Woman burnt to death over dowry

Woman burnt to death over dowry

VADODARA: A 30-year-old woman, who was set ablaze allegedly by her husband and other family members for dowry a few days ago, succumbed to burns here on Tuesday. Deceased Bhavna Waghela was a resident of Natwarnagar of Savli taluka in Vadodara district. The victim’s husband Vikram Waghela and his elder brother Shana Waghela, their mother Bajji Waghela and Shana’s wife Kailash Waghela had allegedly committed the crime on February 22. Bhavna was rushed to a private hospital in Padra and on Monday night transferred to SSG Hospital where she died on Tuesday. Police said Bhavna was harassed mentally and physically by her husband and his family members for over five years for dowry.

“The four accused beat up Bhavna after a heated argument on February 22. They asked Bhavna to bring Rs five lakh from her father and told her that if she did not get the money they will abandon her. While Bajji, Kailash and Shana held her, Vikram sprinkled kerosene on her and set her on fire,” said Savli police sub- inspector J J Vasava.

The police officer said all the accused are on the run. Bhavana, who was a housewife, was a mother of a five-year-old son. Vikram and his brother are farmers.



Child, 5 others killed in separate accidents

Child, 5 others killed in separate accidents

KORATPUR/ KENDRAPADA: Six persons, including a woman and her four-year-old son, died in three separate accidents late on Sunday.

Police said three youths were killed after the motorcycle they were riding hit a culvert between Padmagiri and Malkangiri under Malkangiri police limits, seven km from here. The youths were going to Malkangiri to witness the ongoing ‘Badyatra’ festival. A team of BSF men, who were on combing operation, spotted the bodies, said IIC of Malkangiri police station R K Das.

Earlier around 7 pm, a 26-year-old woman and her son were killed and 10 injured after the tractor, they were travelling in, overturned near Challanguda under Malkangiri police limits.

“A case was registered and investigation is on. The injured have been admitted to Malkangiri hospital and their condition is stable. The driver fled,” said police.

A 25-year-old motorcyclist was killed on Sunday night at Bilahata village under Patkura police limits in Kendrapada district when a vehicle hit him.

The deceased was identified as Sk Roshan Ali, 25, of Chasakunda village. Police seized the body and sent it to a local government hospital for autopsy.



Telangana speaker gets HC notice on turncoat MLAs

Telangana speaker gets HC notice on turncoat MLAs

HYDERABAD: In a significant development, the Hyderabad high court on Tuesday issued notices to the speaker of Telangana legislative assembly and chairman of Telangana legislative council directing them to respond to the allegations of Congress and TDP, which charged the two constitutional authorities with ‘inaction’ in deciding on the disqualification petitions pending before them.

Both parties sought disqualification of turncoat legislators under the anti-defection law as they got elected on Congress and TDP tickets and later joined the TRS without relinquishing their elected posts. Both the speaker and chairman are constitutional authorities with certain judicial powers and as per the tenth schedule of the Constitution, can deal with disqualification pleas pertaining to legislators. Courts have generally refrained from issuing notices to the speaker and council chairman, but the Hyderabad high court deemed it fit to do so on Tuesday.

The division bench comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyoti Sengupta and Justice Sanjay Kumar was dealing with two pleas filed by the Congress whip in the council, M S Prabhakar Rao, and TDP floor leader in the assembly, Errabelli Dayakar Rao, who urged the court to declare the ‘inaction’ of authorities as illegal and sought setting of a timeframe to decide on the disqualification petitions. As many as five Congress MLCs and three TDP MLAs switched loyalties to the TRS. “Though we urged the speaker and the council chairman to disqualify the defectors, they are not even taking up the matter for hearing,” their advocates told the court.

Earlier, a single judge of the high court dismissed the pleas saying that the court would not intervene at a premature stage like this when authorities are yet to adjudicate the matter. Aggrieved by this, the current appeals were filed by the TDP and Congress which came before the bench headed by the CJ. Apart from speaker S Madhusudhanachary and council chairman K Swamy Goud, the bench issued notices to all the 8 legislators. Five Congress MLCs_KR Amos, V Bhupal Reddy, N Rajalingam, T Bhanu Prasad Rao and S Jagadeeswar Reddy and three TDP legislators Talasani Srinivas Yadav, Teegala Krishna Reddy and Ch Dharma Reddy have to explain their case to the court in the form of an affidavit.

Counsel for the petitioners, Jandhyala Ravi Shankar, mentioned the decision of the Supreme Court which gave three months time to the speaker of the Punjab assembly to decide the disqualification pleas pending before him. CJ Sengupta said that they are not in favour of giving any direction to the two constitutional authorities but instead decided to request them to decide the matter and issued notices to them.



Madras high court refuses to treat encounters as murders

Madras high court refuses to treat encounters as murders

CHENNAI: Five years after two rowdies — Dindigul Pandi and Velu — were gunned down by the Chennai police in an encounter, the Madras high court on Tuesday said police action done in the exercise of the right of private defence could not be termed as an offence.

“An action done in the exercise of the right of private defence can’t be termed as an offence under Section 96 of the IPC. Every person has a right to defend his own body, and the body of any other person, against any offence affecting the human body,” ruled the first bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M M Sundresh.

On February 8, 2010, Pandi and Velu were killed in a sensational encounter at Neelankarai in Chennai. Both of them were accused in several cases.

The present PIL was filed by advocate P Pugalenthi, director of Prisoners Rights Forum, seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu government to register a case of murder against the police personnel involved in the encounter.

According to the police, they intercepted a vehicle of Pandi and Velu on the basis of reliable information. The duo attacked the police with sickle, gun and country bomb.

They said some police officers had also been injured in the attack. In self-defence, the police retaliated by opening fire, which caused death of the deceased.

M Radhakrishnan, counsel for Pugalenthi, however, said the self-defence plea was available to police personnel only at the time of trial and that the jurisdictional police ought to have registered an FIR and investigated.

Since the death had occurred at the instance of police personnel, an independent inquiry ought to have been initiated, he said.

Pointing out that the report of the revenue divisional officer was exhaustive, the bench said: “A perusal of the report would show that an exhaustive inquiry was conducted and statements from different persons, including the family members of the deceased, have been obtained. Publications calling for statements were made in the dailies having wide circulation. The report was also accepted by the government.”

Pointing out that the PIL-petitioner had not assailed the report, they said, “Thus, we do not have any factual premise leading to a conclusion of an offence having been committed.”



Stray dogs kill 3-year-old boy near Vadodara

Stray dogs kill 3-year-old boy near Vadodara

VADODARA: Stray dogs dragged away and killed a three-year-old boy in a village near Bhayli area, about 7km from the city on Sunday.

The boy, Mayur Solanki, was sitting in a field while his mother Saroj, a farm labourer, was working in Raipur village. She saw the dogs taking away her child and called for help. But it was too late.

“Usually, I used to leave my son on a tractor in the fields for having lunch. But on Sunday he insisted that he wanted to sit on the ground. So I left him near a tree with some food and went to collect drumsticks in the field. Within moments, I heard some noise and looked back only to see some dogs dragging away my son,” she said.

“I followed the dogs along with other labourers who rushed for help. The dogs let go my son after a distance and fled. He had suffered grave injuries on throat so we rushed him to Padra government hospital where doctors declared him dead,” Saroj said. The family carried out Mayur’s final rites on Sunday evening in the village.

Bhayli deputy sarpanch Jaswantsingh Parmar on Monday said it was for the first time that stray dogs had attacked and killed a child in the vicinity. The district collector has ordered an inquiry.



Cop accused of torturing wife for dow

Cop accused of torturing wife for dow

BELTHANGADY : A police constable working for the Coastal Security Police has been accused of torturing his wife for dowry and also attempting to kill her. The incident has been reported from Puttur. A complaint has been lodged with Puttur police and the victim is undergoing treatment at the Government Hospital in Mangaluru.
As per the complainant Saramma of Melanthabettu in Belthangady, her daughter Mumtaz (29) was given in marriage to Mohammad Rafique of Haleneranki village of Puttur in the year 2009. She has alleged that Mumtaz’s husband and family members namely Adam Mestri, Aminamma and Ashraf used to continuously torture her for dowy despite the girl’s family offering 100 sovereigns of gold and a cash of Rs 3 lakh at the time of marriage.
It is said Mumtaz was pregnant and on February 19 was once again pestered and attacked with a demand to get more dowry.
It is learnt, the accused cop Mohammad Rafique had faced similar complaint in the past and elders in the family had tried to sort out the issue through talks. Though Rafique used to agree, very soon he used to be back with his old traits. The family of Mumtaz has also lodged a complaint with the Santwana Women’s Helpline in Belthangady.



12-Year-Old Boy Jumps Off School Building, Allegedly After Teacher’s Rebuke

12-Year-Old Boy Jumps Off School Building, Allegedly After Teacher’s Rebuke

Mumbai, Feb 25: A 12-year-old boy jumped to his death from the fourth floor of his school near Mumbai on Tuesday, allegedly after he was scolded by a teacher.

Boy Jumps OffGaurav Kank was a Class 6 student of the New Horizon Public School in Navi Mumbai.

On Tuesday morning, he was allegedly told off by his science teacher for misbehavior.

“His father has complained to us about the negligence of the school authorities and we have started the investigation,” said Janardhan Thorat, a senior police officer.

There have been no arrests so far. Gaurav’s teachers are being questioned.

Gaurav allegedly opened a window and jumped off.

A group of parents gathered to protest at the school, holding it responsible for not ensuring the safety of children.

“The school authority is responsible for the incident. We told them to put the grills in the classrooms,” said a parent.

“How can it be the school’s negligence? We are also shocked as to why this has happened. We are planning to find out why this has happened and this won’t happen in the future,” Renuka Balaji, the school principal, told reporters.



25-year-old Sikkimese woman raped by AIIMS doctor after being trafficked to Delhi, 5 held

25-year-old Sikkimese woman raped by AIIMS doctor after being trafficked to Delhi, 5 held

New Delhi, Feb 28: In yet another shameful incident, a 25-year-old woman from Sikkim was allegedly trafficked to Delhi and raped by an AIIMS doctor at Hauz Khas on Thursday night.

Sikkimese womanThe woman, the wife of an army personnel, was brought to Delhi on February 20 on the pretext of a job at a beauty parlour, reported PTI. Her husband is a Gorkha Regiments jawan posted in Rajasthan.

27-year-old Mehr Tez is attached to the Neurology Department of All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS). He, along with four others, including a married couple, was arrested by police.

Police sources said that the accused is a native of Hyderabad and was to get married in two months. He has been living at a rented accommodation in Gautum Nagar area of Hauz Khas for the past one year.

The report quoted a senior police officer telling, “The other two accused have been identified as Suman (37) and her husband Deepak alias Sagar (40). They were arrested from Sagarpur while their associates, Dharamveer (32) and Kamal (31), were arrested from Gautam Nagar itself. We have also seized the auto in which the woman was transported to the doctor’s house.”

The matter was reported around 6 am on Friday when the police got a call from an auto driver from Gautam Nagar area that a woman passenger was crying and saying that she has been raped. A police team then rushed to the spot and brought her to the police station. In her statement, the victim said she was brought her to Delhi on February 20 by a woman named Suman on pretext of getting her a job at a beauty parlour. They kept her with them at their rented accommodation in Munirka area.

“Last night, one of Suman’s associates dropped her to Mehr Tez’s rented accommodation where she was raped by him. Following this, we picked up Mehraj, who is a doctor at AIIMS for questioning,” the officer said.

The doctor told police that he had paid Rs.9,000 to a pimp who supplies sex workers for money after which he dropped the woman at his home on Thursday night.

“The woman stayed at his residence for the night where he established physical relationship with her which was consensual,” said an official, quoting the doctor’s statement.

However, police got the victim’s statement recorded before a magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC where she maintained that she was raped. After the medical examination, the police arrested the doctor. A case of rape, immoral trafficking and other charges has been registered by the police.

The accused told police that they were involved in such racket for the past two months. The police are investigating whether they had brought other women to Delhi as well and forced them into prostitution.



Bengaluru: Techie stabs friend’s wife to death, caught red-handed

Bengaluru: Techie stabs friend’s wife to death, caught red-handed

Bengaluru: (DHNS): A software engineer with a leading IT firm in the City was caught by alert residents minutes after he stabbed his friend’s wife to death at her flat in Domlur on Monday afternoon.

Basudev Jena, 37, from Jagatsinghpur village in Odisha, works with IT firm Mindtree here. The police said Jena tried to loot valuables from the house of the victim, 35-year-old Prachi, to clear his debts.

Prachi was the wife of Jena’s friend Debashish Das, who has been working for Wipro since last June. With the presumption that Prachi would have a lot of jewellery at her flat as she had recently married Das, Jena went to see her around 2:45 pm and carried a knife with him in case she resisted his attempt to rob her. He also intended to take around Rs 25,000 from her.

Jena threatened Prachi at knifepoint and tried to snatch her gold chain. Prachi raised an alarm and rushed inside the kitchen. Jena then tried to silence her and hit her on the head. As Prachi continued to scream for help, Jena slit her throat repeatedly and she collapsed, bleeding profusely, the police said.

The landlord rushed to the flat on hearing Prachi’s screams, and was shocked to see Jena carrying a bloodstained knife. Soon, a few other local residents came and caught hold of Jena.

On being alerted, the Ulsoor police arrived on the scene and arrested him.

During interrogation, Jena confessed that he killed Prachi to loot valuables to overcome financial problems. The police have booked Jena under IPC Section 302 (murder).

Jena came to Bengaluru 11 years ago and helped five people from Odisha, including the victim’s husband, get jobs here. Later, he went to New York where he incurred losses up to Rs 1 crore after several failed endeavours.

He returned to Bengaluru in September last year and landed a job at Mindtree with a monthly salary of Rs 1 lakh. He lives with his wife in Rajarajeshwarinagar here while his son studies in New York, the police said.



Kundapur: Two girl Inmates of Spoorthi Dhama go Missing

Kundapur: Two girl Inmates of Spoorthi Dhama go Missing

Kundapur: Two girl inmates of Spoorthi Dhama Kedoor Thekkatte, Manjula (16) and Lalitha (17), have gone missing since 28 February.

The Director of Spoorthi Dhama, Keshav Koteshwara filed a complaint at the Kota Police Station on Tuesday, March 3 and stated that the two girls went out from the hostel at 5 pm. When the girls did not return back, the hostel authority searched for the girls in many places, including their relatives house.

Anyone noticing these girls are requested to contact the Kota Police Station at 0820-2564155 / 9480805454 or the Brahmavar Circle Office 0820-2561966 / 9480805432



Mangaluru: Home-alone elderly lady charred to death in accidental fire

Mangaluru: Home-alone elderly lady charred to death in accidental fire

Mangaluru, Mar 1: In a tragic incident, an elderly home-alone lady was charred to death in an accidental fire at her house at Saripalla, Kulshekar here in the wee hours of Sunday March 1. The incident came to light in the morning.

The deceased has been identified as Louisa Pereira (72). She was unmarried and staying alone.

It is said that the fire sparked off after a kerosene lantern next to her bed fell on the floor while she was asleep. The fire immediately engulfed her bed and she was unable to escape. Police sources also said there were a lot of wooden sticks in the house.

Her body was completely charred in the fire.

It is said that Louisa had not been well and had been in hospital a few days back.

A case has been registered in Kankanady rural police station.



Bengaluru: Power cut killed man in hospital, claims family

Bengaluru: Power cut killed man in hospital, claims family

Bengaluru, Mar 2 (DHNS): The family of a 53-year-old man, diagnosed with swine flu, said he died at the State-run Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD) in the City on Sunday as ventilators shut down following a power cut.

The hospital authorities attributed B G Ganesh’s death to his deteriorating health condition, but admitted that there was a power cut followed by ventilator shutdown in the intensive care unit (ICU) where he was undergoing treatment.

Ganesh was an auto consultant and a resident of Bapujinagar on Mysuru Road. His relatives staged a protest in front of RGICD, off Nimhans campus, on Sunday afternoon against the “negligence”.

Uma, Ganesh’s wife, said he was admitted to hospital on February 20. She said he died as the ventilator shut down at 3 am on Sunday following a power cut. On alerting the hospital authorities, Uma claimed she was asked to wait till they got the device functioning again.

“We were asked to wait till it was repaired. He was declared dead at 4:30 am, and we were forced to take the body without a post-mortem,” she said.

Ganesh’s family claimed he had nearly recovered and was shifted from the ICU to the H1N1 ward on Friday. However, since he experienced respiratory problems on Sunday, he was shifted back to the ICU.

RGICD medical director Dr Shashidhar Buggi said: “There was a power cut. However, we have a 250-kW generator for the campus. There were technical issues due to which there was power cut in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. At 4:15 am, I got a call from the hospital regarding the power cut.”

He added: “Soon, we had instructed that all patients be treated with hand-held ventilators and be moved to the surgical ICU.” He added, “His (Ganesh’s) condition was critical. His condition was co-morbid as he was obese. This is the cause of death.”

Minister for Medical Education Dr Sharan Prakash R Patil has sought a report on the incident, reports DHNS from Bengaluru. Patil said he has directed officials concerned to visit the hospital. “No compensation will be given to the family. However, if the doctors are found guilty, action will be taken against them,” he said.



Kasargod: Conmen arrested for duping job aspirants of crores

Kasargod: Conmen arrested for duping job aspirants of crores

Kasargod, Mar 3: Two persons who are reported to have conned people of crores of rupees with false promises of providing employment in Singaporean ships have been arrested.

Abdul Lathif (35) from Mulleria Nettanige and Rakesh (28) from Udama Palakunnu are the persons arrested.

Abdul Lathif (35) from Mulleria Nettanige and Rakesh (28) from Udama Palakunnu are the persons arrested. Over ten other persons were allegedly involved with this fraud, and all of them have gone underground.

It is alleged that the duo demanded Rs 1. 25 lac per visa for securing them jobs in ships operating from Singapore. The aspirants were promised lucrative jobs with hefty salaries,it is said. The duo demanded for payment of Rs 40,000 to Rs 60,000 per person in advance. In November 2014. Many people reportedly paid the money as demanded above, duly selling their valuable possessions in order to land in the foreign country for the promised jobs.

But when the promises were not fulfilled, many approached the above persons to either return their money or provide them visas as promised. But the duo left them high and dry, and just disappeared without any trace. Avinash, Ajith and Sajith from Kasargod and Rajendran, Muhammed and Ashraf from Thiruvananthapuram had lodged police complaints allegint that they had been cheated.

Now the police are looking for the others involved with this fraud.



Techie arrested for killing friend’s wife in Bengaluru

Techie arrested for killing friend’s wife in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Mar 3 (IANS): A young techie was arrested on Monday for murdering his friend’s wife, a homemaker, in Bengaluru’s upscale eastern suburb, police said.

“The suspect, 32-year-old Basudev Jena went to his friend Debashish’s house to borrow Rs.25,000 from his wife Prachi, who was alone at home. When she said she did not have so much money to lend, he tried to snatch her gold chain. Panicked by his attempt, she screamed, that led him to slit her throat with a kitchen knife to silence her and rush out to escape,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (East) N. Sathish Kumar told IANS.

The woman’s loud screams forced her landlady Saraswati, who lives on the ground floor, to rush upstairs to the flat on the second floor of the three-storey building to check what was happening.

“As the landlady went up, the accused ran down the stairs with blood stains on his hands and shirt. As he attempted to run away from the place, passers-by pounced on him and nabbed him, after hearing the landlady shouting to catch him. They handed him to a police patrolling team,” Kumar said.

Police registered a murder case under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code against Jena, who hails from Bhubaneswar in Odisha.

His long-time friend Debashish is 35 years old, while Prachi was in her mid-30s.

“Jena admitted to have slit the woman’s throat in panic and to silence her as she was screaming in the kitchen. He said he was working as a software engineer,” Kumar said.

Incidentally, Jena borrowed Rs.25,000 recently from Debashish, who works as a senior manager at software major Wipro in this tech hub.

“Both the friends were living in the same flat till a year ago. Jena shifted from the flat after Debashish got married to Prachi 8-10 months ago,” the police officer said.

Jena is said to have accumulated debts to the tune of Rs.1 crore after he returned from the US where he was working on IT projects for seven years.



Teacher trying to rape student thrashed, turned in to police

Teacher trying to rape student thrashed, turned in to police

Belagavi, Mar 3: Residents of Beejagarani village in the Belagavi taluk thrashed a teacher of a higher primary school in the village after finding that he was trying to rape one of his students.

He was later handed over to the police. The incident occurred on Monday March 2 morning.

The accused has been identified as Maruti Parashuram Kankutkar.

It is said that the girl he was trying to rape was a fifth standard student of the government higher primary school (Marathi medium) in that village. The girl screamed for help when the teacher unexpectedly tried to rape her, after which nearby villagers rushed to her rescue.

He was taken into custody by policemen of rural police station here. It is learnt that some more students have now complained about sexual harassment they went through at his hands.



Bengaluru: Retd Army officer breaks cordon to help ambulance, assaulted by cop

Bengaluru: Retd Army officer breaks cordon to help ambulance, assaulted by cop

Bengaluru, Mar 3 (PTI): An ex-serviceman who played a good samaritan was today allegedly assaulted and verbally abused by a traffic Sub-Inspector for making way for an ambulance stuck in a traffic jam at a busy junction here.

The traffic policeman has been suspended pending an inquiry into the incident which was caught on camera, a senior police official said.

The incident happened this afternoon when Nagappa removed a rope at a crowded junction on Bellary road, breaking the cordon to make way for an ambulance carrying blood for an emergency operation at a hospital, as the vehicle was caught in a traffic snarl.

Nagappa said he removed the rope as the ambulance driver requested him to do so and he had the consent from another traffic personnel standing on the other side of the road for the same.

He said as soon as the ambulance moved, the Sub Inspector came from the other side, started abusing him and tried to thrash him and push him around.

Traffic in several parts of the city was thrown out of gear after early morning rains.

Nagappa said the Sub-Inspector has sought apology and he does not want to take the issue any further.

However, DCP Traffic East (Bengaluru) Baburajendra Prasad said an inquiry has been ordered and the Sub-Inspector suspended.



Mangaluru: Five arrested for KC Road clashes, 6 petrol bombs seized

Mangaluru: Five arrested for KC Road clashes, 6 petrol bombs seized

Mangaluru, Mar 3: The city crime branch (CCB) police have arrested five persons in connection with the recent group clashes at KC Road near Talapady, and seized six petrol bombs from them.

The arrested are Abdul Sattar (33), a resident of KC Road, Niyaz (30) of Guddemane, KC Road, Abdul Nasir (28) who resides near Talapady bus stand, Shabbir, a resident of KC Nagar, and Mohammed Basheer (36), a resident near Talapady Pilikur mosque.

Among the accused, Nasir is an engineer.

The clashes eruped on the night of February 25 after dispute arose between two groups over putting up banners and buntings in preparation for Talapady temple’s Brahma Kalashotsava at KC Road junction. One of the group allegedly switched off the street lights and started pelting stones and soda bottles. The other group retaliated and in the ensuing clashes, several were injured. After this incident, 13 shops were burnt in Thokkottu.

It was not just the KC Road clashes. As days neared for the Virat Hindu Samajotsava, sporadic incidents of stone-pelting, defacing of banners and shop fires were reported. Hence, based on credible information, the CCB police arrested the prime accused and recovered six petrol bombs from them.

The police had ear arrested two persons in connection with the KC Road clashes.

Meanwhile, Ullal MLA and health minister U T Khadar said that when anti-social elements try to disrupt peace, the public should inform the police. He congratulated the police for taking quick action and arresting the accused. “The people should help the police in bringing such anti-social elements to book. In future too the police department should take stringent steps to control such anti-social forces,” he said.



Mangaluru: Man caught, thrashed by public for allegedly misbehaving with girls

Mangaluru: Man caught, thrashed by public for allegedly misbehaving with girls

Mangaluru, Mar 2: A man was caught by the public and thrashed for allegedly eve-teasing and misbehaving with girls near Vishal Nursing Home here on Monday March 2.

Mahantesh from Belagavi was allegedly behaving indecently with girls, when some passersby intervened and caught hold of him.

While Mahantesh was being thrashed, Barke police rushed to the spot and took him away.

As he was badly bruised, he was admitted to Wenlock hospital.

Police said more details would be known only after he is taken into custody and questioned.



Hostel warden held for sodomizing minor boy

Hostel warden held for sodomizing minor boy

RAIPUR: Hostel warden of a residential school was arrested late on Tuesday for sodomizing a class 6 boy for four months on school premises, threatening to fail him in exams in Janjgir district of Chhattisgarh.

The incident came to light when the traumatized student residing at a boys’ hostel – run by a temple trust – complained to his parents at Raigarh about the indecent activities of the hostel warden.

The incident took place in a hostel located in dense forest at Rishabh Teerth Damaudara village’s Ashram school, police said. While police didn’t reveal much justifying that the matter was sensitive and that Supreme Court orders refrain police from revealing details related to minor children, they confirmed that child was continuously sodomized.

“At times, accused warden Nirmal Jaiswal threatened to fail him in exams, other times he lured him for good food in hostel and excellent marks. But the child was under immense trauma and remained reserved among students. He spilled the beans only when he returned home to Raigarh to his parents,” a police official said.

His parents lodged a complaint on Monday and Jaiswal was arrested under section 377 of IPC and relevant sections of Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act and was interrogated.



Are people getting passports on fake addresses: HC asks Centre, Delhi

Are people getting passports on fake addresses: HC asks Centre, Delhi

NEW DELHI: Concerned that Indian passports are being issued to citizens and foreigners on incorrect addresses, the Delhi high court on Wednesday sought an explanation from the Centre and the state government s on the issue.

A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw issued notices to the ministries of external affairs (MEA) and home affairs (MHA). It also asked the Delhi government and city police to reply to the allegations by April 29.

“It is a very serious issue that people who are not residing at a given address have been issued passports in their name. The government needs to explain this very serious allegation,” the bench said.