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MBAs, engineers and scholars contest in UP’s panchayat polls

While TV channels often portray panchayat candidates as illiterates who can’t even name the CM or PM, it would indeed be startling for anyone to know that engineers, management graduates, Ph.D. scholars and even professors are part of the huge contingent of candidates in this colourful village election.

The world’s biggest electoral exercise is in full swing in UP. The three-tier panchayat election involves about 11 crore voters electing as many as 8,84,410 representatives, which include members of gram panchayats, kshetra panchayats and zila panchayats, and gram pradhans.The grassroots election, seen as one which elects the “gaon ki sarkar” (government of villages), may be at the very grassroots level of democracy. But, it would be rather imprudent to dismiss the huge exercise as a contest involving patently Luddite elements.While TV channels often portray panchayat candidates as illiterates who can’t even name the CM or PM, it would indeed be startling for anyone to know that engineers, management graduates, Ph.D. scholars and even professors are part of the huge contingent of candidates in this colourful village election.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“It is very important for educated people to contest these elections as they can fight for the rights of the rural populace much more effectively,” says Manoj Pal, an IIT engineer and gram pradhan (village chief) candidate.The panchayat election arena is liberally populated with women who are contesting as proxy candidates in place of their husbands due to a particular panchayat being reserved for women this time (on a rotational basis). Most of these women keep their faces covered in keeping with rural custom and hardly ever move out of their houses for canvassing which is done by their husbands.In such a scenario, Rangati Verma comes as a welcome change. “It’s high time things changed at the grassroots level,” says the girl pursuing her Ph.D. after doing her M.Sc from Delhi. “It’s our responsibility to usher in this change,” says Rangati, in the fray for gram pradhan’s post in Paharpur village of Ferozabad district in west UP.Whether it is Animesh, a management graduate contesting in Mudha Pande (Moradabad), Dilip, an architect-engineer in Sorahiya (Bahraich), or Sana Siddiqui, a LLB and MBA, in Sarojini Nagar (Lucknow), they have given up plum jobs or job offers in big cities to return to their roots to do their bit for the villages they were born and brought up in.Dr Pradeep Kumar, associate professor at the Indraprastha Institute of Technology, Amroha (west UP), and a ‘gram pradhan’ candidate in Asmoli village of Sambhal, amplifies the sentiment as he says: “The ‘gaon ki sarkar’ (village government) needs to be strengthened if we want the growth of a strong democracy and strong governments in the states and at the Centre.”

Sunanda Pushkar died of poisoning: AIIMS report

The final medical report by AIIMS in the mysterious death of Sunanda Pushkar says that she died of poisoning, administered either through oral route or injection and the injuries on her barring one were a result of a “scuffle”, according to the police FIR lodged in this case.The report rules out “natural cause” while noting out that all the 15 injuries found on her, except ‘injury number 10’ (an injection mark), were caused by blunt force and non-contributing to death.All the injuries mentioned are caused by “blunt force, simple in nature, non-contributing to death and are produced in scuffle, except injury number 10 which is an injection mark,” it said.Injury number 12 is a teeth bite mark. The injuries number 1 to 15 is of various duration ranging from 12 hours to 4 days,” says the FIR registered as a murder case at Sarojini Nagar Police Station.The autopsy board, in its final report submitted to police on December 29, has concluded that “it is not a natural death and the poisoning is through oral route. However, injectable route too also can’t be ruled out.” The FIR also states how the post mortem report had indicated toward “alprazolam poisoning” while the forensic report by CFSL and FSL Rohini completely contradicted it by ruling it out.”The post mortem of the deceased was conducted at AIIMS, New Delhi on 18 January by an Autopsy Board of three forensic doctors at AIIMS.”The Autopsy Board opined that the cause of death to the best of its knowledge and belief in this case is poisoning.The circumstantial evidences are suggestive of alprazolam poisoning,” the FIR said.Sundna, 51, was found dead in a five-star hotel on January 17 last year.According to the FIR, on January 17 last year at about 9 PM a telephonic call was received by Inspector Atul Sood, the then SHO of Sarojini Nagar from Abhinav Kumar, PS to Tharoor, the then Minister of State of HRD that Sunanda had done something in Room No.345, Hotel Leela Palace, New Delhi.Acting on this information, Sood along with staff went to the spot where Sunanda was found dead inside the bedroom of the suite.Preliminary enquiries at the spot showed that she had checked into this Hotel on January 15 at 1748 hours, the FIR said.As it emerged that Sunanda had died within seven years of her marriage, Alok Sharma, SDM Vasant Vihar, was informed who inspected the place of occurrence and conducted Inquest Proceedings under section 176 CrPC.Sharma examined the witnesses and the relatives of the deceased and recorded their statements, it said.Director CFSL, Lodhi Road New Delhi, along with team also visited the scene of crime. The scene of crime was video graphed/photographed by the Crime Team/South District as well as CFSL Team.The exhibits were lifted by the CFSL Team from the spot and the scene of occurrence was preserved and the body was moved for post mortem, it said.”The circumstantial evidences are suggestive of alprazolam poisoning,” it said.The Autopsy Report was handed over to SDM, Vasant Vihar on January 20.Sharma then sent his inquest proceedings report to SHO/Sarojini Nagar with the remarks, “In view of the examination of post mortem report where the cause of death is poisoning, you are directed to further investigate the matter thoroughly and take action as per law.”You are further directed to request the Director CFSL for early report of Viscera examination.” “As per the directions, police then sent the Viscera, clothes and medicines found on the spot to CFSL, Lodhi Road, for examination.The Viscera analysis report was received from CFSL, New Delhi on March 10 and the same was sent to autopsy board, AIIMS.After the perusal of CFSL report, the Autopsy Board, AIIMS, sought some more information which included quantitative estimation of various chemicals/compounds in different viscera and exhibits, presence/absence of saliva in various swabs taken from hands and epithelial cells from nails and any other circumstantial evidence, statement, photos taken at the scene of the crime so as to give holistic and comprehensive opinion in the case, said the FIR.”In compliance of the directions the exhibits/swabs were sent to CFSL, Lodhi Road, in April last year to verify the presence/absence of Saliva while foreign material/epithelial cells and other exhibits were sent to FSL, Rohini for quantitative analysis of chemicals,” said the FIR.The report from CFSL, Lodhi Road said the presence of Saliva and foreign material was not detected.The report from FSL, Rohini was also obtained and both these reports were sent to the Autopsy Board, AIIMS.It was after this that the Autopsy Board gave subsequent medical opinion in September, which was its second report in which opined “the cause of death in the case is poisoning”.”Viscera are positive for ethyl alcohol, caffeine, acetaminophen and cotinine.The medical board reserved the comment on specific poison/chemical since there is a lot of limitation on viscera report,” the report had said.The report was termed “inconclusive” by the Delhi Police, following which the Autopsy Board further required that a few of other medico-legal points need to be addressed by the Investigating Officer since the circumstantial information are essential for medical opinion.”In response to the information sought by the Board, photographs of the scene of crime, statements of witnesses and relatives, e mails etc. were provided with a request that the Board members may visit the scene of crime to collect any object/material from the scene of occurrence which may be of any importance for medical examination and conclusive opinion in the post mortem report as the scene of occurrence was still preserved,” the FIR said.The Autopsy Board members, along with CFSL expert team, visited the scene of occurrence on November 5 last year and lifted exhibits from there. Seized exhibits were sent to CFSL, Lodhi Road for chemical examination, it said.The report in this regard was received on December 24 and the same was sent to the Autopsy Board along with other relevant treatment papers related to the deceased on the same day, according to the FIR.The latest report from the Autopsy board in this matter has been received on December 29 in which the Autopsy Board has opined that all above medical documents given by the IO and detailed post-mortem report, including HPE, conclude that the deceased Sunanda Pushkar was neither ill nor had any disease prior to her death.”She was a normal healthy individual. In view of the above analysis, the death due to natural cause is ruled out in this case. The cause of death in this case is poisoning.”The poisoning is through oral route, however injectable route too also can’t be ruled out,” the FIR quotes the final report as saying.In view of this latest report, a case under section 302 IPC is made out, said the FIR adding “therefore a case under Section 302 of IPC has been registered.

Zee Media Exclusive: Details of FIR filed by Delhi Police in Sunanda Pushkar case

Zee media has accessed the FIR filed in the Sunanda Pushkar case. Delhi Police has filed the case of murder under section 302 of the IPC but no one has been named in the FIR. The FIR touches on various points. It mentions that autopsy report indicated Sunanda Pushkar was poisoned. She had marks in her body caused due to scuffle except one which was an injection mark and another, a teeth bite. The autopsy report said circumstantial evidence suggested of alprazolam poisoning. After reports from CFSL, the Autopsy Board opined “the cause of death in the case is poisoning”. The poisoning was through oral route, though injectable route was not ruled out by the police. Below is the full text of the FIRTo The Duty Officer P.S Sarojini Nagar On 17.01.14 at about 09.00 pm a telephonic call was received by Insp Atul Sood, the then SHO/ Sarojini Nagar from Sh Abhinav kumar PS to Dr Sashi Tharoor, the then Minister of State of HRD, Govt. of India that Smt. Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor w/o Sh. Shashi Tharoor r/o. 97, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi has done something in Room No. 345, Hotel Leela Palace, New Delhi. On this information, Insp Atul Sood along with staff went to the spot where Smt. Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor, wife of Sh. Shashi Tharoor, was found dead inside the bedroom of suite No. 345, at Hotel Leela Palace. Preliminary enquiries on the spot revealed that the deceased had checked in to this Hotel on 15.01.2014 at 1748 hours. Accordingly, DD No.33A at 9.30 PM was lodged in the Police Station Sarojini Nagar in this regard. Smt. Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor had married Sh. Shashi Tharoor on 22 August 2010. Since the deceased had died within seven years of her marriage, Sh. Alok Sharma, SDM Vasant Vihar, was informed who inspected the place of occurrence and conducted Inquest Proceedings u/s. 176 Cr.P.C. SDM/Vasant Vihar examined the witnesses and the relatives of deceased and recorded their statements. Director CFSL, Lodhi Road New Delhi, along with team also visited the scene of crime.The scene of crime was videographed/ photographed by the Crime Team/South District as well as CFSL Team. The exhibits were lifted by the CFSL Team from the spot. The scene of occurrence was preserved. The Post Mortem of the deceased was conducted at AIIMS, New Delhi on 18.01.2014 vide P.M. No. 77/14 by an Autopsy Board of three Forensic Doctors at AIIMS. The Autopsy Board opined The cause of death to the best of my knowledge and belief in this case is poisoning. The circumstantial evidences are suggestive of alprazolam poisoning. All the injuries mentioned are caused by blunt force, simple in nature, non- contributing to death and are produced in scuffle, except injury number 10 which is an injection mark. Injury number 12 is a teeth bite mark. The injuries number 1 to 15 is of various duration ranging from 12 hours to 4 days.” The Autopsy Report was handed over to SDM/ Vasant Vihar on 20.01.2014.SDM/ Vasant Vihar sent his inquest proceedings report to SHO/Sarojini Nagar with thearks ” In view of the examination of Postmortem report where the cause of death is poisoning, you are directed to further investigate the matter thoroughly and take action as per law. You are further directed to request the Director CFSL for early report of Viscera examination.” As per the directions of SDM/Vasant Vihar. The Viscera, clothes and medicines found on the spot were sent to CFSL, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on 20.01.2014 for examination. The Viscera analysis report was received from CFSL, New Delhi on 10.3.14 and the same was sent to autopsy board, AIIMS on 29.03.14. After the perusal of CFSL report, the Autopsy Board, AIIMS vide letter dt 04.04.14 sought some more information viz. Quantitative estimation of various chemicals/compounds in different viscera and exhibits; presence/absence of saliva in various swabs taken from hands and epithelial cells from nails and any other circumstantial evidence, statement, photos taken at scene of crime so as to give holistic and comprehensive opinion in the case. In compliance of the directions the exhibits/swabs were sent to CFSL, Lodhi Road, New Delhi on 07.04.14 to verify the presence/absence of Saliva and foreign material/epithelial cells and other exhibits were sent to FSL, Rohini on 17.04.14 for quantitative analysis of chemicals. The report from CFSL, Lodhi Road was received on 1.5.2014. As per the report the presence of Saliva and foreign material was not detected. The report from FSL, Rohini was also obtained on 25.8.14 regarding quantitative analysis of chemicals. Both these reports were sent to Autopsy Board, AIIMS on 28.8.14. The Autopsy Board gave subsequent medical opinion dated 27.9.14. In subsequent opinion report dt 27.09.14, the Autopsy Board opined “the cause of death in the case is poisoning”. Viscera are positive for ethyl alcohol, caffeine, acetaminophen and cotinine. Medical board reserved the comment on specific poison/chemical since there is a lot of limitation on viscera report. The Autopsy Board further required that a few of other medico legal points needs to be addressed by IO since the circumstantial information are essential for medical opinion. In response to the information sought by the Board, photographs of the scene of crime, statements of witnesses and relatives, e mails etc. were provided to the Autopsy Board on 01.10.14 with a request that the Board members may visit the scene of crime to collect any object/ material from the scene of occurrence which may be of any importance for medical examination and conclusive opinion in the post mortem report, as the scene of occurrence was still preserved. The Autopsy Board members along with CFSL expert team visited the scene of occurrence on 5.11.2014 and lifted exhibits from there. Seized exhibits were sent to CFSL, Lodhi Road for chemical examination. The report in this regard was received on 24.12.14 and the same was sent to Autopsy Board along with other relevant treatment papers related to the deceased on the same day. Latest report from Autopsy board in this matter has been received on 29.12.14, in which autopsy board has opined that all above medical documents given by I.O and detailed PM report including HPE conclude that the deceased Sunanda Pushkar was neither ill nor any disease prior to her death. She was a normal healthy individual. In view of the above analysis the death due to Natural Cause is ruled out in this case. The cause of death in this case is poisoning. The poisoning is through oral route, however injectable route too also can’t be ruled out.The autopsy board, AIIMS has now in its latest report vide no Cl.FM No 18/2014 dated 29.12.14 has concluded that it is not a natural death and the poisoning is through oral route, however injectable route too also can’t be ruled out. In view of this latest report a case u/s 302 IPC is made out. Therefore a case u/s 302 IPC be registered and the investigation be handed over to the undersigned. Copy of FIR be sent to ilaqa Magistrate and senior officers through spl messenger. Date and time of occurrence — 17.01.14 at about 09.00 pm Place of occurrence—Room No 345, Hotel Leela Palace, New Delhi Date and time of sending tehrir ——-01.01.15 at 11.05 am (V.K.P.S.Yadav) P.S Sarojini Nagar 01.01.15 कार्यवाही पुलिस अज थाना तहरीर की मौसूलगी पर मुकदमा हजा बजुर्म U/S 302 IPC कम्पयूटर द्वारा दर्ज रजिस्टर कराकर FIR Computerized Copy व असल तहरीर हवाले SHO साहब की गई व FIR की copy बजरिये Spl Messenger HC Rajesh No.830/SD सेमोटरसाईकिल द्वारा MM साहब केआवास, Jt CP/SER व DCP/South साहब के Residence पर भिजवाई गई । दीगर नकुलात बजरियेडाक अफसरान बाला की खिदमत में अरसाल होगे। ASI/ DO