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Assam Rifles DG to meet Shah on IPS officer’s charge against jawan

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New Delhi, Jan 24 A controversy over a woman IPS officer’s assault and molestation charges against an Assam Rifles trooper continues to drag on even as the paramilitary force’s Director General, Lieutenant General Sukhdeep Sangwan, is set to meet the Union Home Minister on the matter, sources said on Friday.

Sangwan will meet Amit Shah before January 30 to back Rifleman P.K. Pandey and present the “proof” on the incident, the sources added. “He has sought time from the Home Minister’s office for the meeting.”

The January 19 incident has pitted the Assam Rifles against the IPS officers association’s Manipur chapter.

An Assam Rifles statement on Tuesday night had claimed that the Indian Police Service officer’s accusation that she was “assaulted, harassed and molested” at Khudengthabi checkpost on January 19 were “baseless and malicious”.

“The unilateral publication of uncorroborated and unsubstantiated allegations by the lady Sub-Divisional Police Officer on alleged harassment, physical assault and misbehaviour by Assam Rifles troops on January 19, 2020 while returning from Moreh is baseless, fabricated, false and malicious. Assam Rifles categorically and firmly refutes the allegations levelled by the officer.”

“Can a central government servant on bona fide duty cross over to Myanmar flouting all FMR (Federal Management Regulation) rules and then cover up the act on the pretext of official duty? It needs investigation….”

It maintained that the woman IPS officer had illegally entered Myanmar while on duty and bought “suspicious and unidentified goods” from across the border.

Assam Rifles claimed possession of video footage of her entry into Myanmar and subsequent loading of goods on her “so-called official vehicle”, which exposed her “blatant lie” in her complaint that she was on official duty.

The Assam Rifles accused the officer of trying to avoid checking of goods loaded in her vehicle.

The IPS officer displayed “high-handedness and colourable exercise of power” at a sensitive post against the ethics of any uniformed soldier, the statement added.

“A formal request to the lady officer by the Commandant, 12 Assam Rifles, and Deputy Inspector General, Headquarter 26 Sector, Assam Rifles, to resolve the matter amicably was not responded to affirmatively. To the utter surprise, she demanded that “jawan ko mere saamne duss joote maaro tab main apology accept karungi (hit the jawan with shoes ten times only then will I accept an apology),” the statement added.

On the other hand, the IPS Officers Association (Manipur Chapter), accused Assam Rifles of “maligning her image”.

Chaired by its President P. Doungel, an association meeting attended by representatives of IAS Officers Association and IFS Officers Association on Wednesday extended support to the police officer.

It maintained that the Assam Rifles statement was “highly unprofessional and maliciously worded to malign her image”.

On Thursday, the association said that “Assam Rifles should extend full cooperation to the investigation in the case”.

“The association resolves to extend full support, moral and financial, to any further course of action which the officer chooses to follow. The association reposes its faith in the special investigation team probing the matter and hopes that the law will take its course,” the body said in a press release.

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Jamia video war gets murkier

The videos — and there are several of them — bear the date December 15, 2019. That is the day when there was a confrontation between the police and students and the police allegedly caned students inside the university library.

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New Delhi, Feb 18 : In a series of videos that have emerged over the weekend attempting to give a fresh narative to the Jamia violence, a new set released on Tuesday showed alleged rioters hurling stones from inside the Jamia Millia Islamia campus here, adding yet another dimension to the attritional war between students and police.

The video war is over what happened at the university on December 15, 2019, while students were protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA)– with both sides pointing fingers at the other for provocating the violence that spilled all over the country.

The source of the videos and their authenticity could not be established by IANS.

The videos — and there are several of them — bear the date December 15, 2019. That is the day when there was a confrontation between the police and students and the police allegedly caned students inside the university library.

The new set of videos that emerged on Tuesday showed alleged rioters hurling stones from inside the university campus. The time shown on the videos indicate they were recordings of happenings that evening.

In one of the videos, people can be seen hurling stones from the central library gate, which has been in the news ever since the video war broke out.

Other videos that entered the public domain on Tuesday showed a large crowd entering what appears to be the hallway of the university’s central library. Many of them were seeing running inside the library. Some were seen carrying chairs as well.

Neither the university administration nor the police have commented on the authenticity of the latest videos that have entered the public domain.

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Plea on error in CBSE sample papers dismisses Delhi High Court

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New Delhi, Feb 18 : The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking rectification of errors in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) Class 12 accountancy sample question papers and imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner.

The petitioner, named Ravinder Nath dubey, has been teaching accountancy for the past 26 years.

Asserting that accountancy examination is on March 3, the petitioner sought court’s direction to immediately remove eight fundamentally and conceptually wrong answers from the CBSE’s website.

“If the students write these wrong answers in the board examinations, the examiners may deduct 7-8 marks of students,” Dubey rued.

A bench of Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice C. Hari Shankar called the petition “frivolous” and imposed a hefty fine on him.

“You are not talking about an exam paper but sample papers. The model papers are for students’ practice,” the bench said.

When the petitioner retorted that he has come with a proof, the court said, “The fine can be increased. I don’t want to do it.”

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Those born in TN won’t be affected by CAA: Palaniswami

Palaniswami said those who were born in Tamil Nadu will not be affected by CAA.

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Chennai, Feb 18 : Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Tuesday said those who were born in the state would not be affected by the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Speaking in the Assembly, Palaniswami said the opposition DMK should explain who in Tamil Nadu would get affected by CAA.

Palaniswami said those who were born in Tamil Nadu will not be affected by CAA.

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