Maoists blow up house of ex-Bihar lawmaker in Gaya

Armed Maoists destroyed a former Bihar Legislative Council member's house in Gaya district. No one hurt was hurt, police said on Thursday.
The Maoist attack on Anuj Kumar Singh's Bodhibigha residence came late on Wednesday. The insurgents used dynamite for the explosion.
According to a police official, the banned Left wing activists had beaten up a close relative of Singh before ordering him to vacate the house.
"The house was badly damaged," Dharmendra Kumar, police official at Dumaria police station said.
Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Rajeev Mishra also confirmed the incident and said a search operation has been launched. 
The attack comes days ahead of the Lok Sabha poll in which Bihar will vote in all the seven phases polling between April 11 and May 19.

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Australian tourist found hanging in Bihar

An Australian tourist was found hanging from a tree at an orchard near Bihar's Bodh Gaya on Saturday.
Gaya city Superintendent of Police Anil Kumar said the deceased was identified as Heath Allan, 33, a resident of Westmead, a suburb of Sydney in Australia.
"Some local residents spotted the body of a foreigner hanging from a tree and informed the police. We have recovered the body and sent it for post-mortem examination," Kumar said.
Kumar said a suicide note was also found near the site, besides his bag and a diary.
Bodh Gaya, about 110 km from Patna, is considered the holiest of Buddhist shrines where Buddha attained enlightenment over 2,500 years ago. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations.

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Woman, daughter gangraped in Bihar

A woman and her daughter were allegedly gangraped by nearly a dozen youths in Bihar's Gaya district, police said on Thursday.
"The police have detained 20 youths and are interrogating them to identify the main accused among them," Gaya Senior Superintendent of Police Rajeev Mishra told the media.
The incident took place on Wednesday night near Sondiha village.
"The youths forcibly stopped a local doctor travelling with his wife and daughter. The doctor's hands and legs were tied and he was left in a nearby field while his his wife and daughter were gangraped," the police said.
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All five convicts in Bodh Gaya blasts case get life

An NIA court here on Friday awarded life imprisonment to all the five persons earlier convicted in the 2013 serial blasts that rocked Bodh Gaya's Mahabodhi temple, a lawyer said.
Judge Manoj Kumar Sinha, presiding over the special National Investigation Agency (NIA) court, had in May convicted Umer Siddiqui, Azharuddin Siddiqui, Hauser Ali, Mujibullah Ansari, and Imtitaz Ansari.
The life imprisonment is the maximum punishment that could be given in the case, NIA lawyer Lalan Kumar Sinha told reporters here. 
The NIA chargesheet had said that the blasts on July 7, 2013, were carried out with the motive to kill domestic and foreign pilgrims, especially Buddhists, at the temple to create terror. 
As many as 13 bombs were planted, out of which around 10 exploded. Three live bombs were defused later by security forces. Five persons, including two monks, were injured in the blasts. 
The Bodh Gaya temple is a Unesco World Heritage site, where the Buddha attained enlightenment around 2,500 years ago. 
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Naqvi flags off first batch of Haj pilgrims

The first batch of 340 Haj pilgrims was flagged off by Union Minister of State for Minorities Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi from Indira Gandhi International Airport’s Haj Terminal here today.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Naqvi said that Haj pilgrimage is a cherished desire of every Muslim in his life time. Extending good wishes on behalf of the Prime Minister and himself, the Minister urged Hajis to pray for peace, prosperity, harmony and brotherhood in our great nation and the entire world.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, Haj Committee of India Chairman Chaudhary Mehboob Ali Qaiser, Minority Affairs Ministry Secretary Rakesh Garg, and Haj Committee of India Member and Delhi Coordinator H B Kazmi were present on the occasion.
A total of 340 Haj pilgrims proceeded for the pilgrimage at 0230 hrs. For Haj 2016, a total of 12,500 Haj pilgrims will be flying from Delhi to Jeddah by Air India’s 37 charter flights. Around 8690 pilgrims will be from Uttar Pradesh and the rest from Delhi, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand and Haryana.
For Haj 2016, total 1,00,020 Haj pilgrims will be facilitated from 21 points across India through the Haj Commiittee. Apart from this, 36,000 Haj pilgrims will proceed through the private tour operators, an official press release added.

Lightning claims 56 lives in Bihar, 24 suffer injuries

Lightning claims 56 lives in Bihar
At least 56 people died and 24 others suffered injuries when lightning struck several parts of Bihar during heavy rains in the state late last night, official sources said here today.
While six peope were killed in Patna, five died in Buxar and four each in  Aurangabad, Rohtas, Bhojpur and Nalanda districts, the sources told NetIndian. 
In all, deaths were reported from as many as 19 districts, including Gaya, Bhagalpur, Saran, Kaimur, Saharsa, Katihar, Samastipur, Monghyr, Madhepura and West Champaran.
Officials said the casualties could be higher with reports from some remote areas yet to come in. The victims included women and children.
Mr. Vyas Ji, Principal Secretary, Disaster Management in the Bihar Government, told newsmen that the state administration had received reports by late yesterday that several people had been killed due to lightning.
He urged people to avoid staying out in the open and remain indoors to minimise the risks.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs. 4 lakh to the next-of-kin of those killed in the incidents.
Lightning strikes are common during the monsoon in Bihar. The south-west monsoon advanced into the state earlier this week and yesterday's rains were among the first downpours of this season.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the loss of lives due to lightning in Bihar as well as parts of Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and other places over the last few days.
"Deeply anguished by loss of lives due to lightning in parts of UP, Bihar, Jharkhand & other parts of the nation over the last few days.
"My thoughts & prayers are with those who lost their near & dear ones due to the lightning. May the injured recover quickly," he said on microblogging site Twitter.

Modi to visit Bodh Gaya on Saturday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Bodh Gaya in Bihar tomorrow, an official press releae said here today.
During the trip, Mr Modi will visit the Mahabodhi Temple and the Holy Bo Tree. He will also inaugurate the exhibition "Chetiya Carika: The Pilgrimage and Quest for Truth." 
The Prime Minister's visit to Bodh Gaya coincides with Day 3 of Samvad – the Global Hindu Buddhist Initiative on Conflict Avoidance and Environment Consciousness, during which the delegates for this event will be present at Bodh Gaya. 

Mukherjee to visit Chhattisgarh, Bihar on April 17-18

President Pranab Mukherjee will pay a two-day visit to Chhattisgarh and Bihar from tomorrow, an official press release said here today.
Tomorrow, Mr Mukherjee will address the 4th Annual Convocation of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Raipur at Raipur in Chhattisgarh. 
On April 18, he will inaugurate the centenary year celebrations of Patna High Court at Patna in Bihar, the release added.

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International Buddhist Conclave to be held at Bodhgaya, Sarnath from Sep 26-28

The Ministry of Tourism has organized the 4th International Buddhist Conclave in Bodhgaya and Sarnath, in collaboration with the State Governments of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh from September 26-28 to showcase and project India's Buddhist heritage and pilgrim sites.
India, the birthplace of Buddhism, has a very rich Buddhist heritage, with several important sites associated with the life of Lord Buddha which are essential pilgrimages for followers of Buddhism the world over, an official press release said.
It said the event would give the participants an opportunity to interact, promote, package and sell pilgrimage itineraries to the Buddhist sites in the country for overseas visitors. 
International Buddhist Conclaves have earlier been organized in New Delhi and Bodhgaya (February 2004); Nalanda and Bodhgaya (February 2010) and Varanasi and Bodhgaya (September 2012). 
The conclave is one of the initiatives being taken by India as its commitment as the land of origin of Buddhism and to improve the experience of pilgrims as well as tourists wishing to savour the essence of Buddhist heritage, at the Buddhist sites of the country. 
The release said the conclave would include presentations, panel discussions, business to business meetings between international and domestic tour operators, an exhibition highlighting the Buddhist attractions in India, as well as visits to important Buddhist sites in and around Bodhgaya and Sarnath. State Governments will set up booths at the conference venue for interacting with the international delegates and for showcasing India’s Buddhist Heritage. 
Participants in the event will include international Buddhist opinion makers, tour operators and media, as well as State Governments and domestic tour operators promoting pilgrimages to the Buddhist sites in the country. 
Approximately 120 international delegates comprising tour operators, media representatives and opinion makers from 32 countries are participating in the conclave. 
In addition to Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, the State Governments participating in the conclave include Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Telangana and West Bengal. 
The conclave will be inaugurated on September 27 at the Kagyupa International Monlam Trust, near Terger Monastery, Bodhgaya, by Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and Union Minister for Tourism and Culture Shripad Naik.

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CCEA okays four-laning of Gaya-Hisua-Rajgir-Nalanda-Biharsharif section of NH-82

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today approved a project for the development of four-laning of the 93 km Gaya-Hisua-Rajgir-Nalanda-Biharsharif section of National Highway (NH)-82 in Bihar. 
An official press release said the cost of the project is estimated at Rs 1405.85 crore, including Rs 1216.16 crore for civil construction and supervision works and Rs.192.69 crore for land acquisition, rehabilitation and pre-construction activities. 
The project will be completed within three years of signing of the contract agreement, it said.
The project will connect Nalanda, the ancient seat of learning and the location of the Nalanda University. The place is visited conjointly by tourists who visit Bodh Gaya. The road will also connect Rajgir, where Vishwa Shanti Stupa or Japanese Pagoda is a major tourist attraction. Rajgir is also a popular pilgrim destination for Buddhists. 
The project will also help Gaya develop as a regional services centre with quality physical and social infrastructure and as a pilgrimage and leisure destination with a thriving economy.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed to provide loan assistance with 100 percent financing for civil construction and supervision works for the project, the release added.

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Cabinet okays transfer of defence land at Panchanpur in Gaya to MHRD

The Union Cabinet today gave its approval for transferring 300 acres of defence land at the abandoned airfield at Panchanpur in Gaya, Bihar to the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
An official press release said the transfer would fulfil the requirement of land for the development of the Central University in Bihar, which will serve the national cause for quality higher education, research and training in unserved and under-served areas. 

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Maoists blow up railway track near Gaya in Bihar

Maoists blow up railway track in Gaya
Suspected Maoists blew up a railway track near Gaya in Bihar on the Howrah-Delhi route of East Central Railway late last night, official sources said.
The explosion, which took place around 11 pm between Paraiya and Guraru stations on the down line (Delhi-Howrah) on the Gaya-Mughalsarai section, blew away about two feet of track, East Central Railway spokesman Amitabh Prabhakar said.
Traffic on the Howrah-Delhi upline was restored soon afterwards after about 12 pandrol clips that were missing were replaced.
The down line was repaired and restored for traffic around 0730 hours today, Mr Prabhakar said.
He said important trains were being moved first and the others would also start moving soon. All trains were running behind schedule by a few hours because of the incident.
The explosion occurred about 20 minutes after the advance engine of the Howrah-Delhi Rajdhani Express crossed the area. In fact, the driver of the engine noticed some suspicious activity and informed the authorities, who promptly stopped trains in both directions as a precautionary measure, Mr Prabhakar said.
The Railways have been running pilot engines ahead of trains as a precautionary measure in Left-wing extremism affected areas. There is usually a gap of one hour between the pilot engine and the train that follows it.
Trains stopped at the Gaya railway station after the blast included the Bhubaneshwar-Delhi Rajdhani and Sealdah-Delhi Rajdhani.
East Central Railway sources said a patrol special had left Gaya at 0205 hours with a police team and reached Paraiya half an hour later. From there, they went to the site on foot.
After inspecting the site, they reported that two feet of rail was missing on the down track and twelve pandrol clips, which hold the rail to the sleepers, were missing on the up track.
The sources said the up track was made fit with speed restrict of 30 kmph at 0610 hours on the Paraiya-Guraru section. The downtrack was restored at 0730 with the same speed restriction.
An East Central Railway press release said the following trains in the Howrah-New Delhi direction were detained at various places as a result of the incident:
• 12301 Kolkatta Rajdhani at Paraiya 23.00 to 06.25 hrs.
• 12313 Sealdah Rajdhani at GAYA 22.40 to 05:50 hrs.
• 22823 Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express at Gaya Manpur 23.06 to 06:30 hrs.
• 13348 Down Palamu Express at Gaya 00:45 hrs to 06.45 hrs 
• 13307 Ganga Sutlaj Express at Paharpur 00.07 to 05:36 hrs.
• 12177 Chambal Express at Koderma 00.37 to 05:42 hrs.
• 12323 Howrah Delhi Exp at Hazaribagh 00.06 to 05:37 hrs.
• 12311 Up Kalka Mail at Gomoh 00.08 to 03:15 and Paraswnath from 03:31 to 05:48 hrs.
• 13009 Up Doon Express at Dhanbad from 03:00 to 04:00 hrs and Gomo from 04:35 to 05:40 hrs.
• 12321 Howrah- Mumbai Mail at Dhanbad from 04.52 to 05.40 hrs.
The following trains were controlled in Eastern Railway System: 12496 Kolkatta-Bikaner Pratap Express, 12987 Sealdah-Ajmer Express and 12307 Howrah-Jodhpur Express.
Trains detained in the New Delhi-Howrah direction were:
• 12820 Orissa Sampark Kranti Express at Guraru from 23:10 to 7:54 hrs.
• 12876 Neelanchal Express at Anugrah Narayan Road from 00.22 to 06.00 hrs.
• 22911 Shipra Express at Sasaram from 00:52 to 06:00 hrs.
• 13308 Ganga-Sutlaj Express at Sone nagar from 01:10 to 05:48 hrs.
• 12440 Ranchi- Rajdhani Express at Kudra from 02.13 to 05.53 hrs.
• 12314 Sealdah Rajdhani Express at Pusauli from 04:35 to 05:55 hrs.
• 22812 Bhubneswar Rajdhani Express Bhabhua Road from 04:46 to 05:54 hrs.
• 13152 Jammu Tawi-Kolkotta Chitpur Express controlled for 80 minutes between Mughalsarai and Sasaram
The following trains were diverted:
(1) 15110 DN Buddha Purnima Express will be Diverted VIA Sasaram – ARA – Patna instead of Gaya-Patna
(2) 12312 Kalka Mail DN will be Diverted VIA Mughalsarai- Patna – Jhajha – Aadansol instead of Mughalsarai-Gaya-Dhanbad.

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Ministries of Tourism, Railways to jointly develop amenities at Amritsar, Thiruvananthapuram, Agra

The Ministry of Tourism has undertaken joint development of tourist amenities at Amritsar, Thiruvananthapuram, Rai Bareili, Gaya and Agra Cantonent railway stations in association with the Ministry of Railways.
An official press release said Central Government assistance of Rs 10.28 crores, Rs 5.98 crore, Rs 5.18 crore and Rs 5.05 crore had been provided by the Ministry of Tourism for the developent of Amritsar, Rai Bareili, Thiruvananthapuram, Gaya and Agra Cantonment stations, respectively.
This financial support is being provided as part of an initiative of Dr. K.Chiranjeevi, Minister of Tourism to provide assistance to Central agencies for tourism infrastructure development, it said.
As part of the joint initiative, the Ministry of Railways shall make land for the project available free of cost and render all possible assistance for completion of the project on time. 
The Ministry of Railways shall set up a monitoring committee with a member from the Ministry of Tourism to monitor physical and financial progress of these projects, it added.

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CCEA okays four-laning of Patna-Gaya-Dobhi section of NH-83 in Bihar


The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday approved the implementation of four-laning of the 127.20 km Patna-Gaya-Dobhi section on National Highway (NH)-83 in Bihar with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) – ODA Loan Assistance.

The total capital cost of the project will be Rs 2015.60 crore, which includes cost of civil construction, supervision works, land acquisition, rehabilitation and pre-construction activities. 
The project will be completed within three years after signing of the contract agreement, an official press release said. 
The project takes off from NH-30 at Patna and ends at junction of NH-83 and NH-2 (Golden Quadrilateral) at Dobhi. 
The Japanese government is ready to fund the project through JICA loan, as it will connect Patna-Gaya-Dobhi as a part of the Buddhist Circuit. The project also serves as link road for the world class international Nalanda University which is expected to come up at Rajgir. 
The project road will provide smooth connectivity to Gaya/Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Nalanda both from Patna and in turn connecting the East-West corridor and Golden Quadrilateral at Dobhi on NH-2. It also will provide substantial economic gain in terms of reduced vehicle operating costs and reduced travel time, the release added.

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Air India cancels 13 international flights as pilots continue agitation


National carrier Air India cancelled at least 13 international flights today as a section of its pilots continued their agitation for the seventh day, leaving thousands of passengers stranded at different airports around the country.

The flights cancelled today included AI3 Delhi-Hongkong-Seoul, AI931/AI990 Mumbai-Jeddah-Delhi, AI143/AI142 Delhi-Paris-Delhi, AI925/AI920 Delhi-Riyadh-Mumbai, AI131/AI130 Mumbai-London-Mumbai, AI187/AI188 Delhi-Toronto-Delhi, AI191/AI144 Mumbai-Newark-Mumbai , AI921/AI924 Mumbai-Riyadh-Delhi, AI102/AI101 Delhi-Mumbai-Delhi, AI188/AI18 Delhi-Amritsar-Delhi, AI126/AI127 Delhi-Hyderabad-Delhi, AI191/AI144 Mumbai-Ahmedabad-Mumbai and AI307 Tokyo-Delhi.
This was on top of scores of flights already cancelled by the loss-making airline in the past week, leading to a huge financial setback for the beleaguered company in the peak holiday season. The airline has also rescheduled and combined several flights to tide over the crisis.
The airline has also cancelled several of its international flights for the next few weeks in view of the mass sick leave by the pilots belonging to the erstwhile Air India and owing allegiance to the Indian Pilots Guild.
The Delhi High Court had last week termed the agitation as "illegal" and also issued orders restraining the pilots from continuing with the strike, reporting sick or staging demonstrations.
The court had observed that the agitation had caused “irreparable loss and injury to the name and reputation of the company apart from financial loss”. 
Air India has so far sacked 71 of the agitating pilots, derecognised the IPG and sealed its offices.
The latest agitation by a section of the pilots has arisen from Air India's plans to induct the new generation state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft into its fleet.
The IPG fled a writ petition in October 2011 before the High Court of Bombay inter alia praying that Air India should not be permitted to send any pilot of erstwhile Indian Airlines for B-787 training pending final decision on the issue of integration of seniority and career progression of the pilots of erstwhile Air India and that only erstwhile Air India pilots should be sent for training of B-787. On March 13, 2012 an interim order was passed in their favour by the Bombay High Court. 
The Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA), the trade union of the pilots of erstwhile Indian Airlines, challenged the order of the High Court before the Supreme Court of India and on April 23 this year, the Supreme Court, after hearing submissions made by both the sides stayed the operation of the interim order passed by the Bombay High Court. As a consequence, Air India went ahead and scheduled the training of erstwhile Indian Airlines pilots on the B787 aircraft.
"The IPG nonetheless continued to object to the decision to send erstwhile Indian Airlines pilots for B787 training, and even while Air India was in dialogue with the IPG a section of pilots of IPG decided to disrupt flights by proceeding on mass sick leave. The first such action by the pilots took place on on 4th May 2012. Despite this extreme and unwarranted step,  the management continued to maintain a dialogue with the IPG up to  the  7th May 2012 and continued to look at the issues raised by the IPG in right earnest," an earlier statement from Air India had said.
Meanwhile, the Air India Executive Pilot’s Association (EPA) has requested the Chairman and Managing Director and the management of the airline to consider immediate initiation of the dialogue process with the IPG and withdrawal of the orders of termination issued to some of the IPG members.
"This will put an end to the ongoing stalemate and continued loss of revenue, reputation and image of the company in the eyes of the traveling public. This proactive step would be in line with the directions of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India," the association said.
"The EPA considers the issues raised by the IPG as legitimate, requiring urgent intervention and resolution. It is the most sincere attempt of the EPA to assist the company in this hour of crisis. The EPA therefore once again re-iterates that considering the gravity of the situation and the views expressed by the Hon’ble Apex court as well as the general public through sections of the electronic and other media, the management must not precipitate the matter further. In the absence of any such concrete and urgent steps from the management, the EPA will find it extremely difficult to provide any further co-operation to the company and will be forced to consider appropriate action," the EPA added.
The Society for the Welfare of Indian Pilots (SWIP) of the private sector Jet Airways has also called for immediate reinstatement of the sacked Air India pilots and good faith negotiations between the IPG and the Air India management.
"We are deeply pained by the recent events which are causing inconvenience to the traveling public and adversely affecting the image of the Indian civil aviation the world over," the SWIP said.
According to it, the present state of affairs was the result of the failure of the merger of the two public sector airlines Air India and Indian Airlines.
"Unfortunately, this merger has failed to adequately address the  hopes, aspirations and even anxieties of the employees on both sides. On the contrary this merger has created massive deficit of trust between section of employees and management. In absence of any clarity by the management on even basic HR issues like seniority allocation and progression, the employees on the two sides have no option but to protect their interests. In failing to do their duty post merger the management has created a deep chasm and mistrust between IPG and ICPA," it said.
Meanwhile, Air India said it plans to monetize assets worth Rs 5000 crore over a 10-year period to support its financial restructuring plan (FRP) at an average of Rs 500 crore per year.
Air India is looking for top real estate consultants with wide experience in operating in India and abroad. The plan is to have the consultant by June 30, 2012, a press release from the airline said.
It said the Air India Board also approved the issue of non-convertible debentures for Rs 7400 crore guaranteed by the Government for part repayment of the working capital received from banks. 
The Board also endorsed the stand taken by the management in respect of terminations of the striking pilots and fully supported the view that indiscipline should not be tolerated in any form or manner. 
Meanwhile, all domestic flights of Air India are operating as per schedule. None of the domestic flights of the airline are affected due to the present agitation, the release added.

Maoists demolish two schools in Gaya


A group of suspected Maoists demolished two school buildings under Barachatti police station area in this district of Bihar in the wee hours of today.
According to police, nearly 100 Maoists attacked a middle school at Dhangai village and demolished it with a JCB machine. 
The Maosits later rushed to another middle school at Hahesarhi village and also demolished it using a JCB machine.
Police said the Maoists probably committed the crime in retaliation against the combing operation against them in the area.
Raids were on to arrest the members of the outfit, police added.

Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


Maoists blow up school building, mobile tower in Gaya

Two different groups of activists belonging to the proscribed CPI (Maoist) blew up a school building and a mobile telephone tower under different police stations in this district today.

Superintendent of Police Ratnamani Sanjiv said here that an armed group of Naxalites attacked Khajuria middle school and blew up its building by triggering an explosion in the Banke Bazar police station limits. A large portion of the school building was damaged in the attack.

Mr Sanjiv said that, in a separate incident, another group of ultras blew up a mobile phone tower at Lutiya Bazar in Imamganj police station area in the district.

The rebels managed to escape from the spot after engineering the disruptive activities at Khajuria and Lutiya Bazar. Raids were being carried out to nab them, he added.



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