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Rape accused acquitted

The sessions court here set free Bidhan Mukherjee, Pinto Ghosh and Rampath holding that though the blood sample of Mukherjee, the prime accused, was taken, the investigating officer had not sent it for DNA tests.

However, the court did not pass any strictures against the investigating officer as he has retired from service. The law department has decided not to file an appeal keeping in view the sensitive nature of the case.

Mansi, Mukherjee’s aunt, ran a placement cell and got a woman from Bengal employed as a maid with a lady doctor at Meenakshi Garden in west Delhi. But the doctor sent the woman back to Mansi’s house at Malviya Nagar as she fell ill.

On September 23, 2000, Mukherjee allegedly raped the woman at Mansi’s residence. The woman did not register a complaint immediately as the trio allegedly threatened her with dire consequences.

When the woman recovered from her illness, she went again to the doctor for work. Finding the woman pregnant, the doctor sent her back to Mansi. Though she gave birth to a baby, it died after a few months.

The three accused were arrested on May 16, 2001.

The defence contended that not only was there a delay in filing of the complaint, DNA tests were also not carried out.

Breather for blacklisted NRIs

New Delhi (PTI): The names of 355 Sikh non-resident Indians, who were allegedly blacklisted due to adverse activities following Operation Bluestar and denied visas, have been cleared after the National Human Rights Commission’s intervention.

The panel initiated action on the basis of a letter received by the National Commission for Minorities, which pointed out that certain Sikh NRIs were being denied visas.

Issuing a notice to the home ministry, the NHRC sought information on the number of blacklisted NRIs, the date when the list was last revised, the current status of the list and the possibility of its expeditious revision, sources said.

The ministry last month said in a report there were 489 names in the 1998-99 negative list of persons of Indian origin holding foreign citizenship who were to be denied visas, the sources said.

NHRC was told the list was reviewed from time to time and on July 28 this year, the last deletion circular was issued. The number of persons on the negative list as on August 6 was given as 134, they said.

Youth forcibly operated upon

Akola (PTI): An unmarried youth was allegedly forcibly operated upon in a family planning camp on September 16 by a nurse and an agent to meet the target number of cases. Police have registered a case against them following a complaint by the youth’s father.

The youth, from Dharni village in Amravati district, was deranged. The agent and the nurse took advantage of this and allegedly took his consent and performed the operation, the police said. Under the family planning scheme, nurses have a target of 30 cases per year and those who fail to meet it are not given increments.

Hospital ransacked

Mumbai (PTI): Shiv Sena activists allegedly ransacked a private hospital in suburban Mira Road asking the authorities to fulfil the wage demands of some employees, who were dissatisfied with their increments, police said.

Suicide threat

Chennai (PTI): A 45-year-old construction worker, who had lost his job a year ago, threatened to jump from a 100-ft piling tower machine in Poonamalee, but climbed down after being persuaded by police and fire brigade personnel. Selvaraj, sacked because of his absenteeism, told police his idea was to draw the management’s attention for reinstatement.

Sobhraj alert

Kathmandu (PTI): Police have raided some hotels in the tourist centre of Thamel here following reports that notorious criminal Charles Sobhraj was sighted there on Tuesday. A local newspaper had published a photograph purportedly showing Sobhraj in Thamel on Wednesday. “So far we have not found any clue about the presence of Sobhraj in Kathmandu except the newspaper report with photograph published by The Himalayan Times,” said Kathmandu deputy superintendent of police Ganesh K.C.

Leopard kills 2

Vadodara (PTI): A leopard on the prowl in Dhanpur forest in central Gujarat for the past 25 days has claimed two more lives, taking the toll to seven.


A group of students of a CBSE school has managed to get an appointment with President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam during his visit to Kozhikode on September 25. The students felt “jealous” seeing on TV school children tying rakhi on the President.

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