Police arrest 3 youths for allegedly raping class 12 student in Himachal Pradesh

Three youth were arrested from Bhatinda, Punjab for allegedly raping a class 12 student for over three days (June 17 -20) in Manali town of Himachal Pradesh, police said on June 27. 

Two other accused in the case are still on the run.

Police said they had received a complaint about two Class 12 girls going missing on June 17. 

“The girls were found on June 20. Initially, they did not allege any sexual assault but during questioning, one of them claimed she was raped by three youths from Punjab, and two locals thereafter. The incident took place between June 17 and June 20,” Shalini Agnihotri, Superintendent of Police Kullu, said.

FIR has been registered under relevant sections of the IPC and the POCSO Act. “The three arrested youths have been remanded to police custody by a local court”, Agnihotri added.

As per law, it is rape even if consensual physical relations were made as the girl is a minor,” officer said.

Sukhoi Su-30MKI jet crashes in Nashik, both pilots ejected safely

A Sukhoi Su-30MKI under-construction fighter jet crashed on June 27 morning in Wavi-Tushi village near Pimpalgaon Baswant town, around 25 kilometres from Nashik, during a test flight. No causalities have been reported so far and both the pilots in the aircraft ejected safely before the plane hit the ground, police said.

The aircraft crashed at 11.05 am and the Pimpalgaon police station received information about the crash at 11.15 am, a police official reportedly said.

Police said that the aircraft is developed by Russia’s Sukhoi and built under license by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), had taken off from the HAL airstrip near Nashik.

Both the pilots who ejected safely before the crash were on deputation from the Indian Air Force (IAF).

 “The IAF personnel at Ojhar Air Force station, as well as police have reached the site after the incident,” police added.

Sources revealed that that the Sukhoi crash may have happened due to a technical glitch. A detailed probe has been ordered.

More details on the crash are still awaited.

All-time high threat to PM Modi, Home Ministry issued new security guidelines

The Home Ministry has issued a warning to all the states and has put out rules in which no one can come too close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, not even his ministers and officers, in wake of inputs of an “all-time high” threat to PM Modi.

“PM Modi is the most valuable target in the run-up to the 2019 general elections,” the National Security Council has told various agencies who are tasked with PM’s security and safety.

“The threat always has been there but after this Naxal threat we have made each agency aware of the new threats to the PM,” a senior officer reportedly said.

Following the developments, Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Intelligence Bureau Director Rajiv Jain to review the prime minister’s security.

New Security Guidelines:

Even ministers and officers are likely to be screened by Special Protection Group (SPG) before meeting PM.

Sources revealed that PM Modi has been advised to cut down his road shows.

Sources revealed number of tactical team commandos travelling with the PM will be increased.

Home Ministry believes that public contact needs to be reduced.

Sources revealed PM needs to be more cautious while travelling to Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Punjab.

Sources said that security agencies are specially monitoring the Kerala-based Popular Front of India.

Special instructions have been given to the close protection team.

US asks India, other nations to stop oil imports from Iran by Nov 4

The United States on June 26 asked India, other nations to stop oil imports from Iran by November 4 or face imposition of economic sanctions.

Peter Harrell, a former sanctions official in the State Department, said, “I don’t see China and India going to zero.”

“Their (India and China) companies will be subject to the same sanctions that everybody else’s are if they engage in those sectors of the economy that are sanctionable, where there were sanctions imposed prior to 2015. And yes, we will certainly be requesting that their oil imports go to zero. Without question,” the state department official said.

Official added that companies in both the countries that continue to buy oil and other related products from Iran even after November 4 they will be barred from selling anything in the United States.

“We remain engaged with the EU-3 throughout this process, and we are going to continue to branch out in new countries and reach new partners as the weeks go forward,” the official said.

But a senior State Department official said that such routine waivers were not likely to be issued by the Trump Administration, although he did not rule them out entirely.

The State Department stated that there would be no waivers under the new sanctions regime.

Pathalgarhi supporters abduct 3 policemen from BJP MP’s house in Jharkhand, says Police

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Three policemen named Subodh Kujur, Vinod Kerketta and Suyom Surin who were deployed at the house of BJP MP Karia Munda, at Ghagra village in Murhu block of Khunti District, were abducted on June 26 by the supporters of ‘Pathalgarhi’, a senior police officer said.

RK Malik, Additional director general of police (ADGP), has said that the supporters of ‘Pathalgarhi’ barged into the house of the Lok Sabha MP at Anigada-Chandidih and took away the three policemen and their weapons in the afternoon.

The three men were abducted in retaliation to the police raid to arrest the leaders of the so-called Pathalgadi movement accused of masterminding the gangrape of five women activists last week.

“We raided the houses of Tidu and Purty in the morning. It seems that Pathalgadi supporters helped them to escape but we have attached their properties,” Ashwini Kumar Sinha, Khunti Superintendent of Police said.

“The police have identified the location of the abducted policemen and all measures are been taken to rescue them,” ADGP Malik said.

Pathalgadi leaders have reportedly said that they are ready to hold talks but on the condition that authorities will send a team of only five officials for the negotiations.

Administrative functioning during period of unitary rule in J&K is not ‘anti-people’, says NN Vohra

Imposition of governor’s rule since June 20 in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, following the breaking up of Bharatiya Janata Party alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party shall help in functioning of entire administrative apparatus with more efficiency, speed and accountability to regain trust of common people,  Governor of Jammu and Kashmir NN Vohra reportedly said in an interview.

“Administrative functioning during the period of unitary rule is not anti-people. On the contrary, such spells are utilised to speed up the machinery and render prompt service, particularly to the neglected elements of society and those living in underdeveloped areas,” he added.

Vohra has held all-party meeting with representatives from the BJP, PDP, National Conference and other political parties to seek support to address concerns of Kashmiri youth who are choosing path of violence, he said ” there is a need to seek the involvement and support of various elements of civil society to engender a positive environment.”

 He further added, “I am unaware of the genesis of the [talk on the] hard line approach.”

“Every possible initiative will be taken to foster a peaceful environment,’’ J&K Governor said.

‘Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part’: India at UN Assembly

India said that Jammu and Kashmir is an “inalienable” part of India in wake of Pakistan’s envoy Maleeha Lodhi’s statement in reference to India state at UN General Assembly debate on June 25.

Lodhi stated “People in Kashmir are among victims of “egregious crimes” such as killings and mass-blinding,” during the UN General Assembly debate on ‘The Responsibility to Protect and the Prevention of Genocide, War Crimes, Ethnic Cleansing and Crimes against Humanity.’

India at UN gave a befitting reply by exercising the Right of Reply, and strongly rejected Pakistan’s reference to Kashmir in the 193-member UN body.

“While we are having this serious debate for the first time in a decade on an issue that is of importance to all of us, we have witnessed that one delegation has, yet again, misused this platform to make an unwarranted reference to the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir,” Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu, first Secretary in India’s Permanent Mission to the UN said.

“I would like to place on record and reiterate that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India. No amount of empty rhetoric from Pakistan will change this reality,” he said.

Global Experts survey ranks India ‘world’s most dangerous country for women’

The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey report on June 26 named India as the world’s most dangerous country for women due to levels of violence against women still running high in the country.

The survey ranked India the world’s dangerous country on three particular issues first being the risks women face from sexual violence and harassment, second from cultural and traditional practices and last but not the least from human trafficking that includes forced labour, sex slavery and domestic servitude.

“India has shown utter disregard and disrespect for women … rape, marital rapes, sexual assault and harassment, female infanticide has gone unabated,” said Manjunath Gangadhara, an official at the Karnataka state government.

Government data reveals reported cases of crime against women rose by 83 percent between the year 2007 and 2016, when there were four cases of rape reported every hour. 

However, Indian Ministry of Women and Child Development has declined to comment on the survey report.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation survey ranked Afghanistan and Syria in second and third place, with a surprising addition of US which shares a joint place at third rank with Syria for the risks women face in terms of sexual violence that includes rape, sexual harassment, coercion into sex and a lack of access to justice in rape cases.

The other countries which are among the top 10 in the survey are Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Yemen, Pakistan, Democratic Republic of Congo etc.

Jaitley compares former PM Indira Gandhi to Hitler, PM Modi urges people to read his blog 

While launching a sharp attack on Congress, Union minister Arun Jaitley on 25 June compared former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to German dictator Adolf Hitler and said that PM Indira Gandhi may have been inspired by Hitler in suspending democracy in 1975 by imposing Emergency.

“Arun Jaitley writes about the dark days of the Emergency, the trampling of personal liberties, excesses committed and how the Emergency was a direct attack on our constitutional ideals. Do read his blogs,” PM Modi tweeted while sharing his blog on social media asking people to read Jaitley’s blog.

Jaitley wrote a blog to mark the 43rd anniversary of Emergency, he cited similar examples the way Indira and Hitler suspended fundamental rights and persecuted opposition party leaders and workers.

Jaitley wrote, “Both Hitler and Mrs Gandhi never abrogated the Constitution. They used a republican Constitution to transform democracy into dictatorship.”

 “Hitler continued to maintain that his actions were within the four corners of the Constitution. Mrs Gandhi imposed Emergency under Article 352, suspended fundamental rights under Article 359 and claimed that disorder was planned by the opposition in the country. The security forces were being asked to disobey illegal orders and, therefore, in the larger interest of the nation, India had to become a disciplined democracy,” Jaitley wrote.

While criticising Indira for turning country into dynastic democracy he wrote in his blog “There were a few things that Hitler did not do which Mrs Gandhi did. She prohibited the publication of parliamentary proceeding in the media.”