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Lashkar plot to kill Modi busted

New Delhi (PTI): The arrest of three Lashkar-e-Toiba militants has unearthed a plan to assassinate Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, VHP general secretary Pravin Togadia and other important leaders of the Sangh parivar.

A large cache of arms and ammunition was also recovered from the militants.

The terrorists of the Pakistan-based group, allegedly with links to a Gulf country, were planning to set up a base in Gujarat to lure the state’s riot-hit people to “so-called jihadi activities”, Delhi police special commissioner (intelligence) K.K. Paul said.

While Shahid Ahmed Bakshi, a resident of Ahmedabad, and Farhan Ahmed Ali of Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh were arrested from the Nizamuddin area of south Delhi on Wednesday night, Hafiz Mohd Tahir was taken in custody in Moradabad on Friday, Paul added.

Four kilograms of RDX, two detonators, a Chinese-make pistol along with a magazine and 15 live rounds were recovered from Bakshi and Ali, the police chief said.

The militants had been assigned to carry out terrorist attacks in India as part of plans hatched by Lashkar operatives in in a West Asia country, he said.

The special police commissioner, however, did not identify the country.

Police interrogation has unravelled an international conspiracy of the Lashkar to target important leaders of the BJP, the RSS, the VHP and the Bajrang Dal, blaming them for the “injustices caused to Muslims in Gujarat”, Paul said. They had specifically planned to target Modi and Togadia, he added.

Compensation goof-up charge

New Delhi (PTI): A consumer court here has sought explanation from Kenyan Airways as to how the compensation paid to relatives of an Indian, killed in a plane crash in 2000, was fixed at a lower sum.

“No doubt, a settlement has been arrived at. But if it is in accordance with the law of land is the question before us,” the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission said, directing the airways to file an affidavit explaining the formula applied to arrive at the figure of $70,000 (Rs 30.96 lakh) against a claim of Rs 2 crore.

The commission said that in the absence of an explanation from the airways, “we are inclined to believe the version of the complainants that they did not sign the agreement ...”.

The wife and two children of Sanjeev Bhatia accused the carrier of threatening them to sign the deal and that in case they did not sign it, they would not be paid a single penny.

24 of a family sentenced

Hisar (PTI): A court has sentenced 24 members of a family to various terms for murdering a resident of Bithmara in the district on July 12, 1998.

The court of the additional district and sessions judge sentenced six persons to life imprisonment while 18 have been put to three years’ imprisonment. The prosecution said the accused attacked Chandi Ram and his family while they were going to the field. The attack was in connection with a dispute over 2.5 acres of land in the village.

Railway paper leak

Ajmer (PTI): A selection examination for probationer assistant station masters, jointly conducted by the railway recruitment boards of Ajmer and Ahmedabad on August 18, has been cancelled after leakage of question papers, a railway spokesman said. The CBI has arrested about half a dozen persons in connection with the case.

Venomous threat

Jaipur (PTI): The Shiv Sena on Friday threatened to let loose venomous snakes in theatres showing Kaante, allegedly financed by people having connections with the underworld. Dharnas, demonstrations and tying black bands on arms, the old methods of protest had lost their appeal, party leader Nanak Ram Thavani said, adding that the Sainiks would release poisonous snakes in halls showing the film to keep cine-goers away.

Eviction suicide

Sriganganagar (PTI): A priest, who was allegedly distressed after his family was forced to move due to army deployment, committed suicide by setting himself on fire, police said. Jodha Ram, the 40-year-old priest at the Baba Ramdeo temple, lost his mental balance after he was forced to shift because of the deployment.

Dal Lake pollution

Srinagar (PTI): Jammu and Kashmir High Court has ordered the closure of Centaur Lake View Hotel for causing widespread pollution to the Dal Lake here. The court also directed the Pollution Control Board to ascertain whether the effluent treatment plants of other hotels around the lake were working as per norms.

Seat row kills one

Kanpur (PTI): One person died when passengers pushed two men out of a running train following heated arguments over who was the rightful owner of a seat. The incident took place on Thursday night when the train was running between Kanpur and Lucknow, police said.Haryana will spend over Rs 36.60 crore under the supplementary nutrition programme. It will also celebrate the national nutrition week from September 1 to 7 to create awareness about the malnutrition problem, especially among women and children.

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