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Rape case filed against Alok Nath after complaint by writer-producer

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Mumbai | A rape case was registered against actor Alok Nath by the Mumbai Police on a complaint filed by a writer-producer, who had accused him of raping her nearly two decades ago, police said Wednesday.

A First Information Report (FIR) was registered at the Oshiwara police station in suburban Andheri on Tuesday night, a senior police official said. Nath has been booked under Indian Penal Code section 376 (rape), Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone IX, Paramjit Singh Dahiya, said.

The complainant, best known for a 90s TV show, had in a social media post last month alleged that the actor had raped her 19 years ago. She had given an account of the alleged sexual assault in the post, soon after actor Tanushree Dutta’s complaint of harassment against Nana Patekar sparked of what is known as India’s #MeToo movement. Patekar denied the allegations.

In recent months, #MeToo has been gaining momentum in India with women calling out comedians, journalists, authors, actors and filmmakers. The writer-producer had submitted a complaint against the actor at the police station on October 17. Nath had refuted the allegations and filed a civil suit against the complainant in a court here. He had also sought Re 1 as damages for allegedly defaming him.

The actor’s wife Ashu had also recorded her statement before a magistrate in connection with her complaint against the complainant and sought that defamation proceedings be initiated against the writer-producer.

She told the court that their (Nath and Ashu’s) reputation has been damaged because of the allegations levelled by the writer. The complainant had alleged that the actor had raped her 19 years ago. Though she did not name Nath in her social media post, she referred to him as the actor who is known as the “most Sanskari person” in the field of acting. Nath is known for playing characters endorsing ‘moral values’ in films such as “Maine Pyaar Kiya”, “Hum Aapke Hain Koun!”, “Hum Saath Saath Hain” and “Vivah”. The Cine and TV Artists Association (CINTAA) had earlier this month expelled Alok Nath in view of the rape allegations against him.

The #MeToo movement, which began in Hollywood a year ago, has seen thousands sharing their stories of sexual harassment. The movement has resulted in the fall of Bollywood stalwarts such as Patekar, Sajid Khan, Subhash Kapoor, Vikas Bahl, Subhash Ghai, Anu Malik and Rajat Kapoor.

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Soldier killed as Pak army violates ceasefire along LoC in Rajouri

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Jammu| An Army soldier was killed when Pakistan violated the ceasefire by heavily shelling forward areas and posts along the Line of Control with mortar bombs in Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri district Thursday, officials said.

Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire in Keri belt of Sunderbani sector this morning, they said.

One soldier was was killed in Pakistani firing, they added.

Pakistani troops have violated the ceasefire over 110 times along the LoC since January.

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CRPF jawan kills 3 colleagues in J-K

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New Delhi| Three CRPF personnel were killed Wednesday after a colleague allegedly fired at them after an altercation at their camp in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

 

The alleged fratricide incident happened at around 10 pm when constable Ajit Kumar shot three of his colleagues from his service rifle at the 187th battalion camp of the force in the Battal Ballian area in Udhampur, they said.

 

The officials said while three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men were killed in the firing, Kumar also shot himself and is critical in a hospital.

 

Kumar hails from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh and was rushed to a military hospital nearby, they said.

 

The deceased have been identified as head constables Pokarmal R of Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan, Yogendra Sharma of Delhi and Umed Singh of Rewari in Haryana.

 

The incident is said to be triggered after the jawans had an altercation, they said.

 

Senior CRPF and police officials have rushed to the spot, they added.

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Vice president, PM greet nation on Holi

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New Delhi| Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday greeted people on Holi, saying the festival symbolises the victory of good over evil.

In his message, Naidu said, “Holi is a celebration of the victory of good over evil. It is a festival that expresses joy and camaraderie.”

 

Modi hoped that the festival of colours will bring peace, harmony, prosperity and happiness in our lives.

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