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Court summons in cop-mafia link case

Mumbai (PTI): A special court on Monday issued summons to eight witnesses in a case filed by a city journalist alleging police-underworld nexus.

Designated judge A.P. Bhangale issued the summons on a plea made by Ketan Tirodkar through his lawyer Amin Solkar.

Tirodkar had accused a top police officer of committing offences under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act in collusion with him by forging links with Pakistan-based gangster Chhota Shakeel.

Tirodkar alleged that they collected Rs 5 crore from Shakeel to bribe officials in the police department and the government to effect the transfer of some police officers.

The summons, returnable on November 20, were issued to former state director-general of police Arvind Inamdar, senior inspector Pradip Sharma, Tejpal Singh, Zamir Kazi, Shakeel Solkar, Prakash alias Munna, Harish Mulchandani and Pankaj Hathi.

Tirodkar said he moved the special court after police failed to act on a high court order directing the force to listen to his complaint and conduct a probe.

Buddhist scripts gifted to China

Beijing (PTI): India has presented rare Buddhist scriptures — the Tripitaka set in Pali language — to the famous Jade Buddha temple in Shanghai city, fulfiling a commitment to enhance bilateral cultural exchanges with China.

Indian ambassador to China Nalin Surie presented the Tripitaka on behalf of external affairs minister Yashwant Sinha to the chief abbot of the temple recently. Official sources said the set comprises 140 volumes.

The Tripitaka forms the basis of the Theravada of Buddhist teachings and embodies the original thoughts of Buddha and his earliest disciples. Tripitaka (three baskets) includes the sutras (doctrine), vinaya (discipline) and abhidharma (philosophy).

The text, in Pali language, would enable Chinese students to learn more about Pali literature and engage in deeper research on original Buddhist texts in China itself, the sources said.

During the brief function, the Indian ambassador noted that the ancient Buddhist connection had served as an important link between India and China and welcomed continuing exchanges in the area.

Girl gangraped in Durban

Durban (PTI): A teenage girl of Indian origin was allegedly gangraped by three men here at a farmhouse.

Police said the men barged into the house of the 15-year-old mother of a child on Wednesday night and demanded money from her and her husband. When they found the couple only had a few rands, they raped the girl. “One of the assailants said I should not worry because they were going to rape and not kill her,” the husband said.

Salman case

New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Monday deferred till December 2 hearing on a petition filed by the Maharashtra government challenging a Bombay High Court order quashing the charge of culpable homicide not amounting to murder framed against actor Salman Khan for killing one person and injuring four in a hit-and- run case.

2 Naxalites killed

Manipal (PTI): In a pre-dawn operation on Monday, two women belonging to the People’s War Group were shot dead and one injured in an encounter with police at Bollottu forests in Dakshina Kannada. Police raided the forests and killed on the spot one of the women hiding in a house.

Turtles seized

Chennai (PTI): As many as 554 star turtles were seized by the CISF at Chennai airport from unclaimed baggage on Monday. Officials found 224 small and 330 big star turtles in the baggage at the departure lounge of the international terminal.

Himachal snowfall

Shimla (PTI): The entire tribal belt in Himachal Pradesh experienced the first heavy snowfall of the season on Monday, while the key resorts of Manali and Kufri were lashed by rains and sleet. Shimla was lashed by severe hailstorm accompanied by lightning and thunder.

24 hurt in jail clash

Jaipur (PTI): Twenty-four prisoners were injured in a clash over alleged extortion and use of mobile phones by undertrials at the Alwar jail on Sunday. According to police, prisoners used weapons and utensils during the clash.


Mobile phone jammers have been installed at the famous dargah of Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti in Ajmer to prevent them from disturbing devotees. Sources at the shrine said a devotee had donated the jammers.

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