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Jamaat banishes ‘dismissed’ chief

Madurai (PTI): The Veerasholan Jamaat had banished the “dismissed” president of the village panchayat, Shafia Beevi, for not paying the fine imposed by it after her “dismissal”.

Beevi was “dismissed” for providing pipe connections to 45 houses, violating the panchayat’s decision of not to give any new connections considering the poor water storage position, officials said.

The Jamaat, which played a key role in her election as president, charged her with taking bribe from the people for giving new connections and “dismissed” her with the intervention of the district collector recently.

Later, the Jamaat had asked her to pay a heavy fine stating that they had spent heavily for “actions” that led to her dismissal. Subsequently, the Jamaat had ostracised Beevi and 10 of her family members who could not pay the hefty fine.

Her relatives had also been declared as untouchable by the Jamaat for no fault of theirs and people had been advised not to have any link with Beevi.

An official of the Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam said a complaint had been received from Beevi about the Jamaat decision and she had sought its intervention. He said some relatives of Beevi, who paid a portion of the fine levied on her, had been taken back into the community, while the 11 close relatives were banished.

Jamaat members, however, denied that they had any role in her removal and claimed that she had been removed only by the district administration for corruption.

Councillor held on killing charge

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi municipal corporator Atma Ram Gupta was murdered allegedly by some criminals hired by a fellow party woman corporator. She has been arrested along with her brother.

Gupta, the 51-year-old Congress councillor from Trinagar and chairman of Appointments and Promotion Committee of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, who was missing since Saturday, was shot dead in Ghaziabad, reportedly in presence of Sharda Jain. The body was then disposed of by the killers hired allegedly by Sharda, councillor from Keshavpuram and deputy chairman of the corporation’s education committee, police said.

“Gupta and Jain had known each other for quite some time. Recently, some problems had cropped up between them escalating into irreconciliable differences. Sharda had been planning to eliminate Gupta since then,” the police said.

They said 31-year-old Sharda and her brother Raj Kumar alias Raju allegedly recruited some persons from western Uttar Pradesh to eliminate Gupta and a deal was struck for Rs 60,000.

Both Sharda and her brother would be produced in a city court on Wednesday.

Indians held on flight

Chennai (PTI): Two Indian tour operators were arrested and fined Rs 1,500 each for “drunken and unruly” behaviour while on a Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to the city.

Airport sources said on Tuesday that the captain had radioed the air traffic control here that some passengers were creating a nuisance and misbehaving with cabin crew and threatening them with dire consequences.

As soon as the plane landed, the two were taken to a hospital for breath analysis, which confirmed that that they had consumed alcohol beyond the permissible limit.

MLA cries in House

Jaipur (PTI): Congress MLA Yasmeen Brar wept in the Rajasthan House alleging that about 200 villagers, including women and children, were mercilessly beaten by police at Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve on the charges of unauthorised grazing by livestock. The home minister said they were found grazing their cattle in the restricted area of the reserve.

Dead cow tension

Bhopal (PTI): A dead cow was found in a truck transporting cattle near Berkhedi Chowki in Raisen district, creating tension in the area. Some Shiv Sena workers protested but they were soon pacified. Police said it was being transported along with six or seven other cows to Akola in Maharashtra.

Infiltrators killed

Jammu (PTI): Four foreign mercenaries were killed by troops who foiled two infiltration bids along the Line of Control in Poonch and Rajouri districts. Noticing movement of a heavily-armed group inside Indian territory at Patri Gali, troops on duty along the LoC launched a trackdown operation. They foiled another infiltration bid in Rajouri district.

Juvenile Act steps

New Delhi (PTI): The Centre has admitted in Delhi High Court that there were certain flaws in the amended Juvenile Justice Act and appropriate steps were being taken to correct them. Allowing further time to the government to take the steps, the court fixed the matter for further hearing on December 16.

Woman kills self

Banda (PTI): Unable to bear the ignominy of being branded “unchaste” by the village panchayat, a woman has committed suicide in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh, police said. She had taken some loan from a moneylender who used to make objectionable comments about her.

The Punjab government will form a trust for the maintenance of the memorial at Husainiwala in Ferozepur district built in memory of Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev. The memorial will have an open air theatre and an underground museum.

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