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Indian schoolgirl killed in Durban

durban (PTI): A 14-year-old schoolgirl of Indian origin has become the latest victim of brutal attacks against the community sweeping the city.

The victim, identified as Lovisha Persad of Reservoir Hills suburbs, was stabbed in a park during the weekend. She had almost 40 stab wounds on her body, police said.

She was sent by her parents to the local shop when the incident took place, police superintendent Glen Nayager said, adding that the young girl was abducted while she was returning home from the shop.

“We do not suspect robbery as a motive for the killing as she was still wearing a gold chain and a wrist watch when her body was found,” he said.

The latest murder has taken the number of people of Indian origin killed in the area over the past two months to 20.

The incident follows the murder of three friends by hijackers in Chatsworth in Durban last week. Clive Pillay, Louis Govender and Sandy Pillay were beaten up, stabbed and shot dead after a meeting outside a cricket stadium in the predominantly Indian working class township.

Indians have become a target of attack in South Africa after musician and playwright Mbongeni Ngema released an anti-Indian song accusing the community of exploiting and oppressing black Africans.

Shakeel associate in police net

new delhi (PTI): Delhi police have arrested one of the associates of Chhota Shakeel and Anis Ibrahim, brother of Dawood Ibrahim, on Sunday night from Connaught Place and recovered arms and ammunition from him.

Deputy commissioner of police (special cell) Ashok Chand said police arrested Shah Mohammed near a restaurant following a specific information that he had slipped into the capital to evade arrest in Mumbai.

Mohammed revealed during investigations that he had initially joined his father’s printing business but later started his own business of property dealing in Mumbai in 1990. It was during this period he came in close contact with Shakeel, Mohammed said.

After this, when the underworld shifted its base to Dubai, Mohammed continued to maintain contact with them and became a full fledged property dealer in 1996.

Because of Mohammed’s contacts with the underworld, he started dealing in disputed properties and got favourable settlement in favour of his clients, Chand said. Police have recovered a .38 bore revolver and six live cartridges from his possession, the deputy commissioner added.

Support for Manisha

dehra dun (PTI): Taking exception to the alleged “derogatory” remarks by the producer-director of Ek Choti si Love Story, Shashilal Nair, against Manisha Koirala, an organisation representing the Gorkha community said it had lowered the image of the community.

Lodging a protest with the Union ministry of information and broadcasting against Nair’s utterances, J.B. Karki, president of the All India National Gorkha Morcha, said the alleged remarks against Koirala came soon after the actress threatened to move Supreme Court against the high court’s refusal to delete “objectionable” scenes in the movie performed by her duplicate.

AIDS petition

mumbai (PTI): Bombay High Court has dismissed a petition filed by a city-based doctor urging for a direction to the government to monitor and recognise his research in AIDS cure. The petition was dismissed on August 26 by Justices A.P. Shah and Ranjana Desai, who felt that no relief could be granted in exercise of powers under Article 226 of the Constitution.

Sunjay exemption

mumbai (PTI): Nearly 100 accused, including film actor Sunjay Dutt, facing charge of conspiracy in the 1993 bomb blast case, were on Monday exempted from appearance till September 15 by a special court. Defence lawyers Subhash Kanse and Farhana Shah had urged for their exemption till Diwali as recording of evidence and oral arguments in the case had concluded.

Sharma bail plea

dehra dun (PTI): The bail application of suspended Delhi additional commissioner of police, Raj Kumar Sharma, accused of raping a woman here, was rejected by a district court. Judge B.C. Kandpal said bail cannot be granted to the accused, who is in 14 days’ judicial custody since August 23, as the victim’s statement supports the charges levelled against him.

Explosion kills 2

kanpur (PTI): Two persons were killed and two injured when a powerful bomb exploded in a house in Durgesh Nagar, about 150 km from here on Sunday night, police said.

Undertrial escapes

B>l hoshiarpur (PTI): An undertrial escaped from police custody when he was being escorted back to the district jail after being presented before the duty magistrate, police said on Monday.

Sikkim will host an international conference early next year to dwell upon various problems being faced by the Himalayan nations. Besides Nepal and Bhutan, countries like Myanmar and Bangladesh are also expected to take part in the meet.

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