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Shelterless teenager alleges gangrape
New Delhi, December 11
The Delhi Police are checking the antecedents of a 17-year-old girl who was found alone in Connaught Place three days ago and who says that she was gangraped. Although the police have registered a case of gangrape, they assert that the investigations into the incident have not progressed because of the girl's 'incoherent' and shifty statements.

Form govt to honour voters now, AAP told
New Delhi, December 11
Condemning the 'celebrations' by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) at Jantar Mantar today, Congress leader and former MLA Mukesh Sharma challenged it as well as the BJP to form the government and honour the faith of the people who have voted for them.

AAP, Cong can form govt, says Vardhan
New Delhi, December 11
Harsh Vardhan, the BJP's chief ministerial candidate in Delhi, today said it was up to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress to cobble an alliance to form the government in the Capital.

Two held for Gandhi Nagar murders
New Delhi, December 11
A day after the police found the bodies of two men in Gandhi Nagar, they arrested two youths who allegedly murdered them after a fight over money that was lent to them by the deceased.


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Activists from the Bhopal Gas Peerit Sangharsh Sahyog Samiti hold placards during a demonstration, demanding justice for the gas tragedy victims, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Wednesday
Activists from the Bhopal Gas Peerit Sangharsh Sahyog Samiti hold placards during a demonstration, demanding justice for the gas tragedy victims, at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev addressing a press conference on the Supreme Court verdict on homosexuality in New Delhi on Wednesday
Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev addressing a press conference on the Supreme Court verdict on homosexuality in New Delhi on Wednesday. Tribune photo: Manas Ranjan Bhui

Sentencing Gen Brar's attackers unfortunate: DSGMC
New Delhi, December 11
Terming the decision of a London court which sentenced the attackers of Gen Kuldeep Singh Brar yesterday as unfortunate, the president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Mangement Committee (DSGMC) and the president of Delhi unit of Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal, Manjit Singh G.K. said that Sikhs do not get justice either in India or abroad. Gen Brar led the Operation Bluestar of 1984 at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar.

Dalit Christians clamour for SC status
New Delhi, December 11
Scores of Dalit Christians and Muslims today staged a protest at Jantar Mantar here, demanding a speedy implementation of the recommendations of Ranganath Misra Commission granting an SC status to them. Several demonstrators, including Archbishop Anil J T Couto and many other bishops and nuns, were detained and taken to Parliament Street police station and were released after a while.

Night shelter opens for patients' kin at RML Hospital
New Delhi, December 11
Keeping in view the hardships faced by underprivileged people in the harsh winter conditions prevailing in Delhi, Sudha Joshi, president of BSF Wives Welfare Association (BWWA), inaugurated a temporary night shelter at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here on Wednesday. The shelter is meant for the patients' relatives who visit the hospital and have to halt there.





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Shelterless teenager alleges gangrape
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
The Delhi Police are checking the antecedents of a 17-year-old girl who was found alone in Connaught Place three days ago and who says that she was gangraped. Although the police have registered a case of gangrape, they assert that the investigations into the incident have not progressed because of the girl's 'incoherent' and shifty statements.

Investigators said that a police control room vehicle had found the girl at N-Block of Connaught Place on the intervening night of December 8 and 9.

"There was nothing wrong with her then. She was brought to the local police station. She said that she was alone and searching for shelter. She didn't say at that time that she was sexually assaulted. Following a regular procedure, we took her for a medical examination, but she didn't allow the doctors to examine her internally. Despite the fact that there were no external injuries marks on her body, she told them that she was gangraped," said a police officer, close to the investigation of the case.

Based on her statement to the doctors, the police registered a case of gangrape, but they have not been able to confirm the time and the place, where the incident took place. The girl has also given her statement to a magistrate, making the same charge.

"She told a woman constable that some men had taken advantage of her. We took her to a railway station in Delhi and the areas around it, but she has not been able to confirm the location where she claims she was raped. At one of the places, she said that the incident had happened, but we spoke to the locals there and they said that they didn't hear or see anything," said the investigators.

The police have presented her before a Child Welfare Committee and sent her to a shelter home.

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Form govt to honour voters now, AAP told
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
Condemning the 'celebrations' by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) at Jantar Mantar today, Congress leader and former MLA Mukesh Sharma challenged it as well as the BJP to form the government and honour the faith of the people who have voted for them.

He said that both the parties had contested the elections on the corruption, power tariff and inflation plank, so they were morally bound to form the government and fulfill the promises they had made in their manifestos.

He attributed the reasons behind their unwillingness to form the government to the 'unpractical' promises they had made before the elections.

While the AAP had promised a 50 per cent cut in power tariff, the BJP had promised 30 per cent. "So now they should devise a common minimum programme and at least ensure that Delhiites get a 40 per cent cut in their power bills," he said.

"Ideally, these parties should form the government for at least six months if not a year to reduce the power tariff. But they obviously do not want to form the government because they know that the promises they had made are impossible to put into action," Sharma said.

The promises made by the AAP included regularising of the services of 3,50,000 contractual employees working in the Delhi Government. Sharma said it was incumbent on the AAP now to fulfill these employees' aspirations.

He said in order to avoid putting Delhi through another expensive election, the Congress was open to extending support to any non-communal party.

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AAP, Cong can form govt, says Vardhan
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
Harsh Vardhan, the BJP's chief ministerial candidate in Delhi, today said it was up to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Congress to cobble an alliance to form the government in the Capital.

"I won't comment on the Congress considering support to AAP. If they want to form a government in Delhi, they can very well do that," said Vardhan.

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Two held for Gandhi Nagar murders
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
A day after the police found the bodies of two men in Gandhi Nagar, they arrested two youths who allegedly murdered them after a fight over money that was lent to them by the deceased.

The accused have been identified as Sushant Sehgal (21) and Aakash Gupta (22). They were caught in Geeta Colony.

"The deceased, Devender and Sonu, had lent money to Sushant and Aakash. There was a dispute between them over returning the money. It turned ugly and resulted in the deaths of Devender and Sonu," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (East District) Ajay Kumar.

At about 8.27 pm on Tuesday night, the police were informed about the two bodies lying near Jagdamba Dairy, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Gandhi Nagar police station. The bodies were identified as those of Devender (35) and Sonu (26).

They were sent to the Sabzi Mandi mortuary. "Although the murders were committed at a market in the presence of hundreds of people, none of them came forward to give information to the police. Soon after the murders, the shopkeepers closed the shutters of their shops. The entire market was closed before the arrival of the police at the spot of crime," said Kumar.

The police tapped their local informers for information. Investigators learnt that Devender and Sonu were in the company of four to five people, before they were murdered.

"We detained some of the associates of the deceased. They disclosed that Sushant and Aakash may be involved in the murder. The two youths were interrogated and they accepted their involvement in the crime, said Kumar.

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Sentencing Gen Brar's attackers unfortunate: DSGMC
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
Terming the decision of a London court which sentenced the attackers of Gen Kuldeep Singh Brar yesterday as unfortunate, the president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Mangement Committee (DSGMC) and the president of Delhi unit of Shiromani Akali Dal-Badal, Manjit Singh G.K. said that Sikhs do not get justice either in India or abroad. Gen Brar led the Operation Bluestar of 1984 at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar.

Four attackers of Gen Brar, including Mandeep Singh Sandhu and Dilbag Singh, were sentenced 14 years in jail, Harjit Kaur for 11 years and Barjinder Singh Sangha was given a sentence for 10 years six months.

Casting aspersions on the judgment, G.K. adds that Sikhs get a raw deal in the courts of India as well as foreign countries.

"Those who killed Sikhs are being projected as heroes, and the decision of the court is also violation of human rights," pointed out G.K.

The president of Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Mangement Committee assured the four Sikhs of all legal support and also appealed to the court to rethink its judgment.

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Dalit Christians clamour for SC status
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
Scores of Dalit Christians and Muslims today staged a protest at Jantar Mantar here, demanding a speedy implementation of the recommendations of Ranganath Misra Commission granting an SC status to them.

Several demonstrators, including Archbishop Anil J T Couto and many other bishops and nuns, were detained and taken to Parliament Street police station and were released after a while.

The police also used water cannons to rein in the demonstrators.

The protesters were asking the government to strike down the Presidential (SC) order of 1950 which denies equal rights to Christians and Muslims of Dalit origin, according to a statement released by Delhi Catholic Archdiocese.

"The law itself is unconstitutional. Every government has turned a deaf ear to the demand of Christians and now they are going to the extent of brutally beating up our priests and nuns and arresting us too," Archbishop Anil J T Couto said.

During the protest, jointly organised by Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) and National Council of Dalit Christians (NCDC), the agitators demanded deletion of the paragraph 3 of the Constitution (SC) Order to "make the Scheduled Caste net fully religion-neutral like that of the Scheduled Tribe".

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Night shelter opens for patients' kin at RML Hospital
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, December 11
Keeping in view the hardships faced by underprivileged people in the harsh winter conditions prevailing in Delhi, Sudha Joshi, president of BSF Wives Welfare Association (BWWA), inaugurated a temporary night shelter at Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital here on Wednesday. The shelter is meant for the patients' relatives who visit the hospital and have to halt there.

The BSF has built four such shelters in tents which can accommodate more than 50 people. These shelters provide blankets, mattresses and even TV sets. Each tent is also having a room heater, according to a press release.

Besides the BWWA president, senior doctors and staff of the hospital were also present during the inaugural ceremony.

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