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BJP piles Bhojshala heat on Digvijay

new delhi: Stung by Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijay Singh’s U-turn on his earlier decision to open the Bhojshala on Tuesdays for Hindus, the BJP accused him of raising such issues to divert people’s attention from problems affecting the state, reports our special correspondent.

The party said it would send a team to Dhar to study the situation regarding Bhojshala. “The chief minister, by raising issues like cow slaughter and Bhojshala, is only diverting people’s attention from problems like proper roads and other facilities that have not been provided by the state government,” party spokesperson V.K. Malhotra said.

The BJP leader said a parliamentary party team of three or four members would visit the spot to study the situation and submit a report to the party high command. The date and details of the composition of the delegation would be decided soon, he said.

Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma criticised the decision. “It is not a party issue. It is a government issue. Why should the BJP send a team, when it should, if needed, have been sent by the Centre'” he asked.

Malhotra said the Bhojshala and the mosque are separate and there should be no time restriction on offering prayers at the shrine. “After all, why should it be restricted only to days like Shivratri or on the occasion of Saraswati Puja'” he asked.

Salman plea to drop charge

mumbai (PTI): Salman Khan, booked in a hit-and-run case in which one person died and four were injured, has urged a sessions court to drop the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against him.

In keeping with a judicial directive, Salman appeared before additional principal sessions judge A.J. Dholakia on Friday.

Salmans’ lawyer Adik Shirodkar filed an application urging for dropping the charge under Section 304 Part Two of the IPC on the ground that the actor had no knowledge that his alleged rash and negligent driving would result in the death of a person and cause injuries to others.

Shirodkar argued that the offence was not made out under Section 302 and that it was a case of rash and negligent driving that can be tried by a magistrate. He pleaded that the case be referred to a magistrate for trial. However, on January 21, a magistrate had referred Salman’s case to the sessions court for trial.

As prosecutor R.V. Kini sought time to file his reply, the court deferred the matter to March 19.

Salman was arrested on September 28 after his vehicle rammed into a bakery at Bandra, killing one and injuring four. He was granted bail the same day. The actor was rearrested on the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. Eventually, he secured bail on October 24.

Jawan suicide at secretariat

chandigarh (PTI): A Central Industrial Security Force jawan allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself on the premises of the Punjab and Haryana secretariat on Thursday night, police said.

Havildar Mohinder Singh (47), who hails from Meham in Haryana, was on duty on the ninth floor of the secretariat when the incident occurred. Another sepoy noticed Singh’s body hanging from the ceiling of the stairs on the ninth floor.

Sainiks get bail

mumbai (PTI): Seven Shiv Sainiks, held for assaulting former navy chief Vishnu Bhagwat for making derogatory remarks against Veer Savarkar, were granted bail by a sessions court on Friday. Sessions judge R.S. Dave released them as their names did not figure in the FIR.

Man shoots wife

vadodara (PTI): A person shot dead his wife after suspecting her fidelity at Wavadi village in the district, police said. Roopsinh Rathwa fired a round from a country revolver, killing Shardaben on the spot, police said.

Blast accused

vijaywada (PTI): A special court, acting on a CBI plea, on Friday remanded Tada detenue and prime accused in the 1993 Bombay blasts case Ejaz Pathan in police custody till March 12. He was earlier remanded in judicial custody on health grounds as he was suffering from neurological and cataract problems. Pathan’s judicial custody expired on Friday.

Kargil deaths

srinagar: At least 23 army jawans have been killed in the avalanches and landslides that swept the Kargil sector, which witnessed one of the heaviest snowfalls in the past five years. The jawans were posted atop various peaks in Kargil manning the bunkers.

Wireless set stolen

allahabad (PTI): The wireless set of an additional district magistrate was stolen from his residential premises in Azamgarh district, police said. A search is on for the missing set.

Special complaint boxes have been set up outside Kotwali police station in Jaipur to curb the menace of eve-teasing. Victims can drop written complaints carrying eve-teasers’ names, vehicle registration numbers or other identification marks in the box.

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