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Terror suspect held from West Bengal




Kolkata, July 5 

A suspected terrorist was arrested from West Bengal’s Burdwan district and is being interrogated, police said on Tuesday.

According to police, the 25-year-old man was nabbed on Monday from a train at Burdwan railway station while he was on his way to Labhpur in Birbhum district.

The suspect was interrogated by the state police and the Government Railway Police (GRP) on Monday.

He was later brought to the headquarters of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Kolkata for further interrogation.

In the wake of the deadly terror attack in Dhaka in which 20 people were killed, West Bengal has been on high alert with the Border Security Force intensifying vigil across the Indo-Bangladesh border.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) which in March arrested an engineering student from the district, suspected to be an Islamic State (IS) facilitator, has been informed about the arrest.

An accidental blast at a house in Khagragarh in Burdwan district in October 2014 led to the NIA busting a terror module of Bangladeshi militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh.




Nirbhaya case: Tihar execution chamber ready, curbs on convicts





New Delhi, Dec 13 (IANS) With the secret shifting of Pawan Kumar Gupta, one of the convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, from Mandoli jail to Tihar jail, and heightened restrictions on the other three convicts, the execution of the death sentence awarded to the four dreaded criminals doesn’t seem to be too far away.

Top placed sources from Tihar jail said, “As soon as Pawan Kumar Gupta reached Tihar from Mandoli jail, we banned communication between all the four convicts. Earlier, the three convicts in the case lodged in Tihar jail used to talk among themselves during the day time.”

Though, there have been no orders for the execution of the convicts but the Tihar jail administration is busy with the preparations to hang them.

The sources said, “The cleaning of the execution chamber in Tihar jail can’t be ignored. The gallows are also been repaired by the inmates of Tihar. The activities going on in the execution chamber and increased security of it signals that something is on the cards.”

Only a couple of policemen were guarding the execution chamber after the hanging of terrorist Afzal Guru but now Tamil Nadu Special Police Force personnel have been deployed for its security. Apart from this, senior officials of the jail also take rounds to keep an eye on its security.

“Not only the security of the execution chamber has been increased but the rust on the lever has also been cleaned. The jail authorities have also checked whether the lever is working properly or not,” a source told IANS on condition of anonymity.

“The lights of the chamber have also been repaired and it has been cleaned,” sources said.

Apart from this, to carry out the hanging of the convicts the jail authorities will require a hangman.

Former legal advisor of Tihar jail, Sunil Gupta told IANS, “In 2013, during the execution of Afzal Guru it was not necessary that only a hangman will pull the lever. An experienced official pulled the lever and carried out the hanging but now as per the new Delhi jail manual of 2018 this can’t be done. A trained hangman is required to carry out the hanging as per the new manual.”

Since, it is a sensitive matter, all the Tihar jail administration officers are tight-lipped but sources said that the administration is trying to contact all the prisons across the country to know if they have an ‘experienced’ and ‘trained’ hangman.

(Sanjeev Kumar Singh Chauhan can be contacted at [email protected])

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Supreme Court stays coercive action against Salman Khurshid in trespass case

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde issued notice to Delhi Police and Delhi government. The top court also issued notice to explore mediation between the parties in the 2015 case.



Salman Khurshid

New Delhi, Dec 13 : The Supreme Court on Friday granted protection from any coercive action to senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid in an alleged trespassing offence of 2015.

The Delhi Public School Society (DPSS) had alleged Khurshid trespassed into its office in south Delhi on March 30, 2015, along with other accused and forcibly occupied the office of the Chairman.

Khurshid moved the apex court challenging the High Court order of November 2019, which dismissed his plea to quash summons in the case. A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde issued notice to Delhi Police and Delhi government. The top court also issued notice to explore mediation between the parties in the 2015 case. The court will conduct further hearing on the matter on January 31, 2020.

The High Court had observed the sufficient material on record to initiate proceedings against Khurshid and S.R. Vaish, who were seeking quashing of summoning order of August 4, 2018. The High Court allowed the petition of Delhi Police and the complainant seeking to set aside the lower court order discharging another accused Sharda Nayak.

The High Court had directed all parties, including Khurshid, to appear before the lower court on December 16. Earlier, Khurshid had moved the High Court challenging the trial court’s January 2018 order summoning him as an accused. The High Court set aside this trial court order in May 2018, and directed it to pass fresh order. In August 2018, the trial court summoned Khurshid in the case. Khurshid challenged this order in the High Court.

The DPS Society had alleged Khurshid was involved in a conspiracy to illegally occupy and take over the premises of the society. Later, an FIR was registered in the case.

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Odisha CM says will not implement NRC: Muslim delegation




Naveen Patnaik

Bhubaneswar, Dec 13 : A Muslim delegation on Friday said that Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has assured them that the state government will not implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The Muslim delegation from Bhadrak, Balasore and Jajpur districts on Friday met the Chief Minister after the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, now a law, in Parliament.

They said Patnaik has assured them that his government would not support the NRC and allayed apprehensions over the safety of their community after the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

“The Chief Minister told us not to panic about the enactment of CAA. He also assured that NRC would not be implemented in the state. There is a fear especially among the members of the Muslim community. However, the Chief Minister assured us that we don’t need to worry,” informed Mohammad Abdul Bari, President, Chauda Mahala Muslim Jamat, Bhadrak.

A delegation member said that the Chief Minister assured that his party has opposed the NRC in Parliament and he is not going to implement it in the state.

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