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.

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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.



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.


Rape victim consumes poison over police inaction

Rape victim consumes poison over police inaction

MEERUT: Aggrieved over the police’s failure to arrest those responsible for her gangrape even after two weeks, a rape victim allegedly consumed poison at Budhana police station on Wednesday. The 26-year-old victim is currently out of danger.

The victim’s kin later staged a dharna outside the SSP’s office and demanded that the accused be arrested immediately.

As per information, the victim was raped in Budhana town of Muzaffarnagar on June 17. Though an FIR was lodged in the case, the police have failed to arrest the accused.

The victim’s family alleged, “On June 17, four accused dragged her to the jungle when she arrived at Aterna village with her husband. The accused gangraped her and dumped her at the spot the next morning. The village head found her in a critical condition and rushed her to a hospital at Budhana. We lodged an FIR and the victim also recorded her statement before the magistrate under Section 164, IPC.”

On Wednesday, the victim again arrived at Budhana police station. However, cops allegedly misbehaved with her and asked her to return. The aggrieved girl later consumed poison at the police station and was rushed to Muzaffarnagar district hospital.


RPI workers claim patient died due to medical negligence

RPI workers claim patient died due to medical negligence

MUMBAI: RPI party workers on Thursday submitted an application to the Kandivali police alleging that a 25-year-old youth had died at the Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital, a day earlier, owing to medical negligence. The Kandivali police have not registered an FIR so far and are probing further.

The youth, Ramakant Mohite, was admitted to the Kandivali-based hospital two days ago after he complained of stomach ache. He subsequently succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday. Mohite was a Malwani resident.

RPI party workers also submitted an application to the hospital management, demanding an inquiry into the alleged medical negligence.


SC to hear if Navy right in sacking staffer for incest

SC to hear if Navy right in sacking staffer for incest

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to examine a critically sensitive issue – can a Navy officer be dismissed from service for having consensual sexual relations with his daughter?

A girl in a Navy school at Goa confided with a counselor in August 2010 that she was being sexually abused by her father from the age of five and that in 2009 she had become pregnant, which had to be terminated by a doctor. She also told the counselor that she was concerned about her younger sister.

The counselor reported the matter to higher authorities. A Board of Inquiry investigated the matter and collected evidence. The Navy in May 2012 set up a General Court Martial and the man was charged with section 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 354 (outraging modesty of a woman) read with Section 72(2) of Navy Act.

During the trial, the girl resiled from the narration she had made before the counselor and told GCM that she shared a consensual sexual relationship with her father. This demolished the entire prosecution story and the IPC charges against the navy man, a Petty Officer (Steward), who was then posted to INS Kadamba and attached to INS Gomantak in Goa.

But, the GCM in June 2012 found him guilty under Section 53(b) of the Navy Act which provided that “any indecent act shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years”. The GCM termed the man’s actions “indecent” and awarded one-year imprisonment.

However, the GCM also decided to invoke Section 82(4) of the Navy Act against the man for intimidating the daughter to change her statement during trial. It imposed a sentence of “dismissal with disgrace”, which denied him pensionary benefits. The man appealed against the one-year sentence along with “dismissal with disgrace” before the Armed Forces Tribunal’s regional bench in Mumbai.

The AFT in December last year partly allowed the appeal of the navy man. It upheld the conviction and sentence under Section 53(b) and one-year sentence. However, it set aside the order for his dismissal with disgrace as a result entitling the man with all retirement benefits. The defence ministry challenged the AFT’s verdict before SC.

Arguing for the Navy, additional solicitor general Maninder Singh told a bench of Justices J S Khehar and Adarsh Goel that Navy is a disciplined force and such indecent and indiscipline act of the petty officer would cause grave disturbance to the morale and overall upkeep of the discipline.

He said: “In a disciplined force like the Navy, an indecent act if committed by a sailor, needs to be taken to its logical conclusion by the award of punishment corresponding with the gravity of the offence and any mercy or sympathy on the quantum of punishment would be counter productive.”

The bench agreed to consider afresh the case against the navy man and issued notice to him. On Singh’s plea, the apex court also stayed the AFT direction to pay pensionary benefits to the man, who has now retired from service.

The ASG said: “The AFT accepts that the act of the respondent is beastly and highly condemnable and on the other hand takes a lenient view of the offence by setting aside the punishment of dismissal with disgrace on the sole ground that the said incident happened only once, within the confines of four walls and that too with the consent of the daughter.”

Singh said: “The mere fact that the act took place only once behind closed doors, cannot absolve the respondent of the culpability.”


Man held in Vasco for rape of step, real kids

Man held in Vasco for rape of step, real kids

VASCO: Vasco police on Thursday arrested a Nepal man for allegedly repeatedly sexually assaulted his step-daughter, step-son and his own daughter, all minors. The case was reported to the police after their terrified mother convinced her children to confide in their school teacher about their ordeal.

The 39-year-old man works as a casual labourer at Sancoale. The mother of the children has accused the man of raping the children for more than a year, since the family was residing at Chandigarh.

According to the victims’ mother, who is the complainant in the case, her husband raped his step-daughter and his own daughter and had unnatural sex with his step-son. The mother has said that she even witnessed the assault a couple of times, but could not stop it as the accused would beat her up and threaten to kill her and the children.

Finally, the mother asked the children to inform teachers of their school and seek their assistance in reporting the case to the police. The eldest among the victims, the 13-year-old boy, accordingly reported their ordeal to their school teacher a couple of days ago. The school management took immediate steps to report the case thereafter.

The school counsellors helped in coaxing the children to narrate the entire facts of the case and later the mother was called to the school. On Thursday, the school authorities accompanied the mother to the police station to lodge the complaint against her husband.

According to the Vasco police, the victims’ mother was first married to another man, from whom she had two daughters and a son. The accused too has a daughter from his previous wife. Both divorced their former spouses and married one another about seven years ago.

Following the marriage, the family stayed at Chandigarh and moved to Goa in April this year. The ordeal of the mother and children began in Chandigarh itself and the abuse continued after the family moved to Goa.

The accused has been assaulting the complainant’s 13-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter and his own 7-year-old daughter. The woman’s elder daughter escaped the attacks as she is residing in Nepal for some time now.

The accused is reported to be an alcoholic, said the police. The accused and the children were sent for medical examination on Thursday.

A case has been registered under Section 354 (molestation), 354 (A), 354 (B), 376 (rape), 377 (unnatural sex), 324, 323, 506 (2) (threatening), of IPC and Section 8 (2) of Goa Children’s Act, and Section 4, 8 & 12 of POCSO. The case is being investigated by PSI John Fernandes.


Glimpses of Dalit life

Glimpses of Dalit life

Umpteen years ago, when I was still in school, a woman called Hirabai used to come to my grandfather’s home in Poona to clean the commodes. Even at that time, I thought of her as extraordinary: she carried those disgusting pots with as much grace and dignity as if she were wearing a tiara. It never occurred to anyone in my home to disrespect her. I have never forgotten her and think of her, especially when I read all those depressing stories of what is now called Dalit life.

I can’t remember when the flush system was made compulsory in Poona and I don’t know what work Hirabai and her sons found after that. Was it sometime after the assassination of Gandhiji? I remember a tonga racing down Main Street (later Mahatma Gandhi Road) announcing his death. His concern with cleanliness was not just a matter of clearing rubbish. It involved the idea of the dignity of labour of any kind and, of course, that involved all the unpleasant jobs “untouchables” were called upon to do. (It’s always intrigued me that people who create excreta in the first place feel it below their dignity to clean up after themselves.)

There have been numerous novels about Dalit life and numerous autobiographies and poems by Dalits themselves. Jerry Pinto’s translation is the first in English of Daya Pawar’s autobiography, Baluta, (Speaking Tiger, 2015) the first Dalit autobiography to be published in Marathi in 1978. Shanta Gokhale, in her preface, writes, “I met and got to know Daya Pawar. He was a gentle man, a reticent man, who listened more than he spoke. I knew from my reading of Baluta, from its extraordinary clarity and self-implication, that he carried a freight-load of anger and grief inside him.”

For Jerry Pinto, translator, “What prevents this from being a misery memoir is the way in which Pawar implicates himself. For a victim narrative, the central assumption is that the teller is blameless and the villain is someone else out there. In his relationships with women, Pawar presents himself with warts on.”

Daya Pawar (1935- 1996) himself writes about a girl everyone thought he would marry. “Hers was one of the richer families in the Maharwada. Their house was awash with milk and butter; it was covered in English tiles.


The girl’s father had many acres of land…His wife, strapping as a Pathan was always swathed in gold ornaments…I knew that everyone wanted me to marry into that house. But even at that age I felt a deep hatred for the rich. I would not let myself be sold off to them. And then, I didn’t want a dark-skinned wife. I was dreaming white-skin dreams. I would dream of children who looked like Brahmin-Baniya children.”

Jerry Pinto mentions an essay by Adil Jussawala included in Jussawala’s prose collection, Maps for aMortal Moon.” The essay is titled, With Daya Pawar in Paris. Jussawala and his wife, Veronik, met him at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and then later in Paris. “Daya and I went for long walks, Veronik took him to the cinema.


They saw Carlos Saura’s Blood Wedding which Veronik liked but Daya slept through for a while. They went to The Colour Purple which Veronik hated and which he loved. At no point did he try to impose his views on us, not even try to project himself as a Dalit, nor aggressively promote the idea of Dalit literature. I think we understood each other, despite our different backgrounds.”

Jussawala ends with, “Collapsing in the middle of a seminar in Delhi isn’t the best way to go, though it does convey an extreme reaction to seminars.”