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Ayodhya verdict: Schools, colleges shut in Bengaluru on Saturday



Ayodhya Babri Masji Supreme Court

Bengaluru, Nov 9 : Security has been tightened across the city and schools and colleges would remain shut on Saturday in view of the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title dispute case in Ayodhya, a top police officer said on Friday.

“About 15,000 policemen and women will be deployed by Saturday morning in and around the city to maintain law and order and prevent any untoward incident,” Bengaluru Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao told reporters here.

The Karnataka government has declared holiday for all schools and colleges across the city on Saturday.

“Schools and colleges will remain closed on Saturday as a precautionary measure to ensure safety and security of the students and their faculty,” state Education Minister Suresh Kumar said.

Ban order under section 144 of the CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code) will be in force from 7.00 a.m. till midnight on Saturday to prevent assembling of more than 5 persons in public places.

“All liquor shops across the city will remain shut on Saturday. Social media will be monitored through the day to check and block provocative messages or pictures and videos from being circulated under the cyber laws as they cause trouble,” Rao asserted.

In view of the sensitivity of the decades-old dispute and the likely fallout of the verdict by a five-judge constitutional bench, 50 platoons of the Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP), 30 platoons of the City Armed Police (CAR) and 20 platoons of home guards will be deployed in sensitive areas, densely-populated localities and VIP zones in the tech hub.

“Mobile patrolling will be held across the city to maintain law and order and round up mischief mongers and trouble-makers,” Rao noted.

The police are also deploying bomb-detection and dog squads to sniff out any explosive material in sensitive areas of the city.

“All the officers and their deputies have been told to report for duty by 7 a.m. on Saturday to supervise security arrangements and take safety measures in all areas,” added Rao.

Rao also cautioned all the news channels against airing footage of the 16th century mosque and its demolition on December 6, 1992 and in its aftermath.

In view of the ban order, processions, demonstrations and protests will not be allowed across the city by the people, groups, organisations and political parties.

High alert has also been sounded across the southern state, with ban order in cities and towns in all the remaining 28 districts.

“Additional forces have been deployed in all cities and towns across the state to maintain law and order and prevent any trouble,” Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) A.K. Pandey said.

To instil confidence in the people and warn anti-social elements from taking law into their hands, flag marches will be conducted in cities and towns across the state.

“Phone calls, including those made through Whatsapp and video, messages and postings on Facebook, Twitter and all other social media platforms will be monitored to block those that may provoke or cause trouble for the people,” added Pandey.


UP police escorts for women travelling alone at night





Lucknow: Police Response Vehicles (PRV) in Uttar Pradesh will now escort unaccompanied women to their destination between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.

Any unaccompanied woman, who is out on road during these hours could call a PRV to escort her by dialing 112, the emergency response service of UP police.

Director General of Police (DGP) O.P. Singh issued the order in the wake of recent spurt in crime against women in the state.

The DGP said: “The service has been started to provide better security to woman at night. Any unaccompanied woman in distress, or otherwise, can use this service to reach her destination safely.”

The PRV escorting the woman, will necessarily have two women officials. Police chiefs of each district have been asked to make arrangements for the same.

Ten per cent of PRVs in a district should definitely have women officials so that such PRVs could be sent to escort unaccompanied woman, the order said.

The district police chiefs have also been advised to provide necessary training for the same to these women officials.

The DGP, last week, had asked all private establishments to make necessary arrangements for the safe travel of women employees who are on late night duties.

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Mamata visits Kolkata market, enquire about onion price



Mamata Banerjee in Onion Market

Kolkata, Dec 9 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday visited a prominent south Kolkata market and quizzed the vegetable seller and stockist about the exorbitant price of onions, now being sold between Rs 130 and Rs 140 a kilogram to retail customers.

Banerjee, who was onway to Kharagpur in West Midnapore district, stopped her convoy and went to Jadu Babu’s Market at Bhowanipore close to her Kaligrhat residence.

She first spoke to a number of retail sellers.

“Didi (‘elder sister’ as Banerjee is affectionately called) asked me at what price I was selling onions. When I said I am selling the bulb around Rs 130 and Rs 140 a kg, she asked me at what price I was buying it. I informed her I was buying it at Rs 120 a kg from the stockist,” said a seller Shila Roy.

Banerjee then asked her to name the stockist.

On knowing his name, Banerjee summoned him and asked him at what price he was selling it to the retailers. After the stockist said he was getting a price of Rs 120 a kilo, the Chief Minister wanted to know why the rate was so high when the state government was selling the vegetable at Rs 59 a kilo.

“Dal me kuch kala hai (something is wrong),” Banerjee said.

She then spoke to other onion sellers in the market.

In the wake of the devastating blaze that took the lives of 43 workers at a bag factory in Delhi, Banerjee instructed the market authorities to ensure that plastic sheets being used atop the stalls be removed.

Sometime after Banerjee left the market, police officers arrived there and started preparing a list of those trading in onions.

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29 sex workers rescued from spa, saloon in Kolkata; 30 held




INDIA (West Bengal - Calcutta) -Sex workers waiting for customers at Munsigaunge red light area in Kolkata .- Arindam Mukherjee

Kolkata, Dec 9 : Thirty persons, including brothel managers, pimps and customers, were arrested after 29 sex workers were rescued by the Kolkata Police during simultaneous raids at two beauty parlours and two other premises in the city, an officer said on Monday.

The raids were carried out in the southern and central part of Kolkata by the anti-human trafficking unit of the city police on Saturday night, Joint Commissioner (crime) Murlidhar Sharma said.

Eight persons, including the brothel manager, were arrested and seven sex workers were removed from a third floor flat on Prince Anwar Shah Road under Jadavpur police station.

Nine customers, 10 sex workers, one manager and two pimps were found during a raid and search at the Sweet & Shower Family Saloon and Spa on Bhagwan Mahavir Sarani under Bhawanipore police station. A brothel was being operated from the spa.

The sex workers were removed as victims and the others were taken into custody.

During the third raid, two customers, the brothel owner and the manager were arrested from the first floor of a Rashbehari Avenue premises under Gariahat police station. Six sex workers were removed.

The police also raided the Guys and Dolls Beauty Parlour, which was also being used as a brothel, in central Kolkata’s Mirza Galib Street under New Market police station and arrested the brothel manager, two pimps and three customers. Six sex workers were removed.

Cases under Section 120B (criminal conspiracy) and relevant sections of the Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act have been lodged against the accused in the respective police stations.

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