
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Mumbai Congress office vandalised, MNS takes responsibility

Mumbai Congress office at Azad Maidan was vandalised on Friday morning. According to the local police, the few unidentified people entered the Mumbai Congress office in this morning. “When the housekeeping staff was cleaning and mopping the floors inside the office, that time few people barged and vandalised the glass facades and cabins. The images of unidentified are captured in the CCTV. We will carry the investigations and culprits will be booked soon,” police added requested anonymity.However, MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande took the responsibility of this attack on Mumbai Congress office. In his tweet, Deshpande said, “attack on Bhaiya Sanjay Nirupam party office is a surgical strike. Eet Ka Jabab Pattar Se,”. When called Mumbai Congress president Sanjay Nirupam, he was not available for comment. The tug of war between the MNS and Congress has been going for a long time over the hawker’s issue. Recently, the MNS workers were attacked in Vikaroli and earlier at Matunga. Raj Thackeray, MNS president told his workers in the closed-door meeting, “I do not want the party workers who get beaten but want who can beat.”Also readWant men who can batter, not get battered: Raj Thackeray“Once the Raj saheb has given us clear-cut directions so we have decided to teach a lesson to north Indians in Mumbai. We will not tolerate their arrogance anymore. In future, there will be more such attacks on Mumbai Congress offices across the city and on their leaders,” threatened MNS leaders refused to be named. NCP MLA Jitendra Awhad condemned the attack. He demanded strict actions against the goons.
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Four-year-old can repeat class, says Delhi High Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi High Court (HC) has directed to retain a four-year-old student in lower kindergarten after the parents wanted their ward to be continue in the same class. The parents said that she was not mentally prepared for the next class due to her delayed cognitive development, and required time to cope up.Justice Indermeet Kaur allowed the retention of Kiara Dhawan, who was a slow learner, according to the petition filed by her father Sandeep Dhawan.According to the plea filed through advocate Ashok Agarwal, the child required more time to cope up with other children of her age, and promoting her to the next class would serve no purpose.Earlier, the court had granted interim relief to the minor’s parents’. However, it confirmed the order on Wednesday.The plea had claimed that the minor was born three months before the due date and weighed just 850 gms on her birth. She had spent three months in intensive care and her physical development was hampered.However, she had to be admitted in nursery in 2016-2017, when she was three, because of the Delhi government’s regulations, as per which a child not more than three years was eligible for nursery admission.The petitioner also said that during his daughter’s entire academic year in nursery class in 2016-17, she was not able to cope up with the learning/education being imparted, and scored poorly in all the assessments throughout the year.The class teacher called for repeated discussion to highlight this and it was tough for her, as well as for the parents, to help Kiara catch up with the pace.The father said that he made repeated requests to the school for repetition of the academic session 2017-18. On January 5, the father wrote a letter to the Deputy Director of Education, Government of NCT of Delhi, requesting them to intervene in the matter but it went unanswered.Hence, he approached the HC with his request where his claim was backed by the Delhi government, following which the court passed the retention order.THE PLEAShe was not mentally prepared for the next class due to her delayed cognitive development
The plea had claimed that the minor was born three months before the due date and weighed just 850 gms on her birth. She had spent three months in intensive care and her physical development was hampered.

Himachal records highest ever polling, BJP confident of reducing Congress to single digit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Himachal Pradesh today recorded its highest polling in assembly elections with 74 per cent of voters exercising their franchise, the Election Commission said today.The figure was till 5 pm and the final polling percentage may be revised as final voting figures are yet to be tallied.Polling was still on in about 500 booths.The previous highest polling percentage of 73.5 was recorded in the 2012 assembly polls, Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, it was 64.45 per cent.At a press conference, Saxena said the elections were peaceful and no incident of violence was reported.A total of 11,283 VVPAT units were used in all polling booths of the 68 constituencies out of which 297 were replaced, Saxena said, adding this was well within the technical limits.The Congress is currently ruling the hill state and the BJP is eyeing to return to power after a gap of five years.In the outgoing 68-member assembly, the Congress and the BJP have 35 and 28 MLAs respectively. There are four Independent MLAs while one seat was vacant.The poll results will be announced on December 18. As the Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls ended today, the BJP expressed confidence of getting a huge majority, claiming that the tally of the incumbent Congress would be reduced to single digit in the 68-member House.In the outgoing assembly, the Congress and the BJP have 35 and 28 MLAs respectively besides four independents and one seat is vacant.”People have given their mandate. The five-year corrupt rule of Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh is going to end. We will get over 60 seats and the Congress tally will be confined to single digit. It will disappear from the state after results are announced,” BJP media head Anil Baluni said.The assembly poll results are scheduled to be announced on December 18.

TN immolation: Collector takes to Facebook to defend himself

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tirunelveli district collector Sandeep Nanduri, who has drawn the flak for failing to save a labourer’s family facing harassment from loan sharks from committing suicide has taken to Facebook to defend himself and alleged that the victim not only borrowed money but also lend the money to various persons in their village.Sandeep broke his silence in a Facebook post hours after the police arrested cartoonist G Bala on his complaint about a demeaning caricature of him, the chief minister and Tirunelveli police commissioner.Denying the charges of inaction on his part, he said that action was taken on all the four petitions given by the victims as per the procedure.A labourer, his wife and their two children had set themselves ablaze outside the collectorate office last week. They were admitted to a hospital where they later succumbed to severe burn injuries.On the complaint against cartoonist Bala, the collector, in his post, said that everyone has the right to express and even criticise but “there is a limit for creativity and freedom of expression.”Sandeep said a probe is on the “truth will be out soon”.

Lead: Soon, local coaches to have

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two crime cases involving local trains remain pending for the lack of CCTV cameras inside the coaches. In September this year, 32-year-old Aarti Salian fell off a moving train at Nallasopara while trying to nab a robber. In the same month, another 19-year-old girl was pushed out of a moving train by a mugger at Virar station. For both cases, the railway police are only scouting for proof using the CCTVs installed in rail platforms. This, however, may change soon.The Western Railway has already mooted a plan to install 1,848 CCTVs inside all coaches — both ladies and general compartment — of local trains. Sources said that they shall be installing these high definition CCTVs inside 308 coaches, for which a proposal has been prepared. Each coach will have six CCTVs installed that would cover most of the spaces inside and near the doors. This will be the first time that CCTVs inside coaches will be installed at such a large scale.”This would surely give more confidence to commuters as far as the safety of women is concerned. This will also help nab commuters who travel in groups and block seats and doors, resulting in arguments and fights,” said Sandeep Salian, husband of Aarti who fought the mobile thief. “There is also a need to post two railway police staff at the end of every platform at least during the lean hours so that such robbery cases can be tackled”.As per plans, the WR will install high -resolution CCTVs. The first lot of CCTVs installed had a problem — that images generated were blurred and pixelated. The effort was going waste. “The problems that had cropped up earlier have been tackled in the new lot of CCTVs. We will also have an integrated security system to cover 32 railway stations,” said a WR official.The railway ministry has given full freedom to its authorities vis-a-vis spending funds to tackle safety issues. The integrated security system would cost Rs 114 crore; it would have a dedicated room at stations that would be beamed with live images to montior passenger activities, face recognition, identifying areas where there is large crowd, auto-alert of suspicious movement of people at rail premises, alerting trespassing on rail tracks through a network of CCTV cameras, etc.”We have already installed CCTVs inside 51 women’s coaches. The process to install them in all coaches has begun,” said Ravinder Bhakar, Chief PRO, Western Railway. The WR will be installing more than 2,700 CCTVs at railway stations, which would also include replacing the 1,100 CCTVs that are of inferior quality.”The railways should ensure that these are properly monitored and timely action is taken. People should be assigned particular responsibilities to address any lacuna in alerting their staff at station premises in case an untoward incident is reported,” said Kailash Verma, member, Mumbai Rail Pravasi Sangh.The electronic surveillance inside ladies’ compartments was first planned in mid-2015. The recorder can save data for upto 30 days.WHAT’S IN STOREAs per plans, the WR will install high -resolution CCTVs. The first lot of CCTVs installed had a problem — the images were blurred and pixelated. An integrated security system will be built, too. It will cover 32 stations. There would be rooms broadcasting live images through CCTVs to monitor passenger activities.

Kidnappers to be booked for attempt to murder, forgery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Amboli police will add the sections of attempt to murder and forgery against the six persons held for allegedly kidnapping and demanding extortion from a 32-year-old Jogeshwari businessman’s wife.Bhavin Shah was allegedly kidnapped near the Ram Mandir railway station on October 31. A video was then sent to his wife, Hetal, demanding Rs 82 lakh.The police arrested the mastermind, Mohd Shanu Shaikh and his associates Sandeep Sharma, Chitrabhan Singh, Anil Pandey, Dheeraj Singh and Mohammad Kabaadi, and recovered six cell phones, a car, Bhavin’s debit cards, a pistol and three cartridges.”The accused tried to kill the businessman, and the phone sim card purchased by the accused was procured by submitting bogus documents,” said a senior Amboli police officer. “The accused claimed they got the pistol from Uttar Pradesh.”Bhavin told DNA, “If I would not have been rescued in time, I would have died due to the torture they put me through. They continually put my life in danger.”

Sharad Pawar shown blag flags in Pune

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar was shown black flags by BJP supporters during an event in Baramati on Friday evening. The supporters claimed that the NCP had deliberately not mentioned the names of the Chief Minister and the guardian minister of Pune in the invitation card for the event.Baramati is Pawar’s hometown and is considered as an NCP’s bastion. In the same town, Pawar had hosted senior BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union minister Arun Jaitley. However, now he had to face the black flags.Pawar was attending an inauguration ceremony of the newly constructed vegetable market and parking facility in Baramati on Friday evening. The BJP suppporters gathered there and started protesting.According to the local police, soon after Pawar began his speech, a group of BJP supporters got up and started showing black flags. “There were around 20 to 25 protesters who were immediately evicted from the venue. They were arrested under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and later, released on bail,” said Additional Superintendent of Police Sandeep Pakhale.

Baramati: SUV in possession of local Shiv Sena leader mows down two school girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A speeding Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) allegedly in possession of a local Shiv Sena leader mowed down three school girls in Baramati tehsil. While two girls died on the spot, the third has sustained serious injuries and has been admitted in a hospital. The incident took place at around 7.30 am when the girls were walking on the side of the road to go to school​ in Kare Wagaj village on Baramati-Morgaon road in Baramati tehsil, around 115 kilometers from Pune. The deceased girls have been identified as Divya Dnyaneshwar Pawar (12) and Samiksha Manoj Vikar (13). The SUV which knocked down the girls is owned by local Shiv Sena leader Pappu Mane. A police officer from Baramati taluka police station said, “The investigation is still on whether Mane was behind the wheel. According to preliminary information, three girls were walking towards their school when the car knocked them down.”Following the incident, local villagers gathered at the spot, set the vehicle on fire and held a rasta roko at the accident spot. Local police officials said that around three to four persons were in the SUV when the vehicle knocked down the girls. The local villagers managed to nab one of the occupants and handed him over to the police before beating him up. According to police officials, the vehicle is in possession of Pappu Mane, but the registration of the vehicle is in the name of Mane’s relative. Speaking to DNA, additional superintendent of police Sandeep Pakhale said, “We have summoned Mane for questioning. He has said that he was not present in the vehicle when the accident took place. We are now interrogating him to get the details of the occupants who were present in the vehicle.”It took nearly a couple of hours for police to bring the situation under control. “The angry mob held rasta roko for some time but now the situation is under control,” Pakhale added.

Elphinstone Road stampede: Congress rubbishes Raj Thackeray’s ‘outsider influx caused incident’ claim; says Indians have the right to move within…

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Stating that migration is a continuous phenomenon in India, the Congress on Sunday said every Indian citizen has the right to move, to take shelter and to live anywhere in the country, adding that nobody can stop them from doing so.The statement comes after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief RajThackeray stated that “Why do we need terrorists or enemies like Pakistan? It seems our own railway is enough to kill people.”Speaking to ANI, Congress leader P.C. Chacko said, “In India, every citizen one has right to move, to take shelter and to live anywhere in any country and nobody can stop them. The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena should change their mindsets.”
ALSO READ Won’t allow single brick for bullet train until Mumbai rail infrastructure is fixed: Raj ThackerayHe added that comparing railway accidents to war or insurgency or terrorists are not at all sensible way of expressing one’s personal opinion.Reacting to Thackeray remark that stampedes will happen till migrants continue to pour in, senior Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit termed the former’s statement as absurd, stating that Railway stations are made so that any human being could travel across the entire nation.However, he further raised question on Prime Minister Narendra Modi Government for blatantly ignoring the railway safety.On Friday, 23 people were killed and over 39 seriously got injured in a rush-hour stampede at Mumbai’s Elphinstone railway station’s foot over bridge

‘Personalised digital mktg in India in its infancy’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Personailsed digital marketing is still in its infancy in India and has a long way to go, said a top official from Facebook on Friday. He noted that almost every urban Indian is now on mobile which is an extremely important development from the marketing perspective.”There are close to 21.6 crore Indians in urban areas and they matter a lot from the marketing perspective,” said Sandeep Bhushan, director of consumer and media at Facebook. However, he pointed out that the challenge lies in providing them with relevant content.In comparison with conventional platforms of mass media, he noted that a marketing campaign on the internet can be better targeted, monitored and monetised.”This can help you charge a premium for your products,” he said and explained, “If you target an ad to iPhone users in metro cities and package your product accordingly, there are chances that many will buy it.”

Election Commission asks law ministry to make law on service voters gender-neutral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An armyman’s wife is entitled to be enrolled as a service voter, but a woman army officer’s husband is not, according to provisions in the electoral law.But this may change in the coming months as the Election Commission has approached the law ministry to amend the Representation of the People Act to make it gender-neutral.The poll panel has asked the law ministry to replace the term ‘wife’ with ‘spouse’ in the provision in the R P Act related to service voters.Addressing a seminar here on enrolling service voters, Deputy Election Commissioner Sandeep Saxena said there have been demands to make the provision gender neutral.Representatives from the Defence, the Home, and the External Affairs ministries, besides officers from the armed forces and central armed police forces were present.Since the change entails amendments in law, the law ministry will move the union cabinet for approval. After getting the nod, the amendment bill will be taken to Parliament for approval.Members of the armed forces, central armed police forces, personnel of state police forces posted outside their state and employees of the Centre posted outside India are eligible to be enrolled as service voters.The wife of a service voter, if she is residing with him, is also entitled to be enrolled as a service voter in the constituency specified by that person.But children and other relatives residing with a service voter cannot be enrolled as service voters, according to EC website.

Mumbai: HC asks cops to consider allegations of rape, sexual assault against cult leader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court on Monday asked the Mumbai police’s crime branch to consider allegations of rape and sexual assault against Sunil Kulkarni, the leader of a cult group, by the parents of the two girls who were allegedly “trapped” by the outfit.A bench of Justices R M Savant and Sandeep Shinde asked the crime branch to consider the apprehensions of the petitioners (the parents), and the evidence on record, to infer whether or not the charges of rape under section 376 of the IPC requires to be imposed in the case.Kulkarni was arrested in April this year on charges of trafficking, cheating and forgery after a couple from suburban Malad moved the HC claiming their two daughters, both in their early 20s, had been “trapped” by Kulkarni’s cult group Shifu Sunkriti that operates on social media.The probe was later transferred to the crime branch.Sandesh Patel, the petitioners’ counsel, however, told the HC today the crime branch’s probe was “unsatisfactory” as it had failed to charge Kulkarni under section 376 of the IPC despite having statements of witnesses to the effect.Patil demanded that either the crime branch be directed by the court to re-investigate the case or conduct a further probe or investigation be transferred to the CBI.”The section for rape was not included in the FIR because the girls had testified that they had willingly joined the cult and participated in its activities.”However, such testimony was given to the police while the girls were under the influence of drugs. Thus, the probe authorities must disregard the testimony,” Patil argued.The crime branch, however, told the court it was already probing the case further, and sought a day’s time to inform the bench about the details.The petitioners have claimed the girls, who were “regular college students and working professionals” were “enticed” by Kulkarni and “forced” into drugs.They told the court that while Kulkarni claimed to be a doctor and psychiatrist, the Indian Medical Association and other authorities had confirmed he had no licence.

Delhi sees 336 new cases of swine flu this week

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi has recorded 1,719 cases of swine flu till August 20 this year. But in the last one week alone, the Capital witnessed 336 fresh cases in with city hospitals swamped with a large number of patients down with the H1N1 virus.”We have been receiving at least four to five patients a day since the last few weeks. This makes a total of 30-35 patients a week. We have seen a total 137 patients between August 1 and 16,” says Dr. Atul Gogia, Senior Consultant, Sir Gangaram Hospital.”We have enough beds and medicines for this and not everyone needs admission. But 10 percent out of these are admitted in ICUs every week, which is alarming,” he added.In this week, there have been another 336 fresh cases in the city and 76 on the outskirts of the Capital, making it a total of 412 cases in the Delhi/NCR region. A total of five deaths have been reported in the city this year.The situation is heading towards the same status as in 2015 which saw 42,592 cases in the country and 2,990 deaths; 2016 was a relatively calmer year when the country saw only 1,786 cases in the year and 265 deaths. However, the country has already recorded 1,094 deaths and 22,186 cases till August 20, pointing towards a 2015 repeat.Figures broken up district wise, show the south district has reported the highest number of cases. “Nearly five to six cases of swine flu have been reported in our area. The Residents Welfare Association (RWA) along with MCD are taking various steps to ensure that the numbers do not increase. We are conducting various talks by the doctors in our community centre on a daily basis to raise awareness. We are also co-ordinating with the health department to ensure awareness,” said JR Gupta, a residence of Safdarjung Enclave.Since the start of this year, South district has seen 267 cases, while cases from other ten districts remain under 150. Some allege that this could be the reason that the affluent families living in the areas travel more often than others, thus chances of bringing the disease.”We are running various awareness programme in the locality. To create more awareness we have distributed handbills mentioning how to take prevention from swine flu,” said Sandeep Bali, a resident of Mehrauli.

Speak up Mumbai: Should BEST hike fares?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BEST Undertaking, which has been providing bus services for over a century now, is reeling under crippling financial strain.With several blunders in the past such as selling its bus depots in prime areas to private players, and acquisition of substandard buses, the BEST undertaking has not been able to monetise its assets efficiently to pull itself out of its slump.Now, the BEST is looking to increase fares by Rs 2 on routes which are more than 4 kilometres, or those for longer journeys. The base fare still remains at Rs 8.The Undertaking is also planning to cut down its fleet size by another 450 buses. This would ideally mean the frequency of buses would further go down while commuters will have to pay more.At a time when punctuality of BEST buses are poor with an average speed of 12-14 kmph and already decreasing frequency, DNA speaks to Mumbaikars from across the city for their views on whether they are ready to shell out a higher amount for their bus rides, and to gauge their opinions on whether the hike in fares mooted is justified by the quality of services offered by BEST.”If the BEST is providing good services then the hike in fares shouldn’t matter. But they should try and improve connectivity and air conditioning in AC buses which should be maintained. I don’t mind paying money extra for a better travel experience—Asim Momin, Mazgaon”At the current frequency and facilities offered by the BEST, it would be unfair to increase its fare. However, it should consider increasing its fare to make the BEST buses profitable only after upgrading services. Lately, there has been a noticeable decline in its services. On many routes, the frequency has been halved causing delays and thereby losing customers to other services.—Animesh Vora, Dahisar”Yes I don’t mind paying more if the BEST services improve. There would be multiple benefits such as solving the problem of heavy traffic jam on roads, issue of parking and extra money for pay-and-park among others. It should be higher but reasonable for the common man. Along with improved services and infrastructure, staff members, drivers and conductors need to be trained in communication skills while dealing with commuters.—Ashraf Ahmed Shaikh, Mahim”Since the operation cost of bus services has risen substantially with the rise in fuel prices, we have no problem shelling out more money. However, the BEST administration must ensure that it will provide better services. There should not be delays or frequent breakdown of buses. It also needs to improve frequency of buses.—Sandeep Pandey, Andheri”The BEST is already suffering losses and now wants to put the onus on commuters by increasing fares. The BEST should first run their existing fleet of buses and take commuters into confidence before increasing fares. The decisions of BEST should be executed properly. Moreover, buses are not in good condition and increasing the fare will only pinch the pockets of the common man while their services will still be shoddy.—Sujeeth Puthran, KharI will not pay extra unless the BEST service improves. Any time I don’t have change, the conductor is very rude. I don’t see the point of paying more if the quality of service is so bad. I will pay more if they assure me the same quality of service the Metro provides.—Anitha Shetty, AiroliEXPERT SPEAKAs of now the committee has not received a proposal for fare hike from the administration. We will see depending on that.—Anil Kokil, Chairman, BEST CommitteeIf the BEST hikes fares for long distance routes then it is fine. But their main competition is with shared autos and taxis that ply till railway stations, which many people use every day. So, they cannot afford to hike fares here. They should also stress on the need for dedicated lanes for their buses which would improve the punctuality of buses.—AV Shenoy, member of Mumbai Vikas Samiti and transport expert

Hero presents 159 scooters to Telangana women police officers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Under its CSR initiative, two- wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp today presented 159 scooters to women police officers of the Telangana Police. Equipped with sirens, traffic lights and public address systems, the Hero scooters will allow women police officers to conveniently perform their patrolling duties, a release said. The Hero scooters were presented to the women police officers who are part of the roving ‘SHE Teams’, a wing of the Telangana Police tasked with cracking down on eve-teasers and stalkers. Hero MotoCorp (CIO and Head – CSR) Vijay Sethi handed over 70 scooters to Hyderabad Police Commissioner M Mahender Reddy, 50 to Cyberabad Police Commissioner Sandeep Shandilya and 39 scooters to Rachakonda Police Commissioner Mahesh M Bhagawat, the released added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

NDRF local agencies continue rescue ops

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Search operations continued on the fifth day today after a massive landslide in Himachal Pradesh’s Kotrupi in which two buses were swept away, killing 46 people. The state officials said almost all bodies were recovered and operations were continuing to ensure that no deceased was left untraced. Forty-five bodies were identified with the help of forensic experts and one body remained to be identified. Search operations were underway by the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the state police, home guards, and other agencies, the officials said. Meanwhile, local people claimed that the threat of another landslide loomed large and some houses are under threat. However, the Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kadam dismissed the claims, saying there was no major threat and people in the four adjoining villages have been asked move to safer places. A local, Dola Ram, whose house was swept away in the landslide, said his wife and two daughters managed to save their lives but his cattle and 35 bigha of cultivated land was washed away. Another displaced person, Sita Ram, said, “We have been given shelter in a quarter at Urla where there are already 8- 10 persons and no relief has been given.” However, D D Sharma, Special Secretary and Director, Disaster Management said Rs 50 crore have been released to all deputy commissioners for relief and compensation to all those affected and no affected person would be left out. He said the DCs have been issued clear instructions that the amount be disbursed immediately and not deposited in banks. Meanwhile, weather remained dry in the region but day temperatures rose by one to two degrees and recorded a high of 35.5 degrees Celsius, breaching the 35 degrees mark after seven days.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two train passengers drugged, hospitalised

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two people were allegedly drugged in a Uttar Pradesh-bound train, following which they were hospitalised in an unconsciousness state, the Government Railway Poilce (GRP) said today. Rakesh Kumar Dubey (28) and Sandeep Kumar Chaurasia (22) were travelling by the Amritsar-Gorakhpur Express yesterday when the incident occurred, GRP official Harmesh Lal said. Dubey, a businessman had boarded the train at Amritsar for Ludhiana and Chaurasia, a student, at Jalandhar for Basit in Uttar Pradesh, he said. Both were first served biscuits by a co-traveller and then they were given cold drink laced with some drug between Jalandhar and Phagwara, the officer said. The motive of the person was to rob the duo, but he did not succeed because of presence other passengers, he said. They were in an unconscious state when GRP personnel took them out of the train and to the Civil Hospital, Lal said. They gained consciousness today and Dubey was taken back to Amritsar by his family, but Chaurasia is still in stupor, he said. “We have requisitioned the services of the anti-drug squad and other experts to ascertain the nature and quantity of drugs given to the the duo,” the officer said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

4 persons arrested for murder, robbery

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police today claimed to have arrested four persons, including a sharp shooter, for allegedly killing a Gurgaon-based property dealer and committing over 50 robberies in the National Capital Region (NCR). The accused have been identified as Deepak, Bijender, Ashok and Harinder. They were arrested on Wednesday from Ghata village here following a tip-off. They were coming in a car carrying illegal arms, police said. “A semi automatic rifle, shotgun, two country-made pistols and 56 cartridges were seized from their possession,” Gurgaon Police Commissioner Sandeep Khairwar said. During interrogation, Deepak, a sharp shooter, confessed that on July 25, he along with other gang members shot dead a property dealer in Medhawas village over old enmity, police added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SRA project: Cong MLA files plaint saying builder bribed RTI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress MLA Yashomati Thakur today filed a complaint with a police station in south Mumbai demanding a probe into a builder allegedly bribing an RTI activist for “suppressing irregularities” the latter has found in his slum redevelopment project in a city suburb. “I have filed a complaint with the Cuffe Parade police station. RTI activist Sandeep Yeole had met me and told me that he had received Rs one crore from a city-based builder for allegedly suppressing some irregularities Yeole had found in the slum redevelopment project in suburban Ghatkopar. “Yeole also told me that he had gone to several investigation agencies but none of them took his complaint seriously,” Thakur told reporters outside the state Assembly here. The monsoon session of the state legislature is currently underway. The MLA, who represents Teosa constituency in Amravati district, said she decided to take up the matter as she found the activist genuine. “I also handed over Rs four lakh in cash, which was given to me by Yeole as a proof (of the bribe), to the Cuffe Parade police. They are counting it and preparing a report. I am hopeful the police will soon file an FIR after completing their primary information gathering,” she added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Car rams into men working on flyover, crashes down; 2 dead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two persons died and another was injured after being hit by a car on a flyover on Western Express Highway in the city today, police said. The vehicle then crashed 20 feet down, but its driver and a passenger survived the crash. The incident took place at around 3.30 pm. Ahtashyam Kapadiya, driver of the car who was heading for Kherwadi with a friend, lost control and it rammed into workers who were doing a welding job by the side of the flyover, said a senior police officer. One of the workers, Sandeep Daudke (26), died on the spot, while Lala Banshi (28) died in hospital. Another person was injured and admitted in a nearby hospital. After running into the workers and hitting flyover’s side-wall, the car fell down 20 feet. Kapadiya and his friend survived the crash and fled from the spot, police said. Kapadiya was later arrested from his house in Dongri area. He was booked under IPC sections 304 (a) (causing death by negligence) and 279 (rash driving), a police official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Four injured in fight for cricket pitch in south Delhi park

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four persons, including a teenager, were injured in a clash between two groups over fight for a cricket pitch at a park in south Delhi’s Mehrauli, police said on Wednesday. The police were informed about the quarrel around 6 pm on Tuesday.When the police reached the Jamali Kamali Park, four persons were found there in injured conditions, an official said, adding they were rushed to a nearby hospital. The injured were identified as Abdul Samad (18), Sandeep (21), Nikhil (21) and Gokul (21), the police official said.Sandeep said they had taken beer to celebrate birthday of their friend Narender and play cricket with tennis ball in the park, according to the official. Later, around five local boys arrived and insisted on using the pitch on which they were playing.While an argument broke out betweeen the two sides, Abdul opened a kit bag containing a small knife and stabbed Sandeep and also attacked his friends, the official said. Abdul’s friends Arman and Daanish fled the spot.Some locals had alleged that the two sides got into a quarrel over a religious issue but the police denied the contention.

FIR against Dikshit for calling Army chief ‘Sadak ka gunda’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> An FIR has been registered against Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit on Wednesday for his controversial comments against Army Chief General Bipin Rawat. The FIR has been lodged in Hussainganj police station in Lucknow. Earlier, Diskhit sparked controversy asserting that General Rawat shouldn?t make statements like a ?sadak ka gunda? He said, ?It feels our Army chief speaks like a ‘sadak ka gunda’ (roadside thug). While this is expected from Pakistan who are like the mafia, why does our own chief make such ronouncements?? Dikshit’s remark drew flak from all corners. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said the comment made by party leader Army Chief were wrong, insisting that politicians should refrain from making such statements against the Army Chief. Gandhi further said that the Indian Army serves the nation and, therefore, no political statements should be made against them. Echoing similar views, Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “It shocks us. It did not come from somebody from Congress, but from a very eminent Congress leader.” Later, Dikshit tendered an apology for the same and said he shouldn’t have used “uncivilised” words to convey his message. “It was a statement given to you(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 robbers cut open ATM, steal Rs 11 lakh in 8-minute heist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two robbers in an eight- minute heist today cut open an ATM and decamped with over Rs 11 lakh cash in Sultanpur Lodhi, around 30 km from here, police said. They entered the ATM kiosk at 5:43 AM and left at 5:51 AM. It took them just eight minutes to complete their job, Deputy Superintendent of Police Waryam Singh said. The officer said they came to the kiosk a few minutes after the guard left at 5:30 AM and cut the machine’s shell with a gas-cutter, Singh said, adding they stole Rs 11.43 lakh cash. The robbers, whose faces were covered, sprayed black paint on the CCTV cameras. However, a camera managed to capture their act, but the footage is not clear, police said. A passerby informed the police after spotting smoke coming out of the ATM. However, the robbers had fled in a car by then, they said. Senior Superintendent of Police (Kapurthala) Sandeep Sharma said a manhunt has been launched to trace the accused and the matter is being investigated.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

LeT operative’s confession sets alarm bells ringing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Recently arrested alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil’s confession that he used to travel to Punjab and UP has set alarm bells ringing for security agencies, who believe that there could be sleeper cells working in these states.Sources in the security establishment said that Sharma has also provided leads about the overground network of Abu Ismail and his colleagues, who operate in south Kashmir and are believed to be behind the attack on Hindu pilgrims who were returning after paying obeisance at the Amarnath cave shrine.Sharma, who is originally a resident of Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar, has told interrogators that he was part of many LeT meetings in which possible attacks on the Amarnath Yatra were discussed.The intelligence agencies are now looking for possible LeT sleeper cells in UP and Punjab. Sharma has been visiting Punjab frequently since he joined the LeT. The agencies believe that he could be part of a bigger conspiracy either to establish modules in Punjab and UP or to incite communal violence. A special team of the UP Police is already in Kashmir for this purpose.The Punjab Police has also been informed about the possible existence of LeT sleeper cells in their state. A Punjab Police team is likely to interrogate Sharma in the coming days.Sharma was inside a house in which LeT commander Bashir Lashkari was killed on July 1. It is believed that over the last six months, he had been based in Kulgam district, ostensibly working as a welder, but actually helping LeT cadres looting ATMs.The agencies say that he was a part of the terror group that carried out strikes at the Army at Lower Munda, which led to the death of a security personnel, and the killing of Achabal SHO Feroz Dar and of five other policemen.

Ludhiana-based gangster’s aide arrested by Delhi Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police has arrested a man, allegedly associated with a Ludhiana-based gangster and wanted in several criminal cases in Punjab, it said today. Sandeep Jassal (26) was arrested on July 13 from near the Dwarka Sector 14 metro station here, said Madhur Verma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime), adding that the accused was involved in a number of criminal cases, ranging from extortion to rioting, in Punjab. It is suspected that Jassal is associated with gangster Rajinder Singh Lovely, who is allegedly involved in running gambling and extortion rackets in Ludhiana. The police here have informed their counterparts in Ludhiana of Jassal’s arrest. “We have informed the police in Ludhiana of Jassal’s arrest and an order for his transit remand has been obtained from a court,” said the DCP.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Court orders probe into role of officials after accused walks free

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court has directed the Chief Wildlife Warden and Delhi Commissioner of Police to investigate the role of six wildlife officials on charges of “dereliction of duty” and “callousness” after an accused, who was arrested with two leopard skins, was acquitted.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Garg initiated action after the accused, Lokpal, was acquitted by the court. The court accused wildlife officials of conducting a “botched up investigation.””I would like to place on record that the case is a classic example of a botched up investigation resulting in the waste of precious judicial time of the Court and all concerned,” the judge said in his order.”In order to deprecate such a practice on the part of police officials as well as wildlife officials, I deem it appropriate to direct the ChiefWildlife Warden concerned, as well the Commissioner of Police, to take appropriate action against members of the raiding team for dereliction of their duties and callous approach,” he added.The court also directed that a copy of the order be sent to the Chief Wildlife Warden and the Commissioner of Police, Delhi.The accused, Lokpal, had been arrested in March 2014 in a DDA Park located in Samaypur Badli, in north-west Delhi. Officials said that he was in possession of one plastic bag and one rexine bag, each containing a leopard skin. When approached, he failed to show any valid licence or documentation, as to why he was in possession of the skins.The court contended that investigation had been botched because there were glaring contradictions in the case. “The identity of the case property is also disputed as CW-4 (CW-4 is the Sub Inspector Sandeep) in his cross-examination deposed that the skins were without teeth and nails, whereas the case property produced before the Court showed that it had nails. Apart from this glaring contradiction, several other minor contradictions have been pointed out which remain unexplained,” the court said.Appearing on behalf of the wildlife officials, its counsel contended the case of the prosecution had been proved beyond a reasonable doubt. He said that the officials had identified the case property correctly.However, the court observed that there were contradictions noticed in the testimony of the members of the same raiding team which remain unexplained. It also said that the absence of public witnesses had given a “fatal blow” to the prosecution’s case.

LeT operative Sandeep Sharma’s brother held for questioning

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The brother of the alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Sandeep Sharma, who was arrested in Jammu and Kashmir, has been held for questioning over Rs 2 lakh bank deposit, police said today. Praveen, who works as a taxi driver in Haridwar, was taken into custody here yesterday. Police found a bank account in Haridwar in which Rs 2 lakh was deposited from Mumbai some months ago. There were also two transactions of Rs 50,000 each in the account. Sandeep Sharma alias Adil was arrested by J-K Police on Monday. Earlier, Sharma’s mother Parvati and sister-in-law Rekha were also interrogated by a team of the Uttar Pradesh Anti- Terrorist Squad (ATS). Parvati had told reporters here that, “If my son is a militant he must be punished. Due to his actions we are facing problems and shame.” Both Parvati and Rekha work as domestic workers in the district. Sharma, alias Adil, had left the district in 2012 and told his family that he was earning Rs 12,000 per month in Jammu. His father died in 2007.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

LeT member arrested in J-K left Muzaffarnagar in 2012: Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Uttar Pradesh police today claimed that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) member, Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil, who was arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir police, had left the district in 2012. He had told his family that he was going for some welding work to Jammu and left Muzaffarnagar five years back, they said, adding that the revelation came during the interrogation of his family members here. Sharma had informed his mother seven months ago that he earns Rs 12,000 per month in Jammu, police said. His father died in 2007 and his brother is a taxi driver in Haridwar, they said. A team of the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) today left for Srinagar to interrogate Sharma.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Indian Ambassador to Peru appointed NY Consul General

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India’s Ambassador to Peru Sandeep Chakravorty has been appointed as the head of the Indian consulate in New York. The 1996 Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer will replace Riva Ganguly Das as Consul General in one of the busiest Indian diplomatic missions overseas. The formal notification was issued by the Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday. Chakravorty (47) was India’s Deputy High Commissioner in Dhaka, before being appointed as Ambassador to Peru and Bolivia. He also served in India’s missions in Madrid and Bogota. In the Ministry of External Affairs of India, he served on several desks including working as Press Relations Officer and to the minister of state for external affairs. Chakravorty also served in the Eurasia Division dealing with Central Asia and in the East Asia Division dealing with China, Japan, Koreas and Mongolia.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cop beats up ice cream seller after being asked to pay

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi Police constable has been suspended for allegedly thrashing an ice cream vendor after he asked him to pay for ice cream in Rohini, police said. Police have registered a case against the constable and three of his friends in connection with the matter. The incident took place on June 27 when 42-year-old Sandeep Kesari was heading towards his home in Naharpur from Avantika Rohini Sector 7. As the vendor was heading home, Joginder, a police constable, allegedly stopped him and asked for ice cream. When Kesari demanded money, Joginder allegedly refused to pay and began hurling abuses at him and attacked him. The vendor tried to run away but Joginder called three of his friends and thrashed Sandeep, police said. After hearing Kesari’s cries, locals informed police and managed to catch hold of the attackers, including the constable. However, he fled from the spot. Police said the ice cream seller was taken to hospital for treatment. He sustained fractures in his left leg and left hand. Three of the accused — Kamal Kapoor, Rohit Sharma and Kamaldeep — have been arrested. The absconding constable has been placed under suspension, said a senior police officer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

12 arrested for running sex racket in guise of unisex salon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police today arrested 12 persons, including two men and 10 women, for allegedly running a sex racket in the garb of a unisex salon in Rohini. On the basis of a tip-off, the police raided the premises of Grace Unisex Salon. Initially, the police sent a decoy customer to strike a deal and after the deal was finalised, the police raided the premises, said a senior police officer. The two operators – Manjeet Singh (42) and Sandeep Singh (21) – were arrested along with 10 women, he said. They had taken the premises on rent around two months ago.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Dikshit’s remarks against Army chief ‘absolutely wrong’: Rahul

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi today disapproved his party leader Sandeep Dikshit likening Army Chief General Bipin Rawat to a “goon on the street”, saying it was “absolutely wrong”. Gandhi said the Indian Army works for the country and there was no need for any political leader to make comments against the Army chief. “Someone from the press told me today that a Congress leader has made comments about the Army chief. This is absolutely wrong,” he said, addressing a Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee meeting here. “People should not make any comments against the Army chief. I want to make it clear that the Indian Army works for us, it protects India. There is no need for any political leader to make comments against the Army chief,” he said. Facing flak, the Congress has already distanced itself from Dikshit’s remarks, over which the BJP had demanded his expulsion from the organisation and its President Sonia Gandhi’s apology. Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju had also slammed Dikshit over his remarks and wrote on Twitter, “What’s wrong with Congress Party? How dare Congress call Indian Army Chief as “Sadak Ka Gunda”!! (sic).” “Ours is not a mafia army like the Pakistani army which makes statements like the goons on the street. It looks bad when our Army chief gives a statement like a ‘sadak ka goonda’ (goon on the street),” the former Congress MP and son of former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit had said yesterday. He, however, later withdrew his remarks and tweeted, “I have reservations on a comment of the Army chief, but I should have chosen appropriate words. I apologise.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sandeep Dikshit calls Army Chief ‘sadak ka gunda’, BJP asks Sonia Gandhi to expel him from Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit today triggered a row after he likened Army Chief General Bipin Rawat to a “goon on the street” over the latter’s public remarks, prompting the BJP to demand his expulsion and an apology from Sonia Gandhi.The Congress was quick to distance itself from the remarks of Dikshit, who, following criticism, was forced to withdraw his remarks and apologise.”Ours is not a mafia army like the Pakistani army which makes statements like the goons on the street. It looks bad when our Army chief gives a statement like a ‘sadak ka goonda’ (goon on the street),” the former Congress MP and son of former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said.
ALSO READ Watch: Sandeep Dikshit calls Army Chief ‘Sadak Ka Gunda’, apologises later He also said the Indian Army had depth and was gentlemanly and as it was a great institution, it brought along a particular culture with it. “I don’t think our Army chief lived up to that…I believe this Army chief does not live up to my image of what the Indian Army should be. I believe, the Army chief should not make political statements,” Dikshit said. He, however, later tweeted, “I have reservations on a comment of the Army chief, but I should have chosen appropriate words. I apologise.”Dikshit’s comments on the Army chief drew flak from Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju.On Twitter, Rijiju wrote, “What’s wrong with Congress Party? How dare Congress call Indian Army Chief as “Sadak Ka Gunda”!! (sic).” Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said, “Our party respects the Army and so does the country. If some words have been used for its chief, it is unfortunate.” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra was quick to demand an apology from Congress president Sonia Gandhi over the episode and Dikshit’s expulsion from the party.”This statement is absolutely shocking, it is appalling.Calling the respected Army chief of the country a ‘sadak ka goonda’, the Indian people will not accept it.”Sonia Gandhi should expel such leaders and apologise,” he said.Patra alleged that the Congress had a “tradition” of making such remarks as its vice-president Rahul Gandhi had earlier used words such as “khoon ki dalali” and said, “We see a trend of Congress leaders speaking against the Indian Army and the Army chief.”He added that this will not be accepted by the people of the country and the democracy will reject the Congress party for this kind of language against the Army chief.General Rawat, in a recent interview to PTI, had defended Army Major Leetul Gogoi’s act of tying a Kashmiri man to his jeep and using him as a “human shield” against stone-pelters in the Valley.”I wish these people, instead of throwing stones at us, were firing weapons at us. Then, I would have been happy.Then, I could do what I (wanted to do),” he had said.The Army chief’s comments had come under criticism from various quarters, including mainstream political parties such as the Left parties and the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC).

Couple shot dead in a failed robbery bid in Punjab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a robbery bid gone awry, three unidentified men fatally shot a financer and his wife at their house in Durgi locality here today, police said. Two of the miscreants barged into the couple’s (Sunil Gupta, 49, and Neelam Gupta, 45) house, while the other waited downstairs with a motorcycle, they said. “The armed robbers asked Sunil to hand them over the cash and the jewellery. After he refused to oblige, they tried to break open the almirah when Sunil intervened,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Dhruman Nimble. “One of the accused then fired at Sunil from a close range and as Neelam rushed towards Sunil, he shot her too. The couple died on the spot,” said Nimble. Upon hearing the gunshots, a crowd gathered outside the house. “One of the accused, in an attempt to flee the crowd, jumped from the first floor and got his legs fractured,” he said. “People caught hold of him while his accomplices managed to escape on the bike,” the DCP said. The nabbed accused has been identified as Sandeep Kumar, who was working as a ward boy in the district hospital here, police said. Police have filed a case under relevant sections of the IPC and started an investigation, they said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Manesar gang rape: Gurugram police arrest two accused, another absconding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major development in the Manesar gangrape case, the Gurugram police on Wednesday arrested the accused who has admitted to the crime. Speaking to ANI here, Gurugram Police Commissioner, Sandeep Khirwar said, “We have arrested one person and he has admitted to the crime to the sarpanch of Bas Kusla village in Manesar.” “The crime teams used every resource to get information and a very sustained investigation was carried out. This has become possible because of the intelligence inputs. The other two have also been identified and will be apprehended soon,” he added.Meanwhile, another accused in the Manesar gang rape case was arrested ACP Manish Sehgal was quoted saying by ANI.Sketches of the three men who allegedly gang-raped the woman were released by the police on Tuesday. It may be recalled that the woman’s nine-month-old daughter was thrown out of the auto rickshaw, leading to her death last week.According to the 22-year-old woman, she was going to her parents’ house in Khandsa village around midnight on 29 May with her daughter after having an argument with her husband.She boarded an auto rickshaw in which the three accused were already sitting.She told the police that the accused started molesting her as soon as she sat in the vehicle.When the woman started shouting, the infant began crying. The three men threw the girl child out of the auto rickshaw and took turns to rape her.The woman had filed a complaint of gang-rape and murder with the Manesar police station.

Coimbatore motorcyclists biking for water conservation

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four city-based bikers today began their 45-day motorcycle ride from Kanyakumari to Kashmir, to create awareness on water conservation. The members of the Coimbatore Bikers Club will cover nearly 10,000 kms and meet as many people from all walks of life and educate them on water conservation at home, office, schools, business place, and forest, Karthik, who leads the team, told reporters here. Riding Royal Enfield bikes during the long journey, the members wanted sustainable policies for worldwide water management, so as to create awareness of water-related problems, motivate commitment at the highest level for their solution, Karthik said. The actual journey will begin from Kanyakumari, which will cover every rural panchayat village, schools, educational institutions, primary health centres, highways and important public gathering places, he said. The team will distribute pamphlets, display banners on water awareness themes like water recycle process, recharging system of ground water level, cleaning ponds and water tanks and rain water harvesting ideas, he said. Sandeep Rajan, Kaisan and Stephen Ajay will be accompanying Karthik in the K2K trip.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Community signs MoU for trust land owned by Def Min

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Members of Anglican Church filed a complaint with charity commissioner’s (CC) office after a member claiming to represent the body that looks after Church properties entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) and put out a public notice about it. The Bombay Diocesan Trust Association (BDTA) looks after prominent properties including Afghan Church and St Thomas Cathedral. The MOU entered was for a 38,394 sq ft plot in Fort that has its registered office of BDTA in a heritage building given by defence on lease. Ashok Dayanand Sonule, community member calling himself to be managing director and authorised signatory of BDTA Ltd signed the MOU. “The BDTA is only the custodian of properties,” said Sandeep Gaikwad, member of the community who filed complaint with Pradeep Shirsath, another member.“Since there is an administrator, the CC should act,” he added. The CC’s office refused to comment on the matter stating that the administrator’s appointment is challenged by warring trustees, including P Amolik and James Baker, who have “filed objections” with Sonule’s lawyer. “Prima facie it looks that it is illegal and necessary action will be taken to protect the interest of Government of India in the defence leased land,” said Prasad Chavan, defence estate officer. Sachin Bandkar, advocate for Sonule said he would forward DNA’s questions to Sonule. DNA has not received a reply.

Thane civic chief firm on road widening campaign

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thane Municipal Commissioner Sanjeev Jaiswal, who was in the eye of the storm after he slapped an autorickshaw driver during a demolition drive, is not regretting his action.”I am not justifying the brawl, but what about my officers who have been brutally beaten several number times?” he said, referring to Deputy Municipal Commissioner Sandeep Malwi’s beating at the hands of hawkers and auto drivers.Jaiswal, who has been the Thane civic chief for more than two years, insisted he had only reacted and that too after much patience.”I am not against hawkers but they should not be where people don’t want them,” Jaiswal said. He said he understood the nexus between the civic administration, politicians and hawkers but was prepared to break it.As far as autorickshaw drivers are concerned, Jaiswal said it was not his domain but he acted following serious complaints that they never park their vehicles in the parking area and behave arrogantly with commuters.”We have now asked the RTO and traffic police to ensure that autorickshaw drivers behave,” he noted.He termed the ongoing road widening under the Development Plan as a “bloodless revolution”.”The urban built up land which has been brought under road widening comes to 76 hectares — almost 250 acre. Most modest valuation comes to Rs 3,000 crore plus and we have not paid a single rupee.All this land has come to the TMC free of cost just by giving TDR, enhanced FSI or rehabilitation and by opening up few amenities plots,” he said.On the proposed new hawkers policy, Jaiswal said the civic administration aims to put in place master plan in this regard by August 15 by taking hawkers into confidence. He informed that about five to six acres of land will be exclusively carved out for about 14,000 hawkers in the city.”The proposed policy will be in line with the policy laid out by the government and also in line with the apex court order. There are 14,000 hawkers who will be provided a 10 sq ft area, which is more than enough for them. We are looking at providing about two lakh sq ft for hawkers but it won’t be a contiguous piece of land,” he said.According to him, the civic body may take out 5 lakh sq ft land in small pockets, at junctions, grounds, open spaces and will be declared as dedicated places for hawkers….& ANALYSISThaneites can expect wider and hawker-free roads with less traffic congestion.
About 14,000 hawkers will be relocated over 5 to 6 acres of land, while people can enjoy khau galli (eating zone) in the specified areas.
Hawkers will be divided in seven categories including those who sell vegetables, fruits, flowers, garlands and bouquets, eating food, clothes, decorative and wooden items and meat.

Hearing in Jaitley’s fresh defamation case against Kejriwal to begin today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Delhi High Court will on Tuesday begin hearing in the fresh defamation case filed by Union Minister Arun Jaitley against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, after the latter’s counsel Ram Jethmalani confirmed that Jaitley was called a ‘crook’ after being instructed by his client to do so. Jaitley yesterday sued Kejriwal under an additional defamation suit worth Rs. 10 crore. The fresh suit was filed in the Delhi High Court after Jethmalani accused Jaitley of being ‘guilty of crimes and crookery’. Earlier on Thursday, amidst an ongoing tense round of cross-questioning between Jailtey and Jethmalani, the former was perturbed after being referred to as a ‘crook’ by the 93-year-old veteran lawyer, in his defamation case against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener, resulting in a verbal spat between the two parties. Baffled by the ‘abuse’ hurled at him, Jaitley further demanded a clarification from the senior counsel whether this was the result of a personal tiff, to which Jethmalani clarified that the term was used under the instructions of Kejriwal. Developing on this premise, senior advocates Rajiv Nayar and Sandeep Sethi, who were representing Jaitley, alleged that the matter was transcribed as a duel between Jaitley and Jethmalani, rather than Jaitley and Kejriwal. Jaitley had filed a criminal defamation complaint against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders for allegedly defaming him in the Patiala House Court, while a civil defamation case was filed in the Delhi High Court. Jaitley had also filed the suit seeking Rs. 10 crore in damages after Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders accused him of alleged irregularities and financial bungling in the DDCA, of which Jaitley was the president for about 13 years until 2013.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

RTI round-table: Varied opinions, advice crop up

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A round-table conference on ‘RTI Draft Rules 2017 for the Central Information Commission’ saw a variety of suggestions from present at the meet. Organised by and held at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), Mumbai, the meeting aimed at analysing the impact of the rules of filing RTI applications, second appeals, and complaints. Besides these, discussions were also held on recognising noteworthy provisions and on what can be added to make these provisions more effective.Among those present on the panel were former Central Information Commissioner Shailesh Ganghi, State Information Commissioner (Brihanmumbai Bench) Ajit Kumar Jain, former Chairman of Railway Board Vivek Sahai, RTI activists Bhaskar Prabhu and Anil Galgali, lawyer Sandeep Jalan, and journalist Priyanka Kakodkar.”There is a need for more comprehensive RTI rules,” said Jain, adding that while most draft provisions were necessary, the rules need to be more exhaustive. “I am of the opinion that rules should also state that affidavits should be notarised even when public information officers are giving their opinion. The decision of the commission orders should also be reviewed so that factual errors can be corrected,” said Jain, stating that abatement of an application in the case of death of the applicant, should be removed.”Even if that is to happen, the commission should ask the applicant or the authority to provide information on why they withdrew the appeal. If coercion is found to be the reason behind it, the withdrawal should be nullified,” said Gandhi.

Two railway officials assaulted in separate incidents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In separate incidents, two Central Railway (CR) officials were today allegedly assaulted by unidentified persons at different stations in neighbouring Thane district. Sandeep Tiwari, chief commercial inspector, was assaulted at Vithalwadi station by a person carrying unbooked luggage at around 3 pm, a CR release said. Tiwari, who sustained injuries was admitted to a hospital. The accused was nabbed by Railway Protection Force, it said. Similarly, a ticket checker, Avneesh Pande, was manhandled by an unidentified person at Ulhasnagar railway station at around 2.45 pm, said the release. The accused was later nabbed and brought to Government Railway Police office at Kalyan, it said. Cases have been registered in both the incidents, the release added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre delaying appointment of two new ministers: Kejriwal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today accused the Centre of “stalling” the Delhi government’s activities by allegedly holding back files relating to the appointment of two new ministers in his cabinet. Kejriwal said the people of Delhi should not suffer due to the BJP-led Centre’s “enimity” with the Aam Aadmi Party government. “The Centre is sitting on the files for the last 10 days. Many Delhi government activities are stalled due to this. Your enmity is against us, don’t take revenge from the people of Delhi,” he tweeted. Kejriwal holds no portfolios in the Delhi government, which can have a maximum of seven ministers as per Constitutional provisions. Kejriwal’s deputy Manish Sisodia also took to Twitter over the issue, saying now that sacked minister Kapil Mishra’s indefinite fast and the ensuing “media circus have ended”, it is time the files are cleared. Mishra was sacked on May 6 and two AAP legislators — Rajendra Pal Gautam and Kailash Gehlot — were inducted in the cabinet. A top official in the government said the files pertaining to the appointment of Gautam and Gehlot were sent to the Home Ministry just after the city cabinet decision to remove Mishra. There was no official word from the Home Ministry over the allegations. Mishra held the portfolios of water, tourism, art and culture. Before him, AAP MLA Sandeep Kumar was sacked from the cabinet after an objectionable video allegedly involving him emerged last August. No new face had replaced Kumar and Sisodia has been taking care of his portfolios — social welfare, and women and child welfare among others.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AAP suspends Kapil Mishra from party’s primary membership

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party today suspended Kapil Mishra from the party’s primary membership, a day after he made bribery charges against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The decision was taken by its high-powered Political Affairs Committee (PAC) chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his official residence, capping a dramatic turn of events pertaining to the AAP chief’s financial probity. A PAC member confirmed the development. A decision to appoint Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann as the chief of the party’s Punjab unit was also taken at the meeting. With this, Mishra became the fifth AAP MLA — after Sandeep Kumar, Asim Ahmed Khan, Devendra Sehrawat and Amanatullah Khan — to be suspended from the party since it stormed to power in the national capital two years ago. Reacting to the decision, Mishra mocked Kejriwal for not “going the whole hog and expelling” him. “They could not show enough courage,” he told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kingpin of Mewat-based gang of autolifters caught by police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police personnel managed to catch an alleged kingpin of a Mewat-based gang of autolifters from Kirti Nagar in west Delhi despite being attacked and fired upon, a police official said today. The accused, Dilshad, was caught by the patrolling party of Kriti Nagar Police Station on the intervening night of April 25 and 26, said DCP (west) Vijay Kumar. Head constable Vijay and constable Sandeep were patrolling Kirti Nagar industrial area on the night of April 25. Around 12.30 PM, they stopped a car and tried to conduct a search, which led to a scuffle with the occupants of the vehicle, he said. During the scuffle, Dilshad allegedly fired at constable Sandeep but missed narrowly and also bit the index finger of head constable Vijay, the officer said. The four associates of Dilshad, including Salman, also attacked the two policemen and later fled after people started gathering on the spot, the DCP said. The two policemen overpowered Dilshad and tied him to a tree. In a desperate bid to escape, the accused hurt himself by banging his head on the tree trunk, he said. A countrymade pistol, four live and one fired cartridges, a car, two mobile phones and master keys for unlocking doors of vehicles have been recovered from them, the police officer said. During interrogation, Dilshad confessed that the gang used to enter Delhi from Gurgaon border using commercial numbered cars. They used to carry tools and weapons to steal high-end cars and trucks in different parts of the city, the DCP said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ajay Maken quits after Congress’ dismal show

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The municipal election results on Wednesday came as a rude shock to Congress, with the party winning just 30 seats. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won 181 seats while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) managed to secure 48 seats.Disappointed with the results, Delhi Pradesh Congress Chief Ajay Maken resigned from his post for a year. “I take the moral responsibility for this disappointment. I resign from all party posts and will continue to serve as a dedicated worker,” he said.The trouble, however, had started to brew within the party way ahead of the elctions, with veteran leaders such as Arvinder Singh Lovely quitting and moving to BJP. A Congress loyalist, Lovely blamed the party leadership for not including senior leaders in the campaigning process.Echoing his sentiment, former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said: “The party did not call me for campaigning. How is it possible that the campaign posters did not have photos of the former CM?”This disgruntlement of senior leaders led to the party’s downfall in east Delhi as well, where it won just three seats. After the results were declared, the party office wore a deserted look and none of the volunteers could be seen around.Vexed Veterans1. Unhappy with the ticket distribution, veteran leader Dr AK Walia had threatened to quit Congress. He announced the decision just a day after the party came out with its list of candidates. He had alleged: “The Congress leadership is treating veteran leaders like Class VIII students.”2. Former MP Sandeep Diskhit also blamed the party for its poor performance in MCD polls. “Had they consulted senior leaders in east Delhi, the party would have won in the area. They did not care about including veterans in their campaign,” he said.

Expelled from party days before poll, BJP candidate comes out

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Savita Khatri, whose candidature was cancelled by the BJP for allegedly inviting sacked AAP minister Sandeep Kumar for campaigning, won from Narela ward by defeating her AAP rival by over 4,000 votes. Khatri asserted that she is “very much there in the BJP” despite being expelled by the party and her candidature being cancelled days ahead of voting for municipal elections on April 23. “Why are you asking me the same question again and again. I was in the BJP and I am very much there even now,” she told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MCD poll counting: Highest vote margin 9,866, lowest 58

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BJP candidate in a south Delhi ward trounced his AAP rival by a whopping 9,866 votes, the highest winning margin in municipal corporation elections, the results for which were declared today. The BJP amassed an impressive tally in all three corporations in the capital, roundly defeating its two rivals, AAP and the Congress. The results for a few wards are still to be declared, but the BJP has already won over 170 of seats out of 270, leaving AAP far behind with 40 and the Congress with 20 seats. The highest margin was recorded in Dwarka-B by BJP candidate Kamaljeet Sehrawat, who defeated Sushma Bansal of AAP. The lowest poll margin was in east Delhi’s Bhajanpura ward, where BJP’s Gurjeet Kaur defeated Congress’s Rekha Rani by a mere 58 votes. Senior Congress leader Varyam Kaur, who was the leader of the Opposition in the EDMC House, lost to her BJP rival by a huge margin of 9,115 votes. In the Krishna Nagar ward in east Delhi, BJP’s Sandeep Kapoor dealt a massive blow to his immediate rival, who lost by 9,322 votes. In the Daryaganj ward, former mayor Farhad Suri’s niece, Yasmin Kidwai of the Congress, won by a narrow margin of 59 votes. In a few wards such as Sadar Bazaar and Shastri Nagar, vote margins were in three digits.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shazia Ilmi alleges harassment on social media, Delhi Police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Police has registered a case of sexual harassment against unknown persons on a complaint by Delhi BJP leader Shazia Ilmi who alleged that she received a barrage of vulgar comments on social media. Shazia, a vice president of Delhi unit of BJP was allegedly trolled after commenting on Sandeep Kumar, the sacked minister of the AAP government. She had filed her complaint at Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police. “The case against unidentified persons has been registered under charges of sexual harassment and publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form. Further investigation is underway,” said a senior police officer. “FIR Against Obscenity by ‘AAP’ ! Will not tolerate any more filth from AAP supporters ! Enough is enough! Respect women!,” Shazia tweeted after registration of the FIR. She said that police was trying to identify the persons who had sent her “obscene” comments hurling “sexual innuendos” at her on social media. “The accounts have been deleted but I hope police catch the culprits,” she said. She was trolled over her video statement on Twitter, where she had attacked the Arvind Kejriwal government over the alleged involvement of sacked AAP minister Sandeep Kumar in a sex tape. Kumar, a former minister in the Kejriwal government, was sacked from the AAP last year over a sex tape purportedly featuring him. He was recently in news as he was seen campaigning for BJP’s Narela candidate Savita Khatri who was later expelled by her party.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi cops file FIR against AAP members who abused Shazia Ilmi on Twitter

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police on Friday filed an FIR against some Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supporters after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Shazia Ilmi registered a complaint against them for abusing and trolling her on social media.Ilmi on Tuesday had filed a complaint at Delhi’s Mandir Marg police station against some AAP supporters for posting obscene remarks about her on social media.Ilmi alleged that she had been targeted because of the upcoming Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls.The BJP leader took to Twitter to express her anger and informing about her action of lodging complaint.The abuse began after she tweeted on Monday that, “AK should clean the Kachhra (Sandeep Kumar etc) within his own filthy ranks before attempting to clean Delhi. Lewd allegations will not help!”Former AAP leader Kumar’s video with a woman in a compromising situation surfaced on social media, after which he was removed from the party.

2 labourers fall to death from posh mall’s ceiling

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two labourers died today and four others were injured after falling from the ceiling of a posh mall situated in Malviya Nagar area here, police said. The six labourers were repairing the leaking ceiling at World Trade Park (WTP) Mall. They lost their balance and fell down from a height of 50-60 feet, they said. Narendra Jangid (30) of Chomu town and Sandeep Payal (40) of Chirawa died on the spot, whereas the remaining four were rushed to a hospital and are stable, SHO Jawahar Circle, Hari Shankar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Kerala: Man taken in custody for consuming liquor, dies while being taken to police station

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 28-year-old man collapsed and died while being taken to police station for consuming liquor in public place in Kasargod​, police said on Saturday.Following a complaint by officials of agriculture department that a group of persons were making the seed farm at Beerinthavayal their drinking base, a police team went to pick them up last evening, Kasargod SI, Ajith Kumar said. On seeing the police, Sandeep, an autoricksaw driver, and four others attempted to flee the place.However, Sandeep fell down while the others were caught. But Sandeep collapsed while being taken to the police station along with others. He was rushed to the general hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead, the SI said.Police suspect that Sandeep might have died due to cardiac arrest but his relatives and friends allege that he died because of police torture while being taken by the police vehicle.The local BJP workers have called for a dawn to dusk hartal in Kasargod assembly constituency on Saturday to protest the death of Sandeep, a BMS worker.

Rape case against ex-min: Court asks cops to expedite probe

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A special court today directed Delhi Police to expeditiously complete the probe in a rape case in which sacked Delhi minister Sandeep Kumar is the accused. The court was informed by the investigating officer (IO), who filed a status report in the case, that the police were awaiting sanction to prosecute the accused, besides the forensic science laboratory report. “In view of the submissions, the IO is directed to expedite the process,” Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry said. The court was hearing a plea filed by Kumar for a direction to the police to file a status report on the probe in the rape case against him. During the hearing, Kumar’s counsel said the police have been sitting over the FIR for the last seven months and they should inform the court as to when they have sent the file for seeking sanction to prosecute the accused and how much time will it take to complete the probe. The prosecutor and the IO told the court that the process of sanction will take time and they have already sent a request to the competent authority. The IO said the police also want to close the case as early as possible to reduce the pendency. Kumar, who is out on bail, had said in his plea that due to the case he has suffered a lot and that there has been an “inordinate” and “unwarranted” delay in filing of the charge sheet, causing prejudice to him. Kumar, who was arrested on September 3 last year, was granted bail by the court on November 7, 2016. He was arrested after a woman had lodged a complaint at Sultanpuri Police Station in north Delhi alleging sexual harassment by the former social welfare and women and child development minister. The woman had allegedly figured in an objectionable video with him. The MLA from Sultanpur Majra was removed from the AAP government and the party on August 31 after the CD surfaced. Kumar has claimed he has been targeted.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cracks appear in Cong. post Walia’s offer to resign

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the wake of Delhi Congress leader A.K. Walia reportedly offering to quit the party just few days ahead of the MCD polls in the state, party members have hinted at a possible rift within the fold. Senior leader Sandeep Dikshit on Monday rued the kind of treatment that was meted out to the senior party leaders. “The kind of treatment that has been meted out to the senior party members is not correct,” Dikshit said. A similar sentiment was echoed by A.S. Lovely, who appeared to be taking a shot at the top brass of the party. “Duty of the party state president is to ensure all stay together. These issues need to be addressed by party leadership,” Lovely told ANI. Earlier, Walia offered to quit the party as he was reportedly upset over ticket distribution by the party leaders ahead of the MCD polls and alleged that the ground work by party workers was overlooked. Walia has been a member of the Delhi Assembly for four terms, representing Laxmi Nagar, and had served as Health Minister in the earlier Congress-led Delhi government.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP trying to legitimise its wrong doings in garb of ‘cow protection’ Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> In the wake of Uttar Pradesh MLA Vikarm Saini claiming to break limbs of people who slaughter cows, the Congress on Sunday took a dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said that the leaders of the saffron party is trying to trying to legitimise its unlawful acts, under the facade of protecting the bovine. Asserting that it is the job of an MLA to protect the law of the land, Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said that cow protection is just an excuse as the BJP is trying to siphon political benefits on the name of ?gau seva?. ?The top job of an MLA is to protect the law of the land. It is very wrong that an elected MLA is disrespecting the constitution by making such remarks,? Dikshit told ANI. ?The other thing is that him and the BJP leaders are not concerned with the well being of the cows but are using this aspect of serving the bovine to legitimise their wrong doings and political benefits, ? he added. Earlier, Saini while addressing a gathering in Khatauli in Uttar Pradesh said that he would break the limbs of those disrespecting and killing cows. ‘I had promised that I would break the hand and legs of the people who disrespect and kill cows,” Saini said at a gathering. This is not the first time when the MLA triggered stir for his controversial remark. He has been accused of making inflammatory speech during the Muzaffarnagar riot and was also sent behind the bars for it. The remark came at a time when Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed to put a complete ban on cow smuggling.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajnath Singh joins visually impaired BSF Assistant Commandant for lunch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday met family of visually impaired Border Security Force (BSF) Assistant Commandant Sandip Mishra who lost his eye sight during ambush in 2000. In a touching gesture, the Home Minister visited the house of Mishra in the sprawling campus of the border guarding force. Singh gladly accepted the request of the couple, who asked him to join them for lunch. Sandeep lost his eyesight during a confrontation with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) militants in Assam’s Tinsukia District in 2000.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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