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Dalit woman murder: Kerala police secure CCTV footage

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Kochi, June 10: A Special Investigation Team probing the murder of a Dalit woman in nearby Perumbavoor has secured CCTV footage from a shop in the neighbourhood of her residence to examine whether it captured movements of the suspected killer on the day the law student was murdered. “We have secured the CCTV camera details from the shop hoping that it might have captured visuals of the suspected killer,” a senior police official probing the case said.

The official, who did not wish to be named, downplayed local media reports which claimed the CCTV footage secured by police showed the suspected killer following the law student in the neighbourhood of her residence, hours ahead of the incident on April 28.

According to the reports, CCTV evidence secured from the fertiliser depot showed a man wearing a yellow T Shirt following a woman, believed to be the victim, who was on her way home after getting down from a bus at Vattolippady near Perumbavoor around 1.30 PM that day. “It is not sure whether the people found in the footages are related to the incident,” the official told PTI when asked about such reports.

Meanwhile, the owner of the fertiliser depot, Shibu, told reporters that the police probing the case took the hard disc of the CCTV footage on Wednesday. Newly appointed Kerala Police chief Loknath Behera, while visiting the house of the 30-year-old woman on Sunday, had said a scientific probe has been launched to nab the culprits involved in the crime.

Noting that the probe into the sensational case was progressing well, he had said it might take some time to nab the criminals.

The case is being investigated by a team headed by ADGP B Sandhya. The newly sworn-in LDF government in one of its first decisions had appointed the senior woman IPS officer as head of the new team to probe the case. The Kerala High Court had last week rejected the plea for a CBI probe into the case, noting that the new Special Investigation Team had been set up in the case.

The woman, who hailed from a poor family, was allegedly raped and brutally assaulted using sharp-edged weapons before being murdered at her house on April 28. The murder was in focus during the May 16 Kerala Assembly poll campaigns with political parties attacking the then UDF regime for “tardy” progress in the investigation and its failure to nab the culprits.

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Delhi University to promote students on assessment of previous semester

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New Delhi, June 4 : Amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Delhi University on Thursday issued fresh guidelines, saying students will be promoted to the next semester without having to appear for exams.

The DU notification said that students will be assessed based on internal evaluation and 50 per cent marks from the previous semester will be taken into account. However, for first semester students, 100 per cent marks will be based on internal evaluation.

“For students of intermediate semester/term, grading could be composite of 50 per cent marks on the basis of the pattern of internal evaluation adopted by the university/college/faculty wherever applicable and the remaining 50 per cent marks can be awarded on the basis of performance in the previous semester/term/year,” said the DU notification.

It added: “For students of intermediate semester/term/year, having no previous performance, i.e., having no marks in previous semester/term /year, grading will be done on the basis of 100 per cent assignment based evaluation.”

The DU said that the guidelines/policies are related to grading for intermediate semester/term/year for students of UG/PG programmes of all streams in view of the Covid-19 pandemic as a one-time measure for the 2019-20 academic session.

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Well-planned violence in JMI by outsiders in garb of protest: Delhi Police to HC

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New Delhi, June 4 : The Delhi Police have told the Delhi High Court in an affidavit that the violence that erupted in and around Jamia Millia Islamia last year was a “well-planned and orchestrated attempt by some persons with local support (who were not students) to intentionally perpetrate violence in the area” and the said incident “was not sporadic but well-planned”.

“From the electronic evidence and also from the statements recorded, it is clear that in the garb of student agitation, what happened in fact appears to be a well-planned and orchestrated attempt by some persons with local support (who were not students) to intentionally perpetrate violence in the area,” the affidavit read.

The affidavit was filed in connection with a plea seeking quashing of FIRs and directions against alleged police brutality in Jamia Millia Islamia during the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in December last year.

“The investigations have revealed that the local leaders and politicians were instigating the protesters and were raising extremely provocative and inciting slogans (who were arrested subsequently),” the police said.

In the affidavit, the police stated that it is clear that the violence “was not sporadic” but “a well-planned incident”, as the rioters were well armed with stones, lathis, petrol bombs, tube-lights etc., which “clearly manifest that the intention of the mob was to disrupt the law and order situation in the area.”

“This fact is further corroborated with the large number of police personnel, who were injured during the said incident,” it said.

The police also said that the petitioner”s claim of “police brutality” was an “utter falsehood” and nothing but “hearsay”.

The affidavit also stated that exercising the fundamental right of dissent is and should be respected. “However, no person can be allowed to commit breach of law, indulge in violence, arson and riotous activity causing danger to life, limb and property of innocent citizens under the garb of exercise of fundamental right of free speech and assembly,” it said.

“It is respectfully submitted that in garb of organising a protest, it is completely impermissible for the citizens create law and order situation and/or to lay a siege and to paralyse the day to day activity of fellow citizens who are completely unconnected with the cause for which protests are organised by a section of society,” the police said.

Rebutting the batch of petitions, the police stated that the petitioners have created a patently false and fabricated picture of police brutality. “It appears from the averments made in the respective writ petitions that a concerted and well-orchestrated effort has been made by the petitioners to mislead the court,” it added.

The police categorically mentioned that the incidents of December 13 and 15, 2019, were violent and the crowd involved in the said incidents was riotous.

“Many common men, innocent citizens and police officials suffered injuries due to the violent acts of the mob which indulged in violence and arson. In addition to the vandalism and arson by the crowd, there was wide spread loss of both private and government properties. The said destruction is irrefutable, in view of the evidence collected until now,” it said.

The police also told the court that all the injured students were provided medical aid by the force and the administration.

Responding to allegations that the police had entered the campus without permission, the affidavit said, “It was only due to unavoidable circumstances, as contemporaneously captured in electronic evidence gathered by the respondent, that it became imperative for it to enter the university, which was being used as a shield by the rioters to pelt stones and other lethal objects on the police force.”

“Once the incident of riot was contained by the police on 15.12.2019, it has not entered Jamia Millia Islamia thereafter. Furthermore, no coercive action has been taken against any of the innocent students studying in Jamia Millia Islamia,” the police added.

The police also said that they warned the mob to remain peaceful. However, the mob, which had turned violent and was incessantly raising inciting and provocative slogans, blocked the main Mathura Road.

“At this point of time, the assembly was declared unlawful. The respondent repeatedly announced on loud speakers that the assembly was declared unlawful and directed the mob to disperse. However, the mob, instead of following the direction of the respondent, started pelting stones, bricks, bottles etc. on police personnel and public properties,” it said.

In a violent confrontation between the police and anti-CAA protesters on December 15 last year, petrol bombs were targeted at police personnel, ordinary citizens and the media as a raging mob seized parts of south Delhi refused to let go.

–IANS

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Containment Zones in Delhi jump to 163

The total number of containment zones in the national capital has jumped to 163 on Thursday with 59 zones de-contained so far, the Delhi government said

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The total number of containment zones in the national capital has jumped to 163 on Thursday with 59 zones de-contained so far, the Delhi government said.

Till Monday, there were 147 containment zones in the city.

Among all the districts, the highest 30 are from the North district, while 29 from the South-West.

The South East district has 17 containment zones while the South districts has 16 zones. Among those having the least zones is the North-East district with four containment zones. Nine containment zones are in the East district.

The New Delhi district has 10 zones. The North-West district has 14 containment zones.

The Central district has seven zones while Shahdara district has eight zones. The West district has 19 containment zones so far, total 59 zones have been de-contained, as per the data shared by the Delhi government on Thursday — highest 12 from the West district.

The COVID cases in the national capital has crossed 23,000 mark on Wednesday.

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