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

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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.

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Eight Maoists killed in Telangana encounter

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Hyderabad, Dec: Eight maoists of a newly formed Left wing group were killed in an encounter in Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem on Thursday, police said.

The incident took place in Tekulapalli forests of the district, adjoining Chhattisgarh, news agency IANS reported.

The slain extremists belonged to CPI-MLs’ Chandr Pullareddy Baata group, which was established in July this year by some Maoist earlier associated with CPI-ML Jana Shakti group.

The encounter triggered during a combing operation by police in the forests.

A police officer said the combing operations were launched following the information about the presence of extremists.

“The group was indulging in extortions from contractors and local businessmen”, Bhadradri Kothagudem’s Superintendent of Police Amber Kishore Jha, IANS quoted.

The extremists opened fire when asked to surrender. The police had to return fire, killing eight extremists. No policeman was injured in the incident”, he added.

The police seized five arms including an SLR and two 8 mm rifles.

This was the first major encounter between police and Maoists since formation of Telangana in 2014.

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One killed as roof of Tiruchendur temple collapses in Tamil Nadu

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The roof of Giri Prahara Mandapam of Tiruchendur Subramania Swamy temple came crashing down on Thursday. (PC- The New Indian Express)

Chennai, Dec 14: A woman was killed and two men were injured when a portion of the roof fell on Thursday around 9.45 am. at the Arulmigu Subramaniya Swamy temple in Thiruchendur in Tamil Nadu, police said.

The roof suddenly caved in, killing Peechiammal and injuring Kandaswamy and Senthil Arumugham. All were devotees. Thiruchendur is around 640 km from here in Tuticorin district.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami announced a solatium of Rs 500,000 to the woman’s family and Rs 100,000 each to the injured. It would be paid out of temple funds.

The 2000-year-old Thiruchendur temple, located in southern Tamil Nadu, is considered as one of the important pilgrimage places in the state and draws devotees throughout the year. It was patronaged by the Pandiya and Chera kings.

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Jammu & Kashmir: Gang of fraudsters busted in Srinagar

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Srinagar, Dec 14: A gang of fraudsters has been busted here, that cheated over 30 business establishments in the Kashmir Valley, police said on Thursday. 

Two persons, identified as Tahir Amin and Waheed Bhat, have been arrested. The duo, along with a woman, have been cheating people for the last six months, news agency IANS quoted, a police officer was saying.

The gang used social media applications and websites like OLX.com to cheat gullible customers. They used to buy electronic articles like cell phones, LED TVs and ovens against fake bank cheques, he added.

“Similarly, they used to purchase items such as electric wires, bath fittings, clothing from renowned showrooms in the valley using bank cheques to make the payments.

“On the complaint of a businessman, an FIR was lodged in Ram Munshibagh after which the arrests were made. More arrests are likely,” he stated.

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