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Aarushi case: Rajesh Talwar petitions against bailable warrant in HC


Rajesh Talwar, the father of murdered teenager Aarushi Talwar and the prime accused in the murder case, today filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court, challenging the order of bailable warrant against him for his non-appearance in the Ghaziabad CBI court on February 28.


The petition will be taken up on March 14.


The High Court has already reserved its judgement on the criminal revision petition filed by Nupur Talwar, Aarushi's mother, challenging the order of the Ghaziabad court for making them prime accused in the murder case. A single judge bench of Justice V K Narain has reserved the judgement till March 18.


Nupur had filed the revision petition and urged the High Court to strike down the Ghaziabad court's order and direct further investigation into the death of her daughter and household help Hemraj.


Earlier, the CBI court had issued a bailable warrant against Dr Rajesh Talwar as he had neither appeared before the court on February 28 nor challenged its order.


On February 9, the Ghaziabad court had charged the dentist couple with killing their 13-year-old daughter in their Noida residence in May 2008. They were also accused of criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence.


Aarushi was found dead inside her Noida residence in May 2008 with her throat slit and the body of the domestic help Hemraj was recovered a day later from the terrace of the building.


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Three electrocuted,10 injured by high tension wire in Allahabad

Three people, including a woman, were electrocuted and ten others injured in Ghoorpur area of this Uttar Pradesh district when a high tension electric wire fell on them early this morning.

Property worth several lakhs, including electronic gadgets, was destroyed in the incident.


Police sources said the incident occurred in the Bagbana and Champatpur villages, 12 km away from the district headquarters, killing 3 people and leaving 10 others injured. The injured have been admitted to the hospital where condition of some was stated to be critical.


The deceased were identified as Ram Singh, Sanjay Dwivedi and the wife of Pawan Singh, the sources added.


The villagers alleged that they had panicked and cut the power line themselves as not even a single employee was present at the power station.


The authorities reached the spot and legal action was being taken in this regard, the sources added.


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Aarushi case: Hearing on her parents' petition deferred to Feb 28


The Allahabad High Court today deferred till February 28 the hearing on the revision petition filed by Aarushi Talwar's parents, Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, challenging the order of the CBI court of Ghaziabad making them the main accused in the murder of their teenage daughter.


A single judge bench comprising Justice V K Narain put off the hearing in the petition to February 28 as counsel appearing for the Talwars could not conclude his arguments.


The petitioners alleged that the CBI conducted a half-hearted and incomplete investigation in the case and that scientific methods of criminal investigation like "touch DNA" were not carried out to gather evidence against accused.


The Talwars have requested the High Court to strike down the Ghaziabad court's order and sought further investigation into the death of their daughter and their household help Hemraj.


On February 9, the Ghazaibad court charged both the parents with killing their 13-year-old at their Noida residence in May 2008. They were also accused of criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence.


Aarushi was found dead inside her Noida residence in May 2008 with her throat slit and the body of the domestic help Hemraj was recovered later from the terrace of the Talwars' house.


The CBI, which was entrusted with the investigation in the case following an uproar over the alleged shoddy probe by the Uttar Pradesh police, had recently submitted its closure report pointing fingers at the parents though it maintained there was no conclusive evidence.


However, the court decided to proceed with the trial against the couple observing that there was "enough evidence" against them.


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Aarushi Talwar case: Allahabad HC adjourns case till Feb 25


The Allahabad High Court today fixed February 25 as the next date of hearing on a revision petition filed by Aarushi Talwar's parents, Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, challenging the order of the Ghaziabad CBI court for making them the prime accused for the murder of their teenage daughter.


A single judge bench of Justice V K Narain heard the arguments and announced the hearing would continue on February 25.


The petition charged that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted a half-hearted and incomplete investigation into the case and that scientific methods of criminal investigation like "touch DNA" were not adopted to gather evidence against the accused.


The Talwar family demanded that the High Court strike down the order passed by the Ghaziabad court and direct further investigation into the death of their daughter and household help Hemraj.


On February 9, the CBI court charged Nupur and Rajesh Talwar with killing their 13-year-old daughter in their Noida home in May 2008. They were also accused of criminal conspiracy and destruction of evidence.


Aarushi was found dead inside her Noida residence in May 2008 with her throat slit and the body of Hemraj was recovered later from the terrace.


The CBI, which was entrusted with the investigation following an uproar over the alleged shoddy probe by the Uttar Pradesh police, has recently submitted its closure report pointing the finger at her parents though it maintained there was no conclusive evidence.


However, the court decided to proceed with the trial against the couple observing that there was "enough evidence" against them.


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5 pilgrims killed in road accident in UP


Five pilgrims were killed and six others injured when their vehicle collided with a truck in the Kokhraj area on the national highway late last night.


Police sources here today said 22 vehicles with pilgrims were returning to Punjab from Varanasi where they attended the Ravidas Jayanti.


One of the vehicles rammed into a coal-ladden stationary truck near Kakota village, killing four persons on the spot. One person succumbed to injuries later in the hospital.


The deceased have been identified as Gurpreet Singh, Surjeet Singh, Bharat Ram, Upendra Singh and Radhe Singh.


The victims were the natives of Ludhiana in Punjab. The injured have been admitted to the SRN medical college and hospital in Allahabad, the sources added.


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Three killed in road mishap in UP


Three persons were killed when the ambulance in which they were carrying the body of the brother of one of them to Aurangabad in Bihar collided with a truck near Jalalpur under Utraon police station area, about 25 kms from the district headquarters, this morning.


The deceased, identified as Basant, Vijay and Bhikari, included brother of the person whose body was being taken to Bihar and the driver of the ambulance.


Another person Nandkishore got injured in the accident.


The bodies have been sent for post-mortem examination. The truck driver managed to flee away from the scene, police added.


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2 police officials arrested in Firozabad rape case in UP

Two police officers, including a Station House Officer (SHO), have been arrested while a Chief Medical Superintendent(CMS) has been suspended in connection with a rape of a 13-year-old girl on Republic Day in Nagla Khangar police station area of this district.

The victim tried to burn herself to death on the same day and was admitted to the Agra Medical college hospital in a critical condition.


According to official sources here today, SHO Ganga Sharan and Sub-Inspector Siaram were arrested after being suspended by Superintendent of Police (SP) Uday Pratap Singh. The CMS, Dr P K Jain, has also been put under suspension by the authorities.


Meanwhile, one of the two accused, Rahul (15) has been arrested by police while another Vimlesh (17) is still at large.


The two boys of the same school raped the girl of class V when she was returning to her village Nagla Gumani after attending the Republic Day function. Later the girl tried to commit suicide.


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Farmers lift seige, Delhi-Howrah rail route normalised

Train traffic on the Delhi-Howrah route was normalised late last night after farmers, agitating over land acquisition for a power house in Karchana area, decided to end their blockade on a railway line in this Uttar Pradesh district.

After talks between farmers' leaders and the district administration last night, the farmers lifted the 13-hour seige normalising train traffic on a very busy route, Government Railway Police (GRP) sources said here this morning.


The running of about a hundred trains was affected due to the agitation.


One farmer was killed during the agitation while several long distance trains had to be diverted to other routes. Several government vehicles were torched by the agitating farmers.


The situation was brought under control only after the both the sides sat for negotiation and resolved the issue.


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Farmers protest acquisition of land for power plant near Allahabad

An irate mob torched several government vehicles and fought a pitched battle with policemen in Karchana area here today over acquisition of land for a power plant to be set up by a private company.

Several villagers and policemen were also injured in the clash after the farmers protested over the low rate of compensation for their agriculture land.


According to police sources, the farmers refused to hand over their land to the company, which has been given contract to set up a 1350 MW thermal power project at Karchana.


When the company officials along with policemen reached the spot to take possession of the land, the farmers refused to hand it over, leading to clash this morning.


Several vehicles were damaged and torched by the villagers on the Allahabad-Mirzapur highway. The highway was also blocked by the farmers.


Senior officials from Allahabad have rushed to Karchana, about 30 kilometers from here.


The farmers have been agitating over the issue for the past six months.


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Allahabad HC orders release of Banda rape victim

The specially constituted division bench of the Allahabad High Court today ordered release of the Banda rape victim, a backward class girl, who was sent to jail on theft charges.


Taking suo motu action, the division bench comprising Justices Imtiaz Murtaza and S C Agarwal ordered the immediate release of the girl, who is in Banda jail on the charge of theft in the house of the ruling BSP legislator from Naraini in Banda district, Puroshattam Naresh Dwivedi.


Dwivedi was arrested on the charge of raping the girl by Banda police on January 13.


The court also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to provide adequate security to the girl.


The suo motu order of the High Court has given another twist to the ongoing controversial rape incident in which Dwivedi was already arrested.


The victim, was sent to judicial remand for another 14 days till January 27 by a local court of Banda, where she was produced yesterday.


Munsif Magistrate (Junior Division) Ravi Gupta, hearing the case, had fixed January 17 to hear the bail application of the girl and sent her to jail under judicial remand till January 27.


She had been put in jail on December 14 last on charges of theft in the house of the MLA whereas she had alleged that she was subjected to rape by the MLA and his three supporters on the night of December 11.


The Uttar Pradesh government had ordered a CB-CID probe into the matter which had found that the girl was raped and the theft theory against the victim was also a fake.


She had herself pleaded before the Banda court that she wanted to be bailed out of the jail to start a new life whereas her counsel Ramhit Nishad made a plea that the life of the victim was in threat.


The accused MLA, who had already been suspended from the party by BSP supremo Mayawati, was arrested and sent to jail under judicial remand for 14 days on January 13.


Two other accused - Rajendra Shukla and Suresh Neta - were also in jail under judicial custody but the remaining fourth accused Ravankar was still absconding.


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Diamond shop looted in Allahabad, owner shot dead

Armed criminals shot dead the owner of a diamond jewellery showroom and looted diamonds worth over Rs 1 crore in the busy Civil Lines area here last night.

According to police sources here today, the criminals barged into the shop at around 2000 hours when the shop, situated in Central Plaza building, was about to close. They first locked up the sales girl and other employees of the shop and then shot dead the owner Dhruv Agarwal. Later, they decamped with the booty after breaking all the CCTV cameras installed in the shop. They also snatched the firearms from the guard.


Sources said the criminals came in a sports utility vehicle (SUV) and fled away after the incident. A manhunt has been launched to nab the culprits, police added.


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Rahul Gandhi to tour UP from Monday to attract students to NSUI

Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi will embark upon a two-day tour covering five cities of Uttar Pradesh from tomorrow to attract the students in the ongoing National Student Union of India (NSUI) membership drive.

Mr Gandhi will visit Allahabad, Varanasi, Lucknow, Jhansi and Agra and address students of various universities and colleges. As Congress General Secretary, he is also in-charge of Youth Congress as well as NSUI.


According to the programme, Mr Gandhi will start his tour tomorrow by interacting with students of Varanasi at Swatantra Bhawan in Banaras Hindu University (BHU) at 1330 hrs followed by a dialogue with the students of Allahabad at the Motilal Nehru Institute of Technology Auditorium at 1600 hours.


On Tuesday, he would interact with students of Lucknow at Ravindralaya Auditorium at 0930 hrs followed by a similar programme at Mukta Kashi Manch in Jhansi at 1215 hrs.


The Congress General Secretary will wind up his programme by interacting with the students of Agra at Sur Sadan Auditorium at 1430 hrs.


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Nehru Gram Bharati Vishwavidyalaya inaugurated at Allahabad

Allahabad, Jan 21 (INT) Union Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh inaugurated the Nehru Gram Bharati Vishwavidyalaya at Dubawal in the city today.

He also laid the foundation stone of the Administrative Bloc of the University.

The new university has been set up in keeping with the ideals of India's first Prime Minister, Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru, who had always wanted the establishment of institutes of higher learning in rural areas so that the children from villages did not have to go to the cities for higher or technical education. The University was granted recognition last year under section-3 of the UGC Act.

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