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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

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Delhi gang-rape accused wants nutritious food in jail

Also demands newspapers to prepare for Air Force exam

NEW DELHI: One of the four accused in the December 16 gang-rape case on Monday sought a direction from a special court here for provi- sion of nutritious food in- side jail citing that he had to prepare for tests for recruit- ment of clerks in the Indian Air Force.

Vinay Sharma, the accused who, along with others, had al- legedly gang-raped the 23-

year-old girl in a moving bus here, moved the plea before Additional Sessions Judge Yo- gesh Khanna and pleaded that he be given milk, fruit and newspapers inside Tihar jail as he has to prepare for his writ- ten examinations on April 7. The court sent the applica- tion to the jail authorities for their comments. Earlier, he had moved the court seeking a tutor as well as reading mate-

Erroneous memo puts Mumbai cops in spot

Muslim schools under lens for jihadi activities

MUMBAI: In the name of in- telligence gathering and dol- ing out alerts and warnings, citizens across the country are put under surveillance, stalked and harassed by law-enforcing agencies.

The Mumbai Police’ recent memo is a case in point. The Special Branch (I) dealing with political matters recently is- sued an 'internal' memo to all police stations asking them to keep a watch on the girls’ schools run by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, as “there is a possibility that this organisation may be surreptitiously trying to train female students for ‘jihadi’ ac- tivities”.

Incensed by media reports, the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind which runs dozens of educa- tional institutions for girls, threatened the police, state and press with defamation and the police, on Monday, sheepishly admitted that the 'internal,' memo was flawed.

A delegation of Jamaat-e-Is-

lami Hind office-bearers met Additional Commissioner of Police (Special Branch) Naval Bajaj on the day. The police re- portedly informed the delega- tion that the intelligence input had emanated from outside and thus the local police was asked to keep an eye on the ed- ucational institutions. Talking to Deccan Herald,

Aslam Gazi, a key office-bearer of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind,

BJD says too early to decide on third front

BHUBANESWAR: The Biju

Janata Dal (BJD), the ruling re- gional party in Odisha, is yet to take a call on the proposed anti- Congress and anti-BJP third front at the Centre advocated by leaders like Samajwadi Par- ty’s (SP) Mulayam Singh Yadav. The BJD, led by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, has been maintaining equal distance from the BJP and the Congress since 2009.

It decided to break the more

than a decade-long alliance with the BJP on the eve of the 2009 Assembly and Lok Sabha elections. “I think it is still early days to talk about it (the third front). Let us see what happens in fu- ture,” Patnaik said. With this statement, the three-time chief minister clear- ly indicated that he was not pre- pared to reveal his cards on the issue. The BJD has 14 MPs in the Lok Sabha and seven in the Rajya Sabha. “Let us wait and watch,” Patnaik has said. Though the BJD chief is yet to disclose his party’s stand on the issue, a debate has already begun within the party. A sec- tion of the party feels that the party should not close door to the BJP-led National Demo- cratic Alliance (NDA). “A third front had always proved to be a disaster. We cannot go with the UPA because the Congress is our principal Opposition party in Odisha,”a senior leader said.

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said : “Naval Bajaj told us that it was a routine thing and it was not meant to malign anybody. He said the wordings were not drafted properly and asked us to provide them with our griev- ances so that the error could be rectified. He also assured us that an official clarification would be issued in this matter.” To a query on moving the court, Gazi informed that the organisation had started con- sulting legal experts. “We are awaiting the reply of police and only then we will take the next step. The local media which had splashed the report tar- nishing our image has already accepted its mistake and they have assured us that a clarifi- cation would be carried in Tuesday's edition,” he said. However, the so-called intel- ligence inputs on so-called ter- ror links have once more raised the question of harassment by 'Big Brother.' Director of Institute of Peace Studies and Conflict Resolu-

tion, Irfan Engineer comment- ing on the matter said : “ The problem is that there is no proper structure whereby a common man can seek justice in such matters. In United Kingdom, for example, there is a commission that looks into complaints filed by common man against police harass- ment. The commission after probing takes appropriate ac- tion.”

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rials to help him prepare for the test. Subsequently, Tihar jail authorities had provided

him a tutor to guide him in his studies. The court, which has till date recorded the statements of 63 prosecution witnesses, told the lawyers that from Tuesday it will not adjourn the matter un-

til unless any one is ill.

Meanwhile, the judge also took a strong exception to the defence lawyers coming late to the proceedings and told them

it was the last warning and they

could be replaced. “I am ob-

serving that the defence coun- sels are coming as per their choice. They (defence coun- sels) should understand that they are dealing with a very se- rious case. They are taking the court for granted. I will write to Delhi Legal Services Author- ity (DLSA) to provide counsel to accused if in future also, the

counsels reach late. It cannot go on like this. Please make sure that from tomorrow (Tuesday), you (defence coun- sels) are on time,” the judge

said. The proceedings on Monday

got delayed by 45 minutes as counsel for accused Pawan Gupta and Vinay came late. Later, a lawyer for accused Mukesh and Akshay Singh re- fused to cross-examine the wit- nesses and said he will start ON Tuesday. The lawyer also said he has been given time till April 4 to file an appeal in the Delhi High Court against the order by which his application seeking documents in Hindi was reject- ed. Initially, five accused in the case were facing trial for al-

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Kollywood to fast for Lankan Tamils issue

» The entire Kollywood will halt its activities here

on Tuesday and stage a day- long fast demanding the re- habilitation of Tamils dis- placed in Sri Lanka. Artistes, directors, producers, distrib- utors and exhibitors will un- dertake the “hunger-strike” on the South Indian Film

Artistes’ Association premis- es here to espouse the cause of Tamils in Sri Lanka, film industry sources said, PTI reports. Leading artistes and prominent personalities of the film world are expected to participate in the agita- tion.

ASI shot dead in Punjab

» An assistant sub-inspec- tor of the Punjab Police

was shot dead by suspected members of a drug mafia near the Delhi-Jalandhar National Highway, PTI re- ports quoting the police on Monday, . Gurdev Singh (50) was on traffic patrol duty when he confronted a person who was allegedly taking drugs inside a hotel and was shot dead while chasing him on Sunday night, they said. Ear- lier the ASI and his police party heard some sound from a bathroom of a hotel

where they had gone to eat food after checking a nearby petrol pump, Kapurthala SSP Inderbir Singh said. A head constable went to the bath- room and heard a sound. “When the person sus- pected of creating that sound came out, the ASI en- quired about the sound. At this the person started run- ning and the ASI chased him. Three accomplices of the person also joined him and one of them opened fire. Two bullets hit Singh’s chest and he was declared brought dead by doctors, he added.

Man kills mom over shoes

» A young man in Rourkela in Sundergarh

district in Odisha killed his

mother, allegedly because she refused him money to buy a pair of shoes, police said on Monday. The inci- dent took place in a slum in the steel city of Rourkela, about 514 km from state cap- ital Bhubaneswar on Satur- day night, agencies report. The matter only came to light when the husband of

the deceased lodged a com- plaint at the Udit Nagar po- lice station the next day. Additional District Super- intendent of Police Sudarsan Sethi said 24-year-old San- jay, an alcoholic, would often extract money from his 46- year-old mother Salmi Lakra to buy liquor on Saturday night, he told his mother that he needed a new pair of shoes, which would cost him at least Rs 200.

Jundal threatens to go on fast

» Suspected LeT operative and key plotter of 26/11

terror strikes Abu Jundal has threatened to go on hunger strike if not taken out of solitary confinement, re- ports PTI from Mumbai.

Authorities of Arthur Road jail, where he is lodged, on Monday submitted a let- ter to special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act (MCOCOA) court which is trying him in connection with the 2006 Aurangabad

arms haul case. “Jundal wrote this letter to jail authorities on March 28 that if he is not allowed to mingle with other prisoners then he would go on hunger strike,” said his advocate Ejaz Naqvi. The hearing on the letter is likely to be held on Tuesday. Jundal is one of the 22 accused in the case wherein the ATS team had seized 30 kg RDX, 10 AK-47 assault rifles and 3,200 bul- lets on May 8, 2006.

SCR bags Rajbhasha Shield

» South Central Railway has bagged the “Railway

Minister's Rajbhasha Shield” for excellent and commend- able work done in imple- mentation of official lan- guage Hindi, DHNS reports

from Hyderabad. The shield was awarded to Mahesh Chandra, Mandal Rajyabasha Adhikari, Addi- tional General Manager &

Controller of Stores, SCR by Vinay Mittal, Chairman, Railway Board, in a function organised at railway board. Mangala Abhyankar, Deputy General Manager / Official Language was also present. P C Gajabhiye, Chief Me- chanical Engineer, SCR was honoured on the occasion with Railway Minister's Sil- ver Medal and Cash Award.

with Railway Minister's Sil- ver Medal and Cash Award. Police escort a Bangladeshi infiltrator to his

Police escort a Bangladeshi infiltrator to his motherland after completion of his sentence, in Kolhapur, Maharash- tra on Monday. About 28 Bangladesh citizens were sent back to their country. PTI

28 Bangladesh citizens were sent back to their country. PTI legedly gang-raping and as- saulting a

legedly gang-raping and as- saulting a girl on the night of December 16, 2012. With the proceedings against the main accused Ram Singh having abated after his death on March 11, the remain-

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accused—Mukesh, Vinay, Ak- shay and Pawan—are facing tri- al in the case for rape and mur- der of the girl. The sixth accused in the case, a juvenile, is facing proceedings before the Juvenile Justice Board here.

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Young Buddhist nuns from Thailand go in procession at Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya on Monday.
Young Buddhist nuns from Thailand go in procession at Mahabodhi Temple in Bodhgaya on Monday. PTI

CBI to probe rape, murder of three Bhandara sisters

MUMBAI: The triple murder case of minor sisters at Mur- madi village in Bhandara dis- trict would be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investi- gation (CBI) on the request of their mother, Maharashtra Home Minister R R Patil told the state Assembly on Monday. Earlier on March 19, the home minister had informed the Legislative Council that if the victims’ mother expresses

her desire to transfer the case

to CBI in writing then the gov-

ernment would do so. He also stated that preparations were already afoot for handing over the case.

To a query on the conflicting

postmortem and forensic re- ports in the case which had stirred controversy in the state in February, Patil said that while a group of autopsy sur- geons at Bhandara had con- cluded that the minor girls were raped and sodomised be- fore being killed or thrown into a well, another forensic experts have taken a contrary view stat- ing that girls were not sexually abused.

Eleven teams “However, we are awaiting a third report from Delhi,” Patil said, adding that the state po- lice has put 11 teams to ferret out clues and have already in-

terviewed over 500 people in- cluding the girls’ mother and grandmother. The case had stunned the state when reports from the in- teriors of Bhandara district, trickled in stating that three girls aged 6, 9 and 11 from Mur- madi village in Lakhani taluka who went missing on February 14 were found dead two days later inside a well. The postmortem carried out in Lakhani Civil Hospital con- cluded that the children were raped, sodomised and mur- dered. The news created a furore and the issue was also raised in Parliament.

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IIM directors’ meet over new Bill inconclusive

NEW DELHI, DHNS: The meet-

ing of the directors of the Indi- an Institute of Management (IIM) on a controversial Bill, which seeks to give them statu- tory status enabling them to is- sue degrees instead of diplo- mas, here remained inconclusive on Monday. The HRD Ministry placed before the directors of the pre- mier B-schools a redrafted Bill, proposing to set up a coordi- nation forum of IIMs, instead of an overarching body on the lines of the Council of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT). After a 5-hour long delibera- tion, the heads of premier man- agement schools siad they will come back with their views.

Charges against Bihar Cong chief may hit party

Abhay Kumar

PATNA: Stung by criticism that Amit Shah, an accused in two fake encounters in Gujarat, has been made BJP national gen- eral secretary, the BJP launched a counter-offensive against the Congress and asked the grand old party to explain how a person like Ashok Choudhary, accused of mur- dering former MP Rajo Singh, has been made the president of the Bihar Pradesh Congress Committee (BPCC). “It’s beyond anyone’s com- prehension that the 43-year-

old former legislator from Bar-

bigha, who was evading arrest until recently for veteran Con- gress MP Rajo Singh’s murder, could be made chief of the Bi- har Congress,”said senior BJP leader and a minister in Nitish regime, Giriraj Singh. The BJP’s charge has come

a day after the Congress re- placed Choudhary Mehboob Ali Kaisar with Ashok, who is son of Mahavir Choudhary, a nine-term legislator. Perceived to be a Rahul Gandhi loyalist, Ashok was quick to deny the saffron par- ty’s charges. “It’s an old case. The police have not even filed a charge

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BJP LEADER: The ap- pointment of Ashok Choudhary shows the bankruptcy of Con- gress leaders in Bihar. Rahul will have a lot to

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sheet in the eight-year-old case,” said Ashok, who was Minister of State for Jails in the Rabri Devi regime. But it’s not only the BJP that has questioned Ashok’s eleva- tion. The Janata Dal-United

also took umbrage over the ap- pointment of such a leader, whose wife Nita Choudhary is allegedly facing a CBI probe in connection with a bank loan scam. “The appointment of Ashok shows the bankruptcy of Con- gress leaders in Bihar. Rahul and his team will have to do a lot of explaining for appointing a murder accused,”a senior rul- ing party leader told Deccan Herald here on Monday. Struggling to get a foothold in this part of the cow belt, which it ruled till 1990, the Congress, however, feels that a young leader like Ashok, who

represents Mahadalits—a com- munity assiduously wooed by Nitish—would bring with him the much-needed dynamism and youthful energy to revive the party fortunes. “Once you get the post, your rivals will level several charges against you. But I am not going to be cowed down,” said the newly appointed BPCC chief. Among the first to wish Ashok good luck was Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad who in 2000 had picked him (from the Congress quota) to be made a minister in the Rabri government.

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No roosting here

MLA climbs mobile tower, demands its relocation

JAIPUR: In a unique form of demonstration, a member of the Rajasthan Assembly on Monday climbed a mobile tower to get the attention of the district administration for the removal of three towers from the heavily populated section of the Badi Sadri in Christogram district. Sitting Congress MLA of the Bari Sardri Assembly con- stituency, Prakash Chaudhary crawled up the cell tower on Monday morning and stayed for five hours atop until the district administration as- sured him of immediate ac-

tion, Circle Officer Jagdish Narayan said. Police said Choudhary, along with his security guards and 11 other villagers, climbed the tower at 8 am and re- mained on the top until 2 pm. Choudhary said radiation from the towers, located in the densely populated areas, has affected the health of local people and demanded its relo- cation to more isolated parts. He had to resort to the ex- treme step of climbing the towers since complaints by the local people to the district ad- ministration had no response,

he said. Sources, however, pointed out that the MLA is not that altruistic. The towers have been located in the piece of land belonging to Prakash’s uncle BL Chaudhary, which was the real reason for the strident demands of their re- moval. “Officers from the district administration and police rushed to the spot and con- vinced the MLA to get down. The district administration has then sealed the towers by afternoon,” the police officer said.

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Kerala minister seeks divorce, wife hits back

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM,

PTI: Troubles mounted for be- leaguered Forest Minister K B Ganesh Kumar with his wife al- leging on Monday that she had been a victim of “domestic vio- lence” hours after he filed a di- vorce petition. As questions were raised on his continuance in the Cabinet, 46-year-old Kumar, an actor- turned politician, put on a brave face and scotched spec- ulation he will quit in the wake of fresh embarrassment for the ruling UDF in which his party KC(B) is a minor partner. The UDF government is surviving on a wafer- thin majority of just three members. Kumar had alleged in the pe- tition he was even beaten up

by his wife in front of his per- sonal staff. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was also caught in the controversy with Yamini, who broke down while airing her grievances at a press conference, claiming she did not receive justice from him since he had promised to settle the domestic dispute. Adding to his woes, Kumar’s father and Kerala Congress(KC-B) supremo R Balakrishna Pillai renewed the party’s demand to the chief minister that he be removed from the Cabinet for not obey- ing the diktat of the party. The UDF leadership had re- cently brokered a truce among the minister, his estranged fa- ther and Yamini.

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