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Pak guards on consulate vigil

Islamabad (PTI): Pakistan on Saturday said the provincial Sindh government has removed encroachments from the disused Indian consulate building in Karachi and posted guards there and at five other properties of the Government India to protect them from potential intruders.

Commenting on media reports about the alleged purchase of the Indian consulate building in Karachi, a statement issued by the Pakistan foreign office spokesman here said the federal government has taken up the issue with the Sindh government.

“The Sindh government has today removed the encroachments from the said premises and posted guards there. Guards have also been posted at five other properties in Karachi belonging to the Government of India,” the spokesman said on Saturday.

The statement followed a Karachi resident Ali Baqir Naqvi’s claim that he had bought the property and filed a petition in Karachi High Court to permit him to take over. The court has issued a stay order and fixed the next hearing on October 22.

The encroachment was noticed by an Indian Airlines official in Karachi, Rama Krishna, two weeks ago and the Indian high commission had subsequently complained to the Pakistan foreign office. The Indian consulate was closed in 1992. Since then the building was kept under lock and key of the Indian high commission in Islamabad.

HC stick for striking students

Kochi (PTI): Kerala High Court has held that striking students who resorted to violence in college campuses were to be dealt with like “any other offender” and should be made liable for any loss to the college property during the strike.

“If the situation warranted, police could enter campuses without request or permission to prevent criminal activities. No special treatment could be meted to the striking students, who indulged in violence, solely on the ground that they were students or the incidents that took place inside the campus,” a division bench of Justices Cyriac Joseph and K.K. Denesan said on Friday.

But as the college was a “temple of learning”, any action on the campus should, as far as possible, be taken with the knowledge of the college authorities, the bench said.

The ruling was pronounced on a petition filed by the principal of NSS College, Pandalam A.G. Vijayan, seeking police protection for peaceful functioning of the college. The petition said that following the dismissal of five students there was a strike in the college. The students had locked the principal in a room recently and only after police intervened, was he released.

Raids on Daler properties

New Delhi (PTI): As the hunt for singer Daler Mehndi continued, Punjab police conducted raids at his premises in two places here in connection with a case of illegal human trafficking.

Accompanied by Delhi police personnel, a team of the Punjab police conducted searches early on Saturday morning at Daler’s farmhouse in Nilothi village in west Delhi, a senior police official said. The team then raided the singer’s office in Vikaspuri in west Delhi, he said.

Raja Bhaiyya case

Kanpur (PTI): Anti-terror detainees MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh, alias Raja Bhaiyya, his father Udai Pratap Singh and MLC Akshay Pratap Singh sought bail from the designated anti-terror court. The prosecution had said since the state government had submitted an application under Section 321 for withdrawal of the case so the terror law case against the three should be withdrawn.

Rape bid by doctor

Moga (PTI): The police have registered a case against a doctor for allegedly attempting to rape a patient. According to the FIR, a woman of Maujewala was admitted in the doctor, Sartaj Singh’s hospital after severe pain due to some disc problem on October 12. Three days later, the doctor attempted to rape her on the pretext of examining her, the FIR said.

MCC bunker raid

Hazaribagh: A joint team of police and CRPF personnel, led by DSP Hemant Toppo, on Saturday recovered over Rs 17 lakh from a Maoist Communist Centre bunker in Simeria, about 55 km from Hazaribagh. The team also seized cartridges, explosives, uniforms, party booklets and files containing the names of the local levy payers to the MCC. On July 21, Bokaro SP Anil Palta had recovered Rs 14 lakh from a bunker in Jhumra Pahad.

Jaya sacks minister

Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa dropped labour minister V.T. Natarajan from her cabinet on Saturday, reports our special correspondent. A Raj Bhavan communiqué said the labour portfolio, besides employment, training and Wakf board held by the sacked minister has been allocated to the transport minister.


The Centre plans to set up a chain of model schools in Jammu and Kashmir. The Board of School Education will lend support to these schools in the form of infrastructure, including renovation, lab equipment and library facilities.

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