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Geelani under NIA scanner for allegedly receiving LeT funds

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New Delhi, May 19, 2017: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has registered a case against separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and other Hurriyat leaders for allegedly receiving money from the Lashkar-e-Taiba to fund “subversive” activities in Jammu and Kashmir.

The NIA said on Friday that a team of the counter-terror probe agency has landed in Srinagar and would question Geelani, Hurriyat provincial president Naeem Khan, JKLF leader Farooq Ahmed Dar also known as Bitta Karate and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Gazi Javed Baba.

“The NIA has registered a preliminary enquiry into the funding of (the) Hurriyat leaders by LeT chief Hafiz Muhammed Saeed and other Pakistan-based terrorists and agencies to carry out subversive activities in Kashmir,” the probe agency said.

It alleged the Hurriyat Conference was funding trouble in the Kashmir Valley and sponsoring stone pelting on security forces, burning of schools and other government establishments using the money they get from Pakistan.

An NIA official told media: “The team will soon call the Hurriyat leaders for questioning.”

The move comes after an expose by a national news channel, India Today, purportedly showing Pakistan pumping money to stoke trouble in the valley in connivance with Hurriyat leaders.

The NIA official said a notice has been sent to India Today for the videos of the sting.

India Today news channel aired a sting on May 16 in which the Hurriyat leaders were allegedly seen in conversation with the reporter and confessing that they received money from Pakistan-based organisations routed through Hawala.

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Padmaavat row: UP Kshatriya outfit leader threatens to destroy Parliament, SC, booked for sedition

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New Delhi, Jan 24: The UP president of Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Mahasabha’s youth wing has been booked after he was seen threatening to raze the Parliament and Supreme Court in a video if Padmaavat releases on January 25.

In the video, Bhuvneshwar Singh can observed targeting the apex court for comparing Padmavati with Bandit Queen, The Indian Express reported.

Not only this, Singh was also seen saying that they would ensure the defeat of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other ‘Kshatriya’ public representatives in the upcoming general  elections if they did not quit on the issue surrounding the film.

The FIR was registered on Sunday at City Kotwali police station in Bareilly under IPC sections 124 A (sedition) and 506 (criminal intimidation), and Section 67 of Information Technology Act.

However, Singh is absconding and police teams are conducting raids to arrest him.

Initially, the case was lodged against unidentified persons, before Singh was identified on Monday.

The FIR was lodged on Sunday at City Kotwali police station in Bareilly under IPC sections 124 A (sedition) and 506 (criminal intimidation), and Section 67 of Information Technology Act. The case was initially lodged against unidentified persons, before Singh was identified on Monday.

Assistant Superintendent of Police, Bareilly, Rohit Singh Sajwan informed that in the course of probe, they spoke to local residents who confirmed that the person in the video is Bhuvneshwar Singh, a local businessman and resident of Kotwali.

“Police carried out a raid at his residence but he was not found. A search is on,” he asserted.

On Sunday, sub-inspector and in-charge of Station Road police outpost, Vikram Singh, registered a complaint after the video spread on social media.

“In the video, the 45-year-old man is seen trying to provoke people by using hateful words against the government… He is seen threatening that they will destroy the Parliament and create ruckus if the film releases on January 25,” the Indian Express quoted, Senior Sub-Inspector, City Kotwali police station, Ajay Kumar Singh was saying.

“The man is also seen attacking the Supreme Court and threatening to destroy it for comparing Padmavati with Bandit Queen. He is also seen stating that if Rajnath Singh and other ‘Kshatriya’ public representatives did not offer resignation now, they would ensure their defeat in the forthcoming elections,” he further added.

On the other  hand, Akhil Bhartiya Kshatriya Mahasabha’s national general secretary, Sukhveer Singh Bhadouria stated, “Our organisation has been raising the issue… for the past two months, but no one is there to listen to us. There is public outrage over the film and Bhuvneshwar Singh, who is the state president of our organisation’s youth wing, made the statement in a fit of anger”.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court asked all states to comply with its order not to stand in the way of the release of controversial film “Padmaavat” by rejecting the last ditch efforts by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments to block its January 25 release.

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Padmaavat protest turns violent in Ahmedabad; shops vandalised, vehicles torched

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New Delhi, Jan 24: A protest against release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat in Gujarat turned violent on Tuesday night when groups of people vandalised shops at a mall and a cinema hall in Ahmedabad and targeted vehicles parked. Nearly a dozen two-wheelers, many of them belonging to a fast-food chain, were gutted. The incident took place in Ahmedabad’s Thaltej.

The police had to resort to firing in the air at two locations as hundreds of Karni Sena activists taking out a candle-light march turned violent.

In a separate incident, a mall and the adjacent shops in Ahmedabad’s Memnagar were vandalised and vehicles were also torched in protest against the film.

 “We had put up boards saying we won’t screen the film still the mall was attacked by a horde of men,” Mall Manager Rakesh Mehta said.
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“Some anti-social elements were behind the violence. We will take stern action against them,” Gujarat’s Minister of State for Home Pradipsinh Jadeja said.

Ahmedabad police Commissioner A.K. Singh said the police would not allow any kind of violent protest in the city.

As per the latest reports, police picked up 48 people on Tuesday night under Act of Rioting and 4 FIRs have been registered.

Violent protests by members of the Rajput community were also witnessed across Gujarat on Sunday, with agitators damaging buses and blocking roads.Following incidents of protesters damaging and setting buses on fire, the police issued a stern warning and deployed more personnel in the affected areas. The Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) also suspended its services in northern parts of the state.

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Fodder scam: Verdict in third case involving Lalu today

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Ranchi, Jan 24: A special CBI court here will on Wednesday pronounce judgment in a fodder scam case in which two former Chief Ministers of Bihar — Lalu Yadav and Jagannth Mishra — are accused.

Special court judge S.S. Prasad will deliver judgment in the case, which is related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 33.67 crore from Chaibasa treasury in 1992-1993.

The allegation is that Rs 33.67 crore was withdrawn on fake allotment letters. The actual sanction of amount was Rs 7.10 lakh.

In all there are 56 accused, including former Chief Secretary of Jharkhand Sajal Chakraborty. Sajjal was Deputy Commissioner of West Singhbhum district when the alleged fraudulent withdrawal had taken place.

This will be the third case in which Lalu Yadav and Jagannth Mishra are accused.

Currently, Lalu Yadav is in Birsa Munda Central Jail of Ranchi, as he was awarded a three-and-a-half year sentence on January 6 this year in a fodder scam relating to fraudulent withdrawal from Deoghar treasury.

Lalu Yadav was first convicted in a fodder scam case in 2013 and was awarded five years’ imprisonment.

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