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Two killed outside minister’s house

dehra dun (PTI): Unidentified gunmen shot dead two persons outside the house of an Uttaranchal minister late on Thursday night, police said.

Health minister Tilak Raj Behad was taking a stroll in front of his house in Yamuna Colony when the shootout occurred, police said. The minister was not injured.

Rajendra Singh alias Bhura and Abhay Kumar alias Happy were killed in the incident, police said.

A hunt has been launched to nab the attackers and several persons have been picked up for interrogation, city superintendent of police G.S. Martolia said.

Police sources said Behad was also being questioned as he was the only witness to the crime.

The incident comes less than 24 hours after a police post in nearby Ballupur area was attacked, injuring two policemen.

Director general of police P.D. Raturi has convened a high-level meeting to review security arrangements in the city following the shootout, which is being seen as a case of inter-gang rivalry.

Ministers to hold Nagappa meet

bangalore: In a clear signal that renewed efforts are on to get former minister and Janata Dal leader H. Nagappa released from the clutches of forest brigand Veerappan, two Karnataka ministers have fixed up a meeting with Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa on November 18, reports our special correspondent.

The sole agenda of the meeting — to be attended by Karnataka home minister Mallikharjun Kharge and minister of state for primary and secondary education B.K. Chandrashekar — is the discussion on the hostage crisis, which has been going on for the past 81 days.

Karnataka made a request for a meeting with Jayalalithaa after Friday’s meeting between Karnataka chief minister S.M. Krishna, Kharge, Chandrashekar and top police officials.

Central to the discussions on the 18th could be a request from Karnataka to tone down the operations of the Tamil Nadu Special Task Force against Veerappan.

Indications are that Tamil Nadu’s insistence that it will not tone down its operations against Veerappan is standing in the way of fruitful negotiations to secure the release of Nagappa.

Sources said T. Srinivasulu, Karnataka’s security adviser, held talks with joint STF chief Walter Dawaram to discuss the modalities for the abducted leader’s release.

Delhi camp for Afghan cops

new delhi (PTI): Impressed by the performance of officers trained by Delhi police, the Afghanistan government has decided to send fresh batches for training in road safety.

“The Afghanistan government was impressed by the performance of the 32 police officers trained by Delhi police and has decided to send fresh batches,” city police commissioner R.S. Gupta said at the inauguration of the Road Safety Exhibition 2002 on Friday.

Armyman held

Dehra Dun (PTI): An armyman allegedly killed his friend with whose wife he was having an affair in Haldwani area of Nainital district, police said. Omprakash, serving with Assam Rifles, has been arrested for killing Kishan Rai. Kishan’s wife Baby has also been held.

Farmers’ rally

Muzaffarnagar (PTI): Thousands of Bharatiya Kisan Union activists have been directed to go to Lucknow to take part in the farmers’ council on Sunday to protest against the anti-farmer policies of the Uttar Pradesh government, BKU president Mahendra Singh Tikait said.

Three burnt alive

lucknow (PTI): In an apparent fallout of a love affair between members of different castes, three persons were burnt to death in Jalaun district on Thursday night. Those killed were Meenu, Rakesh Kumar Vishwakarma and Dharam Singh Karera, police said.

Film festival

mumbai (PTI): A kaleidoscopic view of the cultural heritage of countries like Japan, Hungary, New Zealand, France, Poland, South Africa and Germany will be on offer at the 5th International Film Festival, to be held here from November 21-28.

Pollution study

new delhi (PTI): The Central Pollution Control Board , in collaboration with the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Calcutta, has initiated a study to assess pollution effects in Delhi.

Thirteen snakes, including cobras and vipers, have been caught from the veterinary hospital campus at Sreepuram near Madurai, hospital sources said on Friday. The reptiles, caught by snake charmers, have been let off into the forests.


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