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Helpline for post-exam trauma

New Delhi, May 18
With the countdown for the declaration of board results having begun, anxiety levels seem to be touching a new high. To alleviate the pre-result trauma, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has initiated helpline services from the 23 rd of this month. The helpline service is aimed at counselling students who are awaiting the results of the recently conducted board exams. Principals, teachers and trained psychologists have volunteered to help the students tide over the post-exam blues.



HC asks railway SP to look into boy’s death
Our Correspondent

Rewari, May 18
Mr Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel of the Punjab and Haryana High Court has directed the Superintendent of Police, Government Railway Police (GRP), Ambala Cantt to personally look into the relevant papers pertaining to the death of Ravi Dutt, son of Paras Ram of Jant Sayarwas village near Rewari. The order came on a criminal petition filed under Section 482 CrPC by Mr Paras Ram whose son, Ravi Dutt (11), a student of sixth class, died under mysterious circumstances on October 21, 2000.

The respondents included the state of Haryana, the Superintendent of Police, GRP, Ambala Cantt, the Deputy Superintendent of Police, GRP, Hisar, the Station House Officer (SHO), GRP, Rewari, Rambir, son of Raj Singh of Jant Sayarwas village, and Sat Pal, son of Jawala of Jant Sayarwas village.

The petitioner had urged the high court to issue appropriate directions to the first four respondents to register a criminal case in accordance with the law against the respondents, Rambir and Satpal (who are suspected to have murdered his son), and also to get the matter investigated by an independent agency like the CBI.

Mr Paras Ram said that the body of his son was recovered by the GRP, Rewari from a railway track between Rewari and Khalilpur stations on October 21, 2000. He alleged that when it was clear that it was a case of murder, the GRP of Rewari, in apparent connivance with the “killers”, treated it as a case of rail accident and disposed it of in accordance with the proceedings under Section 174 CrPC. Strangely enough, the investigating officer had failed to pinpoint the train which had knocked down the boy.

He further alleged that after murdering his son, the “killers” had thrown the body between the tracks from where it was later removed and placed outside the tracks by some railway employee. Besides, Dr Ashok Kumar Bhagoria, a medical officer of the local civil hospital, who conducted the post-mortem examination, had also lent credence to the occurrence of an accident, for reasons which remained unexplained till date.

Mr Paras Ram said that he had made representations to the Prime Minister, the Union Home Minister, the Governor of Haryana, the Chief Minister, the DGP, Superintendent of GRP, Ambala Cantt and Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission seeking the arrest of the “killers” of his son, registration of a case of murder and a CBI probe into the entire tragic episode. But when nothing concrete followed, he was compelled to file a petition in the high court, which has now issued the above order.



33 cases disposed of by special court
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 18
Thirty-three cases involving petty offenders, who have been languishing in the jail, were disposed of by a special court in the Tihar Court complex today. The court was presided over by City Metropolitan Magistrate Bharat Parashar, Tihar jail authorities said in a statement.

Altogether 41 cases of confessing prisoners were taken up by the court, out of which 33 had been disposed of, while eight cases had been referred back to their regular courts, they said. These cases were screened by the Fingerprint Bureau of the Delhi Police so as to eliminate the previous habitual convicts, the statement said.

This was the 24th court in succession and till date, 1,879 cases of petty offenders have been decided by the special courts being organised at the jail following a directive of former Chief Justice of India Justice A. S. Anand.


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