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Man held in connection with kanwariyas’ vandalism in Delhi’s Moti Nagar




New Delhi | A 26-year-old man was arrested today, 48 hours after a group of kanwariyas, vexed over a car driver allegedly hitting one of them, vandalised the vehicle in west Delhi.

The incident took place on Tuesday on a stretch of a busy road near Moti Nagar metro station causing a traffic snarl and forcing some of the commuters to take a detour.

The accused, Rahul Billa, was identified after scanning CCTV footages and registers of nine kanwar camps on Najafgarh Road and arrested around 6.30 pm today, Deputy Commissioner of Police (West) Vijay Kumar said. Billa is a resident of Uttam Nagar and has been involved in thefts previously, the police said. He had brought a kanwar and was accompanying the group which orchestrated the violence, Kumar said.

During interrogation, Billa told the police that one of the kanwariyas had sustained injury to his hand after the car brushed past him.

A rumour soon spread in the group that the kanwariya had been thrashed and subsequently the others gathered there. Billa was handed a baseball bat by someone and he too got involved, the DCP said.

Sections of rioting have been added to the FIR that was lodged yesterday, he said, adding that these are non-bailable sections.

Billa said he does not know the other accused but has told the police about the probable routes they might have taken, Kumar said.

The accused is a vagabond, a drug addict and an orphan and at the time of his arrest, he was wearing the same clothes that he was wearing at the time of the incident, he added.

A ruckus broke out after a grey car being driven by a woman, who was with a male friend, allegedly hit a kanwariya.

A heated argument ensued between the two sides and one of the kanwariyas was allegedly slapped by the male occupant of the car. The kanwariyas then vandalised the vehicle with baseball bats.

A video of the incident, captured by a CCTV camera installed at a shop, showed the kanwariyas breaking the car’s windshields, windows and headlights with baseball bats even as a policeman tried hard to stop them.

The rampage came to a halt only after the unidentified miscreants overturned the car in the middle of the road.

The couple fled the scene fearing for their lives and refused to give any complaint in writing, the police had said.

A case was registered and the accused identified on the basis of inquiries conducted by the police and the CCTV footage.


Ashok Gehlot takes oath as Chief Minister of Rajasthan

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Ashok Gehlot

New Delhi | Ashok Gehlot on Monday took oath as the new Chief Minister of Rajasthan after the Congress party emerged victorious in the assembly election. Along with Gehlot, Sachin Pilot also took oath as the deputy chief minister of Rajasthan.

Various opposition leader including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, former prime minister H D Devegowda, Karnataka chief minister H D Kumaraswamy, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, LJD leader Sharad Yadav, Sharad Pawar and TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu.

The Congress party had emerged as the single largest party with 99 seats in the Rajasthan assembly and with the support of BSP and other independent MLAs has staked claim for the government in Rajasthan.

The new CM of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot has won the assembly election from the Sardarpura constituency of Jodhpur is currently the national general secretary and in-charge of organizations and training of the Congress party. Gehlot was earlier the Chief Minister of Rajasthan from 1998 to 2003 and again from 2008 to 2013. He is considered as one of the progressive Chief Minister the state has ever witnessed.

Ashok Gehlot is a 5-time member of parliament from Rajasthan. And held ministerial positions in the cabinet of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Narasimha Rao.

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Congress leader Sajjan Kumar convicted in 1984 anti-Sikh riot case

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Sajjan Kumar

New Delhi | The Delhi High Court on Monday convicted Congress leader Sajjan Kumar in a 1984 anti-Sikh riot case.

The Delhi High Court has sentenced Sajjan Kumar to life imprisonment and the Congress leader has to surrender by 31st December 2018. The High Court has reversed the judgement of the trial court which acquitted Kumar earlier. Along with Sajjan Kumar, Captain Bhagmal, Girdhari Lal and former Congress councillor Balwan Khokhar have been sentenced to life imprisonment. Kishan Khokkar and former legislator Mahender Yadav have been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Reading the judgement the High Court said,” “In the summer of 1947, during partition, several people were massacred. 37 years later Delhi was the witness of a similar tragedy. The accused enjoyed political patronage and escaped trial.”

Responding to the judgement, Manjinder Singh Sirsa of Shiromani Akali Dal said, “We thank the court for giving us justice. Our fight will continue till Sajjan Kumar & Jagdish Tytler get a death sentence & Gandhi family is dragged to the court & put in jail.”

Sajjan Kumar is convicted in the 1984 Anti Sikh riot which was ignited after the assassination of Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her bodyguards. Around  2800 people belonging to the Sikh community were killed in India during the anti-Sikh riots. The Delhi High Court earlier on 14 August 2018 started hearing appeals filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and victims against Sajjan Kumar acquittal in the Anti Sikh Riots of 1984in Delhi.


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PM Modi slams Congress for ‘weakening’ judiciary




Narendra Modi

Allahabad (UP) | Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday charged the Congress with “building pressure” on the judiciary and urged people to remain wary of such a party.

Referring to the Congress, Modi said the party which has ruled this country for the longest period has tried to influence the judiciary.

Addressing a gathering in the pilgrim town of Prayagraj, the new name of Allahabad, ahead of the Kumbh Mela beginning January 15, the prime minister said, “Beware of parties pretending to stand for democracy.”

Modi said the party has always tried to weaken the institution of judiciary and judicial system. “The party neither respects the law, nor the traditions,” Modi said.

He accused the Congress of weakening each and every democratic institution that refused to toe its line.

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