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Former Bajrang leader killed

Ahmedabad (PTI): A former Bajrang Dal leader was stoned to death by some members of a minority community over “personal rivalry” in Surat, leading to tension in the city, police said.

One person, identified as Kalu alias Mustafa Hussain Sheikh, was arrested immediately after the incident on Friday night.

Police said Sheikh and 11 others cornered former Bajrang Dal leader Ganesh Solanki, who reportedly had some personal enmity with the accused, in the Sardar Nagar area.

After threatening Solanki, they hit him with stones, killing him on the spot, police added.

A police team rushed to the area to prevent the incident from flaring up, sources said.

Solanki’s son has lodged a complaint with the Limbayat police station and a hunt is on for Sheikh’s accomplices, the sources added.

Sheikh has been remanded in police custody till January 24 by a court, the sources said.

IAS officer booked for fraud

New Delhi (PTI): The CBI has registered a case against a senior IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh for allegedly making certain interpolations in his official dossier regarding his date of birth.

The accused, a 1984-batch IAS officer, is a secretary in the Uttar Pradesh government, CBI sources said.

He has been booked under Sections 467 (forgery), 468 (forgery for cheating), 471 (using a forged document as genuine), 420 (cheating) and 511 (attempt to commit offences) of the Indian Penal Code, the sources said.

The accused had appeared in the 1981 and 1982 civil service examinations giving his date of birth as March 1, 1959.

He gave the same date of birth in the 1983 civil service examination, too, but later allegedly entered in his own handwriting the words “contested under correction actual date of birth is February 13, 1962”, in the form, they said.

A case was registered recently on a complaint lodged by Valsala Hariharan, under secretary, Union ministry of personnel, public grievances and pension after the Central Forensic Science Laboratory ruled against the accused, the sources said.

Bus hijacker kills two

Chennai (PTI): An unidentified person “hijacked” a bus and, while driving it on a busy road late on Saturday night, killed two people and injured two, police said.

The bus was parked near Saidapet bus stop and the crew had left for home when the incident occurred. The police said the man took the bus for a joyride and “ran amok”, hitting a couple of autorickshaws and a handicapped person’s tricycle, before escaping in the darkness. Special teams have been formed to arrest the man.

Teenagers drown

Coimbatore (PTI): Two teenagers, who had gone to take a bath in the Cauvery river drowned. According to police, four friends in their teens had gone to take a bath in the river near Kallukadamedu in Erode. Two of them, who went far from the bank, were caught in the undercurrent and were unable to swim back to safety, they said.

Five die in collision

Chennai (PTI): Five persons were killed and five injured seriously when their van collided head-on with a bus at Indoor village in Dharmapuri district, police said.

Salman summons

Mumbai (PTI): Salman Khan has been summoned by a magistrate to appear before the court on January 21 in the hit-and-run case, with a warning that his absence would compel the court to issue a non-bailable warrant. Magistrate S.Y. Sishode will give his ruling on the actor’s plea for return of the vehicle which rammed into a bakery on September 28 last year, killing one and injuring four.

Jailbreak bid

Nashik (PTI): Police, with the help of local residents, caught a convict who was trying to flee on Saturday. The convict, Hari Bhika Bhangre, was lodged in Nashik Road Central Jail.

Chickens charred

Jammu (PTI): About 2,000 chickens were burnt to death when a fire broke out at a poultry farm at Domana, police sources said. The fire, which started accidentally in a store room, engulfed the entire farm, the sources added.

A US government-sponsored training programme on maintenance and inspection of CNG vehicles, filling stations and on-board storage cylinders will be held from January 20 to 25 in New Delhi. It will be organised by US-Asia Environment Partnerships.

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