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AAP MLA arrested for sexual harassment; Kejriwal attacks PM with ‘Emergency’ taunt



New Delhi, June 25 : The arrest of an AAP MLA on Saturday opened a new front in the constant feuding between the Delhi government and the Centre, with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of declaring “Emergency” in the national capital and of police filing “false cases” against his party legislators.

Aam Admi Party (AAP) legislator Dinesh Mohaniya was arrested on charges of “sexual harassment” and sent to judicial custody. The complaint was filed by a woman who visited his office-cum residence in Sangam Vihar over water supply problems.

Mohaniya, an MLA from Sangam Vihar in south Delhi, was picked up by a Delhi Police team while he was addressing a press conference at his residence in the constituency.

The police action created a commotion at the venue with the personnel arriving right in front of live cameras and whisking away the MLA.

Mohaniya complained that he was taken “forcibly” and alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government was seeking to divert attention from the probe into the murder of NDMC estate officer M.M. Khan.

The AAP MLA was taken to Neb Sarai Police station in south Delhi. Police officials said there was a complaint against him by a woman of “touching her inappropriately”. They said the woman was part of a group of 10-12 women who had complained of misbehaviour and manhandling while they had visited his office-cum-residence to inform him of problems in water supply.

Taking cognisance of the complaints, Delhi police booked Mohaniya under charges of manhandling, sexual harassment, inappropriately touching a woman and trying to disrobe her modesty.

Mohaniya was later produced before a duty magistrate in Saket court who directed that he be sent to judicial custody till June 27.

Kejriwal launched a frontal attack on Modi following Mohaniya’s arrest,

“Modi declares emergency in Delhi. Arresting, raiding, terrorizing, filing false cases against all those whom Delhi elected,” Kejriwal tweeted.

AAP leaders also addressed a press conference and said Mohaniya was the same person who had sought to expose BJP leader Sher Singh Dagar through a sting. “Dagar had tried to bribe him to join BJP, but Mohaniya exposed Dagar through a sting operation,” AAP leader Raghav Chadha said.

“Today Dagar is free while Mohaniya has been arrested,” he added.

AAP MLA Saurabh Bharadwaj said the BJP is making a mockery of the law.

“Can you imagine that an MLA in Delhi, of all the places, disrobing a woman in front of hundreds of party workers? This is beyond my imagination. The allegation of molestation against Mohaniya is false and this is witch-hunting by the Modi government,” Bhardwaj told Times Now news channel.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that the arrest of Mohaniya had exposed the “anti-women character” of AAP leaders.

“Arrest of Dinesh Mohaniya on allegations of slapping and harassing women has brought out in the open the anti-women character of the AAP leaders,” BJP Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay said here.

Congress leader Sharmistha Mukherjee also slammed AAP.

“This kind of roguish behaviour is not acceptable. These cases should be seriously investigated. Nobody is above the law,” she said.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Ishwar Singh said that initially they had charged Mohaniya under section 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the IPC which was levelled by the group of women in their complaint on Thursday.

“Later we added sections 354 A (making sexually coloured remarks or an offence of sexual harassment) and 354 B (act with intent to disrobe the modesty of a woman) of the IPC after two of the women independently gave their statements,” the officer said.

He said a notice was given to Mohaniya on Friday evening and then again on Saturday morning to join police investigations but he “refused to accept” these. “We had to arrest him as he was not cooperating in the inquiry,” the officer said.

He indicated that there could be more arrests in the case.

On Friday, a case was slapped on Mohaniya for allegedly slapping a 60-year-old man in Tughlakabad area of south Delhi when he had gone to meet people distressed over poor water supply in the area. Mohaniya is vice chairman of the Delhi Jal Board.


Misty morning in Delhi, air quality ‘poor’



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New Delhi, Nov 15: It was a misty morning in the national capital on Thursday with the minimum temperature recorded at 16.2 degrees Celsius, three notches above the season’s average, weather office said.

The MeT has predicted a clear day ahead.

According to the System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR), the air quality was recorded in the ‘poor’ category after overnight drizzle led to a drop in the pollution level.

“It is expected to be a mainly clear sky throughout the day,” an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.

There was 1.4 mm of rainfall recorded in the past 24 hours. The maximum temperature was likely to hover around 28 degrees Celsius. The humidity at 8.30 a.m. was 88 per cent.

Wednesday’s maximum temperature settled at 28.5 degrees, at par with the season’s average, while the minimum temperature was recorded at 17.6 degrees Celsius, four notches above season’s average.


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Manali, Narkanda witness season’s 1st snowfall



Himachal Pradesh snowfall

Shimla, Nov 15: There was overnight moderate snowfall in Manali and Narkanda, the season’s first, a Met official said on Thursday as snow continued to elude the Himachal Pradesh capital here.

The tourist resort of Manali recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.2 degrees Celsius as the hills overlooking it also experienced moderate spells of snow, Manmohan Singh, Director of the meteorological office here, told IANS.

He said the picturesque Kalpa, some 250 km from here, experienced seven cm of snow.

“High-altitude areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Chamba, Kullu and Kinnaur districts have been experiencing snow since early Thursday,” he added.

Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district was the coldest at minus 3.3.degrees Celsius, while it was minus 0.8 degrees in Kalpa, 8.8 in Dharamsala and 3.3 degrees in Shimla.

As news of the snowfall flashed across the plains, tourists started arriving at Manali and the nearby hills.

Peaks overlooking other popular tourist resorts like Dharamsala and Palampur have also got fresh snow.

The other hill destinations Shimla, Kufri, Dharamsala, Nahan, Chamba and Mandi got rains.


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Agarwal named new Ghaziabad police chief



UP Police

Lucknow, Nov 14 : In a late night reshuffle on Wednesday, the Uttar Pradesh government transferred Ghaziabad district police chief Vaibhav Krishna, a home department spokesman said.

Krishna has been replaced by Upendra Kumar Agarwal, who was posted as the senior superintendent of police (SSP) Saharanpur.

Krishna has been sent as Superintendent of Police (SP) Police Headquarters (PHQ) Prayagraj, erstwhile known as Allahabad. Dinesh Kumar P, posted as SP of Shamli in western UP, has been assigned Saharanpur as its new SSP.

Ajay Kumar who was the commandant of the 8th battalion of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) in Bareli has been posted as the new district police chief of Shamli.

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