6 women among 24 held for flesh trade in Gurgaon
Gurgaon: The Gurgaon Police Sunday raided a building in an upscale locality here and arrested 24 people including six women for their alleged involvement in flesh trade, a police spokesperson said.
Shamsher Singh said the raid was conducted jointly by the Durga Shakti Rapid Action Force of the Haryana Police and a team from the Sector-56 police station on specific information about such activities taking place in the building. “The information was given by a neighbour. Subsequently, a joint team of Durga Shakti and Sector-56 raided the place and arrested them.,” Singh, a Gurgaon Police PRO and Crime Branch ACP, said.
The building was taken on rent by one Rajiv Yadav, a native of Mahendragarh district in Haryana, he said. The accused were booked under different sections of the Immoral Trafficking Act. They were produced before a local court which released them on bail after giving them strong warning, he said.
“During investigation, it was found that one Gurmit Singh facilitates girls there, while another accused Harish contacted potential customers. Bhojraj, a resident of Nepal, was hired as a security guard for the building,” Singh said. The building was being used for the purpose for the past few months, he said.
Harish used to contact customers through a WhatsApp group by uploading information and photos of the women and they used to charge customers between Rs 3,000 and Rs 5,000 for a day, he said. We managed to arrest Gurmit and Bhojraj during the raid. But Rajiv Yadav and Harish managed to escape. Most of the arrested persons belong to Delhi but three of them are residents of Gurgaon,” Singh said.
Karnataka: Congress calls for CLP meeting in Bengaluru
Bengaluru: In view of the tumultuous political developments in Karnataka, Congress party’s state unit has called for a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting on May 29 in Bengaluru.
Along with senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah, Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara, Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) President Dinesh Gundu Rao, will also be present at the meeting.
Congress has 79 MLAs while Janata Dal-Secular (JDS) has 37 MLAs in the coalition government holding power in the state.
The JDS-Congress coalition which is in power in the state went through a rough patch during the campaigning of the recently held elections with leaders of both the parties accusing each other.
The tensions between the two parties benefitted the BJP which won 25 of the 28 MP seats in Karnataka while both JDS and Congress had to content itself with just one seat each. However, the Karnataka Congress unit had said that there was no threat to the coalition in the state. The CLP meeting is reportedly being held to mitigate the differences between the two coalition partners and to assess whether its flock is intact amid speculation of defections.
Balakot attack was to ensure terrorists don’t carry out action against India: General Bipin Rawat
Ezhimala: Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat has said the Balakot attack in February was to ensure that terrorists being trained across the border do not survive to carry out action against India. Coordinated efforts are being made by various government agencies to tackle cross-border terrorism, he said.
“Through the coordinated efforts of various government agencies, now the NIA has stepped in, the Enforcement Directorate has stepped in and all are trying to ensure financing and funds available to terrorists are cut off,” he said, responding to a question on insurgency in Kashmir at a media interaction here. He also said the situation there has been brought under control.
Rawat said the country has been facing terrorism since Independence and that security forces and all agencies supporting them have met these challenges head on. “We have been able to ensure that the insurgency has been brought under control. Of course in the Kashmir Valley, we have been witnessing ups and downs of insurgencies.
“That’s because they got support from our western neighbour. At the same time many (people) are misguided due to a misinformation campaign spread by terrorists. But we have brought the situation under control,” he said. The Chief of Army staff was interacting with the media here yesterday after reviewing the passing-out parade of 264 trainees, comprising midshipmen and cadets of the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard and 10 international cadets.
Asked about the radar comment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rawat said some types of radar cannot see through clouds because of the manner in which it is operates. “There are various kinds of radars working with different technologies. Some have the capacity to see through, some don’t have the capacity to see through.
“Some kinds of radar cannot see through clouds because of the manner in which it is operating. Sometimes we can, sometimes we can’t,” Rawat said. In a television interview aired recently, Modi had said he used his “raw wisdom” to dispel doubts of defence experts, who wanted the air strike to be deferred due to bad weather.
“The weather was not good on the day of air strike. There was a thought that crept in the minds of the experts that the day of strike should be changed. “However, I suggested that the clouds could actually help our planes escape the radars,” Modi had said while talking about the cross-border strike on terror camps in response to the Pulwama attack that claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel.
The prime minister’s comment drew widespread ridicule and condemnation from various quarters, including a large number of memes on the social media. The cadets who passed out Saturday marked the culmination of their training at the Indian Naval Academy (INA) here.
The passing-out parade was reviewed by General Rawat and meritorious midshipmen and cadets were awarded medals after the ceremonial review. INA Commandant Vice Admiral R B Pandit and Director of the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, Anurag Kumar, were in attendance at the parade.
The parade also saw 15 female cadets marching shoulder to shoulder with their male counterparts to join the ranks of the Indian Navy, a release issued by the Academy said. There were 10 trainees from various friendly nations, including two each from Maldives, Myanmar and Seychelles, one from Tanzania and three from Sri Lanka.
Rajasthan: Woman abducted, gang-raped by 6 men, 3 accused arrested by police
Nagaur: A married woman was allegedly abducted and gang-raped by six people at various locations in Rajasthan, police said. A case was registered one month ago regarding the abduction of the victim.
“Her tea was spiked and then she was taken away on a motorcycle and was allegedly gang-raped, at multiple locations. We have registered a case against six people. Out of them, we have arrested three people on Sunday,” said Dinesh Jiwanani, Landanu Police station in-charge. The police are searching for the remaining three culprits.
BJP leads in all five seats of Uttarakhand
Dehradun: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates in on Thursday consolidated their leads in all the five seats in the states, vote count trend showed.
In the five seats, the BJP was leading by more than 60,000 to 1.25 lakh votes against the Congress. BJP state President Ajay Bhatt was leading by 1.15 lakh votes against Congress General Secretary and former Chief Minister Harish Rawat from Nainital seat.
In Tehri, Maharani Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah of the BJP was leading by more than 87,000 votes against state Congress chief Pritam Singh. In Pauri, BJP national secretary Tirath Singh Rawat has increased his lead to 1.24 lakh votes against Congress’ Manish Khanduri, son of BJP stalwart B.C. Khanduri.
In Haridwar, BJP candidate and former Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank was leading by 62,000 votes against Congress’ Ambrish Kumar. In Almora, BJP’s candidate and Union Minister of state for Textiles Ajay Tamta was leading by 79,000 votes against Congress candidate Pradip Tamta.
Goa: BJP loses Parrikar’s Panaji Assembly seat to Congress
Panaji: Congress’ Atanasio Monserratte on Thursday wrested Panaji Assembly seat, held by the late chief minister Manohar Parrikar, from the BJP and with a margin of over 1,775 votes in the by-poll held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha elections.
The Panaji Assembly seat became vacant after the demise of former Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who held the seat for nearly two-and-a-half decades since 1994. The BJP had fielded Siddharth Kunkolienkar to retain the seat.
Goa Assembly has a strength of 40 members out of which BJP currently has 12 legislators and enjoys the support of legislators from Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party (GFP) and three independents. GFP and MGP each have three MLAs. Congress, on the other hand, has 15 MLAs in the house till now.
Uttar Pradesh: One girl dies, two missing after drowning in Yamuna River
Muzaffarnagar (UP): A minor girl drowned and another two have gone missing while bathing in the Yamuna near Bidoli in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district, police said. While the body of 13-year-old Nagma was fished out Wednesday evening, a rescue operation is underway to trace Gullo (12) and Anila (15), they said.
In another incident, an 18-year-old boy, identified as Amir, drowned while bathing in the Yamuna river at Pathed village in Shamli district Wednesday. Amir had gone for bathing with his two friends when the incident took place, police said, adding that his body was recovered.
Anil Ambani’s Reliance to withdraw Rs 5,000 crore defamation case against Congress, Herald
Ahmedabad: The Reliance Group, led by Anil Ambani, on Tuesday announced its decision to withdraw the Rs 5,000 crore civil defamation suit, filed in a court here, against Congress leaders and the National Herald newspaper over their statements and an article on the controversial Rafale fighter jet deal.
The court of city civil and sessions judge P.J. Tamakuwala is hearing the suits. The complainant’s lawyer, Rasesh Parikh, told reporters: “We have intimated the defendants that we are going to withdraw the suits against them.” Concurring, P.S. Champaneri, the counsel for the National Herald and some other defendants, said the Reliance Group’s counsel informed him that he had received instructions from the group to withdraw the defamation cases.
The formal process to withdraw the suits would begin once the court resumes after the summer vacation, he added. Reliance Defence, Reliance Infrastructure and Reliance Aerostructure, which are companies of the Anil Ambani-owned Reliance Group, had filed civil defamation cases against Congress leaders Sunil Jakhar, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Oommen Chandy, Ashok Chavan, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Sanjay Nirupam and Shaktisinh Gohil, and some journalists and news organisations like the National Herald.
The defamation suits were also filed against the National Herald’s editor Zafar Agha, and Vishwa Deepak, the author of a news article published by it. In its defamation suits, the company had stated that the defendants had made libellous and derogatory statements against the Reliance Group and its chairman Anil Ambani over the Rafale fighter jet deal and sought a directive to them to “cease and desist” from levelling such allegations against the Group.
As for the National Herald, it was about an article with the headline “Anil Ambani floated Reliance Defence 10 days before Modi announced Rafale deal”. The company stated that the article “misleads the general public to believe that undue business favours are being extended to them by the government of the day” and that it sent out a “negative image” and “adversely affects the public perception” of Reliance Group and its chairman Ambani. Seeking damages to the tune of Rs 5,000 crore, the company asserted that the article had inflicted “considerable damage” to the reputation and goodwill of the Reliance Group.
Opposition raising EVM issue unnecessarily: NDA
New Delhi: Opposition parties had raised doubts on the EVMS “unnecesarily” and the act was out of “desperation” of losing the election, NDA leaders said on Tuesday after their meeting ahead of counting of votes on May 23.
“We expressed concern over the opposition raising unnecessary doubts on the EVMs and the integrity of the Election Commission. Especially, when the Supreme Court has given its judgements,” Union Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajnath Singh told reporters. He said the Opposition was trying to create hurdles in the Indian election system, which can be “a global brand”. Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan said the opposition knew that they were losing the elections.
“They want an excuse. Why did they not blame EVMs when they won three states. Why not when they won Punjab,” he said. Paswan also said that the official results would be better than the exit polls, which showed the the NDA winning over 300 seats. A total of 36 constituent parties of the National Democratic Alliance had participated in the meeting while three could not. Besides the BJP, the AIADMK, the Shiv Sena, the Janata Dal-United), the Lok Janshakti Party, the Shiromani Akali Dal, the Apna Dal (Sonelal), and the PMK were among the parties that attended the meeting.
Other parties present included the Sikkim Democratic Front, the Republican Party of India-A, the Bodoland People’s Front, the Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, the All India N.R. Congress, the National People’s Party, the Goa Forward Party, the All Jharkhand Students Union, the Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura, the DMDK, the Bharath Dharmajana Sena, the Kerala Congress-Thomas, the Asom Gana Parishad, the Nishad Party, the Naga People’s Front and the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha.
Election Commission refutes reports regarding complaints of alleged movements of EVMs
New Delhi: After former President Pranab Mukherjee joined the opposition chorus in expressing concern over the alleged tampering of the Electronic Voting Machines, the Election Commission asserted on Tuesday that “all polled EVMs are absolutely safe in strong rooms.”
In a press note, it clarified “emphatically and unambiguously” that alleged movement of the EVMs, purportedly to replace them with the polled EVMs in strong rooms, are absolutely false and factually incorrect.”
It claimed the visuals seen viral on the media do not pertain to any EVMs used during the polls. Allegations of Electronic Voting Machines being tampered with or being transported in private cars in parts of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab and Haryana surfaced on Tuesday morning.
For instance, a mobile phone clip that emerged from the Chandauli parliamentary seat shows EVMs being off-loaded and put in a room inside what appears to be a counting centre. Supporters of the Samajwadi Party candidate in Chandauli, who filmed the video, can be heard questioning why the voting machines were being off-loaded a day after polling and why they were not brought in earlier.
The administration said the machines seen in the video were 35 reserve EVM units from an assembly segment in Chandauli.
Officials said these voting machines reached the storage room and the counting centre later than the other EVMs because of “logistical issues”. According to the rules, reserve EVMs should be deposited at the same time as the machines used in voting.
In eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Ghazipur, the BSP candidate protested outside the storage room for electronic voting machines last night. Afzal Ansari and his supporters claim there was an attempt to take out a vehicle full of voting machines The Election Commission called the allegations “frivolous” and said the voting machines were maintained in “proper security and protocol”.
It pointed out that all polled EVMs and VVPAT machines are brought under security cover to the designated strongrooms, which are sealed with double locks in the presence of candidates and the EC observers and this is videographed. Noting that each strongroom is guarded with round-theclock security by the central armed police forces, it said the candidates or their designated agents remain present in the strongroom for 24×7 vigil at all times.
The EC said, on the counting day, the strongrooms will be opened in the presence of candidates/agents and observers under videography and the counting agents will be shown the address tags, seals and serial numbers of EVMs before the counting of the EVMs begins.