Tuesday, June 20, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


M A I N   N E W S

Cook was strangulated, says report

LUCKNOW, June 19 (PTI) — The post-mortem report of the slain priest Brother George’s cook, who died in police custody in Mathura on Saturday, today revealed that the cause of the death was “asphyxia due to strangulation”.

“Vijai Ekka died of asphyxia due to strangulation according to the post-mortem conducted by a team of doctors”, Senior Superintendent of Police of Mathura, Ashok Kumar, told PTI on phone.

Earlier, the Uttar Pradesh Government formed a special investigation team on Monday to probe the recent deaths of a priest and his cook and the attack on a missionary school in Mathura district even as it transferred a Superintendent of Police and arrested two police officials in connection with the cook’s death.

The team to be headed by the IG (CB-CID), Mr PN Saxena, will probe the circumstances leading to the killing of the priest and the death of his cook in custody at the Naharanli police station in Mathura the Principal Secretary (Home), Mr V.K. Mittal told reporters.



All-party meeting on Bihar

JEHANABAD (Bihar), June 19 (PTI) — Bihar Chief Minister Rabri Devi today called an all-party meeting on June 22 to evolve a strategy to check the cycle of caste violence.

The Chief Minister said the state government wanted to involve all political parties in drawing up a comprehensive strategy to tackle left and right wing extremism, criminals and abductors.

Meanwhile, two more persons have been apprehended in connection with the Friday’s massacre of 35 persons at Mianpur, taking the number of arrested to 13.

Two accused — Avinash Sharma and Mahendra Sardar — were arrested during raids here and in areas under Kurtha police station last night, Jehanabad Police Superintendent Abdul Gani Meer told reporters here.

The Bihar Government has shifted Aurangabad Police Superintendent in the wake of the massacre of 35 persons at Mianpur and decided to post officials in the rank of Additional Director-General of Police in all five zones in the state a PTI report from Patna said.

Police Superintendent (Auranga-bad) M.V. Rao, was today shifted and his Gumla counterpart Sanjay Latekar was asked to replace him, an official spokesman said here.


Dr Yogesh Chawla to get MCI award
Tribune News Service

NEW DELHI, June 19 — Dr Yogesh Chawla, Professor and Head, Department of Hepatology of the PGI, Chandigarh, has been chosen for the prestigious Medical Council of India Silver Jubilee Research Award.

The award, to be presented by the President K.R. Narayanan at Rashtrapati Bhavan on July 14, will be part of the Dr B.C. Roy National Award presentation ceremony, Dr M. Sachdeva, Secretary-cum-Treasurer of the Medical Council of India (MCI), announced today. 

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