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Mamata defends scam-tainted Tapas Pal, claims Modi ‘insulted’ backward classes by naming app BHIM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hitting out at CBI for arresting TMC MP and actor Tapas Pal in connection with a chit fund case, Mamata Banerjee linked his arrest to the note ban protest. She was quoted saying by ANI: “PM promised to bring back black money but couldn’t do so; PM destroyed economy & endangered the country’s external & internal security. I hope the restrictions on cash withdrawal will be withdrawn; Will normalcy of life be restored now?”Linking the demonetization protest to Pal’s arrest, she added: “TMC is protesting against note ban that doesn’t mean we have to be arrested by CBI. TMC protesting against note ban that doesn’t mean they’ve to be arrested by CBI. Anyone can become ambassador for any state. Even Amitabh ji is promoting a state. Many film stars and cricketers promoted Sahara; Was Centre sleeping?”She added: “BJP is connected to Pearl group chit fund scam worth Rs 50,000 crore.” Continuing her tirade, she said: “Modi Babu, arrest all my MPs and MLAs if you want; You don’t need to summon us., we are ready; But we cannot be deterred. A lottery app has been named after Ambedkar by Centre; This is crude mentality and insult to backward classes.”Pal was arrested earlier after questioning. “We have arrested Tapas Pal for his alleged involvement in the Rose Valley Chit Fund scam. We had placed a few questions before him and he could not give any proper reply over the amount of money he had taken and on what basis,” a senior CBI official told PTI.Pal was interrogated for four hours. As he failed to give proper reply to any of the questions on his appointment as director to one of the Rose Valley companies or his involvement in the firm investing in Bengali film industry, the CBI decided to arrest him, the official said.The probe agency is likely to take him to Bhubaneswar for further questioning. CBI had issued summons to Tapas Pal on December 27 in connection with the alleged scam, which is one of the cases of the chit fund scams being probed by the investigating agency. He was asked to appear before the agency at its office in Salt Lake today.

Jharkhand mine collapse: Nine workers dead, several feared trapped in Lalmatia colliery

Nine bodies have been recovered from a coal mine that collapsed late evening on Thursday in the Lal Matia colliery of Godda district in Jharkhand, reports said. Rescue operations are still on and several more are feared trapped inside.

“So far, nine bodies have been recovered,” RR Amitabh, a general manager at the ECL project office told Reuters.

While initial reports put the number of trapped at around 10, a CISF official told ANI that around 40-50 workers are suspected to be trapped inside the debris along with 40 vehicles of a private company operating at the site.

Coal India has a poor safety record, with 135 accidents reported last year, killing 37 people and injuring 141, the company said in a report, highlighting concern about working conditions.

IANS said that a heap of mud caved-in at the entry point of the colliery. Rescue operation could not begin due to night fog, the police said.

The incident, a government of India release said, took place at 7.30 pm on Thursday and that a control room has been set up at project office of Rajmahal Open Cast Expansion Project.

However, the exact number of people and vehicle trapped inside is not known. “This could only become clear after the rescue operation starts,” said Harilal Chauhan, Godda Superintendent of Police, earlier.

The locals said that there was a crack in the heap of mud which collapsed and blocked the entry point of the mine.

Mining operations were taking place about 200 feet beneath the ground. Though the cause of the accident is not known, the Ministry of Coal said that “prima facie…it could have been caused by a failure of the bench edge along the hidden fault line/slip”.

Police said that rescue operation is underway and that an NDRF team from Patna is already on its way to the site of the accident. It is expected to reach by noon, IANS said.

Meanwhile, according to The Indian Express, Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das directed the DGP and chief secretary to initiate relief and rescue operations at the earliest. “As of now, there are different versions of how many machines, vehicles and people are trapped. Relief and rescue operations are being initiated,” a police official told the newspaper.

Prime Minister Naredra Modi reportedly spoke with Das who announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs to the dead and Rs 25,000 to those injured in the accident. Das also tweeted saying:

Meanwhile, Ministry of Coal said that an Inquiry has been ordered in the incident by the director general of mines safety and CIL has constituted a high-level committee of experts to investigate into the causes of the accident. THE ECL also announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakhs each to the family of the deceased.

Some of the injured are being treated in a nearby hospital, ANI tweeted.

Mine roof collapses in Dhanbad

In another incident, four workers suffered injuries, two of them seriously, when the roof of a mine partially collapsed at Putki Balihari area in Dhanbad district on Friday, PTI reported. The mine falls under Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited.

A senior district official said the four contractual workers were taking cable to a shaft of the hydro mines in lift when a part of the roof suddenly caved in trapping them.

The four were rescued and taken to a hospital where the condition of two of them was stated to be serious, the official said.

While the cause of the collapse in the Dhanbad mine is being looked into, more details are awaited of the mine collapse in Godda district.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Dec 30, 2016 17:15 IST

Jharkhand mine collapse: Seven workers dead, several feared trapped in Lalmatia colliery

Seven workers have died and several more are feared trapped in a coal mine that collapsed late evening on Thursday in the Lal Matia colliery of Godda district in Jharkhand, reports said.

While initial reports put the number of trapped at around 10, a CISF official told ANI that around 40-50 workers are suspected to be trapped inside the debris along with 40 vehicles of a private company operating at the site.

IANS said that a heap of mud caved-in at the entry point of the colliery. Rescue operation could not begin due to night fog, the police said.

The incident, a government of India release said, took place at 7.30 pm on Thursday and that a control room has been set up at project office of Rajmahal Open Cast Expansion Project.

However, the exact number of people and vehicle trapped inside is not known. “This could only become clear after the rescue operation starts,” said Harilal Chauhan, Godda Superintendent of Police, earlier.

The locals said that there was a crack in the heap of mud which collapsed and blocked the entry point of the mine.

Mining operations were taking place about 200 feet beneath the ground. Though the cause of the accident is not known, the Ministry of Coal said that “prima facie…it could have been caused by a failure of the bench edge along the hidden fault line/slip”.

Police said that rescue operation is underway and that an NDRF team from Patna is already on its way to the site of the accident. It is expected to reach by noon, IANS said.

Meanwhile, according to The Indian Express, Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das directed the DGP and chief secretary to initiate relief and rescue operations at the earliest. “As of now, there are different versions of how many machines, vehicles and people are trapped. Relief and rescue operations are being initiated,” a police official told the newspaper.

Prime Minister Naredra Modi reportedly spoke with Das who announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs to the dead and Rs 25,000 to those injured in the accident. Das also tweeted saying:

Meanwhile, Ministry of Coal said that an Inquiry has been ordered in the incident by the director general of mines safety and CIL has constituted a high-level committee of experts to investigate into the causes of the accident. THE ECL also announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakhs each to the family of the deceased.

Some of the injured are being treated in a nearby hospital, ANI tweeted.

Mine roof collapses in Dhanbad

In another incident, four workers suffered injuries, two of them seriously, when the roof of a mine partially collapsed at Putki Balihari area in Dhanbad district on Friday, PTI reported. The mine falls under Bharat Coking Coal Limited (BCCL), a subsidiary of Coal India Limited.

A senior district official said the four contractual workers were taking cable to a shaft of the hydro mines in lift when a part of the roof suddenly caved in trapping them.

The four were rescued and taken to a hospital where the condition of two of them was stated to be serious, the official said.

While the cause of the collapse in the Dhanbad mine is being looked into, more details are awaited of the mine collapse in Godda district.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Dec 30, 2016 13:28 IST

Money laundering case: ED arrests Rohit Tandon, to produce him in court today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Wednesday night arrested Delhi lawyer Rohit Tandon in connection with the money laundering case, reported ANI.On December 11, the Crime Branch and Delhi Police had carried out raids at the office of his firm T&T Law and seized nearly Rs 13.5 crore, of which Rs 2.6 crore was in new banknotes released after demonetization.The lawyer had recently declared unaccounted income worth over Rs 125 crore after searches were carried out against him.A day ago, ED has arrested a manager of a Kotak Bank branch here in connection with its money laundering probe in a criminal case of detection of nine alleged fake accounts with deposits worth Rs 34 crore post demonetization.(Developing story, more details are awaited)

Kanpur Train Accident: Two killed, 44 injured in Sealdah-Ajmer Express derailment

Fifteen coaches of the Ajmer-Sealdah Express, Train number 12987, derailed near Rura, around 70 kilometres from Kanpur, on Wednesday, PTI reportd. It was initally reported that two people were dead and 26 were injured. Railways, however, later confirmed that no deaths have been reported and put the number of injured at 44.

While Kanpur IG Zaki Ahmed told PTI that two people have been killed in the mishap, railways are yet to confirm the same.

The Kanpur train accident took place when the train was crossing a bridge overhead a dry canal in the area, Northern Central Railways PRO Amit Malviya said. According to reports, rail traffic between Etawah and Kanpur is affected.

Speaking to ANI, Anil Saxena, ADG, PR Railway said, “No casualties have been reported so far. Ambulances are already on the spot and rescue work is in progress. A medical train from Kanpur has also arrived on the spot. All trains between Etawah and Kanpur are affected, and we are trying to divert them to an alternate route.” Saxena also told ANI that:

Rescue  and relief works in progress at the site of accident where  Ajmer-Sealdah express train derailed early on Wednesday near Rura railway station in Kanpur dehat district on Wednesday. PTIRescue  and relief works in progress at the site of accident where  Ajmer-Sealdah express train derailed early on Wednesday near Rura railway station in Kanpur dehat district on Wednesday. PTI

Rescue works in progress at the site of where Ajmer-Sealdah express train derailed early on Wednesday. PTI

Ahmed told PTI that 13 sleeper coaches and two general coaches of the train derailed in the accident. The injured have been rushed to a nearby hospital. Rescue and relief operations have been started at the accident spot with the district health department dispatching 14 ambulances and relief teams from Kanpur and Tundla, he said.

Buses have also been plied to drop the stranded passengers from the spot to Kanpur railway station.

The Delhi-Howrah route via Kanpur has been temporarily closed and the Shatabdi express from Delhi to Kanpur has been cancelled, Malviya said.

As per local sources, a few of the bogies of the train also fell into a canal, travellers stuck in it were yet to be rescued soon till 8 am, Times Now said.

Meanwhile, railway minister Suresh Prabhu said has announced an ex-gratia to the injured, on Twitter. He said, “I have directed CRB, all senior officials to personally ensure best possible help,” he tweeted, adding that a thorough investigation will be carried out to ascertain the cause. He also tweeted:

According to local police, the railway authorities have not arrived on the spot. The reason for the accident is not known as yet.

The Indian railways has also announced that four trains — 12826/Jharkhand Sampark Kranti Express, 12382/Poorva Express, 12312/Kalka Mail, 12488/Seemanchal Express — have been diverted.

The Railways have issued the helpline numbers for Kanpur — 0512-2323015, 2323016, 2323018 and for Allahabad — 0532-2408149, 2408128.

More details awaited.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 28, 2016 11:32 IST

Election Commission announces Odisha panchayat polls dates

Tue, 27 Dec 2016-10:51pm , Bhubaneswar , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Odisha Election Commission on Tuesday announced dates for panchayat polls in the state. As per the notification issued by the commission, the elections will be held for the posts of 853 Zilla Parishad Members, 6802 Sarpanchs, 6801 Panchayat Samiti members and 92,052 ward members in five phases on February 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21 respectively.State Election Commissioner Rabi Narayan Senapati said aspiring candidates can file nominations between January 11 and 17 and the scrutiny of the papers will be done on January 18. He said casting of votes would take place from 7 AM to 12 noon and counting of votes will be done from 1 PM onwards on these days. Around 2, 60, 92, 507 voters will exercise their franchise in the elections.

Kerala: 38 students injured after bus overturns in Kozhikode

Tue, 27 Dec 2016-04:02pm , Kozhikode , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 38 people were injured after a private bus of Attingal Government College turned turtle in Kerala’s Kozhikode on Tuesday.The untoward incident took place in the wee hours when the students were returning to their college from Mysore.The injured students were rushed to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. Two students have sustained serious injuries and are reportedly in a critical condition.Further details are awaited.

PM Narendra Modi to unveil Char Dham development programme in Dehradun

Tue, 27 Dec 2016-09:27am , Dehradun , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday launch the 900-km-long Char Dham Highway Development Programme in Dehradun with an investment of Rs 12,000 crore.The road once constructed will ensure round-the-year, hassle free travel to these shrines and the famous Sikh shrine Hemkund Saheb also.The Prime Minister will also address a public rally at the city’s Parade Ground.Following the Prime Minister’s visit to the state, security arrangements have been beefed up.

PM Modi giving amnesty to convert black money into white: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Escalating it attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Congress party on Saturday alleged that the former has given amnesty to convert black money into white through demonetization.Congress spokesperson Rizwan Arshad told ANI, “The Prime Minister, through demonetization, had withdrawn 15 lakh 50 thousand crore rupees from the market, and today, six days before December 30th deadline given by the prime minister, more than 15 lakhs crore rupees has been deposited. From where has this money come from? It came from the market, from the farmers, this money came from small traders, from labourers, from house wives,” he saidHe wondered as to how come the income tax department during their raids seized new currencies and the common man still standing in long queues to get their due share of money.”So, in a way, the Prime Minister has given amnesty to convert the black money into white through this demonetization. As a result wherever the IT department is raiding they are finding hundreds of crores of new currencies. How can you get hundreds of crores of in new currencies and a common man is standing in the queue for his 2000 rupees? So, this is a huge scam conducted by the Prime Minister,” Rizwan added.

Chennai: IT officials seize demonetised notes worth Rs 10 crores

Tue, 20 Dec 2016-01:15pm , Chennai , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In Tamil Nadu, the Income Tax department has seized 10 crore rupees cash and 6 kg gold jewellery in Chennai as part of its anti-black money crackdown operations.Officials said, the seizure, all in demonetized notes of 1,000 and 500 rupee, was made after searches were conducted against a trader dealing in imitation jewellery located in Periamet area of Chennai.They said that the department sleuths acted based on a tip off about stashing of huge currency in scrapped high value notes. He is now being questioned about the source of the huge cash haul.Earlier this month, the Income Tax department raided eight locations in Chennai including Anna Nagar and T Nagar, seizing Rs 90 crore in cash out of which Rs 70 crore were in new notes.

Demonetization: Will chalk out strategy to counter PM Modi’s ‘farzi’-cal strike, says Lalu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Dubbing demonetization as a ‘furzical (fake) strike’, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Lalu Prasad Yadav on Sunday said after a meeting of various political parties, they will chalk out a future course of action against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘big failure’.”The Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said before the parliamentary election that black money will come back and Rs.15 lakh will be deposited in every bank account, but nothing has happened. We can see that he has failed in every step,” Yadav told ANI.”Demonetization is a big failure of the Modi Government, and so, it is not a surgical strike on black money, but rather a ‘furzical’ strike,” he added.Speaking about the strategy to counter demonetization, Yadav told ANI, “After a meeting of various political parties, we will chalk out a future course of action against the Modi government.”The government’s decision to demonetize notes has drawn flak from all political parties.On Saturday, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said at a rally in Belgaum, Karnataka, “As there is a man-made disaster, similarly demonetization is a Modi- made disaster.”He further said that Prime Minister Modi had attacked the economy by announcing demonetization.”More than 100 people have died because of demonetization drive and PM Modi is responsible for it,” Rahul said, adding that the Modi government has been attacking the poor for the last two-and-a-half years.”Nothing will happen in 50 days. The Prime Minister will give your money to rich. Modi wants to waive off bank loans,” he added.National Congress Party (NCP) leader Sharad Pawar said “We went and met Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and other officials to request them to allow deposit of old notes in district banks but got no answer.””Later, we moved the Supreme Court, and, I am happy that the apex court has ordered district banks to accept old notes. Also new currency must be made available to district banks so that they can lend loans to farmers,” he added.”Now that the Kharif season is completed and soon the Rabi season would commence, banks would need enough currency to dispense loans. If the banks don’t have enough money to dispense, what the farmers will do, where will they go,” he added.Pawar further said that demonetization is an attempt to disrupt the entire channel of banking and the farmers would be the worst affected.

Chennai: Rahul Gandhi to meet ailing Karunanidhi today

Sat, 17 Dec 2016-09:45am , Chennai , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will meet the ailing DMK president M Karunanidhi on Saturday, who underwent tracheostomy at the Kauvery Hospital here to optimise his breathing.On Thursday night, the former chief minister was admitted to the hospital for the second time in the last three weeks. He was first admitted to the same hospital on December 1 for optimisation of nutrition and hydration and was discharged after he improved substantially The hospital issued a statement saying Karunanidhi was readmitted with breathing difficulty due to throat and lung infection, adding that he was stable and being treated. Karunanidhi’s daughter and Rajya Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu Kanimozhi said that he had some lung infection and breathing difficulty, adding that he was much better now.

Mumbai: Rs 1.40 crore in new notes seized, three detained

Sat, 17 Dec 2016-09:40am , Mumbai , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In yet another haul of cash in Mumbai, the police has seized 1.40 crore rupees from three persons riding in a car on Juhu-Versova Link Road in suburban Andheri last evening.Spokesperson of Mumbai police, DCP Ashok Dudhe said the money was in the new 2,000 rupee notes. He said, the cash was discovered when police stopped the car for checking.On Thursday, police had seized 10.10 crore rupees in suburban Chembur and most of it was in the demonetized currency.

Indian Army Major Anita Kumari commits suicide

Fri, 16 Dec 2016-11:30am , Jammu , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian Army Major Anita Kumari allegedly committed suicide by shooting herself with her personal weapon.Prima facie she shot herself on the intervening night of December 14-15. The officer did not come to the unit and no one was aware about her whereabouts till her neighbours broke the door.Further details are awaited.

Chennai: DMK chief M Karunanidhi admitted to hospital again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DMK chief M Karunanidhi was on Thursday night admitted to Cauvery hospital in Chennai again, just a week after he was discharged.Karunanidhi was discharged from the Cauvery hospital on December 7, where he was admitted on December 1 for dehydration and allergy related issues. The hospital in a statement said that Karunanidhi has improved substantially after medical treatment.”All his vital signs and biochemical parameters have normalised now. He has been advised rest and Cauvery Hospital will continue to assess and provide the necessary medical and nursing care to facilitate his recuperation at home,” it added.The DMK chief was reportedly down with allergy-related ailment for over a month.Further details awaited(With ANI inputs)

Watch: Rs 10.10 crore seized in old and new notes from a car in Mumbai

Thu, 15 Dec 2016-11:40pm , Mumbai , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A car carrying 10 crore in old notes and 10 lakh in the newly minted 2000 currency notes was intercepted by the Mumbai Police in Tilak Nagar area on Thursday evening. According to police, two people were impounded carrying the cash in a white Nissan car. After interrogation, they revealed that the money belonged to the Vaidyanath Urban Bank.The police, however, are verifying the claims made by the suspects and will be seeking help from the Income Tax Department on the same.

Mumbai building collapse: Three killed, 12 injured in Mankhurd

Mumbai building collapse: Three killed, 12 injured in Mankhurd

Three people were killed and 12 injured in a building collapse in the Mankhurd suburb of Mumbai on Thursday, ANI said on Twitter.

According to reports, the incident took place in the early hours on Thursday in Maharashtra Nagar, Mankhurd.

Per a report published on NewsX, two firefighting vehicles and two ambulances were rushed to the spot to take care of the casualties.

However, the reason for the collapse of the building is still not known. The local authorities are further investigating the matter, the NewsX report added.

First Published On : Dec 15, 2016 11:01 IST

AgustaWestland scam: CBI seeks custody of ex-IAF chief SP Tyagi for seven more days

Probing the AgustaWestland chopper scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday sought extended custody of former chief of air staff Air Chief Marshal (Retd.) SP Tyagi and other accused for seven more days from the Patiala House Court in Delhi.

Former Air Force chief SP Tyagi. PTIFormer Air Force chief SP Tyagi. PTI

Former Air Force chief SP Tyagi. PTI

According to ANI, the CBI in court said that a senior official from AgustaWestland had met Tyagi at his residence, which was an abuse of his official position. It also informed the court that some material were in possession of the investigating agency from Switzerland, Italy and other countries for which more time for custodial interrogation of the accused is needed.

The defence counsel for the former Air Force chief was, however, unhappy with the CBI and said that the agency is detailing out the nature of material available with them only to help the media, the ANI said.

On Saturday, the former IAF chief said the changed specification of VVIP helicopters, especially the reduction in service ceiling, were made under the advice of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), after which the court sent him to CBI custody till 14 December in the Rs 3,767-crore AgustaWestland helicopter case.

“The PMO then advised to keep the minimum mandatory requirement of the service ceiling of the helicopters to 4,500 metres (from the earlier 6,000 metres),” Tyagi’s defence counsel N Hariharan told the court while opposing the CBI plea seeking custodial interrogration of the accused.

However, putting aside the submissions, metropolitan magistrate Sujit Saurabh allowed CBI to quiz Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi alias Julie Tyagi, and Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khaitan till 14 December even as the agency sought 10 days custody to unearth bribery charges, saying a huge amount was routed to India through various companies.

“Considering the serious nature of the allegations and gravity of the matter, I am of the considered opinion that police custody for the accused is required for fair investigation,” said the magistrate after a two-hour-long argument between counsel of the CBI and the accused.

The agency told the court that crucial information was collected from three countries — Italy, Switzerland and Mauritius — via letters rogatory and the accused are required to be confronted with it to unearth the larger conspiracy in the deal.

Telling the court that regular meetings were taking place between senior officials of AgustaWestland and SP Tyagi with the help of Sanjeev Tyagi, the CBI has alleged that a conspiracy was hatched to reduce the service ceiling of the helicopters after which AgustaWestland became eligible to supply a dozen helicopters for VVIP flying duties.

It told the court that the words “at least twin engine” were inserted in the amendment proposal in 2005 for procuring VVIP helicopters to bring AgustaWestland into the eligibility criteria, adding that the changes were made deliberately as AgustaWestland helicopters had three engines and a service ceiling of 4,500 metres.
Claiming innocence in the case, the former IAF chief’s defence counsel Hariharan apprised the court that it was a collective decision to procure VVIP helicopters.

Denying the charges, he opposed the request of custodial interrogation, saying that the probe agency had not given any specific and vital point for seeking remand. Countering the CBI allegations, Tyagi said that, as IAF chief 2004-2007, he had nothing to do with the deal and the decision was taken collectively in in consultation with then Defence Ministry, the Special Protection Group and the PMO.

The decision came during the tenure of Manmohan Singh but was axed in January 2013 when the corruption allegations surfaced.

The CBI told court that in 1999, the government decided to phase out the old helicopters as they were not fit to reach high-altitude areas, and the Defence Ministry in 2002 issued global tenders for procuring new VVIP helicopters in which 11 companies participated including AgustaWestland.

However, AgustaWestland could not qualify for the shortlisted companies as it could not meet the eligibility criteria.

“Therefore a conspiracy was hatched by the accused person to help AgustaWestland win the chopper contract by making change in the operational requirements,” contended the CBI, saying Italian nationals and middlemen Carlo Gerosa and Guido Haschke were in constant touch with Tyagi’s cousin to influence the bidding, and also accessed crucial information.

The middlemen told Sanjeev Tyagi that they had a good contact with Giuseppe Orsi and Bruno Spagnolini, then CEOs of the Italy-based Finmeccanica and Britain-based AgustaWestland, which is a subsidiary of the former, and could fix the meeting with them, CBI disclosed.

All the accused, companies included, were booked for criminal conspiracy, cheating and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

With inputs from IANS

First Published On : Dec 14, 2016 15:56 IST

J-K: Security forces kill terrorist in Anantnag; search operations underway in Sopore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An encounter between the security forces and terrorists is underway on Wednesday in Bomai area of Sopore in Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir, reports the Financial Express. The army and the police have cordoned off the area and have launched search operations where terrorists are believed to be hiding.Meanwhile in a separate incident, a terrorist has been killed in an encounter with security forces in Bijbehara, Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir. In a heavy gunfire on December 8, three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed in an encounter in Arwani area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag.With ANI inputs.

Demonetization: BJP demands apology for Parliament logjam, Congress blames govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday accused the opposition of hampering proceedings in parliament and demanded an apology from the latter for the ruckus created over demonetization. “The opposition is responsible for the deadlock that has been created in parliament. They are the ones who demanded a debate in the name of demonetization, but have always tried to escape from talks,” BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain told ANI.Hussain further said that the TMC and Congress should apologies to parliament and the president for creating a ruckus in its proceedings and added that this kind of behaviour does not favour anyone.Congress, however, responded that the logjam was the government’s fault. “If there is uproar or logjam in Parliament, it is entirely of the government’s creation… it’s their duty to make it work,” Abhishek Manu Singhvi told ANI. “There is no logic in saying that the opposition is obstructing the Parliament, the demands are legitimate,” he said.Parliament was adjourned till Monday after the opposition described the government as anti-farmer and anti-poor government. The opposition raised slogans such as “Kisan Virodhi, Gareeb Virodhi, Yeh Sarkar Nahi Chalegi” (We will not accept this government which is anti-farmer and anti-poor).Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said the demonetization was ruining the lives of farmers. President Pranab Mukherjee had on Thursday said, “For God’s sake, do your job. You are meant to transact business in Parliament,” he said.

Hyderabad building collapse: One dead,10-12 people feared trapped

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One person died and several are fear trapped an under-construction building collapsed in Nanakramguda area in Hyderabad on Thursday night. The rescue operations have been underway through the night and continued into early Friday morning. ANI reports that two people including a child were rescued from the collapsed building and shifted to hospital. “Still 10-12 people are feared trapped,” the city’s Deputy Mayor Baba Fasiuddin told ANI.About 10 families, mostly labourers, were living in the premises of the building, Mayor B Rammohan said.Telangana Home Minister N Narsimha Reddy and several other leaders and officials rushed to the spot after news of the collapse. Reddy said violation of rules has been noticed in the construction of the building. He also said that different figures were being given on the number of persons trapped under the debris. “Nobody is saying exactly,” he said.State Excise Minister T Padma Rao said the number of persons trapped would be known only after the debris are removed. “Unless the slabs are removed, we can not say responsibly. Six slabs have fallen on one another. Neither me nor you can say… It would be known only after the slabs are removed, how many workers are there. Some say six persons have died and some say seven died. Nobody knows how many were there and how many killed, but truth would come out only after the slabs are lifted,” he said. The immediate priority right now is to remove the debris and ascertaining how many were trapped, he said. The government would act tough against those responsible for this tragedy for any violation of rules, the Excise Minister said.Expressing anguish on the collapse of the multi-storey building, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao directed ministers from the city to take care of the rescue and relief operation.He also directed officials to take the help of NDRF personnel.

Padmanabhaswamy Temple dress code: Kerala HC upholds ban on salwar kameez

In a judicial order which can potentially raise a storm across the country, a divisional bench of the Kerala High Court on Thursday, ordered that women should not be allowed to wear salwar kameez and churidar inside the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple, an ANI report said.

The latest order also states that the decision of the tantri or chief priest is final and the Temple Board does not have the authority to make the rules, a Mathrubhumi report said.

The order claims significance as last month, the temple executive officer of the renowned temple, broke age-old traditions allowing women wearing churidar or salwar kameez to enter the temple. This step was taken after the high court intervened following a petition by a woman devotee Riya Raj, The Indian Express reported.

The new petition was filed by private parties challenging the Kerala High Court’s November order.

According to this NDTV report, many members of the administrative board, which includes temple priests as well opposed the move and urged to continue the tradition.

However, just days after the November order, the new dress code was withdrawn by the temple board after protests from Hindu organisations, The Indian Express added.

According to traditions, only women wearing a saree, dhoti or long skirt are allowed to enter the temple premises, the NDTV report added.

First Published On : Dec 8, 2016 14:26 IST

J-K: Three LeT terrorists killed in Arwani in Anantnag encounter

Thu, 8 Dec 2016-02:26pm , Anantnag , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least three Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists were killed in an encounter in Arwani area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag on Thursday.The combing operation is currently underway.The Railway authorities earlier in the day suspended train services from Budgam-Banihal due to the encounter.Fresh exchange of fire started between terrorists and security forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district in the early morning hours.

Delhi: Man sent to judicial custody for having sex with girl’s corpse

Tue, 6 Dec 2016-08:29pm , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a shocking incident, a man was arrested for allegedly having unnatural sex with the body of a girl, which was later found abandoned along the bank of Yamuna, near Sarai Kale Khan bus stand, in Delhi on Tuesday.After a pedestrian reported the incident to police, they detained the accused, who is reportedly suffering from necrophilia. He was later sent in the judicial custody. A case has been registered against the man at the Sarai Kale Khan Police Station under relevant sections.Police is probing the matter and the jail authorities have been asked to get the accused medically and psychologically examined.

Arrested Axis bank managers sent to remand by Delhi court

Mon, 5 Dec 2016-08:20pm , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi court on Monday sent two Axis bank managers, who were arrested by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case into a week’s remand. The accused officials were produced before the Tis Hazari court at around 2 PM on Monday and were interrogated for about 38 hours.They were asked to present themselves before the court on December 12. Lawyer of Shobit Sinha, one of the accused, said that they opposed the 7-day police custody adding his client cooperated during investigation.Earlier in the day, Axis Bank suspended the accused officials. Both managers had allegedly taken gold bricks as bribe to convert Rs 40 crore black money into white. One of the gold bricks was recovered from Lucknow.
ALSO READ Axis Bank suspends two managers arrested by ED under PMLA ActMoney from the three bank accounts was transferred to jewellers via RTGS mode of payment to buy gold. The jewellers sold the gold at 45,000 rupees per tola whereas the market price was much lower. The ED is probing the case and has initiated an investigation into the matter to unmask the other people involved.

Axis Bank suspends two managers arrested by ED under PMLA Act

Mon, 5 Dec 2016-12:45pm , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Axis Bank suspended two of its managers on Monday. They were arrested by the Enforcement Directorate under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) case for their alleged involvement in settling of unaccounted money. The accused officials will be produced before the Tees Hazari court at around 2 pm today for further interrogation. Both managers had allegedly taken gold bricks as bribe to convert Rs 40 crore black money into white. One of the gold bricks was recovered from Lucknow.Money from three bank accounts was transferred to jewellers via RTGS mode of payment to buy gold. The jewellers sold the gold at 45,000 rupees per tola whereas the market price was much lower.The ED is probing the case and initiated an investigation into matter to unmask the other people, involved in the corruption.

Supreme Court to hear NDTV India appeal against ban today

Mon, 5 Dec 2016-09:56am , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court will on Monday hear the appeal filed by NDTV against the ban imposed on its NDTV India channel for airing security related information linked to the terrorist attack on the Pathankot air force base earlier this year. The apex court had earlier on November 6 deferred the hearing in the case to December 5, citing reason of no urgency for its hearing.NDTV India was asked to go off-air on November 9 after the government accused it of broadcasting sensitive information related to the terror attack on Pathankot air force base in January. However, NDTV refuted the allegations stating that other channels had also reported the same.Journalists and major media organisations condemned the ban and staged protest against it, comparing it with the time of the Emergency when the right of the freedom of press was violated.However, Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu supported the ban, saying it is in the interest of country’s security.

I-T dept rejects fake disclosure of Rs 2 lakh crore under IDS by Mumbai family

Looks like the Income Tax Department has found another bogus declaration under the Income Disclosure Scheme (IDS) that the Narendra Modi government had launched on 1 June to give tax evaders a chance to escape any action after paying 45 percent total tax.

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The Income Tax department on Monday rejected another fake disclosure totalling Rs 2 lakh crores, by a Mumbai-based family of four, ANI tweeted on Sunday.

According to the news agency, the IT-department has rejected a declaration of Rs 2 lakh crore by a Mumbai-based family of four and has commenced enquiries into these declarants.

“Abdul Razzaque Mohammed Sayed (self), Rukhsana Abdul Razzaque Sayed (wife), Mohammed Aarif Abdul Razzaque Sayed (son) and Noorjahan Mohammed Sayed (sister) from Mumbai, had filed a total declaration of Rs 2 lakh crore,” ANI said.

According to ANI, investigations from the income separtment had revealed the declarants to be persons of suspicious nature, and with very small means. The declarations were rejected because the department suspected that they could be misused.

The I-T department had received another bogus declaration of Rs 13,860 crore from a Gujarat-based businessman, named Mahesh Shah, who had vanished just days before the date of paying interest on the disclosed income. Shah, however, appeared on a television channel on Saturday, and was, thereafter, arrested by IT sleuths.

The news agency also informed that the department had knowingly kept declarations from Mumbai and Ahmedabad pending, and didn’t include them in the total value of declarations (Rs 65,250 crore) that was announced on 1 October.

First Published On : Dec 4, 2016 16:52 IST

After 5 years of legal battles, women finally enter Haji Ali dargah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After a series of legal battles that lasted for five years, women activists on Tuesday entered the sanctum sanctorum of the Haji Ali dargah in Mumbai.Around 100 women from different parts of India including Maharashtra, Gujarat, West Bengal, Rajasthan visited the Haji Ali dargah and offered prayers.Noorjehan Safia Niaz of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA) said, “We were gathered in the city for an event and thought of coming together and offering prayers. We were not stopped by any authority and this helped us pray peacefully. It is good to see the change that now allows us inside, but we were still not able to touch the grave (mazar). We will soon have a national meeting of BMMA and decide about our next step. “After offering prayers, the group enjoyed a qawwali performance in the dargah.On October 24 this year, the Haji Ali Dargah Trust had told the Supreme Court that it was ready to implement the Bombay High Court’s order to allow entry of women into the sanctum sanctorum of the shrine located in South Mumbai and had sought four weeks for infrastructural changes to make arrangements for it.A Bench led by Chief Justice of India TS Thakur was hearing a plea by the Haji Ali Dargah Trust challenging the Bombay High Court’s ruling to provide equal right of entry to both women and men in the dargah’s sanctum sanctorum.On August 26, the Bombay High Court held that the ban imposed by the Trust, prohibiting women from entering the sanctum sanctorum of the Haji Ali Dargah, contravened Articles 14, 15 and 25 of the Constitution and said women should be permitted to enter the sanctum sanctorum like men.Noorjehan Niaz and Zakia Soman, founders of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), had petitioned the Bombay High Court against the ban, calling it unconstitutional.Bhumata brigade chief Trupti Desai had also said the Supreme Court’s decision should act as a guidance for the nation to allow the entry of women in all temples.Speaking to ANI, Desai said, “Those trustees who opposed our movement and did not allow us to enter the dargah, they had to bow down in front of us. The decision of the Supreme Court should act as an inspiration for the nation and to all temples where women are dishonored and not treated at par with their male counterparts.”(With ANI inputs)

BSF foils border infiltration bid in Samba district of Jammu; two militants killed

Security forces killed two militants early Tuesday morning when a group of militants tried to sneak in from Pakistan through the International Border near a border outpost in Samba district Jammu.

According to ANI, the firing is over and the area is being sanitised.

According to reports, the two militants were killed following a “heavy firing exchange” with the Border Security Force (BSF).

The BSF noticed some suspicious movement in the general area of Border Out Post Chamliyal in Samba, Jammu and Kashmir. The area was immediately cordoned off. When challenged, BSF patrol was fired upon by miscreants holed up in a tube well pumphouse, reported ANI.

According to PTI, a BSF jawan was injured in the gunbattle with the infiltrating group of militants.

The infiltration bid on the border in Jammu came amid a fierce gunbattle between security forces and heavily armed militants who opened fire on an army camp in the garrison town of Nagrota near Jammu.

— With agency inputs

First Published On : Nov 29, 2016 09:45 IST

SC to hear bail plea of rape accused Asaram Bapu

Mon, 28 Nov 2016-09:40am , New Delhi , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court will on Monday hear the bail plea filed by self- styled religious figure Asaram Bapu.The apex court, on November 21, refused to give him relief in connection with two rape cases registered against him. Asaram had earlier knocked the doors of the apex court seeking bail on health grounds. The Gujarat Government had earlier told the top court division bench that the rape case registered against Asaram would very likely proceed in an expeditious manner, adding that the trial would be completed within six months so the bail should not be granted to him in the case.The apex court had earlier this month sought the response of the Centre and five states on a plea seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the alleged murder of children through black magic and attacks on ten witnesses in Asaram Bapu rape cases.

Punjab: Armed men break into Nabha jail, free Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo

Ten armed men reportedly broke into the Nabha jail in Punjab on Sunday morning and freed Khalistan Liberation Force chief Harminder Singh Mintoo and four other gangsters from the prison. High alert has been sounded in Punjab, reports ANI.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Reports also said that the armed men were wearing police uniform and fired over over 100 rounds of ammunition at police personnel. ANI reported that the police are now at the spot and a probe has been initiated.

The four other gangsters who have been freed are Gurpreet Singh, Vicky Gondar, Nitin Deol and Vikramjeet Singh, according to ANI.

Chandigarh Tribune also reported that DGP law and order HS Dhillon has confirmed the jailbreak.

Several check posts have been set up across Punjab, reported CNN-News18.

The news channel also reported that Mintoo was a high-profile criminal who had links with the Inter-Serivces Intelligence (ISI) in Pakistan. Mintoo was arrested by Punjab Police from Delhi’s IGI Airport in 2014, in connection with 10 cases, including the 2008 attack on Sirsa-based Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh and recovery of explosives at Halwara Air Force station in 2010.

This incident took place in a maximum security prison at around 8.30 am.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Nov 27, 2016 10:55 IST

J&K: Terrorists fire at army convoy in Langate, BSF jawan injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A BSF jawan was injured in firing by terrorists in Wadi Pora area of Kashmir’s Langate on Saturday.ANI reports that gunshots were heard as a convoy of the security forces passed through Wadi Pora area of Langate in Handwara. BSF head constable Satinder Singh was injured in the firing.More details are awaited.

Demonetisation: SC refuses Centre’s plea to transfer PILs against currency ban

As queues outside ATMs and banks continue to cause inconvenience to citizens, the Supreme Court once again refused the Narendra Modi government’s request to stay proceedings challenging the demonetisation move on Wednesday, saying that people may get immediate relief from them.

The SC was hearing arguments of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who had filed a transfer plea before the apex court, seeking a stay on all pending pleas against demonetisation, after PILs were filed against the move in different high courts across India.

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Arguing on behalf of the government, Rohatgi told the apex court on Wednesday that “more than Rs 6 lakh crores has been deposited in banks” since the demonetisation move was announced on 8 November and that “it expects to collect Rs 15 lakh”.

According to ANI, he said that there is no shortage of new currency notes, but accepted that the government is facing problem in transportation new notes. However, “People should not panic,” Rohatgi said.

The Attorney General also informed the apex court that the government has taken sufficient measures to benefit farmers, ANI said.

Speaking of how the move has pushed the citizens to adopt digital means, according to ANI, Rohatgi told the SC that the move has led to a “big surge in digital use of money transaction” and that the government has “set up a committee which will assess the ground situation across the country on demonetisation move”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had demonetised old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 on 8 November in an evening television broadcast in order to curb black money, corruption, fake currency and terror finance.

Earlier, the SC had questioned the steps taken by the Centre, saying: “What is the difficulty?” However, it had also refused to stay the government notification demonetising Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. It had told the government to reduce the inconvenience of the people, saying “you cannot have surgical strike” against them.

The apex court has fixed 2 December for hearing Centre’s plea to transfer all pleas on demonetisation issue to either apex court or to one of the HCs.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Nov 23, 2016 12:28 IST

Half of those in ATM lines sent by Opp, Mamata only good at launching agitations: BJP MP Rupa Ganguly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Rupa Ganguly on Monday alleged that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has done mismanagement in her five years of governance, is good at launching agitations.’It has been proved that she (Mamata Banerjee) is good at launching agitations. She has only done agitations for 25 years. There is mismanagement in her five years of governance. It would have been better if she had ruled the state properly. She thinks she can’t make money in Bengal, that’s why she is planning to make money here in Delhi,’ she told ANI. The actress-turned politician also alleged that half of those standing in long queues outside ATMs and banks have been deployed by the various opposition parties. ‘The people, who have huge amount of cash stored in trunks, are facing problems. We are roaming around in the streets. Half of those in these long queues have been deployed by the political parties. They vanished when indelible ink was used,’ Ganguly told ANI.Carrying forward her protest against demonetization, the West Bengal Chief Minister earlier in the day said that she would protest on the roads of Delhi tomorrow to voice her concerns against the ban.’I don’t even know whether the Union Cabinet was informed about demonetization. My humble submission to the Centre is to work together and solve this issue. We have to protect the common people. I am going to Delhi tomorrow. I will be on the road again,’ she told the media in Kolkata. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo also made it clear that she had no personal interest but was doing this for the sake of the nation. ‘We are ready to join any political programme. I have no personal interests. I am doing this for the sake of the people of the country,’ she said.Training guns on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the TMC chief also lambasted the government for lack of planning prior to implementation of demonetization. ‘We have never seen a Prime Minister, who threatens his political opponents. The Prime Minister should be very sober. The Centre has rolled back about 15 decisions since announcement on November 8…. This means they are confused. Catch the cheaters and black money hoarders but spare the common people,’ she said, adding that she would address a rally in Lucknow and Bihar on November 29. Mamata further stated that the lower middle class, traders, daily wage workers and housewives are the worst sufferers of demonetization. ‘The note supply worth Rs. 14 lakh crore has been withdrawn after demonetization. The lower middle class, traders, daily wagers and the housewives are the worst sufferers. Black money hoarders are finding new ways of stashing their cash. The common people are suffering,’ she added.Asserting that every day the Centre is doing a roll back, the West Bengal Chief Minister said that instead of making changes on a daily basis, the ruling dispensation must come up with a proper plan of action.’The black money has become blacker. You have snatched white money from the people of the nation. 86 percent of the currency has been affected. We had raised the issue of suffering of farmers due to demonetization. Food supply may be hit. Lot of construction workers are going back to their homes. The jute mill workers and the tea garden workers are suffering,’ she added.Earlier last week, Mamata along with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance partner Shiv Sena led a march from the Parliament to the Rashtrapati Bhawan protesting against the currency ban.Prime Minister Modi had on Sunday responded to her criticism by saying ‘those who looted poor with chit fund scam are today questioning Centre.’

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa shifted to normal ward from ICU

Sat, 19 Nov 2016-07:45pm , Chennai , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was on Saturday shifted from the ICU to the normal ward in Apollo Hospital.The official twitter account of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) tweeted this information. This is the first time that that Jayalalaithaa has been moved out of the ICU since she was admitted on September 22 with complaints of fever and dehydration.On November 13, she said she had taken ‘rebirth’and she is waiting to resume her duties after her complete recovery. According to reports, the normal ward will have all requisite facilities to attend to the medical needs of Jayalalithaa.

NIA’s FIR against Zakir Naik is illegal, says his counsel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mobin Solkar, the counsel for controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, on Saturday said the case filed by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) against his client under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) is illegal, as the Supreme Court, earlier granted a stay in a similar case, and hence, any fresh complaint on the same grounds would stand void.”Earlier in the year 2012 an FIR was registered by the office bearers of some organisation against Zakir Naik under section 153 A and in response we filed a petition in the Supreme Court and the court granted stay to all those proceedings in the FIR. So fresh FIR for the same offence is not maintainable in law so they cannot be two FIR for one offence,” Solkar told ANI.Solankar further maintained that from 2012 till date, Dr. Naik has not given any lecture which can be a cause of action for filing a fresh FIR against him. He, however, conceded that the investigative agency is entitled to search and visit the premises of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), owned by Naik, and the organisation would comply with all the investigative processes carried out by the NIA.”The NIA, irrespective of the legality of the FIR, is empowered to investigate the matter and they are carrying out their investigation and we are ready to cooperate as far the investigation is concerned. IRF has been a law abiding trust and we are ready to fully cooperate with the investigative agency,” Solankar said.Teams of the National Investigation Agency (NIA), along with the Mumbai Police, early this morning, launched raids on 10 premises of Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) run by controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. NIA spokesperson told ANI that the premises were raided at 6 a.m. with the help of local police. “We are searching a few residential premises and a few office premises of Zakir Naik,” said the spokesperson.The NIA had on Friday registered a case against Naik and others under sections 10 (Penalty for being member of an unlawful association) and 13 (Punishment for unlawful activities) and other various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and section 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), said a spokesperson.The Union Government had on Tuesday declared the IRF as an “outlawed organisation” under the anti-terror law for its alleged terror activities, following which the Maharashtra Government said it would keep a close eye on locals and organisations funding the IRF and would be treated as “anti-social elements”.

Assam: Encounter between army & suspected ULFA militants, IED blast in Tinsukia; 3 jawans martyred

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Three jawans were martyred and several others injured in an ongoing encounter between the army and suspected United Liberated Front of Asom (ULFA) militants in Tinsukia district of Assam on Saturday. The soldiers were killed while another was injured in an IED blast in Assam’s Digboi area, which took place as the soldiers were travelling in an Army vehicle. Another soldier was injured in the IED blast, a Defence spokesperson said. According to ANI, after the incident took place, the army launched a combing operation to nab the terrorists.In a deadly ambush by suspected ULFA militants on army convoy at around 5.30 am, Multan Singh of 15 Kumaon regiment, aged 43, attained martyrdom. The incident took place inside a reserve forest near Digboi in Tinsukia district. According to sources, the injured soldiers were airlifted and admitted to a hospital, where Singh succumbed to his injuries.Meanwhile, the Army has cordoned off the jungle in Tinsukia’s Pengri and the operation launched is still going on.Tinsukia’s Pengri and the operation launched is still going on.ULFA is a separatist outfit operating in Assam banned by the Government of India in 1990, citing it as a terrorist organisation. ULFA seeks to establish sovereign Assam with an armed struggle in the conflict. ULFA seeks to establish sovereign Assam with an armed struggle in the conflict. With inputs from PTI.

Jammu and Kashmir: One cop killed in Sopore encounter; gunfight underway

Wed, 16 Nov 2016-10:50am , Jammu and Kashmir , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One policeman of the Special Operation Group was killed on Wednesday after gunfight broke out between the security forces and the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sopore.The encounter started at Marwal forest area of Zaloora Sopore in Jammu and Kashmir.The gunfight is currently underway.A terrorist was neutralised and an Army personnel sustained injuries earlier on November 7 after a massive gunfight broke out in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian.An Army jawan was killed in a ceasefire violation in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir on November 6.The firing from Pakistan came hours after an Indian soldier was killed and a civilian was injured at the R.S Pura Sector.

Mumbai: Father commits suicide after poisoning his three daughters

Sat, 12 Nov 2016-11:50am , Mumbai , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A father committed suicide after poisoning his three daughters in the Sakinaka area of Mumbai on Saturday.The man was involved in some property dispute with his relatives. Father, one daughter of approximately of five years and twin daughters of around two or three years of age, were reported dead.However, an additional reason attributed behind the suicide could be that on Friday the wife of deceased also had some argument with the family and she left for her parents’ home in the Mira Road area.The Police is investigating the exact reasons behind the incident.

Karnataka edu minister says porn was WhatsApp forward, opened it ‘accidentally’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karnataka’s primary and secondary education minister Tanveer Sait was found watching pornographic photographs on his mobile phone on Thursday during the Tipu Jayanthi celebrations in Raichur. On Friday, he told ANI that he had not been looking at the photos intentionally. “I did not open that picture (porn) intentionally, it was on a WhatsApp group and it opened accidentally,” Sait said.A media channel ran footage of the minister viewing photographs of skimpily-clad girls on his phone while on the dais during the celebrations organised as a tribute to Tipu Sultan, the ruler of erstwhile Mysore kingdom who fought against the British. The minister is seen browsing photographs of the girl while other speakers are lauding Tipu Sultan.Though the minister and the Congress are yet to react, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which has been criticising the government for organising Tipu Jayanthi, has demanded the minister’s resignation. BJP leader KS Eshwarappa said: “He has no moral authority to continue as a minister, he should resign immediately.”This is the second such scandal that has surfaced in Karnataka in the recent times. In 2012, two BJP ministers were caught viewing porn on their mobile phones inside the legislative assembly.

13 feared dead in fire at Ghaziabad factory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A massive fire broke out at a garment factory in Ghaziabad’s Sahibabad on Friday morning, NDTV reported. 13 people are feared dead and several have been injured. Twelve fire tenders and the police are at the spot, ANI reported. The factory is located on the Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border.Meanwhile, another inferno has been reported from Mumbai, where fire broke out at a godown on Sheikh Memon street. As per reports, eight fire tenders have reached at the spot.More details are awaited.

Why bind ourselves to ‘no first use policy’, says Parrikar on India’s nuke doctrine

In what could intensify the ongoing tension between India and Pakistan manifold, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said that he sees no reason why India should bind itself a ‘no first use policy’ on nuclear weapons.

Explaining the need to be unpredictable in warfare strategy, according to PTI, Parrikar said: “Why should I bind myself? I should say I am a responsible nuclear power and I will not use it irresponsibly. This is my (personal) thinking.”

India had declared a “no first use” nuclear policy following the nuclear weapons test in 1998. However, its arch-rival and nuclear-armed state Pakistan has no such policy.

Though the minister clarified that the remarks were personal in nature, and the nuke doctrine has not changed in the government, giving up the “no first use policy” could prevent “hoax” threats.

“It has not changed in the government. It is my concept. As an individual I also get feeling. I am not saying you have to use it first. Hoax can be called off,” PTI quoted the minister where he also added that prior to the surgical strike, the Pakistan defence minister used to threaten India with the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons.

“From the day surgical strike happened, no threat has come. They realised that we can do something which is not well defined,” he said.

“Necessarily if there is any question or danger to the country, I will not open the book first,” ANI tweeted.

However, soon after Parrikar’s interview was aired on television, according to ANI, the Ministry of Defence, issued a statement saying that the views expressed were the minister’s personal views and not his official stand on the issue. “What Defence Minister Parrikar said was his personal opinion and not the official position. What he said was that India being a responsible power should not get into 1st use debate…,” the news agency tweeted.

Although, the defence ministry was quick to call the opinion minister’s “personal” one, this kind of assertion could potentially hamper India’s bid to the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group member as few countries including China are playing hard ball.

After deadly stunt, Kannada actor Uday’s body found

Wed, 9 Nov 2016-07:40pm , Bengaluru (Karnataka) , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The body of Kannada actor Uday, who went missing after he jumped from a chopper into Thippagondanahalli Reservoir on Monday during a movie shoot was found here.The incident happened when the crew of upcoming Kannada film ‘Masti Gudi’ was shooting the climax scene.The scene had two actors jumping out of a chopper into the reservoir.Lead actor Duniya Vijay along with co-actors Uday and Anil had to jump off from the helicopter from a height of over 100 feet. While Vijay swam to safety, Anil and Uday, failed to surface.The video shows three of the actors jumping into the water but only Vijay managing to swim ashore.According to reports, filmmakers may be charged with negligence as they did not provide for safety nets in place.

Delhi govt urges Centre to adopt artificial rain technology to tackle pollution

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Delhi Environment Minister Imran Hussain on Monday met with the Union Environment Minister Anil Dave and appealed to him to adopt artificial rain technology to neutralise the rising levels of smog.Hussain told ANI, “We have appealed to the central minister to bring artificial rain technology, like other countries, so that we can get instant relief from smog. There are approximately 4,000 brick kilns in Delhi, where people are polluting the atmosphere by not following norms. We have discussed to control over polluting industries which emit a lot of smoke.””If the government purchases the crops from farmers and then disposes it, I think there is a better solution for this,” he added.Earlier, Dave chaired a meeting to chalk out an action plan to control rising pollution levels. Talking to the media in New Delhi on Sunday, Dave said that no one should indulge in a political blame game to fight pollution in the national capital. He appealed for a united response to tackle the problem. He said that ISRO images show that the role of neighbouring states and their contribution is only 20% and blaming them would not work.Meanwhile, the Delhi Government has decided to close all schools for the next three days and shut down all constructions and demolitions for five days. The Delhi Government has announced several emergency measures to tackle the unprecedented level of pollution plaguing Delhi and the NCR.Water sprinkling on roads will begin on Tuesday and vacuum cleaning measures to deal with dust pollution will start next week. The Badarpur thermal power plant will be closed for ten days from Monday.Landfill sites fire will be extinguished and transportation of fly ash will be stopped for 10 days. City government is also planning to bring back Odd Even scheme soon and preparations are already on.The MeT department has forecast little improvement in the current weather condition for the next three days.

Watch: Two Kannada actors feared drowned after chopper stunt goes wrong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two Kannada actors have gone missing, and are feared dead after they jumped from a chopper into a dam for a stunt during a movie shoot. The incident happened at Thippagondanahalli lake on Magadi Road, 35 km from Bengaluru. The incident happened on Monday at 3 pm. Three actors, Duniya Vijay, Anil and Uday, jumped into the lake from a chopper as part of the shooting for the film Masti Gudi. According to a report in The NewsMinute, Vijay managed to swim to the shore, while Anil and Uday did not surface. While a search operation is on to find the duo, the police says that there are thin chances of recovering them, said the report. Watch the video here:Picture Courtesy: ANI

Odisha: Parents on hunger strike until third child recovers from Japanese Encephalitis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fearing that their third child would meet the same end after their other two children became victims to Japanese Encephalitis, the distraught parents in Odisha’s Malkangiri have been on a hunger strike ever since their child has been admitted to hospital.After their initial reluctance over admitting their child in the hospital, Sudrashan Padiyami and Sumitra finally agreed to Malkangiri’s District Magistrate Sudarshan Chakravarthy, who persuaded them to do so.”I have told to the District Magistrate that until my child returns safe and sound we will not eat and drink,” Sudrashan Padiyami told ANI.Following this, several women organisations met the parents to share their grievances.One of the local organisations named ‘Maa’ has started protesting outside the district administration demanding immediate preventive measures to tackle the rising menace.Odisha has been the worst victim of Japanese Encephalitis outbreak where more than 80 children have fell victim to the deadly virus.So far 505 villages in the tribal dominated Malkangiri have been affected due to Japanese Encephalitis.

OROP death: Sack undeserving Parrikar, says Congress leader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Criticising Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for saying that 95% of ex-servicemen have already got the benefits of the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, the Congress party on Sunday said he did not deserve to be in the union cabinet.”How does he (Parrikar) explain that for more than 500 days, ex-servicemen are camping in Delhi and agitating against the non implementation of one rank one pension? Mr. Manohar Parrikar does not deserve to be the defense minister,” Congress leader Om Prakash Mishra told ANI.He said, “He (Parrikar) does not know the difference between salary enhancement and the implementation of what is OROP that is a principal matter and that matter is yet unsettled and that is why we have seen the unfortunate death of Ram Kishan Grewal.”Parrikar claimed yesterday that only one lakh ex-servicemen (out of over 20 lakh) are not getting pension as per OROP scheme due to some technical difficulty or documentation problems, which will be resolved another couple of months.

J&K: Another school set on fire in Bandipora district, flames doused

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Another school was set on fire in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. The flames have been doused, reports ANI.As many as 31 schools and 110 government buildings have been damaged in Kashmir Valley since the current unrest began four months ago.Among the schools, which were set ablaze by unknown persons, 25 were government-run, two private and four were run by trusts or other social organisations, official sources told PTI.Out of the 110 government buildings, 65 were either completely gutted or partially burnt down and 55 were damaged through “other means”.Over the past few months, miscreants burnt down schools across the Valley which is in the grip of unrest following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8.Amid outrage over the issue, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court took suo motu cognisance of this development and asked the state government to take steps to prevent such incidents and “unmask” to culprits.The Centre had also earlier this week asked the Mehbooba Mufti government to check such attempts and make efforts for reopening the schools which have been closed since July 9.With ANI/PTI inputs.

Kerala: School teacher arrested for raping a deaf and mute girl

Fri, 4 Nov 2016-01:43pm , Kozhikode , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Kerala Police arrested a 42-year-old private school teacher on Friday for allegedly raping a 19-year-old deaf and mute girl in Kozhikode district.The incident happened on November 2, however, the victim registered a complaint a day after the incident. According to reports, the accused is a relative of the victim.Further details are awaited.

Detention of Rahul Gandhi an ‘undeclared emergency’: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Describing the detention of their vice-president Rahul Gandhi and other political leaders by the police as an act of ‘undeclared emergency’, the Congress Party on Thursday said it was the ‘darkest night of democracy’.”Former chief minister Sheila Dikshit was arrested, Chief Minister of Delhi was arrested, and the Deputy Chief Minister was arrested and if this is not undeclared emergency that what is it,” asked Congress leader Tom Vadakkan.Talking to ANI, Vadakkan said yesterday was the darkest night of democracy as an undeclared emergency was seen.”Vice-president Rahul Gandhi was arrested twice and for what? To convey his condolence to the grieved family, he was stopped and the family members were manhandled in the hospital, in the parking lot they were moved out of the spot by the rattled Bharatiya Janata Party government,” he added.Gandhi was detained by the Delhi Police for trying to meet the family members of an ex-serviceman Ram Kishan Grewal, who allegedly committed suicide over delays in implementation of the one rank one pension scheme for the armed forces.The senior Congress leader alleged that the Modi government is curbing the voices that are being raised against his regime, and warned that the latter risked facing heavy repercussions.Angry at being detained by Delhi Police, Gandhi took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. ?Let?s see how long I have to wait here. I am certain that I will talk to the family. This is a strange behaviour. This is Modi’s ji’s country,” Gandhi told ANI here.Gandhi being detained twice by the Delhi police amid high drama and the movement of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal restricted snowballed the protest. Several leaders of Congress and AAP including Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia were also held by the police even as Rahul and Kejriwal tore into Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Karnataka celebrates state formation day today

Tue, 1 Nov 2016-09:40am , Bengaluru , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Karnataka is celebrating the 60th anniversary of state formation day on Tuesday. This was the day in 1956 when all the Kannada language-speaking regions of South India were merged to form the state of Karnataka. “My greetings to the people of Karnataka on the auspicious occasion of the state of Karnataka Rajyotsava,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.Known as Rajyotsava Day, it is customary on this day to take pride in the promotion of the language, literature, culture and traditions of the state and also to honour eminent persons from various fields who hail from Karnataka.The state government has announced Rajyotsava Awards to 61 eminent personalities to be presented by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah in Bengaluru today. The state information department tableaus on greatness of Karnataka will tour of the entire state starting from today.

J&K: Pakistan violates ceasefire again; 2 civilians injured in Arnia sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan violated ceasefire in Nowshera sector in Rajouri sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday morning and has been firing on since 5 AM, reported ANI. Ceasefire was also violated in Ramgarh sector of Samba in Jammu and Kashmir since 6:30 AM with strong retaliation by the Border Security Force (BSF).In the ceasefire violation by Pakistan used small arms, automatics and 82 mm mortars. Two civilians have been injured the ceasefire violation in Arnia sector of RS Pura district.Meanwhile, an encounter between security forces and terrorists is underway in Ajar village in Bandipora (Jammu and Kashmir). More details are awaited.On Monday, an elderly woman and a soldier were killed and a girl and two armymen were injured in cross-LoC shelling and firing by Pakistani troops in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu and Kashmir. On Monday morning, Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling on the Indian positions and the civilian villages in the Balakote, Mankote belts of Mendhar tehsil in Poonch district, an army officer said. Pakistani troops also violated ceasefire in several areas of Rajouri district this afternoon, the officer said.There was a lull along the International Border (IB) since 9 AM on Monday after ceasefire violations by Pakistani Rangers on Sunday. There have been more that 60 ceasefire violations by Pakistani troops along the LoC and IB in the state since surgical strikes against terror launch pads by the Indian Army in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on September 29. 13 people, including three civilians, and eight security personnel were killed and over 40 people, mostly civilians were injured in the incidents. With ANI/PTI inputs.

Day after Diwali, Delhi reels under blanket of smog

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A thick blanket of smog engulfed the national capital a day after Diwali festivities, leading to poor visibility conditions across the city. The weather office reported shallow to moderate levels of fog in many parts of the city. Safdarjung observatory recorded visibility at 200 metres. The formation of smog — the combination of smoke and fog — can be attributed to Sunday night’s incessant fireworks during the festivities. The minimum temperature was recorded at 15.5 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, while the maximum is likely to be around 31 degrees Celsius. Air quality at 500 micrograms per cubic metre (severe) around Lodhi Road on Sunday morning. Earlier in the day, five vehicles collided due to the smog at DND flyover. No one was injured.Satyendra Jain, Delhi Health Minister, told ANI that pollution levels were high in several cities and said, “Thank you to the people of Delhi, who burst lesser crackers this time.”The sky will be clear in the later part of the day, an official said. Humidity was recorded on the higher end of the scale at 94% at 8:30 AM. On Sunday, the maximum and minimum temperatures were 31.7 and 15 degrees Celsius respectively. Air quality had plunged to ‘severe’ category, which carries the risk of affecting people’s respiratory system, on Sunday as smoke caused by fireworks, as part of Diwali festivities, blanketed the national capital.The Centre’s System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) recorded the level of respirable pollutants, PM 2.5 and PM 10, at 283 and 517 micrograms per cubic metre respectively around 8 PM, violating the safe limits by multiple times. The prescribed standards of PM 2.5 and PM 10 are 60 and 100 respectively, and anything beyond that can harm the respiratory system as the ultra fine particulates can embed deep into the lungs and also enter the bloodstream.

Pakistan violates ceasefire once again; exchange of fire underway

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fresh ceasefire violations by Pakistan were reported in Kathua Sector and KG Sector of Jammu and Kashmir. Indian troops are responding befittingly, reported ANI. Heavy shelling in LoC area and some sectors around it was reported. Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in KG Sector began at 5 pm on Thursday evening, and is currently underway. No casualties to Indian troops till last reports came in, said ANI.In Handwara district, on Thursday night terrorists hurled grenade at a police post. No casulaties have been reported and search operations were underway.(Further details awaited)

Jawan killed, another hurt as Army foils infiltration bid in Tangdhar sector

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One soldier was killed and another injured on Thursday as army foiled an infiltration bid by terrorists from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in Tangdhar sector along Line of Control in Kashmir, army said.”An infiltration bid was foiled in Tangdhar as troops intercepted a group of terrorists attempting to infiltrate,” an army official said. He said in the ensuing gunfight, one soldier was killed while another was injured.”The injured soldier has been evacuated,” he said.The official said the operation was in progress and further details were awaited. Ceasefire violations in Mendhar and Poonch reportedCeasefire violations by Pakistan in Mendhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir, retaliation underway, reported ANI. Ceasefire violations using small arms, automatics and 82mm reported in KG Sector of Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir.

Manipur CM Okram Ibobi escapes ambush by suspected NSCN militants

Mon, 24 Oct 2016-01:40pm , Ukhrul , ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Manipur CM Okram Ibobi was ambushed by suspected NSCN militants in Ukhrul on Monday. He escaped unhurt amidst firing by the militants at Ukhrul helipad. He has now flown out of Manipur to Imphal.A series of bomb blast had taken place late last night. Last night, two persons suspected to be NSCN (IM) hurled two hand grenades in Hundung area, injuring one jawan.There was tight security in Ukhrul ahead of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh’s visit to the district headquarter for inauguration of developmental projects. The 04 Indian Reserve Batalian (IRB) jawans were deployed there a week ahead of the Chief Minister’s visit.

National-level Kabaddi player Rohit Kumar arrested after wife’s suicide

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National-level kabaddi player who also represents a franchise in the Pro-Kabaddi League, was on Friday arrested in connection with the suicide of his wife Lalita, who had accused in-laws of “mental and physical harassment,” reported ANI.Earlier this week, 27-year-old Lalita allegedly committed suicide and her body was found hanging at her home in Delhi’s Nangloi area.She had married Rohit Kumar, who represents Bengaluru Bulls in the Pro-Kabaddi League, on March 16. It was a love marriage and her second marriage. Her father-in-law used to taunt her about getting married for the second time, police had said.In a long video message and a suicide note, Lalita has accused her in-laws and husband of “mental and physical harassment” over several issues, including dowry and her past.She alleged that on October 15, Rohit told her that if she goes away from his life, he would be very happy. He dropped her halfway to her home and left, she alleged.The 26-year-old kabaddi player got into the Naval Forces in 2009 through the sports quota and was posted in Mumbai.

J&K: Road mishap in Raesi; 22 killed, 30 injured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vehicle travelling along the Raesi district of Jammu and Kashmir, skidded off the road and rolled into a deep gorge . The bus turned turtle and fell into a deep gorge resulting in the death of 22 passengers, Tahir Sajad Bhat, SSP Reasi said. “15 persons have been killed and 30 others injured when a bus carrying 45 passengers that was on its way to Buckle from Reasi met with an accident near Reasi here today,” Bhat told PTI.”The people who were seriously injured are being airlifted to Government Medical College and Hospital for treatment,” he said.Police said some of the injured persons are in a critical conditions. “The rescue operation is going on and a police team and the district administration is on the spot,” he said.Ajay Nanda, J&K Minister informed ANI that the death toll had risen to 22 and injured persons were being shifted in ambulances. With ANI/PTI inputs

After Rocky Yadav’s bail, family of road rage murder victim cries foul

A day after Patna high court granted bail to Rocky Yadav, the main accused in the murder of a Class XI student, Aditya Sachdeva, over road rage in Gaya, Bihar, the parents of the victim have hit out on the verdict.

File image of Rocky Yadav. Image courtesy: News18

File image of Rocky Yadav. Image courtesy: News18

“This is a very bad day for Bihar, I appeal to the government to take some measures to save Bihar from the jungle raj,” Shyam Sundar, father of Aditya Sachdeva, told ANI. Both the parents hit out against the verdict. “We have all the proofs with us but still justice is denied, money & power has again silenced the truth,” ANI quoted Sundar on Twitter.

Rocky Yadav, son of suspended Janata Dal-United MLC Manorma Devi and Bindi Yadav, a politician with a criminal past, is accused of shooting Aditya Sachdeva on 7 May following an altercation over overtaking his vehcile. Manorma and Bindi were accused of sheltering him, and recently enlarged on bail as well. Rocky had absconded after the murder, allegedly with the help of his parents.

According to IANS, Rocky had confessed killing Sachdeva to the police, and was lodged in the Gaya Central Jail along with his father Bindi Yadav, Bindi Yadav’s bodyguard Rajesh Kumar and a cousin, Teni Yadav. All of them are accused in the murder case. Following the public outcry over Aditya Sachdeva’s murder, the ruling JD-U had suspended Manorama’s membership.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had assured the parents of the victim that justice will be done in the case, when he had visited their house in Gaya town in June.

“We need answers, high court gave decision in his (Rocky Yadav) favour without even opening the case. Bohot ghalat hua hai, humare bachhe ke saath insaaf hona chahiye. Hume sarkar se ummeed thi (This is very bad thing happened to our child. Our child should get justice. We had hopes from the government),” Sachdeva’s mother told ANI.

During the hearing, Rocky’s lawyer YV Giri argued that there is no direct evidence of his client’s involvement in the incident, PTI reported on Wednesday. Opposing the bail plea, government advocate Dilip Kumar Sinha told the court that Rocky Yadav was the main accused in the case.

After hearing arguments the court had granted bail to Rocky Yadav.

With inputs from agencies

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