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BJD leader shot dead by Naxalites

Berhampur: Naxalites killed a Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader at Naira village in Orissa’s Rayagada district on Tuesday night, reports our correspondent.

Police sources said the assailants barged into the residence of Jajati Keshari Sahu, secretary of the BJD’s Rayagada unit, around midnight and asked all family members to assemble in the courtyard.

After beating up Sahu, the Naxalites dragged him to a secluded spot and shot him dead from point-blank range, the sources said.

Sahu, a former chairman of the Padmapur block committee and member of the zilla parishad, had celebrated his engagement just two days earlier. He was 35.

Rayagada superintendent of police R.K. Sharma reached the village on Wednesday to take stock of the situation. He said the combing operation would continue till the killers were arrested. Sources said the assailants were probably members of the Naxalite group led by Sabyasachi Panda. The group is active in Rayagada and Gajapati districts. Six policemen were killed in a blast triggered by Naxalites at Gothalpadar in Rayagada district three months ago.

Slain cop’s family awaits justice

New Delhi: A dead constable’s family has joined the hordes of Delhiites who don’t subscribe to the Delhi police motto: “With you, for you, always”.

Traffic police constable Anoop Singh died under mysterious circumstances on January 29, last year. A week later, the family recovered his body from a hospital mortuary where it was lying unidentified, reports our special correspondent.

The police offered little help to the family to determine the cause behind Anoop’s death and they had to shuttle from one police station to another. Although the Rohini police station had earlier registered a missing complaint, it subsequently closed the investigation, claiming the constable had died in a road accident.

“The police did not even bother to probe the leads provided by us,” Anoop’s elder brother Diwan Singh, a Railway Protection Force constable, told The Telegraph.

The dead constable’s family is suspicious of Anoop’s wife, Mamata. Diwan alleged that Mamata had turned up for her husband’s funeral after much coaxing from her in-laws and her reactions were unlike that of a widow. He said the family had written to the police commissioner for a probe into Anoop’s mysterious demise and for the pension benefits to be withheld from Mamata, but nothing had happened.

HC questions Ansal witness

New Delhi: Delhi High Court questioned Hari Krishna’s claim to being a witness to the Ansal Plaza encounter, while disposing of the writ petition filed seeking an independent inquiry into the killing of two militants in the basement of Ansal Plaza on Diwali eve.

Chief Justice Devinder Gupta and Justice A.K. Sikri directed the doctor, who had challenged the Delhi police version of the encounter, to appear before the South Delhi assistant commissioner of police, Ranbir Singh, at 4 pm on Thursday to record his statement as a witness, reports our special correspondent.

Krishna was served a notice on November 8 to record his statement as a witness.

Four electrocuted

Moga (PTI): A woman and her three teenage daughters have been electrocuted. The woman accidentally touched the water heating electric rod and got a shock. Her three daughters rushed to save her, but died due to electrocution.

Mishap deaths

Valsad (PTI): At least five labourers were killed and 15 hurt when the tractor-trailer in which they were travelling collided with a bus at Khattalwada village. Investigation revealed that the bus driver was driving at high speed and lost control of the bus.

Encounter arrest

New Delhi (PTI): A police constable caught an anti-social element at Nizamuddin after an encounter which left two civilians with minor injuries. The incident took place when constable Anil Kumar was on a check near a bank on Mathura Road. He saw a man standing suspiciously near a petrol pump. Kumar questioned the man, who pushed him and tried to flee in an autorickshaw. Kumar chased him on his scooter. The man, later identified as Amit Gupta, fired at Kumar from his revolver. But Kumar injured him in the firing.

Temple dispute

Sriganganagar (PTI): The local administration has locked a temple and increased security around it after tension between BJP and Congress supporters over control of its management committee. Supporters of the two parties confronted each other outside the Panchmukhi Hanuman temple during a meeting of Congress workers.

Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha will obtain one crore signatures against terrorism on a one-lakh-metre-long cloth. The drive to obtain the signatures will be launched nationwide on January 12 and will continue till January 26 next year.

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