Bangalore: As a fallout of the alleged rape of a six-year-old student in a private school and other rape cases in the city, the Karnataka government Monday transferred Bangalore police commissioner Raghavendra Auradkar and Additional Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Kamal Pant.
In a damage-control exercise, the government appointed Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) M.N. Reddi as the new police commissioner with immediate effect.
Auradkar faced public wrath over the handling of the rape cases, including that of a 22-year-old college student and a 17-year-old seminary student in the city in the last 10 days leading to angry protests and demonstrations.
The official order was issued on a day when the city witnessed a series of protests by hundreds of students, social activists and women’s organisations against rising crimes against women and girls in Bangalore and across the state.
“Inspector General of Police (Grievances and Rights) Alok Kumar has been posted as the city’s new additional commissioner of police (law and order),” the government said in a notification.
Auradkar was posted as additional director general of police of the Karnataka State Reserve Police.
Pant will take charge of the post Alok Kumar held.
Additional Director General of Police (Communications, Logistics and Modernization) H.C. Kishore Chandra has also been transferred to the post Reddi held – additional director general of police (law and order).
Taking charge of the new posting, Reddi told reporters that apart from traditional ways of policing, he would go on a major outreach programme to get information from the people and involve them for preventing crimes on women and to maintain law and order across the city.
Meanwhile, police Monday produced accused Musthafa alias Munna, the school’s skating instructor who was arrested Sunday on the charge of sexually assaulting the minor, at a local court for a 14-day judicial remand.
“Though the court sent the 30-year-old accused to 14 days’ judicial custody, we have moved an application in the same court seeking his custody for further interrogation and investigation in the case,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (south-east) P.D. Pawar said.
Musthafa’s parents, however, denied the involvement of their son in the crime and claimed he was innocent.
“We don’t know anything about the incident. We can categorically say that our son is innocent and would not have committed such a crime,” Murthaza and Rukhsana told reporters here.
Asserting that their son was a devout Muslim, performing namaz (prayers) five times a day and a family man with a wife and a five-year-old daughter, the parents said they were not aware of any of his activities in the school or outside.
“We don’t know that his mobile and laptop had pornographic videos of children being raped. And if he has committed the crime, then he should be punished. But as their parents, we know that he cannot do such a thing (raping a minor in school),” Murthaza reiterated.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told lawmakers in the state assembly that the Goonda Act would be invoked against Musthafa, as he was allegedly involved in similar crimes in other schools where he was employed in the past.
“The Goonda Act would be amended soon and invoked on Musthafa for raping the girl in Vibgyor High School because he was also involved in such cases in previous schools where he was employed,” Siddaramaiah said.
The state government also plans to increase the number of fast-track courts to expedite cases and give speedy justice to the victims and their relatives.
Pakistani Anti-graft body wants travel ban on Nawaz Sharif, kin
Pakistan’s anti-corruption watchdog has asked authorities to place ousted premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law on the Exit Control List to prevent them from leaving the country.
The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) sent a formal request to the ministry of interior. The interior ministry officials confirmed that the NAB wrote that names of Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar should be put on the Exit Control List (ECL), which listed individuals not allowed to leave Pakistan.
The NAB argued that as the trial of the three nears its conclusion, it is feared that they would leave the country.
Earlier, a similar request to place name of finance minister Ishaq Dar on ECL was not accepted, allowing him to go to London and never return.
Sharif, 68, and his family this week filed an application with the accountability court seeking a fortnight’s exemption from personal appearance from February 19 onwards to let them go to London to see Sharif’s ailing wife. Three cases were filed against Sharif and his family last year, including Avenfield properties, Azizia & Hill Metal Establishment, and Flagship Investments.
Maryam and Safdar are accused only in Avenfield properties case. The NAB had filed two supplementary references against Sharif, his sons Hasan and Hussain regarding Al-Azizia Steel Mills & Hill Metal Establishment and Flagship Investment cases.
Pakistan “breaches obligations’ on nuclear arms reduction, UN court told
The Hague: Pakistan is violating its “obligations” to the international community by failing to reduce its nuclear arsenal, the Marshall Islands told the UN’s highest court on Tuesday.
The small Pacific Island nation is this week launching three unusual cases against India, Pakistan and Britain before the International Court of Justice.
Majuro wants to put a new spotlight on the global nuclear threat, its lawyers said yesterday, by using its own experience with massive US-led nuclear tests in the 1940s and 1950s.
“Pakistan is in breach of its obligations owed to the international community as a whole,” when it comes to reducing its nuclear stockpile, said Nicholas Grief, one of the island nation’s lawyers.
DeBrum warned that even a “limited nuclear war” involving the two countries would “threaten the existence” of his island nation people.
Pakistan and India have fought three wars since independence from Britain in 1947, two of them over the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.
In 1998, the rival neighbours both demonstrated nuclear weapons capability.
The ICJ’s judges are holding hearings for the next week and a half to decide whether it is competent to hear the lawsuits brought against India and Pakistan — neither of which have signed the 1968 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
A third hearing against Britain — which has signed the NPT — scheduled to start on Wednesday will be devoted to “preliminary objections” raised by London.
The Marshalls initially sought to bring a case against nine countries it said possessed nuclear arms: Britain, China, France, India, Israel, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia and the United States.
Israel has never admitted to having nuclear weapons.
But the Hague-based ICJ, set up in 1945 to rule in disputes between states, has only admitted three cases against Britain, India and Pakistan, because they have accepted the ICJ’s compulsory jurisdiction.
Pakistan’s lawyers did not attend Tuesday’s hearings.
It did however file a counter-claim against Majuro’s allegations saying “the court has no jurisdiction to deal with the application” and insisting that the case is “not admissible”, said ICJ President Ronny Abraham.
Bangladesh to drop Islam as official religion following attacks on Hindus
New Delhi: Bangladesh is likely to drop Islam as its official religion following a series of attacks on people from other faiths in the country. The country’s Supreme Court is hearing a plea challenging the status of the official religion of the country to Islam.
Bangladesh, which was declared a secular country after its formation in 1971, was declared an Islamic country following a constitutional amendment in 1988.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, the plea has challenged the declaration of Islam as the national religion of the country.
The move is being supported by leaders from the minority communities like Hindus, Christians and Muslim minority Shiites.
Bangladesh has 90 per cent of Muslims, 8 per cent Hindus and remaining constitutes Christians and Muslim minority Shiites.
In last month, a Hindu priest was hacked to death following an attack on a temple in Panchgarh district. Two others were seriously injured in the attack. There have been several lethal attacks on writers and bloggers.
According to a report in the Independent, Islamist groups Jumatul Mujahedeen Bangladesh and Ansarullah Bangla Team are believed to have carried out at least seven attacks on foreign and minority people in Bangladesh in the past year.
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