4 cops suspended for misbehaving with Israeli woman

4 cops suspended for misbehaving with Israeli woman

Bengaluru, Mar 10: Four police constables and two Home Guards were suspended for allegedly misbehaving with foreign tourists near Virupapuragadda, an island in Tungabhadra in Gangavathi taluk.

hampiSuperintendent of Police Dr P Raja said that four police constables were suspended on the charges of misbehaving and sexually harassing an Israeli woman, who had come for a Hampi tour.

Drivers Amruth and Adesh of traffic police station, Rajesh Gowli of town station and Revappa of rural station are the suspended policemen. Home Guards personnel Shivu and Yankappa have also been suspended for abetting them.

The incident occurred on March 7 when the police constables had gone to a reservoir in Sanapur in the district on a picnic in uniform.

After having meals they spent some time with the foreigners there. Later, they took selfies with an Israeli young woman using their mobile phones and misbehaved with her. The other foreigners, who had come with her, rescued her from them. The woman left the scene and brought the incident to the notice of the owner of the accommodation where she had stayed. He immediately informed the matter to the police.

Though the tourists did not file a complaint, a suo motu complaint was registered and the constables were placed under suspension. A departmental inquiry has also been ordered against them, the SP said.


Angered by rash driving, mob runs amok attacking Africans in Bengaluru

Angered by rash driving, mob runs amok attacking Africans in Bengaluru

Bengaluru, Mar 11: At least four African nationals were attacked by a gang of around 20 members in Byrathi, near Hennur Road, northeast Bengaluru on Monday night. For nearly three hours, the area was tense due to “riot-like-situation,” during which two policemen also sustained injuries.

The assaults were triggered allegedly after locals were annoyed at high speed, high-decibel driving by an unidentified rider, said to be an African national, and a “rashly-driven” car, also with foreigners in it. Though the two vehicles escaped the barrage of stones that was thrown on them, it was unsuspecting Africans in the area who bore the brunt.

africanThe attacks started around 12.30 a.m. “The mob ran riot till about 3 a.m., attacking any African they saw… I was also threatened for calling the police,” said a resident. John, a businessman in Ivory Coast who was visiting his sister, was among the first to be attacked. He was returning home with his sister and her boyfriend when the mob targeted them. While his sister and her friend took shelter in Christ The King Church nearby, John received multiple injuries as the mob chased him.

Henry (22), a student of Kristu Jayanti College, was also attacked. David and his three friends — Sako, Merveil, Abdel — were walking down the road when they were assaulted. “We didn’t even know why they were hitting us. We feared for our lives,” David told media persons.

Though accusations have been made that the attack had racial undertones, police blamed it on problems the victims had with locals.

The incident came to light in a post by Maria John on Bangalore Police’s Facebook page. The post said around 20 members, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, attacked an African student.

“African student was attacked by the beer bottle and cricket bat. His head and face got open and bleeding (sic). The African student running towards the Shema School in that area. Please help him,” the post read.

Police said an African national, also named John, was visiting his sister who is studying in a city college and is residing in Byrathi. He decided to host a dinner party as he was supposed to fly back soon. After the party, John, his sister and her friend were returning home, when they were confronted by the group, who allegedly attacked them.

John was allegedly chased and beaten up and sustained severe injuries, while his sister and her friend managed to escape and took shelter in a local church. Though John managed to reach home, the angry locals damaged the window panes of his house. John managed to file a police complaint only after a few hours, following which senior police officials reached the spot to take stock of the situation.

In his complaint, John alleged that the group not only attacked him but also took away his valuables, including mobile phone and wallet.

However, Deputy Commissioner of Police (North East) Vikas Kumar Vikas refuted any racial angle to the attack and said local residents had complained about the trio creating a ruckus late in the night. The police are investigating the case, he said. Locals too have filed a complaint against the three African nationals accusing them of creating a ruckus.


Mangaluru: Not Just Catholics, Mother Teresa Homes also Serve Hindus/Muslims-So Why are ‘They’ Talking Crap?

Mangaluru: Not Just Catholics, Mother Teresa Homes also Serve Hindus/Muslims-So Why are ‘They’ Talking Crap?

Mangaluru: No doubt that Mother Teresa, was a Mother to the Motherless! irrespective of religion, caste, creed and residence, the Missionaries of Charity started by Mother Teresa in India, also and many more around the world cater to the poor, living selflessly dedicated to helping them. The RSS and VHP may have made up their minds when it comes to Mother Teresa’s work, but even a quick visit to the Missionaries of Charity homes across India is enough for one to realize the aim and motive of their work.

Women in their 80s, and babies as young as a month old, live at the Missionaries of Charity Mother Teresa Homes- these homes receive a constant flow of people coming in search of help, shelter or just plain food – and for that matter no one gets turned away. Most of the inmates at these homes are women, who come here with no hope. According to a care-taker , who says that “Working with them is difficult because they have suffered not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well,”

I made a visit to the Mother Teresa Home in Mangaluru located on Sturrock Road- earlier the Home was located at Vas Lane-Falnir, but two years back it was shifted to this new location at a land donated by Mrs Saldanha. Meeting the Superior at this home I gathered some information , but she insisted that I don’t take any photographs for the privacy of the inmates and  nuns. At the earlier Home there were over 50 inmates comprising of women and men, but at this new location mostly women are taken in – there are 27 women, majority of them Hindus and one Muslim, and two men at this new location.

Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity/Home for the Poor in Mangaluru was established in the year 1995. Their convent was Mother Theresa’s Home for dying destitute situated at the 2nd Cross of Vaslane at Falnir. They came to this place in 1997. Since then so many dying destitute have experienced the caring and loving touch of Jesus through them. The donors of this site were Miss Agnes and Stanly William Pinto. The house donated by Miss Agnes at Lower Bendur was inaugurated by Blessed Teresa on 15th August 1995.  She lived there with the sisters for six days. Stanly William Pinto gave his property including the house at Vas lane. A new spacious house built on this site was inaugurated on 5th May 1998. Later in the year 2013, the Home was shifted and built at a new location on Sturrock Road.

Their Mission is to love. Therefore, their doors are open to destitutes, those who are rejected by families due to addiction to drinks, drugs, smoking or other vices. The Home welcomes with open arms those who are sick and bed ridden and are forsaken by the family. At present they are blessed with 27 destitute, Catholics, Hindus and Muslims. “We don’t look at what religion you belong to when you come here. We only do what our Mother has told us,” said the superior at the home quoting Mother Teresa herself saying, “There is only one God and He is God to all; therefore it is important that everyone is seen as equal before God. I’ve always said we should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim becomes a better Muslim, Catholic becomes a better Catholic. We believe our work should be our example to people.”

“We don’t serve people based on their religion, we serve them because we see God in them,” said the superior. Though there is daily Mass celebrated in a small chapel in the home, those that do not belong to the Catholic faith are not forced to participate. Apart from providing food and medicine to these inmates at the home, they are also provided with physio-therapy classes, exercises and many activities.No one has ever been forced into conversion, although the saffron group members claim that Mother Teresa’s service would have been good – But it used to have one objective, to convert the person, who was being served, into a Christian. These allegations are absolutely wrong. The Missionaries of Charity, of which Mother Teresa was the founder, have homes in countries all over the world and not just in India.

The homes served, and still serve, the destitute, the hungry and the poor, irrespective of their religion. Those who have worked with her have said that she never sought to convert any inmate of her homes. She has been quoted as saying: “We should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim becomes a better Muslim, Catholic becomes a better Catholic.” Mother Teresa gave all the inmates love and dignity. Some other say that Mother Teresa minted money in the name of serving the poor. She acquired fame by taking care of poor children and proved to the world that India is a poor country and thus tainted the image of India. Not true at all. All the money that the Missionaries of Charity received by way of donations went into their charitable works, in setting up homes and taking care of the sick and poor. Mother lived a simple and humble life, owning nothing herself. She lived surrounded by lepers, patients with tuberculosis and other diseases. She and the sisters of her Order own just three saris (one to wear, one to wash, one to mend) and two or three cotton habits.

So why are these saffron men degrading the Mother with false accusations. How many of these men have ever been close to a leper or taken care of a destitute. I bet no one- but they are quick to criticize a devoted woman who had sacrificed all her life for the care of destitute, needy and the suffering- Shame on them. Since Modi came to power nine months ago, Christians and Muslims have felt besieged by a strident Hindu nationalist propaganda campaign, and in some instances have even been “reconverted” at highly publicized “homecoming” events, in line with the RSS belief that all Indians were originally Hindus. Are Catholics and Missionaries run by Catholic organizations for the benefit of all religions/caste/creed safe any more, is a question every one is asking presently.


About Mother Teresa and her Missionary:

Mother Teresa was the founder of the congregation, Missionaries of Charity, the religious order that today has over 4,501 sisters actively working in 133 countries.
Born Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, in Albania on August 26 1910, she was lovingly called Mother Teresa after her selfless work with the homeless in Kolkata. “By blood I am Albanian. By citizenship, an Indian. By faith, I am a Catholic nun,” she had said.

The first home, Nirmal Hriday, the Home for Dying Destitutes was set up in 1952 in Kolkata. She began the Order on October 7, 1950, officially established in the Archdiocese of Calcutta and by 1990 had opened houses in almost all communist countries including the former Soviet Union, Albania and Cuba. Her tireless and dedicated work won her the Indian Padmashri in 1962 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.

Despite suffering from severe health problems, she continued to govern her Society responding to the needs of the poor and the Church. She died on September 5, 1997 at the age of 87. Less than two years after her death, Pope John Paul II permitted the opening of her Cause of Canonization and on October 19, 2003, she was beatified in front of a crowd of 3,00,000 people assembled in St Peter’s Square, Vatican City.


Mangaluru: Salary Decrease leads Drivers of Antony Waste Management to go on Strike

Mangaluru: Salary Decrease leads Drivers of Antony Waste Management to go on Strike

Mangaluru: All vehicles belonging to Antony Waste Management have stopped working from March 11.

According sources, it is said that the salary for the drivers of Antony Waste Management was fixed for Rs 14,000. All of a sudden their salary was decreased to Rs 9000. Due to the sudden decrease in salary all the drivers of Antony Waste Management went of strike, they have parked the vehicles in a compound near Reliance Petrol Pump at Kulur. 

Now it is the duty of the Mangaluru city corporation to solve the problem immediately to avoid further problems in regard to waste disposal in the city.

Speaking to mangalorean.com Mayor Mahabala Marla said that the Mangalore City Corporation has given contract to dispose waste to Antony waste management company and it is their duty to dispose the waste. Any internal issues of the company should not affect the people in the city. The Antony waste management company is responsible for the disposal of waste, if the waste will not be disposed, we will take action against the company.


Koppal: Four cops suspended for misbehaving with Israeli woman

Koppal: Four cops suspended for misbehaving with Israeli woman

Gangavati (Koppal), Mar 10 (DHNS):Superintendent of Police Dr P Raja has suspended four police constables on the charges of misbehaving and sexually harassing an Israeli woman, who had come for a Hampi tour.

Drivers Amruth and Adesh of traffic police station, Rajesh Gowli of town station and Revappa of rural station are the suspended policemen. Home Guards personnel Shivu and Yankappa have also been suspended for abetting them.

The incident occurred on March 7 when the police constables had gone to a reservoir in Sanapur in the district on a picnic in uniform.

After having meals they spent some time with the foreigners there. Later, they took selfies with a young Israeli woman using their mobile phones and misbehaved with her. The other foreigners, who had come with her, rescued her from them.

The woman left the scene and brought the incident to the notice of the owner of the accommodation where she had stayed. He immediately informed the matter to the police.

Rural ASI Nagaraj had voluntarily registered a complaint in this regard.


Mangaluru: Students protest after alleged assault by bus conductor

Mangaluru: Students protest after alleged assault by bus conductor

Mangaluru, Mar 10: Students of city’s Rosario College on Tuesday March 10 gathered at Bunder police station and staged a protest alleging that one of the students had been assaulted by the conductor of a government bus.

The students claimed that the first year BCom student, identified as Samad from Uppinangady, was assualted by the conductor of Uppinangady-State Bank KSRTC bus.

They claimed that when two girls were about to board the bus, the conductor gave the signal to the driver to start the bus even before the girls could get inside. When Samad who was in the bus objected to this, the conductor allegedly assaulted him out of anger.

Protesting against the alleged assault, the students decided to mass bunk the exam and gathered at Bunder police station demanding action against the conductor.

The students alleged that the conductor often abuses students who hold bus passes and halts the bus at irregular spots.

Samad got admitted to hospital and later filed a complaint with the Bunder police.

The Bunder police assured that action would be taken against the conductor, after which the students agreed to withdraw the protest. The police then sent the students back to college.

Meanwhile, the accused conductor, identified as Murugesh from Bagalkot, alleged that the students had attacked him with blades and got himself admitted to Wenlock hospital.

A case has been registered in Bunder police station.


Mangaluru: Stone-pelting on Panir prayer centre – Accused arrested

Mangaluru: Stone-pelting on Panir prayer centre – Accused arrested

Mangaluru, Mar 10: The police have arrested a person in connection with the stone-pelting on St Joseph Vaz prayer centre at Panir.

The incident took place on the intervening night of February 24 and 25. The glass frame of the enclosure housing a statue of Mother Mary and Infant Jesus was damaged in the stone-pelting.

The police have arrested Ananda (30), a resident of Ukkuda, Kinya in this regard.

Addressing a press meet at his office on Tuesday March 10, police commissioner S Murugan said Ananda was taken into custody based on credible information and subjected to investigation. “After sustained and thorough investigation, he revealed that he was previously employed in the same church and had left the job around two weeks ago for want of better pay. On February 24, after getting drunk at the graveyard next to the prayer hall, he threw stone at the idol out of anger for the low pay he was getting at the church.”

Ananda, a painter by profession, was arrested on Monday March 9 and sent to judicial custody on March 10.

The investigation of the case was taken up ACP south, on the instructions issued by the police commissioner. A special team was constituted under the leadership of Ullal SI Savithru Tej, comprising SI Bharati, SI Ranjendra B and staff.

The police team has been suitably rewarded for cracking the case, Murugan said.

He said that the Panir incident was a random act but it had got much attention from the public and was even given a communal colour. “Hence taking serious note of the incident, the police team investigated putting in all its efforts,” he said, adding that people should not get provoked over any incident.

He further said that the CCTV cameras installed at religious centres are generally of low quality which make it difficult for the police to identify and nab the culprit. “The police have already installed 20 CCTV cameras in different places at the city, and Rs 2 crore has been sanctioned for the installation of CCTV cameras under MCC limits. These cameras will be of good quality with high resolution. The work on this is at its final stage and will be completed in the coming days,” he said.

To questions on repeated incidents of stabbing in Ullal, the Suratkal college Facebook photo incident and the case against Sadhvi Balika Saraswati over alleged provocative speech, he said investigations are on in all these cases. He also said that in Ullal, CCTV cameras are of low quality so it is difficult to nab culprits.


Labour: We will cut luxury lodgings exclusively used by High Court judges

Labour: We will cut luxury lodgings exclusively used by High Court judges 

They include penthouse flats and Georgian townhouses -sometimes with full-time staff including cooks and housekeepers and cleaners.

But the days of luxury lodgings for High Court judges forced out into provinces to hand down justice now look to be numbered.

Labour is preparing to announce that they will do away with the fifteen permanent residences in cities such Birmingham, Nottingham, Preston and Leeds to save £2.9 million a year from the Ministry of Justice budget.

The accommodation cost is also being reviewed by the Coalition and whichever party wins power in May looks almost certain to force their Lordships into the less salubrious surroundings of a city centre hotel.

Labour said the move would save an estimated £2.9m a year in running cost as well as an estimated £26.3m from the sale of the publicly-owned properties.

It intends to invest the money into improving the collection of fines issued by the courts which, it claimed, could raise an extra £67 million a year.

As part of its review of Government spending Labour also said it would find saving from the current court budget by  co-locating two-thirds of the remaining single-use county courts and magistrates’ courts on the same site.

Chris Leslie MP, Labour’s Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, said: “We will look at whether taxpayers would be better served by selling off the penthouse flats and Georgian townhouses, which are owned and maintained by the state for the exclusive use of High Court judges.

“The abysmal record of Ministers allowing so many criminal penalties to go uncollected isn’t just bad for justice – it’s bad for our public finances too.

Sadiq Khan MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Justice, added: “This shows that Labour is taking tough decisions when it comes to finding savings in the justice budget.”


HC dismisses pleas for nod to stage protests

HC dismisses pleas for nod to stage protests

The Madras High Court has dismissed petitions seeking a direction to the police to permit protests in Chennai, Krishnagiri and Coimbatore on January 26.

Justice T.S. Sivagnanam said the police would find it hard to provide security to the protests as educational institutions and government offices would have various functions that day. The organisers could have their demonstration on some other date if they so desired. However, it was for the police to decide on the requests.

Petitioner Kovai Maavatta Puthiya Jananayaga Thozhilalar Munnani (workers front) had sought police permission to organise a dharna at Thudiyalur in Coimbatore to focus on the tragedy caused by the 1984 Union Carbide gas leak.



SC sets free two Italians guilty of friend’s murder

SC sets free two Italians guilty of friend’s murder

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has set free two Italians, undergoing life imprisonment for murder of their friend in 2010, saying the evidence submitted by the prosecution to suggest motive does not inspire confidence.

A bench of justices A R Dave, Kurian Joseph and R Banumathi set aside the Allahabad High Court order which had confirmed the life imprisonment to Italian nationals Tomaso Bruno and Elisa Betta Bon Compagni.

“In the case at hand, evidence adduced by the prosecution suggesting motive is only by way of improvement at the stage of trial which, in our view, does not inspire confidence of the court…In the present case, the courts have not properly appreciated the evidence and gap in the chain of circumstances sought to be established by the prosecution.

“Upon consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, we are of the view that the circumstances and the evidence adduced by the prosecution do not form a complete chain pointing to the guilt of the accused and the benefit of doubt is to be given to the accused and the conviction of the appellants is liable to be set aside,” the bench said.

It also said that the courts have ignored the importance of “best evidence” i.E CCTV camera in the case at hand and also have not noticed the absence of symptoms of strangulation in the medical reports.

According to the prosecution, Tomaso and Victa along with their friend Francesco Montis had arrived in Varanasi from London on January 31, 2010 and checked in at a hotel in the city.

On February 4, 2010, Victa informed the manager of the hotel that Francesco’s condition was not fine after which they took him to a hospital, where the doctors declared the tourist as “brought dead”.

Later, on the basis of the postmortem report and other materials, an FIR against Tomaso and Victa was lodged.

In July 2011, the lower court had awarded life imprisonment to them besides a fine of Rs 25,000.

The High Court upheld the verdict.


High court notice to govt for denying corrupt officers’ names under RTI

High court notice to govt for denying corrupt officers’ names under RTI

The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued a notice to the state government and the state information commission over a plea by a right to information (RTI) activist, who said he was denied information about corrupt administrative officers.
Subhash, state convener of Rohtak-based Haryana soochna adhikar manch, said he had filed an RTI application seeking a list of IAS, IPS, HCS and HPS officers who faced corruption charges between January 1, 2000 and October 31, 2013.

He also asked the government to provide details about action taken against such officers.

Refusing to divulge the details, the chief secretary had replied that the application “in respect of IAS and HCS officers is personal in nature and is exempted” from being sought under RTI, Subhash told the court.

The RTI activist, through his advocate Pradeep Rapria, said he later approached the appellate authorities but was still not provided the details.

“What’s more socking is that the state information commission, Haryana, had even maintained that indulging in corrupt practices was part of the officials’ personal information and its disclosure would lead to invasion of their privacy,” Subhash added.

Pleading in court, he said, “The public has the fundamental right to know about the conduct of administrative officers, especially in reference to corruption cases registered during discharge of their public duties. The officials involved in corruption cases do not have any right to privacy and disclosure of such information is larger public interest.”

Seeking time to file its reply, the state government has sought time from the court to respond to the RTI activist’s queries.

The court has set May 2 as the next date of hearing.


HC asks 2 cops to face trial 23 years after torturing woman

HC asks 2 cops to face trial 23 years after torturing woman

MUMBAI: Police can’t torture an accused to extract information, the Bombay high court has ruled in a landmark judgment, and ordered two policemen to face trial for brutally assaulting a woman in custody 23 years ago.

Justice A I Cheema overturned a magistrate’s order in 1998 acquitting the two cops accused by the woman of brutally beating her up and pouring chilli powder dissolved in water into her private parts to force her to reveal information about the recovery of some gold coins in 1992.

Sub-inspector Sheshrao Thombre and constable Kacharu Rengade have been directed to appear before the magistrate on February 16 and asked that the trial be completed in six months.

Significantly, the court held that beating up an accused could not be treated as part of policemen’s duties. The police officers had claimed that they enjoyed immunity under the law for acts done while discharging their official duty. “It is quite clear that after taking police custody, although police could have interrogated the complainant, there was no right to beat her or commit acts outraging her modesty. Instead of resorting to scientific methods of questioning, such acts were resorted to,” said the judge.

He added that there was no material to show that a woman police officer was present at the time the woman was interrogated. Such acts can’t be treated as done under “colour or in excess of duty or authority” vested in the police officials.

The Bombay high court
Referring to a Supreme Court judgment, Justice Cheema said: “It cannot be said that custodial violence can be permitted in a civilized society.”

The victim, a resident of Basmatnagar in Aurangabad, was arrested on July 11, 1992, in connection with a treasure and the recovery of some gold coins. On July 18, when she was produced before the magistrate, she complained about the assault. She claimed the police had beaten her with a belt, the accused had stood on her thighs and that chilli water was put in her private parts—all for information about the location of the gold coins. A medical report found there were 13 injuries on her body, 11 of which had allegedly been inflicted during police custody. After a delay of over two years, the government gave sanction to prosecute the two cops and they were booked for causing injuries and outraging the modesty of a woman. The policemen moved an application saying they had immunity as section 161 of the Bombay Police Act says that a public servant or a government officer cannot be prosecuted for an act done while discharging his duty. The magistrate in 1998 held that section 161 applies in this case and the two officers were acquitted. The state filed an appeal against the acquittal. The HC said that section 161 would apply only when the acts are done in good faith and due care and caution was taken.


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.


2 persons including a woman booked for blackmailing businessman

2 persons including a woman booked for blackmailing businessman

Puttur : The Sampya Rural Police have registered cases against two persons including a woman on the charges of blackmailing a businessman and his family by sending an obscene video relating to him on Whatsapp and demanding Rs 10 lakh cash from him.
The obscene video was sent to the mobile of Kammady Ibrahim Haji, President of Puttur Taluk Muslim Samyukta Jamaat by the accused. On viewing the video, the family realised that the woman seen in the video was Jubaida of Sampya and that she intended to offend them. Haji later managed to contact the woman and questioned her when she revealed that the video was done by one APJ Abdul Razak. Razak who too was present, reportedly told Haji that he did so to defame him. He also allegedly threatened to make the video public through social sites and media unless he was paid Rs 10 lakhs.
Haji immediately brought the matter to the notice of senior police officials and even complained to the Sampya Rural police who have now registered cases against the two accused.
The accused are absconding and the police have launched a manhunt for them.


GP Vice President booked for attempting to molest college girl

GP Vice President booked for attempting to molest college girl

KUNDAPUR : A complaint has been lodged with Shankernarayana Police against the Vice President of the Yedamoge Gram Panchayat on the charges of trying to molest a college girl on the pretext of giving her a lift while she was waiting for bus to go home from college.
The accused has been identified as Balachandra Kulal (36). The girl, a degree student was waiting for the bus at Shankernarayana bus stop when the accused who arrived by a Maruti Omni stopped the car near her and asked her to step in. When she refused, he mentioned the names of the girl’s relatives and claimed that he was close to them.
Believing him, the girl sat in the car when the accused reportedly passed on his mobile number to her and then tried to molest her when the girl raised a cry. Sensing danger, the accused dropped the girl a little afar from her house after warning her against divulging the matter before anyone.
The girl’s parents on coming to know about the incident lodged a complaint. When the police called the number which the accused gave to the girl, it came to light that he was a GP Vice President.
Investigations are in progress.


Vittal Police accused of illegally detaining diabetic person

Vittal Police accused of illegally detaining diabetic person

Vittal : An incident wherein the Vittal police took custody of an accused in an assault case who was in hospital for treatment of diabetes and then illegally detained him at the police station for 24 hours without even producing him before the magistrate, has been reported from the town.
DK Mustafa, a lorry owner and resident of Kanthadka in Vittal Kasaba village was reportedly assaulted by three persons near the Banditadka masjid close by Kanyana on June 10, Wednesday. Two of the accused were identified as Muguli Siddique and Gundamajalu Shafi.
Meanwhile, Muguli Siddique, said to be a diabetic got himself admitted to the Pragathi Hospital in Puttur alleging that Mustafa had assaulted him. It is said on June 10, Wednesday Thursday, the Vittal Police who visited the Hospital at the instructions of Bantwal Circle Inspector at around 11 am, took Siddique to the station after informing the doctors that they were taking him to the station for interrogation. Meanwhile, medical records proved that Siddique was a diabetic and had a sugar level 470 and that he was even given high powered tablets .
Meanwhile the police who ought to have produced him before the magistrate within 24 hours after taking him to custody, are facing the allegations of violating human rights by illegally detaining Siddique in the station till late night.


Udupi: 75- year-old man commits suicide, leaves death note

Udupi: 75- year-old man commits suicide, leaves death note

Udupi, Oct 23: A man who was an administrator of Uggalbettu Garadi committed suicide by consuming poison on Friday, October 23 in the Garadi house premises.

Mahabala Shetty (75) from Uggalbettu, Uppoor is the deceased person.

It is believed that the suicide incident took place in the early morning.

Police have found a death note at the spot. The death note reveals the names of four persons who are said to be responsible for the suicide. Death note also mentions the name of a prominent politician, who the deceased believed that, supported the four named persons.

There was a dispute for the past two years regarding the administration of the Garadi. It is said that some people were against Mahabala Shetty. A person had also borrowed Rs 2 lac from Mahabala Shetty which was not paid back promptly. One of the deceased’s neighbours had also filed a complaint against him. Hence he was depressed by these developments.

Brahmavar police have registered a case.


Bengaluru: Woman comes alive miraculously minutes before burial

Bengaluru: Woman comes alive miraculously minutes before burial

Bengaluru, Oct 24: In a miraculous incident which happened in the city a few days back, a lady, who was declared dead by the doctors of a hospital, came alive minutes before she was to be buried.

Shaheena Begum (29), a resident of Goripalya on Mysore Road here, woke up before she was put to rest permanently. This happened because of the mistake committed by the doctors of a private hospital in the city. Shaheena has since regained her health, and is leading a normal life.

Shaheena, who had high uncontrolled fever, had become unconscious. The doctors of a private hospital where she was treated, failed to make her regain consciousness even after treating her for four to five days. Thereafter, the doctor attending to Shaheena called her father, Muhammed, and asked him to prepare for the funeral. He also issued discharge from the hospital.

The family members made all preparations for her funeral. A large number of relatives gathered near her home to pay last respects and take part in the funeral procession. Just before the body was being moved out for the burial, Muhammed observed slight movement in the hand of Shaheena. He then contacted family doctor, Dr Tanveer, over phone, after which Dr Tanveer rushed to the spot. He found that Shaheena was breathing. She was then admitted into a Hospital from where she has returned to normalcy completely.