Ego clash leads to teenager’s murder
chennai: Five teenagers turned on their friend and allegedly murdered him in a school in Mettur on Wednesday night to take revenge for his bullying, reports our special correspondent.
Raghu, 19, a tenth-standard dropout, used to frequently fight with the five students of the locality where he stayed with his father — a small-time betel-leaf trader. Police sources in Salem said these quarrels always began as he tried to “assert his ego”.
The five students of a government higher secondary school at Mettur in Salem district, were angered by their domineering friend and decided to teach him a lesson.
The assailants, all under 20, invited Raghu for a round of drinks in a class room last night and humoured him with too much rum. Soon, Raghu fell unconscious and the boys pounced on him with knives. They stabbed him repeatedly before slashing his throat.
The drunk teenagers were not able to keep the noise down, and awakened neighbours alerted the police. They rushed to the school and caught four fleeing students — Senthil Kumar, a Plus II student, Natarajan, Naresh and Sankar.
They were lodged in Salem jail after being remanded in judicial custody on Thursday evening. Sources said the fifth culprit would soon be apprehended. “This is the first time we have seen boys so ruthlessly playing out the revenge game inside their own school with such impunity,” said a police official in Salem.
BJP disrupts House panel meet
new delhi: A line-up of experts invited to give their views on the new national curriculum to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on human resources development did not get a chance to speak because BJP members stalled the meeting, reports our special correspondent.
The members alleged that all the 25 experts invited subscribed to the “Left-wing” school of history. The list was prepared by committee chairperson and senior Congress leader Arjun Singh. Singh could not attend the meeting because he was unwell. Ramashanker Kaushik of the Samjawadi Party chaired the session instead. Refusing to allow the experts to come to the meeting, the BJP’s Bal Apte charged Singh with preparing the list unilaterally — without consulting other members. Experts cannot be invited to the committee without the consent of members, he said.
The list included names such as Arjun Dev, former head of the history department of the National Council of Educational Research and training, S.K. Malhotra, former NCERT director, historians Aditya and Mridula Mukherjee, educationist Anil Sadgopal and ICSE secretary Francis Fantome, Jyoti Bose, the principal of Springdales school in Delhi, and MGS Narayanan, chairperson of the Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR). All the experts, barring Narayanan and Fantome, have publicly criticised the new curriculum.
5 more held in lynching case
chandigarh (PTI): A police post was set ablaze after five more persons were arrested from Jhajjar district in Haryana in connection with the lynching of Dalits in Dulina recently. Five persons were also arrested on Wednesday.
Police sources said five residents of Dulina and Sura were arrested for blocking traffic and pelting stones at the police on Wednesday. Four policemen, including a deputy superintendent of police, were injured. Protesters also blocked roads to Gurgaon and Rewari from Jhajjar. Information received from Jhajjar revealed that shops and markets functioned normally on Thursday.
Dalit rally in capital
faizabad (PTI): The All-India Confederation of SC/ST Organisation said the forum will hold a rally on November 24 in New Delhi to press for their seven-point demand against the Centre’s anti-reservation policies.
NRI escapes death
moscow (PTI): Sudheer Gupta, an NRI industrialist, escaped a possible assassination bid after some unidentified gunmen, thinking him to be inside his car, fired killing his Russian driver on Tuesday night. It was a case of “mistaken identity”, police said.
ahmedabad (PTI): Porbandar police have arrested Babu Mian, allegedly involved in the 1993 Bombay blasts, here on Thursday. Mian, who had been absconding since the incident, was wanted under Tada and the Explosives Act.
Man set ablaze
gorakhpur (PTI): A man was burnt alive by four miscreants in front of the house of a state Cabinet minister here, police sources said on Thursday. The man, a TV mechanic, succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
tirunelveli (PTI): Suspected gastroenteritis has claimed six lives in the last two weeks in Kalakad in Tirunelveli and scores of residents had been hospitalised sources said. Medicines were being rushed to local hospitals.
The Siri Fort III auditorium in New Delhi has been renamed Bal Chitra Manch and will screen only children’s films from now. The auditorium was dedicated to children by information and broadcasting minister Sushma Swaraj on Children’s Day.