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THE TRIBUNE SPECIALS
50 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

TERCENTENARY CELEBRATIONS
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N A T I O N

Babus out to ‘dilute’ RTI Act
New Delhi, June 16
Feeling the heat from the information commissioners, who are going out of their way to dispose of innumerable queries from common citizens regarding various government departments, the bureaucrats at the helm of affairs are out to dilute the path-breaking Right to Information (RTI) Act.

Defending Borders
Army to chalk out new strategy
New Delhi, June 16
For the first time since the Mumbai terror attacks, that had culminated in an “attack Pakistan” chorus across the country, top commanders of the Indian Army have got down to refine their existing plans to defend the western border with Pakistan. The commanders will also draw up strategies regarding what could be the possible scenario in the future.

1,000 acres to come under net house cultivation
Chandigarh, June 16
Cultivation of vegetables in net houses is set to get a boost in Punjab with 1,000 acres likely to be covered under net houses this year, even as the state Finance Ministry has cleared the way for the appointment of agriculture graduates to ensure a smooth conduct of the scheme.



EARLIER STORIES

Members of the All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation protest against attacks on Indians students in Australia, in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
Members of the All India Peace and Solidarity Organisation protest against attacks on Indians students in Australia, in Hyderabad on Tuesday. — AFP photo

India loses 2,000 patents every year
Hyderabad, June 16
India is losing at least 2,000 patents every year on traditional formulations as its knowledge on these has “never been documented”, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh said here today.

Road projects face credit pangs
New Delhi, June 16
Shortage of credit in the market and undue interference from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has had a negative impact on the road development in the country with a number of projects being stalled and some being delayed much beyond the target.

Nimbalkar Murder
Alleged shooter in CBI custody
Mumbai, June 16
The CBI has taken custody of Pintu Singh, who allegedly shot Congress leader Pawanraje Nimbalkar and his driver.

Mayawati Sarvajan or bahujan, Maya’s dilemma
New Delhi, June 16
Two years after its historic victory in Uttar Pradesh riding on a rainbow coalition of the low and high castes, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of Chief Minister Mayawati is caught in a dilemma -- whether to continue its inclusive agenda or revert to her core Dalit base.

Hazare to continue anti-corruption campaign
Mumbai, June 16
Despite reports that hitmen allegedly hired by Nationalist Congress Party MP Padamsinh Patil were tasked to kill him, noted worker and Magsaysay Award winner Anna Hazare kicked off a state-wide campaign against corruption in high places.

Don’t take law into your hands, CPM to cadres
Kolkata, June 16
The CPM leadership at Alimuddin Street today asked party workers and their supporters not to take the law into their hands by falling into the trap of the opposition.




An activist of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities carries a rifle at Dharampur village of Lalgarh, 200 km southwest of Kolkata, on Tuesday. — AFP photo
An activist of the People’s Committee Against Police Atrocities carries a rifle at Dharampur village of Lalgarh, 200 km southwest of Kolkata, on Tuesday.

Ahluwalia elevated as HC Judge
New Delhi, June 16
Justice Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia, Additional Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, has been elevated as a Judge of the same court.

HC asks Raj Thackeray to surrender
Mumbai, June 16
Setting aside the bail given to him, the Bombay High Court today asked Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray to surrender before the Kalyan magistrate's court on June 29.

Marital discord costs BJP activist her post
Bangaluru, June 16
Matrimonial discord has cost Kannada film actress Shruthi an official post with the BJP government divesting her of Chairpersonship of the Women and Child Development Corporation.

12 killed, 15 houses torched in Assam hills
Guwahati, June 16
At least 12 persons, including eight children and two women, were shot dead by unidentified extremists and 15 houses were torched at Michidui village under the Haflong police station in a fresh incident of violence in North Cachar Hill district of Assam today.

48-yr-old Dalit lynched
Lucknow, June 16
A 48-yr-old Dalit was beaten to death by a group of villagers after he asked for his remuneration, the police said on Tuesday. A murder case has been registered against five men in the Dariapur village in Hardoi district, where Chetram was beaten to death on Monday late evening.





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Babus out to ‘dilute’ RTI Act
Girja Shankar Kaura
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 16
Feeling the heat from the information commissioners, who are going out of their way to dispose of innumerable queries from common citizens regarding various government departments, the bureaucrats at the helm of affairs are out to dilute the path-breaking Right to Information (RTI) Act.

If the recent Presidential address to the joint session of Parliament is any indication, the law, which has the potential of changing the very way of governance in the country, is under threat from government officials who are not very happy with the way the Central Information Commission (CIC) has been going about hauling them up for not being serious about the very law that they enacted.

While there is an ongoing tussle between the CIC and the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) over the disclosure of file notings, it is this very department which is trying to bulldoze the decisions of the commission.

With information commissioners going after government officials for not treating RTI queries seriously and even levying cash penalties on them, the DoPT has been trying to emphasise that the Single Bench decisions of the CIC were not valid and that all decision should be heard by the Full Bench of the commission.

In what seems to be another attempt of government officials to turn the commission into another office clogged with cases, the DoPT is of the opinion that all decision taken by the commission over the past three years were illegal.

The rate of disposals has increased from 689 cases in October last to 1,495 cases in April 2009.

RTI activists point out that the changes being suggested by the government in the Act are mainly due to the turf war underway between the CIC and the DoPT. The bureaucrats want to send home a clear message that it is they who call the shots in governance and not the commission.

Activists point out that the whole process of appointment in the commission itself is flawed. With political parties taking interest in the appointment of the information commissioners, the commission can never remain apolitical, they maintain.

They point out that the efforts being made to bring about amendments in the law will dilute it, infringing the “fundamental rights” of citizens. The amendment can come in the next three to four months and it is being feared that it will directly deal with the provision in the law to provide copies of file notings, which form the most important part of any judgment.

Activists say the focus should be on ensuring right implementation of the law, rather than diluting it. Moreover, citizens also don’t understand the power of this law, which can bring about a change in the way the country is being governed.

Rather than taking the power of governance to the people, the government, by bringing about changes in the Act, is only trying to keep the common man away from it, the activists point out.

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Defending Borders
Army to chalk out new strategy
Ajay Banerjee
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 16
For the first time since the Mumbai terror attacks, that had culminated in an “attack Pakistan” chorus across the country, top commanders of the Indian Army have got down to refine their existing plans to defend the western border with Pakistan. The commanders will also draw up strategies regarding what could be the possible scenario in the future.

Sources confirmed that a “war game” was being discussed somewhere in the Western Command. A senior functionary confirmed “yes the war games were about refining the strategy of defending the western border with Pakistan”.

The Western Command is headquartered at Chandimandir, near Chandigarh, and exercises control over Punjab and also parts of Rajasthan, among other areas. Also participating are several senior officers from the adjoining South-Western Command at Jaipur and Northern Command at Udhampur that control the Rajasthan and J&K frontiers respectively. So are officers of the Ambala-based 2 strike corps.

The Army chief, Gen Deepak Kapoor, is to join in and have first-hand information from the officers. Several of the top brass from the Army headquarters are also participating.

Incidentally, such a “war game” is an annual exercise and this time it happens so that it is the first one in the Western Command since the Mumbai terror attacks in November last year.

After the terror attacks, India had mulled various options against Pakistan, including air strikes at terrorist camps, but all these are impossible to achieve without the infantry or the strike corps being involved in defending the border.

The “war game” is a table discussion in which the officers at the level of Lieut-Gen and Major-Gen give their inputs on what they perceive could be the best option to use in each “sector” of the border. Within the Army, each area of the border is identified as a “sector”. Its topography, natural barriers like rivers, deserts or mountains are factored in when the commanders suggest their plans.

Out of these inputs and discussions, the best are picked up and refined or incorporated into the existing war/defensive plans. “The refinement of these plans was an ongoing process,” said a senior functionary. He added that the final existing plan that has to be exercised when the country is attacked or the Army is called out for action, is the domain of the Army chief. That is not discussed during the war game.

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1,000 acres to come under net house cultivation
Jangveer Singh
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 16
Cultivation of vegetables in net houses is set to get a boost in Punjab with 1,000 acres likely to be covered under net houses this year, even as the state Finance Ministry has cleared the way for the appointment of agriculture graduates to ensure a smooth conduct of the scheme.

The Agriculture and Horticulture Departments will facilitate the construction of net houses in 500 acres each. The Horticulture Department, which had pleaded that it did not have staff to undertake this work, will now be able to recruit 80 agriculture graduates. Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal recently cleared the case for the payment of an additional Rs 4,000 a month to the graduates in addition to the Rs 8,000 per month they will get from the National Horticulture Mission funds after an appeal by state Farmers Commission Chairman Dr GS Kalkat.

The Farmers Commission has demonstrated the net house technology involving pipes to create a structure which is covered with a net and fitted with double door. Since then, teething problems, particularly use of low-strength pipes, have been sorted out. Though this has witnessed a near doubling in the per canal cost of the net house structure from Rs 50,000 per canal to Rs 90,000 canal, it has also made them more durable and resistant to high winds. The subsidy quotient has also been increased to Rs 40,000 per canal.

According to Farmers Commission member Dr PS Rangi efforts are being made to target small farmers to take on net house cultivation due to the high yields as well as profit margins. He said the commission had recommended planting of tomato, capsicum, cucumber and brinjal and was offering two units of net houses of one canal each to small farmers. He said this entailed a cost of Rs 1.80 lakh of which Rs 80,000 was the subsidy quotient.

Till now 275 net houses have come up in Punjab. The Farmers Commission has fixed a target of reaching out to one lakh farmers and ensuring 10,000 hectares are put under net house cultivation. Dr Rangi maintains that more vegetables under net houses will not cause a glut in markets as such vegetables arrive early and stay on late. He said talks were also on with multi-national firms to transport at least 15 per cent of this produce out of the state.

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India loses 2,000 patents every year

Hyderabad, June 16
India is losing at least 2,000 patents every year on traditional formulations as its knowledge on these has “never been documented”, Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh said here today.

Presiding over the UN-organised convention on ‘Biological Diversity’, the Union Minister said, “Indians’ knowledge on traditional formulations and systems of medicine mostly remained oral and never documented.”

“This has been depriving us of the patent rights which is a direct impingement on Indian traditional formulations. It happened earlier in the case of turmeric, neem and Basmati rice, wherein we fought and won the patents,” he recalled.

The Union Government has now made over two lakh formulations related to Indian systems of medicine available online through the ‘Traditional Knowledge Digital Library’, he said.The European Patents Office was given full access to this library in February, while the US Patents Office too would be given similar access shortly, he said.

“We now expect patent granting to be sensitive to traditional knowledge,” the minister remarked. — PTI

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Road projects face credit pangs
Girja Shankar Kaura
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 16
Shortage of credit in the market and undue interference from the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has had a negative impact on the road development in the country with a number of projects being stalled and some being delayed much beyond the target.

Although the newly appointed Minister for Road Transport Kamal Nath has had a few rounds of talks with industry representatives and officials of his ministry, but it may still take some time for the road development to get back on track.

Despite the minister categorically stating that infrastructure development would be his priority, the signs from the market seem to be too ominous.

The economic meltdown has hit the infrastructure sector in the country and in the last six months, the NHAI has failed to award a single BOT project. Besides another over Rs 8,000 crore worth of national highway projects, totaling about 650 km, have also been postponed. This happened because the NHAI decided to cancel and re-invite bids for six projects, for which it had received single bids.

The NHAI will now restructure these build-operate-transfer format projects by reworking the scope of projects, which in effect will reduce project costs. It will then re-invite bids from the highway developers.

These projects include four-laning of Amritsar-Pathankot section (about 94 km stretch, with an estimated cost of Rs 851 crore, 20 years concession period); four-laning of Vijayawada-Machilipatnam section (65 km stretch, Rs 550 crore, 25 years); Maharashtra border-Nagpur (95 km stretch, Rs 1,205 crore, 27 years); four-laning of Goa-Karnataka border to Panaji-Goa (about 70 km stretch); six-laning of Eastern peripheral expressway (135 km stretch, Rs 2,676 crore, 30 years) and six-laning of Chilkaluripet-Nellore section (183.7 km stretch, Rs 2,433.9 crore, 30 years).

Officials at the ministry point to several reasons for the delay in projects but it is the availability of credit, which is said to be the main one. According to them existing concessionaires had already raised issue of difficulty in raising funds for new projects with the minister and have sought his intervention to take up the ‘high bank interest rate issue.

Besides, none want to come forward, as there is also no assurance from the NHAI that the bids would be granted. Officials point out that 70 per cent of the highway projects for which bids were floated in past few months did not get bidders for reasons including financial institutions not lending fund to the developers.

A senior NHAI official said they had submitted before the minister how there was no bidder due to no investment support. He pointed out that at a meeting with the minister it was stated that majority of the projects were not getting any response from private developers despite re-inviting tenders as the financial institutions were not coming forward to help.

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Nimbalkar Murder
Alleged shooter in CBI custody

Mumbai, June 16
The CBI has taken custody of Pintu Singh, who allegedly shot Congress leader Pawanraje Nimbalkar and his driver.

Singh alias Mahesh Chaudhary, who is in the custody of the Uttar Pradesh police, will be brought to Mumbai where he is likely to be produced before a court tomorrow.

The police arrested him last week in connection with the incident on June 3, 2006.

Singh’s involvement in the Nimbalkar murder case was revealed after another arrested accused Parasmal Jain in his statement to the police said he had hired shooter Singh to murder Nimbalkar.

The CBI is also on the look-out of another shooter Chotu Pandey and BSP worker Kailash Yadav, who allegedly organised for the shooters.

Suspended NCP leader and Member of Parliament Padamsinh Patil was also arrested by the CBI on June 6 for allegedly ordering the murder and paying a ‘supari’ (contract killing sum) of Rs 30 lakh to Jain.

Patil, who is presently in CBI custody till June 20, was yesterday seen jogging and listening to music in the campus of CBI office at Belapur in Navi Mumbai. — PTI

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Sarvajan or bahujan, Maya’s dilemma

New Delhi, June 16
Two years after its historic victory in Uttar Pradesh riding on a rainbow coalition of the low and high castes, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) of Chief Minister Mayawati is caught in a dilemma -- whether to continue its inclusive agenda or revert to her core Dalit base.

Credited with giving Dalits - whom she called 'bahujan' - their political space, Mayawati in 2007 adopted the new social engineering formula of 'sarvajan', which included upper castes in her support base. But this inclusive agenda did not seem to work in the 15th Lok Sabha polls when the party managed to win only 20 of the state's total 80 seats.

"We could not perform as expected. One reason is a palpable feeling of disillusionment among the Dalits as many of them believe they are being neglected, with upper castes and Muslims getting more play," a Rajya Sabha MP of the BSP told IANS on condition of anonymity. In the BSP, nobody except Mayawati is permitted to discuss such issues in the public domain.

Now the dilemma, he said, was whether to continue with 'sarvajan' politics or go back to the basics.

Dalits, constituting 21 per cent of the state's population, Muslims, making up 19 per cent, and Brahmins, nine per cent, had voted in large numbers for the the BSP in 2007. Of the BSP's 203 legislators, 61 are Dalits, 51 Brahmins and 26 Muslims.

But analysts say Mayawati failed to rise above identity politics and deliver on the development front to fulfil Dalit aspirations. And that contributed to the BSP's Lok Sabha debacle.

"This time there was resentment among the Dalits and it reflected in their flagging enthusiasm to come out and vote as earlier," political analyst Badri Narayan told IANS.

"After Mayawati came to power, the Dalit voter expected the party to deliver and bring about substantial improvement in their life, but this did not happen," said Narayan, director of the Dalit Resource Centre at the Allahabad-based Gobind Ballabh Pant Institute of Social Sciences.

In 2007, the entire country was stunned when for the first time in nearly two decades, Uttar Pradesh got single party majority in Mayawati's BSP, which walked away with 203 of the 403 Assembly seats.

However, the magic did not work in the 2009 Lok Sabha elections. The BSP had expected to notch up 40 to emerge a kingmaker at the centre but won only 20.

A study done by the party revealed that the BSP's performance in the Assembly segments of each parliamentary constituency was also far below expectations.

It also found that the BSP's vote share also actually went down from 30.4 per cent in 2007 to 27 per cent in the Lok Sabha elections. Party leaders attributed this to Dalit apathy.

"Mayawati has realised she cannot take her Dalit core for granted. This explains why Dalits are being given preference in the appointments that are now being made in the party for different posts," said a leader.

This also explains why she has chosen June 19 to launch an "awareness campaign" among Dalits "to tell them that the BSP is their real saviour" even as the Congress has its own plans for the day.

June 19 is Congress general secretary and MP Rahul Gandhi's birthday and his party plans to host 'sahbhog' or community feasts on the occasion in Dalit-dominated areas where all castes would be invited. Rahul Gandhi is being credited for the Congress' improvement in Uttar Pradesh from nine seats to 21 seats and many believe the party has eaten into Mayawati's Dalit vote base.

"In her enthusiasm of inclusive politics to realise her own dream of becoming prime minister, Mayawati forgot the grassroots voter," said A.K. Verma, who teaches at Christ Church College in Kanpur.He, however, feels reverting to "the narrow agenda of Dalit politics would be a retrograde step". — IANS

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Hazare to continue anti-corruption campaign
Shiv Kumar
Tribune News Service

Mumbai, June 16
Despite reports that hitmen allegedly hired by Nationalist Congress Party MP Padamsinh Patil were tasked to kill him, noted worker and Magsaysay Award winner Anna Hazare kicked off a state-wide campaign against corruption in high places.

The agitation was launched last Thursday as part of a move to force the Maharashtra government to concede to several of his demands for ensuring greater transparency by elected officials. The controversy over the arrest of Patil and the allegation that he may have tried to hire hitmen to kill Hazare does not faze the veteran activist.

“I am not worried about any threat to my life. If I have to die for the cause of the people then so be it. I am not afraid of anything,” Hazare said from his Ralegan Siddhi village in Maharashtra’s Ahmednagar district. Hazare won the Magsaysay award for turning this village into a model village in the state more than 20 years ago.

Hazare said Patil might have been arrested even earlier had the state police department been given a free hand in investigating the murder of Pawanraje Nimbalkar. “The state government was not interested in arresting him. He is politically powerful, so the case dragged on till the CBI was brought in,” Hazare said.

The Maharashtra government had offered to provide security to Hazare following the alleged revelation by the two hitmen that they had refused the job to kill him. Hazare turned down the offer of security. However, scores of activists groomed by Hazare are known to provide security for their leader round-the-clock.

According to Hazare, the agitation aimed to force the Maharashtra government to clean up its act. “The top leaders always make promises that are not carried out. We want corrupt ministers to be dropped from the cabinet. Government employees must be made to report for duty on time. The people should have the power to force action against corrupt officials,” Hazare said of his main demands.

The noted social worker noted that he had earlier called off his proposed agitation before the Lok Sabha elections as the government was hamstrung by the code of conduct in force. “Some promises were made and we want them to be carried out,” Hazare said.

In March last, Hazare had demanded that Chief Minister Ashok Chavan drop ministers like Surupsinh Naik, Madan Patil and Nawab Malik from his cabinet. Naik had hit the headlines when as Forest Minister he was caught hunting wild deer and jailed.

According to Hazare he wanted the Maharashtra government to overhaul the Employment Guarantee Scheme and water resources in rural areas of the state. He has also called the government to guarantee the deposits of small investors in rural areas who deposited their savings with the co-operative credit societies.

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Don’t take law into your hands, CPM to cadres
Subhrangshu Gupta
Tribune News Service

Kolkata, June 16
The CPM leadership at Alimuddin Street today asked party workers and their supporters not to take the law into their hands by falling into the trap of the opposition.

After the Lok Sabha elections, the Trinamool Congress and the Maoists had come together with the intention of destabilising peace in the state to make it a fit case for the imposition of the President’s Rule, which Mamata Banerjee had been demanding for the past few years, the leadership said.

At a hurriedly called meeting, the CPM state secretariat discussed the law and order problems vis-à-vis Maoist activities in various districts, including Lalgarh, Belphari and Bashpahari areas in west Midnapore and Nandigram, Khejuri in east Midnapore where 53 CPM workers and their supporters were allegedly attacked and killed by the Maoists and TMC gangsters.

At Khejuri, TMC workers launched an agitation and forced the district administration to dismantle several police camps set up in the area. Maoists leader Bikash, carrying an AK-47 on his shoulder, yesterday publicly declared at Lalgarph that they had masterminded the attacks on the Chief Minister in November last.

Several CPM leaders expressed dissatisfaction over Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s handling of the situation. However, they were opposed to changing the Chief Minister or taking any drastic steps against the Maoists and TMC activists at this stage. They were of the opinion that such steps would aggravate the law and order crisis and give Mamata Banerjee a chance to demand imposition of Article 356 in the state.

The party also disapproved of the deployment of the Army in areas dominated by the Maoists.

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Ahluwalia elevated as HC Judge
Legal Correspondent

New Delhi, June 16
Justice Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia, Additional Judge of the Punjab and Haryana High Court, has been elevated as a Judge of the same court.

The appointment, made by the President in exercise of the powers conferred by clause (1) of Article 217 of the Constitution of India, will be effective from the date he assumes charge of his office, a Rashtrapati Bhavan communiqué said today.

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HC asks Raj Thackeray to surrender

Mumbai, June 16
Setting aside the bail given to him, the Bombay High Court today asked Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray to surrender before the Kalyan magistrate's court on June 29.

Thackeray had been arrested and granted bail by the Kalyan magistrate's court in November last year in connection with an attack on outstation students by MNS activists in October 2008. The Maharashtra government had challenged the bail granted to Thackeray before the Bombay High Court. — TNS

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Marital discord costs BJP activist her post

Bangaluru, June 16
Matrimonial discord has cost Kannada film actress Shruthi an official post with the BJP government divesting her of Chairpersonship of the Women and Child Development Corporation.

Shruthi, a popular heroine of yesteryears and a BJP activist, has been removed from the post with immediate effect, a notification issued here last night said.

Shruthi was appointed to the post just before the Lok Sabha polls, but the electoral authorities prevented her from assuming charge, citing model code of conduct. — PTI

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12 killed, 15 houses torched in Assam hills
Bijay Sankar Bora
Tribune News Service

Guwahati, June 16
At least 12 persons, including eight children and two women, were shot dead by unidentified extremists and 15 houses were torched at Michidui village under the Haflong police station in a fresh incident of violence in North Cachar Hill district of Assam today.

A police source in Haflong said unidentified extremists torched 15 houses at Zeme Naga tribe-inhabited Michidui village this noon besides killing 12 persons who were working at an agriculture field near the village.

Personnel from an Assam Rifles picket located at a nearby village rushed to Michidui village on seeing smoke bellowing out of the area and recovered 12 bullet ridden bodies from a nearby shifting cultivation (jhum) area.

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48-yr-old Dalit lynched

Lucknow, June 16
A 48-yr-old Dalit was beaten to death by a group of villagers after he asked for his remuneration, the police said on Tuesday. A murder case has been registered against five men in the Dariapur village in Hardoi district, where Chetram was beaten to death on Monday late evening.

“Chetram used to work in the fields of Nanhe Yadav, who did not give him his daily wages for the last one month,” police inspector Kamlesh Kumar told over the telephone from Hardoi. When Chetram insisted that he be paid his wages, Yadav along with his four friends started beating him with sticks, following which Chetram succumbed to the injuries, he said. — IANS

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Tiffin bomb goes off; 11 defused
Madurai:
One person was injured when low intensity bomb packed in a ‘tiffin-box’ went off, even as 11 similar explosives found near a road bridge on the outskirts of the city were defused, the police said on Tuesday. The police defused the ‘tiffin-box’ bombs seized from a bag found under a bridge at Viraganur near here on Monday night. The explosives were of low intensity and improvised variety of the country bombs, IG (South Zone) Sanjeev Kumar told media after visiting the spot. — PTI

Shiney Ahuja case: Rape confirmed 
Mumbai:
The report of the medical report examination of the maid employed at the residence of actor Shiney Ahuja confirmed that she had been raped, Deputy Commissioner of Police Niket Kaushik told reporters on Tuesday. He added that the authorities were still to confirm the age of the victim. Dental and bone density tests have been conducted and the report on the likely age of the woman was awaited, Kaushik said. This was done after preliminary investigations indicated that she could be a minor. In case, the woman happens to be a minor, the actor could be in deeper trouble, say police officials. — TNS

Body of security guard recovered
Hanumangarh
: The body of a security guard was recovered near the railway track at Hanumangarh. Preliminary investigation indicated that the deceased was beaten to death and thrown later, sources said. As per the information, the Ankit Sharma, who was working as security guard went for work at 10 pm yesterday and did not return. Parents of the deceased alleged that it was a murder case. Social workers extending support refused to allow the post-mortem proceedings untill a case under section 302 of the IPC was  registered. — OC

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