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Bhopal jailbreak: AMU students’ union demands probe into SIMI operatives’ killing

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) students’ union staged a demonstration against the killing of eight SIMI activists after a jail break in Bhopal and demanded a judicial probe into the matter.In a memorandum to President Pranab Mukerjee, AMU students’ union demanded a Supreme Court-monitored judicial probe into the Bhopal encounter, an AMU office bearer said.Anger had been brewing on the campus since the news broke out in the media on Monday but the authorities managed to prevent any public display of the mounting resentment in view of the annual convocation on Tuesday. However, slogan-shouting students took out a procession on Wednesday which culminated into rally at the Sir Syed Gate.Addressing the protestors, the students’ union President Faizul Hasan charged that ever since the NDA government came to power “Muslims were being wrongly targeted.” “We are all against terrorists but the battle against terror has to be fought by uniting all sections and not by selectively targeting only a particular section of the people”, he said.He said that by targeting “innocents” the present government was “weakening the fight against terror”. Hasan said that if the present trend continues the Modi government would ultimately be held accountable for fostering religious extremism and hatred in the country. AMU students believe the best way to fight terror “was to take a stand against injustice wherever it takes place”, he said while offering his sympathies to the family of the police constable who was also killed in the Bhopal jail break.
ALSO READ Bhopal jailbreak: Mamata Banerjee disagrees with encounter theory; says many questions remain unansweredEight SIMI activists were killed in an alleged encounter with police on Monday after they escaped from the Bhopal jail.

Spy ring: SP Rajya Sabha member’s PA arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police on Saturday arrested Farhat Khan, the personal assistant of Samajwadi Party’s (SP) Rajya Sabha MP Munawwar Saleem. Khan, who belongs to Kairana in western UP, is the fourth person to be arrested as the Delhi Police busted a spy ring on Wednesday.The spy ring was being run by Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) official Mehmood Akhtar, who worked in the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi.Akhtar could not be arrested as he enjoyed diplomatic immunity but was asked to leave the country. Khan’s involvement in the spy ring came to light during the interrogation of Akhtar. Delhi Police officers say that Khan was paid well for handing over sensitive documents to Akhtar.”The amount changed according to the kind of documents he provided. He said he would get anything from Rs 10,000 to a lakh for some documents,” said a senior police officer.Khan is said to have been associated with many political leaders since 1996. He has been working with various MPs over the last 20 years. He was also the personal assistant to another SP MP, Munawwar Hasan, in 2008.Munawwar Saleem said he was shocked to know about his personal assistant’s involvement in the espionage case. “This person was working with me for the last one year. Full police verification was done before I took him in. I am at a loss for words… And as this issue is under investigation, it would not be appropriate to say anything more,” said Saleem.Akhtar also stated in the video that he had met Khan in Delhi near the Mandi House Metro station and ever since the two had kept in touch. He has also named other officials in the Pakistan High Commission, which include Syed Farrukh Habib, Counsellor (Trade); Khadim Hussain, First Secretary (Visa); and, Muddasir Iqbal Cheema, First Secretary (Press). The police are yet to verify these claims.Akhtar also told the police that Syed Farrukh is a colonel rank officer and he worked on his directions. After Akhtar’s confessions, the Crime Branch office in Pancharipuri, the Capital’s diplomatic area, has now become a fortress with heavy deployment of security forces, as the alleged spies working for the ISI are being grilled there. Around 20 commandos from the CRPF are guarding the office as well.The Delhi Police caught Akhtar on October 26 while receiving secret documents outside the Delhi Zoo from two Indian nationals, Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir, who were residents of Nagaur, Rajasthan. The duo were held along with Akhtar. Another accused in the espionage case, Shoaib Hasan, has also been arrested.

Espionage case: Third accused Shoaib Hasan sent to 11-day police custody

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court sent Shoaib Hasan, the third accused arrested in connection with the alleged Pakistan espionage case, to 11-day police custody on Friday after the agency said he was to be confronted with two other arrested men to unearth the larger conspiracy.The investigating officer said the accused, who was allegedly working for an ISI spy ring, was produced before Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Satish Arora and remanded for custodial interrogation till November 8. Delhi Police claimed that Hasan was involved in the espionage ring in which Pakistan High Commission staffer Mehmood Akhtar, described as the kingpin working for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence, was detained by police for alleged possession of sensitive defence documents.Akhtar, who worked in the visa section of the High Commission, was released on Thursday after questioning as he enjoyed diplomatic immunity, police said. A court had on Thursday sent two persons — Maulana Ramzan and Subhash Jangir — to the police custody till November 8.
ALSO READ Pak espionage racket: Phablet recovered from arrested spy Shoaib During the proceedings on Friday, police alleged that more persons were likely to be apprehended in the case and recovery of certain documents and others items was also to be made with the help of the accused. The agency also said that all the three accused persons would be confronted with each others and taken to various places for the investigation.Hasan was arrested in Delhi on Friday after being brought from Jodhpur, with police claiming that he was in touch with Akhtar for the last three-four years and had visited the neighbouring country six times. Investigators said they will try to recover data from a ”phablet” seized from his possession, which he had tried to damage when police in Jodhpur detained him last evening.
ALSO READ Espionage case: Pakistan spy was trying to get classified info for possible terror strikeThe police has claimed that Hasan, a passport and visa agent, was responsible for recruiting the other two arrested accused in the module. The agency claimed that besides a phablet, some classified documents were also recovered from Hasan. Hasan was detained near Jodhpur last evening after Delhi police alerted the local police.The other two accused were arrested on charges of sharing of sensitive information and defence documents and deployment details of BSF along the Indo-Pak border. The duo were sent to 12-day police custody on Thursday. Hasan had come in contact with Maulana Ramzan around one -and-a-half years back and lured him into activities of collecting vital information about installations of army and paramilitary forces in Gujarat and Rajasthan, an officer claimed.

AMUSU to launch movement for ‘restoration’ of minority status

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The newly-elected president of the Aligarh Muslim University Students Union, Faizul Hasan, has announced that the students would launch a movement for the “restoration” of the varsity’s minority status. “Within the next 30 days, the agitation would reach New Delhi. The first step would be a dharna at Jantar Mantar,” Hasan said in his speech at the formal installation ceremony of students union yesterday. He lashed out at the Modi government for ignoring the “sensitivities and rights” of minority communities in the country. “Indian Muslims have full faith in the judicial system of the country but the community has also full right to fight for its democratic rights,” he said. He said that “communal polarisation and fragmentation of society” would ultimately grievously weaken the nation. Hasan also alleged that there is rampant corruption and nepotism in the university administration. Speaking on the occasion, AMU Vice Chancellor Lt General Zameeruddin Shah said that he would do his best to fulfil all the “just demands” of the students. Shah said that though his tenure would be ending shortly and the university was facing obstacles in many spheres, he would continue to fight for the betterment of the institution till the last day of his tenure. The present election to the students’ union would serve as the benchmark in the future because of the peaceful manner in which the elections were held, he added. The results of the AMU students’ union elections were declared recently, in which for the first time in the AMUSU history, three out of ten elected members of the union cabinet are girls.

Indian-origin UK journalist Hasan Suroor found not guilty in paedophile sting case

London: A UK court on Tuesday dropped a case of “sexual grooming” against an Indian-origin British journalist and columnist Hasan Suroor for lack of evidence and declared him not guilty.

Suroor, who was arrested by British Transport Police (BTP) last November after an anti-paedophile sting operation in London, is now planning to sue the vigilante group, Unknown TV, behind the sting for damages.

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File photo of Hasan Suroor. Twitter @hasansuroor

“Following a further review of the case there is now no longer a realistic prospect of conviction,” the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) told Blackfriars Crown Court in a written submission on Tuesday.

The judge ruled that he had decided to return an “unequivocal verdict of not guilty”.

A written order declaring Suroor innocent is to be issued on 24 June along with a ruling on his application for his legal costs to be reimbursed.

Suroor’s lawyer Paul Mason said: “The robust stand we took has paid off.”

The CPS is yet to officially comment on the case.

Suroor had been caught on camera as he was confronted by members of Unknown TV, organisers of the sting operation who alleged he was waiting for a 14-year-old girl.

A member of the anti-paedophile vigilante group had allegedly posed as a 14-year-old and allegedly solicited  Suroor on social media.

Groups such as Unknown TV pose as minors on dating and social networking sites in an attempt to catch adult men who solicit sex with minors.

Uttar Pradesh: Samajwadi Party MLA seeks independent inquiry into Shamli firing case

Samajwadi Party MLA Nahid Hasan has sought an independent inquiry into the alleged firing incident here in which an eight-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet, saying that rival groups were conspiring against him. The local MLA claimed that those belonging to rival camps were involved in the matter a day after he was booked along with his supporters for allegedly threatening mediapersons who had gone to cover the incident. He said he was not present at the scene when the mediapersons had visited the area. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hasan said that the Election Commission should share footage from its videography of the site where SP supporters allegedly started firing in the air on Sunday to celebrate their candidate’s victory in local polls. The MLA also claimed that the driver of the rickshaw the victim was travelling in cannot be traced. “He (rickshaw-puller) should be interrogated about the incident,” he said.Asked about a show-cause notice to him from his party, Hasan, who convened a community panchayat over the firing issue, said he has not yet received any such notice. He said he was in touch with his party brass and has given his clarification to them.The boy was killed in celebratory firing by SP workers in Shamli district, leading Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to order immediate removal of the area’s SDM and Deputy SP. Two crew members of a leading English news channel who went to the spot for coverage of the tragedy were allegedly attacked by Hasan and his aides.

Chhattisgarh: Goat taken into custody for criminal trespass, freed later

Incredible as it may sound, a goat was taken into custody by police in Chhattisgarh on a trespass complaint. The goat, which was accused of being a ‘repeat offender’, was released later but its owner was not lucky.Abdul Hasan (40) was arrested after his goat allegedly ventured into the garden of a judge’s bungalow in Korea district, police said today, as the incident gave fodder to the opposition Congress to slam the state police. Hasan was booked under IPC s section 447 (criminal trespass) and 427 (mischief causing damage) based on the complaint of Judicial Magistrate (first class) H Ratre yesterday, SHO Janakpur police station RS Paikra told PTI.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The goat had many times raided into the garden of the Ratre s bungalow, located in Janakpur town, about 350 km from here, and ate flowers and plants there, he said.”My goat scaled the boundary wall again and ate flowers and vegetables from the garden. It was taken to the police station and then the police also brought me in,” Hasan said.Several warnings were given to the owner of the ruminant animal by the judge as well as police but the incident continued to happen, the SHO said. The magistrate had called up senior police officers on Monday to complain about the goat’s antics following which the animal and Hasan were brought to the police station, he said. However, the goat was released later, he added.Hasan was produced before the court of a Tehsildar on Tuesday which sent him to two days remand, the SHO said, as he refused bail.”The ‘arrest’ of a goat is ridiculous. Chhattisgarh police has made fun of themselves by doing so,” Congress leader Shailesh Nitin Trivedi said, adding, “Those accused in rape cases are moving freely”.”The most painful and disappointing aspect is the entry made by an ASI of Chhatisgarh police in diary that the goat used to graze despite several warnings. Chhattisgarh police is communicating with even goats, this is one aspect of the incident,” he added.It may be recalled that a parrot in Chandrapur in Maharashtra was detained by police last year after an old woman filed a complaint against it for swearing at her and making obscene remarks.The parrot, named as Hariyal, was reportedly trained for two years by its owner, Suresh Sakharkar, to abuse his stepmother, Janabai. The bird apparently insulted Janabai every time she walked past Sakharkar’s home in Rajura, Maharashtra. The family were living separately apparently because of a property dispute.The police did not press charges against the parrot, but handed it over to the state’s forestry department. Last year too, cops locked up a pigeon in Manwal village in Punjab over suspicions of it being a Pakistani spy! It was listed as a ‘suspected spy because of a note in Urdu found taped to its foot.

Not faking news: Goat detained for grazing in judge’s garden in Chhatisgarh!

In a bizarre incident, a goat was detained for grazing in a judge’s house in Chhattisgarh’s Korea district.The incident followed the earlier warnings given to the goat owner. Along with the owner, the animal has been booked under charges which carry a two to seven year prison term and a fine. The police arrested the goat and its owner Abdul Hasan, around 350 km from state capital Raipur.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police said that the goat had committed this offence repeatedly. “The judge’s bungalow has an iron gate and the goat used to jump over it and enter,” said Assistant Sub-Inspector R Srivastava. “The peon, who maintains the garden, had warned the owner of the goat many times. So, today he filed a complaint and we arrested the goat and its owner. A case has been registered under Sections 447 and 427,” he added.Recalling the series of events, the owner of the goat said that his animal was taken to the police station after she entered the premises of the judge’s house.”She had grazed flowers and vegetables from the garden. They brought me to the police station today and told me to take the goat,” Hasan said.

Muzaffarnagar: 8-year-old boy killed in celebratory firing by Samajwadi Party

An eight-year-old boy was killed in a celebratory firing by Samajwadi Party workers at Kairana town in Shamli district, triggering protests by locals.The victim, Sami, who was passing by Kairana area in a rickshaw, was hit during the firing by SP workers on Sunday, Superintendent of Police Anil Kumar Jha said. The workers were celebrating the victory of party candidate Nafisa in the local body polls from the town, he said, adding the boy later succumbed to his injuries.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A case has been registered against five persons, including the husband of the victorious candidate under relevant sections of the IPC, police said, adding efforts are being made to arrest the absconding accused. Irate locals blocked the Khatima-Panipat Highway to protest the death of the boy. Two crew members of an English news channel who went to the spot for coverage of the tragedy were allegedly attacked by Samajwadi Party MLA Nahid Hasan and 30 of his aides. A case has been registered against Hasan and his supporters under Sections 147 (rioting), 342 (wrongful confinement), 504 (insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC and under IT Act after a photographer, Mukesh, lodged a complaint in this connection, police said.(With Agency Inputs)

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