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Dalit leader opts for politics

New Delhi: The chairman of the All India Confederation of SC and ST Organisations, Udit Raj, on Sunday announced his resignation from the post of additional commissioner of income tax to take up politics full time, reports our special correspondent.

The Dalit leader also floated the Justice Party for integrating the marginalised people of the country into the mainstream. “I have christened our party as Justice Party because it will be our endeavour to secure social, economic and political justice for all countrymen,” he said at a rally at the Ram Lila Ground in Delhi.

“Our political party would be primarily for compulsory and equal education for the poor, as well as the abolition of the caste system,” Udit Raj added.

The Dalit leader said he quit the government job to discharge his social, religious and political responsibilities in a more effective manner.

“Now I will fully work for overthrowing the divisive and communal forces and will see to it that the NDA, headed by the BJP, is dislodged from power in the 2004 general elections.”

The hate campaign launched by the Hindutva brigade should be checked at all levels, otherwise the people will have to pay a price for it, he said at the rally in Old Delhi.

Indian varsity rector in S. Africa

Durban (PTI): A former politician of Indian origin has been appointed the rector of the University of Durban-Westwille, which once admitted Indian students only.

Sathiseevan Cooper, who has been a leader of the black consciousness movement in the 1970s and has spent nine years in the Robben Island prison, will resume his new post on January 1, 2003.

The appointment of Cooper, a former student of the same university, comes at a time when the university is plagued by tension over a transformation process that has seen the student population changing from 100 per cent Indian to 60 per cent black African.

Tension prevails over demands that the lecturing staff be changed from predominantly Indian to black African. The university has a student population of 8,500 and a staff complement of 1,100.

Since the transformation of the university which began in 1994, most Indian origin students have fled the campus to continue their studies in other former mainly-white universities. The university council chairman, constitutional court Judge Zac Yacoob, said Cooper received the overwhelming support of the council members.

Teenagers in jail for rape

Jaipur (PTI): Four teenagers have been arrested for allegedly raping a minor in Mansarovar area, police said.

They said the victim, who was married recently, was picked up by the four youths on Saturday. They took her to a deserted house and then raped her. The accused, all who are daily wage labourers, have been sent to jail by a local court.

Underworld case

Mumbai (PTI): A special court has directed Bombay hospital authorities to produce film maker Nazim Rizvi alias Rajasaheb on Monday for trial in a case of alleged Bollywood nexus with the underworld. Rizvi, facing the charge of alleged nexus with the underworld, has been in the hospital since last the two months for treatment of spondalitis.

Mine explosion

Allahabad (PTI): A labourer, Mubarak Ali, was killed and three injured in a mine explosion in Ram Gadhwa hills, police said. The mine exploded on Saturday when the labourers were laying explosives for breaking stones.

Murder suspect

Dehra Dun (PTI): Police claimed to have solved a double-murder case in a high security area last week with the arrest of a suspect. The arrested person, Goswami, from Barielly has confessed that he committed the crime because of enmity, SP (city) g.s. Malhotra said. On November 14, two persons were killed in Yamuna Colony, a residential area for ministers.

Leopard shot

Vadodara (PTI): Police and forest department officials shot dead a leopard which had mauled two people at Cheradu in Mehsana. The leopard was shot dead in the toilet block behind the agriculture produce marketing committee office.

Criminals arrested

Kanpur (PTI): Two criminals have been arrested and some stolen money recovered from them. The two, Mukhtar and Durgesh, were arrested from Anwargang police circle and about Rs 10,000 recovered. A country-made pistol has been recovered from Mukhtar’s possession.

bearded Sikh youth, unlike his present appearance, was how Jagjit Singh looked like in his college days. A book, Beyond time : The Ageless Music of Jagjit Singh, was released today. It gives a glimpse into many little-known facts in the singer’s life.

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