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Rape, dowry cases go up, other crimes against women dip

The Gautam Budh Nagar district has witnessed a 150 per cent hike in the number of rape cases while dowry deaths have gone up by 300 per cent compared to 2015.However, the overall cases of crimes against women (CAW) have seen a marginal decline in 2017 compared to the previous year. A total of 959 offences against women were reported in the district this year, as against 1,047 cases in the previous year and 638 were reported in 2015.A total of 93 rape cases were reported in the district this year, as against 37 in 2015 and 74 in 2016. Similarly, cases of abduction under Section 363, 366 of the IPC have seen a jump from 216 to 270 which were 193 in 2015. This figure also includes the abduction of minor boys.The number of dowry deaths under Section 304B of the IPC has also increased from 22 to 32 this year which was only 8 in 2015. The POSCO Act cases have declined from 110 to 98 which were 38 in 2015.Speaking to DNA, Preeti Bala Gupta, Superintendent of Police (crime), Gautam Budh Nagar said that the police are trying every possible way to make women feel safe.”Police are proactively working on each and every aspect leading to the safety of women to curb offences against them. We have successfully managed to pull down the overall offences against women compared to 2016, but the rise in cases of rape and dowry deaths is a cause of concern for us,”Gupta said.She further added that after the formation of the anti-Romeo squad, the number of cases of sexual harassment (354 IPC) and passing lewd remarks (294 IPC) have come down compared to 2016.Cases of sexual harassment have come down from 193 to 162, however, the number has gone up compared to 120 in 2015. While cases of passing lewd remarks have reduced from 47 to 4 which were 6 in 2015.Gupta further explained that the increase in the number of cases of violence at homes is a result of women coming forward and registering complaints which was not a case earlier.

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Rationalist team spends night at West Bengal station listed as ‘haunted’ by Railways

A group of rationalists spent a winter night in the small obscure railway station in West Bengal’s Purulia district, which had been recorded as ‘haunted’ by the Railways, to bust the myth.The group found a few locals trying to scare them away from the station on Thursday night instead of any paranormal presence, a member of the rationalist group said today.Begunkodor station, located near the Ayodhya Hills and 50 km from Purulia town, had earned the distinction of being a ‘ghost station’ after 1967, the year its station master had reportedly died after seeing a white sari clad woman walking along the tracks in the night.The incident had caused passengers to desert the station and it had come to be known as ‘haunted’ in the Railways records.Begunkodor had been closed since then and was listed by Railways as one of its 10 ‘haunted’ stations in India.The station was reopened 42 long years later in 2009 by Mamata Banerjee during her tenure as the railways minister.Since then trains stopped at this obscure station and passengers used it only till 5 pm scared of encounters with the ghosts.A nine-member team of the rationalist organisation Paschim Banga Bigyan Manch, armed with torches, digital compasses and cameras, had camped at this station with police protection on Thursday night and busted the decades-old myth.Nayan Mukherjee, who led the team said, “We were at the Begunkodor station in Purulia district from 11 pm on Thursday night till the early morning hours the next day but there was no nocturnal activity.”He said the team did not see the ghost of a woman who is said to have committed suicide years ago or the apparition of the station master, who reportedly haunt the station. “We could only spot a snake in an adjacent well,” Mukherjee said.He said, the team had heard a peculiar noise from the darkness behind the station building deep in the night. “When we focussed the torch light on the surrounding bush at around 2 AM we saw four to five people, who appeared to be locals fleeing from the spot. We chased them for a while but they ran away.”The station was being touted by certain people for some time as a ‘ghost tourism’ spot to attract visitors. Some of the locals apparently scare them away with the noise and steal their belongings after they flee out of fear, he said.The digital compasses and cameras installed in the station compound by the team did not pick up any sign of paranormal activity, Mukherjee said.The Superintendent of Police of Purulia district Joy Biswas said the team had asked for police protection which was given to them.He said the police and the administration were aware that Begunkodor station was known as a ‘ghost station’ among the locals and had started night patrolling in the area recently. Efforts were also made to create awareness among the people over the public address systems.”I have asked the the superintendent of police to take necessary steps in the matter,” Purulia District Magistrate Aloke Prasad Roy said.

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Asaram Bapu, daughter booked on charges of rioting

Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, his daughter and 10 others have been booked on charges of rioting and criminal intimidation based on a complaint by the father of a girl, who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Asaram, police said on Sunday.”On December 22, a magazine was distributed along with various newspapers claiming that charges levelled on Asaram Bapu are false, and he is being framed as a part of a conspiracy. After this, the father of the girl, who was allegedly sexually assaulted by Asaram, lodged a police complaint saying although Asaram is lodged in jail, his aides are trying to kill them,” Superintendent of Police (city) Dinesh Tripathi said.Acting on the complaint, police registered a case under relevant sections of the IPC pertaining to rioting and criminal intimidation against Asaram, Bhagwan Bharti (Asaram’s daughter) and 10 other people, SP Tripathi said.Also readAsaram witness murder case: Main accused thrashed by deceased’s wife in courtThe survivor, now 20, was allegedly raped by Asaram at his Jodhpur ashram in August 2013.

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‘Policing’ on cloud

Technology is fast becoming a major tool to bring transparency in the working of several government departments. There have been several instances wherein the police have been accused of not being transparent while investigating a case, but now with the help of technology they are ensuring that their credibility is not doubted. In order to bring in more transparency, the state Crime Investigation Department (CID)- crime branch, has started a new initiative, one which not only strengthens the police’s conduct and transparency but will also put those people giving statements under scanner.For the past three months, the CID – CB has taken to video recording of statements of witnesses, accused and parties regarding different cases. In just three months since its inception, the CID officers have recorded a whopping 685 statements related to various cases being investigated by the branch.Highly placed officials said, “There have been instances wherein the investigating officers have been accused of tampering with statements of people. We record the statements under section 161 CrPC, but in court, a person can turn them down and claim that the cops tampered with it, thus affecting not only the case but even police’s credibility.”To uphold the state police’s integrity, the CID started video recording of cases. “We came up with the idea and took it ahead. Now all the cases being investigated in the CID are covered in this fashion. We provided smart phones to our officers and taught them how to record the statements on video. The video is so recorded that not just the person giving statements is seen but even the IO so that there is no allegation put on us later that a person gave a certain statement under pressure” said Pankaj Kumar Singh, Additional Director General – Crime.But what happens of the video after the statements are recorded? “As a person finishes his/her statements, immediately the video gets uploaded on the cloud. The service is provided by DoIT who provide security and other facilities for our data as well. No tampering of such a video is possible either at our end or at the other person’s end. Thus it is secure. Moreover, there is an additional feature. As soon as the video is uploaded to cloud, the concerned Superintendent (SP) and the Inspector General (IG) receive a text message which contains details of the case for which the video is uploaded and the name of person whose statements have been recorded amongst other details” the ASG informed.No statement changingAnd what happens when the case goes for trial? “When we file a chargesheet, we will mention that statements are available in video also. If any person changes statements in court, we can anytime produce those videos before the court to corroborate with our reports thus proving that the person was lying in court and not the police. Electronically recorded statements are admissible in court,” Pankaj Kumar Singh said.Contemplating to use it state-wideInterestingly, the department hopes that the newly adopted method would be implemented across the state. “We are studying the development and hoping this would be adopted in investigations in police station level, but we don’t see that happening before December. It will be taken slowly as first only a certain area of the state and certain crimes for example women related crimes would be covered. Then we would move to SC/ST crimes and so on,” an officials said.

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Reduced visibility on Lucknow-Agra Expressway causes vehicular collison; many injured

At least a dozen people were injured after dense fog led to the collision of several vehicles on the busy Lucknow-Agra Expressway here this morning, police said today.Reduced visibility due to dense fog was stated to be the reason behind the accident, police said.”Pile-up of around a dozen vehicles took place early this morning on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway in Jogikot village under Bangarmau police station,” said Additional Superintendent of Police Ambrish Bhadauria.Around a dozen people have sustained injuries in the accident, he added.”The injured persons were administered first aid at the community health centre in Bangarmau, and were subsequently sent home,” he informed.

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Bilaspur professors booked for molesting colleague after PMO steps in

Two professors of a private college have been booked for allegedly molesting a woman colleague in Bilaspur, police said.The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had written to the Bilaspur police to take appropriate action in the case, Superintendent of Police Shalabh Sinha said.He said a case was registered last night at the Kotwali police station against Subir Sen and Durga Sharan Chandra.Sen is a professor of commerce and Chandra is a professor of physics at DP Vipra College in the district.Sinha said the victim, the widow of an Army personnel, had complained to the Sainik Kalyan Board that the accused had molested her and passed lewd remarks at her.Also readMinor actor molestation case: Mumbai Police says sufficient evidence against accused, requests restraint in discussionsThe victim, in her complaint, alleged the accused were pressuring her into having an intimate relationship with them but she had refused.Sinha said the Sainik Kalyan Board passed on the complaint to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). The Bilaspur police received a letter from the PMO on December 11, directing police to take appropriate action, the official added.Also readMinor actress molestation case: Eyewitness claims accused was asleep with feet on handrestAfter a preliminary investigation, the two were booked under relevant provisions of the law. No arrest has been made so far in connection with the case, Sinha said.

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Sec 144 imposed at Udaipur, net, social media muzzled

Suspecting a law and order “problem” that may be triggered by anti-social elements in Udaipur after the heinous murder of Afrazul, the Udaipur District Magistrate Bishnucharan Mallik issued an order and imposed Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code in the district from 8 pm on Wednesday evening till next order.The District Magistrate said during the prohibition, there will be restrictions on conducting collective events and planning of dharna demonstration, rally and shocking speeches while none can roam with a sharp weapons or a sticks. Strict legal action would be taken against the infringers. Strict legal action will also be taken against those who send messages, images or videos that spoils the communal harmony on social media.Moreover, Divisional Commissioner Bhawani Singh Detha issued an order to suspend internet services in the entire border area of Udaipur district for 24 hours. Meanwhile, 2G, 3G and 4G data, Internet service, bulk SSS, MMS, WTSAP, Facebook, Twitter and other social media services being provided by various mobile service providers will remain suspended. This suspension is effective from 8 pm onwards.A special cell has been set up in the office of District Magistrate and the District Superintendent of Police, through which vigilance is being kept any post, image and video being circulated on social media. If any message, comment, picture or video that is spreading hatred and malice will be broadcast then strict action will be taken against.Moreover, the DM has also banned entry of one Updesh Rana after his video went viral. In the video Rana claimed to be reaching Udaipur on Thursday which could create tension between communities.

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When ‘mutton soup’ got in the way of Telangana woman’s perfect crime

A 27-year-old married woman was last week arrested along with her lover for allegedly killing her husband and hiding the crime. The two had devised an elaborate plan to get away with the murder but a bowl of “mutton soup” exposed their crime. Revealing the shocking facts unearthed during the investigations, Police said the woman’s paramour, after the murder, actually set himself on fire to pose as the dead husband.The two had even planned to get a plastic surgery for the lover Rajesh after burning his face. Explaining the sequence of events, a senior police official said, “The woman was married to one Sudhakar Reddy and has two children from the marriage. She was in a relationship with one Rajesh. The two got together and killed Reddy on November 27 and disposed his body in a forested part of Mahabubnagar district.”The murder happened in Nagarkurnool, police said. The woman, M. Swati is nurse at a private hospital in the town. The accused, Rajesh, police said, then poured kerosene on himself suffering burn injuries to his face and upper body.”She lodged a complaint with police stating that a group of four persons attacked her “husband” at their house and poured petrol on his face and other parts of the body and set him on fire. She then shifted him to a hospital in Hyderabad as her husband Reddy,” Nagarkurnool Sub-Division Deputy Superintendent of Police Laxmi Narayana said.However, the officer said, relatives of Reddy told hospital authorities that the man undergoing treatment as Sudhakar Reddy was somebody else. Apparently, the Reddy family grew suspicious after Rajesh refused to eat mutton soup. The hospital served mutton soup to burn victims and when the staff brought a bowl of it to Rajesh, posing as Sudhakar, he refused to have it saying he is vegetarian. The family was shocked as they knew that Reddy was a a non-vegetarian. Their suspecion only grew with the change in his behaviour. When they started asking him some questions including the identity of some relatives, he stopped speaking and instead tried conversing in signs. The family’s suspicion was conveyed to the police which interrogated Swati. The woman readily confessed to the crime and told the police that they had dumped her husban’s body in a forest area. “The woman said that she along with Rajesh had hit Sudhakar Reddy with a sharp edged object on his head and then strangled him to death. They later dumped his body in a forest after setting it on fire,” the officer said.The police officer said that the woman confessed that she got Rajesh admitted in the hospital by passing him as off her husband as the two later planned to live together.The police recovered Reddy’s body in a highly decomposed state from the forest in Mahabubnagar.Both have been booked on charges of murder, he said, adding that Rajesh has not been arrested yet as he is undergoing treatment for his burn injuries.(With PTI inputs)

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Assam: Three suspected ULFA-I cadre shoot dead father, son

Three suspected United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) (ULFA-I) cadre dressed in army fatigues have shot dead a Village Defence Force (VDF) president and his son in Simaluguri area of the district.Simaluguri Village Defence Force (VDF) president Anteswar Mahanta and his son W. Mahanta were killed on Monday after they were dragged out of their house and were shot dead by AK-47.”We reached the spot as soon as we received the information and we have started the investigation. The attack was carried out with an AK-47 whereby it seems that there are suspected ULFA militants behind the incident,” District Superintendent of Police (SP) Mugdhajyoti Mahanta told ANI.Earlier on Saturday, one ULFA cadre was arrested here by Dangri Kumar Army Camp of Dao Division.The said cadre, identified as Abhay Deka, was involved in the Dillighat firing incident in November 2015.

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Thane forest dept needs trained vets

While the leopard that ventured into a preschool in Andheri East on Sunday was rescued successfully by the same evening, the incident has exposed the lack of trained wildlife veterinarians that plagues the Thane forest department.While the leopard entered the preschool’s premises around 7 am, the rescue was completed only around 6.30 pm — after a eopard rescue team from SGNP led by Shailesh Deore, Superintendent Lion and Tiger Safari and Dr Shailesh Pethe, Veterinary Officer, SGNP, reached the site. The reason for the delay was that the Thane territorial team does not have a trained wildlife veterinarian to tranquillise and carry out a rescue operation, thus they had to wait for the SGNP team that was returning from Chalisgaon after being called in for another leopard rescue operation.“What would have happened if the SGNP rescue team was still stuck in Chalisgaon or the leopard escaped from the area which is far from a forest? This incident highlights the pressing need for Thane territorial forest department to strengthen its rescue team as the cases of human-animal conflicts have been increasing in its area and it is evident that the SGNP team cannot do everything single-handedly,” said a wildlife activist.Pawan Sharma, Honorary Wildlife Warden, Thane said, “The number of human-animal conflict cases in Thane’s jurisdiction have been increasing and apart from that the vet could also help in taking care of the animals that are rescued or seized by the anti-poaching team.”Currently, the SGNP leopard rescue team ends up travelling far and wide as it is the only team that has a wildlife vet.

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Haryana: 5-year-old girl allegedly raped, murdered; wooden stick inserted into her private parts

In a shocking incident, a 5-year-old girl was allegedly raped and brutally murdered on Friday at Uklana village in Hisar. A wooden stick was also inserted into her private parts, reports ANI.”FIR has been registered, SIT has been formed for a thorough investigation in the case, no persons have been arrested yet,” said Jitender Kumar, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Hisar.According to reports, the girl was abducted from her house at night and brutally raped. She was left to die with a wooden stick inserted into her genitals. Initial probe reveals that the victim was abducted from her house at night, brutally raped and left to die with a wooden stick inserted into her genitals.The post-mortem confirms rape and torture, further telling that 16cm of the stick was found inside her- that damaged her uterus and intestines, reports India Today.The villagers have shut down all the shops and blocked major roads. Investigating officers have not ruled out gangrape. Forensic experts have also been roped in to carry out further investigations. The incident took place in Hisar’s Uklana village in Haryana.

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Gujarat elections 2017: Surat lodged case against Hardik Patel

A case has been lodged with the Surat police station on Friday against PAAS convener, Hardik Patel for politicising a rally which was conducted for social and education purposes.The Election Commission of Gujarat has lodged a case regarding the matter with the Surat police station under the Gujarat Police Act 1951, Section 36(A), Power of Commissioner or the District Superintendent and of other officers to give direction to the public, 72(2).The section says that a cop may arrest someone without warrant and impose a penalty for flouting the rule.As per officials, Hardik was given police permission to conduct a rally in Punagam of Surat on December 3 for social and education purposes. As per permission point number 14, he was not allowed to politicise the rally by using any political names.During his speech in the rally, he used political names, regarding which a complaint was lodged with the Surat police station against him for not following the norms of the permission.The case has been registered and further investigation regarding the matter is going on.WHAT HARDIK DIDDuring his speech in the rally, Hardik used political names, which he was not permitted to do.

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Love jihad wasn’t the motive, indicates Rajasthan police’s preliminary investigation into Md Afrazul’s death

Preliminary investigations have ruled out ‘love jihad’ behind the gruesome killing of a 48-year-old Muslim labourer in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district, police said today.Mohammand Afrazul from West Bengal was hacked and burnt to death in Rajsamand by Shabhu Lal Raigar, who was seen ranting against ‘love jihad’ in a video that was shot and uploaded on the internet by his minor nephew.Raigar was today sent to three days in police custody and his nephew to a juvenile home by a court in Rajsamand even as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee demanded “exemplary action” against him for killing Afrazul.The Bengal government has announced Rs 3 lakh and a job to the labourer’s family.”The accused, Shabhu Lal Raigar, said that he committed the crime over ‘love jihad’, but it has not been established so far that any such theory was behind the killing of the labourer,” Inspector General of Police, Udaipur, Anand Srivastava said.The police is interrogating Raigar to ascertain the motive, the officer said.”Nothing conclusive can be said at the moment, but preliminary investigation suggest that there was nothing like ‘love jihad’. However, the matter is being thoroughly probed on all angles to find out the motive,” Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar said.Also readMamata announces Rs 3 lakh and job for kin of labourer killed in Rajasthan, accused gets three-day police custodyThe video of the gruesome incident went viral on social media on Wednesday and a day later Raigar was arrested and his nephew detained. He is seen raving against ‘love jihad’, a term used by sections of Hindu activists to describe marriages between Hindu women and Muslim men.”Raigar was produced in the court of chief judicial magistrate of Rajsamand. The magistrate remanded him in police custody for three days. He will be produced in the court on December 10 again,” SHO Rajnagar Ramsumer Meena said.Also read’I am a normal person,’ says accused in gruesome Rajasthan murder videoHis minor nephew was sent to a juvenile home by the court, he said.Meanwhile in Kolkata, Banerjee asked the West Bengal director general of police to speak to his Rajasthan counterpart and ensure security to nearly 3,500 labourers from West Bengal working in that state.”This is a very sad incident… Cannot even think of this. There must be strong and exemplary action against those responsible for the heinous crime,” Banerjee said.Senior TMC leaders, including ministers Firad Hakim and Suvendu Adhikary, and party MPs are slated to go to Malda district tomorrow to visit the labourer’s family, who have described Afrazul as their sole earning member and demanded strict action against Raigar.

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Uttar Pradesh: Police in tizzy after bomb threat in Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Muri Express

A phone call about presence of a bomb in the Tatanagar-Jammu Tawi Muri Express train on Friday sent security personnel into a tizzy, leading to its detention for over an hour at the Sirathu station on the Allahabad- Kanpur route.The station master of Sirathu was informed over a phone call about the presence of a bomb in the general coach of the train which was on its way to Hatia (Jharkhand) from Jammu, Superintendent of Police Pradip Gupta said.Three general compartments were detached and a team of Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel examined the coaches but did not find any explosive.A dog squad was then summoned from Allahabad to check the bogies thoroughly, he said.The train proceeded after an hour and the passengers were adjusted in other compartments, the SP said.

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Tihar jail authorities face court heat for not following order

Tihar jail authorities are once again under scanner with a Delhi court issuing a bailable warrant against the jail superintendent of Central Jail 1 for failing to comply with the orders of the court to get an undertrial prisoner treated at a government hospital.Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Pandey issued the warrant after he found that neither the Superintendent appeared in the court nor did he move any exemption. Instead, he submitted a report signed by the Deputy Superintendent of the jail.The court had sought a report on the health of Surender Singh, who had moved an application for issuance of directions to the Superintendent for providing necessary treatment to him as he was suffering from mental problem and piles.“Today, neither the jail superintendent has appeared nor any application for exemption is moved. Even the report has not been forwarded by the concerned Jail Superintendent. Issue bailable warrants against the Jail Superintendent no 1 in the sum of Rs 10,000 with one surety of like amount to be served through the Investigating Officer (IO) for December 11,” the court said.On November 28, the court had called for a report after getting the accused checked up in a government hospital.The court while calling for the report held, “UTP’s generally complain about not providing of proper medical treatment/food in the jail. The court has many times brought the facts of negligence in discharge of official duties to the notice of Worth DG (Prisons) but no noticeable improvement is seen.“Jail Authorities are reminded that they are being public servant, are only caretaker/custodian of the UTP’s on behalf of judiciary. They are supposed to give proper medical care, treatment and food to the inmates. It is seen that despite directions, orders of the court for proper upkeep and providing medical facilities to the inmates are not been complied,” the court said.However, no report was received on the next date of hearing, i.e, November 30 till 3 PM which irked the court. Directions were issued to the Superintendent to appear in person on the next date of hearing. The next date of hearing is December 12.REPORT SOUGHTThe court had sought a report on the health of Surender Singh, who had moved a plea for issuance of directions to the jail for providing him treatment
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Aligarh Civic Polls: BJP workers stage protests, demand FIR against District Magistrate for party’s loss

Hundreds of BJP workers staged a dharna at the Civil Lines police station here, seeking an FIR against District Magistrate Hrishikesh Bhaskar Yashod, while holding him responsible for the party’s defeat in the just-concluded mayoral polls in Aligarh.While the saffron party had swept the urban local body polls in Uttar Pradesh, winning 14 of the 16 mayoral posts on offer, Aligarh was one of the two seats where it lost.Angered by the defeat of their candidate from this “BJP bastion”, the irate workers of the party blamed the district authorities for the names of nearly 90,000 voters allegedly missing from the list and staged the protest last night.Also readUP civic polls 2017: BJP’s Sanyukta Bhatia creates history, becomes Lucknow’s first woman mayor in 100 yearsBJP leader Manav Mahajan said the city unit chief of the party, Vivek Saraswat, had given an application for lodging a report at the Civil Lines police station on November 29 in this connection and also apprised Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the state election commissioner of the matter.For nearly five hours, the protesting BJP leaders were involved in a heated exchange with senior district officers at the police station, after Station House Officer Javed Khan expressed his inability to file an FIR against the DM and ADM (city).Also readUP civic poll win a prelude to 2019 Lok Sabha elections: Yogi AdityanathOn December 1, the day the votes polled in the urban local body elections were counted, BJP leaders had demanded a recounting after it became clear that party nominee Rajeev Kumar was going to lose by a margin of over 10,000 votes from Aligarh.The DM, however, had refused to concede to the demand and BSP candidate Mohammed Furqan was declared elected.Meanwhile, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rajesh Pandey said there was no provision for filing an FIR against the DM in such matters and added that the complaint of the BJP leaders was forwarded to the district election officer and State Election Commission.
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Terrorist Zakir Musa loots bank of Rs 1 lakh

Senior Superintendent of Police, Awantipora, Mohommad Zahid Malik said Zakir was himself leading the group that looted the bank at Noorpora Tral. “As per our intelligence report and as per our input he (Zakir Musa) was there and led the dacoity,” he said. Zakir Musa — a former Hizbul Mujahedeen leader who has gone rogue and called for caliphate and enforcing Shari’a in Kashmir—was named the Ameer (chief) of Al Qaeda linked New Jihadist Group `Ansar Ghazwat-Ul-Hind’ in Kashmir on July 27.”

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Journalist working with Hindi daily ‘Hindustan’ shot dead in Kanpur

A journalist working with a prominent Hindi daily was brutally murdered in Kanpur’s Bilhaur area on Thursday.The victim has been identified as Naveen Gupta, who was working with Hindi daily ‘Hindustan’.According to the police, Gupta was on his way to home, when unidentified attackers riding bikes stopped him and started firing indiscriminately.Four bullets hit Gupta when the attackers opened fire on him from a close range near Nagar Palika building. Four empty cartridges were recovered by the police from the murder site. Gupta died on the spot.The Superintendent of Police (Rural Area) Jai Prakash said that the journalist was hit by bullets on head, chest and face.Also readGauri Lankesh murder: Waiting for killers to be caught, says family“We have called the forensic team and seeking details from those present at the time of the indiscriminate firing by assailants and family members to ascertain the motive behind the murder,” the police official said.A case has been registered and body has been sent for the post-mortem. At present, the police have no clue about the murder of journalist.Also readJournalist Sudip Dutta Bhowmick shot dead by jawan of Tripura State Rifles after verbal argumentGupta’s family members claimed that they were having domestic dispute with the in-laws of his brother’s wife.“We are working on all possible theories and old enmity is one of them. A team has been formed to work out the case as soon as possible,” Prakash said.Also readCCTV footage: Brave woman journalist fights back molester at Delhi metro stationThe Kanpur Press Club President Avneesh Dixit has condemned the murder of a scribe. Agitated over the killing, a delegation of Kanpur journalist met with the SSP Akhilesh Kumar Meena and demanded arrest of the killers at the earliest.The murder comes almost a month after another journalist was killed in similar manner in October.Rajesh Mishra was shot dead by unidentified attackers in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur district. Mishra was working with Dainik Jagran. He was also a block in-charge of the RSS.
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Maharashtra school allegedly expels teen after she files rape complaint, probe on

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 15-year-old girl in Maharashtra’s Latur district has alleged that she was raped by an Army jawan, and when she lodged a police case, she was expelled from her school.The district administration has ordered an inquiry into the incident.”Initial information suggests that the girl was not expelled by the school but was given the transfer certificate on her brother’s request,” Latur district collector G Shrikant told PTI.”I have called the headmaster of the school to find out details,” the IAS officer said. The district administration is investigating the allegations made against the school, he added.On July 19, the girl’s brother went to the school and asked for a transfer certificate and the school handed over the certificate to him the next day, an official said.The army man, who has not yet been arrested, allegedly raped the minor girl in April after promising to marry her, the official said.The girl has claimed that the school expelled her saying its reputation would be tarnished if she continued to study there.An offence of rape was registered in August and nine persons have been arrested in the case, Police Inspector Deepak Shinde of Devani Police Station said.Deputy SP of Nilanga G G Ranjankar said the girl and the army man are from the same ‘Laman’ community and the same locality.Meanwhile, the Maharashtra State Commission for Women chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar today asked Latur Superintendent of Police Shivaji Rathod to submit a ‘factual report’ in the case.

BJP leader’s murder: Week later, cops still can’t find main accused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s been over a week since a local BJP leader, and his security guard and driver, were shot dead in Greater Noida’s Bisrakh area but the police remains clueless as to the whereabouts of the main accused in the crime.Senior police officials says that they have formed several teams to search for the main accused and have sent several teams to Western UP for the same. “We have formed several teams which are working to arrest the shooters involved in the case. With the recent arrest of some criminals, we have found most that they hail from Western UP so we have sent several teams to nab the shooters and the main accused from there,” said Suniti, Superintendent of Police (Rural), Gautam Budh Nagar. Police say that a case has been registered against Sundar Yadav, Charan Yadav, Devender Yadav and Satyendra Yadav. Besides, this six unidentified persons have also been included in the FIR.”We have detained 8-10 people in connection with the murder and are continuously working on the case. The family has named these people as they had disputes with them earlier as well. We are in the process of questioning them,” Suniti added. Earlier, family members of the deceased have alleged the police of not working properly and demanded a CBI investigation. “It’s been a week since we have seen no progress in the case. We have no idea where this case is going and are wondering if the police will arrest the accused or not. We are demanding CBI to investigate the case,” said Yogesh Yadav, Shiv Kumar’s brother.EOMWhat happened?On November 16, a local Bhartiya Jaanta Party leader, Shiv Kumar and his security guard, Balli, were shot dead while his driver, Rashpal, was critically wounded and later succumbed to his injuries, when four men on two motorcycles rained around 40 bullets on their Toyota Fortuner car in Greater Noida’s Bisrakh. A 15-year-old girl also died when the car, during the attack, accidentally hit her.

Himanta Biswa Sarma says cancer is ‘divine justice’, Chidamaram blames comment on party switch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has kicked up a storm with his remarks that some people suffer from life-threatening diseases such as cancer because of sins committed in the past which he called “divine justice”.The comments sparked sharp reactions in the political circles and among cancer patients.”God makes us suffer when we sin. Sometimes we come across young men getting inflicted with cancer or young men meeting with accidents. If you observe the background you will come to know that it’s divine justice. Nothing else. We have to suffer that divine justice,” Sarma said at a function organised for distribution of appointment letters to teachers here yesterday.”In this lifetime or in our previous life, or perhaps my father or mother… perhaps that young man did not do but his father has done something wrong. It is mentioned even in Gita, Bible about the outcome of one’s actions. No point in being sad… all will get the outcome of this life’s actions in this life only. That divine justice always will be there. Nobody can escape the divine justice that will happen,” he said.Attacking Sarma over his comments, former Union Minister P Chidamabaram said ‘that is what switching parties does to a person’.Reacting to Chidamabaram’s comments, Sarma wrote: “Sir, please do not distort. Simply I said that Hinduism believe in karmic law and human sufferings are linked to karmic deficiency of past life. Don’t you belief that too? Of course in your party I do not know whether Hindu philosophy can be discussed at all.”Reacting to the comments, Congress leader Debabratta Saikia today said, “It is unfortunate that the health minister has made such a remark on cancer patients hurting their feelings. As he has made the remark publicly, the minister should also apologise for it publicly.”AIUDF leader Aminul Islam asserted that the health minister made this remark to cover his failure to control the spread of cancer in the state.”He has given up, he can’t control,” he said.Some cancer patients said they were saddened by the health minister’s remarks at a time when it is an established medical fact that there are scientific reasons and various other parameters responsible for the disease.State-run Dr B Barooah Cancer Institute’s Medical Superintendent Dr B B Borthakur sought to downplay Sarma’s remarks.”I don’t think the minister made the remark on scientific basis but in a social context as I understand. I don’t think it is a matter to be made into a controversy. It is not a matter to be given so much importance,” he told PTI.

Chhattisgarh ‘sex CD’ row: CBI to take over probe involving journalist Vinod Verma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI will soon take over the probe into the Chhattisgarh “sex CD” row allegedly involving a state minister, agency sources said today.The agency, they said, has sought case documents from the state police as it has now received the notification from the Department of Personnel and Training, a prerequisite for the central probe agency before registering a criminal case.The Chhattisgarh government had recently recommended a CBI probe into the case, where senior Journalist Vinod Verma was arrested by the state police sometime back.The BJP-led state government had accused the opposition Congress of hatching a conspiracy.Chhattisgarh Revenue Minister Prem Prakash Pandey had said his party has already stated that the CD was fake and even a local TV channel in its report mentioned that it has been tampered with.The matter seems to be a “political and criminal conspiracy” and, therefore, it was decided that the premier investigation agency should probe it, Pandey had said while announcing the state government’s decision.Pandey had said the recommendation to the CBI for the probe has been made on six points including inter-state conspiracy in making the “fake” CD, a high-level technical examination of the alleged video, funding to make it and political and criminal conspiracy.The alleged sex video had sparked a political row in the state with the Congress and the BJP trading charges over the issue.The matter came to light when Vinod Verma was arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police last month from his Ghaziabad residence for suspected blackmail and extortion related to a “sex CD”.According to the Raipur Police, a case of blackmail and extortion was registered at the Civil Line police station here following a complaint by one Prakash Bajaj who said that he “was being harassed over phone by an unidentified caller who told him that he had a CD of his master”.Raipur Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla had claimed that about 500 “porn” CDs, Rs two lakh in cash, a pen drive, a laptop and a diary were seized from the journalist’s residence, who was picked up at 3.30 AM from Mahagun Mansion Apartments in Indirapuram by the Chhattisgarh police team with the help of the Ghaziabad Police.

Alwar lynching: 2 detained; minister says not ‘enough manpower ‘ to prevent every incident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have detained two men in connection with the killing of 35-year-old Umar Khan by alleged cow vigilantes in Rajasthan’s Alwar district.Reacting to the incident, Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria said on Monday that the state did not have enough manpower everywhere to “control” every situation well in time.Khan’s body was found near railway tracks in Ramgarh on November 11, with his family members and activists alleging that he was shot dead by cow vigilantes when he was ferrying cattle in a vehicle the day before.The incident, which came months after the lynching of dairy farmer Pehlu Khan by suspected cow vigilantes in Alwar, has triggered an outrage.Kataria said that strict action would be taken against the culprits irrespective of their religion.”We don’t have so much manpower to enable us to control every situation at all places, even before an incident is reported,” he said.According to Alwar Superintendent of Police (SP) Rahul Prakash, two people have been detained and are being interrogated.An FIR has been registered at the Govindgarh police station under IPC sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) against unidentified people, based on a complaint lodged by Khan’s family members.Khan’s family members have demanded immediate arrest of the accused, and compensation.They met Director General of Police Ajit Singh with their demands.They refused consent to autopsy of the body till the culprits were arrested.He was brought to the SMS Hospital in Jaipur from Alwar on Sunday.Hospital superintendent D S Meena said that a medical board was constituted for the post-mortem, but it could not be conducted as the family members did not turn up.Social worker Maulana Haneef claimed yesterday that Khan, along with two others, was ferrying cattle in a vehicle when unidentified men opened fire at them. Khan died on the spot, while another suffered bullet injuries.In April this year, 55-year-old Pehlu Khan was lynched by suspected cow vigilantes in Alwar while he was transporting cattle.The incident comes ahead of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s scheduled visit to Alwar. Raje has been visiting various areas under the Alwar Lok Sabha constituency which is gearing up for a bypoll, necessitated following the death of sitting BJP MP Mahant Chandnath.

Jharkhand: Security beefed outside Muslim yoga teacher’s home after stone-pelting incident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jharkhand Police have increased security outside the house of a yoga teacher in Ranchi after she reported receiving threats. Reports on Friday alleged that a mob had pelted stones at her house.Two quick response teams are stationed near Rafia Naaz’s house, Deputy Superintendent of Police Vikas Chandra Srivastav said, according to PTI.Meanwhile, cutting across party lines, politicians on Saturday called for action to be taken against those issuing death threats to Rafia Naaz. BJP leader Nupur Sharma said, “It is absolutely unfortunate. Women are targeted adversely for singing song, acting in movie and now for teaching Yoga. This is a free country. Women have been guaranteed equal rights under the constitution of India. I see no reason why any religious cleric should come out and either issue fatwas and in this case and in this case give her death threats.” Shiv Sena leader Manisha Kayande told ANI, “I think this matter is very serious and the home ministry needs to arrest the person concerned. She is performing her duties and it is the government?s directive also to teach Yoga in schools.”Naaz said that she has been receiving these for last three years. Naaz is a resident of Doranda in Ranchi, and has been performing yoga since the age of four. She has won many accolades and awards in this field

Youth sets self on fire outside police station

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 23-year-old youth from Virar allegedly set himself ablaze after the Virar police booked him on charges of molestation. The youth reached the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySp) office at Vasai and after pouring petrol, he set himself ablaze and tried to hug the DySp. The youth later succumbed. According to Manikpur police, Vikas Jha, a resident of Phoolpada in Virar was booked allegedly for molesting a woman in the locality. The youth also has six other cases filed against him at Virar police station. On Friday, Jha shot a video claiming that he was pushed to end his life by a local political leader and a police officer.After shooting the video, Jha reached the DySp’s Vasai office and set himself ablaze. Vishwas Walvi, DySp Vasai, rushed outside on hearing the chaos and saw Jha up in flames. Jha then approached Walvi to hug him. In a bid to avoid contact, Walvi stepped aside and pushed Jha away. However, Walvi suffered few burns. Meanwhile, the family members blamed Virar police for allegedly pushing the youth to death by filing false cases.

Respiratory cases on the rise in hosps

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Delhi’s air quality crossing the ‘severe’ mark on Wednesday, hospitals in the capital were swamped with patients complaining about breathlessness, headache, and fever.”We have seen around a 15 per cent hike in the patients in our OPDs in the last two days. Though the casualty has not seen any patients yet, if this smog continues, there will be an inflow of patients suffering from choking/suffocation. Some of my staff members are also wheezing and complaining of burning eyes,” said Dr Ritu Saxena, Deputy Medical Superintendent, Department of Accident and Emergency, Lok Nayak Hospital.In the last three days, there has been a rise in the number of respiratory patients in the hospitals.”In last few days, the number of patients has increased from 50-60 per cent with breathing problems. Patients are now also coming with severe problems like throat infection, respiratory tract infection and nasal allergies. Even asthmatic problems have increased. Patients with asthmatic problem are in a worse situation after the environmental changes after Diwali,” said Dr Sandeep Nayar, Senior Consultant & HOD, Respiratory Medicine, Allergy & Sleep Disorder, BLK Super Speciality Hospital.

Mathura: Bank manager rapes Russian tourist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Barely a week after two Swiss nationals were attacked in Agra, a Russian woman has reported that the branch manager of a nationalised bank in Vrindavan, Mathura raped her repeatedly. MP Singh from UCO Bank has been arrested by Mathura police.About a year ago, the 20-year-old became friends with Singh on Facebook and they began chatting. On his invitation, she came to India on September 17 and went to Vrindavan to meet him.”On September 22, Singh took me to a house and raped me,” the victim says in her complaint. Since then, he has been repeatedly raping me and threatening me with dire consequences if I dare approach the police.”She has also said that terribly frightened by the threats and could not approach the police earlier for fear of being killed. “I narrated my ordeal to another Russian woman, who has been residing in Vrindavan for a while. She advised me to lodge a complaint with the police,” she said.Meanwhile, the arrested accused has claimed that he is being framed in the case. Admitting that they were Facebook friends, Singh has claimed that the Russian woman was short of cash and had demanded money from him.When he refused, she slapped rape charges on him.”On the basis of her complaint, we have arrested Singh and sent the Russian woman for a medical examination. The investigation is on and we will charge the accused after receiving her medical report,” said VS Mishra, the Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP), Vrindavan.The Mathura Police has sent a report in this regard to the State Home department, and informed the Ministry of External Affairs and Union Home Ministry for further action. The Russian Embassy in New Delhi has also been apprised of the incident.

State govt hospitals get monetary push

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state government’s health department has given fund approval to two state-run government hospitals — Gokuldas Tejpal (GT) Hospital and St George Hospital at CST — to avail medical facilities and equipment for the patients.As per the letter given by the government, a fund of Rs 6.99 crore has been granted to GT Hospital for the year 2017-18, while Rs 8 crore has been granted to St George Hospital.The sanctioned amount will be used to increase over 40 medical facilities and equipment in both hospital. While funds for GT Hospital were sanctioned on October 31, funds for St George Hospital were sanctioned on October 16.Speaking about the status of current facilities at St George Hospital, Dr Madhukar Gaikwad, Medical Superintendent, said, “We have started upgarding medical facilities for the patients. Every year, funds are provided by few NGOs, social workers and the government. While not all requirements can be fulfilled by funds raised by the social organisation, state government funds, with a bigger budget, help meet the requirement.”Currently, a new CT Scan facility, renovation of Thalassemia unit is in process at St George. They are planning to upgrade the medical equipment and facilities in the surgery and ICU units. Besides funds for other equipment, St Geroge Hospital will also be given five ventilators.Funds for GT Hospital will help provide an ENT workstation, blood cell counter machine, instruments for open surgery, to name a few.Dr MB Tayade, medical superintendent of GT Hospital was not reachable for comment.

18 dead, 100 hurt in UP’s NTPC blast

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 18 people were killed and more than 100 wounded when a boiler exploded and caused a massive fire at a state-run NTPC power plant at Unchahar in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli on Wednesday evening, triggering widespread panic and chaos.The toll is likely to go up in the industrial disaster because most injured have serious injuries and some are still feared trapped inside the coal-fired plant. More than 150 ambulances were pressed into relief and rescue work that was affected by a huge ball of dust that rose after the 500-MW boiler (power generating unit) exploded.The injured have been admitted to various hospitals in Lucknow, Balrampur and Allahabad. All burn units in adjoining districts have been put on high alert. About 20 workers with serious burns were shifted to Lucknow.Among the injured are four assistant general manager-rank officials. Three of them, first shifted to a private hospital in Lucknow, were being flown to Delhi.One injured died in Lucknow’s civil hospital where eight had been admitted. Medical Superintendent Ashutosh Dube said all of them had 80 to 90 percent burns and are in critical condition.Eyewitnesses said that the explosion was so powerful that the employees had little chance to save themselves. “I heard a deafening sound and saw fire. There were bodies all around Unit 6,” said Rakesh Pandey, who was at a nearby tea-stall.Union Health Minister JP Nadda spoke to UP’s Health Minister, and asked the Union Health Secretary to extend all possible help. Congress president Sonia Gandhi asked party workers in Rae Bareli — her parliamentary constituency — to extend all possible help.UP Energy Minister Shrikant Sharma admitted that it was a major industrial accident and said, “Our top priority is to rescue those still trapped and provide best medical care to injured workers. We will certainly fix responsibility and initiate action against anyone found guilty,” he said.A 32-member team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has reached the plant to supervise relief and rescue operations. A high-level team of NTPC — India’s biggest power utility — rushed to the site to ascertain the cause of the blast and help the local administration in relief and rescue.Initial reports suggest that the blast occurred due to high pressure in a steam pipe of the boiler, said Rae Bareli sub-divisional magistrate Alok Kumar. Fire engulfed the entire Unit 6 where about 200 workers were on duty. CRPF and police jawans have been deployed at the plant which has been sealed to check any unauthorised entry.Unit 6 was commissioned recently. It was still running on trial. NTPC has ordered an inquiry. “We do not rule out any human error,” said an NTPC official.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on a three-day tour to Mauritius, asked officials to ensure effective relief and rescue operations, besides best medical facilities to the injured. The state government announced Rs 2 lakh for the families of the dead, Rs 50,000 for those seriously burnt and Rs 25,000 for the injured. The 30-year-old plant has been shut for now.INDUSTRIAL DISASTERWhat
500-MW power-generating unit explodes, causes inferno
Unit 6 of NTPC’s plant at Unchahar in UP’s Rae Bareli
Wednesday evening while 200 workers were on duty
High pressure in one of the pipes, says area SDM
Blast causes fire, raises a huge ball of dust, hits rescue
Toll Likely to go up as many seriously burnt, others trapped inside
Rescue Operations on till late in the night

17-yr-old girl dies after being raped in Punjab

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 17-year-old girl died after she was allegedly raped by three youths in Punjab’s Fazilka district here, police said on Sunday.The incident occurred on October 25 when the girl was returning home from school when three motorcycle-borne youths, including a minor boy, allegedly waylaid her, as per a complaint lodged by the victim’s mother, they said.The victim, a Class 11 student, was taken to nearby fields where she was raped by the three youths, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Jalalabad) Amarjit Singh said.She died of excessive bleeding last night, Singh said.He said the victim’s family did not disclose about the incident to the police who came to know about it after a villager informed them about the death of the girl.On the basis of the complaint, a case of murder and gangrape was registered against a minor youth and two unidentified persons.The body has been sent for a postmortem, the DSP said.No arrests have been made so far, he said, adding investigations were underway.

BJP workers accuse Uttar Pradesh police of beating them

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) workers on Sunday alleged that they were beaten up by several policemen outside the Landmark Hotel where they had gathered to meet Uttar Pradesh Sports Minister Chetan Chauhan yesterday.”We are analysing the CCTV footage. If there was an unnecessary use of force, we will take an action,” the Superintendent of Police, Kanpur, said.”I want a strict action against the accused policemen, who lathi-charged on us,” the injured worker, who has been further sent for the medical examination, said.The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) also has been protesting against the police and have been demanding for a strict action against the accused poilicemen.

Amid sex CD row, arrested journalist Vinod Verma says this is ‘just the tip of the iceberg,’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior journalist Vinod Verma who has been arrested for allegedly blackmailing a Chattisgarh minister in connection with a ‘sex CD’ said, “This is just the tip of the iceberg”.Verma made the comment when he was taken to Mana police station in Raipur on Saturday night, on his three-day transit remand.On October 27, Verma was arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police in connection with extortion and blackmailing case involving a state minister, who called it ‘fake’ and an attempt at character assassination.A day after he was arrested by the Chhattisgarh police, an FIR was also lodged against the state Congress president Bhupesh Baghel and Verma.Verma, who earlier worked with BBC Hindi service and Amar Ujala, was denied bail and Chhattisgarh police has been given his transit remand till October 30 after he was produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Archna in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. Verma is also a member of Editors Guild of India.Meanwhile, the Chhattisgarh government has recommended a CBI probe. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh at the Secretariat here, state’s Revenue Minister Prem Prakash Pandey told reporters.He said the Cabinet held a discussion on the purported video and decided to recommend a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the issue.Asked if Chhattisgarh PWD Minister Rajesh Munot, allegedly involved in the row, will step down from his post till the investigation gets completed, he said, “How can a state minister influence a CBI probe?”Accusing the Congress of hatching a conspiracy, the minister said his party has already stated that the CD was fake and even a local TV channel in its report mentioned that it has been tampered with.Raipur Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla claimed that about 500 ‘porn’ CDs, Rs 2 lakh in cash, a pen drive, a laptop and a diary were seized from the journalist’s residence, who was picked up at 3.30 am from Mahagun Mansion Apartments in Indirapuram by a team of the Chhattisgarh Police with the help of the Ghaziabad Police.The SP said that Verma has been booked under Section 67 (A) Information Technology (IT) Act for possessing pornographic material.As Verma was being escorted by police, he claimed that the Chhattisgarh government was not happy with him as it suspected that he had a ‘sex CD of Chhattisgarh PWD minister Rajesh Munot’ and suggested he was being framed.

UP: 5-year-old boy dies after hit by OP Rajbhar’s convoy, minister says cops advised him to stay away

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A five-year-old boy died on Saturday after he was hit by a car in the convoy of Uttar Pradesh Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar.The incident took place along the Colonelganj-Paraspur route in Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda district when the boy was playing near the footpath late in the evening.”A vehicle from Om Prakash Rajbhar’s convoy hit him and he died on the spot. We have registered an FIR,” said Vishwanath, the father of the victim.The villagers also laid the body of the child on the road in protest.An FIR was registered of causing death by negligence and rash driving was registered.“Shiva Goswami died when he was hit by a vehicle in minister Om Prakash Rajbhar’s fleet in Colonelganj area of the city,” The Indian Express quoted Additional Superintendent of Police (Gonda) Hridesh Kumar as saying. Reports said that the minister’s convoy didn’t stop after this incident.However, the minister claimed that he didn’t know immediately that the accident was caused by a car in his convoy.“I didn’t go back to the spot as I was already 25 km away. Police officials advised me not to go back as people were protesting,” Om Prakash Rajbhar told CNN-News18.The minister also said that he will certainly go and meet the bereaved family. Meanwhile, UP CM Yogi Adityanath ordered compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the next of kin of victim and asked DGP UP for a detailed report of the incident.

Indian among 31 killed as bus plunges into river in Nepal

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An overcrowded passenger bus today veered off a road and plunged into a river in central Nepal’s Dhading district, killing at least 31 people including an Indian woman, police said.The Kathmandu-bound bus from Rajbiraj fell into the Trishuli River while negotiating a turn at Ghatabesi, 70-km west of the capital, around 5:00 am, said Superintendent of Police, Dhading, Dhruba Raj Raut.Security personnel, including those from the Nepal Army and Armed Police Force, rescued 16 injured passengers who had fallen into the river along the Prithvi Highway.Raut put the death toll at 31 and authorities said the toll could rise further.The rescue teams have pulled out 28 dead bodies so far and the search was on for other missing passengers.According to the police, most of the deceased were from Saptari district and 12 of them have been identified.An Indian woman, Mamata Devi Thakur, also died in the accident, police said.All injured passengers were taken to nearby hospitals, but two of them who suffered serious injuries were rushed to Kathmandu for treatment, according to the police.According to preliminary reports, the accident occurred because the driver failed to take the high speed bus under control at the turning point due to poorly visibility.Altogether 52 passengers were travelling on the bus, police said.While the police prima facie blamed visibility for the accident, such mishaps are not uncommon in the Himalayan nation and occur mostly due to poor infrastructure and reckless driving

Bihar: Suspected hooch tragedy claims four lives

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four persons have died in a suspected case of spurious liquor consumption in Rohtas district of Bihar, where the sale and consumption of alcohol had been banned more than a year ago.The deaths were reported from Danwar village under Kachhwa police station late last night.Six others, who fell sick, are undergoing treatment at various private hospitals, Superintendent of Police, Rohtas, Manavjit Singh Dhillon said.He said angry villagers were staging a demonstration at Danwar and demanding action against those responsible for facilitating hooch trade in the area.”The matter is being investigated. Only after the post-mortem reports are out, can we say with certainty that the deaths have been caused by consumption of illicit liquor,” he added.DIG, Shahabad Range, Mohd Rehman said “I am leaving for the spot. If the consumption of spurious liquor is established, action will be taken against all the erring officials, including the SHO of the police station concerned”.Acting on a poll promise made during the Assembly elections of 2015, the Nitish Kumar government had imposed prohibition in Bihar in April last year.

FIR registered against Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel, Vinod Verma in Chhattisgarh Sex CD case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> An FIR was lodged against the President of state Congress Committee Bhupesh Baghel and journalist Vinod Verma in state minister sex CD case by the Chattisgarh Police on SaturdayThe FIR was registered under relevant sections of IT act.Journalist Vinod Verma was arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police from his Ghaziabad on Friday for suspected blackmail and extortion related to a ‘sex CD’ allegedly involving a state minister, who called it ‘fake’ and an attempt at character assassination.Verma, who earlier worked with BBC Hindi service and Amar Ujala, was denied bail and Chhattisgarh police was given his transit remand till October 30 after he was produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Archna in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. Verma is also a member of Editors Guild of India.Raipur Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla claimed that about 500 ‘porn’ CDs, Rs 2 lakh in cash, a pen drive, a laptop and a diary were seized from the journalist’s residence, who was picked up at 3.30 am from Mahagun Mansion Apartments in Indirapuram by a team of the Chhattisgarh Police with the help of the Ghaziabad Police.The SP said that Verma has been booked under Section 67 (A) Information Technology (IT) Act for possessing pornographic material.As Verma was being escorted by police, he claimed that the Chhattisgarh government was not happy with him as it suspected that he had a ‘sex CD of Chhattisgarh PWD minister Rajesh Munot’ and suggested he was being framed.Chhattisgarh BJP spokesperson Shivratan Sharma had alleged that state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel was part of the ‘conspiracy’ involving the ‘fake CD’.(With agency inputs)

Love Jihad case: Kerala Women Commission asks police to inquire Hadiya’s condition

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala Women’s Commission on Saturday directed Kottayam Superintendent of Police (SP) to inquire and submit a report on the present condition of Hadiya in Kerala love Jihad case.On October 10, the Kerala High Court while hearing the Hadiya case observed that ‘all inter-religious marriages cannot be termed love jihad’.A native of Vaikom, Hadiya (24), a Hindu woman, was allegedly forced to convert to Islam and marry a Muslim man.Earlier on October 7, the Kerala government told the Supreme Court that an investigation by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) was not needed in the case as the state police was efficient enough to carry out the inquiry.The government, however, had earlier said that it has no problem with the NIA probe.Last month, a group of people had submitted a petition to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and demanded a probe into the alleged unlawful incarceration of Hadiya.Four months ago, the Kerala High Court had sent Hadiya with her parents K M Asokan and Ponnamma after annulling her marriage with Shafin Jahan.The case is under consideration of the Apex Court now, which had ordered the NIA investigation into it.Jahan, on September 16, had filed a plea in the apex court and requested to call off the NIA probe alleging that the agency ‘is not being fair.’Hadiya, formerly Akhila Ashokan, converted to Islam and married Jahan in 2016.In May, the High Court had annulled the marriage acting on a petition filed by Hadiya’s father, who claimed that Muslim organisations were planning to take her abroad and make her join the Islamic State group.

Doc stripped, paraded on streets for molesting woman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A local psychiatrist in Fatehabad district of Haryana was thrashed, stripped naked and paraded around the city before being handed over to the police for allegedly molesting a woman. The angry mob blackened the face of accused Dr Jimmy Jindal, and also vandalised his hospital. Police arrested him on a complaint filed by the victim’s grandfather.According to the complaint, Jindal allegedly gave sedatives to the mother of the victim, when the duo visited him for consultation. Another doctor at a private hopsital where the woman was undergoing treatment for dengue, advised the family to consult a psychiatrist because they found something “amiss” in her behaviour. She claimed that the doctor drove her to his home on the pretext of counselling and molested her there. She, somehow, managed to escape and narrated the incident to her relatives, who then reached the hospital along with others.They then vandalised the hospital before rounding up the doctor. Jindal was then dragged out of the premises by the irate crowd who beat him up in full public view. By then, a large number of people, including shopkeepers around the area, gathered there. His counterparts from other private hospitals also reached the area to intervene, but abstained after seeing the mob and learning about the incident.The doctor was stripped and paraded through the streets of Fatehabad up to the city police station. Spectators recorded the entire event on their mobile phones, while others hurled abuses at him. The woman’s relatives submitted a complaint to the district Superintendent of Police demanding “strict action”, who referred the matter to the women’s cell.MOB OUTRAGEAccording to the complaint, the doctor allegedly sedated the mother of the victim, when the duo visited him for consultation.
An angry mob rounded up the doctor, blackened his face, and paraded him through the city naked, before handing him over to the police.

Andhra cops kill robbery-accused in Rajasthan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Andhra Pradesh police shot dead a loot accuse in Sanchore district of Rajasthan on Friday evening. Police had been chasing him — accused of looting in Andhra Pradesh — when they opened fire, killing the accused and injuring his aide. A woman was run over by the accused’s car when he lost control after being shot. Surprisingly, Rajasthan police did not even know of the incident till villagers apprised them.The deceased has been identified as Bheem Singh — a native of Bhagal in Bheenmal. “Bheem Singh was wanted by the Andhra Pradesh police in a dacoity case in Kurnool district. The special team of Andhra Police — with three officials of a local police station where the dacoity took place — were in hot pursuit of the man,” said Jassa Ram, Additional Superintendent of Police, Jalore.While investigating the case, Andhra Police had learnt that the accused was in hiding in Jalore. “However, when the cops found him, Bheem tried escaping in his SUV on the Sanchore-Raniwara state highway. Andhra Police also started chasing him. During this, the cops opened fire at the vehicle and a bullet hit Bheem,” police said.Meanwhile, the multiple shots fired by Andhra cops hit his aide, identified as Bharat Purohit, who sustained injuries. “Due to the firing, the men lost control over the vehicle and rammed into a woman — Shanti Jogi — who was standing at the roadside, killing her on spot,” said police.Locals saw the incident and alerted Rajasthan police who rushed to the spot and discovered that the accused had been shot dead. “Andhra Police did not give us any intimation about their presence in the area,” the additional SP said.

Case against KJ George politically motivated; does not warrant his resignation: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today rejected BJP’s demand for resignation of minister K J George after the CBI booked him over the death of a police official, saying the case was “totally politically motivated”.There was “no case warranting resignation of George. It is a totally politically motivated case to tarnish the image of George and the government”, he said here strongly backing his minister.Siddaramaiah’s defence came a day after the CBI, which has been directed by the Supreme Court to take over the case, filed the FIR naming George and two others in connection with the mysterious death of Deputy Superintendent of Police M K Ganapathy last year.Siddaramaiah was talking to reporters after a meeting of senior ministers where the issue and its fallout were understood to have been discussed with the state assembly polls due early next year.Hitting out at the BJP which has asked for George’s exit, he alleged that 11 central ministers were facing “serious” criminal charges. “Let them also resign. Why should they continue?”Even state BJP chief and former chief minister B S Yeddyurappa was facing several cases, including cheating, he claimed.”Politically, the Congress is very confident of facing the BJP. They have no moral right (to ask for George’s resignation).” He said George had earlier resigned on “moral grounds” in the same case and his name was cleared by the state CID which had “thoroughly” probed it.George was re-inducted into the cabinet after the state CID gave a clean chit to him.Besides George, former IGP (Lokayukta) Pranov Mohanty and ex-ADG of police (state intelligence) A M Prasad have also been named in the CBI FIR.Ganapathy (51) was found hanging from the ceiling fan in a room at a lodge in Madikeri on July 7, prior to which he gave an interview to a local TV channel, saying the then home minister George, Prasad and Mohanty would be responsible “if anything happens to me”.Yeddurappa had yesterday demanded the resignation of George and said the state BJP would stage a protest against him if he did not quit.”Since the CBI has named George as the first accused (in the case), I demand his resignation immediately,” he had said.

Chhattisgarh: Maoists kill tribal on suspicion of being a police informer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maoists allegedly kidnapped and killed a tribal man in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district suspecting him to be a police informer, police said on Monday.As per preliminary information, the armed ultras abducted Made Babu Rao (45) on October 19 from Kandulnar village, located around 450 kms from here, Bijapur’s Additional Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg told PTI.Though no complaint was lodged about his abduction, the matter came to light on Sunday when some villagers informed the police that Rao was allegedly murdered on the night of October 20 by Naxals after they held a ‘jan adalat’ (people’s court or kangaroo court) in a forest near Kadulnar, he said.The police rushed to the spot and recovered his body from the forest last evening, the ASP said.The body was later sent for postmortem, he said.”As per preliminary reports, the Naxals beat up Rao with sticks after tying his hands while branding him as a police informer at the jan adalat,” Garg said.The police have launched a combing operation in the region to trace the ultras, he added.

Three newborns die in one night at Hindu Rao Hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three Delhi families along with Hindu Rao Hospital had a black Diwali after three newborns died on the same night due to different causes. The family alleges that the deliveries happened but it was due to medical negligence that the babies did not survive. North Municipal Corporation Department suspended the Medical Superintendent and the Head of Gynecology Department after the family allegations.On the night of October 18, three different cases of deliveries were handled in Unit three of the Hindu Rao Hospital, of which one had been referred to the hospital and the other two were in-house patients. All the three deliveries were conducted but none of the newborns survived. While two died of intra-uterine complications, the third one, which had been referred from another hospital, died due to slow heartbeat says the hospital sources.The Medical Superintendent, AK Goyal, and the Head of the Department, Mala Shukla, were suspended by the hospital administration of the North Municipal Corporation. One of the families had two previous miscarriages and this child was conceived after a long wait, said one of the sources.”My heart goes out to the families who lost their children on Diwali morning. The woman, who lost the child after two previous miscarriages, alleged that the junior doctors attended the case, the baby was born okay and later complications occurred which were not handled tactfully,” said Dr DK Seth, Director, Administration.SUSPENDEDNorth Municipal Corporation Department suspended the Medical Superintendent, AK Goyal, and Mala Shukla, Head of Gynecology Department.

Bihar: 1 killed, 6 injured in violent protests over killing of medical supplier

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Violent protests have hit Samastipur in Bihar leading to the death of one man in the police firing. According to reports, on Friday, police fired shots into the air after a protest in Samastipr turned violent which claimed the life of one protestor and injuring six others. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has ordered an inquiry into the incident that took place at Asadhi village under the Tajpur police station.Enraged mob pelted stones at the police station and ransacked vehicles thereafter, say media reports. Some media reports claim that at least 20 vehicles were set ablaze by the angry crowd that ended up targeting senior police officers. This comes in the wake of a medical supplier being shot dead two days back and a minor girl being abducted by unidentified assailants on Thursday. The National Highway was also blocked by the protestors. The police said violence broke out during a demonstration by villagers at an highway, reports PTI. They were protesting against the killing of a chemist by unidentified assailants two days ago, Samastipur Superintendent of Police (SP) Deepak Ranjan said.They torched as many as eight police vehicles and also tried to set fire to the police station and attack the vehicle of a deputy superintendent, he said.The police personnel “had to resort to firing in the air” after they could not disperse the crowd with batons, the SP said.”In the melee, some police personnel perhaps could not aim their guns properly in the air and as a result of which two of the demonstrators suffered bullet injuries,” Ranjan said.One of them died on the spot and the other was taken to a hospital. Three policemen and an administrative official were also injured, he said.The chief minister has called the incident “sad” and directed Tirhut divisional commissioner and the deputy inspector general of police (Tirhut Range) to visit the site and submit a report, an official release said here.The situation was tense but brought under control and a large number of police personnel have been deployed in the area, the SP said.(With PTI inputs)

Aarushi Talwar verdict: After 4 years, Rajesh and Nupur Talwar to walk out of Ghaziabad’s Dasna jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, who have been acquitted in the murders of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, are likely to walk free from the Ghaziabad’s Dasna jail after the prison authorities receive the court order, the jailer said today.The Talwars have been lodged in Dasna jail since November 2013 in connection with the twin murders.”We have not received the court order as yet. We will release them once we get it,” Dasna Jail Superintendent Dadhiram Maurya told reporters.He said there were two methods to complete the process of releasing a prisoner from jail.”Either the Allahabad High Court sends its order copy directly to jail authorities or it is sent through the CBI court concerned which awarded them life sentence,” he said.The Allahabad High Court had yesterday acquitted the Talwars in the case, saying neither the circumstances nor the evidence was enough to hold them guilty.The verdict ends, at least for now, the nine-year ordeal of the Noida couple who were sentenced to life by a Ghaziabad CBI court on November 28, 2013 for the double murders that not only transfixed but also shook the nation with its element of filicide.With the acquittal, the central question in the bizarre mystery resurfaces – who killed the 14-year-old girl and the 45-year-old man.”There is a strong possibility that (the) incident was caused by some outsider,” a bench comprising justices B K Narayana and A K Mishra had said, upholding the Talwars’ appeal against the CBI court verdict.

After outrage over martyrs’ remains in make-shift boxes, Indian Army calls it an ‘abberation’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Sunday, a tweet posted by Retd Lieutenant General HS Panag sparked outrage which showed the mortal remains of defence personnel who were killed in a chopper crash. The photographs showed their bodies being carried in make-shift cardboard boxes, tied up with ropes.It was even more ironic that the incident occurred on Air Force Day. Looking to clarify, ADGPI Twitter handle wrote: “Mortal remains of heptr accident in HAA on 6 Oct 17 recovered, sent wrapped in local resources is an aberration. Fallen soldiers always given full military honour. Carriage of mortal remains in body bags, wooden boxes, coffins will be ensured.”An Mi-17 helicopter of the Indian Air Force crashed near Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday, killing all seven military personnel on board, officials said. Five IAF personnel, including two pilots, and two armymen were killed in the crash near the remote town of Tawang, close to the China border, around 6.30 am.The chopper had taken off from the Khirmu helipad near Tawang and was on its way to Yangste, said Tawang Superintendent of Police M K Meena said. The Russian manufactured Mi-17 V5 chopper was on an air maintenance mission and was also scheduled to drop off kerosene jerry cans at an Army camp in Yangste, he said.All the bodies were recovered by a team of the IAF and the Army. The dead have been identified as Wing Commander Vikram Upadhyay, Squadron Leader S Tiwari, Master Warrant Officer A K Singh, Sgt Gautam and Sgt Satish Kumar of the Air Force and Sepoys E Balaji and H N Deka from the Army. “The rescue operation was carried out at an altitude of almost 17,000 feet above sea level,” Meena said.”All the bodies were brought to Khirmu helipad for medical formalities and flown to Tezpur airbase,” he added. A team of police and district administration officials have left for the crash site to gather more details. “A court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the accident,” a senior IAF official said in Delhi. The Mi-17 V5 (domestic designation Mi-8 MTV5) is a military transport variant in the Mi-8/17 family of helicopters. It is produced by Kazan Helicopters, a subsidiary of Russian Helicopters.With inputs from PTI

Goa: Mob attacks Narcotics Control Bureau official, shack owner and others booked

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A mob of around 50 people tried to attack a senior Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) official at Arambol, 40 kms from here this evening, forcing him to fire in the air in self defence. Superintendent of Police of NCB Jitendra Ranjan had gone to interrogate a suspect at Arambol along with his staff and few policemen when was assaulted by the mob, said a police official.”As per the complaint filed with Pernem police, SP NCB had gone there to interrogate a person in a shack at Arambol when the incident happened,” Superintendent of Police (North) Chandana Chaudhury told reporters here.Ranjan was accompanied by his own staff and four police constables including a lady constable when the incident happened, she said, adding, the mob started pelting stones on them following which he fired one round in the air with his service pistol.A senior police official said that Pernem police have booked offence against the shack owner and several others while arrests are likely to happen tonight.

Mother, daughters sold, raped in Dholpur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A shameful incident has come to light from Dholpur wherein a thirty-one-year-old widow and mother of three children – two daughters and one son – was sold off by her relatives, whom she looked for help after her husband’s death. However, this is not where her ordeal ends. The woman’s daughters aged twelve and eight were also sold off and raped. The woman has registered a case in this matter at Baseri police station of Dholpur.A native of Baseri in Dholpur district, the thirty-one-year-old woman has registered a case, against three men, seeking justice for herself. “The woman was married to a local, however four years back, her husband passed away. After her husband’s death, the woman decided to move out from her in-laws’ house and started living with her uncle and aunt,” officials said.However, this is where her horrors started. “The woman has alleged that her uncle and aunt fraudulently took her land and threatening her of dire consequences, she was sold off three years back for sixty thousand rupees to two men. The woman shifted her house with the two men, however, they overpowered her and raped her. The youth took her to several places where they continued to rape her. Furthermore, they even allowed their relatives to rape the woman,” officials said.But her ordeal was far from over. “She has alleged that she was brought to Dholpur where her daughter was sold for three lakh rupees. The girl was then raped and after sometime, again sold off for four lakh rupees,” officials said.Meanwhile, the Dholpur police has initiated an investigation into the matter. “She has named three men including one Sonu Gurjar in the matter. She has said that she was sold several times. We are trying to gather the facts in the matter and effective action will be taken,” said Arjun Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sarmathura.

Police staged encounter to kill our son: Manveer Singh Gurjar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A high voltage drama was witnessed on the roads of Noida following the encounter of 27-year-old wanted criminal Sumit Gurjar who was shot dead in an encounter in Greater Noida later Tuesday night.Family members of the criminal Sumit Gurjar, staged a protest on Mahamaya Flyover on Wednesday, alleging the Gautam Buddha Nagar cops carried out a fake encounter.Mahamaya flyover is an important surface link that connects Noida with parts of South Delhi. So the protest led to chock-a-block traffic with vehicles all the way up to Noida and Greater Noida Expressway.The family has arrived in city around 10pm from their native place Baghpat to have the last glimpse of Gurjar, whose body had been kept at mortuary in Sector 94 but refused to take it.Later, they then moved to the Mahamaya Flyover and blocked the traffic movement of vehicles from Noida to Delhi. In the backdrop of the traffic jam, police teams from Sector 39, Sector 20 and Expressway police stations swung into action along with traffic personnel to divert the traffic.While protesting, Manveer Singh Gurjar, Sumeet’s uncle, alleged the encounter by police was staged.”Sumit was in the market when a police team picked him up from there. Someone told us about it and we went to the local police station and feigned ignorance about it. We had no clue about where he had gone and why police took him into custody,” he said.He said that later following day they were informed that the Noida police has taken him into custody.”We had approached the Noida police and informed the senior police officers about the illegal detention of Sumit Gurjar. The police officers did not bother to take the matter seriously,”It was only when television broke the news that the family knew about the encounter.”We have promised a fair probe into the matter to the family. But we have all the evidences against him,” said Love Kumar, Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Budh Nagar.

Shimla gang rape: 5 accused take narco test

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the Shimla gang rape and custodial death case, five accused have undergone narco analysis test on Tuesday. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had their doubts over probe carried out by the Himachal Pradesh police in the case. The CBI is also probing the murder of one of the accused which led to the arrest of police officials, including an Inspector General of Police, in the custodial death case. “The five accused have undergone narco analysis test,” said a senior CBI officer.The Himachal Pradesh police had arrested six accused persons in the gang rape and murder of a minor school girl whose naked body was found in the isolated woods in Halaila village in Kotkhai. The six arrested accused were identified as Ashish Chauhan, Rajendra Singh, Subash Singh Bisht, Suraj Singh, Lok Jan and Deepak. Thereafter Suraj, who was lodged in the Kotkhai police lockup with prime accused Rajendra Singh, died on the night of July 18 under mysterious circumstances, five days after he was arrested.They had allegedly kidnapped a teenage girl, who was on her way home from school on July 4, raped her and strangled her before disposing off her body in a forest. However, the body was found two days later. The incident triggered violent protests by the locals.Earlier, the CBI had also arrested Inspector General (IG) Zahur H Zaidi, who was heading the Special Investigation Team probing the gang rape and murder incident, and Deputy Superintendent Manoj Joshi were arrested along with six others. Other policemen arrested are Rajender Singh, the then Station House Officer of Kotkhai police station, Assistant Sub Inspector Deep Chand Sharma, Head Constables Surat Singh, Mohal Lal and Rafiq Ali and Constable Ranjit Streta.The caseThe accused had kidnapped a teenage girl, who was on her way home from school on July 4, raped her and strangled her before disposing off her body. The incident triggered violent protests by the locals.

Gujarat: Rs 1.14 crore belonging to RTO robbed at gunpoint

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Rs 1.14 crore belonging to the Regional Transport Office was looted at gun point at Bhilad town in Valsad district today morning when officials were taking the cash to a bank in a jeep for depositing it.The jeep was intercepted by unidentified men who were in a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) at Bhilad Chowkri (circle), Valsad Superintendent of Police Sunil Joshi said.”Five or six miscreants stepped out of the vehicle and took away a box containing over Rs 1 crore after threatening three officials inside the jeep with a gun,” he said.Police have launched a search operation and the crossing points along the border with Maharashtra and Daman town of the Union Territory of Daman and Diu have been sealed, he said.The jeep was later found abandoned at Vapi, said inspector V D Mori of Bhilad police station.”The cash had been taken out by breaking the locked metal box. The empty box was left in the jeep,” Mori said.

Sasikala likely to get parole on October 5, prison official says her plea ‘under consideration’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The prison authorities in Karnataka are considering a plea by sidelined AIADMK leader V K Sasikala to release her on parole for 15 days to meet her ailing husband, who is awaiting a liver transplant at a Chennai hospital.”Yesterday, we received an application from Sasikala, urging us to release her on a 15-day parole. She has said that her husband is unwell and admitted in a hospital in Chennai.””Our legal cell is considering the plea,” Parappana Agrahara Prison Superintendent P S Ramesh said.Sasikala’s (60) husband M Natarajan (74) is admitted in the liver intensive care unit of a corporate hospital since last month following a kidney and liver failure.He is awaiting a deceased donor liver transplantation and a kidney transplantation, according to doctors.Sasikala is in jail here since February after the Supreme Court upheld her conviction by a special court in a disproportionate assets case.Along with Sasikala, her relatives Ilavarasi and V N Sudhakaran are also serving a four-year jail term.Sasikala’s nephew and sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran had also said in Chennai on Monday that she had applied for a 15-day parole to meet her ailing husband.

Kerala: Cracker-like object found from RSS event venue in Dharmadam

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A “cracker-like object” was on Saturday recovered by the police from the venue of an RSS event at Dharmadam in Kannur district, which is the Assembly constituency of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.According to the police, at around 10 am, RSS workers found the object in a bush while cleaning the Chirakuni ground to organise the “pathasanchalam” function, held as part of the annual foundation day of the Hindutva organisation.The concluding function of an RSS route march was to be held there.On being informed, the police rushed to the spot, recovered the object and searched the area with the help of the bomb squad.Kannur Superintendent of Police (SP) Arun Kumar denied reports that a bomb had been recovered from the venue of the RSS programme.”The object recovered was not a bomb, it was just a cracker-like object,” he said.Security was beefed up in the area as a precautionary measure, the SP added.Kannur district is one of the politically sensitive regions in Kerala. It has witnessed a series of clashes between the workers of the CPI(M) and RSS-BJP in the recent months.​

BHU hospital head, backed by V-C Tripathi, asked Fiji woman to ‘sleep in his room’ was convicted of sexual assault

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Banaras Hindu University Vice-Chancellor G C Tripathi has been accused of trying to push through the faculty appointment of Dr O P Upadhyay, convicted of sexual harassment by a Fiji court. The issue of regularisation of Dr Upadhyay’s appointment as Medical Superintendent of Sir Sunderlal Hospital was discussed on Tuesday during Executive Council’s meeting. One of the Executive Members raised the objection, mentioning Upadhyay’s conviction in a sexual harassment case by a Fiji court. Testimony of 21-year-old Fiji womanAccording to a report in The Indian Express, Fiji woman gave her testimony before a magistrate at Nasinu in January 2013. As per the Indian Express report, she deposed: “He (Upadhyay) held my hand and insisted I should see the house. When we reached his room, he said I should come and sleep in his room. It was in Indian Hindi. He held my shoulder… rubbed my thighs… and kissed my cheek again.” Upadhyay was also accused of touching victim inappropriately at various places. The fact that he had met her for the first time that day and continued with his inappropriate behaviour convinced the court of Upadhyay’s “indecent intentions”.Five-year-old caseThe above assault took place on August 25, 2012, in Fiji. Upadhyay had moved to Fiji on deputation in 2012 as Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor of Fiji National University (FNU). ConvictionUpadhyay was convicted of “indecent assault” by a magistrate court. Appeal in the High Court of FijiUpadhyay, through his counsel, appealed in 2014. The High Court of Fiji turned down the appeal and upheld the conviction order which started with 18 months imprisonment for the indecent assault. The court order gives complete details of the assault and sequence of events that convinced it that prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubts. Upadhyay’s stand“The university (BHU) had taken legal opinion in my matter and it was decided that the decision of a court abroad does not hold good in our country. Hence, I was interviewed and selected by the selection committee. I was on study leave (in Fiji). It was a case of extortion and because I resisted, I was falsely accused,” Upadhyay reportedly told the Indian Express. Upadhyay, after his return to India, was handed charge as Medical Superintendent of Sir Sunderlal Hospital at BHU campus in April 2016.

Tamil Nadu: Constable sacked for providing mobile phones, cigarettes and beedis to jail inmates

Updated: Sep 27, 2017, 09:14 PM IST, PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 26-year-old police constable was dismissed on Wednesday on charges of supplying banned articles to the inmates of the central prison in nearby Salem.Police said jail authorities carried out an enquiry after allegations that the constable, Ganesan, had allegedly been supplying mobile phones, cigarettes and beedis to Salem central prison inmates.A departmental enquiry concluded that Ganesan, a Grade 2 constable, was involved in smuggling of banned items into the jail and supplying them to the inmates, they said.He was dismissed following an order from the Superintendent of Police, they added.

‘Daughters of your own constituency suffering’: Shiv Sena slams PM Modi over BHU violence

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena on Tuesday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the ongoing tensions in Varanasi’s Banaras Hindu University (BHU).”The daughters of your own election constituency who made you reach to the destination are suffering. Is it their destiny? They just demanded CCTV cameras in the campus and to arrest the accused immediately. Leave ‘Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao’ slogan, at least don’t allow ‘Beti Pitvao’,” Shiv Sena said in an editorial of its mouthpiece, Saamna.Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) office in Varanasi on Monday confirmed that an FIR was registered against 1000 BHU students in Lanka police station for arson and other charges.On Monday, a Station House Officer (SHO) of Lanka area, Circle Officer (CO) of Bhelupur and one Additional City Magistrate (ACM) were removed after they were held prima facie responsible for imposing lathi-charge on the BHU students.On September 24, Congress leaders P.L. Punia, Raj Babbar and Ajay Rai were detained by the police, ahead of their participation in the students’ protest march at BHU.Meanwhile, Varanasi Commissioner Nitin Ramesh Gokarn had informed ANI that the normalcy was restored after the agitation.Gokarn also refuted the claims that the university was closed till October 2 due to protests, terming Dussehra festival as the main reason. Kashi Vidyapeeth and other affiliated colleges were also closed on the same account.The Uttar Pradesh Police on Saturday lathi-charged the BHU students, who were protesting since three days against alleged molestation of a University girl.It was reported that the protesting students tried to enter the residence of the Vice Chancellor and when the deployed security forces tried to stop them, students became violent; it is then when the security forces used lathi-charged to disperse them.The students alleged that the police thrashed them and dragged them by hair, but DM Varanasi, who was present on the spot, denied all such claims.The ongoing protests outside the BHU campus triggered when a first-year female student of BHU alleged that she was molested by three bike-borne men outside the campus on Thursday.The victim in the matter had claimed that she went to the university administration for complaining about the incident but the administration in lieu of taking any action against the molesters, shamed the victim for her awkward hostel timings.Angered over the laid-back attitude of the administration and lack of action from the side, the students staged protests outside the campus on Friday and blocked entry to the campus through the main gate.

Mathura: Self-styled godman rapes physically disabled disciple

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A self-proclaimed “baba” was arrested on charges of raping a physically disabled disciple at his ashram in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district.The victim hailed from West Bengal and was living at his ashram in Barsana district for several months.The victim alleged that the accused raped her repeatedly and threw her out of the ashram, when she got pregnant.The victim then returned home and lodged a complaint with the police there.A team of West Bengal police, accompanied by the local cops, reached the ashram on Thursday night and arrested the self-styled godman.”We are taking the “baba” to Bengal, as that?s where the complaint was lodge,” Superintendent of Police, Mathura, Aditya Kumar Shukla told ANI.The accused, however, denied the allegations and claimed that the victim wanted to oust him from the ashram and hence had implicated him in a false case.”I didn’t do anything, I don?t even know the girl. One day a couple left their daughter with me asking me to take care of her,” the accused told ANI.He also claimed that the family members of the woman had visited his ashram last year and left the victim there, asking him to take care of her.This comes a day after one woman lodged a complaint alleging sexual exploitation by Kaushlendra Prapanacharya Phalahari Maharaj in Chhattisgarh, on Thursday.The complaint against 70-year-old Phalahari Maharaj, from Rajasthan, was lodged by a 21-year-old woman hailing from Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur.Presently, Baba Phalahari is admitted in the hospital.”The concerned doctor is busy in operation. So, we had no conversation with them. We are waiting for his advice. As soon as we are allowed to talk to the Baba in regards to the matter, we will take the legal proceedings further,” Alwar SP Rahul Prakash told ANI.

Notice to Guj over Rs 1400 cr stamp duty

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to Stamp Duty Superintendent of Gujarat asking why the state government has not recovered stamp duty for the land allotted for the Mundra Special Economic Zone (SEZ) between 2005 and 2017.The first division bench of chief justice R Subhash Reddy and justice Vipul Pancholi issued the notice while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) by Sanjay Bapat, who has alleged that the state exchequer incurred a minimum loss of Rs1,400 crore because of government’s inaction.The reply has to filed before November 8. The petitioner’s advocates, Jamini Patel and Sanjivkumar Patel, submitted he represented the issue before the Kutch district collector in 2016.The collector had issued a notice to Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Ltd., asking it to pay the stamp duty. However, it was not followed up, the petition stated.From 2005 to 2017, hundreds of acres of land was allotted to the SEZ at 33 locations in Mundra. The PIL has sought a directive to the Stamp Duty Superintendent to calculate stamp duty based on Jantri and should recover it from Adani Group at the earliest.The PIL alleged that the state government has failed in recovering stamp duty, despite a government resolution of 2005, making stamp duty mandatory for land allotted for Mundra SEZ. Though the petition was moved in March, the court directive has come after nine hearings.The company’s has maintained that as per the government’s 2004 resolution, land allotted to SEZ is exempted from stamp duty.

J&K: Head constable killed, jawan injured after ‘suspicious firing’ at SSB camp in Banihal belt of Ramban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A head constable of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) was today killed in mysterious firing and another jawan was injured in Banihal area on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, a senior police officer said. The incident took place at around 7.15 pm and the police is investigating the cause of the firing, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Ramban, Mohan Lal told PTI.”An SSB head constable suffered a fatal casualty in the brief firing while another jawan lost his jaw bone due to an attack by some blunt object,” Lal said. The deceased received one gun shot and his body was removed to the hospital for post-mortem, officials said, adding the injured jawan was also evacuated to a hospital for treatment.”It is premature to say anything about the incident right now. We are ascertaining the details,” the SSP said while not ruling out either a militant attack or fratricide. He, however, said there was no retaliation from the SSB personnel to the firing. The jawans were manning a post outside an 8.5 km-long under-construction tunnel connecting Banihal town of Ramban district in Jammu province with Kulgam district’s Qazigund, the gateway to the Kashmir valley.

Self-styled godman held for killing BSP leader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the arrest and conviction of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh still fresh in everyone’s mind, another self-styled godman was nabbed by the Ghaziabad police for the murder of a BSP leader. Senior officers revealed that Machendra Nath also known as Godman Baba Pratibhanand was arrested on Friday night for his alleged involvement in the murder of Bahujan Samaj Party leader Deepak Bhardwaj in 2013.The godman was wanted by the Delhi Police who had even declared a reward of Rs one lakh on his arrest. The police say they will now seek his remand as he was wanted in their case. Speaking about the case, a senior officer disclosed that the godman was arrested around 9:30pm from the Naya Railway station.”He had a .32 bore pistol and live cartridges when he was arrested. We have registered a case under the Arms Act against him. He was a wanted criminal who was absconding for the last four years,” said Akash Tomar, Superintendent of Police (SP), City, Ghaziabad.Bhardwaj, who incidentally was one of the richest candidates in the 2009 UP polls — with declared assets estimated to be around Rs 600 crore — was shot dead in his 34-acre farm house in South Delhi on March 26, 2013. A police officer said that Bhardwaj was in love with a 30-year-old woman to which his wife and son Nitesh took objection. Worried that his father would marry the woman and hence deprive him of his share in the property, “They (Nitesh and his mother) thought that they would lose their share of the property and hence his son asked his lawyer Baljeet Sherawat to hatch a conspiracy to kill him. Sherawat who wanted to contest the Lok Sabha elections had his own motives to kill Bhardwaj,” said the officer.As a result, Sherawat got in touch with Pratibhanand who then hired contract killers in order to kill the BSP leader. Police sources added that Bhardwaj was then killed by two hired killers Sunil Mann alias Sonu and Purushottam Rana alias Monu, who were later arrested by the Delhi police.The killersPratibhanand had hired contract killers to kill the BSP leader. Bhardwaj was then killed by two hired killers Sunil Mann and Purushottam Rana, who were later arrested

Goa Congress leader Chandrakant Kavlekar charged with corruption, ACB files FIR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Anti-Corruption Bureau of the Goa Police has filed a First Information Report (FIR) against senior Congress leader Chandrakant Kavlekar for allegedly amassing disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 4 crore.The Goa Police had filed a case against Kavlekar in 2012 under various sections of Prevention of Corruption Act, taking suo moto cognisance of some media reports, which alleged his involvement in illegal allotment of plots.The ACB had started investigations against Kavlekar’s assets, including his properties in Kerala, in 2012 and submitted the preliminary inquiry report to the state government in 2013.”We have received a go ahead from the government to file an FIR against Kavlekar in connection with the case of disproportionate assets,” Superintendent of Police (ACB), Bosco George said on Saturday.The FIR was lodged under the Prevention of Corruption Act on Friday, he said, adding that the assets are worth Rs 4 crore, which are more than his known source of income.”We are conducting further inquiry into the matter,” he said.George said chief secretary Dharmendra Sharma on Friday had cleared the file on registering an FIR against Kavlekar, who is also the leader of opposition in the Goa assembly.Sources in the ACB on the condition of anonymity said that ACB sleuths would be raiding Kavlekar’s house at Betul, Quepem later on Saturday.”He has been questioned in the past. We might call him for interrogation again,” a senior ACB official said.When contacted, Kavlekar said that he is ready for an inquiry by the ACB or any other agency.”I am not on the wrong side. I am ready for the inquiry,” he said, adding that the government was trying its best to demoralise the opposition through such tactics.Kavlekar is a three-time MLA and was the chairman of state-run Goa Industrial Development Corporation in Congress’s Digambar Kamat government during 2007-12 period.The initial investigations in 2012 revealed that Kavlekar owned a plantation worth Rs 32.5 crore in Kerala.​

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