Man sets himself ablaze during live TV show, hugs BSP leader

Man sets himself ablaze during live TV show, hugs BSP leader


Lucknow, April 29 (IANS) A youth set himself on fire and embraced a BSP leader in Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur town during a live TV debate on the Lok Sabha election, police said Tuesday.

The incident occurred Monday night during Doordarshan’s ‘Janmat 2014’ programme that was being shot at Tikonia Park.

A debate was taking place between leaders of various political parties. Suddenly a young man drenched in petrol stepped out and set himself on fire.

He then rushed towards Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Kamruzzama Fauji and embraced him. The man and the BSP leader sustained serious burn injuries.

Police said the youth, Durgesh from Mau district, suffered 95 percent burns while Kamruzzama Fauji sustained 75 percent burns. Both were rushed to the trauma centre in Lucknow, where their condition is stated to be critical.

Both the victims are battling for their lives, a doctor told IANS.

Congress leader Ram Kumar Singh and another leader Chowdhary Hriday Ram Verma also sustained minor burn injuries while trying to save them.

A key of a local hotel has been recovered from the man.

Police have so far not been able to know the reason behind the extreme step.


Suspected ISI agent arrested in Chennai

Suspected ISI agent arrested in Chennai

The ‘Q’ Branch CID of the Tamil Nadu Police on Tuesday arrested a 37-year old Sri Lankan national, suspected to be an agent of an ISI operative, in Chennai, and seized photographs of vital installations and counterfeit currency from him. 

According to sources in the police, Sakir Hussain was suspected to be an operating on the instructions of an ISI agent based in Colombo.

“He was planning to sabotage many important structures in Chennai, including the US consulate. He was planning attacks in other parts of the country,” a police officer said.  A case has been registered under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, and IPC.

Dial 1077 for complaints on water supply

Dial 1077 for complaints on water supply

As part of its initiative to supply regular potable drinking water to the public, the district administration has set up an emergency service cell for redressing drinking water-related issues at the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) office premises. The cell will start functioning from May 1 and will receive complaints from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

A toll free telephone number, 1077, has also been introduced to help people file complaints regarding lack of or short supply of drinking water.

Officials of local bodies have been directed to initiate action to resolve complaints immediately and also inform the complainants on action taken on their complaints.

Fishermen demand higher compensation during ban period

Fishermen demand higher compensation during ban period

Even while mechanised boat fishermen are busy setting right their boats and nets, taking advantage of the 45-day ban period, fishermen’s associations have urged the government to hike the compensation paid to fishermen for livelihood loss during the ban period. The two boating jetties in Jegathapattinam and Kottaipattinam coastal villages in the district are brimming with 750 mechanised boats anchored since April 15 – the date on which the ban commenced. Fishermen from other districts, who have been staying here, have already left for their villages.

About 2,500 fishermen and their families utilise the spare time to repair their nets, which costs between Rs.5, 000 and Rs.10, 000.

Depending on the extent of repair work needed, the maintenance work of mechanised boats is done either on the water or at the shore. While small repair works are carried out at anchored position, major repairs are carried out by moving the boats to the shore.

The fishermen will have to spend a minimum of Rs.1lakh for repairing the boats. Some of the boats have suffered an extensive damage in attacks by the Sri Lankan Navy. A few boats were seized by the Sri Lankan authorities and were released after a prolonged delay. These boats needed major repairs involving huge expenditure. Fishermen who have already suffered a big loss owing to the ban are facing an additional burden of undertaking the repair works, lament the local fishermen associations. Both the Central and the State government should come forward to bear the expenses involved in repairing the boats, they said.

Meanwhile, the State government has provided a compensation of Rs.2,000 to each mechanised boat fishermen.

Kuttiyandi, president, Mechanised Boat Fishermen Association of Jegathapattinam, said if the government factors in the heavy loss of livelihood suffered by fishermen, the relief was paltry and the government should hike it to Rs.4,000.

The government should also increase the subsidy provided to fishermen for procuring freezer box, net, rope etc., besides hiking the monthly quota of subsidised diesel for each mechanised boat from 1,500 litres to 2,000 litres, Mr.Kuttiyandi added.

Police have upper hand in Agency area, says SP

Police have upper hand in Agency area, says SP


The Visakhapatnam district police have deployed a large number of security forces for combing operation in the Agency areas with the aim of obtaining total area domination. This is being done to thwart the boycott call given by the Maoists for the Assembly and Lok Sabha polls scheduled for May 7.

Talking to The Hindu , Superintendent of Police Vikram Jeet Duggal said about 5,000 security forces drawn from various wings such as AP Special Police, Greyhounds, local police, CRPF and BSF have already been deployed in the entire district. “In the Agency area itself we have the presence of about 3,000 personnel and we are expecting another 20 companies of Central Armed Police Forces,” he said.

According to him, the policy of total area domination will reduce the fear factor among the tribals and they will be in a position to defy the boycott call. “The strategy had been successful during the recent MPTC and ZPTC elections, as the voter turnout was at about 72 per cent,” said Mr. Duggal. It is believed that the security forces have entrenched themselves in almost all the strategic hillocks in the Agency area.

“Technically, we are on the upper hand, as the foliage is pretty low during this part of the year. The visibility is much clear and it would be easier for our men to spot any movement from the elevated positions. It would have been a difficult proposition after the monsoon, when the greenery would be thicker,” said the SP.

Clean chit

Identifying key areas, he said certain mandals such as Koyyuru, G.K. Veedhi, Chintapalli, Annavaram, G Madugula, Pedabayalu and Munchingput were hyper sensitive areas.

Giving a clean chit to almost all the sensitive mandals, he was candid to admit that Maoists were still present in some pockets in the two mandals of Pedabayalu and Munchingput. “We hope to overcome even that shortly,” he said.

The SP said the Sadbhavana Sadassu organised by the police played an effective role in reducing the Maoist influence. “This apart, in the last three months we have about 75 surrenders or arrests of Maoists or militia members. Of them six were Dalam members and three were area committee members. We also seized 447 gelatine sticks with bundles of wires and about 60 kg of ammonia sulphate, which is the main ingredient for improvised explosive devices,” said Mr. Duggal.

Another senior officer said East Visakha Division, which controls the operation on the Andhra side is on the wane, as the support from Odisha has dwindled with the exit of Sabyasachi Panda from the Koraput-Malkangiri division.


A large number of security forces deployed to thwart Maoists’ poll boycott call

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