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The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) had earlier summoned top cops in Ghaziabad, seeking a response on what action had been initiated against Singh’s ‘dog’ remark under the SC-ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.
The Delhi Police on Monday filed an Action Taken Report (ATR) in the Delhi Court for the controversial ‘dog remark’ made by Minister of State for External Affairs General (Retd.) VK Singh, and stated that that no case is made out against him.The National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC) had earlier summoned top cops in Ghaziabad, seeking a response on what action had been initiated against Singh’s ‘dog’ remark under the SC-ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.The NCSC had issued summons to Haryana’s Director General of Police (DGP) and Ghaziabad’s Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), asking them to appear on November 2.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> General (Retd.) Singh, who is the Bharatiya Janata Party’s MP from Ghaziabad, had while attempting to delink the Centre over the killing of two Dalit kids said the government is blamed even if a stone is pelted at a dog. Two children succumbed to burn injuries after a house was set on fire allegedly by members of the Rajput community near Ballabhgarh, Haryana on October 20.The deceased Vaibhav (2 years) and Divya (10 months) died before reaching the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi. Their mother Rekha (22) was admitted to the ICU with serious burns while her husband Jitender (26), a medical attendant at a hospital, escaped with minor burns on his hands.The former army chief’s statement drew sharp criticism.
Khattar travelled to outskirts of the village and met the relatives of the accused at a circuit house.
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday met the family of two Dalit children burnt alive by upper caste men two days ago and said political or casteist colour should not be given to the case, in which police has nabbed seven accused while 4 were still absconding. Khattar, who had put off his visit to Sunped village yesterday amid protests by Dalits, also met the relatives of the accused and a delegation from Rajput community which alleged that innocents were framed in the matter. A police team led by an official of ACP rank, which visited the village in the evening, was gheraoed by locals who alleged that police was colluding with upper caste men and tampering with evidence, a charge denied by the officials.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meeting the victims’ father Jitender a day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s visit, the Chief Minister, who handed over a cheque of Rs 10 lakh to the family, said, “We want that the investigation is done properly. “But with great regret I have to say that some parties are trying to politicise this incident…. It should not be given a political or casteist colour.” He said that the family’s demand of CBI probe has been met.The Chief Minister’s remarks came on a day the BJP came under increasing attack, with Congress terming it “anti-dalit” and “anti-poor” especially after controversial remarks by Union Minister VK Singh that “government cannot be held responsible if somebody stones a dog”.Later, Khattar travelled to outskirts of the village and met the relatives of the accused at a circuit house. He had a ten-minute meeting with wives of three persons who were allegedly killed last year by relatives of Jitender in a spiralling feud between the two families. Speaking to the Rajput delegation, Khattar said the truth will come out after the CBI probe and the “guilty will not be spared”. “No innocent will be targeted,” he assured them.Three more accused were held last night for the killing of two children, Commissioner of Police Subhash Yadav said, adding seven persons out of total of 11 accused named by the family have been arrested. “We are hopeful of nabbing other culprits soon,” he said, adding the situation in the village was peaceful now.A police official identified two of those arrested last night as Aman and Sooraj. “Aman’s father was one of the three men who were allegedly murdered by Jitender’s relatives a year ago,” the official said. A forensic team visited the burnt house of Jitender, and collected evidence. Police teams also questioned Jitender’s neighbour today. Around 500 policemen are deployed in the village to maintain law and order. “Apart from Ballabhgarh, personnel were also called from as far as Gurgaon and Ambala,” the official added.Two-and-a-half-years-old Vaibhav and 11-month-old Divya died after the assailants allegedly poured petrol through one of the windows of their house on the intervening night of October 19-20.
A key highway in India is blocked in protest against the death of two children, burnt alive in an arson attack in Faridabad.
The attack has created a tense situation in Ballabgarh area of Faridabad.
Two children of a Dalit family were burnt alive in Faridabad district of Haryana on early Tuesday morning as a result of alleged revenge attack.According to the Hindustan Times, members of a Rajput family threw petrol on the house of the Dalit family and set it ablaze. The resultant fire charred two kids, a nine-month-old boy and a two-and-half-year-old girl, while the parents sustained grave burn injuries.The attack has created a tense situation in Ballabgarh area of Faridabad. Police suspect the attack to be a fallout of 11 people being arrested for a murder in the same area. “Those who were victims in last year’s case are the accused in today’s case. The victims in today’s case named the accused and we registered a case against them,” said Subhash Yadav, told the Hindustan Times.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An FIR has been registered under provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and the police are on the lookout for suspects.
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The following quick read will take you through stories that are making news right now. 1) After a book and movie came out questioning CBI’s action in the Aarushi Talwar murder case, CBI puts all court orders on its websiteThe 210-page exhaustive order by the then special judge Shyam Lal has gone into arguments of defence as well prosecution for nearly a year before the dentist couple were sentenced for life for the crimes. Read our full report here: Aarushi Talwar murder case: CBI puts all court orders on its website<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2) Delhi government to soon install CCTV cameras, tweets Arvind KejriwalDelhi government has asked the PWD to light up ‘dark spots’ across the capital and decided to bring a proposal to install CCTV cameras soon, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Wednesday. Read more here.3) Barack Obama surprises couple at their wedding!While visiting California, President Obama enjoyed a round of golf at Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, where Stephanie and Brian were about to tie the knot on Tuesday.Read more here: Best surprise ever: When President Obama gatecrashed a wedding4) President Mukherjee addresses Indian diaspora in Jerusalem”Indians all over the world are successful not only as dedicated professionals and hard working businessmen, but also as model citizens,” said President Pranab Mukherjee at the event. To read more what he said, click here.5) Shahid Kapoor defends wife Mira Rajput when questioned about her making a Bollywood debut’Leave my wife out,’ is what Shahid had to say to reporters when prodded about Mira Rajput. Read more here.
While initial investigation of Uttar Pradesh Police suggest that the rumours of a cow being slaughtered in Dadri’s Bisara village were false, the Bharatiya Janata Party stoked controversy after one of its former MLAs said that those arrested for allegedly killing Moahamad Akhlaq, were actually ‘innocent kids’ and had attacked the family due to ‘excitement’.The BJP leader’s comments are, however, not the only concern for the family of Akhlaq which is now staring at the long road to justice. While police investigation into the brutal murder has already begun, the direction it has taken is a cause of concern for the family. This is evident by the fact that investigators seemed to be more concerned about whether the meat consumed by Akhlaq’s family was of a cow or of a goat. “Examination of the meat suggests that it was of a goat but the forensic department will give their official report soon,” said a senior police officer adding that the meat was confiscated after the brutal attack.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While talking to dna, the family also showed blood-stained clothes of Akhlaq and his 22-year-old son, Danish, who were both attacked by a mob after it was announced in a temple that the family had slaughtered a cow. The clothes ideally should have been picked up as evidence by the forensics department.The FIR registered in the murder has booked 10 people under section 323,304, 506,307,427 and 458 of the Indian Penal Code. Section 302 (murder), section 147 (rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapons and 149 (unlawful assembly) were added to the FIR later. Out of the 10 people named in the FIR, six have been arrested, while four remain absconding. The FIR also mentions 4-5 more people who are yet to be identified but fails to mention the priest of the temple from where the announcement to attack Ikhlaq’s family was made.It is also not clear how exactly the rumours of cow slaughter surfaced. Some people here believe that Akhlaq had thrown a polythene bag filled with meat which was dragged around by dogs. The same was noticed by a group of youngsters who claimed that the meat was of a cow. “We are unclear on how the rumour spread so quickly,” the SHO said, adding that more arrests are likely. Reacting to the arrests, BJP leader Nawab Singh Nagar, also a former lawmaker from Dadri, said that “if anybody was consuming cow meat then that is wrong”. He even seemed to justify the killing by saying that the ‘excitement of kids’ who attacked the family was a result of a nationwide movement to protect cows. He also claimed that unknown people were smuggling cow meat and police was helping the trade to flourish.”We have questioned the priest and he was let off. It has come to the fore that 2-3 people entered the temple and made the announcement. There are no signs of mobs being mobilised to attack,” said SHO Subodh Kumar.However, another officer posted in the area told dna that a couple of weeks before Eid-ul-Azha, a local gathering was organised in which it was discussed that those consuming cow meat must be punished with a death sentence. The same was corroborated by some of the residents of the village which has a dominant population of Rajput and Thakur community. Garima Sisodia is the sister of two of the accused (aged 25 and 22) who were arrested by the police. One of her brothers works in a telecommunication service provider company in Noida while other is pursing graduation.”My brothers are innocent. We heard the announcement calling to attack the Muslim family but we didn’t go outside. We just saw crowds going towards their home,” said Garima, adding that her family has always had good relations with Muslims. Many among the Muslim community also told dna that they have never had bad relations with the Rajputs or Thakurs and that it was surprising that the attack had taken place. “We don’t eat non-vegetarian food but we know that Muslims eat mutton and that is not a problem for us,” Garima said.
Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court has asked the city police to conduct probe into the allegedly provocative speech of Patel agitation leader Hardik Patel during the 25 August ‘mega-rally’ of the community here and register a case of sedition if required.
Justice JB Pardiwala on Tuesday directed the Vastrapur police here to investigate the allegation that the 22-year-old leader made `seditious’ speech on that day.
The order came on a petition filed by Narendra Gadhvi of Gandhidham in Kutch district seeking Hardik’s prosecution for alleged sedition.
Gadhvi, who filed the plea through advocate RK Rajput, claims that the Patel leader had on August 25 appealed to the community-members to reach the national capital and bring road and rail traffic to a halt. He also provoked the Patels to take law in their hands, he alleges.
Police refused to accept his complaint so he moved the court, said Gadhvi. The HC asked the police to conduct an inquiry and disposed of the petition.
Hardik’s lawyer, Babu Mangukia, today filed a plea seeking recall of the High Court’s yesterday’s order, saying his client wasn’t heard on the issue and he hadn’t committed sedition.
This petition is likely to be heard tomorrow.
The agitation of Patel community for reservations had turned violent after the August 25 rally and claimed the life of 10 people including a police constable across Gujarat.
Lucknow: An eatery owner in Uttar Pradesh’s Greater Noida city has been arrested for torturing three minors and forcing them to cook dog meat, police said on Friday.
The three children aged between five to eight years were freed from his captivity late on Thursday.
The children accused the owner of the restaurant – My Spice Cafe’ in the officers colony in Gamma I sector – of ill-treating them, brutally assaulting them and forcing them to cook dog meat.
An official told IANS that the children bore injury marks and their nails had been plucked by Avinash Kumar, the eatery owner.
The children also said the eatery owner subjected them to electric shocks if they refused to cook the dog meat. Five dogs were said to have been found in the restaurant.
A neighbour met them a few days ago and asked why they were crying. Bhati was shocked to hear their story and immediately informed the police which followed the complaint with a late night raid. The restaurant has been sealed.
Another partner of the restaurant Mukesh Rajput is absconding.
The minors have been sent to a children’s home and police are trying to trace their parents.
“In our preliminary probe, it has come out that the children are from Jharkhand and were sold to the accused eight months back,” an official said.
A 40-member CBI contingent headed by Joint Director R P Agarwal, a 1986 batch Assam-Meghalya cadre IPS officer, is probing the Vyapam cases.
CBI registered FIR against 18 persons on Tuesday in connection with alleged illegalities committed in the Forest Guard recruitment test conducted by Vyapam in 2012.CBI is tightlipped on the names of accused in the FIR registered under IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery and under section of the MP Recognised Examination Act.A preliminary enquiry has also been registered relating to the unnatural death of Brijesh Rajput, age (25 years) resident of Rajput Veterinary College, Jabalpur (Madhya Pradesh) who had died on October 22, 2010, CBI sources said. Rajput was a suspect in one of the Vyapam cases probed by Madhya Pradesh Police.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 40-member CBI contingent headed by Joint Director R P Agarwal, a 1986 batch Assam-Meghalya cadre IPS officer, is probing the Vyapam cases.A Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu had on July 9 transferred the probe of all Vyapam cases, including the related deaths, to CBI.
Jaipur: Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh on Tuesday said that the term ‘adhinayak’ in the national anthem should be replaced with ‘mangal’ as it praises “Angreji Shashak” of pre-Independence period.
“Jan-Gan-Man adhinayak jai ho… ‘adhinayak’ for whom? It praises ‘angreji shashak’… British time. It should be amended and replaced by word ‘jan-gan-man mangal gaye’,” he said at the 26th convocation ceremony of the University of Rajasthan.
“I have got full faith and respect for Rabindranath Tagore, but national anthem’s ‘adhinayak’ word should be replaced by ‘mangal’,” he said.
In a similar vein, he said that the term ‘Mahamahim’, or his or her excellency, should be dropped as a prefix for the governor and the word ‘mananiye’ be used in its place since a governor is never “mahan” as used since the British period.
The comments by Singh, a former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, come days after he compared Maharana Pratap with Mughal Emperor Akbar, saying that the Rajput ruler was “inspirational” to the nation with the suffix “great”.
Reiterating those views on Tuesday, the governor said that the education department should run courses in which Maharana Pratap’s life and his struggle are specifically highlighted.
“Victoria was not great, it was Jhansi ki Rani who had fought wars. Aurangzeb was not great, it should be Shivaji,” he further remarked.
Stressing on the need for rural development, he said, “Real India lives in villages where 2/3 people live. If we ensure development in villages, India will rise, society will rise.”
Singh, meanwhile, approved of the change of dress code for students receiving their degrees, saying that “Rajasthan has changed the black dress code and started white dress code in convocations.”
The state unit of Congress had issued a show-cause notice to Gyasuddin Shaikh for praising Anandi Patel.
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A Congress MLA from the city, who had praised Gujarat Chief Minister Anandi Patel through advertisements published in local newspapers, today tendered his written apology to party leaders for doing so.The legislator, Gyasuddin Shaikh, who represents Dariyapur seat of the city, said in a statement that he submitted his written apology to the Gujarat Congress Legislature Party chief whip Balwantsinh Rajput today.”I am sorry for my conduct. If it has hurt the feelings of my party and its leaders, including state Congress president Bharatsinh Solanki and Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Assembly Shankersinh Vaghela, I apologise,” Shaikh said in the letter.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The state unit of Congress had issued a show-cause notice to Shaikh for praising Patel through the advertisement he published in March this year.In the notice, Rajput had reprimanded Shaikh for breaching the discipline of the party and asked why action should not be taken against him.The notice further stated that Shaikh’s act of praising the party in power has hurt the sentiments of Congress and it has also hurt damaged the reputation of the party.In the advertisement, which carried a photo of Anandi Patel, Shaikh congratulated her, Health Minister Nitin Patel as well as Minister of State for Health Shankar Chowdhary for announcing Rs 2 lakh medical assistance in case of serious illness related to heart, kidney and cancer for families whose income is lower than Rs 1.20 lakh per year.Lauding Patel and her team for the scheme, the advertisement said the decision would benefit three crore people of Gujarat.
New Delhi: The NIA will probe the killing of three army personnel by suspected NSCN militants in Arunachal Pradesh recently.
The home ministry has decided to hand over to the National Investigation Agency the case of the attack on an Army convoy in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tirap district on 2 April where the armymen were killed, official sources said.
The three Army personnel of the 4 Rajput Regiment were killed and four others injured when suspected NSCN insurgents had ambushed the Army convoy near the Arunachal-Nagaland border.
The army convoy was on its way to Longding district in Arunachal Pradesh from an army base in Assam’s Tinsukia district when it came under attack in Toip area in Tirap district.
Since the 1990s, three districts of Arunachal Pradesh – Tirap, Changlang and Longding are entirely covered by AFSPA while nine other districts have a 20-km corridor, bordering Assam, covered under AFSPA.
In a notification issued on 27 March, the home ministry extended AFSPA to these nine districts in their entirety, prompting angry protests from Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
Tuki alleged that AFSPA was extended to his “peaceful state without any consultations.”
Ruling Samajwadi Party MLA from Charkhari, Kaptan Singh Rajput, has been held guilty along with his brother by a local court here in a 13-year-old murder case and faces disqualification.Special Judge (anti dacoity) Sanjay Kumar convicted the SP MLA and his brother Laxman Singh yesterday after which they were sent to jail.The quantum of punishment is likely to be pronounced on Monday.According to the prosecution, Kishan was attacked and killed by Kaptan and his brother on April 20, 2002.An FIR was lodged against Kaptan, Laxman and nine others in this connection.An MP or MLA faces disqualification on conviction by a court in a criminal offence with a jail sentence of two years or more.