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Lawyers assault JNU faculty and media At Patiala House court

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A scuffle broke out at the Patiala House court in New Delhi on Monday afternoon after a group of about 40 lawyers present inside the court started shouting anti-JNU slogans demanding that University faculty present inside the court leave.

The faculty, however, refused to vacate the court forcing women police constables to arrive at the scene.Jawaharlal Nehru University Student Union President Kanhaiya Kumar is due to be presented after he was arrested and charged with sedition by the Delhi Police last Friday. He was then sent to three-day police custody.

The group of lawyers, heard chanting ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ and Vande Mataram also attacked students and the media present at the court premises.The lawyers then forcibly tried to evict the faculty present inside, following which women constables had to be summoned, requesting the faculty to leave.

Reports also suggest that the group of lawyers demanded that the media leave the court premises.Kanhaiya’s arrest had triggered widespread outrage among students and teachers and drawn severe criticism from non-BJP political parties.The university teachers had on Sunday rallied behind protesting students and questioned the administration’s decision to allow the police crackdown on the campus even as they appealed to the public not to “brand” the institution as “anti-national”.

Teachers representing 40 central universities as well as faculty from the Pune-based FTII had come out in support of the agitating students saying it was an issue of “indiscipline” and not “sedition”.

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Celebrations in Lucknow, Amethi as Rahul takes over as Congress chief

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Lucknow, Dec 16 : Celebrations broke out in the Uttar Pradesh capital and Amethi on Saturday as soon as Rahul Gandhi took over as the new president of the Congress.

Jubilant party workers danced to the thumping of dhols and burst firecrackers as news of the coronation of their “Rahul Bhaiyya” was telecast on television channels.

The centre of the celebrations in the state capital was the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) office at Mall Avenue where a large number of old timers, party loyalists, supporters and workers along with state office bearers had gathered since morning in anticipation of the Gandhi scion taking over the party reins.

Over 100 kg of sweets was also distributed. Legislator Aradhana Mishra, who took part in the celebrations, said this was a momentous occasion for the party as a young leader was now in charge of the party fortunes.

“Youth are the backbone of the country and it is a heartening moment for all of us that the power has now shifted to a young leader,” she said.

Several hoardings have come up in Amethi, the parliamentary constituency of Rahul Gandhi, congratulating him on his elevation as the Congress boss. Party workers also took out small motorcycle rallies with Congress flags to mark the occasion.

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Builder’s killer held after shootout in Ghaziabad

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Ghaziabad, Dec 16: A criminal who had shot dead a builder was arrested in Ghaziabad after a shootout in which he and a policemen were injured, police said on Saturday.

A .32 bore pistol and two cartridges were seized from Mohammad Saif, Superintendent of Police (City) Akash Tomar said.

Following a tip-off about the contract killer’s presence in Ghaziabad, police said it increased patrolling in the area on Friday night. Police came across the criminal riding a motorcycle with another person, and asked him to surrender. However, he fired at the police and tried to flee.

In the subsequent firing, the Constable sustained a gunshot injury and Saif shot in the leg. While he was overpowered by police, his accomplice fled the spot.

Both the injured were taken to a nearby hospital where both were declared out of danger.

The SP said that during initial questioning, the criminal confessed to the contract killing of Ghaziabad-based builder S.P. Singh in his office on November 9.

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Icy winds blow in Lucknow, mercury dips

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Lucknow, Dec 16: Icy winds were blowing across the Uttar Pradesh capital and neighbouring areas on Saturday, bringing down the mercury.

As the sun shone brightly, the weatherman said the biting winter has arrived. Winds were blowing at speeds of 30 kmph. There was likely to be fog till Monday.

Director of the Regional Met Office J.P. Gupta said temperatures were likely to fall further in the coming days.

The minimum temperature recorded in the state capital here in the last 24 hours was 16 degrees Celsius while the maximum was 23.6 degrees celsius.

Gorakhpur was colder with minimum temperatures recorded at 13 degrees Celsius, Varanasi recorded a minimum temperature of 19 while Allahabad 17 and Kushinagar was cold at 14 degrees Celsius.

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