Hostel warden held for sodomizing minor boy
RAIPUR: Hostel warden of a residential school was arrested late on Tuesday for sodomizing a class 6 boy for four months on school premises, threatening to fail him in exams in Janjgir district of Chhattisgarh.
The incident came to light when the traumatized student residing at a boys’ hostel – run by a temple trust – complained to his parents at Raigarh about the indecent activities of the hostel warden.
The incident took place in a hostel located in dense forest at Rishabh Teerth Damaudara village’s Ashram school, police said. While police didn’t reveal much justifying that the matter was sensitive and that Supreme Court orders refrain police from revealing details related to minor children, they confirmed that child was continuously sodomized.
“At times, accused warden Nirmal Jaiswal threatened to fail him in exams, other times he lured him for good food in hostel and excellent marks. But the child was under immense trauma and remained reserved among students. He spilled the beans only when he returned home to Raigarh to his parents,” a police official said.
His parents lodged a complaint on Monday and Jaiswal was arrested under section 377 of IPC and relevant sections of Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act and was interrogated.
Are people getting passports on fake addresses: HC asks Centre, Delhi
NEW DELHI: Concerned that Indian passports are being issued to citizens and foreigners on incorrect addresses, the Delhi high court on Wednesday sought an explanation from the Centre and the state government s on the issue.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw issued notices to the ministries of external affairs (MEA) and home affairs (MHA). It also asked the Delhi government and city police to reply to the allegations by April 29.
“It is a very serious issue that people who are not residing at a given address have been issued passports in their name. The government needs to explain this very serious allegation,” the bench said.
Miscreants damage glass enclosure of Mangaluru church
MANGALURU: Miscreants allegedly damaged a glass enclosure containing statues of Mother Mary and Infant Jesus at St Joseph Vaz prayer hall in Panir, near here, on Tuesday night.
“A stone was thrown at the glass casing, damaging it. We are yet to make arrests in the case. Tight security is in place now. We’ve included churches in our beats,” said R R Kalyana Shetty, assistant commissioner of police, Mangaluru South division.
The incident comes close on the heels of a string of church attacks in Delhi.
Health and family welfare minister U T Khader on Wednesday visited the prayer hall and said miscreants are resorting to such acts to create fear and insecurity among the public. Noting that a majority of the people want peace and harmony, he said such incidents will vitiate communal harmony in the region.
Deputy commissioner of police K Santosh Babu also visited the spot. A case has been registered in Konaje police station.
Bishop of Mangaluru Diocese, Aloysius Paul D’Souza, condemned the incident. Mangaluru Diocese secretary M P Noronha said police should identify and nab the culprits soon. “Cops must provide extra protection to churches and other places of worship,” he added.
The prayer hall is attached to Our Lady of Mercy Church in a remote area.
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.
Seven farm workers killed as truck rams tractor
Vijayapura, Feb 25: Seven farm workers were killed after a container truck rammed the tractor-trailer they were travelling in, at Budni Cross near Almatti on Tuesday.
All the victims were being ferried to Mukartihal village for harvesting jowar. They were travelling with a thresher machine. A speeding container truck with Haryana registration rammed the trailer from behind over a bridge near Budni Cross.
Killed on the spot
The tractor rammed the parapet of the bridge while the trailer overturned killing six on the spot. Kaveri Yamanappa Abalapura, 14, died at the district hospital.
The other deceased are: Husenabi Makandar (35), Jayashree Koochabala (20), Sunanda Rampura (28), Rupa Rakkasagi (30), Viranna Takavara (21), all residents of Golasangi village and Ismail Shirur (30) of Shirur village in Bagalkot taluk.
The bodies were shifted to government hospital at Basavana Bagewadi for post mortem. Basavana Bagewadi police have registered a case.