Act against officers disobeying law: SC to Haryana

Act against officers disobeying law: SC to Haryana

New Delhi, Oct 8 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday said Haryana government officials, who have failed in carrying out their duty of curbing the illegal mining in the Aravali ranges, should be punished.

The apex court’s green bench consisting justices Jagdish Singh Khehar, J. Chelameswar and A.K. Sikri said this as it asked Haryana’s additional advocate general Narendra Hooda to provide the names of the officers posted to keep an eye on mining activities and act against illegal mining in Aravali ranges.

The court direction to the state government came during the hearing of an PIL by NGO Bandhua Mukti Morcha drawing its attention to the unabated illegal mining in the Aravali ranges and official entrusted to curb it turning a blind eye.

Deprecating the inaction by the state government in making its officers, who are paid by the state, to account for dereliction of duties, Justice Khehar said: “Why should we be doing their work?”

As Hooda gave one alibi after another to justify the inaction by the state government, the court said: “It would not lead us anywhere. It is like going in the circles. (Situation on ground will not change) Unless we prosecute some officers and monitor it (action against them).”

Saying that it had to change its tactics, the court said: “We have to change our tactics. Those who are responsible to do it (curb illegal mining) are not doing their job. We must prosecute them. Send them to jail.”

Making clear the course it was going to travel now, the court asked Hooda to make available the list of the officers posted in Aravali area with their duties and responsibilities, number of FIRs filed against illegal mining and chargesheets filed by police.

In the course of the hearing when Hooda sought to offer some defence of authorities not taking cognizance of the illegal mining, Justice Singh said, “Then we will have to let them do whatever they want. Let them destroy Haryana and Rajasthan.”

Justice Chelameswar wanted to know what prevented the state government from invoking Section 217 of the Indian Penal Code that provide for proceeding against the officer disobeying direction of law.

As court confronted Hooda with the report of the empowered CEC on environmental matter saying that illegal mining was going on even in February 2014, Hooda said during that period illegal mining was taking place in Aravali ranges as most of police force and other security forces were deployed for the Lok Sabha polls.

Asking Haryana to provide the details of the officers and their duties, the court adjourned the matter for six weeks. The court will take up the matter again Dec 9, 2014.



Bihar suspends four officials in drug purchase scam

Bihar suspends four officials in drug purchase scam

Patna, Oct 12 (IANS) The Bihar government has suspended four health officials and terminated service of one for their alleged involvement in a drug purchase scam running into crores of rupees, a top official said here Sunday.

It also recommended action against four other officials.

“The state government acted against top health officials following an order of Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi after a probe report into irregularities in the purchase of medicines worth crores of rupees was submitted Saturday,” principal secretary of health department Deepak Kumar said.

The probe report said the Bihar Medical Services Infrastructure Corporation Limited (BMSICL) purchased drugs worth Rs.14.48 crore at a rate higher than what was fixed by the state health society.

Besides, the report said the BMSICL purchased drugs worth Rs.19.60 crore from Medipol and Laborate, which are blacklisted in other states.

Deepak Kumar said suspended officials were director in chief (health services) Surendra Prasad, BMSICL managing director Praveen Kisore, state drug controller Hemant Kumar Sinha and former deputy superintendent of the Patna Medical College and Hospital Bimal Karak.

The state government also dismissed BMSICL general manager Tripurari Kumar from the service for his role in the scam.

Besides, the government recommended suspension of then joint secretary (health) Sanjay Kumar, who is on central deputation, and deputy director (industries) Om Prakah Pathak to the central government and initiated departmental proceedings against then assistant director in the state health society D.K. Raman.

It served show cause notice to Ram Charit Mandal, superintendent of Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and Hospital in Bhagalpyr.



Following frauds, I-T department starts secure email system

Following frauds, I-T department starts secure email system

New Delhi, Oct 12 (IANS) Following some instances of breach in its email system, the Income Tax department has launched secure email system for staff asking then to get new email IDs prepared after validation of log-in procedure.

The department has discontinued its earlier email system, and an official told IANS that “the new email system is for secure communication within the department and will ensure that no confidential information or data is stolen”.

“There have some instances of breach in the system earlier which led to fraudulent transfer of funds,” he said.

As per the new system, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) will create an email ID and a password on the basis of details of the employee code, designation, personal email ID, mobile number, the commissionerate that he or she is working in and bona fide signature provided by the employee. The new IDs will be registered under the ‘incometax.gov.in’ or ‘incometaxindia.gov.in’ domains.

The I-T department communications involve sensitive information about taxpayers like refunds and returns data, while it has been, of late, concerned about misuse of cyber tools and attempts of phishing, that is the process of trying to acquire sensitive information like user name, password and credit card details by masquerading as a trustworthy source in an email.

“Do not open any attachments. Attachments may contain malicious code that will infect your computer. Do not click on any links. If you clicked on links in a suspicious e-mail or phishing website then do not enter confidential information like bank account, credit card details,” the CBDT said in a recent public advisory.

The income tax department is poised to launch the updated version of its website that will be a single-window for all online services offered by the department.

The website will be more user-friendly and robust, so that it can handle many hits at a time, the official said.



RTI activist fears threat to life in Bihar

RTI activist fears threat to life in Bihar

Patna, Oct 13 (IANS) An RTI activist from Bihar says he faces threats to life after exposing people who are claiming pension meant for freedom fighters though they took no part in the independence struggle.

Manohar Mishra, who is in his early 30s, said the racketers had threatened to kill him and his family members and that his terrorized aged parents were spending sleepless nights.

Mishra, who spoke to IANS on telephone from Kolkata, has urged Home Minister Rajnath Singh to provide him and his family protection.

“After I exposed the fake freedom fighters, the freedom fighter mafia is after me,” Mishra said.

“I am afraid they can harm me physically or can trap me in some fake cases,” he said.

In a letter to Rajnath Singh, he has demanded a high-level probe over the non-availability of records in respect of the Swatantra Senani Samman Pension scheme.

Mishra said he had requested the departments concerned through RTI to provide a complete list of freedom fighters drawing pension in Bihar.

He said he was informed that there were no such records with the Bihar government.

“It is a matter of deep concern that the government is spending crores of rupees annually without any accountability.

“I can tell you confidently that nearly 90 percent of claims of freedom fighters in Bihar are forged.

“These people are getting pension after submitting fake documents. Interestingly, 80 percent of them were not even born during our country’s freedom movement.”

According to Mishra, some people running the racket in Bihar were forging documents to “create” spurious freedom fighters.

He said he was “in deep trouble” because the mafia had threatened him and his family.

“I am getting calls from unknown numbers. They are threatening me with dire consequences.

“They are also threatening to seize all my assets and land in my native village (in Bihar). Due to this, my parents have been living in trauma for the last two weeks,” he said.

As per 2012-13 figures, Bihar has over 23,000 freedom fighters, the highest in the country, an RTI query by Mishra revealed.

Interestingly, there has been no change in these numbers in the last five years.

The home ministry has informed Mishra that it does not have records for many freedom fighters.

Mishra is seeking detailed information on each freedom fighter’s role in the independence movement including documents to show they took part in the freedom struggle.



Jethmalani attacks Jaitley on black money

Jethmalani attacks Jaitley on black money

New Delhi, Oct 24 (IANS) Senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani has written a fiery letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley hitting out at him for handling the black money issue in an inappropriate manner.

Jethmalani’s letter is full of criticism. He said that the steps taken to deal with the black money issue were not right and accused Jaitley of not wanting the truth to come out.

The letter written Thursday said: “I strongly suspect that your conduct shows that you too like many others do not want the truth to come out. Your public statements … on one day and next day are products of a troubled conscience and mental confusion; a deadly combination.”

He said: “You are out to help the biggest criminals to escape.”

In the letter, the senior lawyer urged Jaitley not to send the name of account holders to the Swiss authorities.

He said: “Send them to the SIT (Special Investigation Team) so that they can tell them what to do.”

Referring to the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s stand in the court last week that it cannot make public the names of black money account holders in foreign banks due to the confidentiality clause under the Double Taxation Avoidance Treaty (DTAT) with some countries, he said the DTAT or any equivalent document is not to be used and cannot be used.

With his humour intact, Jethmalani ends the letter signing of as “Expelled BJP member”.



Special police teams in Hyderabad for women’s safety

Special police teams in Hyderabad for women’s safety

Hyderabad, Oct 24 (IANS) Hyderabad Police Friday set up 100 special teams to check harassment of women in public places.

To be called ‘She’ teams, their members will keep a tight vigil at places where sexual harassment is common.

Each team comprises five police personnel and they have been provided small cameras to record the movements of suspects.

Police Commissioner Mahender Reddy told reporters that the teams will mingle with the general public, including women to keep an eye on the suspects.

He said the measure was aimed at dealing with all cases of harassment of women including physical and mental abuse.

The teams, which will work under the direct supervision of additional commissioner Swati Lakra, will act swiftly on the complaints of harassment of women in public places.

Dial 100 will be the helpline to lodge all complaints by the victims, whose identity will be kept confidential.

‘She’ teams will bring culprits to central crime station and counsel them in the presence of their family members.

They will also be dealt with in accordance with the law.

The counselling is aimed at ensuring that they don’t repeat such acts in future.

“Stringent action will be initiated under Nirbhaya Act, if they come to adverse notice again,” said the police chief.

The teams have been constituted as part of the measures being taken by Telangana government for women’s safety and security.

The city police has also proposed to the government a legislation to curb harassment of women on the lines of Andhra Pradesh Anti Ragging Act and Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Eve Teasing Act.



Five arrested for attacking two Delhi policemen

Five arrested for attacking two Delhi policemen

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Five people, including a juvenile, have been apprehended for attacking two Delhi Police constables here in the capital, police said Monday.

Mandeep, 29, and Satender, 39, both working with the Uttam Nagar police station in west Delhi, were on patrol duty when they were attacked around 7.30 p.m. Sunday for objecting to the accused consuming alcohol in a park.

A police official said: “The constables were attacked with sticks and stones. They were rushed to Deen Dayal Upadhyay (DDU) hospital where their condition is stated to be out of danger.”

He said: “Five people, including a 17-year-old juvenile, have been apprehended. At the time of the incident, the accused were drunk.”

The others — Jagat, Suresh, Chandar and Naresh — were arrested late Sunday night from their different hideouts.

Oct 13, a 42-year-old Delhi Police constable was killed while his 35-year-old colleague sustained serious injuries when they were fired upon while they were on patrol in west Delhi’s Vijay Vihar area.

Two policemen had a providential escape Oct 11 after some men opened fire at them in Connaught Place while two people had shot dead a 26-year-old constable Sep 27 in east Delhi’s Jafrabad area.



Rajkot woman cop, constable sent to jail

Rajkot woman cop, constable sent to jail

RAJKOT: The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of Rajkot division caught in-charge inspector of women’s police station and a constable for taking a bribe of Rs 2 lakh last week and after the investigation but were sent to jail.

ACB had arrested police sub-inspector G H Makwana alias G H Pathan, who was also the in-charge police inspector of women’s police station and constable H S Vora for demanding money for not registering a case of rape against Raghubha Parmar, a resident of Pansina village of Surendranagar district.

Parmar, 33, the deputy sarpanch of Pansina village, had registered a case with ACB against Makwana. According to Parmar’s complaint, Makwana demanded Rs 20 lakh from him saying that they had received a complaint of rape against him from a girl. She allegedly asked him to settle the case by paying the money.

After negotiation, Makwana agreed to take Rs 6.50 lakh and Parmar was called to hand over Rs 2 lakh in city on Saturday. Makwana told Raghubha to go to a complex where she sent H S Vora, a constable to receive the bribe. ACB sleuths, who had set a trap, nabbed Vora while accepting a bag containing Rs 2 lakh red-handed.



Man held for physically abusing teen

Man held for physically abusing teen

Navi Mumbai: A 40-year-old man, Sanjay Mhatre, was arrested by the Khandeshwar police on Thursday for allegedly physically abusing a 17-year-old girl from Khanda Colony.

Senior police inspector, J R Thorat said, “Mhatre, a resident of Kamothe, sells fish in Khanda Colony where the girl’s parents sell vegetables. They knew each other and Mhatre visited them quite often. He and the girl were allegedly in a relationship for the past five years.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Mhatre took the girl in his car towards Pune. The girl’s parents were tipped off about it, they started looking for them and traced them outside a lodge in Khopoli. They then lodged a complaint against Mhatre alleging that he had abducted their daughter and physically abused her, added the cop.



Cops nab 3 accused of minor’s gang-rape

Cops nab 3 accused of minor’s gang-rape

MOHALI: Three men, who had allegedly gang-raped a 16-year-old girl on October 17 at her residence in Mohali, were nabbed by the police on Thursday. The three accused – identified as Gurvinder alias ‘Ginda’, Ravinder alias ‘Rabbu’, and Surinder Singh – all residents of Jhampur village, were produced before the Kharar local court the same day.

The incident took place when the three accused came to the girl’s house in the afternoon and started taking off their clothes in the minor’s presence. Apprehending trouble, the girl tried to run away, but all the three accused pulled her on the ground and raped her. They fled from the spot after raping the girl. The girl studies in a government school, and she had taken off from school as she was not feeling well.

According to the police, the girl’s father works as a gardener in a farmhouse, and her mother is a housewife. At the time of the incident, the father was away at work, her mother went to the market to buy household things, and her brother was out of town. All the accused had pre-planned the crime, as they knew the schedule of the house. They were under the influence of drugs, and threatened the victim not to disclose the incident to anyone.

During evening, when the girl’s parents came back from work, she narrated her ordeal, and late evening on the statement of the minor girl, a case was registered against the three accused for gang-rape. Mohali police had booked all the accused under sections 376D (intercourse by any member of the management or staff of a hospital with any woman in that hospital etc), 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 506 (criminal intimidation), and 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) of the IPC, and under other sections of POCSO (Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences) Act.



9-yr-old raped for ‘exorcism’

9-yr-old raped for ‘exorcism’

LUDHIANA: A nine-year-old girl was allegedly raped by a self-proclaimed godman who took her to his house at Hargovind Nagar in Gyaspura area allegedly to exorcise her of evil spirits on the intervening night of Tuesday and Wednesday. The accused has been identified as Zakir Ansari Gyaspura.

In his police complaint, the victim’s father, a resident of Makkar Colony, said his daughter remained frequently ill and he consulted the accused, whom he knew for the past eight years. On Tuesday evening at around 7pm, the accused took his daughter saying he would rid her of evil spirits and treat her.

The complainant said the accused returned his daughter on Wednesday and he came to know that he had raped his daughter. He said they went to the house of the accused and he threatened them. Focal Point Police have registered a case under section 376 of the IPC (Rape), Section 4, 8 of Protection of Children from Sexual Abuse Act, 2012 and is hunting for the accused.



In-laws hammer nails into woman’s body in Madhya Pradesh

In-laws hammer nails into woman’s body in Madhya Pradesh

BHOPAL: Nails and pins were hammered into the body of woman in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh allegedly by her in-laws after she died under mysterious circumstances on Wednesday night.

Police said that it was an attempt by her illiterate in-laws to make sure the woman Arti Gurjar, 22, even though she was dead did not rise from the dead and unnerve the locals who were no doubt convinced she was a witch with evil powers.

The incident took place at district’s Chandupura village. In-laws left her body and escaped after her parents reached the village.

Matter was informed to police. Autopsy found nails and pins embedded in her legs. Police are waiting for a detailed post-mortem report to initiate further action.



14000 mentally ill, 10,000 physically challenged people ‘registered’ by UP cops to save them from organ traffickers

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MORADABAD: In an unprecedented move, the UP police have in Moradabad “registered” 14,000 mentally-ill and 10,000 physically challenged people in the district “to protect them from organ traffickers.” The drive is the brain-child of CO (Kant police station) Rahul Kumar, who was inspired to take up the cause by his daughter. Speaking about the unique initiative, Kumar told TOI: “When I was posted in Noida, my neighbour had a mentally-ill child, who was bullied by kids in the neighbourhood but my daughter was the only one to play with him. This inspired me to take up the challenge and ensure that such people are protected and not exploited.” Kumar’s precedent has drawn appreciation from several quarters with Uttar Pradesh DGP AL Banerjee issuing a circular to all superintendents of police asking them to take steps to register all mentally and physically challenged people under their jurisdiction. Moradabad SSP Love Kumar confirmed that such a circular had been issued by the state DGP. Every Tuesday, policemen at Kant and Chajhlet police stations, which are under Kumar, become a meeting ground for the areas’ physically and mentally challenged people. There these people are given free food and clothes by the policemen before being sent for a medical checkup. This exercise, Kumar says, helps the police keep a tab on this large group and it further deters organ traffickers. Constable Ravi Kumar, who brought 40 mentally-ill children to Kant police station last week, said: “That was the sixthTuesday I had done so, and seeing the smile on their faces is what I do it for. They feel like they are going for a picnic. During the bus ride, I amuse the kids with jokes and when they laugh it gives me great pride.” The circle officer has also issued welfare cards to all those registered under the drive. Psychiatrist Dr SN Tiwari, who takes part in the police initiative on Tuesdays, said, “We are diagnosing the mentally-ill patient and cards have also been issued to provide free medicines to the patients sent by CO Rahul Kumar. We have also sent some of the patients to Bareilly and Agra for tests.” In 2008, Moradabad police had busted an organ smuggling racket after a raid at a Gurgaon-based hospital. The doctors were convicted of removing organs of mentally challenged people. They are serving a 7-year jail term. Mentally-ill boys and girls are often trafficked along the Indo-Nepal border. Varanasi-based psychiatrist Dr Tulsi, who has worked with NGO Deva International Society for Child Care (DISC) for the last 30 years, added, “Mentally-ill girls from poor eastern UP, Bihar and West Bengal are easy targets.” The doctor added that drug peddlers also use mentally challenged boys to smuggle narcotics as police do not suspects them and if they are caught they are unable to disclose the source.



Couple who are prime suspects in Rashmi attack case arrested

Couple who are prime suspects in Rashmi attack case arrested

MYSORE : Eight days after the attack on IAS officer Rashmi V Mahesh, police have arrested a couple — the prime suspects — on Friday. The couple went underground after police booked unknown miscreants for allegedly trying to kill the officer. Kamalamma and her husband Shivaraj, both natives of Kunigal in Tumkur district, were picked up from Shimoga. They were hiding at a relative’s home.

Kamalamma is the younger sister of Manjula, the wife of Venkatesh who was found dead inside a sump of Administrative Training Institute (ATI) the previous week. Police commissioner M A Saleem said the couple was absconding ever since the attack on ATI director-general Rashmi. “We traced them on Friday. An investigation is under way to arrest another woman who has been identified in the footage. Others who conspired to the attack on the officer will also be arrested,” he said. With Friday’s development, the number of those arrested in the case has gone up to 30. One of those arrested is an employee of ATI, while some others are relatives of Venkatesh. Former contract employees and outsiders form the rest.

Kamalamma and Shivaraj have been charged with attacking Rashmi when she came to pay respects to Venkatesh on the ATI campus on October 15. Police have deployed personnel to guard the ATI record room following a petition by Rashmi. A team of CID sleuths, led by an officer of deputy superintendent rank, is in Mysore to assist in the inquiry. The team will conduct a parallel inquiry into the case and also probe the alleged lapses of Mysore police in connection with the attack, sources said. This follows Rashmi’s allegation that police failed to deploy personnel on the ATI campus after Venkatesh’s death.

However, Mysore police said the CID team is here to assist them. To a query, Saleem said: “We haven’t handed the ATI case over to CID. The sleuths are here to assist us.” The team is expected to be in Mysore till Sunday. Support on the web: A youth has opened a page on a social networking site to support Rashmi. The page, opened two days after the attack, has 63 followers. The case is also being discussed on Twitter.



Girl dies while trying to stop fight between brothers

Girl dies while trying to stop fight between brothers

Girl dies while trying to stop fight between brothers
A girl died after she was hit by a brick while trying to stop a fight between her brother and cousin at Shakal village in the district, police said on Friday. 
BATALA: A girl died after she was hit by a brick while trying to stop a fight between her brother and cousin at Shakal village in the district, police said on Friday.

Neenu (22), daughter of Jaswant Singh, was killed when she was hit by a brick allegedly thrown by her brother Surjit Singh towards their cousin Kuldip Singh following a minor scuffle last night, police said.

There was a quarrel between Surjit and Kuldip as Kuldip had allegedly abused Surjit’s father Jaswant Singh a few days ago, they said.

During the quarrel Surjit allegedly threw a brick, which hit Neenu who was trying to intervene to resolve the matter.

She died on her way to hospital in Amritsar.

A case of murder has been registered against Surjit Singh, who is absconding, police said.


Man sets wife on fire after argument

Man sets wife on fire after argument

GURGAON: Police have booked a man for allegedly setting his wife on fire after an argument. The victim has sustained 40% burn injuries.

The incident took place in Bapas village near Pataudi on Wednesday evening, when Baljeet, a farmer, got into a heated argument with his wife Pavitra, 32. Baljeet was allegedly inebriated. Police said Baljeet poured kerosene on his wife’s body and set her on fire. The neighbours rushed to help after hearing her screams and took her to a nearby hospital.

Pavitra sustained 40% burn injuries and was later referred to a private hospital in the city. She is reportedly out of danger.

The accused in on the run and police teams have been formed to nab him. An FIR has been registered against him based on the complaint lodged by the victim’s father Ramsarup.



CBI finds Rs 10 lakh in drainpipes of railway officer’s house

CBI finds Rs 10 lakh in drainpipes of railway officer’s house

CBI finds Rs 10 lakh in drainpipes of railway officer's house
NEW DELHI: Two days after CBI arrested senior railway board official Ravi Mohan Sharma for allegedly taking bribe for illegally adding coaches in special trains to benefit a private tour operator, agency sleuths seized a large amount of cash, several laptops and expensive mobile phones from his house.

Agency sources said Sharma had hidden a large amount of cash in the drain pipes of his house, which had to be broken to recover them. The sleuths have seized Rs 10 lakh in cash from the drain pipes. Half a dozen laptops, I-phones and several other smart phones were recovered from his house, sources said. Sharma has been sent to four days in CBI custody. The searches are still on.

He was arrested for allegedly receiving Rs 5 lakh as bribe on Wednesday through hawala channels for facilitating special trains and additional coaches for tourists.

Sharma, an Indian Railway Traffic Service officer of 1997 batch, allegedly took bribe in other contracts, sources said.

Posted as director, traffic and commercial (coaching) in railways, Sharma had allegedly taken money from tour operators Rajesh Champaklal Jodhani and Kulin Kumarpal Shah, owners of Kulin Kumar Holidays Pvt Ltd. He is accused of favouring the operators in processing applications for adding special coaches for their tourist clients in a special train from Surat to Haridwar.


Govt doctor, health officer booked for fleecing patients

Govt doctor, health officer booked for fleecing patients

UDUPI : The Upa Lokuayukta has registered cases against Sudhir Chandra Suda, Medical Officer of Barkur Primary Health Centre on the charges of collecting money from patients who used to visit the hospital for anti-rabies vaccination. Even Nagaratna Shastri, Udupi Taluk Health Officer has been booked for colluding with the latter.
The case has been registered after investigation into a complaint lodged by Shanker Shanthi of Barkur. The complainant who was bit by a dog on July 19, 2014 had visited the Barkur Primary Health Centre for treatment and had even produced his BPL card’s xerox copy. The doctor who examined the patient, told him that he will need three anti-rabies injections and that he will have to pay for three injections at the rate of Rs 350 each as the government was not supplying anti-rabies injections and the same was being purchased from private firms.
The complainant said though he paid Rs 350 for one injection, the receipt issued by the doctor mentioned only Rs 100. When the patient objected, the doctor asked him to visit any other private hospital for treatment.
He said though he complained in this regard with Udupi District Health Department, it was of no avail following which a complaint was lodged with the Upa Lokayukta.
The Lokayukta had later directed the District Health Department to investigate. However, the Taluk Health Officer Nagaratna Shastri who was the investigation officer, had reportedly colluded with the accused medical officer and had submitted a false report.
Following this, the complainant had once again lodged a complaint along with evidences. Now both the officers are likely to face action.



Kavoor SI suspension case: Bava, Ivan pressurise CM to transfer Police Commissioner

Kavoor SI suspension case: Bava, Ivan pressurise CM to transfer Police Commissioner

MANGALORE: Mangalore North MLA BA Moidin Bava and MLC Ivan D’Souza have mounted pressure on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to immediately transfer Mangalore City Police Commissioner R Hithendra who has suspended the Kavoor SI Umesh Kumar just because a few people protested alleging that the SI had assaulted the rowdy sheeter belonging to the saffron brigade.
Both Ivan and Bava who met the CM at his residence in Bangalore on October 22, Wednesday have reportedly told the CM that “The Commissioner had succumbed to pressure from the BJP and has suspended a sincere SI Umesh Kumar.” They have also reportedly urged the CM to immediately send the Commissioner on leave or transfer him and reinstate Umesh Kumar as Kavoor SI.
The two also brought to the notice of the CM that at a recent meeting, the Districtin-charge Minister had suggested invoking of Goonda Act against those who picket police stations.
They further said that “the party men may abandon the party if such acts continue. The Commissioner who had not initiated any action against any officer even inconnection with cases of moral policing and assault on cattle traffickers, hadsuspended the SI just because he had given a promise to the BJP.”
It has been gathered that the CM has assured action against the Commissioner. Meanwhile,a complaint has also been lodged with Home Minister against the Commissioner alleging that he was dancing to the tunes of Sangh Parivar.



Madrassa student set afire; communal tension builds up in West Bengal village

Madrassa student set afire; communal tension builds up in West Bengal village

Kolkata, Oct 25: Close on the heels of negative propaganda by media post-Burdwan blasts, a mysterious incident of attempted burning of a Madrassa student in a village near here, allegedly by a suspected radical group, has given rise to communal tension.

Amiruddin Khan (16), a student was set afire by unidentified persons after tying him to a window of the Madrasa Hafiz-e-Quran at Bhagwanpur Madrassa Darul Uloom late at around 9.15 pm on October 21. Khan, who had stepped out of the Madrassa building for Wazu, suffered 70% burns and is fighting for life at a nursing home here.

There are about 175 students and 17 teachers at this Madrassa. Most of the students come from poor families.

Head Mudarris of Bhagwanpur Madrassa Mufti Yahia Khan told TCN “On Tuesday night around 9.15pm, Amiruddin, a student of Hifz department, went to the pond just behind the Madrassa premises for Wazu. Barely few minutes later, we heard shouts of ‘save save’ from outside. When students and teachers went outside, they saw Amiruddin tied up to the Madrassa window. He was set afire.”

Khan was quickly released and his clothes removed to stop fire. Without delay, he was taken to the nearest Bhagwanpur Primary Health Centre. Police too was called in. Officer In-charge of Bhagwanpur police station Shambhu Das reached the hospital with his team and later also went to the Madrassa for investigation.

Being in a critical situation, Khan was shifted to Tamluk District Hospital and later transferred to Kolkata for better treatment.

Mufti Yahia Khan said, “When he could speak, Amiruddin told us about the incident. When he had stepped out for Wazu, then four unknown person picked him up and tied him to the iron grill of the Madrassa window. One of them poured kerosene on his body and set him fire. Moments later, they fled on motorbikes.”

The incident has raised communal tension in Bhagwanpur area, which falls under the Bhagwanpur police station of Purba Medinipur district. Police have started the investigation but no one has been arrested till October 23. “A case has been filed at Bhagwanpur police station, we will take necessary action,” police superintendent of Purba Medinipur district Sukesh Jain said.

Meanwhile, the Jamiat-e-Ulama-e-Hind observed a ‘Dua day’ on Friday. State secretary of Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS) Samir Putatunda has demanded a CBI investigation into the incident.

Member of the Bhagwanpur Panchayat Samity Abhijit Das, local social activist Safiullah Mallick visited the madrassa next morning and appealed locals to maintaining peace and communal harmony.

District Jamiat e Ulama e Hind leader Maulana Abdus Samad, informed the secretary Maulana Siddiqullah Chowdhury about the incident, who in turn, met Amiruddin on Wednesday evening at the nursing home here and assured him all help.

After his visit, Chowdhury told TCN, “The incident is very painful. After the partition of the country, there was never such incident in any of the madrassa premises. The fanatic groups are creating communal riots around the Madrassas in West Bengal. They want to destroy the Madrassa system and create communal tension.”

He also vowed that if within a day police did not arrest the culprits, then Jamit e Ulama e Hind will stage a massive demonstration in the Purba Medinipur district.

Putatundu too condemned the incident and said, “A radical group wants to malign the madarassa. They are trying to destroy the communal harmony. This kind of attitude should be stopped. When the NIA is investigating in the state about the madrasa to find out the terrorist activities, then they should take up the Amiruddin case too.”

Beside the NIA investigation, Putatunda also demanded a CBI enquiry into the incident.

Amiruddin Khan hails from Shabra village of Paschim Medinipur district under the Belda police station. His brother Sader Khan said, Amiruddin was admitted in this madrasa on 20 August.

“He had re-joined after the Eid ul Adha vacation on Tuesday. Due to poverty, Amiruddin was admitted here for free lodging, food and study offered by the Madrassa,” Sader Khan said, adding, “We demand immediate arrest of culprits and exemplary punishment for them.”

Photo of Hafiz student of Bhagwanpur Madrasa Darul Uloom Amiruddin Khan burn alive.

Bhagwanpur MLA Ardhendu Maity too visited the Madrasa on Wednesday and talked with the management and assured Yahia Khan, “Those associated with this notorious incident will be punished. The Madrasa has no boundary wall, we will try to donate (money) from his MLA lad fund to the madrasa to build a fencing around it.”

Neighboring Chandipur MLA Amiya Bhattacharye also visited the madrassa on Thursday and met the teachers there.

Both MLAs appealed the Madrassa management and local people to maintain communal harmony.



Dire state of wires in Belman – A disaster waiting to happen?

Dire state of wires in Belman – A disaster waiting to happen?

Karkala, Oct 24: You would have probably heard the expression ‘all hell broke loose’ which means happening of an incident thats terrible or chaotic. In Belman, God forbid, if it were to happen, it would be ‘all wires broke loose’, but the effect would be similar.

Believe it or not, electricity wires above Belman town seem to be on the verge of falling. High tension and low tension, both types of wires are seen here.

A close look at the wires reveals that these wires are joined. That they are joined at five points within a distance of 5 meters is clearly visible. Even the small, thin wires used to keep the electricity carrying big wires together, are about to loosen and fall off any time.

Wires carrying electricity should not be joined like this at least in thickly populated areas. Normally, iron mesh is used underneath the wires in other places by Mescom, but surprisingly it is not implemented in Belman.

When the first monsoon rains arrived this year, these wires had fallen off. But timely information to Mescom by the bus agents and local traders saved the town from disaster. But what the Mescom personnel did was only to join the wires and go back.

“I have brought this to the attention of Mescom and I have also raised this issue in taluk panchayat meetings. But now I have learnt from Mescom that Karkala-Padubidri road repair will start in Belman very soon and the Mescom has decided to change the wires and poles during this time.” says Xavier D’Mello, the taluk panchayat member.

In the meantime, one hopes that the wires will continue to hang on.



Bangalore school secretary arrested in child rape case

Bangalore school secretary arrested in child rape case

Bangalore, Oct 25 (IANS): Karnataka Police Friday arrested the secretary of a society that runs a private school here, where a three-year-old student was allegedly raped, and registered criminal cases against its three office-bearers.

“We have registered a criminal case against K.R.K. Reddy, secretary of Sri Gowtham Academy of General & Technical Education Society, which runs Orchids The International School, in which the horrifying incident occurred, and arrested him for interrogation,” Home Minister K.J. George told reporters here.

Besides Reddy, the society’s three office bearers – president K. Durga, vice-president Y. Shilpa and joint secretary U. Surendra Babu – were booked under sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act 2009 on a complaint filed by state education department deputy director H.B. Manjunath in the jurisdictional police station Thursday.

“The accused have been running the school (Orchids) by flouting rules, violating laws and cheating the public, parents and about 900 students without any recognition from the state or central governments,” George said.

On inspection, officials found that the society secured permission March 3, 2013 from the state government to run a primary school from class 1-5 in Kannada medium.

“In reality, the school has been running classes from pre-nursery to seventh class in English medium, claiming affiliation to the Central Board of Secondary Examination (CBSE), which is a gross violation and abuse of law,” George said.

The society is alleged to have also collected huge sums of money from parents in the guise of donations and building fund by claiming that it was a recognised school.

Meanwhile, a special team set up to probe the incident, Friday questioned seven drivers of buses operated by the society to ferry students from their homes to the school.

“The investigation into the case is in progress. We have interrogated the school management, all male employees in the school, including PT (physical training) teachers, sports coaches and security persons,” additional police commissioner (law and order) Alok Kumar told reporters.

Though the probe team, headed by assistant commissioner of police Sarah Fatima, detained the school’s attender for questioning, Kumar said no arrest has been made as yet as the investigation is on.

“We have not arrested anyone so far in the main case but have been interrogating the 45-year-old attender on the basis of evidence collected such as his movements in the CCTV footage and what the victim told her parents, our women counsellers, who are part of the probe team,” Alok Kumar added.

In a related development, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said stringent action would be taken against the school management and the guilty would be punished under the relevant law, including the Goonda Act, which was recently amended to include rape and sexual abuse of girls or children as serious crime.

The criminal case was registered late Tuesday under sections of the Pocso Act (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012) and section of the IPC on a complaint by the victim’s father that his young daughter was molested while she was in the school.




Mangalore: MRPL pollution row – Allegations fly back and forth

Mangalore: MRPL pollution row – Allegations fly back and forth

Mangalore, Oct 24: The official spokesperson of the Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) has levelled allegations against the Jokatte Nagarika Horata Samiti (JNHS), claiming that the protests against phase III units were motivated and vested interests are largely at play to gain employment under Mangalore Special Economic Zone.

On the other hand, Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) state president, Muneer Katipalla condemned the spokesperson’s statements and told daijiworld that they were holding agitation against the company with the sole intension of protecting the lives of people in the area. “We do not need any science experts to corroborate the evidences of blatant environment degradation coupled with violation of rules by the MRPL,” he argued.

However, the MRPL spokesperson, who did not want his name to be revealed, targeted JNHS led by DYFI state president Muneer Katipalla and decried media reports on the alleged pollution caused by the MRPL at Jokatte. “The reports published in sections of the media is misleading and damaging to the credibility of the company,” the representative alleged.

“The people who have launched anti-MRPL movement have eyes on getting employment tactfully by claiming pollution. Not a single place has been polluted by the MRPL. The deterioration in the condition of the lake is due to the storm water drain, not by the company’s activities,” he claimed.

The spokesperson further added that the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) constantly monitors the area in and around MRPL. “The board has collected the water samples of the open wells and the lake. Due to some vested interests MRPL’s name has been used for wrong reasons to malign the company,” he said.

Katipalla questioned why the MRPL has not followed the 35% afforestation norm. He also alleged that locals, from whom the land had been purchased, have not been given jobs as promised, and thereby cheated by the company. He said the present protest against the company had nothing to do with the issue of employment. “We are holding protests to protect the lives of the people,” he added.

He also pointed out that there was no environment pollution and health related issues before the commissioning of sulphur and coke units at Jokatte. “The lake was clean and it was only after the company initiated the functioning of the units that health issues cropped up. The pollution of open wells and the lake are visible to the naked eyes. The KSPCB has unholy nexus with the company, and has readily issued a favourable report to MRPL,” Katipalla alleged.

Muneer said that the MRPL employees working inside the unit had expressed environment and health concerns to him personally. Moreover, the construction of road to the units has hindered the flow of lake water.

He informed that the JNHS would stage a massive protest in early November in front of MRPL. “Though the spokesperson offered to survey the polluted areas with me, I declined saying there was no need to go with the company to spot pollution,” he said.



Bangalore: Sexual assault on child – Govt cracks down on school, cases filed

Bangalore: Sexual assault on child – Govt cracks down on school, cases filed

Bangalore, Oct 24 (PTI): Acting tough, the Karnataka government has filed a cheating case against an institution, where a sexual assault on a three-and-a-half-year old girl student took place three days ago, besides booking it under the RTE Act.

Karnataka Public Instruction Commissioner Mohammed Mohsin said several cases were filed last night against the institution, for violating rules.

“We filed a case under section 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 418 (cheating with knowledge that wrongful loss may ensue to person whose interest offender is bound to protect) and 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Indian Penal Code against “Orchids, The International School,” he told PTI.

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said “.. investigation is going on. We are doing it seriously.”

“I have told the police and the education department to initiate action against the management of the institution,” he told reporters.

The school also has been booked under section 18 (5) of the RTE Act which stipulates that if a school operates without a certificate of recognition, it shall cease to function, Mohsin said.

It also shall be liable to pay a fine up to Rs one lakh, and in case of continuing violations, a fine of Rs 10,000 would be levied for each day that the violation continues. The school has been cheating people saying they are affiliated to CBSE and playing with the future of students there,he said.

“It has also been teaching CBSE syllabus without prior permission for the same. The school is not affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education,” he added.

Meanwhile, police are yet to arrest the culprit. “No arrests and detentions have been made so far in the case. However, we have interrogated many. We are doing our best to nab the culprit,” Additional Commissioner (Law and Order) Alok Kumar said.

The school staff members were being questioned and the CCTV footage being examined by police, he said.

A criminal case has been registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 and IPC section 376 (rape) on a complaint from the child’s father.