Nation at a Glance

Convict gives cops the slip TEN challenges DD diktat Delhi blast Hema piracy bill Race deaths

By The Telegraph Online in Delhi
  • Published 10.12.05
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Convict gives cops the slip

New Delhi: A convict, who boasted about committing 104 murders, escaped from police custody on Wednesday while being taken to court, reports our correspondent.

Deepak Jat gave the slip to at least 30 policemen who were escorting 80 inmates from Ghaziabad jail to the Noida Phase II courts.

According to Noida police, the 27-year-old criminal was a carjacker against whom 42 cases had been lodged. Jat, however, would often tell the media that he had killed 104 people.

Barely 5 feet 3 inches tall and of slim built, Jat had a specific modus operandi. He would hire cars and, with the help of his associates, kill the drivers by slitting their throats with thin strips of wire. After dumping the driver’s body, Jat and his gang ? named D8 by the police ? would steal the car and the driver’s belongings.

TEN challenges DD diktat

Calcutta: Sports broadcaster TEN Sports has moved Bombay High Court challenging the Centre’s decision of making it compulsory for sports channels to share cricket matches featuring India with national broadcaster Doordarshan, says a staff reporter.

Its writ petition says the company would suffer huge financial losses on the one day series between India and Pakistan scheduled to be held in Pakistan in January, if it has to share the exclusive telecast rights.

The matter is scheduled to come up for hearing on December 12.

Delhi blast

New Delhi: Mohammad Rafiq Shah, arrested on suspicion of being the militant who placed a bomb on a Govindpuri-bound bus in October, has refused to stand for a test identification parade.

Shah is reportedly close to main accused Tariq Ahmed Dar, who is in police custody. His refusal will make the prosecution case strong,” said an official.

Hema piracy bill

New Delhi: Hema Malini introduced a private member’s legislation in the Rajya Sabha on Friday seeking stringent punishment to those involved in video piracy that plagues the film industry. A private member’s bill may not become a law but the government can take note of it.

Race deaths

Dubai (PTI): An Indian died and another was hospitalised after they suffered heart attacks while participating in a 100-metre race hosted by a school. Both are from Kerala.

Tick

Nine-year-old Alka Ajith from Kerala will lead a 25-member troupe to the Gulf in December on a 45-day tour. Alka has done 700 stage shows and sung over 5,000 songs in seven languages.