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Chhattisgarh: Two Naxals killed in gun-battle with security forces in Sukma

Raipur: Two Naxals were killed on Tuesday in a gun-battle with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.

“The encounter took place early this morning in the dense forest of Fulbadgi Police Station area while a joint team of security forces was out on an anti-Maoist operation,” Sukma Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI.

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Composite squad of District Reserve Group (DRG), Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) and local police had launched the operation in the interiors of Fulbagdi, located around 450 kms away from Raipur, based on specific inputs, he said.

About 8 kms away from the police station, an exchange of fire broke out between both the sides after ultras opened fire on security forces, the SP said, adding, rebels soon managed to flee the spot taking the cover of dense forest.

“During search of the area, bodies of two male Maoists, beside a muzzle loading gun and one 315 bore gun were recovered from the spot,” he added.

The identity of the ultras will be ascertained once the patrol party will return to its camp, the SP said.

On Monday, three Naxals, including two hardcore commander rank cadres, were gunned down by security forces at separate places in Bastar division.

With Tuesday’s encounter, the number of Maoists having been killed in separate encounters in Bastar this year has reached to 99.

KJ George back in cabinet after clean chit in MK Ganapathy suicide case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Karnataka Minister KJ George was reinducted into the Siddaramaiah ministry on Monday, close on the heels of being given a clean chit by the CID in a case related to the alleged suicide of a Deputy Superintendent of Police.George, a close confidant of the Chief Minister, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Vajubhai Vala at a ceremony held in Raj Bhavan. George had resigned on July 18, soon after a court in Madikeri in Kodagu district directed police to register an FIR against him and two police officers in connection with the suicide of 51-year-old MK Ganapathy. Ganapathy was found hanging from a ceiling fan in a room at a lodge in Madikeri on July 7, prior to which he gave an interview to a local TV channel saying the Minister and AM Prasad (now Commissioner for Traffic and Road Safety) and Pranab Mohanty (now on central deputation as Additional Deputy Director General of UIDAI) would be responsible “if anything happens to me.” The court had issued directions based on a private criminal complaint by Ganapathy’s son, Nehal, requesting it to direct police to take up investigation against the minister and the officers for allegedly abetting his father’s suicide. Karnataka CID, which investigated the case, on September 17 gave a clean chit to George and two senior police officers in its ‘B’ report, filed in a court in Madikeri. George is likely to retain Bengaluru Development and Town Planning portfolio, which he had held when he stepped down amid a huge political storm in the state with the Opposition gunning for him. He had also held the Home portfolio earlier.With the reinduction of George, the strength of the Siddaramaiah ministry now stands at 34, the maximum constitutional limit for the state. Siddaramaiah, his cabinet colleagues, Congress legislators and senior government officials were present at the swearing-in. Both opposition parties BJP and JD(S) have taken exception to the reinduction of George.Earlier this month, Siddaramaiah on September 5 had expanded his Cabinet by inducting M Krishnappa into his Ministry.

Pregnant Dalit woman beaten up over clearing of animal carcasses in Gujarat

Ahmedabad: A pregnant Dalit woman was attacked by some upper caste people who barged into their home after her family refused to clear animal carcasses from fields in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district, police said Saturday. All six accused have been arrested.

The incident was reported from Mota Karja village in Amirgadh taluka in which Nileshbhai Dhunabhai Ranavasia and his family was thrashed on Friday night because they refused to go the fields of the assailants to remove carcass of cattle.

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His pregnant wife Sangitaben was brutally thrashed on the abdomen and abused by six persons, who also abused her in caste terms. “The moment we came to know of the incident, we got into action and arrested all the accused persons and are questioning them,” Amirgath Police Sub-Inpector KY Vyas told IANS.

“They abused me and thrashed me before entering my house and beat my pregnant wife Sangita on the abdomen and all over her person with sticks,” Ranavasia alleged in his complaint.

He said they also threatened to kill Sangitaben if he did not go to the farm to dispose of the dead animals.

District Superintendent of Police Neeraj Kumar told IANS that Deputy Superintendent of Police, Deesa, immediately took over the investigation “and within a few hours found and nabbed all the persons named by the complainant”.

Those arrested were identified as Batwarsinh Chauhan, Maknusinh Chauhan, Yogisinh Chauhan, Babarsinh Chauhan, Dilgarsinh Chauhan and Narendrasinh Chauhan, all of one family. Sections of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act have also been invoked in the case.

Search operation, flag march in villages near Indo-Pak border

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Punjab Police and Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday carried out a joint search operation and flag march in villages near Indo-Pak border, amid a heightened vigil in the wake of the Uri attack a week ago.The objective of carrying out search operation was to ensure safety, security and thwart any attempt by intruders coming from across the border, Pathankot police said. As many as 150 security personnel including SWAT team members also participated in the search operation with Pathankot SP (Operation) Hem Pushp leading the Punjab police team.The operation was carried out in 12 villages, situated near Indo-Pak border and Jammu and Kashmir, which fall under Narot Jaimal Singh and Bamial police stations, police said. The villages where search was conducted included Bamial, Dhalotar, Plah Vadda and Chhota, Bhupalpur, Dhinda and Dostpur. After the search operation, a flag march was also taken out by the security agencies, police said.On September 18, an alert was sounded in Punjab’s border districts of Pathankot and Gurdaspur following the terror strike on an army camp at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that claimed the lives of 18 soldiers.Earlier this year, terrorists who had sneaked in from across the border had attacked Pathankot air base on the intervening night of January 1-2 while Dinanagar in Gurdaspur was targeted on July 27 last year.The Pathankot attack had claimed the lives of seven security personnel while four terrorists were killed. Three heavily-armed terrorists wearing army fatigues had stormed a police station in Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur district last year killing seven persons, including a Superintendent of Police, before they were gunned down during a day-long operation.

Gujarat: Dalit family, including pregnant woman, beaten up for not disposing cow carcass

Palanpur: A Dalit family, including a pregnant woman, was allegedly assaulted at Karja village in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district after the members refused to dispose of a cow carcass, police said on Sunday.

Six persons were arrested under the Indian Penal Code and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, police added.

According to the FIR lodged by Nilesh Ranwasia, a group of around 10 people from Darbar community attacked his family including his pregnant wife Sangeeta on Saturdaynight after the family refused to dispose of the carcass.

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Six persons, including Sangeeta and two other women, sustained injuries.

While Sangeeta was admitted to Palanpur civil hospital, Nilesh and others who had minor injuries were discharged after first aid, police said.

Police immediately rushed to the village and within hours six accused were arrested, Banaskantha Superintendent of Police Neeraj Badgujar said.

The arrested persons were identified as Batawarsinh Chauhan (26), Maknusinh Chauhan (21), Yogisinh Chauhan (25), Bavarsinh Chauhan (45), Dilvirsinh Chauhan (23) and Naredrasinh Chauhan (23).

As tension prevailed in the village, police tightened security and intensified patrolling, Badgujar said.

“We have provided protection to the Dalit families in the village and are doing our best to maintain peace and harmony among various communities,” he said.

Protests had roiled Gujarat recently after some Dalit youths were beaten up at Una by cow vigilantes. In the aftermath of the incident, the community pledged not to skin dead cows, a traditional occupation of a section of Dalits.

Ahmedabad: Dalit pregnant woman thrashed for refusing to dispose cow carcass

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Dalit family, including a pregnant woman, was allegedly assaulted at Karja village in Gujarat’s Banaskantha district after the members refused to dispose of a cow carcass, police said on Saturday.Six persons were arrested under the Indian Penal Code and the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, police added.According to the FIR lodged by Nilesh Ranwasia, a group of around 10 people from Darbar community attacked his family including his pregnant wife Sangeeta last night after the family refused to dispose of the carcass.Six persons including Sangeeta and two other women sustained injuries.While Sangeeta was admitted to Palanpur civil hospital, Nilesh and others who had minor injuries were discharged after first aid, police said.Police immediately rushed to the village and within hours six accused were arrested, Banaskantha Superintendent of Police Neeraj Badgujar said.The arrested persons were identified as Batawarsinh Chauhan (26), Maknusinh Chauhan (21), Yogisinh Chauhan (25), Bavarsinh Chauhan (45), Dilvirsinh Chauhan (23) and Naredrasinh Chauhan (23). As tension prevailed in the village, police tightened security and intensified patrolling, Badgujar said. “We have provided protection to the Dalit families in the village and are doing our best to maintain peace and harmony among various communities,” he said. Protests had roiled Gujarat recently after some Dalit youths were beaten up at Una by cow vigilantes. In the aftermath of the incident, the community pledged not to skin dead cows, a traditional occupation of a section of Dalits.

Seven workers injured in explosion at Chhattisgarh steel plant

Raipur: At least seven workers suffered burn injuries, two of them grievously, following an explosion at a steel plant here, police said on Saturday.

The explosion took place last night at Bajrang Ispat located in Tilda Police Station area here when the victims were working close to a blast furnace, Raipur Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla told PTI.

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As per preliminary information, when the night shift workers were busy with their task, suddenly a chamber of furnace exploded following which hot liquid fell on them causing burn injuries, he said.

Soon after getting information of the incident, Raipur Collector OP Choudhary and the SP rushed to the spot along with security personnel.

“Seven workers were injured in the incident and were immediately shifted to a private hospital here,” he said.

“Two of them were said to be in a serious condition as they have sustained over 80 percent burns,” Shukla added.

Police team and experts have been sent to the spot to ascertain the exact cause of the explosion, he said.

A case has been registered in this connection, the SP said adding that further probe was on.

Seven injured in explosion at Chattisgarh steel plant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least seven workers suffered burn injuries, two of them grievously, following an explosion at a steel plant here, police said on Saturday.The accident took place last night at Bajrang Ispat located in Tilda Police Station area here when the victims were working close to a blast furnace, Raipur Superintendent of Police Sanjeev Shukla told PTI. As per preliminary information, when the night shift workers were busy with their task, suddenly a chamber of furnace exploded following which hot liquid fell on them causing burn injuries, he said.Soon after getting information of the incident, Raipur Collector OP Choudhary and the SP rushed to the spot along with security personnel.”Seven workers were injured in the incident and were immediately shifted to a private hospital here,” he said. “Two of them were said to be in a serious condition as they have sustained over 80% burns,” Shukla added. Police team and experts have been sent to the spot to ascertain the exact cause of the blast, he said.A case has been registered in this connection, the SP said adding that further probe was on.

British Muslim murderer Tanveer Ahmed uploaded hate speeches on YouTube from jail

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 32-year-old Pakistani-origin Muslim man, serving a life sentence for the murder of a Scotland-based shopkeeper, has released extremist audio messages from his prison cell calling on supporters to behead “insulters”.Tanveer Ahmed, a Sunni Muslim, had stabbed Asad Shah outside his store in the Shawlands area of Scotland in March for “disrespecting” Islam.The 40-year-old victim, who belonged to the Ahmadiyya sect and had been granted asylum in the UK after he fled persecution in Pakistan, later died in hospital.Now Ahmed is reportedly encouraging others to do the same in his extremist messages, some of which appear to have been recorded and released after he was jailed for life in early August.In Ahmed’s most recent speech, uploaded to YouTube earlier in September, he celebrates sending Shah “to hell with the help of Allah”.”I have the honour of sending him to the hell forever,” he says in Urdu, according to The Independent newspaper.Ahmed goes on to call Ahmadi Muslims “frauds” for their beliefs and accuses them of “contaminating the faithful”.”Whoever and wherever is listening my voice must make a resolve to protect the finality of prophethood. We will save the Lord’s followers from going down to the hell will protect their faith,” he says.The message then calls on listeners to repeat a chant vowing to “offer their lives and souls”, ending with “There’s only one punishment for insulters: cut off their heads, cut off their heads, cut off their heads.”It was one of five messages, uploaded to the same YouTube account in May, June, August and most recently on September 7.They are believed to have been recorded on a mobile phone, possibly during a call made by Ahmed from Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow, Scotland.At the time of his sentencing in August, Chief Superintendent Brian McInulty, of Police Scotland, described the attack as “utterly unacceptable and cannot be justified.” “Glasgow is a strong, united, multi-faith community that has immense pride in its diversity. Religious intolerance in any form is simply not tolerated in our society and Police Scotland will work in partnership with our communities to eradicate such behaviour,” he said.

Bar bribery case: Court orders probe against Reddy, Sukesan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Special Vigilance Court in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday ordered a probe against former vigilance director N Shankar Reddy and Superintendent of Police R Sukesan, the investigation officer, in the bar bribery case. The order follows a complaint alleging that the bar bribery case has been sabotaged by the duo.Earlier in 2014, Kerala Congress (M) chief KM Mani was booked by the Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau (VACB) for allegedly taking a huge amount as bribe from bar owners in the month of March and April that year on the promise of helping them re-open the closed bars. In the factual report prepared by investigating officer after the probe and submitted to VACB director, the Superintendent of Police admits there is no evidence for demand.The vigilance court rejected the final report on October 29, 2015, and directed for further investigation.The same officer (Sukesan) conducted further investigation and submitted a factual report to the then director N .Shanker Reddy stating that there is no evidence to prove demand and acceptance of bribe.In June this year, Jacob Thomas took over the charge of the VACB and on August 25, the investigating officer filed a petition before the vigilance court seeking permission for further investigation. Later, the court issued an order allowing further investigation in the matter.The petition filed by Thiruvananthapuram native Payichira Navas alleged that both officials (N. Shankar Reddy and R. Sukesan) had tampered the case diary.

Chhattisgarh: Police jawan commits suicide by shooting himself in Sukma

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A police jawan allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself with his service weapon in Chhattisgarh’s worst insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said on Tuesday.The constable Dhirendra Kant (32), who was posted with Kukanar police station, ended his life by shooting himself with his service rifle at his government quarters, adjacent to his work place last evening, Sukma Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela said.When Kant’s colleagues heard the gunshot from his room they rushed to the place and found him lying in a pool of blood.Immediately, he was rushed to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead, the SP said.A native of Pamgarh area in Janjgir-Champa district, the constable had sustained a fracture injury in his thigh after an incident while he was posted with Golapalli police station of Sukma few months back, the SP said.Considering his request for the transfer, he was recently shifted to Kukanar located on main the road close to Jagdalpur.Kant had returned after leave on September 16 last week, he added.No suicide note was recovered from the spot, the SP said, adding the exact reason which prompted him to take the extreme step was yet to be ascertained.A case has been registered in this connection, he added.Kant’s family members were informed and all arrangements have been done to send the body to his native place, he added.

Madhubani bus tragedy kills 35, including 11 children: Many still feared trapped

At least 35 were killed — including 11 children — when a bus fell into a roadside pond in Bihar’s Madhubani district on Monday. Around 65 passengers were on board and according to PTI, some of them swam to safety while over a dozen were feared to have been killed.

The death toll, however, was not consistent and while news agencies like PTI and ANI claimed 35 died, other publications said 32 were killed. The private bus was on the way to Sitamarhi from Madhubani when the mishap took place on the state highway. The accident took place at Basaitha Chowk under Bennipatti Police station in Madhubani, about 50 km from the district headquarters. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Benipatti Nirmala Kumari said four bodies were fished out so far and search is on for others.

The bus was pulled out of the pond with a crane.

Rescue work in progress after a passenger bus fell into a pond at Benipatti in Madhubani district of Bihar on Monday. PTI

Rescue work in progress after a passenger bus fell into a pond at Benipatti in Madhubani district of Bihar on Monday. PTI

According to the police, more than 5,000 people from neighbouring villages gathered at the accident site. Angry over the alleged delay on the part of local administration to start rescue operations, a group of people staged protest and pelted stones at district officials, including the vehicle of the district magistrate. The superintendent of police and other policemen were stranded at the accident site and waiting for police reinforcement to reach the spot.

Even as rescue operations are on and locals and divers are looking for those missing, police said many could be still trapped. “The bus is not visible. It is completely submerged in water and with passage of time, the chances of survival of the travellers were declining sharply,” an officer told The Times of India.

According to Hindustan Times, 13 passengers were rescued.

The accident and delay in rescue operations sparked a mob fury. villagers angry over delay in reaching of crane pelted stones on police team on way to the accident spot. The SP and other policemen are stranded at the accident site and waiting for police reinforcement to reach the spot. Madhubani district magistrate Giriwar Dayal Singh told Hindustan Times that 19 police officials and members of the state and national disaster response forces were injured and five of their vehicles destroyed by the mobs.

In Patna, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed deep sorrow and said in a statement that reason of the accident was being looked into. He instructed officials to speed up relief and rescue operation. Kumar instructed revenue minister Madan Mohan Jha and panchayati raj minister Kapildeo Kamat to rush to the accident spot.

The chief minister also issued instruction to provide assistance to the victims. Besides, Nitish also directed for payment of ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the family members of those killed in the incident. Apart from district magisrate and superintendent of police, Darbhanga divisional commissioner RK Khandelwal, Darbhanga inspector-general Umashankar Sudhanshu and other senior police and civil officials of Madhubani and Sitamarhi were camping at the spot along with Benipatti MLA Bhavna Jha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi too expressed deep sadness over the bus mishap.

The prime minister aside, President Pranab Mukherjee and prominent politicians also tweeted their condolences.

With inputs from agencies

Atleast 10 killed after bus falls in pond in Madhubani, Bihar; PM Modi expresses grief

Madhubani: At least ten passengers were killed and six others feared dead when a bus fell into a pond along the state highway in Bihar’s Madhubani district on Monday. So far, 10 bodies have been fished out of the pond, Superintendent of Police Deepak Kumar Barnwal said, adding that six others were feared dead in the mishap.

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The accident took place at Basaitha chowk under Bennipatti police station in Madhubani, about 50 km from the district headquarters. The private bus, carrying 65 passengers, was on way to Sitamarhi from Madhubani when the mishap took place on the state highway. Some of the passengers swam to safety.

The bus was pulled out of the pond with the help of a crane and search operation was on for the missing people. In Patna, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed deep sorrow and said in a statement that reason of the accident was being looked into.

He instructed officials to speed up relief and rescue operation. Kumar instructed Revenue minister Madan Mohan Jha and Panchayati Raj minister Kapildeo Kamat to rush to the accident spot. The SP and other policemen, who faced resistance from the villagers who were angry over delay in reaching of crane and pelted stones at them, managed to reach the spot after additional reinforcement came in.

A team of SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) has reached the mishap site. The CM has also issued instruction to provide assistance to the victims.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi too expressed deep sadness over the bus mishap.

“Deeply saddened by the bus accident in Bihar’s Madhubani district. My thoughts are with the bereaved families in this hour of grief,” he tweeted.

Bihar accident: Death toll rises to 35 after bus falls into a pond in Madhubani

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least 35 people have been killed when a bus fell into a roadside pond in Bihar’s Madhubani district on Monday. The accident took place at Basaitha chowk under Bennipatti police station in Madhubani, about 50 km from the district headquarters. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Benipatti Nirmala Kumari said four bodies have been fished out so far and search is on for others.About 65 passengers were on board the bus. Some of them swam to safety while over a dozen are feared to have been killed. The private bus was on way to Sitamarhi from Madhubani when the mishap took place on state highway.Villagers angry over delay in reaching of crane pelted stones on police team on way to the accident spot. The SP and other policemen are stranded at the accident site and waiting for police reinforcement to reach the spot.Meanwhile, in Patna, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar expressed deep sorrow over death of passengers in the bus mishap at Madhubani.The CM said in a statement that reason of the accident was being looked into. He instructed officials to speed up relief and rescue operation. Kumar instructed Revenue minister Madan Mohan Jha and Panchayati Raj minister Kapildeo Kamat to rush to the accident spot.A team of SDRF (State Disaster Response Force) has reached the mishap site. The CM issued instruction to provide all possible assistance to victims of the bus tragedy.

Chhattisgarh: Man dies in police custody, three cops suspended

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a suspected case of custodial death, a 35-year-old man died at a police station in Chhattisgarh’s Janjgir-Champa district, following which three security personnel were suspended. The victim, Satish Kumar Narange, who was rounded-up following a complaint of an electricity department official at Mulmula police station, died on Saturday, Janjgir-Champa Superintendent of Police Ajay Yadav told PTI.As per the complaint, Narange, a native of Nariyara village, had created ruckus and damaged some articles at the electricity department office at Mulmula, he said. After being brought to the police station, the victim complained of uneasiness following which he was shifted to a hospital in Pamgarh where doctors declared him brought dead, the SP said.Refuting the allegations that Narange died after being beaten up by the police, the SP said the postmortem was being conducted under the supervision of three expert doctors at Pamgarh and the exact cause of death could be ascertained after it.However, SHO of Mulmula police station Jitendra Singh Rajpoot and two constables have been suspended following the incident, he said.Besides, the SP in a letter to the Chief Judicial Magistrate, has urged to appoint a judicial officer to probe his death. Another police officer on the condition of anonymity claimed that Narange was heavily drunk and started vomiting after he was brought to the police station.Seeing his deteriorating condition, police personnel took him to Pamgarh community health centre where he was declared brought dead, the official said. Narange’s family members, however, alleged that he was brutally thrashed by the policemen. The residents blocked the Bilaspur-Janjgir-Champ road demanding action against the guilty. They claimed that Narange had gone to the electricity department to lodge a complaint regarding no power supply in the village due to some technical problem with a transformer from past few days.Instead of taking up his complaint, they alleged that the department officials called up the police, who then brutally thrashed Narange thus leading to his death.Security has been stepped up in the region, said the SP.Meanwhile, opposition Congress staged a dharna in front of Chief Minister Raman Singh’s official residence here today demanding his resignation over Narange’s death. It also announced that the party will launch a state-wide agitation tomorrow as a mark of protest against the incident. The Congress leaders were arrested during the dharna but later released.”As many as 47 Congress leaders and workers, including Pradesh Congress Committee Chief Bhupesh Baghel, were arrested under the prohibitory section, from the Chief Minister’s house. However, they were later released unconditionally,” SHO, Civil Line police station, Virendra Chaturvedi said.”The man belonged to a Scheduled Caste community. The incident has exposed the anti-Dalit and anti-poor face of the ruling BJP in the state,” state Congress spokesperson Gyanesh Sharma told PTI.”He had just gone to register a complaint about breakdown in power supply system of the village but the corrupt government functionary could not tolerate it rather he was brutally lynched to death,” he alleged.Accusing the Chief Minister of failing to maintain law and order, Sharma said Singh should take moral responsibility for the incident and step down immediately. The Congress leader demanded that a murder case should be lodged against the guilty police personnel and the electricity department officials and compensation be given to Narange’s family.

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.

24 arrested in Rajasthan for stripping, tying woman, lover to tree

Udaipur: Twenty-four people have been arrested for allegedly stripping and tying a 26-year-old woman
and her lover to a tree here, police said on Monday.

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The incident had come to light when the disturbing pictures of the incident were posted on social media.

“A total of 24 people allegedly involved in the incident have been arrested,” an official said.

The woman, a resident of Kasotia village in the tribal area, was in a live-in relationship with Lalu Ram, a resident of Khodi Pipli Tekan village.

The duo were taken hostage allegedly by the woman’s husband Bhanwar Lal and locals on 20 June near Bhatevar village. They later took them to Kasotia village where the accused stripped and tied them to a tree for two days besides clicking their pictures which went viral on WhatsApp, they said.

The accused also took hostage six persons, including the mother and two brothers of the woman, who had gone to the villagers to rescue the woman, police had said.

Last week 14 people were arrested in connection with the incident, while a police constable and local patwari suspended for not reporting it to senior authorities, Superintendent of Police, Rajendra Prasad Goyal had said.

Rajasthan: 24 held for stripping, tying woman, paramour to tree

Twenty-four people have been arrested for allegedly stripping and tying a 26-year-old woman and her paramour to a tree here, police said today.The incident had come to light when the disturbing pictures of the incident were posted on social media.”A total of 24 people allegedly involved in the incident have been arrested,” an official said.The woman, a resident of Kasotia village in the tribal area, was in a live-in relationship with Lalu Ram, a resident of Khodi Pipli Tekan village.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The duo were taken hostage allegedly by the woman’s husband Bhanwar Lal and locals on June 20 near Bhatevar village. They later took them to Kasotia village where the accused stripped and tied them to a tree for two days besides clicking their pictures which went viral on WhatsApp, they said.The accused also took hostage six persons, including the mother and two brothers of the woman, who had gone to the villagers to rescue the woman, police had said.Last week 14 people were arrested in connection with the incident, while a police constable and local patwari suspended for not reporting it to senior authorities, Superintendent of Police, Rajendra Prasad Goyal had said.

Bihar toppers scam: Ex-BSEB secretary arrested; sent to 14 days judicial custody

Former Bihar School Examination Board (BESB) Secretary Harihar Nath Jha was arrested in connection with the Intermediate toppers scam on Monday.The Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrested Jha on the basis of evidences of his “involvement” in the Intermediate Toppers scam, Patna’s Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said. With Jha’s arrest, the number of those behind bars in the scam has gone up to 20, Maharaj said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Intermediate toppers scam rocked Bihar last month after Ruby Rai, who was earlier declared topper in arts, had failed to reply to basic questions about her subjects and described political science as ‘prodigal science.’ Among those arrested are Ex-BSEB Chairman Lalkeshwar Singh and his wife Usha Singh, a former JD(U) MLA, a college principal Bachcha Rai and topper Rubi Rai.

Bihar topper row: Police arrest former school examination board official

Patna: Former Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Secretary Harihar Nath Jha was arrested in connection with the Intermediate toppers scam on Monday.

Bihar toppers Rubi Rai and Saurabh Sreshtha. News18Bihar toppers Rubi Rai and Saurabh Sreshtha. News18

Bihar toppers Rubi Rai and Saurabh Sreshtha. News18

The Special Investigation Team (SIT) arrested Jha on the basis of evidences of his “involvement” in the Intermediate Toppers scam, Patna’s Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said.

With Jha’s arrest, the number of those behind bars in the scam has gone up to 20, Maharaj said.

The Intermediate toppers scam rocked Bihar last month after Ruby Rai, who was earlier declared topper in arts, had failed to reply to basic questions about her subjects and described political science as ‘prodigal science.’

Among those arrested are Ex-BSEB Chairman Lalkeshwar Singh and his wife Usha Singh, a former JD(U) MLA, a college principal Bachcha Rai and topper Rubi Rai.

Motihari rape case: NCW member unhappy over hospital’s role

Motihari: The National Commission for Women (NCW) on Saturday took strong exception to the manner in which the alleged rape incident was being handled by the Motihari Sadar hospital.

NCW member Sushma Sahu reached the Sadar hospital to enquire about the condition of the victim of the 21-year-old rape survivor.

She sought the earlier medical report of the victim from the Civil Surgeon besides seeking 10 years of medical reports of rape incidents in East Champaran (Motihari) district.

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The girl, in her complaint, had alleged that her neighbour Samiullah had raped her on 13 June at Jamui Tola village in Motihari, following which a complaint was lodged on 15 June in this regard at Ramgarhwa police station.

“This is clearly a case of rape which is evident from the three stitches that she had on her private parts and this
creates doubt about the role of police and the hospital in this case,” Sahu said.

On the delay in getting medical reports of rape incidents of 10 years, she straightaway went into the record room and
perused three-four medical reports, none of which confirmed the incident of rape.

She has summoned the Civil Surgeon with the medical reports of rape incidents of 10 years within a week in Delhi.

The women’s body member, however, said Deputy Superintendent Dr Manoj Kumar and Nurse Kamini Kumari had confirmed to her in writing that the girl was raped.

“Whoever be the guilty, no one will be spared,” Sahu said.

On the directive of Motihari District Magistrate on Saturday, the girl was again examined by a four-member medical board who submitted its report to the Civil Surgeon.

Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana had on Friday said that a three member medical board who examined the girl on
15 and 22 June did not confirm the rape.

Meanwhile, three more persons were arrested in this connection on Saturday.

Mohammad Jabiullah, Mohammad Kalimullah and Mohammad Nusrullah were arrested from Jhakia village under Banjaria police station, police said in a statement.

The three arrested persons are the brothers of the main accused Samiullah who was on Friday arrested from a bus stand
in Motihari town, it said.

Karnataka: Two of the three arrested sent to 14-day judicial custody for ragging Dalit nursing student

Out of the three senior students of a nursing college, who were yesterday arrested in connection with the alleged ragging of a first year Dalit girl student from Kerala, two of them were on Saturday sent to 14-day judicial custody.The third student, who is in the hospital, could not be produced before the district magistrate. Kalburugi Superintendent of Police N Shashi Kumar said that those arrested were identified as Lakshmi, Athera and Vishnupriya. The victim, a student of Al Qamar College of Nursing School in Gulbarga, is presently in a critical state. Since the unfortunate incident, the first year student from Kerala has been in hospital with several internal burns. She was shifted to the Kozhikode Medical College after have spent over a week in the ICU at a hospital in Karnataka.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The doctors have reportedly said that the toilet cleaning fluid has burnt the student’s internal organs. The principal of the nursing school, Dr Esther, has said that there was no ragging, adding the girl drank the phenol because of some family problems. The victim’s mother, who is a daily wage labourer, took a loan of Rs. three lakh for her daughter’s education.

Karnataka: Three seniors arrested for alleged ragging Dalit nursing student from Kerala

Three senior students of a nursing college here were on Friday arrested in connection with the alleged ragging of a first year Dalit girl student from Kerala who is now being treated at a hospital in her home state for severe damage to her internal organs.Kalaburugi Superintendent of Police N Shashikumar told PTI that those arrested were identified as Lakshmi, Athera and Vishnupriya.All of them have been sent to judicial custody, he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nineteen-year-old Aswathi was allegedly force-fed toilet cleaner by her seniors at the hostel of Al Qamal College of Nursing in Kalaburigi on May 9, seriously damaging her internal organs.She is now battling for life at Kozhikode Medical College hospital, where she was admitted on June 2.Based on her statement, police in Kozhikode had registered an FIR on June 22 against five of her seniors.National Human Rights Commission took cognizance of media reports of the incident and asked the state government and Kozhikode district authorities to file a report on it and action taken.It issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Karnataka, as well as the District Collector and Superintendent of Police of Kozhikode, calling for reports on action taken in the matter within four weeks.It observed that ragging has been banned in educational institutions and guidelines on recommendations of the Raghavan Committee to curb ragging have been issued in this regard.NHRC said the Apex Court has also referred to ragging as an ugly scar, which needs to be obliterated from educational institutions. The college authorities were legally bound and responsible to ensure protection of students from the menace of ragging, the Commission stated.A Karnataka police team probing the incident is now in Kozhikode and will visit her tomorrow to record her statement.Kerala Women’s Commission also wrote to its counterpart in Karnataka, urging it to intervene in the matter.

Uttar Pradesh: Farmer writes to PM, CM Akhilesh Yadav seeking permission to kill village head

In a bizarre incident, a farmer from Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi has written to the local Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), District Magistrate (DM), Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking permission to kill a former village head and two other people alleging that he was harassed by them over land issues.Rajendra Yadav, the farmer, who wrote letters to authorities, told ANI that he was allotted a land as compensation but few people, including the former village head, have been harassing his as his land is unregistered. He adds that he wants to vindicate his loss by killing the alleged people who have been torturing him.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I have written these four letters to the SSP, DM, the Chief Minister and the Prime Minister, seeking permission to kill three people, including the former village head and two others,” said Yadav.”I am being tortured. These people will spoil my life they will ruin my land, my farms and house,” he added.

Andhra Pradesh: IPS officer dies of bullet injury under mysterious circumstances

A 2012 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer, K Sasikumar, on Thursday died of a bullet injury under mysterious circumstances inside his office chambers at Paderu in Visakhapatnam district, police said. Sasikumar, who hailed from Tamil Nadu, was posted as Assistant Superintendent of Police at Paderu.”We are not sure whether it happened accidentally or done intentionally. The Visakhapatnam (Rural) SP has rushed to the spot and we are examining the case,” North Coastal Zone Inspector General of Police Kumar Vishwajeet told PTI over phone.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It is suspected that the officer, a bachelor, may have committed suicide but there is no clarity on it yet, police sources said.A bullet sound was heard from his chamber in the wee hours today following which the sentry rushed in to take a look, they added.The sentry found the officer in blood as a bullet pierced through his right temple. His service weapon was found on a table. The staff then tried to rush Sasikumar in a vehicle to a hospital but he succumbed to the injury midway, sources added.This was Sasikumar’s second posting after his first stint at Allagadda in Kurnool district. He came to Paderu in January.Additional details are awaited.

Madhya Pradesh: Congress leader’s nephew and accomplices thrash toll staff, flee with Rs 1.50 lakh

Police have registered a case against KP Kansana, nephew of Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Minister AS Kansana, and ten others for allegedly assaulting the employees of a toll bridge and fleeing with Rs 1.50 lakh in cash.KP Kansana and his ten unidentified accomplices were captured in CCTV of the toll booth while indulging in violence on Wednesday, said the district Superintendent of police Vineet Khanna. Police registered a case under IPC sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 395 (dacoity) among others, the SP said, adding that the accused fled from the spot and a manhunt was on.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The toll bridge over Chonda river is on the Gwalior-Morena road. As per the police complaint, when the toll bridge staff asked the driver of a truck laden with sand to pay the tax, he said his vehicle as well as three other sand-laden trucks behind him belonged to the family of the former minister AS Kansana, and they would not pay toll. The driver then rang up KP Kansana, and within minutes KP Kansana and others reached and attacked the toll bridge staff with sticks.They also fired guns in air, and fled with Rs 1.50 lakh cash, police said.

Mathura violence: Prime accused Chandan Bose and his wife arrested

Basti (UP): The prime accused in the Mathura violence case Chandan Bose and his wife were arrested on Wednesday from a village in Parsurampur area in Uttar Pradesh, police said.

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Aftermath of the Mathura carnage. Twitter @CNNNews18

Chandan Bose, stated to be the second in command of Ram Vriksh Yadav, was arrested Wednesday morning along with his wife by a police team of Mathura from Caithwalia village, Superintendent of Police Kripa Shankar Singh said.

Ram Vriksh Yadav, the alleged leader of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, which was said to be behind the violence, had died in the clashes with police.

The police officer said both of them will be sent to Mathura.

Additional Director General (law and order) of Uttar Pradesh Police Daljeet Singh had earlier said that Ram Vriksh Yadav, Chandan Bose, Girish Yadav and Rakesh Gupta are the main culprits in the case.

Twenty-nine people, including then SP (City) Mukul Dwivedi and Station House Officer (Farah) Santosh Yadav, were killed during clashes between police and encroachers at Jawahar Bagh in Mathura on 2 June.

Jammu on high alert after militant attack on CRPF camp in Udhampur district

Jammu: A day after a militant attack on a CRPF camp was foiled in Kud area of Udhampur district, security across the region was put on high alert.

“It was because of the alertness of the security forces that the nefarious designs of terrorists were foiled yesterday,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Jammu-Samba-Kathua range, Ashkoor Wani said today. He said in the wake of recent inputs that militants might try to create disturbance from across the border, security across the region has been put on high alert.

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Representational image. Reuters

On Monday evening, a terrorist had opened fire on security personnel and a nearby CRPF camp when vehicles on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway at Kud were being checked. The militant, who was travelling in a State Road Transport Corporation bus, was killed in retaliatory firing by security forces. A woman travelling in the bus also lost her life.

“Security is reviewed every week so as to plug any loopholes or whatsoever,” Wani said. He said elaborate security arrangements would be made for the upcoming annual Amarnath yatra which will start on July 2.

“The arrangements for the yatra are being reviewed regularly and the security arrangements would be put in place shortly,” the DIG said. He said all the vehicles entering Jammu are being checked and all police stations and police posts near the International Border have been asked to remain alert.

Additional deployment has been made on all police checkpoints, while the quick reaction teams of police have been asked to remain on standby, he said.

Security has also been beefed up at Katra town, the base camp of the holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi. “Searching of vehicles is going on at all the checkpoints of Reasi district. District police is on high alert,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Reasi, Sujit Kumar said.

Apprehending militant attacks on defence establishments across Jammu region using sub-conventional ways, the government had yesterday imposed restrictions on airborne activities, including paragliding, in the district.

The authorities had placed a blanket ban on any airborne activity within the one km radius of any defence establishment in the district.

Jammu on high alert after intel on terror activities

Jammu: A day after a militant attack on a CRPF camp was foiled in Kud area of Udhampur district, security across the region was put on high alert. “It was because of the alertness of the security forces that the nefarious designs of terrorists were foiled yesterday,” Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police, Jammu-Samba-Kathua range, Ashkoor Wani said on Tuesday.

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He said in the wake of recent inputs that militants might try to create disturbance from across the border, security across the region has been put on high alert.

On Monday evening, a terrorist had opened fire on security personnel and a nearby CRPF camp when vehicles on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway at Kud were being checked.

The militant, who was travelling in a State Road Transport Corporation bus, was killed in retaliatory firing by security forces. A woman travelling in the bus also lost her life.

“Security is reviewed every week so as to plug any loopholes or whatsoever,” Wani said. He said elaborate security arrangements would be made for the upcoming annual Amarnath yatra which will start on 2 July.

“The arrangements for the yatra are being reviewed regularly and the security arrangements would be put in place shortly,” the DIG said.He said all the vehicles entering Jammu are being checked and all police stations and police posts near the International Border have been asked to remain alert.

Additional deployment has been made on all police checkpoints, while the quick reaction teams of police have been asked to remain on standby, he said.

Security has also been beefed up at Katra town, the base camp of the holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi. “Searching of vehicles is going on at all the checkpoints of Reasi district. District police is on high alert,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Reasi, Sujit Kumar said.

Apprehending militant attacks on defence establishments across Jammu region using sub-conventional ways, the government had yesterday imposed restrictions on airborne activities, including paragliding, in the district.

The authorities had placed a blanket ban on any airborne activity within the one km radius of any defence establishment in the district.

Mathura violence: Those found guilty in judicial probe will be punished, says Akhilesh Yadav

Mathura: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday admitted there had been lapses in evicting squatters from Jawaharbagh.

He said there was some delay in police action as the administration did not want to target women, children and innocent people.

File image of Akhilesh Yadav. PTI

File image of Akhilesh Yadav. PTI

Jawaharbagh was occupied by thousands of squatters for about two years, till police swung into action to evict them. However, 29 people, including two senior police personnel, were killed in the violence on 2 June. The squatters were led by a cult leader Ram Vriksh Singh Yadav.

The chief minister said poverty and unemployment were serious problems, and some people had attracted crowds by promising land and food. These unsuspecting people were used as human shield even as the cult leaders made impractical demands, he said.

The government was firm that Jawaharbagh had to be freed from the squatters. “We initiated action after the high court’s orders were received,” the chief minister asserted.

Asked about a CBI probe, the chief minister said investigations were on by a retired high court judge. “A judicial probe is going on and those found responsible will be dealt with firmly.”

Akhilesh Yadav met relatives of the deceased Superintendent of Police Mukul Dwivedi and assured all help to the family members.

He said the Bharatiya Janata Party had no real issue to contest the assembly elections next year and was therefore focusing on such incidents.

The chief minister also detailed achievements of his government, saying it was working to improve lives of poor, women, labourers, marginal farmers and businessmen.

“New roads have been been built, and our health and developmental schemes are yielding good results,” he added.

Two more arrests made in Bihar board merit list case

Patna: Two more persons, who were “working” for absconding former Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, were on Sunday arrested in Patna in connection with state intermediate examination scandal while the ex-BSEB chief’s wife has been made a ‘non-FIR’ accused.

The arrested persons are — Ajit Shaktiman, an ad hoc lecturer with Patna College and Sandeep Kumar Jha, a teacher with Sanskrit Shiksha Board on a deputation from Sanskrit College, Bhagalpur, Senior Superintendent of Police, Manu Maharaj told reporters in Patna.

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With these arrests, the total number of persons held have gone up to eight including the alleged kingpin of the toppers’ scandal, Bachha Rai, who was on Saturday arrested after he surrendered at Bhagwanpur police station in Vaishali district.

Both (Ajit and Sandeep) of them were “working as agents” for Lalkeshwar Singh and were in constant touch with Singh’s wife and a former JD(U) MLA Usha Sinha, the SSP said, adding, his wife’s involvement in the scandal has also come to the fore during the investigation.

Ajit and Sandeep have confessed to their crime while Usha Sinha is absconding, he said.

They used to manage centres besides changing copies and helping people in providing marks, said Maharaj, who is heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on merit muddle in Bihar Intermediate Examination.

Bachha Rai, who is Secretary-cum Principal of controversial Bishun Rai College arrived at the Bhagwanpur police station to give himself up after which he was arrested.

BSEB exam row: Two more arrested in Bihar merit list case

Two more persons, who were “working” for absconding former Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) Chairman Lalkeshwar Prasad Singh, were on Sunday arrested here in connection with state intermediate examination scandal while the ex-BSEB chief’s wife has been made a ‘non-FIR’ accused.The arrested persons are — Ajit Shaktiman, an ad hoc lecturer with Patna College and Sandeep Kumar Jha, a teacher with Sanskrit Shiksha Board on a deputation from Sanskrit College, Bhagalpur, Senior Superintendent of Police, Manu Maharaj told reporters here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With today’s arrest, the total number of persons held have gone upto eight including the alleged kingpin of the toppers’ scandal, Bachha Rai, who was yesterday arrested after he surrendered at Bhagwanpur police station in Vaishali district.Both (Ajit and Sandeep) of them were “working as agents” for Lalkeshwar Singh and were in constant touch with Singh’s wife and a former JD(U) MLA Usha Sinha, the SSP said, adding, his wife’s involvement in the scandal has also come to the fore during thr investigation. Ajit and Sandeep have confessed to their crime while Usha Sinha is absconding, he said.They used to manage centres besides changing copies and helping people in providing marks, said Maharaj, who is heading the Special Investigation Team (SIT) on merit muddle in Bihar Intermediate Examination. Bachha Rai, who is Secretary-cum Principal of controversial Bishun Rai College arrived at the Bhagwanpur police station to give himself up after which he was arrested.

Anupama Shenoy row: Karnataka govt accepts IPS officer’s resignation

The Karnataka government on Thursday accepted the resignation of a senior woman police officer, reportedly at loggerheads with the Labour Minister, as she stuck to her decision surfacing days after quitting and remaining incommunicado.”The resignation of Anupama Shenoy, DySP Kudlgi sub-division, Ballari District, has been accepted by the government with immediate effect,” a notification issued by the state government said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She had tendered her resignation on June 4 after accusing Labour Minister P T Parameshwar Naik, also the district in-charge minister, of interfering in her work. Shenoy, who had remained incommunicado since resigning, surfaced on Thursday in Kudligi.
ALSO READ Anupama Shenoy resigns: All you need to know about Kuldigi DSP’s resignationThe police had set up a special team to track her down, whose alleged posts on Facebook levelling accusations against Naik had created a storm in political circles. Ballari SP on Wednesday had deputed an officer to go to her hometown Udupi to contact Shenoy and her family.Earlier, in the day Shenoy had refused to meet Kudligi in-charge DySP R S Patil, who went to her official quarters.Following protests by a group of people against her for taking three persons into preventive detention, Shenoy left the office on June 4 after handing over her resignation letter to subordinate officers, instructing them to hand it over to the Superintendent of Police.Officials had said Shenoy was acting on a complaint by Dalit activists against the extension of a liquor shop that was blocking the way to Ambedkar Bhavan nearby.Shenoy on Thursday said, “I stand by my decision to resign.” Asked about her Facebook posts, she said “I don’t know about Facebook; someone might be doing it in my name, it might have been hacked also.”Naik had said he has nothing to do with the officer’s resignation and expressed doubts about the veracity of the Facebook account and its user.In January, Shenoy was transferred allegedly at the behest of Naik for putting his call on hold, with the incident triggering a storm. A video footage purportedly showing Naik making a boastful claim about shunting out Shenoy had also gone viral later.Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had said the government would not take any hasty decision and would want her to continue in the force, but also pointed out that she was bound by rules.

New Delhi: Superintendent of children’s home arrested for raping girl inmates

The superintendent at a children’s home in Lajpat Nagar has been arrested after girl inmates of the facility levelled charges of rape against him.”The superintendent of children home in Lajpat Nagar Ram Sahay Meena was arrested on a complaint received through Delhi government official last evening,” a senior police officer said.Meena was sacked along with another staff of the facility on the orders of Delhi Women and Child Welfare Minister Sandip Kumar.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Some girl inmates revealed that they were molested and raped by Meena. They were sent for medical examination and rape was confirmed in a few cases,” the officer said.The Police added Section 376(2)(b) of the IPC (taking advantage of official position and committing rape on a woman) in the FIR registered against Meena, for allegedly taking advantage of his official position and committing rape on the girls in his custody, he said.The incident had come to light after Kumar’s visit to the home and his meeting with the girls on June 3.After consulting the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), the minister had asked them to lodge a complaint against the superintendent under the provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.The minister had ordered termination of Meena and a woman welfare officer who was also allegedly involved in misbehaving with the girls.During his visit, Kumar was apprised that the agitated children had protested against misbehaviour after which he had directed the women staff to talk to them.It was reported to the minister that the superintendent had allegedly taken minor girls to an isolated room and tried to physically abuse them.Police said they are also questioning two more staff members of the facility who are likely to be arrested.

Mathura clashes: No rocket launcher recovered in violence-hit Jawahar Bagh

No rocket launcher has been recovered during the ongoing search operation in violence-hit Jawahar Bagh here, Superintendent of Police Babloo Kumar today said.Dismissing media reports that a US-made rocket launcher was found by the Uttar Pradesh bomb disposal squad in Jawahar Bagh area, he said the weapon that was recovered along with other arms and ammunition was a tear gas gun.”The tear gas gun is manufactured by US-based company Jefferson. The iron gun is in poor condition and can no longer be used,” Kumar said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad chief Rampal Singh informed that the 37mm calibre tear gas gun along with some ammunition have been recovered from three plastic bags placed under a pile of straw near a pond in Jawahar Bagh area, he said.A pistol and 1 kg of white, 25 kg of black and 5 kg of yellow powder were also seized. One broken electronic circuit plate along with 1 kg of iron chips was also recovered, he added.
ALSO READ Mathura: Bleak future awaits children rescued from JawaharbaghThe probe is on nabbing the key persons behind the clash. So far, 50 cases have been filed in the matter with 11 persons booked under IPC sections 147, 148, 149, 307, 303, 336, 332, 333,436, 186, 188 and the investigation is going on under Criminal Law Amendment Act 1934 section 31 (a).Twenty-nine people – including then SP (City) Mukul Dwivedi and Station House Officer (Farah) Santosh Yadav – were killed during clashes between police and encroachers at Jawahar Bagh in Mathura last week.

Tamil Nadu: Major heist at Thanjavur temple

Early on Tuesday morning in an ancient temple in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, thieves decamped with 316 sovereigns of jewellery. This is reportedly one of the biggest heists in a temple in recent times.A report in The New Indian Express states that the theft came to light when the priests came to the Varadharajaperumal temple in Kaarappankadu village near Madukkur on Tuesday. The locks of the sanctum sanctorum where the idol is kept, was broken and the police in Madukkur were then alerted. The report adds that the officials of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department were also informed of the heist. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When the priests checked the almirah (cupboard) in the sanctum sanctorum where the jewellery was kept, they found found 2 kg and 528 gm of gold jewels (316 sovereign) missing, adds the daily. The Superintendent of Police, R Sudhakar also visited the temple and conducted an investigation. Aravind Menon, the Assistant Superintendent of Police, Pattukkottai, also inspected the temple. Now, forensic experts from Thanjavur have collected evidence and special teams are on the lookout for the thieves, adds the report.

Mathura violence: UP government orders judicial probe under Opposition pressure

Lucknow: Bowing to opposition demand, Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday ordered judicial probe into last week’s Mathura violence in which 29 people, including two police officers, were killed.

Aftermath of the Mathura carnage. Twitter @CNNNews18

Aftermath of the Mathura carnage. Twitter @CNNNews18

The probe will be conducted by a retired judge of Allahabad High Court and the inquiry committee has been asked to submit its report within two months.

“A judicial probe has been ordered into Mathura violence. Retired Allahabad High Court judge Imtiyaz Murtaza will conduct inquiry,” an official spokesman said here.

The spokesman said the inquiry panel will go into the circumstances that led to the incident. It has been asked to make suggestions that would help in ensuring that such incidents do not recur. 29 people, including two police officers, were killed during clashes between encroachers and police in Mathura last week.

The violence had claimed the lives of Superintendent of Police (City) Mukul Dwivedi and SHO Santosh Kumar. Political parties had been demanding a judicial inquiry into the violence. BJP Member of Parliament from Mathura Hema Malini had demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident.

Mathura clashes: Supreme Court refuses to order CBI probe

The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to order CBI probe into the horrific violence in Mathura that killed two police officers including the Superintendent of Police and over two dozens squatters.The court had on Monday agreed to hear a plea seeking direction to Samajwadi Party-led Uttar Pradesh government to recommend a CBI probe.A plea was filed by lawyer and Delhi BJP spokesperson Ashwini Upadhyay.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Advocate Kamini Jaiswal, appearing for Upadhyay, had said “the evidences at the site are being destroyed after the violence. As per media reports, over 200 vehicles have been burnt”.29 people, including Mathura SP Mukul Dwivedi and SHO Santosh Kumar Yadav were killed in the clash between the police and encroachers that broke out in the city on June 2 when police tried to evict illegal occupants, believed to be of Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi, from Jawahar Bagh on Allahabad High Court orders.
ALSO READ No political pressure on police to not evict Mathura squatters: Uttar PradeshUpadhyay in his plea had said the court may also take suo motu cognizance of the matter and direct the CBI enquiry, as “it is necessary to find out the truth, root cause of the incident and nexus among executive, legislature and the said group”.The plea also claimed the union government was ready for a CBI inquiry into the incident but Uttar Pradesh government was developing cold feet in recommending CBI probe.
ALSO READ Mathura clashes: Amid ongoing probe, District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent transferredSo far, 45 cases have been registered against 3,000 encroachers belonging to a cult – Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi – an outfit that claimed to owe allegiance to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.

Mathura violence: Supreme Court agrees to hear plea seeking CBI probe tomorrow

The Supreme court on Monday agreed to have an urgent hearing on plea seeking CBI probe in Mathura Violence.The death toll from Thursday’s clashes between encroachers of Jawahar Bagh and the police has rose to 29 with two more people succumbing to injuries even as the Aligarh Divisional Commissioner launched a probe into the incident.Accepting that there “might be administrative lapse” in Mathura, where 29 people, including two policemen, were killed, Uttar Pradesh minister Shivpal Yadav today said BJP should not take any name without “proof”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”There might be administrative lapse in Mathura. The inquiry is underway and those patronising such people (scrupulous elements, encroachers) won’t be spared,” he said.Mathura Senior Superintendent of Police Rakesh Singh said 45 cases have been registered against 3000 encroachers belonging to a cult–Azad Bharat Vidhik Vaicharik Kranti Satyagrahi–an outfit that claimed to owe allegiance to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.
ALSO READ Mathura: Lust for money, illegal political cloud lead to clashes, says IPS officer Amitabh ThakurThe probe report will be submitted within a fortnight.”The report will not be delayed. It will be submitted to the government within a fortnight,” he told reporters here.
ALSO READ Mathura clashes: I’ll die if I don’t get treatment, says former resident of JawaharbaghThe Akhilesh Yadav government has come under fresh fire over the incident. Rajnath Singh has alleged that law and order had collapsed in the state and asked it to write to the Centre to institute a CBI probe.

Mathura violence: Why target me, I’m doing my job, laments Hema Malini

BJP MP Hema Malini, who has been drawing flak for posting pictures of her movie shoot on Twitter at a time when her Parliamentary constituency Mathura was hit by violence, again took to the micro-blogging website on Saturday, targeting the media for ‘diverting the attention from the main issue- the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh.”In Mathura & condoled with the bereaved families. I still can’t understand how the great media thinks the sansad is responsible for law & order. They seem to be diverting attn frm the main issue – tht law & order is purely the state govt’s responsibility. Why target me? I’m doing my job (sic),” she said in a series of tweets.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Citing the example of Rawal village of Mathura, the actress said that anyone in the city would vouch for her sincerity as she was improving living conditions, providing roads and drinking water.”A sansad’s duty is not to head the police force or quell rebels or evict encroachers. Development is my line of duty and I’m sincere in my job. I invite all those who are blasting me without reason and who have not stepped into Mathura and yet are ready to accuse, to come and see for themselves,” she added.
ALSO READ Mathura violence: Law and order in state more important than my presence, says Hema MaliniThe 67-year-old actress claimed that she was dedicating so much time to Mathura that sometimes she sees her family and her house after many days.”I’m dedicating so much time to Mathura. Sometimes it is days before I even see my family or my house. I’m attending to public needs sincerely. What do I get in return for my sincerity? Brickbats and loud accusations. I sincerely thank all of you who have supported me in this controversy,” she said.Meanwhile, the BJP MP visited the policemen injured during the Mathura violence at the Nayati hospital. “I have come here to see the police personnel. They have been badly beaten. I think it will take one or two months to recover. It is very sad. I have given them assurance,” Malini told the media.”The police personnel told me that they wore all the equipment. But the protestors started firing at them keeping children at the front,” she added.Malini in a series of tweets, had on Thursday, shared the location of the shoot of her upcoming flick and pictures of her pleasant boat ride.”Shooting at Madh island for Ek Thi Rani- a film based on the life of HH Vijaya Raje Scindia revived after many years. I play the title role,” she tweeted. However, realising that she had committed a blunder, Malini, soon withdrew her tweet and expressed grief over the loss of lives.Meanwhile, the death toll in Thursday’s Mathura clash has risen to 24. Those killed include Mathura Superintendent of Police (City) Mukul Dwivedi, Farah Police Station SHO Santosh Yadav and 20 protesters. More than 40 people have been injured in the incident.The incident took place when the Swadheen Bharat Subhash Sena (SBSS) activists opened fire at the police party that attempted to evict the Jawahar Park late last evening.

Andhra Pradesh CM appoints top IPS officer to deal with crime against women

Andhra Pradesh government on Friday appointed senior IPS officer Anjana Sinha as the state-level officer to deal with crime against women. Sinha is an Additional Director General of Police-rank officer and an order regarding her appointment was issued here this evening.Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu had first promised during his 2000 km foot march in 2012-13, in the aftermath of the Nirbhaya incident in New Delhi, to appoint an Inspector General of Police-rank officer exclusively for prevention of crime against women.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After assuming office as Chief Minister on June 8, 2014, he repeated his election-eve promise many a time at various meetings in the last two years.On International Women’s Day this year, Naidu made a statement in the Assembly on women empowerment and reiterated his Government’s intention to appoint an IG-rank officer at the state level and a Deputy Superintendent of Police-rank officer at the district level to deal with crime against women.Nearly three months after the Chief Minister’s statement in the House, Chief Secretary Satya Prakash Tucker issued an order appointing Sinha, a 1990-batch IPS officer, for the state-level job.

17-year-old girl gangraped by five, including two minors in Chhattisgarh

Raigarh: A 17-year-old girl was allegedly gangraped by five persons, including two minor boys, at a village in Raigarh district of Chhattisgarh, following which all the accused have been held, police said Tuesday.

After the incident that took place last week, the victim had tried to end her life by consuming pesticide. Currently, she is in a critical state and undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Raigarh, according to police.

Three of the accused — Mohan Sahu (50), Mahesh Sahu (25), and Gulshan Chandra (21) — have been booked under IPC Section 376 (g) (gangrape) and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

“The incident had taken place on 23 May at Uchh Bhatti village, located around 65 km away from the district headquarter, when the victim was at home along with her elder sister,” City Superintendent of Police (CSP) Satyendra Pandey said.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image of Chhattisgarh police. AFP

However, the crime came to light on Monday when the minor girl was admitted to Raigarh district hospital in a serious condition, he said.

“The victim’s parents are labourers and had gone to a different state for work. On the night of 23 May, the accused Mohan Sahu stormed into the victim’s house along with his four friends and locked her elder sister in a room and then took turns to rape the girl,” he said.

The accused fled from the spot after committing the crime, he said.

“Following the incident, the girl tried to commit suicide by consuming pesticide on the same night, but was admitted to Sarangarh hospital by her neighbours, who rushed to her house after hearing her screams,” Pandey said.

When the girl’s condition deteriorated and she developed infection in her kidneys, she was shifted to a private hospital, where the doctors informed the police about the case, the CSP said, adding, her statement was recorded.

“Based on her statement, a case been lodged with Kosir Police Station against the accused,” he said.

The girl is undergoing treatment at ICU and her condition is said to be critical, the CSP said.

Toddler dies as oxygen mask supplies anaesthetic agent at Indore

Indore: A one-year-old boy, who became critical after his overhead mask supplied anaesthetic agent instead of oxygen during a surgery, died at the state-run Maharaja Yashwantrao (MY) Hospital here, an official said on 30 May.

A child rests at a hospital- representational image. ReutersA child rests at a hospital- representational image. Reuters

A child rests at a hospital- representational image. Reuters

This is the second such death at the facility, allegedly due to negligence, in last three days.

“Rajveer (1) died at the paediatric ICU last night,” Maharaja Yeshwantraro (MY) Hospital’s acting Superintendent Dr Sumit Shukla said on 30 May. His condition had turned critical on 28 May when he was being operated upon for a deformity at the hospital’s recently-inaugurated operation theatre.

As per the investigation, the pipeline that was supposed to supply oxygen to patients was carrying nitrous oxide, Shukla said. The operation theatre, which was inaugurated on 24 May, has been sealed.

On 27 May, 5 year old Ayush had died while undergoing surgery for Hernia after being supplied anaesthetic agent instead of oxygen, Shukla stated. He said that on 29 May, a five-member committee of senior doctors of the hospital was constituted to probe into the two deaths and asked to submit its report to the government.

A technician from a private company, Rajendra Choudhary, who was responsible for fitting the gas supply pipeline, has been booked for manslaughter. Activist Chinmay Mishra of Swasthya Adhikar Manch, a NGO, had described the formation of the panel as sham, saying that since all the panelists are from MY Hospital they might come out with a wishy-washy report to save their colleagues. The hospital management has lodged FIR against Chaudhary, and not against the doctor and other staffers, he claimed.

After Rajdeo Ranjan murder, another newspaper employee attacked in Bihar’s capital

A fortnight after the killing of a journalist in Bihar, a senior employee of a leading English daily was driven around the city and allegedly roughed up inside a moving vehicle after his office vehicle collided with another car in Patna late last night.Distribution Executive of “Telegraph” Rakesh Kumar Singh, was pushed inside the MUV of the attackers, roughed up while being driven around the city to force him to pay for the damages caused to the car belonging to the attackers, Senior Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said. Singh was let off after his colleagues, who were with him, started making frantic calls to the police.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”They abducted me and took me towards Danapur. They took away all my money and my ATM cards. They threatened to shoot me if I raised an alarm. After two hours they threw me at railway station and escaped. All of them were drunk,” said Singh to India Today.The vehicle in which the four attackers was travelling has been identified and two persons have been held while search is on for others, the SSP said. “We have registered the case and slapped strongest possible charges against the accused. We will soon arrest the attacker”, said DIG Patna, Shalin said to India Today.A Sub Inspector posted at Shashtri Nagar police station has been suspended for dereliction of duty in connection with the incident, Maharaj said. The collision took place in busy Raja Bazar area under Shastri Nagar police station and a case has been registered with the police station in this connection, he said. Mediapersons have strongly protested roughing up of Singh in the heart of the city which has come close on the heels of the murder of Siwan-based journalist Rajdeo Ranjan earlier this month. With inputs from India Today

Who are you to tell me not to gaze upon your beauty, Merin Joseph? Get on with your work

Most of the world lives dull and grey lives. Lives of not so quiet despair with nothing ahead that offers even a sliver of relief.

Except for the offerings of make-believe. Cinema posters of unreal people, thirty feet high, people converted into goddesses through celluloid, colourful and bright eyed and from another planet. So unattainable and yet so overpowering that the unspoken envy they excite demands an acknowledgement that visual beauty is an Indian magnet.

We still hold store by beauty contests. Our women are parceled off to various parts of the world to take part in cosmetic combat. Fashion shows where the clothes don’t count abound. Our brides to be are all beautiful even when they are homely. Advertising takes the visual to such heights that we have stereotyped the perfect face and figure and draw sustenance and comfort from it.

We venerate it because we do not have it. But because we give it adoration it has to stay in its place.

On the big screen. On TV. In the glossy pages of fashion magazines. Where we can see it but cannot reach it. It is elusive and frightening and exciting.

A file photo of IPS officer Merin Joseph. Photo credit : Facebook, Merin JosephA file photo of IPS officer Merin Joseph. Photo credit : Facebook, Merin Joseph

A file photo of IPS officer Merin Joseph. Photo credit : Facebook, Merin Joseph

Therefore, when beauty, as we see it, leaps off her pedestal, clambers over the fence and enters the mainstream we are offended because we don’t expect it be next doors, turned common from the exotic. To handle our intimidation we sometimes mock it because it is scary. Cops do not look like this. What is she doing, playing a role? You get a pretty looking soldier in uniform and you say, how is she going to get the enemy… by fluttering her eyelashes?

If the boss is glamorous we are off balance, how is she going to be effective, just look at her, all dolled up.

It is pure male chauvinism but also a defence mechanism because most of us are not beautiful people. However,  it is not, ipso facto, harmful or hurtful or even mean, simply distilled envy.

With this deeply ingrained mindset, it is no surprise  the majority of us find it difficult equate physical looks with skill and expertise.

The odds are that the media site that packaged Merin Joseph, Assistant Superintendent of Police in Munnar, Kerala in the Top Ten beautiful cops list were actually flattering her and meant no real harm.

If she had just let it go and ignored it and not been so shrill and aggressive in underscoring the emphasis on her looks the story would have died.

It is not that important. Sure, the error lies in the visual being projected at the expense of your other attributes and can be irritating but it is part of you so don’t dress down, don’t become dowdy, just enjoy the adulation and earn the respect by doing your job effectively.

The cry of martyrdom is a little too strident. So long as you are not being written up as a bimbo or ridiculed as a sex symbol or being shown disrespect let it go. if that happens sue that particular media entity.

After all, whether it is Merin Joseph or Assam MLA Angoorlata Deka, your looks are an integral part of you.  Every day you make the effort to look attractive so why not let good grooming be a plus point and the hell with the media.

We have had hugely attractive personalities like Maharani Gyatri Devi, Princess Niloufer of Hyderabad, Leela Naidu, Shobhaa de, they have all carried their responsibilities with grace and elan despite being stunningly good looking.  Rita Faria was Miss World and a doctor to boot. Jackie Kennedy was a symbol of style and grace but she played her official role without worrying about how she was portrayed. Grace Kelly was the quintessential Queen like the Duchess of Kent whose touch of class  made Wimbledon’s prize giving a treat. Audrey Hepburn was a Dutch Resistance worker during WW II fighting the Nazis. Mata Hari was the world’s most famous spy. Marie Curie won two Nobel prizes besides being labelled as a beautiful woman. Cleopatra ran an empire. They all discharged their duties. Suggest Merin do the same.

There is no need to be so goody-two-shoes and assault the media with too much righteousness.

By bringing notice to your looks you are bringing notice to your looks.

I hadn’t even heard of you till you raised heat and dust.

Media, my dear, is like soap. You don’t like the fragrance don’t bother with it.

Read the counter argument titled, ‘You say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I say it’s a myth’

Uttar Pradesh: Father murders son’s killer to seek revenge

A 20-year-old youth was allegedly murdered by a relative of the girl he was having an affair with, following which his father killed the accused for revenge in Jagsaura village, police said.Sanju had eloped with a girl of the same village about a week back and returned two days ago, Superintendent of Police Piyush Srivastava said.On Wednesday night, Sanju was attacked by the girl’s uncle, Pratap (28), who hacked him to death with an axe in Jaswant Nagar area, Srivastava said. When the victim’s father, Lekhraj, received the news of the murder, he killed Pratap with an axe, the SP added.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police have sent the bodies for post-mortem and a hunt has been launched to nab Lekhraj.

Court sends two Babbar Khalsa members to police custody

The Ludhiana district courts on Thursday sent alleged Babbar Khalsa International member Mandeep Singh in police custody till May 30.The Ludhiana Rural Police had on Wednesday arrested the accused from his residence at Chak Kalan village near Mullanpur. Superintendent of Police (SP) said the accused has links with Babbar Khalsa, adding his track record is being scanned to get more details. The arrested accused was in touch with Babbar Khalsa militants in Canada and was planning something big in Punjab. “The police have also beefed up security and installed checkpoints at various places to nab some more people associated with the organisation,” he said.In another development today, a local court in Punjab’s Nawanshahr district gave six-day police remand to suspected Babbar Khalsa International terrorist Arvinder Singh. The police on Wednesday nabbed Singh from Rahon town. Acting on a tip-off, a team comprising the Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) and Rahon SHO nabbed Singh from a house where he was hiding.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, the Patiala Police had on March 19 confirmed the arrest of six Babbar Khalsa militants. The police said several cases had already been registered against the arrested militants.

Kerala IPS officer Merin Joseph slams article for ‘shameless’ objectification of women

IPS officer Merin Joseph, who is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Police of Munnar, has slammed the media for “shameless” objectification of women. On Sunday, she raised her voice against the propagation of patriarchal structures that reduced a woman’s worth to her face value.In a Facebook post, Merin spoke about an article published by a daily titled, ’10 most beautiful IAS and IPS officers in India’ that demeaned the “bold and brave officers working in the complex bureaucratic system in India”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though the news article was later taken down, people on social media questioned the mindset wherein the merit of an individual was not taken into consideration.Merin also questioned as to why one would “never see a list of the most handsome males in the IAS and IPS”. Her post had already been shared 357 times and liked by around 2.5K people at last count.The IPS officer was in the news earlier last year when a picture of a junior officer holding an umbrella for her had gone viral on social media. Later in another controversy, she had asked an Ernakulam MLA to take a photograph of her with actor Nivin Pauly.

UP: Faizabad Bajrang Dal chief held over holding weapons training

The convenor of Faizabad and Ayodhya unit of Bajrang Dal Mahesh Mishra was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of Muslims and spreading communal hatred, days after the right-wing Hindu outfit held a weapons training programme, police said.The Hindu right organisation had on May 14 held a training camp where Bajrang Dal activists executed a mock drill of eliminating “rioters and terrorists” wearing scull caps and checked scarves, traditionally worn by Muslims. After police registered a case against office bearers and activists of the saffron outfit at Kotwali police station in Ayodhya late Tuesday night, Mishra was arrested this evening, Faizabad Senior Superintendent of Police Mohit Gupta said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police said Mishra and others were booked for spreading communal hatred and breach of peace as they projected Muslim youths as rioters and terrorists at the training programme. Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik had yesterday defended holding of weapons training camp by the hardline organisation, which faced criticism by the state’s ruling Samajwadi Party. “This arms training is for the purpose of self defence. There should not be any objection from any quarter. The intention behind this exercise is what counts,” Naik had told reporters.However, Samajwadi party had slammed the training sessions and termed it as a “terrorist training”.”Such kind of mock drills can be conducted only by government agencies. Now organisations are conducting these in their own way, like we see ISIS, Hizbul Mujahideen and naxals doing it. I see this as a terrorist training,” Syed Asim Waqar,” SP spokeperson said.Photographs of Bajrang Dal cadres brandishing rifles, swords and even sticks in the camps had gone viral on social media and news channels.

Merin Joseph isn’t alone: What the media always gets wrong about women in power

On Sunday morning Merin Joseph, Assistant Superintendent of Police of Munnar, Kerala, woke up to a fine article — 10 most beautiful female IPS and IAS officers in India. Yes, sounds like one of those ‘comprehensive’ pieces on the 10 best places to eat this weekend or 10 beautiful places to visit. Joseph was not (rightly so) pleased. She took to social media to express her disgust about the the existence of such sexist material on the internet. She blew off her steam on Facebook and pointed out how such articles propagate patriarchal structures.

We have to appreciate the amount of effort that the research team of (bhaskar.com) must have put in to dig out the most beautiful IAS and IPS officers. What did that exercise involve? We wonder. Joseph pointed out how publications have never gone to such great lengths to hunt out the top 10 handsome male IAS and IPS officers. She wrote, “Have you ever wondered why we never see a list of the most handsome males in the IAS and IPS?” That really would have been a mammoth task since there are three women IAS officers to every 20 male IAS officers.

The bold IPS officer also pointed out that there is a lot that is wrong with Indian media, especially, the “vernacular” press and wrote that a “shameless objectification of women” propagates patriarchal structures and reduces “a lady’s worth to her face value.”

Putting the brave female officers of the country on the same pedestal as her male counter parts, she mentioned, “These are bold and brave officers working in the complex bureaucratic system in India, negotiating their way through the good, bad and ugly of our body politic — and here we have a list of officers whom people can ogle at. It’s seriously disgusting, constricting and very very demeaning to our identities as smart, intelligent self made women.”

A file photo of IPS officer Merin Joseph. Photo credit : Facebook, Merin JosephA file photo of IPS officer Merin Joseph. Photo credit : Facebook, Merin Joseph

A file photo of IPS officer Merin Joseph. Photo credit : Facebook, Merin Joseph

Social media came out in support of Joseph, the post gained traction. Some comments on her post read, “Really shameful…but this is what Indian media is all about…they forget that whoever has reached that position has done so on their individual merit and if IAS IPS were interested in exposing themselves they would have selected modelling and not this reputed profession..woman’s beauty is her intellect not face value..”

One of the commentators was quick to point out that he knew of her only through such articles, “Madam, i didn’t want to tell u this but i came to know about u from similar kind of article…Your pics had been viral on social networks..” One must appreciate his honesty. The website soon took the piece down, and we are glad!

But this is not the first incident of objectification of women (in power) that has taken place this week. Many media websites took to introducing Assam’s latest female MLA Angoorlata Deka with sensational headlines like Meet the BJP MLA Who Is Famous For Her Beauty or BJP Ki is Mahila Vidhyaka Ke Khoobsurti Ke Charche or A new beauty sensation in politics. Some even cited appointing her as Modi’s greatest achievement — not because she was excellent at what she did, but because she was excellent at being beautiful.

The ever helpful twitterati couldn’t help ogling at her. Photos comparing Angoorlata’s look in her films and during her modelling day were positioned next to those of her as a BJP MLA, presumably to drive home the point about her beauty. Director Ram Gopal Varma, known for his action-packed thrillers like Ice-cream, also confessed his fascination for the MLA by pointing out, “If MLA can look like this, Achche din aagaye hai..Thank you Angoorlataji,Thank you Modiji..1st time I love politics.” Varma should probably get a room, or at least a pair of socks.

Joseph put the media frenzy to shame and stated, “People may have gone to Mars but their mindsets haven’t changed…I wanted to use my celebrity status to serve the people and contribute to the development of the society. Such comments are uncalled for. People need to grow intellectually. Henceforth, I will not react to such comments.”

Maybe they are beautiful, and maybe their beauty does deserve a sonnet or two. But maybe not judge them just through that? Shall we say its time to put their career first?

Faridkot desecration case: CBI registers case, announces Rs10-lakh reward for clue

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday announced a Rs 10-lakh cash reward for information leading to arrest of the accused involved the desecration of Guru Granth Sahib at Bargari village and theft of a ‘bir’ from a gurdwara at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village in Faridkot district. The CBI in a statement said it needs the cooperation of the general public for providing information about persons who have indulged in theft and then desecrating the holy Granth Sahib.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”If on the information of any person, the persons involved are traced, he would be given a cash reward of Rs. 10,00,000/- (Ten Lakhs) by the CBI,” it added. “The information may also be given to any nearest branch of the CBI located anywhere in India. The name of the informant will be kept secret,” it added. Punjab government had earlier on November 1 had handed over the probe to CBI into the Bargari village sacrilege incident in Faridkot. These related to the theft of Guru Granth Sahib at Burj Jawahar Singh Wala village in June, the putting up of posters in Bargari and Burj Jawahar Singh Wala villages in September inciting Sikhs to protest against the theft of the holy book and the sacrilege of Guru Granth Sahib with torn pages of the holy book being found at Bargari in October. The CBI in its statement has said that any person having any information of the whereabouts of the above mentioned persons may inform the following CBI officers immediately on the address, telephone and mobile phones mentioned below: Abhishek Dular, Superintendent of Police CBI/Special Crimes-III CBI Headquarters Building, 3`d Floor, CGO’s Complex, New Delhi Tel. – 011-24368644, Mobile. No- 9418834911 N. Krishnamurthy, Duty Officer Additional Superintendent of Police, CBI/Special Crimes-III CBI Hors Building CBI HQrs Building, 3`d floor, CGOs Complex, New Delhi Tel. 011 24368646 Tel. 011? 24368646 Mobile No- 9968081143. (

Mamata Banerjee reinstates Rajeev Kumar removed by EC as Kolkata Police commissioner

Within two days of her landslide victory in the West Bengal assembly polls, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reinstated Rajeev Kumar as the Kolkata Police commissioner on Saturday.In an order issued by the Bengal state secretariat Nabanna, Kumar was made the chief of Kolkata Police and the current Kolkata Police commissioner, Soumen Mitra, was transferred as ADG Training, West Bengal Police.This decision of the state government comes after the poll panel had removed Kumar as the Kolkata Police Commissioner and replaced him with Soumen Mitra over allegations of bias. Besides Kumar, the Election Commission of India had transferred a total of 68 officers, from Superintendent of Police to Officers in Charge of Police Station.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>All opposition parties, BJP, Congress and the Left, had levelled allegations of bias towards the ruling party, Trinamool Congress. Kumar had made headlines for his role as the top cop, probing the multi-crore-rupee Saradha scam. However, Banerjee while addressing several election campaign rallies had indirectly taken a dig at the Election Commission and said that she would reinstate ‘good’ officers. She had even gone to the extent of saying that the mindset of the officers cannot be changed.This is not the first time that the Chief Minister has reinstated officers. After 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Banerjee had reinstated seven of officers who were removed by the poll panel.Sources in the secretariat reveal some more transfers are likely in the next week as Banerjee will reinstate a few more IPS and IAS officers.

Simhastha-Kumbh Mela: 19 devotees hurt in bus-truck collision

Atleast 19 devotees from Gujarat on their way to Simhastha-Kumbh Mela underway in Ujjain were injured on Friday, three of them seriously, when the bus carrying them collided with a truck in Patharpada village near here.The ill-fated tourist bus from Vadodara in Gujarat was heading for Kumbh via Badhnawar area when a truck-laden with soyabean oil cans coming from Petlawad area here collided head-on, District Superintendent of Police Sanjay Tiwari said. He said the three seriously injured have been admitted to a hospital at Dahod in Gujarat.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A case has been registered and a probe is on.

West Bengal: 10 hours after boat capsize in Burdwan, NDRF begins rescue operation

Almost 10 hours after a boat capsized in Bengal’s Burdwan district, the NDRF and district administration finally began rescue operations on Sunday afternoon.While the boat that capsized has been identified, no one has been retrieved from the waters so far.The boat was reportedly overloaded with passengers and capsized near the Kalna ghat in Burdwan at around 11.30pm on Saturday night. It was on its way to Shantipur in the bordering Nadia district. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While the locals raised an alarm, the district administration and NDRF began rescue operations only on Sunday afternoon.Angry locals and family members of the missing passengers had earlier gone on a rampage at the Shantipur ghat protesting the delay in carrying out a rescue. The mob set fire to several boats towed to the river bank and also the ferry office, where the tickets are issued. They even gheraoed the additional Superintendent of Police and the Sub-divisional Police Officer of the district.
ALSO READ West Bengal: Several people missing after boat capsize in BurdwanLater, the infuriated mob pelted stones at the police, as a result of which two police officers were injured. The police in return, fired tear gas shells and rubber bullets at the mob to disperse them. Several villagers were injured in the counter firing by the police. The spot turned into a virtual war-zone with villagers clashing with the police and the cops firing in return.Meanwhile, a huge force of police officials and RAF has been deployed at the spot.While the chairperson of the Shantipur Municipality claims that only 10 are likely to be trapped, locals claim that hundreds of people are trapped inside.

Bihar murder: BJP hints RJD strongman behind journalist’s murder, demands CBI inquiry

The BJP on Saturday demanded a CBI inquiry into the killing of a journalist in Siwan and hinted about the alleged involvement of a jailed RJD strongman in the murder. “The needle of suspicion points to a jailed ‘bahubali’ (muscleman) in the murder of journalist Rajdeo Ranjan. Since such a high profile person is suspected, its a known fact that Bihar police would not be able to do justice to the case. Hence the matter should be handed over to the CBI,” senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Modi along with leader of opposition in Legislative Assembly Prem Kumar and state BJP chief Mangal Pandey visited the family of Ranjan, the district bureau chief of Hindi daily “Hindustan”, who was shot dead at Station Road under Town police station last night. Modi, leader of opposition in the Legislative Council, said the family of the victim also sought CBI investigation into the murder case. The senior BJP leader claimed that recently the Superintendent of Police of Siwan furnished a list of 23 people to the state police headquarters who were “black listed” by jailed RJD strongman and former MP, Mohammad Shahbuddin, and Rajdeo Ranjan’s name figured in the list. “The pattern of murder of the journalist was similar to the recent killings of BJP workers of Siwan, Srikant Bharti and Rajesh Roshan, at the behest of Mohammad Shahbuddin,” he said. BJP would organise a sit-in at Siwan tomorrow to protest against the journalist’s murder, said Modi, who was Deputy Chief Minister during NDA rule in the state. Elsewhere in the state, BJP workers would burn effigy of the state government to protest deterioration in law and order situation in Bihar, he added.

Ghaziabad: Major fire breaks in IndiaMart building, 5 dead

At least five people were killed after a major fire broke out in a building situated in Rajnagar area of Ghaziabad on Saturday. The fire broke out in the building of the Indiamart, a marketing agency, situated in Kavinagar area of Rajnagar.”The people died because of the suffocation caused due to smoke which was there after the fire. All the victims have been identified,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Dharmendra Singh said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Apart from five civilians, three of our members of the rescue service also suffered injuries and have been admitted to hospital,” he added. It is reported that the fire broke out after a short circuit in the AC present inside the office building.

Bihar: Former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi suggests President rule to rein in ‘maha jungle raj’

Backing the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP)’s ‘maha jungle raj’ jibe to describe the deteriorating law and order situation in Bihar, former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Saturday suggested to the Centre that the situation in the state is ‘appropriate’ to impose President’s Rule.NDA ally Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) chief told ANI that the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led government was voted to power for development and improvement in the law and order situation, but instead the criminals are flourishing in the state under the current regime.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”One of my colleagues has rightly said that situation had deteriorated from ‘jungle raj’ to ‘maha jungle raj’. People in mahagathbandhan are insensitive and crime is flourishing in their rule. I have written to the Prime Minister demanding that the situation in Bihar is appropriate for President’s rule,” he said.
ALSO READ Two journalists shot dead in Bihar, Jharkhand in 24 hours; two detained in SiwanHe said Nitish was now backing out from fulfilling the promises made prior to polls and instead speaking about an ‘anti-intoxication’ drive to divert the attention of the people.”Such incidents are repeatedly taking place in Bihar. Look what happened in Gaya, a youth was killed in road rage. And now in Siwan a journalist was killed, fourth pillar of democracy is under threat,” he said.
ALSO READ Bihar road rage: How did Rocky get gun license without verification, Tejasvi Yadav asks CentreMeanwhile, two people have been detained in connection with the murder of senior journalist Rajdeo Ranjan in Siwan.Siwan Superintendent of Police told ANI that the two are being grilled to procure more details regarding the shocking murder.Ranjan, a journalist with Hindi daily Hindustan was shot dead by criminals near the Siwan railway station.Criticising the murder, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain had said, “It has never been this bad in Bihar, this is not ‘Jungle Raj’, this is ‘Maha Jungle Raj’. Nitish Kumar should look after Bihar instead of worrying about Varanasi.”

Two journalists shot dead in Bihar, Jharkhand in 24 hours; two detained in Siwan

A senior journalist in Bihar and a TV channel reporter in Jharkhand were shot dead by unidentified gunmen in a span of 24 hours, sparking protests by mediapersons and triggering a shutdown in the areas.Rajdeo Ranjan, Siwan district chief of Hindi daily “Hindustan”, was fired at in Siwan district late Thursday evening when he was going on his motorcycle near the fruit market on Station Road under Town police station at around 7:45 PM, Superintendent of Police Saurabh Kumar Sah said. Ranjan, 45, died on the way to hospital, he added.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The SP said the motive behind the murder was yet to be ascertained. Ranjan has been writing for a long time against law-breakers of the area.Meanwhile, the Bihar police on Saturday morning detained two people in Ranjan’s murder case, who are being interrogated.In Jharkhand, Akhilesh Pratap Singh (35), a journalist of a news channel, was gunned down by unidentified people at Dewaria in Chatra district, police said. Singh was attacked near panchayat secretariat of the village last night, a police official said. A bandh was observed in Chatra town in protest against the killing.Chief Minister Raghubar Das condemned the incident and asked Director General of Police D K Pandey to arrest the assailants at the earliest. A delegation of local journalists met Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar and Superintendent of Police Anjani Kumar Jha and demanded adequate compensation to the family of the victim.(With agencies inputs)

Journalists brazenly killed in Bihar, Jharkhand within 24 hours

A senior journalist in Bihar and a TV channel reporter in Jharkhand were shot dead by unidentified gunmen, sparking protests by mediapersons and triggering a shutdown in the areas. Rajdeo Ranjan, Siwan district chief of Hindi daily “Hindustan”, was fired at in Siwan district late this evening when he was going on his motorcycle near the fruit market on Station Road under Town police station at around 7:45 PM, Superintendent of Police Saurabh Kumar Sah said. Ranjan, 45, died on the way to hospital, he added. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The SP said the motive behind the murder was yet to be ascertained. Ranjan has been writing for a long time against law-breakers of the area. The killing triggered a wave of protests by mediapersons in Bihar. In Jharkhand, Akhilesh Pratap Singh (35), a journalist of a news channel, was gunned down by unidentified people at Dewaria in Chatra district, police said. Singh was attacked near panchayat secretariat of the village last night, a police official said. A bandh was observed in Chatra town in protest against the killing. Chief Minister Raghubar Das condemned the incident and asked Director General of Police D K Pandey to arrest the assailants at the earliest. A delegation of local journalists met Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar and Superintendent of Police Anjani Kumar Jha and demanded adequate compensation to the family of the victim.

Two journalists shot dead in Bihar and Jharkhand in 24 hours

Siwan (Bihar)/Chatra (Jharkhand): A senior journalist in Bihar and a TV channel reporter in Jharkhand were shot dead by unidentified gunmen, sparking protests by mediapersons and triggering a shutdown in the areas.

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Rajdeo Ranjan, Siwan district chief of Hindi daily Hindustan, was fired at in Siwan district late on Friday evening when he was going on his motorcycle near the fruit market on Station Road under Town police station at around 7.45 pm, Superintendent of Police Saurabh Kumar Sah said.

Ranjan, 45, died on the way to hospital, he added. The SP said the motive behind the murder was yet to be ascertained. Ranjan has been writing for a long time against law-breakers of the area.

The killing triggered a wave of protests by mediapersons in Bihar.

In Jharkhand, 35-year-old Akhilesh Pratap Singh, a journalist with a news channel, was gunned down by unidentified people at Dewaria in Chatra district, police said.

Singh was attacked near panchayat secretariat of the village on Thursday night, a police official said. A bandh was observed in Chatra town in protest against the killing.

Chief Minister Raghubar Das condemned the incident and asked Director General of Police DK Pandey to arrest the assailants at the earliest.

A delegation of local journalists met Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar and Superintendent of Police Anjani Kumar Jha and demanded adequate compensation to the family of the victim.

Reacting to the murder of the scribe in Siwan, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain said while Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is touring Varanasi, the fourth estate is “in danger” in his state.

“This is not jungle raj. This is maha jungle raj…sad to know about his killing, Rajdeo was a fearless journalist,” he tweeted.

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