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Rs 2000 damages for worm in beer

New Delhi (PTI): A liquor manufacturer was asked to pay Rs 2,000 by consumer court after a purchaser found a dead worm in one of its beer bottles.

he purchaser, however, had thought the worm cost much more but the Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission turned down the complainant’s claim of Rs 2,00,000 saying: “He had purchased only one bottle of beer.... For a bottle of beer a compensation of Rs 2,000 by no stretch of imagination can be treated or termed as inadequate.” The commission said the complainant had failed to satisfy as to how the compensation of Rs 2,000 was inadequate.

Earlier, the Shalimar Bagh district forum had found Som Distilleries and Breweries, the makers of Black Fort beer, guilty of deficiency in service and of harassing the complainant by selling the bottle containing a “dead insect (worm)”.

S.P. Upadhayay in his complaint had claimed that on noticing the dead insect in the bottle that he had purchased on April 21, 2001, he took it back to the seller, who expressed his inability to help him. On May 7 Upadhayay sent a complaint to the beer makers, who also turned a deaf ear.

Extradition of murder accused

New Delhi (PTI): Sixteen years after an NRI woman was allegedly murdered in Canada, a city court has recommended extradition of the accused — who had fled to India — to stand trial in the case there.

Observing that there was prima facie evidence of accused Ranbir Singh Gill’s involvement in the murder of 26-year-old Rupinder Kaur Sanghera, additional chief metropolitan magistrate V.K. Maheshwari recommended to the Centre that “the fugitive may be ordered to be extradited to Canada”.

urning down the defence counsel’s plea that the extradition should not be allowed as several countries had declined similar demands raised by India, he said: “We are governed by the rule of law. We believe in the supremacy of law.”

Canadian police had recovered the body of Sanghera, who was allegedly into prostitution, near the parking lot of a hotel in Ontario province on August 25, 1986.

Autopsy revealed that she had been stabbed several times and had died as a result of a stab injury in the heart. Investigations also revealed that the police had arrested Gill on August 23, on the charge of an impaired driving licence. However, he was released on a promise to appear before the police when summoned. Later, homicide officers examined the car and recovered a pair of lady’s shoes, a purse, blood-stained clothes and a prescription in Sanghera’s name.

Spitting leads to murder of 2

Dindigul (PTI): Two persons were killed following a clash that occurred over “spitting” at A.B. Nagar on Sunday, police said.

Anburaj, a resident of the colony had questioned Gnanaraj for spitting in front of his house which led to a heated verbal exchange. When four neighbours of Anburaj intervened to defuse the situation, Gnanaraj and his brother Manoharan, suddenly took out knives and stabbed Anburaj and those who tried to bring about a rapproachment.

Anburaj and Rajesh were killed on the spot, while three others were hospitalised.

Rail cleanliness

Patna (PTI): The East-Central Railway has decided to launch a cleanliness drive at railway stations under its jurisdiction and punish people spreading dirt with fine and imprisonment for six months. Those found guilty would be dealt with severely, a spokesman said.

Sikh riots verdict

New Delhi (PTI): Eighteen years after mobs killed over 2,700 Sikhs here, a city court is expected to pronounce its verdict on Monday in a riot case involving former Congress MP Sajjan Kumar. He is facing trial for allegedly leading a mob that killed Sikhs on November 1, 1984, the day after then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was killed.

DU murder arrest

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi police claimed to have solved the murder of a Delhi University College reader on Friday after they arrested a youth, reports our special correspondent. Ashok Singh Malik, 23, was arrested from his aunt’s house in Katual village of Jhind district in Haryana on Saturday. According to the police, Malik had shot dead M.N. Singh as he wanted to take revenge on him. Malik was a B.Sc (general) student of Shradhanand College where Singh is a reader in the botany department. In April 1999, Malik was caught cheating by Singh when he was appearing for a chemistry exam

Fire kills family

Sambalpur: All seven members of a tribal family were killed in a fire which broke out in their house when they were asleep in Parimunda Nikitimal village, says our correspondent. Four children died on the spot. Three were declared dead in hospital. The Tenkasi court, about 110 km from Madurai, received an “unusual” petition from a girl who wants the court to declare her male. Seventeen-year-old Uma Maheswari also underwent operation to change her sex and changed her name to Uma Maheswaran.

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