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A statement from the office of district magistrate B N Singh read: “This is a serious issue, and on the basis of the available facts and situation, a magisterial inquiry has been ordered."
“No FIR has been registered in the incident so far. However, a magisterial inquiry has been ordered in the case by the district magistrate,” Love Kumar, SSP, Gautam Buddha Nagar, said.
“Such a thing never happened. We have always celebrated Independence Day hoisting the national flag and singing the national anthem,” said Khalil Ahmad, manager of the madrasa.
Some protesters reached the gate and forcefully entered. When senior management tried to speak to them, the demonstration turned aggressive. They broke barriers leading to the marketing and sales office.
The case pertains to World College of Medical Sciences Research and Hospital in Jhajjar, which is one of the 46 colleges that have been barred by the government from admitting medical students for one or two years.
Since the arrests, no one from the settlement has gone to work at Mahagun Moderne, while other societies have also fired some domestic helps citing “security reasons”.
The investigation, however, is continuing in three separate FIRs filed by Zohra’s employers and residents of Mahagun Moderne society on charges of “rioting”, “damaging property” and “attempt to murder”.
In 2013, the victim was a student of Class X at a government school in Dadri. That year, a 42-year-old man, who was married to an employee of the NTPC, allegedly began harassing her.
Railway authorities, meanwhile, pinned the blame on Panda and his year-old organisation, accusing him of “unauthorisedly” putting up posters “with icons”.
On Thursday, rumours of “braid chopping” spread across western UP, with at least three such cases being reported from Firozabad. Police have found no evidence, so far.
The boy’s father said he dropped off his son, Arman Sehgal, to the school at 7.30 am, and received a call as soon as he reached home. Arman, who received head injuries, was declared dead at the hospital, police said.
According to Ram Saran Nagar, legal counsel for a section of the accused, charges against them are yet to be framed. “After yesterday’s HC order, only three accused are still in prison. The next date of hearing is on August 9.”
Usha Narayanan was buried at the cemetery in 2005. The marble tombstone, with the national emblem on top, carries both her names — Usha Narayanan and her Christian name Ma Tint Tint — “First Lady of India: 1997 to 2002”, along with her husband, described as “a gentle colossus” and “loving husband of Usha Narayanan”.
Over 100 contractual employees of the company gathered on its premises, angered at the alleged series of mass layoffs, and got involved in a ‘minor clash’ with security personnel. Till late Tuesday night, no FIR had been registered in the case.
By evening, the company’s premises turned into a fortress with heavy police presence and private security guards monitoring people entering or leaving the building. Meanwhile, employees who had been fired waited for negotiations between the management, their representatives and police to end.
Explaining Pandher’s conviction, special CBI judge Pawan Kumar Tiwari said, “Since 2004, accused Moninder Singh has been consistently living” in the house where Koli also “worked and lived as his private help”.
This is the eighth Nithari case in which a court has passed judgment. Eight cases are still pending in court.
Police did not know at the time that they are connected to the May 24 incident in Jewar. According to senior police officers, an “improper interrogation” ensured they were released on bail after two weeks.
In the first case, a CBI court at Ghaziabad in 2009 had similarly given both the accused the death penalty. However, after an appeal, the Allahabad High Court acquitted Pandher for lack of evidence while upholding Koli's punishment for lack of evidence.
The arrests came after an exchange of at least 20 rounds of fire between police and the accused for at least two hours, police said.
Eleven years ago, his 10-year-old daughter had gone missing. A year later, he realised she was among the many young girls and women who had been killed during the Nithari murders, when he identified her nylon clothes found in the drain.
This is the eighth case in which judgment has been pronounced, while eight more still await judgment.
The police had filed 19 FIRs against Pandher and Koli relating to crimes against 19 different girls, and the CBI filed chargesheets in 16 of them. In three FIRs, chargesheets weren’t filed because the “offense couldn’t be ascertained”, said sources.
“Some sensitive spots have been identified where there are possibilities of clashes. In order to prevent any untoward incident, stalls selling objectionable items have been asked to close down till the kanwar yatra ends,” police said.
The SHO further said that while the entire district was put on alert, they were informed about two criminals looting a motorcycle and cell phone from a businessman in Sidhari police station area. Heavy police force was engaged in checking vehicles in the district, added the SHO.
Noida Authority CEO Amit Mohan Prasad had, however, told The Indian Express that “no settlements” had been “bulldozed”, adding that the demolition was “routine” and unlinked to the violence.
A majority of those who had pelted stones were from a settlement of migrants from Cooch Behar in West Bengal. But while their homes are intact, those in the Purvanchali settlement have been razed — raising tension between the two communities
“The aim is to find those who haven’t returned after going to Kashmir. We have zeroed in on four persons who came in contact with Sharma. But we haven’t found any evidence to ascertain that they were also working for the terror cell,” according to sources.
Residents of Bhokarhedi area of Muzaffarnagar district said such incidents have rarely taken place. Bhopa police station, where the FIR was registered, has a temple on its right and a mosque on its left. “Even during the Muzaffarnagar riots, this area was not affected by communal tension,” said a resident.
At the centre of the controversy was 26-year-old Zohra Bibi, who had ‘disappeared’ after being accused of stealing money by her employers. When she re-emerged on Wednesday, Bibi alleged she had been beaten and kept captive — a charge denied by her employers.
“I used to live in Barola village earlier and work as a domestic help in Noida's Sector 50. We moved here around six months ago,” said Zohra, who lives with her husband, Abdul Sattar, and children aged between 5 and 13, a kilometre away from the society.
“It doesn’t feel good to be forced to use the lift which residents don’t use. What is it about us that makes them not want to see us? But then, that is just the cost of doing the work we do and not being able to afford flats like these,” said Mohammad Shaafi, who works there.
“As a protocol of the RWA, I would advice that all RWAs ban entry of all Bangladeshi workers in our RWA with immediate effect. They are encashing our need and thinking it to be our weakness, they will all come down on their knees in a week (sic).”
In her complaint, Bibi alleged she had not been paid for the last two months. She alleged that around 5 pm, when she was at Sethi’s house, her employers accused her of stealing money.
Najma and others also allegedly roughed up school authorities when they tried to intervene. She was apparently livid as the students had complained about her daughter having bunked class. The incident took place at Meerut Public School for Girls, police said.
An eyewitness to the incident, Raees, who was in one of the six vehicles that were attacked, claimed they were transporting buffaloes from parts of Uttar Pradesh to Ghazipur in Delhi.