Man accused of gang-rape during Muzaffarnagar riots held

Man accused of gang-rape during Muzaffarnagar riots held

As many as seven cases of gang rape registered from lank village during last year’s riots.

Police have arrested one person accused of gang-raping a woman at Lank of Muzaffarnagar during last year’s riots.

The accused, Maheshvir Singh, was arrested yesterday, a police officer said. He had been sent to 14 days’ judicial custody after being produced before the court of additional chief judicial magistrate Sunder Lal.

A local court had earlier issued arrest warrants against Maheshvir and two others — Kuldeep and Sikander — in connection with the gang rape of a woman at Lank village in Muzaffarnagar.

As many as seven cases of gang rape registered from lank village during last year’s riots.


2 CPI(Maoist) supporters killed in PLFI firing

2 CPI(Maoist) supporters killed in PLFI firing

Two alleged supporters of CPI(Maoist) were killed when People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) activists opened indiscriminate firing at a weekly market in Birbanki under Arki police station in the district on Saturday evening, the police said.

A group of 20 PLFI activists arrived and opened indiscriminate firing, killing Gopal Munda and Bisram Munda as people ran helter skelter for safety, they said.

The victims were supporters of Maoists and used to collect levy for Maoist area commander Kundan Pahan, DIG Praveen Kumar Singh said.

The militants also set ablaze a motorcycle and a four-wheeler before dispersing, the police officer added.

After girls’ death, govt drive to cap open bore wells

After girls’ death, govt drive to cap open bore wells

RAIPUR: A day after a five-year-old girl died after falling into a bore well, Chhattisgarh government has warned of stern legal action against leaving bore wells uncapped and directed all district collectors to issue specific instructions to all those who are engaged in digging of bore wells. 

Kushboo, who fell into a bore well in a village in Rajnandgon district, could not be saved even though a massive rescue operation was carried out to remove soil so that the rescue team could gain access to the child. Her body was retrieved later on Saturday night. 

Chief minister Raman Singh, who has announced a solatium of Rs 1 lakh to Kushboo’s family, issued directions to all districts to launch a drive to ensure that no bore wells remain uncapped. 

Meanwhile, agitated villagers of Rajnandgaon district’s Mokhla village, where a five-year-old girl died after falling into an open bore well, have lodged a complaint on the charges of culpable homicide against the farmer who had left the bore well open in the field. 

Police said a village farmer, identified as Komu, has been arrested on the charges of criminal negligence and more sections would be added after legally examining the matter.

Six Ghaziabad cops suspended for extortion

Six Ghaziabad cops suspended for extortion

GHAZIABAD: Six constables posted at Ghaziabad’s Sahibabad police station were suspended on Sunday after they were allegedly found extorting money from drivers of trucks, cabs and two-wheelers near Delhi border.

The suspension came after senior SP Dharmendra Yadav and Sahibabad SHO Hardayal Yadav caught the constables busy extorting money in a surprise raid.

Police said there had been constant complaints against the cops for involvement in extortion and other illegal activities. The SSP conducted a check in plain clothes and caught the constables.

“A probe has been ordered against the cops to establish their involvement in the illegal activities,” said the Sahibabad SHO.

Half-charred body of woman found in Unnao

Half-charred body of woman found in Unnao

KANPUR: The police recovered a half-charred body of a 26-year-old unidentified woman near a brick-kiln in Unnao on Sunday morning. The body was later sent for postmortem.

Bangarmau Kotwali station officer Subhash Chandra Tewari said locals spotted the body near Jai Krishna brick-kiln unit on Sandila Road and informed the police. “It seems that the woman was burnt on Saturday night. The locals residing close to spot have been questioned. We have launched an investigation,” said Tewari.

No missing report was lodged with Bangarmau Kotwali. “We have contacted neighbouring police stations to identify the victim,” he said.

An investigating official further said that the woman does not seem to be a local. “It is possible that the woman was killed somewhere else and the body was brought here in a four-wheeler. The place where we found the body is close to a brick-kiln unit and there is no scope for perpetrators to execute the killing here,” said a police officer.

“The body has been recovered and sent for autopsy. The cause of death will be ascertained only after the post mortem,” said a senior police official. Whether the perpetrators of crime were close to the girl or there is another angle to the case? We are investigating all possibilities,” he said. According to police records, bodies of three women have been found in Unnao in last one-and-a-half months. The police have so far failed to identify even a single of them.