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Delhi starts mobile bomb squads

New Delhi (PTI): The government on Monday launched mobile bomb detection and disposal squads to address emergency situations following increasing threats from militant groups.

Flagging off the new squads, Delhi lieutenant-governor Vijai Kapoor said this was an “appropriate response” to a “particular threat”.

“Though police are alert and responsive, certain specific threats emanating recently from various quarters have led to the initiation of this move,” Kapoor said. “The Metro rail is an important property and there should be no compromise about its security given the terrorist threat perception to it,” he added.

elhi police commissioner R.S. Gupta, laying the foundation stone of a Metro police station at Shastri Park, said: “Essential facilities have been provided here for smooth functioning, with separate duty officer’s room and guest rooms to avoid crowding and chaos.”

Assuring full cooperation to the police, managing director of Delhi Metro Rail Corporation E. Sreedharan said separate barracks were being constructed for policemen and these would be ready within a month.

SC order in Purulia case

New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Monday directed the Centre to dispose of a petition before the President within six weeks, seeking remission of the life sentence awarded to British national Peter Bleach in the Purulia arms-drop case, reports our special correspondent

Judges Dalveer Bhandari and S.K. Agarwal directed the Centre to either release Bleach on identical remission as granted to the five Latvian co-accused in July 21, 2000, or reject the petition before the President for review of his order denying remission to Bleach, said Deepak Prahladka, who had filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court on the plea before the President.

The bench observed that no further direction was needed when a government counsel sought two weeks to reply to the court’s query. Addition solicitor general K.K. Sood was not present in court. On February 2, 2000, the six accused in the arms-drop case were given life imprisonment. Later, the accused had gone to Calcutta High Court for an appeal against the trial court order. The petitioner had sought a direction to the government for review of the August 9, 2001, order of the President, who had rejected the plea for granting remission to Bleach, without giving any reason.

3 held for brawl at Deol bash

Mumbai (PTI): Three NRIs were arrested in connection with a brawl at a nightclub on Saturday during a party thrown by actress Esha Deol to celebrate an award she won, police said.

According to police, Kunal Soni, Vinay Soni and Raju Lodhia, who had arrived from the UK the same day, allegedly broke champagne bottles on the heads of two of Deol’s guests, Sanjay Khan’s son Zayed Khan and his girlfriend Malaika. The three were arrested on Sunday following an FIR and have been remanded in custody.

Criminals escape

Aligarh (PTI): Twelve criminals escaped from police custody in the district court here on Monday. The undertrials, including Adnan, Yasin and Rakesh, had been arrested in connection with several cases of murder and kidnapping. They escaped by scaling down the lock-up wall.

Abduction arrest

Jaipur (PTI): One more person wanted in connection with the abduction of a Jaipur jeweller’s wife was arrested at Bhatinda in Punjab, a senior police official said. Dhananjay Kumar was part of the gang whose seven members were apprehended on Sunday after police rescued Sumedha Durlabhji.

Shah case verdict

Mumbai (PTI): Mumbai High Court on Monday deferred until March 3 its verdict on petitions filed by film financier Bharat Shah and two others, challenging the provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act, under which they have been booked for forging links with the underworld. The trial in the alleged Bollywood-underworld nexus case has also been deferred.

Illegal mill raided

Muzaffarnagar (PTI): Police on Monday unearthed an illegal cartridge-manufacturing factory and arrested five persons. They also seized 425 live cartridges and two country-made revolvers.

3 killed in mishap

l Ahmedabad (PTI) Three persons were killed when an autorickshaw they were travelling in was hit by an engine at an unmanned railway crossing near Sarkhej, police said.

A three-day convention on HIV/AIDS will be held at Sri Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre in Madurai from February 26. The role of female condoms in checking the spread of the virus will be discussed at the meet.

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