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Agra tutor’s rape probe report tabled

New Delhi (PTI): A team from the National Commission of Women that visited Agra to probe the alleged rape of a school teacher at a party by a group of students submitted its report on Monday.

“We have gathered some information about the reported incident but there are some more people we want to talk to,” commission member Baby Rani Maurya, who was part of the team, said when asked about the investigation into the alleged rape incident in which one crime branch inspector of the CID was suspended.

Maurya said the team has submitted its report to commission chairperson Purnima Advani and the future course of action would be decided after considering all aspects and facts.

The team, also comprising another commission member Nafisa Hussain, visited Agra on August 9 and 10.

Farmers flex muscle at banks

Kozhikode (PTI): The Kerala Farmers’ Relief Forum on Monday asked all banks to write off agricultural loans sanctioned to farmers and threatened to “physically” counter recovery measures.

According to the forum’s state general secretary, Thomas Kalapura, and state secretary P.P. Abdurahiman, “a majority of the farmers who availed agricultural loans are not in a position to even meet their day-to-day requirements and are being harassed by the banks”.

Alleging that bank officials were indulging in “inhuman acts” to recover the loans sanctioned to poor farmers, they said the forum would in protest observe Farmer’s Day, which falls on August 17, as “black day”.

The forum, they said, has already informed the government that farmers who had availed loans were not even in a position to pay the interest and, therefore, the loans should be written off. Recovery action should be against those who had availed huge loans amounting to more than Rs 1 crore, the forum members added.

They alleged that while the banks had not taken any steps against about 215 people who had availed over Rs 1 crore as loan since 1983, poor farmers alone were being targeted for recovery.

“Therefore, the forum has decided to take on the bank officials physically if they go to the farmers for recovering loans,” a member said.

Boys run over by ex-armyman

Pune (PTI): A former colonel of the Indian Army was arrested after he allegedly ran his car over four boys, killing one of them, at the Tadiwala road overbridge, police said.

The officer, who was drunk, was returning from a cocktail party at a five star hotel, they said. He lost control of his vehicle and ran over the boys who were sleeping on the pavement. The three injured children have been admitted to Sasoon hospital, where their condition was stated to be serious, police said.

Raj Babbar order

New Delhi (PTI): Delhi High Court on Monday asked film actor and Samajwadi Party MP Raj Babbar to give an undertaking that he would not “break the law” in future so as to “enable” it to consider his plea for quashing of an FIR relating to a march towards the Prime Minister’s residence three years ago.

Fire in stadium

Ahmedabad (PTI): A fire broke out at Sardar Patel Cricket Stadium in Motera on the outskirts of the city on Monday, but no one was injured, stadium sources said. The fire broke out under the scoreboard where welding work was on to fix several chairs in preparation for the Test match between India and New Zealand from October 8, officials said.

Border arrests

Jammu (PTI): Eight Bangladeshi nationals were arrested near the international border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday night while trying to cross over to Pakistan, officials said. The group, including a child, was moving towards zero line on the border when police at the Sunwal border outpost in Hiranagar noticed them, sources said.

3 drown in Ganga

Kanpur (PTI): Three youths, including the sons of former Congress MLA from Uttar Pradesh Mohammad Umar and former additional district judge S.. Singh, drowned while taking a dip in the Ganga at Bithoor and Koila ghats here on Monday, police said. The third boy was identified as 20-year-old Arvind Kushwaha of Kalyanpur.


Kerala postal circle will distribute prasadam from Sree Bhagavathy temple at Kadampuzha near Kozhikode to devotees across the nation. Post master general (north) M.S. Ramanujam said soon other major temples in the state would be covered by the scheme.

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