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NEW DELHI, Sept 29 Union Home Minister L.K. Advani, during a meeting with the Archbishop of Delhi and other senior Bishops here today, promised a high-level inquiry into the recent attacks on missionaries and their institutions.
BJP for CBI probe into Coimbatore blasts
CHENNAI, Sept 29 The BJP today demanded a CBI probe into the serial bomb blasts at Coimbatore on February 14 this year and setting up of a special court for trying those charge-sheeted in the case.
|BKKP, RLD merge with
NEW DELHI, Sept 29 Mr Ajit Singhs Bharatiya Kisan Kamgar Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal merged into the Lok Dal here today.
|Warrants issued against 7 cops
NEW DELHI, Sept 29 A Delhi court has issued non-bailable arrest warrants against seven cops for allegedly causing death of a person, torturing his family members and implicating them in a false case in December 1992.
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on fast for yes to Bill against quacks
Advani promises probe into attack on missionaries
NEW DELHI, Sept 29 (UNI) Union Home Minister L.K. Advani, during a meeting with the Archbishop of Delhi and other senior Bishops here today, promised a high-level inquiry into the recent attacks on missionaries and their institutions, including the incident of rape in Jhabua district in Madhya Pradesh.
Auxiliary Bishop of Delhi Vincent Concessad said at a press conference that Mr Advani expressed sympathy with the community and promised to do something about the recurrent attacks on institutions of a particular community.
Mr John Dayal of the All-India Catholic Union, who was a part of the delegation, said Mr Advani directed Home Secretary B.P. Singh to ask the state governments to conduct a high-level inquiry into certain incidents mentioned in a memorandum presented to him by the Archbishop of Delhi and President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India Alan de Lastic.
Apart from the rape at Navapara Bhandaria in Jhabua on the night of September 22, the other incidents to be probed were looting of a building in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh on the night of September 23, burning of religious books in Rajkot, Gujarat, and exhumation of a coffin in Kapdwanj, also in Gujarat.
While not directly blaming any particular group for the attacks, Bishop Concessad said these were an outcome of fundamentalist thinking which considers those different as outsiders. In reply to a query, he said that incidents in Gujarat indicated some collusion between the state government and the elements behind the attacks on Christian institutions.
The Congress today charged the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and the Bajrang Dal with launching organised attacks on institutions of a particular community at different places and said these organisations were engaged in anti-Hindu activities.
Congress spokespersons Girija Vyas and Ajit Jogi said the central and state governments must take action against these elements. The RSS elements were engaged in organised attacks on institutions of a particular community in several states, besides Madhya Pradesh, they alleged.
Interestingly, VHP general secretary Giriraj Kishore, while condemning the rape of four nuns in Madhya Pradesh, has blamed local Congress leaders for the same.
In a statement, said VHPs Delhi unit leader B.L. Sharma Prems statement had been distorted and mutilated by the media and he never supported rape or robbery.
The BJP today distanced itself from the statements of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and other organisations by stating that the party condemned the incident of rape of workers of a particular community in Jhabua and accused the state government of trying to shield Congress men involved in the crime.
BKKP, RLD merge with Lok Dal
NEW DELHI, Sept 29 (PTI) Mr Ajit Singhs Bharatiya Kisan Kamgar Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal merged into the Lok Dal here today.
Mr Ajit Singh was elected president of the revived Lok Dal (LD) at the national council and general body meeting of the parties which formalised the merger. The meeting was also attended by the RLD general secretary Ramesh Chandra and LD president Durgesh Singh Baghel.
Mr Ajit Singh later told mediapersons that the LD would follow the policies enunciated by the party founder, the late Charan Singh, 11 years back.
On his stand on a tie-up with the Congress, Mr Ajit Singh said alliances were a must in todays politics and he was open to pacts with like-minded parties for fighting communalism in the country.
Supporting reorganisation of states into smaller provinces, he said the policy had to be uniform and a commission should be set up to look into the issue.
BJP for CBI probe into Coimbatore blasts
CHENNAI, Sept 29 (PTI) The BJP today demanded a CBI probe into the serial bomb blasts at Coimbatore on February 14 this year and setting up of a special court for trying those charge-sheeted in the case.
BJP Tamil Nadu unit general secretary L. Ganesan said the charge sheet filed yesterday in the blast case had mentioned two incidents the blast at the RSS office here and Hindu Munnani leader Rajagopalans murder which were being probed by the CBI.
A complete picture might not emerge if cases involving the same group of persons were investigated by different agencies, he said.
He said the BJPs stand about the presence of a human bomb targeting party leader L.K. Advani had been vindicated by the charge sheets contents which revealed that seven human bombs were present there on February 14.
The BJP had also been
alleging the ISIs involvement in the blasts, which
was also denied by the state government, and the
partys stand could be proved by a thorough CBI
investigation, Mr Ganesan said.
Subedar to get pension after 32
NEW DELHI, Sept 29 The Delhi High Court has directed the Defence Ministry to pay pension to a Subedar, who was dismissed from service 32 years ago.
Mr Justice Vijender Jain, in his order, said the Defence Ministrys order rejecting Subedar Maya Rams claim to pensionary benefit was without authority of law.
The Subedar, who was dismissed from service in 1966, after rendering 21 years and 19 days of service, is 73.
The court, observing that the petitioner was entitled to pension, ordered the Defence Ministry to pay the withheld amount of pension within three months.
In December 1945, Subedar Maya Ram, then 19, was enrolled in the Jat Regiment of the Army. In 1966, by an administrative order, he was dismissed from service. He was charged with acts of omission and commission during the 1965 Indo-Pak war. His pension was also withheld by the authorities.
The Subedars counsel, Mr J S Manhas, submitted that the seniors of Maya Ram had failed to take right decisions during the war and the petitioner was made a scapegoat.
The court order said that the Defence Ministry had admitted that Subedar Maya Ram was dismissed from service without holding any inquiry or summary court martial.
The counsel submitted that the petitioner was eligible to pension as he had completed the minimum qualifying service period under the pension regulations and that no punishment depriving him of pension under the Act had been passed.
Mr Justice Vijender Jain, in the order, observed that it cannot stand to reason as to how in the absence of any court martial or inquiry under the Act and rules, pension benefits could be denied to the petitioner.
More so, when administrative order of dismissal does not talk about pension benefits. Even otherwise, no opportunity was granted to the petitioner before forfeiting his pensionary claims, the judge noted.
The order said pension is neither a bonus nor a charity, which is given by the respondent under a gratuitous or benevolent act.
It is something
which every employee has earned in view of the service
rendered by him. If that entitlement is to be denied,
there has to be an inquiry, opportunity of being heard
and the principle of natural justice has to be followed,
which in this case has not been done, he added.
Warrants issued against 7 cops
NEW DELHI, Sept 29 (PTI) A Delhi court has issued non-bailable arrest warrants against seven cops for allegedly causing death of a person, torturing his family members and implicating them in a false case in December 1992.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Mr Prem Kumar issued the warrants recently against Sub-Inspector Ramesh Narang, Constables Bal Kishan, Meer Singh, Rohtash Singh, Jashveer Singh, Pawan Kumar and Mohsin Khan after taking cognisance of a CBI charge sheet.
All of them were posted at Samaipur Badli police station in North Delhi at the relevant time.
Miscreants throw acid on girl
NEW DELHI, Sept 29 Two unidentified persons threw acid on a 27-year-old girl here yesterday. She was to get married tomorrow. The victim worked as a telephone operator in the AIIMS.
The victim, Alka, was going home along with her sister and niece in R.K. Puram in South West Delhi when the incident occurred. She saw two youths sitting on a scooter, near her house.
One of them asked Alkas name, when she reached near him, the other took out a bottle of acid and threw it on her. Her face, neck and hands were burnt. Her sister and niece also received burn injuries. They were admitted to Safdarjung Hospital.
Docs on fast for yes to Bill
NEW DELHI, Sept 29 Determined to have the Bill against quacks cleared in the ongoing session of the Delhi assembly, doctors of the Delhi Medical Association led by their president, Dr Rajesh Chawla, are on an indefinite fast at Rajghat here.
The DMA president told TNS that the Bill was expected to be tabled on Wednesday by the chairman of the select committee, Mr Alok Kumar.
He said the Capital had atleast 15,000 quacks.
Dr Chawla said that after
the select committee drafted the Bill last year, the
government sought the recommendations of the DMA. He said
the DMA has asked the government to include fine as
punitive action against quacks and those awarding false
|Cop sacked in
prisoners escape case
PUNE: A police constable was dismissed on Monday in connection with the sensational escape of 15 prisoners from a police van in which they were being escorted to the Yerwada prison from Shivajinagar court on September 11. Constable A.B. Patel was among five other cops, who were in the van when the prisoners had escaped. The prisoners had burnt a shirt by using petrol and then forced the van driver to stop after raising a fire-alarm. The moment the van stopped they jumped out and fled. PTI
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