Today in Pics: November 6,2013

Today in Pics: November 6,2013

Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday reached out to panchayat members in Jammu and Kashmir,asserting that the UPA government was serious about empowering the local bodies as it understood the vitality of the governing body at the grassroots. (AP)


Batting for the empowerment of the local self government body,the Gandhi scion said that Jammu and Kashmir can be changed only if more power is given to the members of panchayat. (AP)


Rahul further said that the work that a panchayat member can do cannot be done by ministers,MLAs and MPs.
Elected representatives of local governing bodies listen to Rahul Gandhi,vice president of India’s ruling Congress party,at a meeting in Jammu on Wednesday. (AP)


Three accused in the gangrape case of a 16-year-old girl in Mumbai's Dindoshi area were today arrested from Diva town in neighbouring Thane district. The accused - Wasim Vatta (21),Yuvraj Pillai (20) and Shivkumar Kalwa (19) - were apprehended from Diva,a senior police official said. (IE photo: Vasant Prabhu)


A number of teams have been formed to trace the three accused in connection with the offence,they said. According to police,six boys from Santosh Nagar area in Goregaon had on Friday asked the victim to join them for Diwali celebrations. As she knew the boys,she went with them. The boys took her to an isolated place before offering her a spiked soft drink. While she lost consciousness,four of the six boys – all of them in their 20s – took turns to rape her. (IE photo: Vasant Prabhu)


Shocked,the girl kept quiet till Sunday and later narrated the ordeal to her grandmother. Subsequently,the girl along with her grandmother went to Dindoshi Police Station where an FIR was registered on November 3. (IE photo: Vasant Prabhu)


Sensing that the girl would approach police,all six accused escaped the area,police said. On Sunday,the girl,who is an eighth class drop-out,was sent to Bhagwati Hospital where she underwent medical examination,police said. (IE photo: Vasant Prabhu)


After receiving no help from the civic body or the state government,residents of Campa Cola compund met Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Monday,who urged Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to prevent the demolition of 35 illegal floors. On Monday,four residents,including two senior citizens,went on a hunger strike in an attempt to draw the attention of the policymakers. The residents,however,have not been able to supersede the Supreme Court's order to demolish all the floors above the fifth on November 11. (IE photo: Prashant Nadkar)


One of the residents,who met Gandhi in New Delhi,said,"After listening to our plea,Gandhi contacted Chavan and asked him to find ways to save our homes. He discussed the possibility of regularising the illegal floors." (IE photo: Prashant Nadkar)


The residents had appealed to the state administration for help in the past three weeks by organising various events,including human chains at Marine Drive and Worli Seaface. Since the court ruling,the residents have exercised all legal options to regularise the illegal floors,provided they fall within the FSI limits. The BMC is set to demolish 92 houses in seven buildings. "Almost 80 per cent of the houses,that are to be demolished,will be spared if regularisation takes place," said Ashish Jalan,a resident. (IE photo: Prashant Nadkar)


The residents on hunger strike are camped at the garden inside the compound. One of those on strike,Vinaychand Hirawath (67),said,"We will be on strike till we get help from the chief minister. Even my grandchildren have joined me in the hunger strike." (IE photo: Prashant Nadkar)


Another resident,Ajay Mehta,said,"We have been appealing to the state administration for long,but to no avail. Middle-class citizens like us do not get help from the state because we do not form a large vote bank like the poor. We have been ignored and left to suffer." (IE photo: Prashant Nadkar)


The civic standing committee will review fresh demolition tenders on Wednesday. The BMC has re-issued fresh tenders for demolition of the illegal floors after the previous tender applications failed to get the committee's approval on October 25. The corporators had unanimously opposed the civic body's decision to carry out the demolition and argued that the administration must push for regularisation. (IE photo: Prashant Nadkar)