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UP elections 2017: Akhilesh claims will scipt history by retaining power through development

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav asserted on Saturday that he will script history by retaining power on his development plank and took a jibe at BJP over note ban, saying those who put the people to hardships could be running away from polls. “Everyone is waiting for the poll dates and if there is anyone who is waiting the most for elections, it is me… I am ready for elections ever since I flagged off the Lucknow metro (trial run),” he said while addressing the police officials at IPS week here.”Though people say that governments are never repeated in Uttar Pradesh, ever since I have started working, I have been making history in all spheres and I’m confident that it will be made this time and I will be sitting along with you all once again, formulating future strategies,” Yadav said.In an apparent reference to the Centre’s demonetization move and the problems faced by people after it, the chief minister said, “those who have put the people to hardships could be running away from elections” and that he had been forced to act against police officials who had to bear the brunt for the wrongs of others. Yadav had suspended the concerned SP and SHO after a video clip showing a policeman baton charging people standing in queue outside a bank in Fatehpur district went viral on social media.Talking about the incident he said, “I had told the DGP to prepare the force so that they do not have to resort to lathi charge on people standing in the queues as the anger aimed at others could be redirected towards us”. Speculations are rife that election dates will be announced soon with the Election Commission asking the governments in five poll bound states to consult it before announcing examination dates in their respective states. The EC asked the UP government to reschedule next year’s state board examination dates in consultation with it so as to ensure that it does not clash with the Assembly polls which are due early next year. Stressing that he wants the upcoming elections to be free and fair as he is himself “fair”, Yadav said he will, however, see how fair others are. “It has to be seen whether the DGP stays or is removed as it is often seen that the first attack is on the senior most police official (appointed by the government in office)..”, he said.”Political parties will resort to every trick..it is a mela of democracy and people will have to decide ..there are many boundaries of castes and religion but they can all be broken through development,” the chief minister said.Yadav said that SP has adopted the path of development and the the metro service in Lucknow has been started for the benefit of people. “…people are today talking about digital India but in the real sense we have encouraged digital, technology has been used the most by us and perhaps that is why we have often been criticised,” he said.”All departments have done good work and I want that the works of police department are also seen. Police has the maximum responsibility, when all political parties fail on all fronts they said law and order is bad, I feel that they are not commenting on me but on the police,” Yadav said.

J&K situation extremely fragile; around 300 militants still active: DGP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Describing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir as “extremely fragile”, state DGP K Rajendra has said around 300 militants are active in the state and that continuing infiltration along the Line of Control (LoC) is a cause of worry.. “The continuing infiltration along the border is a cause of worry which can change the whole game,” the Director General of Police (DGP) told a meeting of top civil and police officials of the state, chaired by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, here yesterday.Referring to the situation in Kashmir where the unrest triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in July completed four months, Rajendra said even though the intensity and spread of the situation has come down, it continued to be “extremely fragile”. “While the intensity and spread of situation has come down, the situation is extremely fragile. At present, 250-300 militants are active. Given the present situation, we need to have a road map for next two-three months,” he said.The DGP said at least 70 buildings have been set ablaze by miscreants during the ongoing unrest in the Valley. “53 of these 70 buildings have been damaged totally,” the police chief said. He said the restoration of normalcy will remain the top priority for the forces in coming days. “While a semblance of normalcy has been restored, there is no scope for complacency. Police will continue its drive against miscreants,” he said.At the meeting, Deputy Commissioners and SSPs of Kashmir division made detailed presentations on the ongoing development works, some of which have been affected due to the situation. They also provided figures on the number of cases filed over the last four months and the arrests made in those cases.

Buldhana rape case: All accused have been arrested, says Maharashtra CM Fadnavis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday termed as “very serious” the allegations of rape of a minor girl at a government-aided tribal school in Buldhana district and said all the accused have been arrested in the case.”All accused have been arrested by the police. A team of police officials led by a woman IPS officer will probe the case. My government has taken cognisance of the incident,” Fadnavis said in a statement.The Chief Minister’s statement, however, was silent on the exact number of the victims and the accused arrested so far. State DGP Satish Mathur has said eleven persons have been arrested in connection with the case while search is on for remaining two.The minor girl was allegedly raped at the government- aided tribal residential school following which 11 people, including members of school management, were arrested last night.An SIT has been formed to probe the case as the police suspect that more children could have been sexually exploited. The CM said, “A team of officials led by a woman IPS officer will probe the case. All directors of the ashram shala are being arrested.”Ashram shala is also known as tribal residential school in Maharashtra.”Women police officers will visit all ashram schools, aided and government-run, in the state and speak to the girl inmates to find out whether laid down standard operating practices (SOP) related to security of the girls are being followed or not. Strict action would be taken if any lapses are found,” the CM said.On Friday, the DGP announced setting up of a Special Investigative Team (SIT), headed by a senior IPS officer, to investigate the case. The top cop had said only one girl has complained of rape.

Bhubaneshwar fire: Hospital chairman arrested; SIT asks ED to probe transactions of hospital trust

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Special Investigation Team (SIT) on Black Money has asked the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to probe financial transactions of the trust whose chairman was on Thursday arrested for a fire in a hospital run by it in which 21 people were killed.A senior police official said the SIT had directed the ED to examine all financial transactions of ‘Sikshya O Anusandhan Charitable Trust’ (SOA) that runs several institutions including Sum hospital where the incident occurred.At the same time, Vice-Chairman of the Supreme Court- appointed SIT on black money Justice Arijit Pasayat has also asked Odisha police to cooperate with the ED during their investigation, he said.”We have received a letter from the SIT on black money last night asking us to cooperate with the ED which is to probe into the money transactions of Sikshya O Anusandhan Charitable Trust,” said Director General of Police K B Singh.The SIT has asked the police to ensure that at no document or evidence pertaining to financial transactions of the trust including the hospital are tampered with or destroyed, the DGP said.The SIT direction for ED probe into money transactions came almost simultaneously with the surrender and subsequent arrest of Manoj Ranjan Nayak, Chairman of the trust that runs SOA under which several institutions including an engineering college and the Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum hospital function.With the arrest of Nayak who surrendered at Khandagiri police station here in the early hours today, the number of those held in connection with the fire tragedy rose to five.The arrest came hours after the Commissinorate of Police had issued a Look Out Circular (LOC) against Nayak and Saswati Das, both trustees of the charitable trust.While Nayak is being interrogated by the police, efforts are on to nab Das, the DGP said.Earlier, four senior officials of Sum Hospital including its Medical Superintendent Pushparaj Samantasinghar had been arrested on Tuesday night on the basis of an FIR lodged by the state government’s fire service department. They were booked under section 304, 308, 285 and 34 of IPC.A case was registered against the authorities of Sum hospital which has been accused of overlooking a 2013 advisory of state government to improve its firefighting mechanism. The hospital does not allegedly possess a fire safety certificate.Another FIR has also been filed on behelf of the Director of Medical Education and Training (DMET) against the Sum Hospital authorities alleging gross negligence in fire safety measures.That apart, the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Central) is also inquiring into the devastating fire incident at the direction of the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Ruchika molestation case: Supreme Court confirms ex-Haryana DGP Rathore’s conviction

Ruchika molestation case: Supreme Court confirms ex-Haryana DGP Rathore’s conviction

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday confirmed the conviction of former Haryana DGP S P S Rathore in the Ruchika Girhotra molestation case. A bench headed by Justice M B Lokur, however, modified the 18-month jail term awarded to Rathore to the period already undergone by him in custody.

Rathore was granted bail by the apex court in 2010 in connection with the case before which he spent around six months behind bars.

Rathore had challenged his conviction and the enhanced jail term from six months to 18 months before the apex court.

A sessions court had on 25 May, 2010 enhanced Rathore’s jail term from six to 18 months while allowing the plea of Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Girhotra family. Punjab and Haryana High Court had on September 1, 2010, dismissed his appeal challenging his conviction and the sentence, saying his conduct as a top official was “shameful.

Ruchika Girhotra molestation case: SC confirms conviction of former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of former Haryana DGP SPS Rathore in Ruchika Girhotra molestation case. The court has granted relief to Rathore and reduced his sentence from one and half years to the sentence already undergone. Rathore had molested Ruchika, who was a budding tennis player, on August 20, 1990. Post the incident, Ruchika was expelled from school on grounds of ‘indiscipline’ following her allegations against RathoreRuchika had ended her life in December 28, 1993. Rathore faced a six-month imprisonment in 2010 on the charge of molesting ther and was immediately granted bail.

Forces review security in Kashmir, following the deadly Pampore attacks

Srinagar: Top security officials on Sunday reviewed the security in Kashmir Valley in the wake of the deadly Pampore attack and the upcoming Amarnath Yatra.

A meeting of the officials was chaired here in the afternoon by Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police (DGP) K Rajendra Kumar.

He stressed on the need for effective and responsive mechanism among all security forces and Intelligence agencies to maintain peace and security in the state.

“Peace is imperative for development and growth in different fields which should be maintained at all costs,” Kumar told the meeting.

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Senior officers of Police, CRPF, BSF, Army, ITBP and Intelligence were present in the meeting held at the Police Control Room. Jammu IGP attended the meeting through video conference.

The meeting deliberated on various important issues relating to the internal security situation in the state, a police spokesman said.

Officers representing different agencies briefed the meeting about the measures taken on different fronts to safeguard the interests of the state, he said.

Kumar said rule of the law should be ensured at all costs and nobody should be allowed to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere in the state.

He added police along with other security forces are firm to tackle any situation and all subversive acts by the militants will be faced with fortitude.

“The desperate attempts by the militants to target security personnel would not deter us to prevail complete peace in the state,” Kumar said, adding all security forces in the state will collectively eradicate the menace of terrorism.

Referring the recent attacks by the militants targeting the security personnel, the DGP said that men in uniform are retaliating with the a view to avoid killing of innocent people.

He said the forces are exercising restraint while responding to such acts in order to avoid collateral damages.

He also asked the officers to implement the common strategy, already framed to deal the situation and said joint meetings and input sharing will give better results of the strategy adopted by the agencies.

“Convene joint regular meetings to share the inputs and strengthen the communication to foil nefarious designs of the anti-national elements,” Kumar said.

Security arrangements for Amarnath Yatra were also discussed in the meeting for its peaceful and smooth conduct.

The annual pilgrimage will begin from the first week of July.

The meeting was informed that all required arrangements have been finalised for a safe and secure pilgrimage.

The DGP asked for smooth regulations of traffic on the national highway and other routes leading to the Holy Cave via Pahalgm and Baltal, so that the pilgrims and commuters do not suffer due to traffic jams.

Need more focus on enhancing intelligence gathering mechanism: J&K DGP

Srinagar: To stamp out militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, intelligence gathering mechanism has to be enhanced and police personnel must be provided specialised training and equipment, state DGP K Rajendra Kumar said.

Chairing a review meeting here last evening, he said, “There is a need to lay more focus on enhancing intelligence gathering mechanism. Militancy has made Jammu and Kashmir Police adopt new technologies and techniques to bring the force on par with the best police forces in the country.”

In view of new challenges faced by state police, the focus is to train the personnel in modern law and order management, the DGP said, adding they are also focussing on upgrading all equipment including anti-riot vehicles and security gadgets.

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The meeting was convened to review the pace of progress in police modernisation and discuss the proposal for acquiring equipment, to assist in providing security and maintaining law and order, under Prime Minister’s special package for the state.

Under the modernisation programme, the state police is improving its capabilities and infrastructure to counter insurgency and threats to law and order, Kumar said.

Major emphasis in being given to procure the latest technology and communication system for security purposes and dedicated efforts are being made in the areas of office automation and enhancing infrastructure abilities, he said.

Procuring surveillance gadgets and technologies to improve investigation of cyber and other heinous crimes has become essential for the organisation, Kumar said.

“CCTV cameras have enabled police to both prevent and detect crimes in the major cities and towns,” he said, adding, all towns and roads will come under effective surveillance through these cameras.

Bomb detection and disposal squads and X-Ray scanners at vital installation are to be upgraded, besides equipping field units for maximum efficiency, he said.

Mathura: Swadheen Bharat Sena was also manufacturing illicit arms in Jawahar Bagh

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday admitted that lapses on the part of police were responsible for the Mathura incident even as his government declared Rs 20 lakh as compensation for each of the two police officers who died.Uttar Pradesh DGP Javeed Ahmed told reporters that the self-styled “Swadheen Bharat Sena” was also manufacturing illicit arms in Jawahar Bagh. Half a dozen long-range rifles, 47 countrymade guns and 178 live cartridges were recovered from the spot. “The ground has been totally cleared and 368 people have been arrested in this connection,” he told the media in Mathura. An FIR has been registered against their leader Ram Vriksh Yadav and about 3,000 unknown people, he added.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The police and district administration committed a big mistake. They went for the evacuation operation without adequate preparation,” UP CM Akhilesh Yadav told reporters. “It’s a big tragedy, and the government will extend all possible support to the families of the two deceased police officials,” he said.

Mathura clashes: Encroachers to be booked under NSA, says UP DGP

The members of a sect who had encroached on government land at Jawahar Bag area and indulged in violent clashes with police will be booked under the stringent National Security Act, Uttar Pradesh DGP Javed Ahmad on Friday said.”The leaders of the sect ‘Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi’ — Ram Vraksha Yadav, Chandan Gaur, Rakesh Gupta and others will be booked under the NSA Act,” he told a press conference here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A total of 24 people, including an SP and an SHO, were killed in clashes between police and members of the sect who had encroached on government land on Thursday. Tension prevailed in the area with police seizing a large cache of ammunition from the site and arresting 320 people.
ALSO READ Mathura clashes: There were some lapses, says UP CM Akhilesh Yadav”Among the 24 killed, two policemen were shot dead and 11 were burnt to death due to cylinder blasts. The encroachers had set on fire the huts where bombs, explosives and gas cylinders were stored, before retreating from the site,” Ahmed said.”After the blast, few encroachers were hurt and finally succumbed to their injuries. Since people of neighbouring area were fed up with the activities of the encroachers, they were severely beaten by the residents of the area when they were retreating,” he said.The UP DGP said efforts were on to arrest the absconding encroachers. He said the identity and other important data about the encroachers can be determined from their registration certificates.”While 124 people have been arrested for the clashes under relevant sections of IPC, 80 men and 116 women were booked under CrPC section 151 (arrest to prevent the commission of cognisable offences),” he said.The DGP said 47 countrymade pistols, 6 rifles, 178 live cartridges, 15 four wheelers and 6 two-wheelers were recovered from the site of the clashes. Ahmad said the police party had gone to the site on a recee but the encroachers, who were climbing on the trees, started indiscriminate firing, brickbatting and lathicharging on the police party.”The encroachers have been dispossessed from Jawahar Bag,” he said.Principal Secretary Home Debashish Panda, special secretary Mani Shankar, ADG Law and order Daljeet Chaudhary and SSP Mathura Rakesh Singh were also present in the press conference.The UP DGP said all help will be provided to the bereaved families.

There is no racism, Africans are safe in Hyderabad, Telangana: DGP Anurag Sharma

Hyderabad: Telangana‘s Director General of Police Anurag Sharma on Tuesday said that Africans living in Hyderabad and elsewhere in the state “can rest assured about their safety,” adding there is “no racism here.”

“There is no racism here. All are equal. Still, we will take further care to ensure their safety in the wake of the attacks reported in the recent times and the concerns raised over their safety,” Sharma said at a media interaction here in the wake of President Pranab Mukherjee commenting on the issue of safety of Africans in India.

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The police chief asserted that the attack on 23-year-old Nigerian student Kazeem Dami in Hyderabad last week was a clear case of dispute over car parking and had nothing to do with racism as alleged by the student. “The accused in that case was arrested for assaulting on the student (Nigerian),” the DGP said.

“We have many foreign students studying or working here. We are taking care of their safety. We do not have different laws for different people. All will be governed and dealt with under the same law of the land,” Sharma elaborated.

Asked if the police face problems from the Africans here, the DGP said: “We do not categorise. If problems are faced from some people, that will not be attributed to the community.”

Kazeem had parked his Honda Accord car in front of the house of a neighbour. This resulted in Mohammed Gafoor, the neighbour, and some other locals attacking Dami.

The student suffered head injuries that required seven stitches. Gafoor was arrested the same day. Kazeem alleged that “some 15 Indians attacked me”.

Supreme Court asks Kerala police to set up SIT to probe wife-swapping charge in Navy

The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered Kerala Police to set up an SIT to probe into allegations of wife-swapping lodged by the estranged wife of a naval officer.The apex court, which ruled out CBI investigation into the FIR alleging that besides the husband of the woman, four other Navy officers and a spouse of one of them were indulged in wife-swapping in the force, directed the Kerala DGP to set up the SIT headed by a police officer not below the rank of a DIG and conclude the probe in the 2013 FIR “preferably” within three months.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and justices R Banumathi and U U Lalit, while rejecting the plea for CBI probe, said, “It is well settled that the extraordinary power of the constitutional courts in directing CBI to conduct investigation in a case must be exercised rarely in exceptional circumstances, especially, when there is lack of confidence in the investigating agency or in the national interest and for doing complete justice in the matter.”Justice Banumathi, penning the verdict, said, “Considering the facts and circumstances of the case in hand, in the light of …principles, we are of the view that the case in hand does not entail a direction for transferring the investigation from the state police/special team of state police officers to CBI. The facts and circumstances in which the offence is alleged to have been committed can be better investigated into by state police.”It also rejected the submission of the estranged wife of the navy officer that the cases, filed by accused including other naval officers in the Kerala High Court seeking quashing of the FIR, be transferred to the Delhi High Court.The apex court also said that it transfers a case from one state to another only if there is a “reasonable apprehension on the part of a party to a case that justice will not be done”.”Mere apprehension that the accused are influential may not be sufficient to transfer the case. Since a special team of state police officers is constituted for further investigation, we are not inclined to order the transfer of the criminal miscellaneous petitions from the High Court of Kerala to the High Court of Delhi,” it said.

West Bengal Elections 2016: EC seeks CD of Mamata Banerjee’s claim about state police

The Election Commission on Monday sought a recording of TMC chief Mamata Banerjee’s speech at a rally on Sunday, wherein she claimed that a section of the police had “unleashed terror” on people at the behest of the poll panel and warned them of “consequences” if she was voted to power. “We have asked for a CD of the speech from the district magistrate. We will send the CD to the ECI and they will decide on this,” Additional CEO Dibyendu Sarkar said here today.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Banerjee in the rally at Chandipur in East Midnapore district alleged that officers were appointed to posts like Kolkata police commissioner, district magistrates and SPs under the instructions of the poll panel, and said that she had taken note of who had done what and also those who had worked “impartially”. “We keep watch on what’s going on around. In this case we have received complaints from political parties. Both the BJP and the CPI-M have lodged complaints with us,” the Additional CEO said.The EC had earlier slapped a show-cause notice to Banerjee for violating the model code of conduct. After receiving the show-cause notice she had said that the people of Bengal would ‘showcause’ the Election Commission on May 19. The commission also filed an FIR against TMC candidate Sonali Guha for allegedly intimidating CPI-M polling agents and for interfering with the electoral process during the April 30 polling at Satgachia in South 24 Parganas district.Meanwhile, talking about the post-poll violence in the state, Sarkar said that the Commission had directed the DGP to look into the matter and take necessary steps. “The EC is directly interacting with the DGP. And he has been given directives how to deal with the post-poll violences.. The DGP is reporting us regarding this from time to time,” Sarkar said.On Malda blasts in which three persons were killed and four injured, Sarkar said, “We have got reports regarding this but apparently this incident is not connected with the elections.”

Tamil Nadu Elections 2016: AIADMK protests transfers of IAS, IPS officers by EC

The ruling AIADMK on “strongly protested” the manner in which transfers of many IAS and IPS officials were effected by the Election Commission in poll-bound Tamil Nadu, describing it as “an apparent knee jerk response to motivated petitions and representations” from DMK and Congress.An AIADMK team led by M Thambidurai MP, also Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha, on Monday submitted a letter to Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi in Thiruvananthapuram, seeking ECI to revoke “the transfer orders, given that such a short period is left before the date of polling.” “We strongly protest the manner in which such large-scale transfers have been ordered by the Election Commission of India in an apparent knee jerk response to motivated petitions and representations from vested interests.” “We strongly urge the Election Commission of India to revoke the transfer orders, given that such a short period is left before the date of polling,” it said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Referring to the transfers and appointments of senior officials, including a DGP (Elections), it said that though there were no complaints on arrangements for conduct of polls in the state, the DGP who was in overall charge of the Police force, had been “divested” of all responsibilities relating to conduct of elections.Such large-scale transfers ordered by EC in the run up to the polls were “unprecedented in Tamil Nadu,” it said.”It is shocking to note that such a large number of officers have been transferred, based only on the motivated petitions and representations received from DMK and Congress and without due enquiry into the basis of these allegations or a background check of the officers concerned,” the party said. The petition said it was “deplorable” that such transfers had been effected by the EC based on “motivated and false petitions submitted by persons who had occupied high positions as Cabinet Ministers in the previous UPA Government headed by the Congress, of which DMK was also a part.” “We wish to categorically point out that such large scale transfers in a state like Tamil Nadu, which is known for its strong and good governance, is counter productive to the peaceful and efficient conduct of polls,” it said. With barely two weeks left for polling, the newly posted officers would “hardly” have the time to effectively deal with poll-related activities and arrangements, especially on the law and order front, which, the party said, required detailed local knowledge and a grasp of recent developments in the area.”Hence, the large-scale transfers ordered by the Election Commission solely based on the malicious petitions of opposition parties is administratively ill advised, disruptive of the smooth conduct of the election process, besides having an adverse impact on the morale of the official machinery,” it said. The state government was adhering to all EC guidelines on posting of officers to ensure free and fair polls, the party insisted, even as it objected to the “unprecedented” transfer of “non-poll” related official, MD of Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV), J Kumaragurubaran.”The sole purpose of the DMK and Congress seems to be to malign the AIADMK and give an impression that the officialdom is with the ruling party, while this is not so. Except throwing the names of officers, they have not cited a single instance where the officers have acted in a partisan manner,” it said. AIADMK recalled that DMK leaders had in the past too levelled allegations against EC and are doing so now also.”The DMK-Congress combine has always adopted such pressure tactics. If officers are transferred on frivolous grounds merely to appease the DMK Congress combine, it is tantamount to yielding to their pressure tactics and gives a false impression amongst the voters regarding the AIADMK party and the Government headed by it,” the petition said.This was “blatantly unfair” and did not allow for “a free and fair play in the polls,” the ruling party contended. Many IAS and IPS officers in Tamil Nadu have been transferred on the EC’s directives.

Petrol pump to be named after late police horse Shaktiman

Uttarakhand DGP B S Sidhu on Thursday laid the foundation stone of a petrol pump at the police lines in Dehradun to be named after Shaktiman, the police horse who died recently of injuries sustained during a BJP protest rally in the city last month.Located about 250 metres from the police lines, the petrol pump will be run by Police Jana Kalyan Samiti, a police lines staff said.Shaktiman, a trained horse, who was part of Uttarakhand mounted police for years had been kept at the police lines for over a month after suffering injuries at the protest rally.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh assures full security to NIT students in Srinagar

Lucknow: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday assured full security to NIT students in Srinagar, saying they should not worry about their safety in the wake of clashes between two groups after the India-West Indies cricket match on Thursday.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Reuters

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Reuters

Singh called up Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and Director General of Police (DGP) K Rajendra Kumar and asked them to ensure proper security to the students.

“I assure the students that they should not worry about their security. I have spoken to the Governor and the DGP regarding the situation. I have instructed the DGP to send a team of officers to NIT, Srinagar to assure the students of their safety and security,” he said here.

The Home Minister’s statement came after clashes occurred at NIT, Srinagar following team India’s defeat against West Indies in the World Cup T20 semi-final.

Two group of students, one from Kashmir and another from other states, fought after some students burst crackers after India’s defeat, leading the shut down of the institute.

Probe ordered into alleged special treatment to Kerala beedi baron Mohammed Nisham in jail

A probe has been ordered into allegations that special treatment was being provided by prison authorities to beedi baron Mohammed Nisham, convicted for killing a security guard in a fit of rage. DGP (Prisons) Rishiraj Singh has directed IG (Prisons) H Gopakumar to conduct an inquiry and submit a report. “The IGP will be visiting the jail on March 17 and will be submitting the report by next day,” Singh told PTI. The probe comes in the wake of media reports that jail authorities had lodged Nisham (40) in a cell in the 10th block, which is meant to house prisoners suffering from mental ailments, to exempt him from hard work. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He had also been alloted a helper. Nisham had been sentenced to life imprisonment by a Thrissur court in January this year besides an additional 24 years and a fine of Rs 80.30 lakh for killing the security guard of his residential complex. Nisham, who was in an inebriated state, had assaulted Chandrabose (51) and later rammed his luxury vehicle against him in the early hours of January 29 last year irked over the delay in opening the main gates of his posh residential complex in Thrissur. The severely injured guard died on February 16 last year. The case had evoked widespread protests across Kerala.

Suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur to stage sit-in outside Uttar Pradesh CM’s residence

Lucknow: Alleging discrimination, suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur on Monday announced that he will stage a sit-in in front of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav‘s official residence at 5 Kalidas Marg on 10 March.

Suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur. PTISuspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur. PTI

Suspended IPS officer Amitabh Thakur. PTI

In a statement issued in Lucknow, Thakur said he had been discriminated against as the Uttar Pradesh government had
reinstated Lucknow DIG D K Chaudhary within 15 days after suspending him on serious charges of unwarrantedly slapping an old man but nothing of that sort had been done in his own case.

He has sent an email to DGP Jaweed Ahmed in this regards, where he said that he was suspended in July 2015
merely for having raised his voice against “injustice” and has been kept in suspension till date, while the suspension order has become illegal after not having renewed after 90 days mandatory period.

Thakur said that Chaudhary was suspended on 24 February after the video showing the incidence becoming viral and the DGP and CM Akhilesh Yadav took cognizance of it and got an inquiry conducted.

“Yet he was immediately reinstated which shows the double standards,” Thakur alleged.

He said it has become imperative for him to express his inner pain and anguish and hence he would sit alone at CM
residence.

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Gujarat to form disaster response force to handle rescue operations during calamities

A state disaster response force (SDRF) will be formed to handle relief and rescue operations during natural and man-made calamities in Gujarat, state police chief P C Thakur said on Tuesday.The 1,100-strong force will have personnel of constable and head constable ranks selected from various battalions of State Reserve Police Force (SRPF), an official release from the DGP office said.The decision was taken after Thakur had a meeting with heads of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Rapid Action Force (RAF), Gujarat State Disaster Management Authority and Commandants of nine different SRP battalions of the state, it added. To make this force as effective as NDRF and RAF, SDRF will receive training in line with them and get latest equipment and audio-video devices used by the central relief forces.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All the 1,100 personnel will undergo six weeks of primary training at SRPF campus in Vadodara, the release added. Thakur will act as the head of SDRF while IG state Armed Units Ajay Kumar Chaudhary will be nodal officer, it said.According to the DGP, such force was needed for quick and effective operations during flood, earthquake, Tsunami, cyclone as well as chemical and biological disasters. According to the release, during a recently held meeting of the DGPs in Kutch, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked respective heads of state’s police to strengthen disaster response operations.

Sexual harassment case against Congress MLA to ‘cool down’ heat of solar scam: Accused Saritha Nair

Saritha S Nair, prime accused in the sensational solar panel scam on Monday alleged it was at the insistence of a senior Congress leader close to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy that she filed a sexual harassment case against party MLA A P Abdullakutty to “cool down” the heat generated by the scam.Deposing before a judicial commission probing the scam, Saritha claimed Congress leader Thampanoor Ravi had insisted her to file the sexual harassment case against Abdullakutty in March 2014 after she secured bail in cases related to the scam. She also produced audio CDs containing her purported conversation with Ravi and Congress MLA Benny Behanan in which they were allegedly discussing the rape case.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Both Ravi and Behanan are senior leaders of “A” faction of the Congress headed by Chandy. Abdullakutty had won from Kannur constituency in the 2011 Assembly polls after he was expelled from the CPI(M) for praising Narendra Modi’s Gujarat development model.While Behanan strongly rejected the charges after television channels today telecast the audio CDs, an emotional Abdullakkutty said no enemy should undergo such a situation. He said he was innocent and truth would come out one day.Saritha told the commission that after she was released from jail, former minister Ganesh Kumar’s PA came to meet her and said Thampanoor Ravi was on line.”He (Ravi) told me to tell something to cool down solar case,” she told the Commission adding, “Ravi reminded me of my grouse against Abdullakutty.”He asked me to file a complaint before the DGP or with a woman police station otherwise the solar scam issue will not cool down.”He telephoned my advocate Fenny Balakrishnan when we were going to file the complaint and told me that everything had been discussed with the DGP and insisted me to file the complaint with the women police station,” Saritha said.”Following this, I got a notice to give a CrPc sec 164 statement before the Thriuvananthapuram Judicial First Class Judicial Magistrate court. And I gave 164 statement. After I got another notice from Thiruvananthapuram police commissioner office, I informed Ravi about this and he suddenly changed his stand. He spoke to me through my advocate’s phone and asked me to quash (withdraw) the FIR…,” she added.Saritha also alleged that on many occasions both Benny Behanan and Thampanoor Ravi had insisted her to file cases and speak to media about the difficulties she faced during her career in Team Solar. She added that they told her “all these are done based on the instructions of the Chief Minister.”

Madras HC directs police to probe complaint against Vijayakanth

The Madras High Court on Friday directed police to inquire into a complaint against DMDK leader Vijayakanth for allegedly spitting at journalists at a press meet here last month and proceed as per law.Justice R Subbaiah was hearing a petition filed by Devarajan, who claimed to be a journalist, seeking a direction to police to register a case on his complaint against Vijayakanth in this regard. The judge said after the inquiry and if the”materials gathered indicates commission of offense, police is directed to proceed in accordance with law.” “If no prima facie case is made for registration of a case, respondent police is directed to pass appropriate orders on the complaint of the petitioner,” the judge said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Devarajan prayed for a direction to the DGP, City Police Commissioner and the Deputy Commissioner at Mylapore to register a case against Vijayakanth and take action as per law. He said he had lodged an online complaint on December 28 and sent a copy by speed post to police authorities. But no action was taken till date, he claimed. Hence, he filed the present petition for a direction to them to register a case on his complaint, hold investigation and punish Vijayakanth.

Vizag police detain 5 terror suspects travelling with Iraqi passports

Andhra Pradesh Police on Wednesday intercepted a vehicle with Delhi registration number and nabbed five persons, including two women, in Visakhapatnam district and is trying to ascertain whether they are the same suspected terrorists who had fled from neighbouring Odisha.”On suspicion, a vehicle with a Delhi registration number has been intercepted in Visakhapatnam district. Five people including two women travelling in the vehicle are being questioned,” a senior Intelligence officer said on Wednesday night.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asked if those intercepted persons are the same four persons who had fled from Odisha, a senior police officer from Visakhapatnam said, “We are in the process of verifying… We don’t have more details at this point of time. We are still verifying… There is some communication problem… We are getting in touch with our people.”The Odisha police had alerted its Andhra counterpart after the CCTV footage indicated that the car used by the four suspected terrorists has crossed the check gate at Girisola bordering Andhra Pradesh.The four men, presenting themselves as Iraqi nationals, fled when asked to produce their identity proof at the hotel in Bhubaneshwar on the eve of Republic Day.When asked whether the persons being questioned by Andhra Pradesh Police are the same who went missing from Bhubaneshwar, Andhra Pradesh DGP J V Ramudu said, “We have no confirmation yet.”Odisha Police had released CCTV grabs of the vehicle and one of the four suspected persons on Wednesday evening.

Republic Day celebrations pass off peacefully despite warning of possible terror attacks

New Delhi: With intelligence inputs warning of a possible terror strike, unprecedented security measures were put in place across the country for Republic Day celebrations that passed off peacefully on Tuesday.

However, a few incidents, including an encounter in South Kashmir where an unidentified militant was killed, and a bomb scare sparked by an unclaimed bag at a Pathankot railway station set off alarm.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The national capital was brought under an unprecedented ground-to-air security cover with thousands of armed personnel keeping a tight vigil for the 67th Republic Day celebrations where French President Francois Hollande was the Chief Guest.

The area around Central Delhi was turned into a virtual fortress in view of intelligence inputs that terror groups may target some important installations in the city.

The measures were adopted in the aftermath of the terror attack on the Pathankot airbase.

Ahead of the Republic Day celebrations, central security agencies and NIA busted a module by arresting 14 militants linked to terror group Islamic State, who, officials claimed, had planned to carry out strikes at important installations.

Commandos with light machine guns were deployed at 10 strategic locations and anti-aircraft guns remained positioned at two vantage points in the capital.

The entire region of Central and New Delhi had nearly 50,000 security personnel drawn from Delhi Police and central security forces guarding every nook and corner.

Special arrangements were made at the historic Rajpath where India’s military might was on display.

Hollande was seated along with President Pranab Mukherjee and host of VVIPs including Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The VVIP enclosure was put under a multi-layer security ring with Presidential Guards and officials of SPG and NSG guarding the two inner-most orbits and Delhi Police entrusted with guarding the outermost circle, said a senior official.

Senior officials said snipers have been put atop 45 buildings overlooking Rajpath besides providing a similar cover along all the buildings along the parade route.

Gunners have been given clear instructions to bring down any aerial object flying without permission. A ‘NOTAM’ (Notice to Airmen) has been declared from 10.35 am to 12.15 pm during which no flight will land or take off at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.

A special control room has been monitoring as many as 15,000 CCTV cameras installed across Central and New Delhi, with 200 high-tech digital cameras installed in the parade route, an official said.

As many as 1,000 traffic officials have been issued revolvers so that they can deal with any untoward incident amid heavy security arrangements across the city involving around 25,000 police officials.

In Punjab, additional personnel were posted at bus stands, railway stations and government buildings. Similar arrangements were in place in Haryana and the Union Territory of Chandigarh.

However, in Pathankot, an unclaimed bag at a railway station sparked a security scare in the district where police and agencies are on high alert following the terror strike at air base early this month, in which seven security personnel were killed.

People were swiftly evacuated from the area and rail traffic had also been halted or diverted for the time being on the route, police said. Bomb disposal and dog squads were summoned to identify the contents of the bag, which has been covered by sand bags, they said.

“A bag has been found at the railway station. We are taking all precautions. We are verifying its content,” RK Bakshi, Pathankot SSP, said.

He said that security agencies were taking no chances and as a precautionary measure, they had cleared the area.

In South Kashmir’s Anantnag district, an unidentified militant was killed in a gunbattle which broke out around 4 AM. In Jammu and Kashmir, security had been stepped up across the Valley to thwart any plan by militants to disrupt the celebrations.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Police detected a CCTV grab of a terror suspect seen in the company of seven to eight others who could be his associates, prompting the authorities to sound an alert across the state.

The DGP’s office in Dehradun said the CCTV grab has been released on WhatsApp with an appeal to people to help track down the suspect seen with seven to eight persons standing close to him in the background who could be his associates.

An alert has been sounded in the state and a search launched to trace the suspect, a source at the DGP’s office said. Coming close on the heels of the arrest of four terror suspects linked with ISIS from Roorkee in Haridwar district, the recovery of the CCTV grab assumes significance.

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Suspended IPS officer Sunil Paraskar set to be reinstated shortly

Suspended Maharashtra Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Sunil Paraskar, who was accused of raping a model, is set to reinstated back in the force.Paraskar, who was discharged by the sessions court, in the month of December, in the rape case filed against him by the model, is set to take charge by the end of the month.A meeting was held on Monday in Mantralaya, led by the Chief Secretary Swadheen Kshatriya, amidst the presence of Additional Chief Secretary (Home) KP Bakshi and Director General of Police (DGP) Praveen Dixit, to review the more than a year-long suspension of the officer.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to senior officer, the state government has decided not to appeal against the orders of the sessions court. “The file to reinstate Paraskar had moved shortly after the Winter Session of the state legislative in Nagpur. He has been discharged by the court and as per law he must be reinstated and movements are done to make it happen,” the officer told dna.He refuted the claims that, the Home Department had initiated moved to reinstate the officer of 1997 batch of IPS, even before been discharged by the court.Paraskar, who only has around 10 months of service left, before retirement, is also due for promotion in the next couple of months, after the Departmental Enquiry (DE) against him is closed. The officer, who has served in various top positions in the Maharashtra Police, was suspended by the Home Department under the reins of late Home Minister RR Patil in August 2014.He was accused of having breached various rules of the Central Civil Services, with allegations of deserting his duties. “The DE is set on various charges pressed against him. Some are also on the lines of the same accusations levied in the court. We are sure that, even the DE will fall and he will be back with promotion bestowed upon him in couple of months,” an ex-IPS officer said.While some former IPS officers suggested that, he would be given a post befitting his career-belt and line of experience. Some remarked that, internal politics between the IPS cadre itself, could see him handed a subservient post.”However, I feel that Home department will be able to deliver justice to him. They will ensure that Paraskar is given a post that suits the level of IPS officer he is,” a former DGP said. Meanwhile, Paraskar remained unavailable for comments on the reports of his reinstatement and due promotion.

Uttar Pradesh: Javeed Ahmad appointed as DGP

Yadav was 1983 batch Indian Police Service officer and appointed as the DGP in July last year.

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