‘Consensus’ twist to forced marriage
New Delhi (PTI): In a twist to the controversy over her kidnapping and forced marriage with Bihar’s most-wan- ted criminal Sultan Mian, Kanchan Mishra has told the National Commission for Women that the marriage was a “consensual” one.
A team from the women’s commission had visited Bihar after a complaint by Mishra’s mother Sachita Devi that her daughter, who has a 10-month-old son, was allegedly abducted by Sultan Mian in the first week of November and was later forced to marry him.
Mishra, who was produced by the Bihar police before the panel, said her marriage with Sultan was consensual, the women’s panel chairperson Purnima Advani said. Mishra also said she “loved Sultan Mian and wanted to stay with him”, the commission said.
However, Advani said Mishra looked “very scared” and was carrying her son from her first affair with one Pappu Pandey.
The deposition came within days of Sultan’s arrest on May 3 in Siwan district.
After the deposition, the women’s panel wrote to the Bihar director-general of police asking him to let Mishra go.
She was detained by the Bihar police to be produced before the panel after it had asked the state police to do so.
The commission, which had investigated the matter in December, had severely indicted the state police for not arresting Sultan Mian and had demanded a CBI inquiry.
Second test fire of Astra missile
Balasore (PTI): India successfully test fired Astra, the indigenously developed air-to-air missile with a strike range of 25-40 km, on Sunday, for the second time in three days, from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, 15 km from here.
he 3.8-metre-high and 10-inch-thick prototype of Astra, to form the main interception armour of the indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (lca), lifted off from a specially erected fixed launcher at 10:58 am.
The first test-launch of the missile took place on Friday.
“It is purely a technology demonstration. The aim of repeated trial is to make the missile and its subsystem 100 per cent error free,” said a jubilant Defence Research and Development Organisation scientist.
Manmohan kin shot at on train
Aligarh (PTI): Robbers shot at and seriously wounded the nephew of former Union finance minister Manmohan Singh while looting passengers in a speeding train near Khurja railway station early on Sunday, police said.
The robbers, who attacked passengers of the Delhi-bound Shramshakti Express, shot at Parminder Singh when he put up resistance. A resident of Ashok Nagar in Delhi, Singh was hit on the spinal chord. He was admitted to Aligarh Medical College where he was operated on and the bullet removed.
New exam centres
Coimbatore (PTI): The Indian chapter of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has plans to open more examination centres across the country, said its president S. Vittal. With several candidates coming forward for the FRCS examinations more centres are needed, he said. The centres would be opened in Bangalore, Hyderabad and few other places, Vittal said.
Silicon Valley (PTI): The city of Los Angeles has honoured tennis pro-turned-producer Ashok Amritraj for his contribution as a leading Indian producer in the independent and mains-tream film industry. Amritraj, whose latest production Bringing Down the House has collected about $127 million, received a certificate of appreciation during the opening ceremony of the Asian Pacific Film Fest in Hollywood last week.
3 held for betting
New Delhi (PTI): Delhi police have arrested three persons on charges of betting on the Pakistan-Sri Lanka cricket match. Santosh Gupta, Navin Gupta and Sanjay Gupta, all in their early 30s, were arrested from Anand Parvat area on Saturday. “They were playing a Rs 2 lakh satta on the opening match between Pakistan and Sri Lanka of the triangular one-day series in Sri Lanka,” the police said.
Lucknow (PTI): Ten members of a wedding party were killed and eight injured when a jeep carrying them collided head-on with a truck in Lalitpur district of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday night.
Schools run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi have been asked to admit street children without insisting on proof of age, said an official of the MCD’s education department, in connection with a petition seeking admission of such children in schools.