Deputy Home Minister F.H. Mohsin told the Lok Sabha that three cases had been registered following the disturbances in the Turkman Gate area of Delhi on April 19. In a statement on the incidents, which led to police firing, he said 453 persons had been arrested. “The situation in the area is under
control and necessary vigilance is being maintained,” he added. The minister by and large repeated a government press note issued last Wednesday, and added: “The heavy brickbatting by the crowd and from roof-tops injured 34 officials… the police had to open fire to disperse the riotous mobs. The situation was thereafter brought under control. As a result of firing, three persons died on the spot and three more succumbed to their injuries in hospital.”
A delegation of Indian officials was set to leave for Pakistan to conclude an agreement on the resumption of diplomatic relations between the two countries snapped during the 1971 war. Representatives of the two countries were to discuss resumption of air services, including overflights, rail and road links.
The Centre has not yet made up its mind about what it will do if a state ignores its advice and goes ahead with a bill making sterilisation compulsory after two children. The new population policy, announced by Dr Karan Singh on April 16, said that if a state wants to go ahead with compulsory sterilisation, the Centre’s advice would be “to bring in the limitation after three children, and to make it uniformly applicable to all Indian citizens resident in that state without distinction of caste, creed or community”. Apart from Maharashtra and Punjab, UP had proposed compulsory sterilisation. UP proposed compulsory sterilisation after three children, whereas Punjab and Maharashtra sought compulsory sterilisation after two children.