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100 Gujarat Dalits embrace Buddhism

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Amreli (Gujarat), July 6 : At least 100 Dalits in Amreli district in Gujarat on Thursday embraced Buddhism in protest against government inaction over the death of a Dalit youth in judicial custody on June 14.

They vowed to exhume his body on Friday to take out a procession.

The agitating Dalits, who had threatened to convert if no action was taken, collected the requisite forms from the District Collectorate and returned the filled up documents to convert to Buddhism.

After submitting the forms, around 100 Dalits from Dungarpur village took a procession to Thhebi dam and immersed statues and gods and goddesses in the swirling waters.

The Gujarat Freedom of Religion Act, 2003, requires the permission of the state government before religious conversion.

Hundreds of Dalits from across Gujarat are expected to converge in Amreli on Friday to exhume the body of Jignesh Sondarva, 29, and participate in a procession.

Though four under-trial prisoners have been arrested in the case, the Dalits who have been protesting over the killing of Sundarva in Amreli sub-jail are not satisfied and want action against jail officials for not preventing the incident.

They also want an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Sondarva, a resident of Dungarpur village of Amreli district’s Rajula taluka (tehsil), was arrested on June 12 for allegedly consuming liquor and was sent to judicial custody after he failed to deposit the bail money.

While in custody, he had an altercation with four under-trials who allegedly banged his head several times against the barrack wall. Sondarva succumbed to his injuries in a hospital on June 15.

Dalit activist Navchetan Parmar, who is leading the agitation, said the arrest of four under-trials in the case did not mean anything.

He asserted: “The post-mortem report suggests that Sondarva was beaten up three to four days before he was sent to jail. That means he was tortured during police remand. He might have been thrashed by the jail staff too during judicial custody.

“We want a CBI inquiry, nothing short of that,” Parmar added.

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Arunachal Pradesh: Army convoy attacked with grenade by militants in Namsai

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Arunachal Pradesh, Jan 24: Militants attacked Army convoy with grenade in Namsai on Wednesday. 

The blast took place at around 7-20 in the morning when the Army team was returning from conducting operation against insurgents, The Shillong Times reported.

“There was an ongoing operation against insurgents in the area which is known for presence of insurgents belonging to the banned ULFA (Independent) and Naga rebel group NSCN-K” Defence source said.

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Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow school where student was knifed to lose recognition

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Lucknow, Jan 23: A school in the Uttar Pradesh capital where a Class 1 student was critically injured last week in a knife attack by a senior girl to lose its recognition, an Education Department official said on Tuesday.

Officials stated in the aftermath of the January 16 incident, an inspection was carried out at the Brightland School in Triveni Nagar which found “very many discrepancies” both in terms of education standards and the security of students.

The District Inspector of Schools (DIOS) of Lucknow Mukesh Kumar Singh has recommended to the Education Department that the recognition of the school be cancelled, the official told IANS.

Prima facie, the official said, the management has been found guilty of trying to fudge the matter and hide it from the police.

The DIOS said that various classes in the school were being run without permission and against norms, and the team set up by the government had found serious lapses in the security system.

The school was allowed by the Uttar Pradesh Board to have classes till Class 12 but was running additional certificate courses, which is illegal, the official said.

The management has claimed that it had installed 70 CCTV cameras in the premises, but there were only 64 and many cameras were found dysfunctional during the inspection, he said.

There was no attendant near the toilet, where the incident took place in which Hrithik was slashed with a kitchen knife by the Class 7 girl student.

District officials said the state government has directed them to conduct surprise inspections in various schools here to ensure that children are safe and that the managements were adhering to the norms.

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After 22 days, UP gets police chief in O.P. Singh

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Lucknow, Jan 23: After a gap of 22 days — the longest in the history of the Uttar Pradesh Police — the state got a new Director General of Police (DGP) on Tuesday as O.P. Singh took over the charge in the presence of senior officials of the department.

The 1983-batch IPS officer was relieved by the central government from the post of the Director General (CISF) last week.

Soon after coming from the national capital, Singh met senior Home Department officials and on Tuesday visited the famous Hanuman Setu temple to propitiate the Hindu monkey God before driving to the DGP office at 1, Tilak Marg here.

A new name plate bearing the name of the police chief was quickly put up outside his official residence, adjoining the police headquarters.

His predecessor Sulkhan Singh demitted the office following his retirement and after a three-month extension, on December 31 last year and the post had been lying vacant ever since.

Singh had been named as the new police chief by the Yogi Adityanath government, but he had not been relieved by the Centre, much to the embarrassment of the state government.

While the grapevine blamed the Brahmin lobby in the ruling party as the force behind the delay, there was also speculation that Singh’s appointment was being jettisoned as he was very close to former Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and was the SSP of Lucknow when the infamous murderous attack on BSP chief and then Chief Minister Mayawati was perpetrated at the VIP Guest House.

However, it was reliably learnt that Chief Minister Adityanath’s will prevailed over others and O.P. Singh was relieved from the Centre. He has a two-year-plus tenure left and this could give him an edge in controlling crime, old timers feel.

Singh has been police chief in Almora (undivided UP), Lucknow, Allahabad, Moradabad, Lakhimpur Kheri and Bulandshahr before serving in the state Intelligence Department and the CISF and the NDRF at the Centre.

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