Delhi underground : Going beyond the call of duty

Hours after Tibetan Jamphel Yeshi succumbed to burns at RML hospital,police were rounding up protesting Tibetans in other parts of the city.

Written by Express News Service | Published:April 2, 2012 2:19 am

Going beyond the call of duty

Hours after Tibetan Jamphel Yeshi succumbed to burns at RML hospital,police were rounding up protesting Tibetans in other parts of the city. A group of police officers,however,were seen patiently collecting the date of birth of the five mortuary staff at Lady Hardinge Medical College. According to Tibetan custom,only those with ‘animal signs’ matching that of the dead were allowed to touch the body for postmortem and embalming purposes. “Not only did police officers volunteer their own date of births,they told us to remain inside the hospital complex for safety,while they went to LHMC,and convinced the staff to give their date of births,” one of the Tibetans,who came to collect Yeshi’s body,said. Police personnel then waited as an astrologer in Dharamsala was contacted via email and the details sent,to get a green signal for the formalities to commence. As one of the officials at RML hospital’s police post said,”We had our fingers crossed,hoping they would find someone with matching animal signs.”

CWC is not Congress Welfare Committee

Vehement opposition from the Arya Orphanage’s counsel to having the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) involved in charting interim directives for better functioning of the orphanage invited intriguing remarks from the Delhi High Court during a hearing last week. Mindful of the MCD elections,Justice Pradeep Nandarajog noted that every time someone mentioned CWC,the counsel slammed the CWC and said the accusations pertaining to sexual abuse of the children was a motivated smear campaign. “We hope you don’t understand CWC to be the Congress Welfare Committee,” Justice Nandarajog told the counsel. He added that there seemed to be a “political overtone” in the arguments in view of the MCD elections and sought to mollify the counsel by telling him that the court was thinking only about the welfare of the children and nothing beyond it.

Delhi Police looks to journos for help

The Delhi Police were so worried about the security of Chinese President Hu Jintao that a senior officer was running all over the city to detain Tibetan protesters. So worried were the Delhi Police that numerous calls were made to reporters asking them for tip-offs regarding where the protesters might congregate. Police said the reason for asking journalists was because journalists usually receive information in advance so that the protests get coverage.

News but not the ‘whole’ news

On an unexpectedly busy day at the Tis Hazari courts last week,a sessions court acquitted suspected Maoist leader Kobad Ghandy of all terror charges. However,it said he was still liable to be tried for forgery and cheating,meaning that he would remain in custody. About 10 minutes after the verdict,TV channels started running a story titled: ‘Kobad Ghandy released from jail for lack of evidence’. A thread was also running on Twitter. Five minutes later,officers of the Special Cell who were in court were up in arms,asking how dare the media say they had let a high-profile suspect leave custody. Print reporters were on phones clarifying the news to TV counterparts. The. story of Kobad’s release ran well into the evening and was the source of confusion two days later when the matter came up for hearing again.

Hide ‘n’ seek ahead of MCD elections

Sixty-year-old Sarita Sharma who is contesting municipal polls from Pandav Nagar as an independent candidate went into hiding for three days. Family members said she had gone into hiding till the date of withdrawal of nomination to escape demands she withdraw her candidature. “She is a known face in the locality. That is why political parties are exerting pressure,asking her to withdraw her nomination,” Sharma returned home after the last date for withdrawal was over.

Posters change colour in Noida

Since the Samajwadi government came to power,officials of the Noida Authority have been working overtime to remove all blue posters and banners of the Bahujan Samaj Party. Officials said the task was proving difficult,with nearly every electricity pole in Noida being plastered with posters of ex-Chief Minister Mayawati. “There were close to 22,000 posters. We have been asked to take them all down and work is still on to identify areas where they are still up. We have received instructions that red and green banners be put up in the place of the old posters. Thankfully,they only want it at some important city junctions and not on all electricity poles,” a Noida Authority official said.

Putting the cart before the horse

The directors and staff personnel for the much publicised six AIIMS-like institutions are yet to be finalised and so are the number of UG seats,but coaching institutions that train aspirants for medical entrance exams are not waiting. Many are already running full-page advertisements in national dailies,talking about the improved chances of selection due to increase in seats in these upcoming institutes. Two advertisements that came out this week for crash courses in the run-up to the AIIMS and All India Pre-Medical Test entrances,promised “increased chances of success”,“with the addition of six AIIMS-like institutions,” urging students to “grab your opportunity of selections with improved chances of success.”

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