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Kidnap cloud on Bihar minister

Araria (Bihar) (PTI): Close on the heels of the sacking of RJD minister Surendra Yadav for allegedly kidnapping and torturing a businessman, another Bihar minister is in the dock with an FIR against him for allegedly committing a similar offence against an executive engineer.

An FIR has been lodged against Vijay Kumar Mandal, minister of state for the information and public relations department, with the Araria police station on charges of kidnapping and beating up Satyendra Narayan Singh, Araria superintendent of police Amrendra Kumar said. The case was registered on Saturday on the basis of a written complaint by Singh, who is posted with the rural engineering department in Araria, he said.

The complaint has been lodged under Section 365 (kidnapping), 353 (assault of criminal force to deter public servant from discharging his duty), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 120 B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, the SP added.

Singh said the minister’s supporters forcibly took him in a jeep on Saturday to the circuit house to see Mandal. On reaching the circuit house, the minister and his aide abused the engineer and later beat him up.

Sex scandal hearing adjourned

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court has adjourned to October the hearing on the plea of several reporters, editors and publishers of dailies challenging a decision of Karnataka High Court to initiate contempt of court proceedings against them for linking judges to the Mysore sex scandal.

A bench of Chief Justice V.N. Khare, and Justices S.B. Sinha and A. Lakshmanan adjourned the hearing but parried a request of the counsel for contemnors to stay the proceedings before the high court.

“In case the trial goes on, you approach this court,” the chief justice said when senior advocate Anil Divan sought the stay of proceedings before the high court.

During the last hearing, the Supreme Court had challenged the scribes to “come out with the truth” so that action could be taken against persons involved in it. “Our purpose is not to punish anybody but are these people ready to come out with the truth even now'” the bench had asked.

UP govt to pay for cop error

New Delhi (PTI): The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has directed the Uttar Pradesh government to pay Rs 5 lakh as interim relief to the next of kin of a doctor who was killed in a case of “mistaken identity” by police last year on the Agra-Mathura Road.

Sonali Bose was killed when the police fired on her while she was returning with a friend to Agra in a car in July last year.

“The payment of interim monetary benefit is aimed at providing immediate relief by an order of making monetary amends for wrong done due to breach of public duty, of not protecting the basic of all human rights — right to life — of the citizen,” the NHRC said in its order.

Valley insurance

Srinagar (PTI): Prasar Bharati is considering life insurance cover for its staff in the Kashmir in the wake of suicide attacks by militants on All India Radio and Doordarshan offices, its chief executive officer K.S. Sharma said. “Prasar Bharati is seriously considering to provide life insurance cover to its employees on the same lines as other organisations have introduced in the Valley”, Sharma, who is also director-general of AIR, said.

Naxalite killed

karimnagar (PTI): A Naxalite leader of the CPI-ML Janashakti group was killed in an encounter with police near Ramaraopalli village. District police chief Praveen Kumar said a police party on combing operations found three Naxalites assembled in the village. On seeing the police, the rebels opened fire. Mummari Muthaiah (28) died when police retaliated.

Ganga diversion

Dehra Dun (PTI): The flow of the Ganga, which was stopped a fortnight ago at Har-ki-Pauri in Hardwar for construction of a bridge, will be restored from midnight on Tuesday. The flow of the river was diverted to the Neeldhar area for the bridge meant for streamlining tourist traffic during the Ardhakumbh mela next year.

Red sanders haul

Chennai (PTI): Revenue intelligence officials seized 10.5 tonnes of “red sanders logs”, valued at Rs 40 lakh, meant for clandestine export, and arrested two persons.

Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa displayed her flair for languages when she replied in Telugu to Congress member Gopinath who requested her to set up a Telugu academy. She also translated his demands for the education minister.

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