Policeman killed in Kashmir gunfight

Srinagar : A police official was killed and two soldiers were injured on Thursday in a fierce gunbattle between guerrillas and security forces in Kashmir's Baramulla district, a police official said.

The senior police officer told IANS in Srinagar that security forces on Thursday morning surrounded a house in village Hardashuru, Tangmarg, after receiving information about militants hiding there.

"As the security forces closed on the militants, they started indiscriminate firing at the security forces, triggering a shootout," the official added.

Two Bodo militants killed in Assam

Guwahati : Two hardcore Bodo militants were killed in a joint operation by security forces in Assam's Sonitpur district, an official said on Wednesday.

Based on intelligence inputs that militants were taking shelter in the area, a joint team of Assam Rifles and Assam Police carried out an operation leading to a fierce gun battle on Tuesday night, Guwahati-based defence spokesperson Lt. Col. Suneet Newton said in a statement.

Labourer killed in Agra over a mere Rs.100

Agra : An unskilled labourer was killed by the grandson of a retired army Major in the Katra Wazir Khan locality here late Tuesday evening over a payment of a paltry Rs.100.

An infuriated mob pelted stones, torched two motorcycles and damaged property, forcing Etmauddaula police station personnel to fire rubber bullets to disperse the mob.

Senior Superintendent of Police Rajesh D. Modak tried to persuade the violent mob to excercise restraint, but hundreds of Dalits, family members and relatives of the worker, identified as 40-year-old Pappu, were in no mood to relent.

Girl shot dead in Bengaluru school

Bengaluru : An 18-year-old girl student was shot dead in her school premises here by an office attendant for spurning his advances, police said on Wednesday.

"We have registered a case against the accused (Mahesh, 30) who is absconding from the school, and have set up three special teams to hunt him down," city police commissioner M.N. Reddi told reporters here.

System of impunity breaks the soul of terror-acquitted journalist

If the jails were harsher for Iqbal Ahmed Jakati, life outside after he walked as a free man was not pleasant anymore. Even after getting a clean cheat from the courts, the corrupt system continues to push him to the wall.

By Staff Reporter,

21 formally charged for hand in Burdwan blast

Kolkata: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday formally charged in a special court 21 people, including four Bangladeshi nationals, for their involvement in the Burdwan blast.

Militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is suspected to be involved in the blast.

The charge sheet was filed before a National Investigation Agency (NIA) special court in Kolkata.

Two injured in attack on legislator battle for life

New Delhi: Two of the five men wounded in an attack that left a former Delhi legislator dead remained in critical condition on Monday, police said.

Former Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) legislator Bharat Singh was brought dead to the hospital after the Sunday evening attack on him that wounded five others.

"Ram Jeevan and Dalbir are in critical condition," Deputy Commissioner of Police R.A. Sanjeev told IANS. The shooting took place at a religious event.

Retaining controversial clauses, Gujarat govt set to introduce amended anti-terror GUJCOC Bill in Assembly

By Staff Reporter,

Gandhinagar: Aiming to strengthen state anti-terror laws, Gujarat government has decided to reintroduce the Gujarat Control of Organised Crime (GUJCOC) Bill in an amended form in the Assembly, while retaining some of the controversial provisions twice rejected by President.

Renamed as Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill 2015, it will come up for discussion on the last day of the ongoing budget session on March 31.

Re-probe of Hashimpura killing case

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

The conspiracy of silence among the political parties of UP regarding Hashimpura judgement that has acquitted the accused for want of evidence is intriguing. More intriguing is the silence of the social activists and intellectuals barring a few. There is hardly any reaction from the left parties on this issue. The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have joined hands with the perpetrators of the Hashimpura crime. By maintaining silence, they have given a clean chit to them.This is disgusting.

Former legislator shot at in Delhi, critical

New Delhi: Former Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) legislator Bharat Singh was on Sunday battling for his life in a hospital along with two of his aides after they were shot at by unidentified gunmen here during a religious programme, police said.

Bharat Singh was shot at around 8.10 p.m. when the 38-year-old was attending a religious programme at Abhinandan Vatika in south Delhi's Najafgarh from where he was elected as a legislator in 2009.

Around 8-10 unidentified people indiscriminately fired over 15 rounds, police said.