South Asian Countries

8 accused arrested in connection with Sri Lankan’s mob lynching in Pakistan’s Sialkot

Islamabad [Pakistan]: Pakistan’s Punjab police on Wednesday arrested eight more accused for their primary role in the lynching of a Sri Lankan man in Sialkot, local media reported.Citing the reports, The Express Tribune reported that around 34 main suspects have been arrested so far, whereas the recent arrests came after the law enforcement officials traced the culprits via CCTV footage and cellular data. Last week, a mob in Pakistan’s Sialkot had tortured the Lankan national Priyantha Diyawadana to death before burning his body in Sialkot over alleged blasphemy. The incident took place in the Wazirabad Road area.Human Rights Focus Pakistan (HRFP) has condemned the killing in Sialkot.“The incident is an addition in defaming Pakistan’s image more, where several such incidents have already been happening with Christians, Hindus, and others in past and some foreigners have also been assassinated,” the HRPF chairman had said.“Rule of…

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Shiv Sena questioned Maharashtra BJP’s silence over Gujarat CM’s meet with business leaders in Mumbai

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], December 5 (ANI): After the Bharatiya Janata Party accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of ‘diverting’ businesses from Maharashtra to West Bengal, Shiv Sena questioned Maharashtra BJP’s silence over Gujarat CM Bhupendra Patel’s Mumbai visit and his meeting with the business leaders and leading industry executives here.“Gujarat Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel visited Mumbai along with half his cabinet. He came to invite the industrialists in Mumbai to participate at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit. They need the help of the industrialists of Mumbai to make a ‘self-reliant Gujarat’. Why is BJP silent now?” Shiv Sena asked in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamana. The BJP had earlier hit out at Mamata for trying to ‘migrate’ business to West Bengal after the latter met the industrialist in Mumbai during her visit to the city.“BJP believes that industries must be spread across the country. But…

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Delhi Police arrests accused in Swaroop Nagar murder case

New Delhi [India]: Three persons accused of murder in Delhi’s Swaroop Nagar were arrested by Delhi Police on Thursday. One of the arrested accused includes the younger brother of the deceased, according to Delhi Police.The younger brother Monu told the police that his elder brother Sonu used to consume smack and the family members were tired of giving him money. Therefore, he hatched a plot with his friends to kill his brother. According to the police, Monu filed the missing report of Sonu in the Jahangirpuri area. The family members recovered his body from the ruins of Swaroop Nagar, after which the police was informed about the same.On being informed, the police registered a case and started scrutinizing the CCTV footage. Sonu was seen alongside two boys, identified as Sunny and Tushar, who happened to be Monu’s friends.On questioning, the accused revealed that Monu…

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Drugs-on-cruise case: Bombay HC’s recent order raises suspicions of attempted extortion from accused

New Delhi [India] : Reacting to the Bombay High Court’s recent order in the drugs-on-cruise case, senior advocate and Rajya Sabha MP Mahesh Jethmalani said that the case against Aryan Khan and others was grossly exaggerated which raises the suspicion of attempted extortion from the accused.“Crystal clear from the Bombay High Court’s verdict that the case against Aryan Khan and others was grossly exaggerated. The young man has needlessly spent 25 days instead of one day at worst. The overkill only enhances suspicions of attempted extortion from the accused,” the senior lawyer tweeted. The Bombay High Court, in its order issued on Saturday, had said that there is “hardly any positive evidence” against Aryan Khan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha, who were arrested in the drugs-on-cruise case, for the offence of conspiracy under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.The Court also noted that…

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Telangana Congress chief lashes out at KCR

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India] : As the Siddipet district collector Venkatrami Reddy quit civil services and announced that he will join the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) soon, the Telangana Congress chief Revanth Reddy on Wednesday accused him of being a party in land grabs during his tenure as the joint collector of Medak district.Addressing the media at Gandhi Bhavan here, Revanth slammed the Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao led state government and claimed that in the Kokapet land auction too, the Raju Pushpa company allegedly belonging to the Venkatrami’s family, secured the lands. “In Dubaka Bypolls, Venkatrami revealed his support to the TRS,” he said.“Venkatrami Reddy, who is very dear to the CMs of the joint state, was appointed as the Joint Collector of the Medak District by KCR. He has the skills to make thousands of crores of rupees for him,” Revanth claimed.Further,…


Virat Kohli’s restaurant chain faces resentment

New Delhi [India] : Indian cricketer Virat Kohli landed in controversy regarding the entry of ‘gay’ people in his restaurant ‘One8 commune.’ The star cricketer runs a chain of restaurants across Pune, Delhi and Kolkata. Their Zomato listings claim, “Stags are not allowed”. This caused an uproar among the netizens who called out Kohli for discrimination. People on social media accused him and said that this is unacceptable. Following the backlash, an LGBTQIA+ activism group called ‘Yes, We Exist’ asked the restaurant chain to make the ‘necessary changes asap’.  Netizens expressed their anger. One Twitter user wrote, “Quite shameful how @imVkohli’s restaurants have been discriminating against LGBTQ+. Truly appalling that @deepigoyal allows such blatant bigotry to deliver food on @zomato. There must be no room for this nonsense.” Another tweeted, “It sounds weird. How do they check and confirm you’re “gay” or the allowed categories? Do…

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Nanded drug seizure: Arrested accused to be produced before court

Nanded (Maharashtra) [India] : The two accused arrested in connection with the Ganja seizure of 1,127 kgs in the Nanded district of Maharashtra yesterday will be produced before a local court on Tuesday for Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) remand.As per the NCB, raids in connection with the seizure are underway at two places in Nanded. The NCB is trying to nab the receiver of the consignment in Jalgaon who is said to be a regular offender in drugs cases. The agency is looking into his criminal antecedents and is also planning to raid his establishments in Jalgaon.As per the sources, the accused were using a unique method for smuggling drugs.For ensuring that links to the original supplier aren’t established even after the carrier driver is arrested, the modus operandi of the smugglers included a chain of people.NCB sources further informed that the location where…

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Drugs-on-cruise case: Special NDPS court grants bail to another accused

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India] : The Special Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Court on Saturday granted bail to Mohak Jaiswal, who was co-accused in the drugs-on-cruise case.Jaiswal was granted bail on a bail bond of Rs 50,000. Jaiswal was arrested on October 3, with seven others including actor Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan, in connection with a Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) raid on a cruise ship off the Mumbai coast.On October 2, an NCB team busted an alleged drugs party on the Cordelia Cruise ship which was on its way to Goa at mid-sea.A total of 20 people, including two Nigerian nationals have been arrested so far in the case.The Bombay High Court granted bail to Aryan, Arbaaz Merchant, and Munmun Dhamecha on October 29. 

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North East Delhi Violence: Court frames charges against four accused, says prosecution case has merits

New Delhi [India]: A Delhi court has framed charges against four accused in the murder case of deceased Deepak in connection with violence in north east Delhi in February 2020 and said after hearing counsels for the parties and perusing the charge-sheet and supplementary charge-sheet along with accompanying record that the prosecution case has ample merits.Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat on November 9, framed charges against all the four accused persons. Accordingly, charges for the offence under Section 147/148/302 IPC read with Section 149 IPC and Section 302 IPC read with Section 120-B IPC have been framed against all the four accused persons to which they have pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.The Court also said, “On the basis of material on record, I am of the opinion that there are grounds for presuming that the accused persons namely Anwar Hussain, Kasim, Shahrukh@ Rinku…

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Man accused of murder injured

Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh) [India] : A person accused of murder was allegedly injured in a police encounter that took place in a residential society of Greater Noida near the Surajpur police station area on Friday.As per information shared by Central Noida Additional DCP Ankur Aggarwal, the accused named Arjun was injured after being shot in the leg by the police in the early hours of Friday. “The accused named Arjun killed a girl by slitting her throat with a knife after robbing her house a day ago,” stated Aggarwal.“Earlier today, he was being taken to the murder spot for investigation. On the way, he tried to escape by snatching the pistol of a police official. In an act of self-defence, the police shot the accused in the leg,” he added.The police further informed that the accused has been sent to the hospital for…


Pakistan PM Imran Khan accused of selling gifts received from other countries’ heads

Islamabad (Pakistan) : Pakistan’s Opposition parties on Wednesday accused Prime Minister Imran Khan of selling gifts he received from other countries’ heads, including an expensive watch worth USD 1 million. Gifts are routinely exchanged between heads of states or officers holding constitutional positions during a state visit. According to the gift depository (Toshakhana) rules, these gifts remain the property of the state unless sold at an open auction. Rules allow officials to retain gifts with a market value of less than Rs 10,000 without paying anything, The Express Tribune newspaper reported. “Imran Khan has sold the gifts he received from other countries,” PML-N vice president Maryam Nawaz tweeted in Urdu. “Caliph Hazrat Omar (companion of Prophet Muhammad) was accountable for his shirt and robe and you (Imran Khan), on the other hand, looted foreign gifts from Toshakhana and you are talking of setting up…

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Delhi Police rescue minor girl sold from Rajasthan

New Delhi [India] : Delhi police rescued a 15-year-old girl from Sikar in Rajasthan who was allegedly sold to a man in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra for Rs 60,000 , Delhi Police said on Sunday adding that two persons have been arrested who are said to be involved in this hideous crime.According to police, the 15-year-old girl had gone missing on September 16 and FIR was registered in the Shalimar Bagh Police Station. “An investigation revealed that the girl was in regular contact with a boy residing in Rohini. The boy with the help of another accused took her to a house in Agra, where she was sold for Rs 60,000 to a man belonging to Sikar, Rajasthan,” police said in a statement.Efforts are being made to trace the second accused and further investigation in the case is in progress, police said.


Singhu border murder case: Punjab police arrests second Nihang Sikh

Amritsar (Punjab) [India]: A Nihang Sikh, who was allegedly involved in killing farm labourer Lakhbir Singh at Singhu border on Friday, was arrested by the Punjab police on Saturday. The second accused, Narayan Singh, was arrested from Rakh Devidass Pura at Amarkot village in the district.Rakesh Kaushal, Amritsar Rural SSP, said, “Two Nihangs had allegedly murdered Lakhbir Singh. One was arrested by the Haryana Police and Singh had managed to escape. A team of officials was formed and forces were deployed around his house. He had announced that he would surrender before the police on Saturday.” Kaushal said, “We have arrested him outside a Gurudwara in his village. When he realized that he cannot escape, he came out. The Haryana police informed us that their team has left from Sonipat. We will hand him over as per law.”The SSP further said, “He has confessed…

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Second accused arrested in Singhu border incident after he confesses to murder

Amritsar (Punjab) [India]: The second accused in the Singhu Border incident where a mutilated body was found hanging at the site of farmers’ protest, was arrested by Amritsar Rural Police on Saturday outside a Gurudwara in Rakh Devidass Pura, Amarkot village, Punjab.The accused has been identified as Narayan Singh. The Senior Superintendent of Police, Amritsar Rural, Rakesh Kaushal told ANI that the accused has confessed that he killed Lakhbir after he was told that he had insulted Guru Granth Sahib. He got angry and cut off his limbs and bled him to death, added Kaushal.“Two Nihangs were involved, one was arrested by Haryana Police. Narayan Singh had escaped. We arrested him outside a Gurudwara in his village. When he realised he can’t escape, he came out. Haryana Police informed. The team has left from Sonipat. We’ll hand him over to them as per law.…


Delhi HC grants bail to 2008 serial blasts accused after 12 years

New Delhi [India]: Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted bail to a man arrested in connection with the 2008 serial blasts in the national capital.The court noted that the appellant/accused has been in judicial custody/police custody since February 4, 2009, for a period of more than 12-and-a-half years till date. A division bench of Justice Sidharth Mridul and Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani while granting bail to the appellant Mohd Hakim, stated that in their opinion, the man has made out a case that his right to a speedy trial is being defeated and would continue to be violated if he is not enlarged on bail, having already spent more than 12 years in custody as an undertrial.Delhi HC order further stated that courts must not play coroner and attend to legal or constitutional rights only after they are “dead”. Instead, we must play doctor,…

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NIA arrests absconding accused in DJ Halli police station rioting case

New Delhi [India]: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a joint operation along with Karnataka Police arrested a charge-sheeted absconding accused Tabrez on Monday in the DJ Halli police station rioting case.Tabrez was arrested from Chikballapur, Karnataka. On August 11 last year, a mob, protesting against the alleged derogatory Facebook post about Prophet Mohammed posted by one Naveen, had turned violent and attacked the police station with dangerous weapons, stones and burnt police vehicles, damaged government and private properties in Bengaluru. The case was originally registered on August 12 last year at Devarajeevanahalli Police Station, Bengaluru. The NIA had re-registered the case on September 21 last year and taken up the investigation.The NIA said that the 35-year-old arrested accused Tabrez, a resident of Bengaluru City in Karnataka, is a member of Sagaipuram ward, Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), a political outfit of Popular…

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MEA clarifies stand

Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said that activist Stan Swamy’s bail pleas were rejected due to the nature of the charges against him. In response to media queries on the demise of the Jesuit priest Father Stan Swamy, the official spokesperson of MEA, Arindam Bagchi said, “We have seen reports on the demise of Fr Stan Swamy. He was arrested and detained by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) following due process under the law. Because of the specific nature of charges against him, his bail applications were rejected by the courts. Authorities in India act against violations of law and not against legitimate exercise of rights. All such actions are strictly in accordance with the law”. Regarding the ailing health of Stan Swamy, Bagchi said, “Bombay High Court had allowed his medical treatment at a private hospital where he was receiving all possible…