Monthly Archives: JULY 2017
Shimla rape case: One of the six accused dies in police custody
In a new twist to the infamous Shimla gangrape case, one of the co-accused, Suraj Singh, who was under police remand, was on Tuesday night found dead inside a Kotkhai police station lock-up.
He was allegedly killed by the main accused in the case, Rajender Singh alias Raju, following a scuffle on Tuesday night. The victim was identified as 29-year-old Suraj Singh, a Nepali national, who shared the cell with Rajender and Lokjan alias Chottu.
The incident took place around midnight. Police said the accused Raju caught Suraj from his private part and hit him on the floor. There was a scuffle between Raju and Suraj on Tuesday night. The guard on duty heard noises and rushed to the spot and found Suraj Singh in an unconscious state inside his cell..
The entire staff of the Kotkhai thana, including the SHO, has been suspended following this death in custody. Sources say the SHO had kept all the six accused in two cells instead of keeping them in separate cells.
Additional police force has been rushed to Kotkhai to tackle the law and order situation as it is feared that the incident would add fuel to the public rage over the rape incident. IG Southern range ZH Zaidi said Suraj had allegedly narrated the entire sequence leading to the rape incident and named Raju, the driver of the pickup, as the main accused.
A Class X student was raped and murdered at the Kotkhai area of Shimla district on July 4 after she took a lift in a vehicle driven by one of the accused, Rajender.
The body of the victim was recovered from the nearby Halila forest two days later. Six persons were arrested in connection with the case.
On July 13, police had claimed a breakthrough in the rape and murder of a minor school girl whose naked body was found in isolated woods in Kotkhai tehsil’s Halaila village. The six accused were identified as Ashish Chauhan (29), Rajinder Singh (32) of Sharaal village, Subash Singh Bisht (42) of Pauri Garhwal, Surat Singh (29) of Nepal, Lok Jan (19) of Nepal and Deepak (38) of Garhwal. They were produced before a court in Theog and sent to seven-day police remand.
Meanwhile, protests continued to rock upper Himachal on Wednesday with protesters stooping traffic at various places on the way to Kotkhai. The locals, joined by political activists and social bodies, have been accusing the police of a cover up to save a few well-connected individuals. The state government had ordered the case to be transferred to the CBI, which is yet to take over the investigation.
After EPW editor's exit, The Wire stays defiant
Both articles that rankled the Adani group will remain available on The Wire
18.07.17 - PT Media Critic
New Delhi: In a show of defiance, one of India's leading online voices in the realm of independent journalism, The Wire, virtually challenged the powerful Adani group, saying it will continue to make available to readers the two articles that the Economic & Political Weekly (EPW) was made to remove and which led to the resignation of Paranjoy Guha Thakurta as the publication's editor.
When the two articles – 1. Did the Adani Group Evade Rs 1,000 Crore in Taxes? 2. Modi Government’s Rs 500-Crore Bonanza to the Adani Group – were published earlier this year by the EPW, The Wire had re-published these. Within hours of Guha Thakurta's resignation, The Wire announced that both the articles "will continue to be available."
The portal also noted that "Adani’s lawyers have informed Thakurta that they will be writing to The Wire as well demanding the articles be taken down."
The Wire, clearly in a mood not to take things lying down, termed the EPW editor's exit as "the first top-level editorial casualty of corporate India’s increasing tendency to file multi-crore defamation cases as a means of countering critical reporting." Besides, it termed the legal notice that the Adani group gave to the EPW an example of big corporations resorting to resource-guzzling legal law suits aimed at muffling critical and independent media voices.
The Wire also claimed it was being hounded by similar tactics by NDA MP Rajeev Chandrashekhar, the man behind Republic TV, besides another firm "linked to ZEE TV owner Subhash Chandra."
Media watchers will be keenly tracking if the Adanis win this round, too, in the David versus Goliath war. Readers of Punjab Today can well guess which side the regime will weigh on.
Also, read Punjab Today report on Guha’s resignation here.
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Goa CM Manohar Parrikar Assures 'No Shortage of Beef' in state, Congress Calls it 'Ironic'
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said that he is going to ensure there is no shortage of beef in the state. He said that the BJP-led coalition government had kept the option of importing of beef from Karnataka open.
Replying to a question tabled by Curchorem MLA Nliesh Cabral, Parrikar said, "We have not closed the option to stop getting meat from Belgaum (in Karnataka) to ensure that there is no shortage. I can assure you that inspection of beef from neighbouring stage will be done by a proper medical doctor those who are authorised to do it, rather than by others."
Parrikar also said that around 2,000 kg of beef was slaughtered daily at the state's only legal abattoir, the Goa Meat Complex, at Ponda. "The rest (of the beef demand) is met by Karnataka," Parrikar said. "The government does not have any intention to restrict bringing animals for slaughter at the Goa Meat Complex from the neighbouring state."
Parrikar’s comments were, however, ridiculed by Congress MP Rajiv Shukla, who said such remark from a BJP CM is hilarious. "BJP CM of Goa saying there won’t be a shortage of beef in the state is hilarious and ironical,” he told news agency ANI.
Beef is widely consumed in Goa by foreigners as well as several sections of the local population.
Jawan shoots dead Major after officer reprimands him for using cellphone on duty
Angry over being ticked off for using cellphone on duty, an army jawan posted in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri sector on Tuesday pumped five bullets into a major, killing him on the spot.
Major Shikhar Thapa belonged to 71 Armoured Regiment but was attached to 8 Rashtriya Rifles, the army’s elite counter-insurgency unit deployed in Uri, close to the Line of Control, an army spokesperson said.
The jawan, whose identity is not known yet, was reportedly found using the phone when Major Shikhar Thapa was carrying out checks around 12.15 am. The jawan was pulled up and warned of being marched up to senior officers next day. During the process of confiscation of the phone, however, its screen broke. This angered the jawan who then resorted to firing at the officer after an argument over the cracked screen.
Sources said a Court of Inquiry has been ordered by the Army.
Angry at 'not being allowed to speak', Mayawati says she will quit Rajya Sabha
Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati stormed out of Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, saying she would resign right away if she was not allowed to speak in the House on the issue of atrocities against Dalits under the present NDA government.
On the second day of the monsoon session of Parliament, Mayawati attempted to discuss the recent cases of atrocities against Dalits and minorities. She also brought up the anti-Dalit violence in Saharanpur in May during the birth anniversary celebrations of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar.
"Since the time the BJP has come to power, there has been exploitation of the Dalits, the poor, minorities, and backward castes," the BSP chief said. "The Dalits were suppressed in Saharanpur but the government did not do anything about it. No community is safe in Uttar Pradesh, but the condition of the Dalits is worse," she said.
Before she could make much headway in discussing the issue, Mayawati was asked to cut short her talk as she had exceeded the three minutes given to her to make her submission. She didn't like that.
"If I am not allowed to talk, if I can’t represent the section of the society I belong to, then there’s no point in staying in the House. I will resign,” an angry Mayawati threatened as deputy chairman PJ Kurien stopped her.
Kurien tried to argue that she can only make a demand for a full discussion and cannot make a full speech. But Mayawati refused to budge.
After Mayawati walked out from Rajya Sabha, the Opposition parties raised slogans and caused disruptions in the Upper House, leading to an adjournment. BJP leader and Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi demanded an apology from Mayawati, claiming she had been disrespectful in Rajya Sabha and dared to challenge the Chair.
The Congress backed Mayawati and staged a walkout while other BSP members stormed into the well of the house and shouted slogans and disrupted proceedings.
CPM leader Sitaram Yechury also came out in support of Mayawati. "The points she's made are serious. This government is doing nothing about atrocities against Dalits and minorities. They are in serious danger," Yechury said.