Heavy Rains in Patna

People negotiating a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Patna on July 20, 2011. UNI PHOTO
People negotiating a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Patna on July 20, 2011. UNI PHOTO
People negotiating a flooded street after heavy rainfall in Patna on July 20, 2011. UNI PHOTO

Woman, son killed in road mishap in Patna


A woman and her son were killed when a speeding truck knocked them down near Anisabad colony under Gardanibagh police station area here today.

Police said that a family - Dhananjay Kumar, his wife, son and daughter - were going on a motorcycle when a speeding truck coming from the opposite direction hit them.

The woman and her son died on the spot, police said, adding that the daughter had suffered serious injuries and was rushed to a local hospital. The case was being investigated, police further added.


Baba Ramdev charged with sedition in complaint filed in Patna court


A complaint was today filed in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) here alleging that yoga guru Baba Ramdev's call for raising an independent army of 11,000 men drawn from all districts of the country was an anti-national act.

The case was filed by one Binay Kumar Singh alias Bihari Bhaiya alleging that the yoga guru's act amounted to sedition.

Apart from Baba Ramdev, his aide Balkrishna and Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi were among others who had been made accused in the case.

The court has fixed June 13 as the next date of hearing.


Absconder Bihar minister Ramadhar Singh resigns

In the wake of mounting political pressure from the Opposition, Bihar Cooperatives Minister Ramadhar Singh, declared an absconder by a court, has resigned from his post.

Mr Singh, who is an MLA from Aurangabad Assembly seat, said here today that he had tendered his resignation from the cabinet last night at the official residence of the chief minister.

The resignation papers have been faxed to Mr Kumar in New Delhi as the latter had gone to the capital.

Mr Singh said that the NDA had a clean image and maintained that he put in his papers on his own so that no one gets an opportunity to raise fingers at Mr Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

Reiterating his commitment towards the ideology of late Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, he said that the case which had created much brouhaha in the political corridors was related to the agitation against the "misrule" of the Rashtriya janata Dal (RJD) during its tenure in office.

He said the case related to delivering instigating speeches was "fake" and claimed this was evident from the list of the accused.

Mr Singh said that he was declared an absconder due to the negligence of his counsel.

The sections levelled against him are bailable and he would appear before the court and seek bail.

Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Rabdul Bari Siddiqui had called on Bihar Governor D N Konwar and had demanded dismissal of the minister as he had been declared an absconder.


Patna HC Judge Samarendra Pratap Singh hurt in accident near Jaipur

Patna High Court Judge Samarendra Pratap Singh was injured in a road accident near Kotputli on the Jaipur-Delhi Highway, about 100 km from here today, police said.

Justice Singh was proceeding towards Delhi from Jaipur when his car rammed into a tractor-trolley around 1200 hrs. He suffered injury on his face.

However, his wife and the driver escaped unhurt in the incident.

Both the vehicles were also damaged badly in the accident, the police said.

Justice Singh was provided first aid at a hospital in Kotputli and later, he was sent to the national capital by another vehicle, the police added.


Patna court issues production warrant against Hasan Ali Khan

Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) S P Singh today issued a warrant against Pune-based businessman Hasan Ali Khan, facing money-laundering charges, for production in his court here in connection with issuance of passport from the Patna office adopting fraudulent means.

While issuing the production warrant, the CJM directed the Superintendent of New Arthur Road Jail, Mumbai, to produce Khan in Patna court by April 30.

According to the charges, a passport was issued in 1997 to Khan by the Regional Passport Office, Patna. The inquiry which was carried out later revealed that Khan had suppressed and concealed facts while filing details required for issuance of the passport.

The matter came to light when the Ministry of Finance of Government of India detected the irregularities as well as suppression of facts for issuance of passport.

Later, a case was lodged by a zonal pasport officer in Kotwali police station in Patna against Khan charging him with offence liable to be punished under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Passport Act.


Police sub-inspector crushed to death by Patna-Puri Express

A police sub-inspector attached to the special branch was knocked down by the speeding Patna-Puri Express train near Fatuha station on Patna-Mokama section of East Central railway today.

Police said here that the train ran over sub-inspector Ramakant Jha near Fatuha station, killing him on the spot. His body was sent for post-mortem examination.

"The deceased policeman was deputed in Biharsharif," police said adding, the matter was being investigated.


Nitish Kumar for interlinking of rivers in Bihar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has directed officers and engineers in the state government to take steps for interlinking of rivers in the state which would help in mitigating the miseries caused by both droughts and floods.

At a high-level meeting of the state Water Resources Department here yesterday, Mr Kumar told the engineers and officers concerned to take steps in this regard.

"The state government will try to make available the funds required for the ambitious project," he said.

The Chief Minister said such a mega project would help in better utilisation of the state's vast water resources.

Mr Kumar said Bihar would have to utilise all its resources to the optimum level for attaining the status of a developed state by the year 2015.

No laxity by the officers and concerned engineers would be tolerated by the state government in this regard, he warned.


Fire kills three, injures two in Patna

Three people were burnt alive and two others suffered burn injuries in an accidental fire that broke out in a thatched house in Domtoli locality under Jakkanpur police station area here last night.

According to police, the fire broke out from a lamp. Soon after, the entire dwelling was in flames, leading to the tragedy.

The injured have been admitted to the Patna Medical College and Hospital, police added.


Nitish Kumar orders CBI inquiry into Keshri murder case

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today ordered an inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the murder of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Purnea Raj Kishore Keshri.

Official sources said here that Mr Kumar issued a direction in this regard after demands from various poltical parties to this effect.

Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi had also written a letter to the Chief Minister requesting him to hand over the case to CBI in the wake of certain elements trying to make baseless allegation against the slain BJP leader in an attempt at character assassination.

Keshri was stabbed to death by a woman at his residence in Purnea a few days ago triggering a spate of demands for CBI inquiry into the case.

Those advocating the CBI inquiry into the case had alleged that some ruling party members were involved in the case and that the Bihar police was not in a position to do justice in the case.


RJD demands CBI probe into Keshri murder case, seeks Modi's removal

The Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD) today demanded a thorough inquiry by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the murder of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Purnea Rajkishore Keshri and sought the removal of Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi till the inquiry was over.

State RJD president Ramchandra Purvey, spokesman Shakeel Ahmad Khan and principal general secretary Ram Kripal Yadav told mediapersons here that "the Bihar government should hand over the Keshri murder case to CBI to ensure impartial investigation as several leaders of the ruling party are involved in the case and the Bihar police are not in a position to do justice to a case of such nature."

"Mr Modi should be removed from the post till completion of the inquiry," the RJD leaders said, adding that his recent statements appearing in the media indicated that he was trying to influence the investigation of the the case to save some leaders of the ruling party.


Bihar BJP MLA Keshri stabbed to death by woman in Purnea

BJP MLA Raj Kishore Keshri was stabbed to death at his residence in Purnea on Tuesday by a woman who had earlier accused him of sexual harassment.
Rupam Pathak, who had allegedly attacked BJP MLA Raj Kishore Keshri with a knife leading to his death, in Purnea on January 4, 2011. UNI PHOTO
Rupam Pathak, who had allegedly attacked BJP MLA Raj Kishore Keshri with a knife leading to his death, in Purnea on January 4, 2011. UNI PHOTO

Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and the MLA from the Purnea Assembly constituency Raj Kishore Keshri was stabbed to death at his residence in Purnea today by a woman who had earlier accused him of sexual harassment.

State Additional Director General of Police P K Thakur told journalists that the woman, Rupam Pathak attacked the MLA with a knife and stabbed him. He died instantaneously from injuries he suffered in his spleen, the official said.

According to him, the woman had apparently hidden the knife with a shawl she was wearing. She came to the Sipahi Tola house of the four-time MLA when he was meeting visitors, and asked to see him alone. The attack took place when she was talking to him at a little distance away from the others on the premises, Mr Thakur said.

The woman, who was later manhandled by supporters of the MLA, had been arrested. 

BJP MLA Raj Kishore Keshri who was fatally stabbed by a woman in Purnea on January 4, 2011. UNI PHOTO
BJP MLA Raj Kishore Kesri who was fatally stabbed by a woman in Purnia on January 4, 2011. UNI PHOTO

"She is being interrogated. It was revealed that the MLA had allegedly outraged her modesty a year ago and the woman acted in vengeance," a UNI report quoted Bihar Director General of Police Neelmani as saying.

The woman had lodged a complaint of sexual harassment against Mr Keshri about six months ago.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar directed Mr Neelmani to review the security arrangements for MLAs.

Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi said the funeral of the MLA would take place tomorrow after the arrival of his son and other family members from Delhi.


Bihar CM Nitish Kumar's mother passes away in Patna

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's mother Parmeshwari Devi died after a cardiac arrest in Patna today, the United News of India (UNI) reported.

She was 96. She is survived by two sons and three daughters.

Ms Parmeshwari Devi was ailing for the past many days and breathed her last at the 1, Anne Marg residence of the Chief Minister.


Uday Narayan Chaudhary elected Speaker of Bihar Assembly

Senior Janata Dal (United) leader Uday Narayan Chaudhary was today unanimously re-elected as the Speaker of the newly-elected Bihar Legislative Assembly.

Proposals were submitted from the ruling alliance, consisting of the JD (U) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and Opposition, favouring the candidature of Mr Chaudhary as the Speaker. No other nomination was made.

The ruling alliance has 206 seats in the Assembly. Mr Chaudhary, who was elected on the JD(U) ticket from Imamganj, was also Speaker of the 14th Legislative Assembly that was dissolved on November 24.


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