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Jayanti outrage on Gandhi statue

Meerut (PTI): Unidentified miscreants vandalised a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on his birth anniversary on Wednesday at Meerut College, where students are protesting against the setting up of a police post in the campus, official sources said.

Police discovered the broken statue when the college was to hold a function on Gandhi Jayanti, SSP Mukul Goyal said.

The college, which has been witnessing students’ unrest over the police post and deployment of Rapid Action Force, is closed.

Assistant district magistrate J.P. Singh said the statue was damaged after 4 am. Policemen posted at the college had found the statue intact till then.

The college principal has lodged an FIR and investigation is on to identify the culprits.

The SSP said the city was calm. There was no tension after the incident. The college principal has decided to replace the statue with a bronze one at the earliest.

Groups of students met the district magistrate to lodge their protest against the incident.

Court rules in employee’s favour

Allahabad (PTI): Allahabad High Court has ruled that a confirmed employee cannot be denied the right to explanation or an opportunity of hearing in the event of his being removed from service for taking unauthorised leave.

The absence from duty after expiry of the sanctioned leave, in the present case, might be a case of misconduct but it cannot be magnified beyond all proportions to warrant termination of service, the court in its order said.

Justice S.N. Srivastava gave the ruling on a writ petition filed by M/S DCM Limited, proprietor of Hindon River Mill, Ghaziabad through its executive director.

Dismissing the petition, the court said the labour court order for reinstatement of the sacked employee Moti Chand was valid and required no further interference.

Chand’s service was terminated in 1982 after he absented from duty beyond his sanctioned medical leave of 10 days, though he had applied for an extension of the leave. The labour court has rightly awarded full wages to the employee, the court said.

Flutter over Osama I-card

Jodhpur (PTI): An identity card issued by a Dubai-based company owned by Osama bin Laden’s father has created a flutter among intelligence officials.

The card in Arabic, issued in the name of Tajjumul Hussain by the company Sehshurah Nijakata, was found lying on the road by a youth, SP Prashakha Mathur said. He gave the card to his father, who handed it over to the police. The card also has the name of the worker in Hindi and his photograph. It has been sent to the police headquarters in Jaipur.

Poison kheer

Jaipur (PTI): Five members of a family died after consuming poisonous kheer. It is yet to be established if the death was the result of a suicide pact or food poisoning. The incident came to light when the only surviving family member, a 10-year-old boy, returned home to find his parents, brother and two sisters lying on the floor.

Water trains

Ajmer (PTI): Special trains to supply drinking water to areas suffering from water scarcity have been started in the state. State agriculture minister Govind Singh Gurjar flagged off the first train at Nasirabad on Tuesday. The train will take water from Bisalpur water supply project to Ajmer, Jaipur and Udaipur.

Chapel damaged

Mangalore (PTI): A lightning bolt partially damaged a 101-year-old chapel situated in the premises of St. Aloysius College on Tuesday. Tiles on the sloping part of the roof and the wooden cross pedestal at the top of the chapel were damaged.

Driver suspended

New Delhi (PTI): Railway officials suspended the driver of Lucknow Mail who overshot a red signal at Hardoi station. Though no collision occurred, the authorities have taken the case “seriously”, a release said.

Food poisoning

Sant Kabirnagar (PTI): Twelve people fell ill, six of them seriously, after eating food cooked in contaminated mustard oil. The owner of the shop from where the oil was bought has been held.

A special retrospective of Shabana Azmi’s films is being held at the New York Film Festival in recognition of her talent, dedication to parallel cinema and the cause of the poor and women. Thirteen of her films will be screened at the festival.


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