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Class X girl ends life, parents blame cops for not acting on FB smears

“The police, however, didn’t act on our complaint. Her death could have been averted if there was action on their part,” said Tiwari.

A 14-year-old class X girl ended her life on October 20 allegedly after her 19-year-old boyfriend defamed her on facebook. The girl’s family members allege that the inaction on part of the police, even after them filing a formal complaint against the youth months back, led to her suicide. Sakshi Tiwari, a resident of SK Stone in Mira Road had jumped to death from the terrace of a seven-storied building on October 20. Raising fingers at her acquaintance Kaushal Dev Murari, 19, her mother Saloni Tiwari alleged that the boy turned abusive after the family objected to him courting the girl. Sakshi was a student of RBK School and the accused was a former student of the same school.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “We had complained to the police in July itself about the boy after he harassed her and tried to defame her. He had earlier posted some distasteful remarks about her on his Facebook page,” said Rahul Tiwari, Sakshi’s brother-in-law. “The police, however, didn’t act on our complaint. Her death could have been averted if there was action on their part,” said Tiwari. Sakshi’s mother Saloni said the family is yet to recover from the shock. “My daughter ended her life as the police failed to take action against the boy. He harassed her and posted abusive content …leading to her taking the extreme step,” said Tiwari. When contacted, Rajesh Pradhan, Superintendent of Police, Thane Rural, said, “The girl and boy was having an affair for the last six months. The family members did not approve their relationship. They had lodged a complaint in July and we had registered a case against the accused under section 149 of the CRPC. However, the family members settled the issue amicably and did not follow up on the case,” said Pradhan. “Now, we have filed a case of abetment of suicide under the Indian Penal Code against the accused and have arrested the youth. We are investigating further,” said Pradhan.

80 govt officials found absent from work during surprise check in Punjab

A team led by Special Secretary Protocol conducted a surprise check in Punjab Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh and found as many as 80 officers or officials absent from their offices, said a spokesman.

As many as eighty government officials including two IAS officers were found absent from their offices on Tuesday during a surprise check conducted on the directions of Punjab Chief Secretary Sarvesh Kaushal in children.A team led by Special Secretary Protocol conducted a surprise check in Punjab Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh and found as many as 80 officers or officials absent from their offices, said a spokesman.IAS officers Praveen Thind and Rahul Tiwari were found absent amongst 80 officers from their offices located in the Civil Secretariat, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>During the surprise check, a total 38 branches were checked at 9.10 AM, he said. Strict departmental administrative action will be initiated against officials who were found absent, he said.

Former Pathankot SSP and two DSPs awarded for Gurdaspur heroics

Former Pathankot SSP Rakesh Kaushal and other police officials actively took on terrorists in the 12-hour long gun battle at Dinanagar police station in Gurdaspur and also supervised the operation to defuse five live bombs planted on rail track at Talwandi near Pathankot.

Seven people, including Superintendent of Police (Detective) Baljeet Singh, were killed by the terrorists before they were eliminated by the commandos of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) of Punjab police in an operation that lasted 12 hours.
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Former Pathankot SSP Rakesh Kaushal and two Deputy Superintendents have been felicitated for showing exemplary courage while fighting heavily-armed terrorists from Pakistan in Dinanagar and defusing bombs on rail track in Talwandi on July 27.Former Pathankot Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rakesh Kaushal and Deputy Superintendents of Police Prabhjot Singh Virk and Manoj Thakur have been awarded with Director General of Police’s Commendation Disc, a police spokesperson said today.While, other 64 police officials of different ranks were given various bravery awards, he said. Kaushal and other police officials actively took on terrorists in the 12-hour long gun battle at Dinanagar police station in Gurdaspur and also supervised the operation to defuse five live bombs planted on rail track at Talwandi near Pathankot, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Although both the areas are under Gurdaspur district, yet I along with other officials rushed to both the spots and took active part in the encounter which helped in elimination of the militants and also saved precious lives and property by getting the bombs defused at the railway track,” Kaushal said on receiving the award.In a major terror attack on July 27, three fidayeen, believed to have come from Pakistan, had attacked passengers in a moving bus and stormed Dina Nagar police station.Seven people, including Superintendent of Police (Detective) Baljeet Singh, were killed by the terrorists before they were eliminated by the commandos of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team (SWAT) of Punjab police in an operation that lasted 12 hours.

Vyapam scam: HC restrains MP govt from acting against whistleblower Anand Rai

Indore: The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Tuesday directed the state government to file a reply within two days on the issue of transfer of whistleblower and Right To Information (RTI) activist Anand Rai and his wife Gauri Rai.

The bench also restrained the government from taking any action in the matter until it has filed its reply.

Representational image. Image courtesy: Vyapam website

Representational image. Image courtesy: Vyapam website

These directives were issued by a division bench comprising Justice P K Jaiswal and Justice T K Kaushal in response to a petition filed by the couple, their lawyer Anshuman Shrivastava told reporters in Indore.

“While hearing the petition, we urged the bench to cancel the transfer of Rai and his wife but it was opposed by the government advocate, after which the court directed the state government to file a reply by 6 August specifying the grounds on which they were issued transfer orders,” Shrivastava said.

The bench also restrained the government from not taking any action in the matter until it filed its reply on the issue.

Rai alleged that Madhya Pradesh state government transferred him and his wife to settle scores,after he complained against powerful BJP leaders allegedly involved in the Vyapam scam.

Rai was posted as a medical officer in a government training institute in Indore and recently his attachment order to the post was abolished by the government by posting him back to his parent post to a hospital in Dhar district.

His wife was also transferred from Ujjain to Dhar recently.

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Maoist commander arrested from Delhi labour colony

Chandeshwar Yadav, an alleged commander of banned Maoist outfit, was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi police from a Kapashera area of the national capital. According to police, Yadav, who had been absconding after carrying out an ambush on a police party in Jharkhand, was taking refuge in colonies which are mostly inhabited by labourers. Interestingly, Yadav, after being hiding himself in various parts of Jharkhand, recently travelled all the way to Delhi to evade arrest.The arrest has also led the police department to alert their human intelligence assets in labour colonies to counter the threat of local populous being indoctrinated by the Maoist ideology.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The team of Special Cell had received inputs that one of the senior Maoist commanders had taken shelter in a labour colony of Delhi and, accordingly, had deployed sources in vulnerable localities to develop the inputs,” said a senior police officer.According to investigating officers, on December 23, 2014, Maoists led by Yadav (now 26) had attacked a police patrolling party by exploding an IED followed by heavy firing resulting in injuries to two officers, one of whom later died, at Itkhori in Chatra district, 150km from Ranchi.”The clout of Chandeshwar grew after this audacious attack and he became famous in the area and security forces started tracking him,” Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, deputy commissioner of police, special cell.”The perpetrators had escaped taking advantage of the dark cover after around 30 minute encounter with the Police. Investigations into the matter had revealed the involvement of accused Chandeshwar Yadav as a key executioner of the outrageous ambush,” the DCP added. Police are now developing information on the locality and other possible suspects who sheltered Yadav.Elaborating further on the accused’s profile, investigators said that after dropping out of school, Yadav assisted his family in farming. Since the income from agriculture was meager, in March 2013, he purchased an auto to supplement his family income.”While driving auto as a livelihood, Chandeshwar had a dispute over cattle shed with his real uncle and soon, this dispute took an ugly shape, when he was thrashed by his uncle and his family members one day while he was returning home after completing his day’s work as an auto driver.”Seeking revenge, Chandeshwar went to one Kaushal Yadav, a relative, who is a senior Maoist Commander and recruiter and is a native of Chandeshwar’s village. Kaushal encouraged him to join banned Maoist outfit and promised him that if he will have the power of gun by his side, all his enemies will start respecting him. On this promise, Chandeshwar joined Kaushal Yadav and took oath as a member of the banned Maoist outfit,” a senior officer told dna.

Nitin Gadkari demands apology from Congress for Rahul Gandhi’s ‘immature’ statement

“Rahul Gandhi’s statement on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was very immature and unfortunate. Congress President Sonia Gandhi or vice-president Rahul Gandhi should apologise for Rahul’s statement against Sushma Swaraj,” Gadkari said.

Nitin Gadkari

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Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that Congress president Sonia Gandhi or its vice-president, Rahul Gandhi, should apologise for his ‘immature’ statement on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.”Rahul Gandhi’s statement on External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was very immature and unfortunate. Congress President Sonia Gandhi or vice-president Rahul Gandhi should apologise for Rahul’s statement against Sushma Swaraj,” Gadkari said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Gadkari further said he is hoping that seemingly immature statement made by Rahul Gandhi is taken back and at least Sonia Gandhi should apologies on his behalf. “The Congress is not letting the House to function smoothly. Their demand of ‘first resign then debate’ is not right. The Congress has lost its faith in democracy. I appeal the Congress party to let the House function,? he added. Gadkari further said that all the other opposition parties except for Congress are willing for a debate in the Parliament. Rahul Gandhi had earlier last month accused Sushma Swaraj of committing a criminal act that deserved jail. He said, “Sushma Swaraj is a minister who the whole country knows has done a criminal act. When you do a criminal act, you go to jail. The foreign minister of India going around … and saying please release this man. The CM of Rajasthan has done that. This is against the law.” Both senior BJP leaders have been accused of helping the former IPL commissioner, a fugitive, who is being investigated by Indian agencies for money laundering, secure travel documents in the UK in 2014. The ruling NDA regime has said there is no question of them resigning. Sushma Swaraj has consistently maintained thatshe helped Lalit Modi on “humanitarian” grounds so that he could give consent for his wife’s cancer treatment at a medical facility in Lisbon, Portugal, in August 2014. But according to some reports, Portugal?s laws do not require the consent of adults for patients undergoing medical treatment. Lalit Modi has been using his Twitter account to say that Swaraj Kaushal, Sushma’s husband, and her daughter Bansuri Kaushal, offered him free legal services. The former IPL commissioner also picked up the hotel tabs for Swaraj Kaushal and Raje at the Four Seasons in Mumbai in 2010. Making the plot even murkier is the financial link between Raje’s son, Dushyant Singh, and Lalit Modi, who made a Rs.11.63 crore investment in his firm Niyant Heritage Hotels Pvt Ltd. in April 2008. The shares of the company were priced at Rs. 10 in 2005, but the IPL commissioner paid around Rs. 7.83 crore to 815 shares at a staggering premium of Rs. 96,180. The money invested in their firm was part of Rs. 21 crore that Lalit Modi’s Anand Heritage Hotels Pvt Ltd. received from an unknown entity Wilton Investment Ltd based in Mauritius, which is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate.

Congress has scored another own-goal on Lalit Modi job offer to Swaraj Kaushal

The dirty tricks department of the Congress party is working overtime to find something to beat the BJP government at the centre and states with. The latest is the charge that on 15 April 2015, Lalit Modi had offered the job of alternate director to Swaraj Kaushal in Indofil Industries Ltd, one of the group companies controlled by his family, as quid pro quo for getting Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister, to intercede on his behalf for obtaining travel documents from the British government.

Lalit Modi. ReutersLalit Modi. Reuters

Lalit Modi. Reuters

It redounds to the credit of Kaushal that he did not accept the offer, as clarified by him and KK Modi, father of Lalit Modi. Section 161(2) of the Companies Act, 2013, which regulates the appointment of alternate directors, has not yet been notified. So much so that section 313 of the Companies Act, 1956, the predecessor law, is still in force. Alternative directors come in handy for non-resident directors of joint venture companies in India – i.e. companies where a foreign company is the FDI partner. It is de rigueur for such non-resident directors to nominate Indian proxies to do their bidding at board meetings though the law requires the board to appoint an alternate director and not the expat director himself.

An alternate director can be appointed only if the original director is away from the state in which the board meetings are ordinarily held for not less than three months. In many Indian companies where foreign companies call the shots, a farce is enacted by making a pliable Indian stand in for several non-resident directors at the same time. The new law enshrined in section 161 (2) of the Companies Act 2013 says a person can stand in for only one original director. It also rightly talks of the original director being away from India rather than from the state where the board meetings are normally held. This is in recognition of the reality that the regime is by and large used by non-residents. However, it does not cover a purported “fugitive” appointing a stand-in director.

Be that as it may, Lalit Modi knew on 15 April 2015 that he is not going to return to India within the next three months and, therefore, proposed the name of Kaushal as alternate director to stand in for him. Indeed he would have had to do Modi’s bidding because section 313 says in so many words that the purpose of appointing an alternate director is to act on behalf of the original director. Lalit Modi might have sought to reward Kaushal for the so-called act of influence peddling by his wife Sushma Swaraj, but by rejecting the offer Kaushal has saved embarrassment for himself, his wife, and indeed the entire ruling NDA at the centre.

That is why the Congress has scored a self-goal. Had Kaushal accepted the offer, the Congress’ charge would have carried conviction and indeed it could have gone to town with another charge of impropriety by Sushma Swaraj. But by rejecting the offer Kaushal saved the day. Indeed, the Congress would look sheepish if people understand the true import of Kaushal’s rejection. To be sure, alternate directorship is not a great honour for any appointee, since the status is that of a stooge, but Kaushal would have courted trouble for himself and his wife had he accepted the offer and the remuneration that goes with the office.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi is a no mean lawyer. Of all the persons in Congress, he should not have led the charge against Sushma Swaraj on this account. It has fizzled out even before it was hurled. The Congress has truly got egg on its face by trying to make a villain out of Kaushal who, in fact, showed remarkable prescience in rejecting the offer.

Acceptance of a bribe or a quid pro quo is a crime but anyone who rejects such overtures actually grows in stature. It is a common joke in bureaucratic circles that a minister or bureaucrat sometimes contrives to institute a CBI inquiry against himself or his family members with an eye on the clean chit that would send his stock soaring. It cannot be anybody’s case that Kaushal got Lalit Modi to make an offer so he could reject just to send his stock skyhigh.

Levity apart, the Congress’ charge lacks in substance and has, in fact, come as manna from heaven for a beleaguered foreign minister. That Kaushal gets a retainership from the Modi family companies is beside the point because he has been offering his legal services for more than two decades and none of this had anything to do with favours from Sushma Swaraj. In any case, it is ridiculous to suggest that Sushma Swaraj would have stuck her neck out to obtain a bit of income for her husband as it emerges, in hindsight, that her interceding in the matter did not result in any dilution of any charges against Lalit Mod. The favour she did was no big deal – once again in retrospect – because the Delhi High Court had restored his passport.

Sushma-Modi controversy: Here’s how hubby Kaushal, daughter Bansuri became political kryptonite for Swaraj

The controversy surrounding Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj helping controversial former commissioner of the Indian Premier League Lalit Modi on “humanitarian” grounds has raised more questions than it has answered. While the Opposition is up in arms and have cried themselves hoarse demanding Swaraj’s resignation, the Union Minister has maintained silence since her clarification on Twitter where she admitted that Modi was allowed to travel on humanitarian grounds.

Interestingly, reports signal towards the fact Sushma was linked to Lalit Modi on a more personal level busting her claim that the travel documents were issued on humanitarian grounds. While Sushma’s daughter, Bansuri Swaraj — a law graduate from the Oxford University and a barrister at law from Inner Temple in UK — represented Modi for seven years, the Union Minister’s husband Swaraj Kaushal gave legal counsel to the disgraced sports administrator’s for 22 years, an NDTV report pointed out.

For almost four years now, Modi has been away from India in relation to an Enforcement Directorate case for allegedly violating Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). Lalit Modi came to London in 2010 as allegations of match-fixing and illegal betting related to IPL cricket tournament emerged. His Indian passport was revoked by the government in March 2011, but it was restored by the Delhi High Court in August last year. Modi has denied any wrongdoing and says he left India for Britain because of death threats.

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. PTIUnion External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. PTI

Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. PTI

Bansuri, who in 2012 was assisting UU Lalit, a Supreme Court judge, had appeared for Modi on several occasions. A report in The Indian Express noted that on every crucial judgement in Modi’s case (for which Solicitor General and Attorney General Harish Salve and Mukul Rohatgi respectively appeared for him), Bansuri was present in the court.

In January 2013 when a bench dismissed Lalit Modi’s appeal for passport revocation order based on ED’s fears of protecting the economic interest of the country, Bansuri was by Modi’s side and appeared on his behalf, the court judgement had recorded. Mukul Rohatgi, now Attorney General, appeared for him on this date.

On 5 March 2013, senior advocate Harish Salve had replaced Rohatgi to appear with Modi. But the judgement recorded Bansuri’s appearance again. On 27 August, 2014, when a division bench set aside the order revoking the passport and noted that “ED should have accepted Modi’s request for interrogation through videoconferencing instead of physical questioning.”

As Sandipan Sharma notes in this Firspost article, normally the government files an appeal in the Supreme Court against decisions that are overturned by a division bench of the high court. But in this case, no appeal was filed and his passport was given back to him. The judgement recorded Bansuri’s appearance again on behalf of Modi.

The IE report also pointed out that Sushma must have written to British lawmaker Keith Vaz recommending travel documents for Modi while the judgement on his appeal was reserved by the High Court. A criminal lawyer at the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court, Bansuri’s presence at every crucial hearing in the passport case of Modi cannot be a mere coincidence. Especially when another family member of the Swaraj family was equally close to Modi.

Swaraj Kaushal, the husband of Sushma Swaraj, also found himself in the limelight as reports surfaced that there was a bit of a quid-pro-quo situation between Kaushal and Modi. According to a report in The Huffington Post, Kaushal had taken Modi’s help to get his nephew secure admission at Sussex University in the UK. For a minister like Sushma Swaraj, who has hardly been hardly embroiled in any scam so far, her husband and daughter’s close connection with controversial and tainted Modi might only make things worse for her.

As this Economic Times article said Kaushal was known to be one of those guys in the political circles who does not shy away from pulling a few strings to get things done. ET report, which dubbed Kaushal as Sushma’s “Achilles heel”, also said that this was not the first controversy that one time Governor of Mizoram (1990) has been linked to.

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Screengrab from Twitter.

Kaushal’s links with Sudhanshu Mittal, a businessman-politician and late Pramod Mahajan’s right-hand man, have often been criticised. In 1979, according to the ET, Kaushal helped a Mizo leader in a conspiracy case.

Sharma, in his article, also noted that Lalit Modi’s case took a positive turn after the BJP came to power or “it may even be a case of Modi’s friends returning some of his favours, quid pro quo verging on impropriety.” Sushma’s ties with Narendra Modi have been cordial for almost all public appearances but one cannot forget the bitter past during the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

Firstpost in this article pointed out that this controversy has given rise to many conspiracy theories, and one of them is “Swaraj may be the victim of a internal feud in the BJP that has remained unresolved since Narendra Modi became Prime Minister. AAP’s Ashutosh and RJD’s Manoj Jha were among those to hint that Swaraj was taken down by her own, with Ashutosh tweeting, “Question is first @BJPRajnathSingh in son row/now @SushmaSwaraj in Lalit row? Coincidence or game plan to fix opponents of Modi in BJP?”

Police hands over Pakistani pigeon to bird lover

The pigeon was on Wednesday handed over to a bird lover of the area Ramanjit Singh, police said.

Nearly nine days after it was spotted, caught and handed over to the local police, the police has now handed over the pigeon which was suspected to have flown from across the border from Pakistan to a bird lover here to take its care. The pigeon was on Wednesday handed over to a bird lover of the area Ramanjit Singh, police said.Ramanjit is owner of a facility which takes care of birds and pets said SSP Pathankot, Rakesh Kaushal. The white female pigeon has been kept in the company of a male pigeon here, Ramanjit Singh told reporters. He said that he is feeding the birds with wheat, lentils, pigeon peas and black grams. “The birds are periodically medically examined also,” said Singh.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police had earlier guarded the fidgety ‘intruder’ from Pakistan who had created a flutter in Pathankot. The white-coloured pigeon, with Pakistani seal and Tehsil Shakargarh, district Narowal stamped on it in Urdu, was spotted and caught by one Ramesh Kumar from his house at Manwal village on the Indo-Pak border.As the bird looked ‘suspect’ due to the Pakistani marking, Ramesh took it to the Bamial police station where it remained in custody for the past few days. Pigeon fanciers in the sensitive border area had earlier told the police that Pakistani doves were easily distinguishable from their Indian brethren.

Kabootar ja ja! Pakistani ‘spy’ pigeon captured in Punjab

No… it isn’t a man or a plane, it’s a bird that is now accused of being a “Pakistani spy.”

The capture of a white pigeon, apparently from across the border, in Pathankot village in Punjab on Thursday has caused a flutter of panic among intelligence agents and the Punjab Police. This comes two days after an Intelligence Bureau (IB) alert to Punjab Police on the possibility of Indian Mujahideen being active in Jammu and Pathankot areas, according to the Times of India.

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The Indian Express reports that, the bird had “Shakargarh” and “Narowal” written on its body in English, along with some other text in Urdu. There are two places in Pakistan’s Punjab province close to the border.

Pathankot’s Rakesh Kumar Kaushal said to the New Indian Express, “We have intimated the BSF and other agencies in this regard. We are investigating the matter and teams have been sent to different places to check any suspicious movement. But no case has yet been registered in this regard,” he said.

The bird had been taken to Pathankot veterinary doctor to ascertain whether it carried any chip in its body.

This is not the first time that a pigeon has flown across from our neighbours and sent everyone into a tizzy. Five years ago, in May 2010, another pigeon with Pakistani markings was “apprehended” near the border in Amritsar sector. It was also alleged to be a “spy pigeon”.

Delhi court grants bail to Delhi police constable who hit woman with a brick

Chand was arrested after a criminal case was filed against him when a video clip of his allegedly attacking a young woman with two children at Golf Links in Central Delhi area went viral.

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A court in New Delhi on Saturday granted bail to a sacked Delhi police head constable, who was caught on camera hitting a woman with a brick after allegedly demanding a bribe, saying there were counter versions of the incident and no evidence to substantiate the woman’s bribe charge.”There being two counter versions of the incident and there being no clear demand of bribe. I am of the opinion that the accused is entitled to bail. Hence, the bail is granted,” Special Judge Narottam Kaushal said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, on May 12, the court had remanded sacked head constable Satish Chand to 14 days in judicial custody. He was initially suspended on May 11 after the incident but later on dismissed from service with immediate effect as the incident triggered widespread outrage.Chand was arrested after a criminal case was filed against him when a video clip of his allegedly attacking a young woman with two children at Golf Links in Central Delhi area went viral.The victim, who was riding a two-wheeler, had alleged that Chand demanded a bribe of Rs 200 accusing her of violating traffic rules and when she refused, he abused her and then hit her with a brick in front of her two minor children.The video clip showed the woman picking up a brick and hurling it at the policeman’s bike while the constable was seen attacking her back with another brick.The woman had said she suffered fracture in her left hand in the attack while she was coming from a parent-teacher meeting in her daughter’s school. At the time of the incident, the woman’s three daughters, including her four-month infant, were with her.”The policeman asked me for my registration papers and licence and demanded Rs 200 for jumping the red light. I insisted that a receipt be issued to me but the cop refused. When I protested he attacked me with a brick,” she had claimed.A case was registered against Chandra at Tuglak Road Police Station under Section 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), Section 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) and Section 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) of IPC and Section 7 (public servant taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act) of Prevention of Corruption Act.

Moga death: Ownership of bus will not affect probe, says dy Punjab CM Badal

Chandigarh: Under fire over the death of a teenage girl after being pushed out of a moving bus of a company owned by him, Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Friday said it was “absurd to think” that such a brutality will go unpunished due to ownership of the vehicle.

Referring to the ownership of the company, Badal said that the fact only adds to his responsibility.

“It is absurd even to think that the company’s ownership will allow such brutality and brazenness to go unpunished,” he said.

Deputy Punjab Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. AFPDeputy Punjab Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. AFP

Deputy Punjab Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. AFP

Badal, who is also the Home Minister, said, “I am deeply anguished over the incident, the more so because of the bus in which it happened.”

A Dalit woman and her teenage daughter were allegedly molested and thrown out of a running bus belonging to the ruling Badal family in Punjab, leaving the girl dead and mother seriously wounded and triggering up a political storm.

The shocking incident occurred on 29 April close to Gill village on Moga-Kotkapura road, about 10 km from Moga district headquarters, and four persons including the driver, cleaner and conductor of the bus have been arrested.

Meanwhile, the Punjab government on Friday set up a high-level committee headed by the state Chief Secretary, Sarvesh Kaushal, to suggest ways to ensure complete safety and security to commuters in public transport.

The committee has also been asked to look into the feasibility of installing CCTV cameras or other gadgets for greater surveillance and safety in buses.

The deputy CM on Friday expressed grief over the tragic incident.

“I am with the grieving family in their hour of extreme sorrow and want to assure them that those responsible for bringing this tragedy upon them will be given exemplary punishment under the law of the land,” Badal said in a statement issued in Chandigarh.

The Deputy Chief Minister regretted that for the opposition it was not the tragedy of the family in the Moga bus incident but the identity of the company that was important.

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