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Four held for teacher murder

New Delhi: The CBI claims to have solved the murder case of Aligarh Muslim University reader I.G. Khan with the arrest of four persons, reports our special correspondent.

The arrested persons have been identified as Pratap Kumar Singh, alias Kapil, Lalit Kumar Singh, his uncle, Tejbir Singh, and Ghambir Singh.

Bureau officials said they zeroed in on them, following interrogation of Harinder Singh of Aligarh. Harinder had bought Khan’s car after he was kidnapped and murdered.

The accused told the investigators that they accidentally killed Khan because they were looking for a car to be used for a kidnapping and they decided to hijack Khan’s Maruti Zen.

Khan was kidnapped from Aligarh on February 14, while going to the history department after dropping wife Zulfia at JN Medical College. He was found dead near Ujharpur village of Akbarabad in Aligarh with two gunshots in his head.

The CBI has recovered a country-made pistol used for the murder and a CD player and the remnants of Khan’s laptop. Tejbir had allegedly destroyed the laptop, the CBI said.

Khan’s killing had evoked protests from the university teachers and sparked communal tension. The teachers went on a strike, which was called off only after an assurance that the case would be handed over to the CBI.

SC scanner on Karishma case

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked Calcutta High Court to give a copy of its judgment allowing Karishma – The Miracles of Destiny back on air to plaintiff Barbara Taylor Bradford, reports our legal correspondent.

The author, fighting a copyright infringement case against Sahara Entertainment, the channel broadcasting the serial allegedly based on her book, A Woman of Substance, took the legal battle to Delhi after Calcutta High Court on July 21 dismissed her appeal for a stay on the telecast.

But the Supreme Court’s division bench of Justices . Santosh Hegde and B.P. Singh turned down the appeal as it did not have a copy of the judgment.

The next hearing is on August 4, by which time Calcutta High Court has been requested to hand over the complete judgment or give Bradford’s lawyers access to the files.

No interim stay order was granted, so Sahara is free to telecast the Monday through Thursday soap opera starring Karisma Kapoor.

Indians shot dead in Detroit

Washington (PTI): Two Indian Americans were shot dead in an apparent robbery in Detroit. Kenu Patel, 40, owner of Dawn Donuts shop in Morass, and his employee, Brajesh Patel, 24, were shot in the back of their heads during an apparent robbery early on Wednesday.

Kenu, who left his wife and children in India, had arrived in Detroit a year ago.

Togadia ban stayed

Bangalore (PTI): Karnataka High Court has stayed a ban on the entry of Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia in Bijapur district. District authorities had banned his entry for seven days from July 26, ahead of the Viraat Hindu Samavesh in the town. Togadia is to address a rally on July 27. In an interim order on a petition filed by the rally organisers, Justice Mohana Shantanagoudar permitted Togadia to address the rally on the condition that he would not make provocative speeches.

Dacoit gang attack

Pilibhit (PTI): Armed dacoits killed two people and looted passengers of a Lucknow-Bareilly passenger train near Kuraiya station on Thursday night, railway police sources said. The dacoits, who boarded the train from the station, shot dead two traders before escaping with the valuables, sources said.

Sambar killers

Nayagarh (PTI): Forest personnel have arrested two people on the charge of killing a sambar in the Odagaon forest range in Nayagarh district. Sambar meat had been seized from Pitabas Dhal and Debahari Pradhan, both government employees, from the minor irrigation colony at Odagaon on Thursday, sources said. They were arrested under the Wildlife Protection Act.

Cylinder blast

Indore (PTI): A one- year-old was killed and nine people injured when an LPG cylinder exploded in a house at a village near here, a police official said. “There was a gas leak and as soon as a matchstick was ignited, the cylinder caught fire leading to an explosion,” the Bahnwarkuan police station in-charge said.

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The National Institute of Dramatic Arts and the National School of Drama held a two-week theatre workshop in Sydney. Initiated by the National Arts and Theatrical Young Association, it aimed to assimilate Australian theatre with Indian drama.


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