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Delhi murder: 17-year-old girl shot dead in Najafgarh area; suspect absconding

A 17-year-old girl was allegedly shot dead by her male friend right outside her house in Delhi’s Najafgarh area on Tuesday night, reports said.

According to PTI, the victim and her two friends, Shubham and Yogesh had gone to Rajouri Garden to have lunch on Tuesday. Anxious about her whereabouts, the victim’s mother called her around 7.30 pm. “While coming back they stopped at Dwarka for shopping. The girl’s mother called her around 7.30 pm,” said a senior police officer.

The two boys came to drop her off. After reaching her place, one of her friends came out of the car while the victim and her friend Shubham remained inside the car, the policeman said.

Her mother told police that she suddenly heard the sound of a bullet and saw her daughter lying in a pool of blood, he added.

Shubham fled from the spot. The victim’s mother and her friend Yogesh took her to a hospital where she was declared brought dead, police said.

The murder weapon has been recovered. Shubham and his family are absconding. The Police is trying to ascertain the motive behind the murder.

Further details are awaited.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Dec 21, 2016 11:32 IST

Sheena Bora murder: CBI begins arguments, claims Indrani Mukerjea wanted property

The Sheena Bora murder story has captured the national imagination like no other. It has intrigue, suspense, drama and money. After Sheena Bora went missing in 2012, the case gained prominence only in 2015.

On Monday, the Central Bureau of Investigation re-opened the murder case in the special CBI court arguing on the draft charges it had filed against all the accussed. According to a report in DNA, the CBI has claimed to have enough evidence to prove “charges of murder, kidnapping, conspiracy and forgery against all four arrested accused in the murder case.”

Indrani Mukerjea and Sheena Bora. Image courtesy: FacebookIndrani Mukerjea and Sheena Bora. Image courtesy: Facebook

Indrani Mukerjea and Sheena Bora. Image courtesy: Facebook

A Mid Day report detailed CBI prosecutor Bharat Badami as saying that one of the main reasons behind the murder of Sheena was property. “Indrani thought that if Sheena got married to Rahul, then the entire property would go to them as Peter was very fond of his son,” Badami is quoted in Mid Day.

Free Press Journal reported that Badami painted the relationship between Vidhi, Sheena and Indrani as contentious — “love-hate” relationship. Badami also said that Indrani wanted to kill Sheena because she was in a relationship with Peter’s son Rahul.

Indrani, her former driver Shyam Rai (who has now turned approver in the case) and Khanna had allegedly strangled Sheena, Indrani’s daughter from an earlier relationship, inside a car in April 2012.

The trio were arrested in August last year, while Peter was arrested in November. According to CBI, Peter was part of the murder conspiracy. Sheena’s body was found in a forest in Raigad. The crime, which came to light in August last year, is allegedly linked to certain financial dealings.

The opening of arguments comes after a considerable amount of delay. The special court had directed CBI to begin arguments on framing of charges in the Sheena Bora murder case and make their opening statement from the next date of hearing scheduled in September. “Prosecutor can argue on framing of charges provided the interest of defence is safeguarded. I will expedite the trial,” special CBI judge HS Mahajan had said. Earlier, special public prosecutors Bharat Badami and Kavita Patil told the court that the prosecution is ready to open the case in support of framing of charges. “We are ready to start the trial,” they had said.

CBI chargesheet 

The chargesheet filed by the CBI in October also confirms property angle in the murder.  Sheena (24) was strangled in a car in Mumbai on April 2012 allegedly by her mother Indrani Mukerjea, Indrani’s former husband Sanjeev Khanna and her former driver Shyamvar Rai. Sheena’s body was then dumped in a forest in neighbouring Raigad district.

There had been two charge sheets filed in the case so far. According to the first charge sheet filed on 19 November last year, the CBI had named Indrani, Khanna, and Rai as accused in the case. The trio was arrested in August last year after Rai spilled the beans while he was being interrogated in a case pertaining to illegal possession of arms.

Rai later turned approver in the case. According to investigators, Sheena’s relationship with Rahul, son of Indrani’s current husband and former media baron Peter Mukerjea, was the possible motive behind her murder apart from certain financial dealings. The second charge sheet was filed on 16 February against Peter for his alleged role in the murder plot. He was arrested on 19 November last year.

The agency had stated Sheena was killed as her relationship with Rahul was disapproved by Peter and Indrani both of whom were part of the plot to murder her. However, Peter had denied the allegations. He had cited his emails to prove that he was never against the relationship.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Dec 20, 2016 13:15 IST

Uttar Pradesh: Man arrested for raping and murdering nine-year-old girl

Mathura: One person was arrested from Hathkauli village in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, for raping and murdering a nine-year- old girl, police said on Wednesday.

Indrajit, who is in his 40’s, kidnapped and raped the girl, who was his neighbour, on Monday, SSP Mohit Gupta said.

Indrajit has confessed to his crime, SSP said, adding that he was arrested near Hathkauli village falling under Baldeo police station.

Indrajit confessed to his crime before the press, saying, “After alluring the girl I took her to a mustard field near Yamuna Expressway and murdered her, after raping her.”

SSP Gupta said that the accused was earlier trying to dodge the police by pretending to help in the girl’s search operation, but when he suddenly disappeared, police became suspicious of his involvement.

First Published On : Dec 15, 2016 09:10 IST

Mumbai physiotherapist raped and murdered, police yet to catch accused

In a yet another case of crimes against women, a 25-year-old physiotherapist was found raped and murdered at her residence in Vile Parle, Mumbai early on Tuesday. Two people have been arrested in connection to the case, reports Mumbai Mirror.

The Indian Express report says that the Vile Parle police registered a case under sections 302, 376, 377 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code. The police says that victim was strangulated by a pair of jeans and that the place had been set on fire.

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Representational image. Reuters

The Mumbai Mirror report stated that the police reached the spot at 4.30 am after neighbours alerted the victim’s parents of the smoke emanating from her room, which was the first floor of the building. The victim’s parents lived on the ground floor.

The post-mortem report by Cooper Hospital came out at 9 am on Tuesday. “She was sexually assaulted, hit on the head, and then strangled. The murderers tried to set her body on fire,” Mumbai Mirror quoted one of the doctors on the condition of anonymity.

According to a Mid Day report, the victim had gone out for a birthday party at a restaurant close to her home at around 8 pm on Monday, and reached home at around at midnight. The murder might have taken place before 3.30 am on early Tuesday, states a Hindustan Times report quoting the cops.

The police are now looking for CCTV footage to get a breakthrough in the case. The police are suspecting the hand of her friends in the incident and are currently questioning them, the Mid Day report added. The victim was also robbed of some cash and gold.

First Published On : Dec 7, 2016 13:31 IST

Dowry death social crime but can’t convict husband without proof, says Delhi court

New Delhi: It is a heinous crime to hang one’s wife to death but a husband cannot be convicted without any reliable evidence, a Delhi court has said while acquitting a man and his family members in a murder and dowry death case.

The court freed the man, his father and two sisters, all residents of east Delhi, saying there was no cogent evidence that the woman was subjected to cruelty or harassment for demand of dowry.

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“While it is proved that husband being the companion in the house ought to be able to explain as to the circumstances under which his wife was found lying hanged in the bedroom but there also exists an obligation on the part of the prosecution to prove the guilt of the accused beyond all reasonable doubt…

“Undoubtedly, it is a social and heinous crime to have the wife hanged to death but without any proper and reliable evidence, the court cannot by itself justify its conclusion of murder by the husband,” Additional Sessions Judge Sanjeev Kumar Malhotra said.

While the victim woman used to stammer and was having hearing disability, her husband was deaf and dumb.

The court absolved the four accused of the charges under sections 304B (dowry death), 498A (subjecting woman to harassment by husband and in-laws), 302 (murder) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC.

The court said prosecution has failed to prove its case against the accused beyond reasonable doubt, benefit of which must go in favour of the accused.

According to prosecution, the couple got married in May 2006, and the woman was found hanging in her matrimonial house in April 2008.

The complaint was lodged by the victim’s father at Kalyanpuri Police Station against her husband and in-laws on the allegations that she was harassed by them for dowry which led to her death.

The court said except for demand of motorcycle which was alleged to have been made after one-and-a-half month of the marriage, there are no specific allegation in respect of demand of dowry or harassment by the accused.

It noted that the prosecution witnesses said that the demand for motorcycle was withdrawn as the woman’s husband could not get driving licence due to his hearing and speaking disabilities.

First Published On : Dec 4, 2016 09:50 IST

Bihar: Three arrested in connection with murder of police official

Bihar: Three arrested in connection with murder of police official

Updated: Oct 26, 2016 07:54 IST

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New Delhi: Three persons have been arrested in connection with the murder of a police official in Bihar, police said on Tuesday.

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The accused identified as Sonu (24), Shane Ali Khan (54) and his son Zeeshan Khan (20) were arrested following a tip-off, a senior police officer said.

They are accused of killing Kayamuddin Ansari, SHO of Kothi in Bihar’s Gaya, on 3 October after he had objected to their extortion attempts in the area, he added.

His bullet-riddled body was found in fields after he had gone for a morning walk.

Preliminary investigation suggested that three men on a motorcycle shot the Station House Officer to death.

A case under sections 302 (punishment for murder), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (involvement of more than one person in the commission of crime) IPC and section 27 of the Arms Act was registered at the Kothi Police station, police said.

The accused will be produced in court and their transit remand will be sought, the official said.

Investigation is underway, he added.

Delhi: Man kills two-year-old girl at temple, claims she was possessed by spirits

New Delhi: A two-and-a-half-year-old girl was kidnapped and killed by man, who hit her head against the floor of a temple in west Delhi’s Ranhola area on Monday, claiming that she was possessed by spirits.

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Representational image. Reuters

Amit Kumar (28), a rickshaw puller, allegedly kidnapped the girl from her home around 11.15 am and took her to a temple 100 metres away, where he hit her head against the floor, injuring her grievously, a senior police officer said.

While searching for their daughter, the girl’s parents found her lying on the temple floor and took her to a nearby hospital where she was declared dead, he said.

Meanwhile, police arrived at the temple and arrested the accused.

“The accused hasn’t spoken much during questioning. But, he claimed that he can see ghosts and understand their language. Kumar said he felt the girl was possessed and hit her head against the floor to get her rid of the negative spirits,” an officer claimed.

From whatever he has said during questioning, it looks like he is mentally sick, the officer said.

Police is awaiting the autopsy report to determine whether the accused had assaulted the girl sexually.

Siwan murder: SC issues notice seeking their reply to shift Shahabuddin to Tihar jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin, the Bihar Government and the Centre seeking their reply to shift the former from Siwan district jail in Bihar to Tihar jail in Delhi .The next hearing of the case is scheduled for November 28. Slain journalist Rajdeo Ranjan’s widow Asha Ranjan had filed a plea in the Supreme Court seeking to shift Shahabuddin from the Siwan to the Tihar jail so that witnesses in her husband’s murder case are not influenced.Hearing Asha Ranjan’s plea on October 17, an apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Mishra had directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the murder probe within three months. The apex court also issued notices and sought responses from Shahabuddin and Bihar Health Minister Tej Pratap Yadav. During the last hearing, Tej Pratap had admitted that he had accepted a bouquet from one of the murder accused, but denied his involvement in the murder. Ranjan (42), the bureau chief of The Hindustan, was shot dead in July this year at Phal Mandi near the Siwan railway station, barely half-a-kilometer from the police station. The Bihar government has recommended the CBI probe into the case. The case came into limelight again after a photograph appeared in the media showing murder suspects Mohammad Kaif and Mohammad Javed with gangster-politician Mohammed Shahabuddin after his release from jail. Kaif, however, later rubbished all accusations against him and said he has no involvement in Rajdeo’s murder case. Meanwhile, a separate petition filed by Chandrakeshwar Prasad, whose three sons had been murdered at the behest of the RJP leade. Shahabuddin, who had been in jail for more than 10 years in connection with multiple cases, was granted bail by the Patna High Court on September 7 in connection with the murder of a man who witnessed the killing of two brothers in Siwan.

Delhi: Body of missing 11-year-old girl found stuffed in a sack, family alleges sexual assault

New Delhi: Body of an 11-year-old girl, who was missing since Tuesday, was found stuffed in a sack in northeast Delhi’s New Usmanpur area on Wednesday.

The girl, a resident of Gautampuri in the area, had gone to buy some household items on Tuesday afternoon but did not return and on Wednesday, her body was found, metres away from her house, police said.

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Representational image. Reuters

Her body was found at around 7 am by a rag-picker who saw the sack lying in one of the lanes of Gautampuri area and opened it, thinking it must be containing garbage.

He raised an alarm when he saw the girl’s body and police was informed, a senior police official said.

The deceased was a student of class V in an MCD school in the area and had returned home early Tuesday since she was not feeling well.

Around noon, her mother had sent her to buy an adhesive but the girl did not return for a long time, following which the mother then informed her husband, an autorickshaw driver, and her relatives.

They approached the police and a case was registered.

The girl’s family alleged that she was sexually assaulted before being killed, as there were injury marks on the body.

“A case of murder has been registered and we are awaiting post-mortem report to find out whether she was sexually assaulted,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (North East) Ajit Kumar Singla said.

Police is suspecting the involvement of someone known to the victim’s family since there was no ransom call or threat call received by the family.

“The girl’s family has expressed suspicion on a relative who had enmity with their over some property and could have plotted the kidnapping. The person will be called for questioning,” said a senior police officer.

CBI starts manhunt for second suspect in Siwan journalist’s murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBI teams launched an operation to look for Mohammed Javed on Friday, another suspect in the murder of Siwan-based journalist Rajdeo Ranjan on May 13 this year.Prime suspect Mohammed Kaif is in judicial custody after he surrendered in a Siwan court on September 21. The agency which started probe last week has set up a camp office in Siwan where relatives of Javed were called to locate the alleged sharp shooter, agency sources said. They said the teams have also gone to the residence of Javed and were looking for him at a number of other locations. The sources said here that a special team of forensic experts from CFSL will soon be reaching Siwan to further the probe.It has been four months since the murder and they will use the expertise of CFSL to recreate crime scene and pick up minute pieces of information and evidence as well as analyse the evidence collected by the local police. The sources said the team is about to leave for Siwan very soon and will have some of the best hands to ensure that the case is solved as quickly as possible. CBI had registered a case in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan on September 15 against unknown assailants.The sources said that former RJD MP Shahbuddin who was released recently on bail was under the scanner of Bihar Police which was probing the case till recently. The case again came into limelight as a photograph appeared of absconding suspects Kaif and Javed with Shahbuddin after his release from Bhagalpur jail on September 7 on bail granted by Patna High Court. They said it is suspected that the killing was the handiwork of some influential persons.After the Bihar government recommended a CBI probe, the agency took over the investigation in the murder case which has been registered under the IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy, murder and arms act. According to the rules, CBI takes over same FIR which has been registered by the state police. However, the sources said, the investigation of the agency are completely free and it may arrive at any conclusion which may or may not be in concurrence with the state police.

Infosys techie murder: Police release photo of suspect

A photo of the suspect in the murder of a 24-year-old woman IT professional was today released by the city police, four days after they made public CCTV images of the incident at a railway station here.Police released a ‘file photo’ of the man, saying it had been ‘developed’ by them. The photo shows a man wearing blue shirt and black pants, similar to what was seen in the CCTV footage released by the police on Sunday.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>No further details were made available.Police are yet to crack the murder of S Swathi, who was hacked to death on Friday at the busy Nungambakkam railway station, prompting a furore by the civil society and political parties.The woman, employed with IT major Infosys, was allegedly killed by an unidentified man on a platform while she was waiting to board a train on her way to office around 6:30 AM.The Madras High Court had also come down on the state government, warning it of suo motu intervention if there was any slackness in the probe.The probe, originally done by the Government Railway Police, was later shifted to the city police who have now formed eight special teams to crack the murder.

Jamshedpur: Tata Steel employee’s wife stabbed to death

Wife of a Tata Steel employee, 43-year-old Khemlata Sahu, was stabbed to death when she was alone in the company quarter at Kadma area last night, the police said on Wednesday.When her husband Karthik Ram Sahu returned home from duty, he raised an alarm on finding Khemlata lying in a pool of blood.Khemlata was rushed to Tata Main Hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead, the police said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The police suspect that the murder was committed by someone known to the family.Family members of the victim claimed that some biscuits were found on a plate in the room, which led them to believe that a familiar person was involved in the murder.Senior Superintendent of Police, Anoop T Mathew and Superintendent of Police, Prasant Anand rushed to spot to investigate the incident.

Violence in Ranchi over murder: Situation “tense but under control”

Ranchi: At least 30 houses and 10 bikes were set afire and a number of houses looted in violence that erupted after a land broker was murdered on the outskirts of Jharkhand capital Ranchi, police said on Tuesday.

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According to police, the trouble erupted after Nasim Ansari, a land broker and resident of Newari village, 20 km from Ranchi, was hacked to death on Monday night.

The alleged killer, identified as Mohammad Zakir, reportedly called Ansari for a meeting to settle a land dispute. When Ansari was seated, he was allegedly attacked by a sharp weapon and hacked to death.

Ansari’s supporters later attacked people with weapons. Yet unidentified people set fire to several houses and two-wheelers and some of them indulged in looting.

The local residents also clashed with the police in which one police official sustained head injuries.

Several media photographers were also attacked and the cameras of two photographers were damaged.

Fire fighting vehicles were initially not allowed to enter the village to douse the fire but eventually fire fighters managed to enter after the blaze gained in intensity.

A large number of security personnel have been deployed in the area and officials described the situation as “tense but under control”.

2009 Goa blast suspects called Virendrasinh Tawade before and after blasts

In a startling revelation, the CBI disclosed that the key suspects of 2009 Goa blast, Malgunda Patil and Sarang Akolkar, had called Virendrasinh Tawade, a suspect in the Dabholkar murder case, before and after the blast.

File photo of Narendra Dabholkar. APFile photo of Narendra Dabholkar. AP

File photo of Narendra Dabholkar. AP

Tawade was arrested on Friday night by the CBI in connection with the 2013 murder. While Patil died in 2009, after the bomb accidentally exploded, Akolkar has been on the run ever since he has been named in the Goa blast case. Akolkar is allegedly one of the key conspirators in the murder case.

To establish Tawade’s role in the murder, his call records are proving to be one of the most important pieces of circumstantial evidence.

Tawade is a member of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti, a group linked to Sanatan Sanstha, the radical Hindu group based in Goa.

If the investigating agencies had checked the call records of the two suspects, Dabholkar’s murder might have been averted. Tawade’s communication with suspects should have put him also on the list of suspects too.

An official quoted by The Times of India said, “If Tawade had been booked in the Goa blast case on the basis of his phone conversations with the suspects, he may have been prevented from planning the murders of Dabholkar and other rationalists.”

Defending Tawade, Sanatan Sanstha spokesperson Abhay Vartak, said his arrest was a conspiracy to defame the organisation, which is doing social work. “A lot of our sadhaks are being targeted by the authorities for no fault of theirs. This is all a big conspiracy,” Vartak told PTI.

The CBI is currently probing whether the same group is involved in the murder of Govind Pansare in Kolhapur and MM Kalburgi in Dharwad.

Though Pansare’s family had earlier rejected CBI inquiry for his murder case, they now plan to write to the Bombay High Court seeking a transfer to them from the special investigation team (SIT) citing slow progress in the case and lack of transparency.

Dabholkar was murdered on 20 August, 2013 while taking a morning walk in Pune by two unidentified gunmen. Pansare and Kalburgi were also shot at in a similar way outside their homes on 16 February and 30 August, 2015 respectively.

With inputs from PTI

Bihar: Main accused in LJP leader Sudesh Paswan arrested

Main accused in the murder case of LJP leader Sudesh Paswan and his brother, arrested in Kachar village of Bihar.Claiming responsibility for the murder of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) leader Sudesh Paswan in Bihar’s Dumaria last month, Maoists have justified their dastardly act by holding him responsible for the “killing of the banned-outfit’s revolutionaries and have gone on to describe him as ‘ring leader of police informers.'”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A hand-written pamphlet, which appeared in Imamganj area of Gaya, warned those colluding with the police and being their informers. It also lashed out at LJP leader Chirag Paswan and former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi for shedding ‘crocodile tears’ over the incident.The LJP had earlier condemned the murder of Sudesh Paswan and demanded President’s Rule in the state in view of rising crime. Chirag Paswan had also slammed the ruling ‘grand alliance’ for prevailing lawlessness in the state, and said those raising their voices are being murdered. Sudesh Paswan was campaigning for panchayat elections near Dumaria when he was shot dead.

Siwan journalist murder case: Key accused Laddan Miyan surrenders

Laddan Miyan, the key accused in the Siwan journalist Rajdeo Ranjan murder case and close aide of former RJD MP Mohammad Shahabuddin, before the chief judicial magistrate in Siwan district court on Thursday. Reports suggest that police will soon start interrogating him to ascertain the motive behind the murder. He also claimed that he has no connection with the journalist and has been wrongly framed. The court sent Laddan to 14-day judicial custody.

The Bihar police had arrested five shooters involved in the murder of the journalist on 25 May.

Ranjan, Siwan bureau chief of Hindi newspaper Hindustan, which is part of HT Media, was shot dead at a busy market near Station Road on 14 May.

The police also recovered arms and motorcycles used by shooters and they believe that it was pre-planned.

The police had also raided Bihar’s Siwan jail and searched Shahabuddin’s cell after the BJP alleged the role of jailed former RJD MP in the murder of Rajdeo Ranjan.

Shahabuddin, a criminal-turned-politician, locally known as Bahubali, has been lodged in Siwan jail for over a decade. He was shifted twice to Bhagalpur and Gaya jail for brief periods.

Bihar Director General of Police PK Thakur had also said that police have identified the shooters involved in the killing of the journalist.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had said that if the grieving family insists, then he will recommend a CBI probe.

He told the media: “The killing of the journalist is an attack on me. We have not left any stone unturned. The investigation is being carried out with highest diligence. Those who committed this crime (will get the strictest punishment).”

Journalists across  the country termed the murder an “attack on the freedom of expression.” Journalists also urged the central and state governments to enact a law to protect them and ensure “adequate compensation” in case of their death or any untoward incident while on duty.

The Lalu-Rabri era is termed as the jungle raj in Bihar. Under the Nitish Kumar government, is it return of the jungle raj?

Firstpost‘s Sandipan Sharma previously wrote that though its not jungle raj yet, Bihar is on a dangerous crime curve. He wrote: “The murder of Hindustan bureau chief of Siwan, Rajdeo Ranjan is an indication that criminals are striking with impunity. Though police are yet to crack the case, the nature of the crime – police claim it was a planned hit job  suggests a dreaded don who is connected to the RJD could be behind the incident.”

According to an IndiaSpend report, in 2014, Bihar reported 1,77,595 cognizable crimes, while Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan recorded 2,72,423 and 2,10,418 such crimes, respectively. However, when it comes to the murder rate in Bihar, the number is higher than either MP, Rajasthan, Gujarat or Kerala. Under-reported cases could possibly one of the reasons why the figures for the overall crime rate is less than the other states.

Delhi: Six people detained in connection with the murder of a lawyer

New Delhi: Six persons, including the owner of a prominent hotel in New Delhi area, were on Wednesday detained in connection with the murder of a 57-year-old lawyer in southeast Delhi’s Jamia Nagar area.

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Representational image. Reuters

Apart from the hotel owner, the detained persons include a group of contract killers, who allegedly shot dead MM Khan, an assistant legal advisor with the NDMC, police said.

Khan was allegedly shot dead at a crowded street on Monday evening when he was heading back home in his car which was intercepted by motorcycle-borne assailants, who shot at him from a close range.

The hotel owner was allegedly putting pressure on Khan to waive off penalty worth hundreds of crores due to NDMC, imposed on the hotel on several grounds.

Lately, Khan was also being threatened regarding the same.

His relatives told police that he had been receiving calls from unknown people during odd hours of the day. Police had recovered his mobile phone and the call data was being analysed, an official had said.

Indrani Mukerjea case: Kiran Bedi says driver turning approver will lead to conviction

Former IPS officer and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kiran Bedi on Wednesday said Shyamvar Rai, the former driver of Indrani Mukerjea and Peter Mukherjee, turning approver in the case provided a witness in the sensational Sheena Bora murder case, adding that the case was heading for conviction. ‘Driver turning approver in Indrani’s case literally provides an eye witness to d murder. Case heading for conviction,’ Bedi tweeted.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The driver today told a special CBI court in Mumbai that he wants to turn approver and disclose certain truths about the commission of the offence. Rai had last week written a two-page letter to the court, stating that he wants to reveal the truth and had sought pardon in the case.The driver also told the court that he was under no pressure, threat or coercion to reveal the facts in the case and added that he was repentant for his act.The court extended the judicial custody of Indrani, Peter, Rai and Sanjeev Khanna till May 17. Indrani along with her husband Peter, former husband Khanna and former driver Shyamvar Rai, is an accused in the murder case of her daughter Sheena Bora in 2012.While former media baron Peter was arrested in November 2015 for hiding and destroying evidences in the murder case, Indrani and two others were arrested by the police in August 2015 and continue to be in custody since.Media magnate Peter Mukerjea, a co-accused in the case, had earlier in March moved a fresh bail plea before a special CBI court, calling the allegations levelled against him as “false, baseless and unbelievable”.He also put the onus on his wife Indrani, saying that she was highly ambitious and was willing to go to any length for that. In the bail application, Peter claimed it was not him, but Indrani, who objected to Rahul and Sheena’s relationship. He had also denied the allegation of being informed by Indrani about the murder and stated that the said calls were made by Indrani to her daughter Vidhie.The media honcho was arrested on November 19 last year for his alleged role in the murder conspiracy in which his wife Indrani Mukerjea is the prime accused.

Jisha is being raped over and over again in social media, in small talk, by vested interests

Rape is never just about sex. A high degree of violence frequently takes it from a physical and emotional offence straight to homicide.

After the initial tch-tch and feelings of helplessness, there is a human tendency to justify such crimes. Rapes bring out the inner rapist in most people. When Nirbhaya suffered that brutal attack in the back of a bus, the kitchen consensus was on the lateness of the hour, the boyfriend aspect, the dependence on public transport, on pre-marital permissiveness.

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Yes, it is wrong, all sanctimoniously agreed, but. And in that ‘but’ is the second rape. Jisha, the law student in Kerala that was raped and killed last week by a stalker in a yellow shirt (according to witnesses) is being raped over and over again on social media, in small talk, by vested interests.

The 30-year-old was butchered to death in her own home at Vattolippidi Canal Bund near Perumbavoor in Kerala’s Ernakulam district. Her body had at least 30 injuries, including in the genitals. Gory details are doing routine rounds. Everyone knows where she was stabbed and how many times, and that her small intestine had spilled out.

There is a peculiar tone and facial expression reserved for sharing such information. A mixture of ‘how sad’ and ‘did she have it coming, you think?’

Her house, apparently, has turned into a museum with people going in and out, posting pictures of it on social media. A tourist spot if you please. Mementos and souvenirs are probably in the offing. In the aftermath of grievous personal attacks like these, the absence of taste is more keenly felt.

First comes the naming and shaming; we are informed of the identity straight away in an act of insta-reporting. Then come the insinuations. No one says ‘RIP rape victim, we will pull out the intestines of your rapist, too, we promise’. Instead, there are the whispers, the gossip, and the character assassination.

There is a thin line between drawing public attention to an injustice and salacious reference.

Talk now revolves around the number of times the victim was stabbed – 30 times – the exact spots where she was stabbed and, oh, how her back was covered with bite marks.

Confusing semantics follow. The victim is called ‘survivor’ to bestow posthumous honour, as if that was what was really at stake and in doubt – her angle on the whole issue.

Rape itself was included in the FIR as an afterthought. Emerging details go into the ‘unsoundness’ of her mother’s mind. And the incident seems to have flushed out ‘neighbours’ with lots to say and nothing to do.

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) blames the Congress-led UDF government and the state police of a cover-up. Perhaps, ahead of state polls on May 16, no one wants an awkward silence. But now that the Centre is asking for a report and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) issued a notice to the state government, Kerala is reluctantly pulling up its socks, or tying up its mundu.

Kerala was never a safe place for women. The staring alone makes women cover up more than they normally would. Incest, suicides, domestic abuse – the state is in the running when it comes to statistics. But when Kerala, in the wake of Nirbhaya gang-rape, murmured how they can’t send their daughters to an unsafe Delhi anymore, it was presumed that they were keeping their own women secure. That particular mask has come off. Now the South, like the North before it, has to admit that their men, too, rape.

Perhaps the saddest detail in the case is that the police have preserved the victim’s tooth for DNA analysis. It is difficult to remember that beyond the scandal, beyond the word ‘rape’, beyond the gruesome details that shocked the nation is a person who lived her life like you and me and who is now just a tooth. Teeth are for smiling, not to be preserved in a lab somewhere.

Rape is rampant all over the world. It remains a political act, a terrorist act, an inhuman act. But rape doesn’t always happen like this – with cymbals and cacophony and news cameras. It happens in bedrooms, silently, by ‘loved’ ones; a kiss in the end doesn’t make it something else. In Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, the rapist says ‘I love you’ just before he kills his victim. Like that was what she really wanted to hear.

Rape doesn’t happen because women are promiscuous or preoccupied. Rape happens because of rapists. No one wants to remember to carry her pepper spray. Most women – like most men – prefer to die from old age.

Kerala Temple Tragedy: Murder charges to be slapped against accused

Murder charges would be slapped against the accused in the case related to Puttingal temple firework tragedy that claimed 109 lives, police said.Crime Branch police, probing the case, informed a lower court hearing the case at Paravoor in the district that as per the advice of Law Department, murder charges would be framed against the accused.There are 26 accused, including 15 temple managing committee members and workers of the contractors of the firework display held on April 10. However, crime branch said it was yet to take a decision on against whom the murder charges should be framed.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Currently the accused were charged under section 304 of IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder).More than 350 people injured in the fire which occurred when a firework misfired and caused explosion of stored high-decibel crackers during the temple festival.

For Jisha, Jyoti or just any other woman: Public or private, no space feels safe

Life for the Indian woman is difficult; as far as adjectives go, it’s challenging, an uphill task, a never-ending test of physical and mental strength. This is not to say that women elsewhere have it easy or that they live a life devoid of adversities; but Google searches for ‘women in India’ and ‘women in the world’ yield completely different results.

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Going by the news cycle, stories about molestation, rape and sexual assault are plenty. We’ve apparently not left the Middle Ages behind, because women who don’t subscribe to the norm are still being burnt at the proverbial stake. Then, there is also the case where women are banned from entering places of worship.

These frayed ends are tied together by one knot — patriarchy. Like the lotus that sprouted upon the navel of Lord Vishnu, from whom emerged Lord Brahma, and thus the origin of creation, the oppression of women has sprung from rigid, wholly ridiculous beliefs that women should firmly toe the line (sometimes clearly visible as in the case of Sita in Ramayana) drawn by a few men. Socialisation informs women that norms are the truth.

On 23 April, a Manipuri woman, who was standing outside her PG residence, was abducted by an unidentified person, who allegedly tried to molest her. Even as no passerbys came to her rescue, this shocking incident was caught on CCTV. Naturally, the owners of the PG advised the girl against filing a complaint, fearing her safety. “I think they did that fearing bad name for their PG,” she said instead.

Does this mean that public spaces are harmful to women? We constantly talk about how these spaces are inaccessible: how alleys in the night are seldom lit, how parks, playgrounds, bus stands and railway stations after 10 pm are cesspools of crime. Therefore, we’re given unfair curfews, we’re asked to constantly keep our loved ones informed on our whereabouts, we’re asked to not step out of the house after 8 pm. We still have blatantly sexist rules when it comes to women in hostels: boys are not allowed, the curfew sometimes is as early as 5 pm and we’re allowed out perhaps once a month. Our Ministers make it mandatory for all phones to come equipped with a ‘panic button’ to ‘improve’ our safety. As a result, reported the NDTV, we’re thankful to the Prime Minister for letting the police trail us, even as it may violate our privacy. Because as a woman in India, we all know, there is no such thing as privacy. Or private space.

On 28 April, a 29-year-old Dalit student, Jisha, from Ernakulam in Kerala — a state known for its favourable sex ratio towards women — was brutally raped, stabbed and kicked in the stomach and murdered. Her mutilated body was found inside her home. The nature of horrific crime is unsettlingly similar to the one that happened in Delhi in 2012, where a woman was raped inside a moving bus. The News Minute reports that the mother of the woman cannot recall a day sans harassment by the neighbours: She says that they destroyed the water pipes in their home, forcing them to draw water from a canal next to the house.

Artists in Kannur paint posters at a protest demanding justice for Jisha. PTI.Artists in Kannur paint posters at a protest demanding justice for Jisha. PTI.

Artists in Kannur paint posters at a protest demanding justice for Jisha. PTI.

This happened in the confines of Jisha’s home, the private space that she shared with her mother.

Further north, in Handwara, in Kashmir, it has been alleged that a minor was molested by an Indian army jawan near a bunker. The army has denied the charge. This brings to mind the alleged rape-death of 32-year-old Thangjam Manorama by some members Assam Rifles personnel. Frontline, in January 2015, reported that Manipur was ‘up in arms’ supporting Irom Sharmila’s demand for the removal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958, from Manipur and rudely woken by a nude protest by dozen women asking the Indian Army to rape them.

Walls and pillars do not make for safety; they make for limitations, they make for prisons, outposts and hostility. Contrary to popular belief, staying at home does not empower us, or our safety. It’s 2016, and marital rape — that often occurs in the four walls of home — in India isn’t criminalised, because marriage is sacrosanct? We still have to fight for our right to sexual autonomy, which is and (has been) being controlled by men.

On 5 May, there was perhaps a glimmer of hope for the Indian woman: Four-and-a-half years after the murder of Keenan Santos and Reuben Fernandes, a Mumbai court held all four accused in the case guilty, and sentenced them to life imprisonment until death. What had happened was this — Keenan and Reuben, in October 2011, had visited a restaurant in Amboli with their friends. Outside, a group of drunk men started harassing the girls with the duo. Keenan and Reuben jumped to their defence, to which they were stabbed repeatedly. Keenan died on the same day, while Reuben succumbed to his injuries 10 days later.

These four incidents are not stray ones. In fact, the rate of rape in India accounts for 6.1 percent (2014) and the total crimes against women stands at a startling 91 percent (2014), according to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Globally, in terms of gender equality, India stands below Chad and Yemen, with states such as Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh having the worst records on female empowerment, ranging from 0.42 to 0.46

Four years ago, on a bright summer evening in seemingly safe Chennai, a friend and I were driving from Anna Salai to Nungambakkam. Next to us, on a bike came two burly men making smutty comments. We ignored and rode ahead. Only to see the driver make a sharp U-turn and literally come for us with his arms stretched out. My friend — to borrow lyrics from a Christopher Cross song — rode like the wind and stopped next to the Egmore police station where we informed some cops about what happened to us. They agreed to be on the lookout for the men and the two of us had a ‘safe’ ride home afterwards. This shook us, because we believed we were fearless, come what may. But it only reminded us that the right to public space was a little less for us and a little more for men.

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Public spaces need to be made accessible for women. Getty Images

Where does patriarchy fit in the scheme of things? I suppose, to be a man in India is to be an expert on all things women. It’s to tell us to dress appropriately, to walk with our heads bowed down or to close our legs firmly, to speak up when asked to speak up and to shut up when asked to. It’s to catcall us when you feel like it, grope us when you’re bored and torture us to assert your fleeting masculinity. It’s to tell us to marry at the right time and to the right boy (read caste, religion, status), to have children, to not have abortions and to remain in the kitchen.

How does this change? By respecting us, giving us equal access to spaces — public and private, not victim shaming and blaming, reminding men and women that a woman’s worth isn’t tied to her virginity, hemlines or necklines; making sure roads, railway stations and bus stops are brightly lit and by replicating effective policies that are in place around the world. This is where we could start.

Kerala: Migrant worker from Assam, mistaken for a thief, dies after being tortured by a mob

A migrant worker from Assam died in Kottayam district of Kerala after he was allegedly tortured by a mob who suspected him to be a thief.

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According to The Indian Express, the victim — identified as 31-year-old Kailash Jyothi Behra — had arrived in Kottayam with three other people on Wednesday but got separated from his friends on the same day.

The report added that some villagers saw him wandering around and mistook him for a thief. Another report in The New Indian Express said that Behra was then brutally beaten up by the villagers, after which he was tied up and forced to lie down on the road under the searing sun for almost an hour.

Behra was then rushed to the district hospital by the police after his condition deteriorated but he could not be saved. The report further said that he had reportedly entered some houses earlier and had tried to attack the women there.

Moreover, the report said that Behra fell victim to the public anger in Kerala after the brutal murder and rape of a law student.

Three persons have been taken into custody by police for questioning in connection with the rape and brutal murder of the 30-year-old Dalit woman in Ernakulam district.

The woman, a law student who hailed from a poor family, was allegedly subjected to rape and brutal assault using sharp edged weapons before being murdered at her house in Perumbavoor on 28 April.

Ernakulam Range IG Mahipal Yadav had said there were signs of strangulation, smothering and 13 injuries on the woman’s neck, chest and at several other places of the body.

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Satish Shetty Murder: Audio clip points at derailing probe by top CBI officials

The murder probe of Pune-based RTI activist has been witness many incidences including, bogus land deals, murder cover-ups, controversial arrests and destruction and manipulation of evidence. After the Pune police allegedly botched up the murder investigation, the case was transferred to CBI in 2010, four months after the murder had taken place on January 13, 2010. No further arrests took place till April 2016 when Zee Business accessed an audio clip of a CBI official investigating the case. The clip was recorded by Sandeep Shetty, brother of deceased RTI activist and he claims that the conversation with the CBI official took place in July 2014, a month before CBI filed a closure report stating that it was not able to find prosecutable evidence against the accused which also included cops, an advocate and real estate giant Virendra Mhaiskar.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>CBI said that there was no direct evidence against Mhaiskar.
ALSO READ Satish Shetty Murder: An RTI activist’s last race against timeBut in the audio clip the official not only claims that Mhaiskar, the real-estate baron and one of the accused in the murder, met then CBI director Ranjit Sinha, but also blames the topmost rung of the agency, including current director Anil Sinha, for allegedly trying to derail the probe made by their own investigators.The clip was submitted to the Bombay High Court last year. According to CBI, the official in question later filed an affidavit in the court, stating that he was under no pressure from any quarter and that he probed the case fairly. Edited excerpts from the audio clip, accessed by Santosh Kumar of Zee Business.
ALSO READ Exposed: CBI role in murder cover-up of RTI activist Satish Shetty; Investigating officer blames agency director Anil SinhaIn the audio clip, while talking to activist Satish Shetty’s brother Sandeep, CBI official Susheel Prasad Singh says he needed more time for analysis, as 550 persons were examined, 30 places were raided, 36 persons underwent polygraph tests, call data records of 200 people were analysed and 50 other murderers were questioned. He says he has no reason to believe in the police theory behind Shetty’s murder.Singh further says he told his seniors, “Either take the case from me or give me more time. Otherwise, I will resign in front of the press and expose everyone.” Singh also accuses joint director Keshav Kumar and the then CBI SP Vidya Kulkarni of being in the thick of the things.
ALSO READ Satish Shetty Murder: How noose tightened around Pune copsHere is the transcript of the conversation heard on the audio: SUSHEEL PRASAD SINGH: Main kaise local police ki theory ko maan lu jab kuch hai hi nahi. Maine kaha main nahi doonga. Main kisi haalat mein 15 ko doonga nahi. Case mere haath se le lo, ya main resign kar doonga press kay saamne. Aur main sabko expose bhi kar doonga. I will resign. Toh madam (CBI SP Vidya Kulkarni) boli aisa mat karo. Wo udhar JD kay pass hi thi.SANDEEP SHETTY: Achha, Bombay main hi thi wo?SINGH: Wahin thi, unhi ko milne gayi thi. JD (joint director Keshav Kumar) ney usko dabaya hoga. Toh boli 20 ko de do. Toh main bola chalo kyun jhagda karen, 20 ko deta hun. Par 19 ko toh madam hi chali gayi.SHETTY: Ye dekho, shuruwat mein jab JD aaye na, wo bahut proactive they.SINGH: Haan, hum ye karenge, woh karenge, isko pakad lenge.SHETTY: Aap ko kab se lag raha hai ki woh ye ho gaye, negative. Kyun ki jab main pehle teen baar mila na, toh bahut confidently, aur iske saath bol rahe they. Sandeep, ye karna hi hai humko.SINGH: Jab se ye SD (Anil Sinha) aaya hai na, tabhi se lagta hai matlab. Humein bhanak thi. Lekin jab hum ko February mein bulaya gaya na, meeting ko, tab laga ki kuch gadbad chal raha hai. Itni hadbadi kyun hai? Keh rahey ki itna time ho gaya, kitna time Nikhil Rane case ko koi nahi pooch raha.Later, the two discuss the possibility of a government change and it’s repercussions on the case. Singh then goes on to accuse senior CBI officials of not being fearful of the government and of taking money from ministers.SHETTY: Lekin mujhey ek baat bataiye. Government change ka effect hai kya isme?SINGH: Nahi, government change ka nahi hai, ye conspiracy pehle se hai.SHETTY: Nahi nahi nahi, February mein anticipation tha na Sir.SINGH: Kya?SHETTY: Ki change hoga government. Kyun ki CBI kay paas toh saara data hota hi hai. Upper rungs mein wo to information hoti hi hai.SINGH: Ye government kay chakkar mein nahi padte. Ye sab paise kay rakshas hain. Ye government se nahi, ye toh mantriyo se paise lete hai. Kya samajhtey ho inko? Government se nahi darte ye log.In this part of the conversation, Sandeep asks Singh, “Did you not show them the facts?” Singh responds, “I told them about the facts for two hours. The special director spoke to me angrily and asked me how was I talking so much and that I had introduced the land angle (into the case) and that I was prolonging it. So I said I should be given an opportunity to speak and then I lectured them for two hours. I had made a big power point presentation and spent Rs2,000 from my own pocket. They didn’t even see the presentation. This was in February. When I sensed something was wrong, I wrote a proposal to arrest (the accused) but we don’t have any value.”SHETTY: Apna kya strategy hona chahiye? Main abhi bhi confused hun.SINGH: Wait karo thoda sa, wait karo.SHETTY: Kal mera bhai se baat hua mere, woh thoda jittery tha. Keh raha tha ye sab kaha pey ja raha hai. Woh bola ki tu khud ko risk mein kyun daal raha hai? Maine kaha usse baat risk ki nahi hai. Aadmi ko aaj bhi marna hai, kal bhi marna hi hai. Agar ye level pey ho raha hai sab, toh hum bhi khadey honge. Kya hoga, maar denge na?SINGH: Koi kisi ko maar nahi sakta.SHETTY: Apka, yaane Sinha saab kay sath hi hua tha.SINGH: Haan Sinha, dono Sinha hi hai.SHETTY: Yaane special director bhi Sinha hai?SINGH: Haan, Anil Sinha aur Ranjit Sinha.SHETTY: Toh aapne tabhi facts nahi bataye unko ki, ye sab material.SINGH: Facts do ghanta, woh jo special director hai, woh toh mujh pey itna chhadh gaya. Tum kaise bol rahey ho, zameen ka bhi le liya, tum badhtey hi ja rahe ho. Toh maine bola ki mujhey suna jaay. Phir maine unko do ghanta lecture diya. Itna mota power point presentation le ke gaya tha. 2,000 apni jeb se kharcha kiya tha.SHETTY: PPT banaya tha?SINGH: Poora coloured bana kay le gaya tha, dekho itna bada, ye uske liye hi le gaya tha. PPT toh usne dekha hi nahi. Dekho yahan bhi likha hua, main kisi se luka-chupi nahi khelta. Mera kaam hamesha open and shut hota hai. Isme bhi last mein likha ki ye karna hai. Ye February ki baat hai. Jaise hi maine dekha ki kuch gadbad hai, maine aate hi likh kay proposal de diya.SHETTY: Haan arrest ka.SINGH: Tondi ka toh kuch value hi nahi hai.Finally, Sandeep asks Singh, “Can the IRB guy (Mhaiskar) approach higher-ups (of CBI) without political support?” Singh responds, “The day director (Ranjit Sinha) came, he (Mhaiskar) met with him. Why are you only talking about political support?” Sandeep then asks, “He (Mhaiskar) met the director?” “Yes, back then,” responds Singh. Sandeep asks again, “He (Mhaiskar) met the special director?” Singh responds, “The director, the director,” referring to Ranjit Sinha.SHETTY: Nahi par sir, ye banda upper tak ja sakta hai kya? Bina political support kay? IRB wala.SINGH: Ye jaise hi director aaya, tabhi jakay mila aaya tha. Tum kya sirf political political karte ho?SHETTY; Director ko mila aaya thaa?SINGH: Tabhi mila aaya thaa?SHETTY: Yaane aap ke paas uska hai record?SINGH: Mujhay maloom hai that is a fact.SHETTY: Yaane Virendra Mhaiskar khud mila aaya? Special director ko?SINGH: Director ko.

Amit Jethwa murder case: Gujarat HC issues notice to CBI on former BJP MP Dinu Solanki’s discharge plea

The Gujarat High Court on Thursday issued a notice to CBI in response to a discharge plea moved by former BJP MP Dinu Solanki in connection with the murder of RTI activist Amit Jethwa in 2010. Justice P P Bhatt issued notice to CBI asking it to respond by April 21.The petition was moved by former BJP MP from Junagadh, Solanki, seeking discharge in the murder case.Solanki, currently out on bail, had challenged the order of the special CBI court which had rejected his discharge plea saying that evidence against him was sufficient for trial. Solanki, who is facing trial for murder and criminal conspiracy, had claimed that the case against him was politically motivated.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jethwa had brought to light the then MP’s allegedly illegal mining activities and moved the high court against the politician and his son on June 28, 2010. However, the next day, he was murdered.

BJP, RSS want to impose President’s rule across India, says Kejriwal

After Uttarakhand was brought under central rule, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday accused the Modi government of being “anti-democratic” and alleged that it wanted to impose President’s rule across the country.”Prez rule imposed one day before trust vote? BJP is anti -democracy. BJP/RSS want dictatorship, want to rule India thro Prez Rule,” Kejriwal tweeted. Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh also took to Twitter to criticise the Centre’s decision, saying it was “murder of democracy”. “Whatever has happened in Uttarakhand, is murder of democracy. A govt has majority or not should be proved on the floor of the house,” he tweeted.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also said, “Modi govt does not want opposition govts at all. After Arunachal Pradesh, Dismissal of Uttarakhand govt is dangerous trend. “Has BJP/Jaitley forgotten Sher Singh in Delhi who was caught on camera to buy AAP MLA to form BJP govt before assembly election in Delhi?” Ashutosh asked.President’s rule was imposed in Uttarakhand today by the Centre on grounds of “breakdown of governance” in a controversial decision which came in the wake of a political crisis triggered by a rebellion in the ruling Congress.Earlier in January, Kejriwal had expressed “shock” at Cabinet’s recommendation for imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, terming it as “murder” of the country’s Constitution.”Union Cab recommending Prez rule in Arunachal shocking. Murder of Consti on Rep D eve. BJP lost elections. Now acquiring power thro back door,” Kejirwal had tweeted.

Bihar: JD(U) MLA Gopal Mandal sparks controversy, threatens ‘politics of murder’

Patna: Controversial JD(U) MLA Gopal Mandal from Gopalpur, has once again made headlines by threatening to carry out “politics of murder” in retaliation if harassed by political opponents, even as the ruling party distanced itself from his remarks.

“I would carry out politics of murder in the state and will get it done by others…There is no doubt in it,” he said while participating in a Holi Milan function at Naugachhia in Bhagalpur district on Sunday night.
Mandal alias Neeraj Kumar Niraj, a fifth-term MLA from Gopalpur assembly seat in Bhagalpur district, said the opposition BJP leaders have been harassing him and his workers by threatening that they would commit murders to get him and his supporters framed on false charges.

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“I am a five-term MLA. Have you ever heard that an MLA is being harassed? But I am being harassed by them and so are my supporters…If an incident (murder of my supporter) takes place, the process of retaliation would start,” Mandal said while expressing no “regret” for his comment.

The remarks of Mandal, who is known for his controversial statements, have not gone down well with the Opposition and ruling JD(U).

The controversial remarks of the senior JD(U) MLA came in for sharp criticism by fellow party leaders and those from the alliance partners and opposition with senior BJP leader Nand Kishore Yadav questioning Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s silence over the issue.

“Is it a ‘Sushashan’ when a ruling party MLA openly says that he will commit murder?” he asked.

“Kumar is keeping mum on the issue apparently for the sake of power,” Yadav, a former Leader of Opposition in the legislative assembly said.

The JD(U) spokesman Sanjay Singh said Mandal should not have made such a statement, adding that the party has taken cognisance of it and will take appropriate action against the legislator.

The Congress leader and Education Minister Ashok Chaudhary too regretted the controversial statement made by the JD(U) MLA and said that it has nothing to do with the Nitish Kumar government as the said remarks have been made by Mandal in personal capacity.

Earlier on March 1, Mandal had said that he will “chop off the tongue” of people trying to threaten his supporters which has triggered strong reactions from the Opposition parties.

In support of his assertions, he had further said “one of my legs remain in jail and the other outside.”

This is not for the first time that the JD(U) MLA from Gopalpur has landed into controversy. In the initial days of the grand secular alliance coming to power, he had threatened a Deputy Superintendent of Police level officer to throw him in the Ganges from Naugachia road bridge for stopping his car, which had jumped queue during a traffic snarl last December.

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Dead body of Hyderabad teen kidnapped for ransom found in a cardboard box

Hyderabad: A 15-year-old boy, who was kidnapped for ransom on Wednesday, has been found murdered, the police have said.

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The body of Abhay Modani, a Class X student, was found in a TV package box near Alpha Hotel in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad. His hands were tied with a rope.

The boy was kidnapped from near his house in Shahinayatgunj area of Hyderabad on Wednesday evening.

His family members later received a phone call from the abductor, who demanded Rs 10 crore as ransom from Abhay’s father Raj Kumar, who owns a scrap recycling company. The caller later called and demanded Rs 5 crore.

Following a complaint by the boy’s family, police traced the call to Secunderabad and launched a hunt for the suspects. The body was found by the roadside near the Alpha Hotel on Thursday morning.

According to the family, Abhay had gone out on Wednesday evening to get idlis. Footage recorded on surveillance cameras in the area show Abhay riding pillion on a two-wheeler with a youngster, who appeared to be familiar to him.

Police are treating the youngster in the footage as the suspect. Deputy Commissioner of Police (West Zone) Venkateshwara Rao has announced a reward of Rs.1 lakh for anyone giving information about him.

Police have formed 10 special teams to arrest those involved in the kidnap and murder. They suspect business rivals of the boy’s father to be behind the crime.

Hyderabad: 25-year-old techie murdered

A 25-year old software professional was reportedly stabbed to death near Secunderabad in the early hours of Thursday. A report in The New Indian Express states that the techie was identified as Sanjay Junge, an employee of Sutherland Global Services in Hitec city.It was reported that the murder took place around 4.30 a.m when Sanjay, who was walking by the Swapnalok complex in Secunderabad, was on his way home. He is said to have been attacked by a group of unidentified persons.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Thirpathaiah, assistant commissioner of police, Mahankali division, has told the daily that four members came in a white Maruti Swift, stopped the car opposite the outgate of Swapnalok complex and stabbed him to death. Police are now verifying what happened with eyewitnesses and looking for CCTV footage for details of the vehicle and the accused. The police patrol team is stated to have arrived soon after the murder but they could not chase down the accused. Thirpathaiah has stated that the motive for the murder is still not known. Sanjay Junge lived in Parsigutta in Secunderabad with his parents. A case of murder against unknown persons has been registered at the Mahankali police station and the body has been shifted to the Gandhi hospital mortuary for the postmortem.

Shocking murder in Thane: Man kills himself after butchering 14 members of his family

Mumbai: In a ghastly crime, a man allegedly murdered 14 members of his family, including seven children, and committed suicide early on Sunday in adjoining Thane, police said.

The brutal murder took place at around 1 am when the accused apparently sedated the victims before slitting their throats with a large knife, they said.

The man has been identified as Hasnil Warerkar.

The victims included seven children.

A woman from the family has survived and is in a private hospital in Thane, police said.

The accused was found hanging in the house where the gruesome incident took place, they said.

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BJP slams Left over RSS worker’s murder in Kerala

BJP on Tuesday hit out at the Left over the murder of a 27-year old RSS worker in Kerala, claiming it has been “shaken” by the rise of the saffron outfit and is trying to “intimidate” it through the “politics of murder”.BJP national spokesperson MJ Akbar said the Left has no answer to give to the people over this “continuous” politics of violence and killings.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”In Kerala, the Left has opted for a continuous politics of murder and violence. Over 200 BJP activists have been killed,” the Rajya Sabha MP alleged, adding that “the Left has no answer to give to the people”.”The Left has been shaken by the rise of BJP in Kerala and is trying to intimidate it through violence, murder and killings. But the people will not accept it and will give a befitting reply on election day, which is not far away,” he said.”In Kannur, a CPI-M leader has been apprehended for a murder,” he said, adding that the “politics of murder” has become a pattern in Kerala.A 27-year-old RSS worker was hacked to death in front of his aged parents at Papinesseri in Kannur district. Sujit, who suffered serious injuries in the attack, succumbed to injuries before reaching hospital last night. (Read: RSS activist hacked to death in Kerala, CPI (M) sympathisers taken into custody)Police said some CPI(M) sympathisers have been taken into custody for questioning.While the Left party has described the incident as a fallout of a local issue, BJP leaders in Kannur have alleged that CPI-M was behind the attack. BJP has called for a ‘hartal’ in Kannur, Pappinessery and Azhikode areas to protest against the killing.

Kejriwal, Omar Abdullah criticise decision to impose President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday expressed “shock” at Cabinet’s recommendation for imposition of President’s rule in Arunachal Pradesh, terming it as “murder” of the country’s Constitution.”Union Cab recommending Prez rule in Arunachal shocking. Murder of Consti on Rep D eve. BJP lost elections. Now acquiring power thro back door,” Kejirwal tweeted. The Union Cabinet on Sunday recommended imposition of President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh, which has been going through political turmoil.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday alleged that Raj Bhavan were being used “again to unseat elected governments by encouraging defections”. “There is something deeply unsettling about the way Raj Bhavans are being used again to unseat elected governments by encouraging defections,” the National Conference leader wrote on Twitter.Chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Cabinet met this morning and recommended imposition of President’s rule in the hill state, official sources said. Arunachal Pradesh was rocked by a political crisis on December 16 last year as 21 rebel Congress MLAs joined hands with 11 of BJP and two independents to ‘impeach’ Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia at a makeshift venue, in a move branded as “illegal and unconstitutional” by the Speaker.